Chatham:  Event Information

Chatham Capitol Theatre; April 4-7, 2024


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  • Chatham Capitol Theatre, 238 King Street West, Chatham, ON N7M 1E7
  • The building will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day


  • approximately 35’ deep x 37’ wide. Max Height for aerial rig: 20'8"


  • To access the theatre loading docks, continue to Third Street and turn left. The theatre parking/loading docks will be on your left hand side.


  • There are over 900 pay parking spaces within several blocks of the Chatham Capitol Theatre.
  • Please note that many meters only accept change and do not accept debit or credit.
  • There is no parking specifically assigned to the Theatre so please have parents come EARLY (there are several pay parking lots behind the theatre). The Civic Centre nearby also has parking after 5pm.


  • Studios will be assigned dressing rooms. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with regard to sharing this space.
  • To avoid congestion:
    • do not come more than 1h before your call time.  Have hair/make-up done.
    • please vacate when the room is not needed.
  • Parents -- please pack-up all belongings from changerooms if you are leaving after the awards to make room the incoming dancers.


  • 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: Comfort Inn Chatham

For Dates: April 4 – 7: Chatham Capitol Theatre, Chatham

Block Booking Under Shine Dance Competitions Group Number: 4644691
Address (See map) 1100 Richmond Street, Chatham, ON N7M 5J5
Phone 519-352-5500 and ask for SHINE DANCE COMPETITION 2024 GROUP
E-mail See website
Rate (taxes not included) 2nd Floor – 2 Queen Beds (access through stairs only) – $135
1st Floor – 2 Queen Beds – $145
Parking Free
Group Booking Ends March 15th, 2024
Cancellation Date Please cancel by 4pm on the day of arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty.
Check-In/Out Check-in: 2:00pm / Check-out: 11:00am
Website Click here
Breakfast Included? Yes - 6:30am-9:30am daily, weekdays and weekends
Pool? No
Driving Distance From Venue (approx.) 8 min

Hotel Name: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Chatham

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance Competitions: Block Code SD4

To make reservations click HERE. Simply enter your check-in and check-out dates to receive the group rate.

Address (See map) 575 Richmond Street, Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
Phone (519) 351-1100 and quote the block code SD4
E-mail See website
Rate (taxes not included) 2 Queen Beds – $162
Parking Free
Group Booking Ends March 3rd, 2024
Cancellation Date Cancellations are required 24 hours prior to arrival
Check-In/Out Check-in: 3:00pm / Check-out: 11:00am
Website Click here
Breakfast Included? Yes
Pool? Yes



  • 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.


  • 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 22,825 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.


Melissa Bartrem

Melissa Bartrem is a dance artist, choreographer, educator, and scholar from Toronto, Canada. Melissa’s international credits include stage appearances in Brazil with the Tihany Spectacular, South America’s largest Circus, Showtime! with Casino Figueria Da Foz, Portugal, and on the high seas with Princess Cruises. Her countless appearances in live events include performances as a Toronto Argonauts cheerleader, Brazilian Carnival Samba Dancer, Divas Las Vegas Live at Casino Rama to industrials representing numerous brands and companies such as Skechers, MAC cosmetics, Red Bull and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Melissa continues to appear in principal roles in film, television, and commercials.

Melissa is a doctoral candidate (Ed.D) in Dance Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Her research interests include holistic, student-centred learning and other pedagogical practices that promote inclusion in dance spaces. These interests emerged out of an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from The University of Toronto and a master’s degree in dance education, accredited though The University of Surrey, England. Melissa is currently on faculty at The University of Toronto, OISE where she teaches Curriculum and Teaching in Dance and Drama in the Master of Teaching program. She is also on faculty at Centennial College where she teaches Commercial Dance, Interdisciplinary Ensemble and Movement Technique within the Performing Arts and Theatre Arts departments. She is also appointed as an academic tutor for the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies program, mentoring dance teachers beginning their careers in education. Melissa has collaborated, adjudicated, taught, and choreographed for world-wide arts organizations in England, South Africa, and China, in addition to presenting her in-practice research at arts and education conferences, including the World Conference in Dance Research in Athens, Greece, Dance Science and Somatics Educators conference hosted by Central Washington University and the Canadian Association of Theatre Research.

Melissa has worked in both private sector studios with recreational and competitive students of all ages and levels, and in K-12 schools as a guest artist. She holds a variety of professional dance teaching certifications and is in-demand as a competitive dance adjudicator and choreographer. Melissa is a fully certified member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD). She holds memberships with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), The International Dance Council (CID) and Healthy Dancer Canada. Her continuing education includes training and certifications with various organizations such as canfitpro, Paula Morgan Dance, Stott Pilates, Street Dance Canada, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Above Barre, Alixa Flexibility, the International Academy of Dance Adjudicators, and the Acro Dance Adjudicators certification, just to name a few. Currently Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for The Arts Education Network of Ontario representing advocacy and research initiatives.

Melissa is known for her infectious love of dance and looks forward to continuing to share her passion for the performing arts.

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 in all genres, and specializes in Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Acro and Jazz. Currently, Sarah works full-time choreographing award-winning competitive pieces, adjudicating dance competitions in Canada and the USA and putting students through their BATD examinations. In 2023, she joined the World Performer's Canada choreography team, setting tap routines for their 2024 team travelling to Prague.

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.

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, specifically teaching clean and safe technique and exploring performance styles within different genres to keep class exciting. She has won several ‘Best Choreography’ awards, specifically for her Tap and Musical Theatre work. Currently she teaches and choreographs consistently throughout Durham Region and the GTA. 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.

Alia Ruemper

Alia is a fully certified ADAPT jazz & tap teacher and has completed her Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) Gold medal jazz and tap exams with Honours status. She has a BA Dance and a BKin General Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and completed her MSc in Dance Science (with distinction) at Laban in London, England. Alia is also Certified in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, Progressing Ballet Technique and International Dance Teaching Standards.

Her Master thesis “Correlations Between General Joint Hypermobility and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Injury in Contemporary Dance Students” was published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. She presented her thesis at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference in The Hague, The Netherlands where she was received the “Student Research Award”. While she was completing her Masters degree in England she performed in a charity showcase of the musical, “Me and My Girl” at the famous London Palladium, and also participated in the Jack Petchey Theatre Challenge at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

The world of dance is constantly progressing and Alia strives to continue learning and educating herself. She has taken Lisa Howell’s Level 1 & 2 training courses, Lauren Ritchie’s Mental Skills and Mind Design training courses, The “Comix” Method Hip Hop Adjudicating and is a Level 2 certified adjudicator with Canadian Dance Leadership. She has also attended Dance Summit in NYC, Rhee Gold’s Dance Life in Arizona and Dance Teacher Web in Las Vegas.

In 2020, Alia was named Dance Educator of the Year by Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education and also received the Heather Simpson Memorial Award. She is an active member of the Bridge Dance Project and Wild Rose Dance Arts. Dance is Alia’s passion and she is excited to be sharing her energy and feedback with the performers.

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