Hamilton:  Event Information

Hamilton Convention Centre; April 18-21, 2024



  • 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton ON L8P 4Y2
  • *Shine Dance Competitions is being held in Wentworth Hall on the first floor.


  • 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.


  • The loading dock entrance is on MacNab Street South and is accessible by turning left off of Main Street West at the lights (See picture below).


  • The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s is attached to a Municipal underground parking garage with 600 spots available for your convenience. Parking rates are set by the City of Hamilton. Please contact the Hamilton Municipal Parking System Office for rates. 


  • 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.

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


  • All Studios will be in one dressing room.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation with regard to sharing this space.
  • To avoid congestion:
    • Have hair/make-up done.
    • please vacate when the room is not needed.


  • 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: Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton

For Dates: April 18-21: Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance

To make reservations click HERE

Address (See map) 1224 Upper James St, Hamilton, ON L9C 3B1
Phone 1-800-960-2608 and quote booking under Shine Dance
E-mail Please make reservations HERE

2 Queen Beds: $179 (taxes not included)

Parking Free
Group Booking Ends March 18th, 2024
Cancellation Date If cancellations are required, they must be made 72 hours prior to arrival by calling the hotel directly or reservations at 1-866-960-2608 or 905-383-7772. This will avoid any cancellation charges
Check-In/Out Check-in: 3:00pm / Check-out: 12:00pm
Website Click here
Restaurant on site? Yes
Pool? Yes
Driving Distance From Venue (approx.) 15 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 22,825 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.


  • 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 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

Jen Mills

Jen has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip hop and classical piano extensively since the age of three. Since that time, she has taken part in various competitions and performances as well as completing her major exams in Cecchetti, RAD, and Vaganova ballet techniques; as well as the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jen has toured with TERPICHICOIRE 1, commissioned by the Minister of Education of Romania as an instructor, choreographer, and performer. As well as promotional work for Calvin Klein, Lancôme and Elizabeth Arden, Jen has taught swing for The Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and performed as a principal dancer in Bill Robertson’s film, The Mystic Village. Other performances include The Grey Cup 1999- 2006, Miss Hawaiian Tropic, Blue Rodeo, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, and the Calgary Stampede.

Jen is living her passion as the Artistic Director and owner of Hyperflex Dance Studio in Edmonton. For over 30 years, she has been a teacher and choreographer, as well as a guest choreographer and judge throughout Canada and the United States. She also takes her experience and attention to detail into the gymnastics and figure skating worlds as the dance and artistic coach to many Olympic hopefuls.
Jen’s expertise has allowed her to work with many talented dancers and help them grow not only as dancers but as amazing people. Her dancers have credits such as; Janet Jackson 'State of the World' tour, Janet Jackson's ‘Unbreakable’ tour, Dancing with the Stars Juniors, multiple appearances and performances on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’, ‘America’s got Talent’, and The BET awards. As well, she has had multiple students on seasons 1 and 2 of J-Lo’s ‘World of Dance’. Her dancers have gone on to be accepted in the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School, Young American’s, Harbour Dance Center; receive ‘protégé’ status at The Pulse on Tour, become members of Imma Beast as well as Brian Freidman’s ‘Sugar and Spice’ crew, be accepted into professional divisions of the ABT, Alberta Ballet and GOH Ballet. Performances and campaigns for her students also include MC Hammer, Ciara, Lil Nas, Chris Brown, The Kid’s Choice awards, H and M, and Nike Global Campaigns, Adidas, Puma, Old Navy, FIFA World Cup, Fashion with Compassion, The Harlem Globetrotters, Sketchers, and Target.

Jen continues to strive to pursue excellence in the art of dance both for herself and her students.

Emily Paulic

Emily is a dance teacher and choreographer 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 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 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 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, and to always stay inspired through dance.

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