Gatineau #3:  Event Information

Palais des Congres; May 4 - 7, 2023



  • 50 Boulevard Maisonneuve – 3rd Floor, Gatineau, QC J8X 4H4


  • The indoor walkway between the Four Points and the Palais des congres will be available during the following hours:
    • 6am - 12am


  • approximately 32’ deep x 40’ wide; wings are approximately 8-12 feet wide.

*A professional raised stage will be built and installed in the Conference Room. An Adagio floor appropriate for Tap will be laid.


  • If you have large props, you will need to access the venue from 164 rue de l’Hôtel-de-ville. There is a freight elevator that takes you up behind the ballroom.

    See link for map :

    *Important: After 5pm, a security guard will be present to authorize prop load ins/outs. To access the security guard, call: 819.462.0755

  • Go to LEVEL 3 for the Competition's Ballroom.


  • There are two parking lots adjacent to the Palais des congrès.  Both parking facilities are accessible via Courcelette Street.
    • Monday to Friday from 05h00-20h00: $5 for 1 hour
    • Monday to Friday from 20h00-05h00: $5
    • Daily flat rate: $14
    • Weekend and/or statutory holiday: $5 flat rate (up to 24 hours)

    **NOTE: Fees are subject to change.

    If you park outside but within the Palais des congrès, there are no restrictions as far as the times you can go IN and OUT.

    However, as soon as you park after the gates (Place du Centre – inside), the rate and regulations are not the same. Please ensure you look at signage for parking regulations.


  • Please ensure you have adequate staff to prep your props for easy load-in and load-off the RAISED 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.
  • Keep all props neatly packed to ensure room for all Studios.  Props will be stored in the loading area as well as Backstage Stage Left.

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


  • There will be one dressing room for all females, one for all males, one for “All Genders”.

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


  • An area will be designated as rehearsal for all dancers to share.


  • 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.


Hotel Name: DoubleTree By Hilton Gatineau-Ottawa

For Dates: May 4 – 7: Palais des congrès, Gatineau

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance Booking Code: CDTSSD

Please use code in section "Special Rate" when booking on website or when calling Front Desk

Address (See map) 1170 Chemin d'Aylmer, Gatineau, QC  J9H 7L3
Phone (819) 778-0000

2 Double Beds: $179 (taxes not included)

2 Queen Beds: $179 (taxes not included)

Classic Queen Suite w/ sofa bed: $179 (taxes not included)

Additional guest in a room: $30 plus tax per night

Parking Free
Group Booking Ends April 3rd, 2023
Cancellation Date

Participants have until 72 hours before their respective arrival for any changes/cancellations.

If the cancellation of the reservation is made within 72 hours before arrival, 100% of the anticipated costs of the first night of the stay or canceled nights will be charged to the concerned file.

Check-In/Out Check-in: 4:00pm / Check-out: 12:00pm
Website Click here
Restaurant on site? Yes
Pool? Temporarily closed
Driving Distance From Venue (approx.) 10 min



  • 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 remind your dancers to 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.


  • 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’


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

Maria Cavazzon

Maria Cavazzon MBATD, ACDTA, AAM2, PBT, ADA, PAA

Maria has been involved in educating dancers ages 3-Adult for 25+ years. Maria is highly experienced and has spent many years teaching dancers of all ages and abilities. She began her career teaching recreational dance at the local community center. From there she went on to teach at various studios throughout the GTA and Durham Region at recreational, part time and competitive levels.
Maria spent time working with synchronized swimmers as part of their out of water training program and has worked with many young gymnasts as a Level one gymnastics coach.

She is a Life Member of The British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D) in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Stage, and Modern Jazz. Maria carefully prepares her students for annual B.A.T.D exams up to and including Professional Examinations.

Maria is Level 3 certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and has additional certifications including Acrobatic Arts (Module 2), Acrobatic certification through the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A), and Alixa Flexibility (Module 2). Maria is a certified Dance Adjudicator holding memberships with Professional Adjudicators Alliance and Acro Dance Adjudicators by Acro Dance Teachers Association.

Maria has choreographed many school performances, showcases and concerts in Durham and Toronto schools, working with students of all ages and abilities. She has choreographed for local community events and fundraisers.

Maria has adjudicated throughout Ontario and British Columbia. She is excited to adjudicate and celebrate all competitors. Maria strives to educate, inspire, and encourage dancers to do their personal best and continue to work with care, perseverance, and passion to reach their full potential.


Sarah Rorabeck

CAEA, ABATD, Adv. Dip MT-Performance, PAA, ADA
Voted Best Dance Instructor (Diamond and Platinum Winner - Oshawa/Whitby)

Sarah Rorabeck has over 15 years of experience educating children and adults in dance. As a teacher who still works with recreational, part-time and full-time competitive students, she is well versed and teaches in all genres, and specializes in Tap, Musical Theatre and Jazz. Currently, Sarah works full-time choreographing award-winning competitive pieces and putting students through their BATD dance examinations.

Sarah Rorabeck is a graduate, with honours, of Sheridan’s prestigious Music Theatre Performance program, where she extensively studied dance, vocal and acting. She holds her Associate level Teacher’s Membership in the BATD in both tap and jazz, and is an accredited adjudicator through Judge Alliance’s PAA program. She is a founding member of the Acro Dance Adjudicators (ADA), where she became a certified Acro and Dance Adjudicator. She continues to broaden her knowledge by studying Rebecca Davies’ Radar technique and taking professional level classes at studios and summits.

Sarah is a member of the CAEA and has performed professionally in musicals like Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Anne of Green Gables (& many more), around Canada, with some film and television work thrown in the mix. She’s even been photographed by world-renowned dance-photographer, Jordan Matter (Dancers Among Us).

Sarah is very passionate about dance education and has won several ‘Best Choreography’ awards at regional, national and international levels. She strongly believes dance teaches such incredible life lessons, and she is thrilled to be able to pass on her knowledge to today’s brave and passionate dancers.

Register For 2024!

Shine has an easy and convenient online registration system. We accept all International Studios. Spots are going fast! Register today for the 2024 Season!

why shine

  • Message From Directors

  • What People Are Saying

  • Charity

  • FAQs

competition info

  • Reminders

  • Results

  • Awards

  • Entry Guidelines

  • Categories

  • Judging

  • Rules

  • Parents

  • Dates & Locations

  • Register

  • T: 416.522.1386
    E: Click to Email

follow us

Scroll to Top