• UPDATE ON DATES: We appreciate everyone's efforts in making this last-minute change work.
    • Wed march 22nd: DAY 1 of competition 
    • Thursday march 23: MUSEUM CLOSED. NO DANCING.
    • Friday march 24 – Sunday March 26: Competition Days 2 - 4


  • The Museum has a ‘shoe policy’ whereby dancers must wear shoes when walking between the changerooms and the Theatre. This is done for the dancers’ safety and we appreciate your cooperation.
  • Please check back as we approach the competition for updates.


  • Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, QC J8X 4H2
  • The building will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day


  • approximately 29’ deep x 40’ wide


  • There is a loading dock behind the theatre which can be accessed off Laurier Street. This is not a parking area – once you have finished loading/unloading, please move your truck.


  • Please ensure you have adequate staff to prep your props for easy load-in and load-off the stage.  Heavy items should be on dollies to avoid scratching the dance floor.  Props can be pre-assembled in the loading dock and then wheeled onto the stage.  We want to keep to our time-schedule so dancers are dancing as scheduled.

Thank you everyone for your combined efforts as we know this takes a lot of time and coordination!!


  • Pay parking is available at the Museum of Civilization from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. 
  • There is additional parking on the streets around the Museum. Check for posted hours and rates.


  • All dressing rooms will be assigned based on the room availability at the Museum.
  • The Boys dressing room and ‘Quick Change’ room will be backstage.
  • Some sessions will get very busy.  To avoid congestion:
    • Have hair/make-up done.
    • please vacate when the room is not needed.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation with regard to sharing the space.


  • Our Shine Shop will be in full operation to get your Shine Dance Merchandise.
  • Please note that we will be accepting only credit or debit cards -- we will not be accepting cash.


  • Dancers may practice in the hallways outside the Ateliers (as long as no school programs are in progress) and outside the Theatre in the main lobby.


Hotel Name:  Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre Gatineau-Ottawa

For Dates: March 23 – 26: Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance

To make reservations click HERE

(See map)
35 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC  J8X 4E9
Phone Please make reservations HERE
E-mail See website

$152 a night (applicable taxes not included)

Additional $20 per extra adult for triple and quad occupancy

Parking $16/night plus tax
Group Booking Ends February 20th, 2023
Cancellation Date

A deposit of one night including taxes and fees will be required to secure your reservation.

Deposit is fully refundable if cancelled or changed 15 days or more prior to arrival.  In the event a reservation is cancelled or modified 14 days or less prior to arrival, the deposit will be forfeited.

Check-In/Out Check-in: 3:00pm / Check-out: 12:00pm
Website Click here
Restaurant on Site? Yes – Breakfast only
Pool? Yes, open intermittently
Distance From Venue Directly across from the museum


Hotel Name: Best Western PLUS Gatineau Ottawa Hotel and Conference Centre

Block Booking Under Shine Dance
(See map)
131 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC  J8X 3W3
Phone (819) 770-8550
E-mail See website

$165 a night (applicable taxes not included)

Additional $15 per extra adult for triple and quad occupancy

Parking $15/night plus tax
Group Booking Ends February 22nd, 2023
Cancellation Date

Reservations can be canceled without penalty if notice is given 48 hours before arrival.

If the hotel guest does not have a valid cancellation number before then, the hotel guest may be subject to an overnight room cancellation fee and applicable taxes.

Check-In/Out Check-in: 4:00pm / Check-out: 11:00am
Website Click here
Restaurant on Site? Yes – Breakfast only
Pool? Yes
Distance From Venue 7 mins walk



  • Programs will be made available for download, free of charge, through our website approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.
  • Programs will not be sold at the event.
  • We may run up to 15min early from the scheduled times. 


  • Every dancer receives a custom Shine Awards Pin to display your ribbons on your Team Jacket! We’ve got one per dancer, so please make sure you pick it up at the Shine Shop!


  • This event will have a live stream available through our website
  • A code to watch will be provided soon


  • We are very excited to continue our annual Food Drive where all proceeds are donated to a local food bank.  To date, we have collectively raised 22,160 lbs of food!!
  • Please bring at least 2 items of non-perishable food for our drive.


  • As a reminder, your entry fees now include all your Studio's photos and videos!
  • Media will be available approximately 1 week after the event
  • Tag us in your favourite photos from the event and you could be featured in our Stories! @shinedancecompetitions


  • In an effort to keep your studio’s identity from the judges during performances, we ask that you please cover your studio logo when placing props on the stage. 
  • Your dancers are certainly encouraged to wear their studio attire during awards ceremonies.
  • Your costume should not contain your Studio Name*


  • Substances which alter the condition of the stage, and may affect the dancing surface for other competitors are prohibited (e.g. tossing sparkles, baby powder, water/liquid, body paint, etc.).  If it cannot be easily swept off the stage quickly, it should not be put on the stage.
  • If the stage is littered after your performance (ex: feathers, paper etc.). you must be ready for immediate removal of the items. We will have a flat broom backstage.
  • Helium balloons are not to be released on-stage as it is costly to get them down and they may pop during another performance if left on the ceiling. They may be used if they are on a weight and not released.
    • Released balloons may result in a deduction or the routine being ‘adjudicated only’


Shawn Byfield

Award-Winning Choreographer, Expert Adjudicator and International Dance Authority

For over 3 decades, Shawn Byfield sets the bar as a highly respected coach, choreographer, outstanding adjudicator, and emcee for festivals, competitions, and major events. Shawn ( is a DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARD™ winning choreographer (Canada’s version of a TONY Award™,) a GEMINI AWARD™ nominee, a 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD™ nominee, and a leading force in Canadian entertainment. He’s a veteran performer and energizing instructor with oodles of experience to share!

Shawn worked with celebrities Adam Sandler, Gregory Hines, Twitch, Andrea Martin, Derek Hough, Barry Lather, Jason Priestley (plus others.) As a dance educator, he coaches thousands of dancers nationwide. Film & TV credits include: Sneakerella (Disney+), My Spy (Amazon Prime), Self Made (Netflix), HAIRSPRAY, A Simple Favor, Working The Engels, Make Your Move, Turn The Beat Around, Blues Brothers 2000, Taal, Bojangles, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Music Man, Slings & Arrows, Instant Star... and many TV shows, theatre productions, and commercials.

Most importantly- he’s a wired encourager and positive role model. Shawn motivates regularly on his Instagram (@ShawnByfield) and through The DanceBug Channel across North America. He's a Director for the Canada International Youth Dance Festival; is a Certified Public Speaker; and he’s a Certified Coach, Trainer and Presenter, which equips him to better understand and connect with dancers on their level. Shawn's fun personality, positive feedback and entertaining lessons leave dancers and audiences excited for the future!

Sarah Cherewko

Sarah's passion for dance is clear and quite contagious. She brings an unmatched enthusiasm to her work as a dance educator and leads by example with authenticity and vulnerability.

Originally from Calgary, AB, Sarah trained extensively in RAD and Cecchetti ballet, Al Gilbert tap, ADAPT tap and jazz, lyrical, modern, acro, contemporary, musical theater and hip hop while dancing competitively until the age of seventeen. Throughout her youth as part of a non-profit touring performance company, she had had the opportunity to perform in England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Morocco and at 18, signed her first of many contracts as a dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines. After moving to Montreal in 2011, her passion for teaching grew stronger and she transitioned out of performing and began working exclusively as a teacher, choreographer and competitive adjudicator. Sarah's goal as an educator and adjudicator is to help dancers foster faith in their creativity and confidence in their uniqueness.

As a certified Acrobatic Arts teacher, Sarah prides herself on providing a safe, fun and positive class environment where students can feel comfortable to explore movement, technique and experience vulnerability and personal growth. Sarah, now an accomplished teacher with twenty plus years of experience teaching ballet, jazz, acro, lyrical and musical theatre is an award winning and high score choreographer, an adjudicator at several Canadian dance competitions and in her free time is studying to become a youth counsellor.

"They say dance like nobody's watching. I think that implies that we are afraid or ashamed to dance in front of people. I say dance like everybody is watching, dance like your children are watching, your ancestors, your family. Dance for those who are hurting, those who can't dance, those who lost loved ones, and for those that suffer injustices throughout the world. Let every step be a prayer for humanity!" -Supaman

Emily Paulic

Emily is a dance teacher and choreographer currently working in the GTA, with a passion for all genres of dance. She has both trained and taught in the competitive dance world for many years in the styles of Acro, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip hop, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. She has been recognized for her unique and creative choreography at competitions over the years. Emily is a certified Jazz and Tap Instructor with the ADAPT syllabus teacher training program.

Rooted from a long love for the acro genre, she is also a certified Junior and Intermediate Level AcroDance Syllabus Instructor with the Acro Dance Teachers Association. As a dancer, Emily has continued her training over the years with various industry professionals, and training programs in Toronto, community performances, and was a dancer and choreographer with the Ryerson Dance Pak. Emily has a Bachelor of Design in Fashion which has helped her to combine dance with costume design into her business Emilina Design, where she works with dancers and studios to create unique custom costumes.

She is also currently working in the film industry, having worked in the costume department on movies and television shows with large production companies like Disney, Sony, and Fox TV. Emily strives to continuously share her passion and enthusiasm for dance, through her various avenues within the dance and entertainment industry. She hopes to continue to support and encourage young dancers to be the best versions of themselves that they can be, and to always stay inspired through dance.

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