Gatineau #3:  Event Information

Palais des Congres; May 2 - 5, 2024



  • 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.
  • Max Height for aerial rig: 15'

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

For Dates: May 2 – 5: Palais des congrès, Gatineau

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance

To make reservations click HERE

Address (See map) 35 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC  J8X 4E9
Phone (819) 778-0000
E-mail Please make reservations HERE

$169 a night (applicable taxes not included)

Additional $20 per extra adult for triple and quad occupancy

Parking $17/per night plus tax
Group Booking Ends March 24th, 2024
Cancellation Date

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

This deposit is fully refundable if the reservation is cancelled or changed 7 days prior to arrival. In the event a reservation is cancelled or changed after 7 days prior to arrival, the deposit will be forfeited and the guest will be required to pay for the stay in addition to the deposit.

Check-In/Out Check-in: 4:00pm / Check-out: 12:00pm
Website Click here
Restaurant on site? Yes - breakfast only
Pool? Yes - open intermittently
Driving Distance From Venue (approx.) 2 min


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

Block Booking Under Shine Dance Competitions
(See map)
131 Rue Laurier, Gatineau, QC  J8X 3W3
Phone 1-800-265-8550
E-mail See website

$170 a night (applicable taxes not included)

Additional $15 per extra adult for triple and quad occupancy

Parking $15/night plus tax
Group Booking Ends April 1st, 2024
Cancellation Date

Reservations can be canceled without penalty if notice is given 7 days 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



  • The building will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day. 


  • Programs will be made available for download, free of charge, through our website approximately 2 weeks prior to the event.  
  • For a program including all updates from Studios (title changes, etc.), we recommend downloading 1 day prior to the event.
  • Hard Copy programs will not be sold at the event


  • Every dancer receives a custom Shine Awards Pin to display your ribbons on your Team Jacket! ONE per dancer available at the Shine Shop.


  • This event will have a live stream available through our website
  • A code to watch will be provided to your Studio prior to the event
  • We may run up to 15min early from the scheduled times -- remember to tune in early


  • 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.


  • For the privacy & safety of the dancers, there is no photography or videography allowed during performances 
  • As a reminder, your entry fees include all your photos and videos!
  • Media will be available approximately 1-2 weeks after the event through a link sent to your Studio
  • Tag us in your favourite photos!  @shinedancecompetitions, #ShineDanceCompetitions #ShineFamily


  • 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 performance costume should not contain your Studio's Name
  • Your dancers are certainly encouraged to wear their studio attire during awards ceremonies


  • 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.  Dances in violation of this rule may result in not being allowed on stage, have a deduction, and/or deemed "adjudicated only", at the discretion of Shine Dance Competitions.
  • If the stage is littered after your performance (ex: feathers, paper, props, etc.). you must be ready for the 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’


  • Expertise in Dance and Age-Appropriateness: Our judges are selected for their deep understanding of dance and their ability to assess performances based on age and training levels.

  • Diverse Perspectives and Subjectivity: Our judging panel consists of individuals with diverse backgrounds, training, and life experiences. Given the subjective nature of performances, it's natural to observe variations in scores, sometimes exceeding 3 points.

  • Encouraging Dynamism and Excitement: We empower our judges to utilize their marking scales while providing valuable feedback in their adjudications. This approach fosters a dynamic and thrilling competition atmosphere, enriching the experience for participants and audiences alike.

Your support of our judges and their expertise contributes to the positive and enriching experience we strive to create for all participants. Thank you for being part of our dance community where we can learn and grow from different perspectives.


Sarah Cherewko

Sarah's passion for dance is clear and quite contagious. She brings an unmatched enthusiasm to her work 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 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 classroom environment where students can feel comfortable to explore movement, technique and ultimately experience vulnerability and personal
growth. Sarah, now an accomplished teacher with twenty plus years of experience is an award winning and high score choreographer, a sought after adjudicator at many 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

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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