Kingston:  Event Information

St. Lawrence College; May 23-26, 2024



  • St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 5A6
  • Use the "MAIN ENTRANCE" to enter the building -- P1 parking.


  • 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 gym. An Adagio floor appropriate for Tap will be laid.


  • Props can be loaded in through the athletics roll-up garage situated at Door E46.  There is enough space to unload all your props at once and arrange them neatly out of the way of the dancers.
  • The access to the Loading Dock doors are a little hidden and it’s not signed well on the campus.  Leave extra time to find it in case you miss the entrance.
    • Enter the college parking lot off country club drive,
    • Follow the parking lot past the residence, and past the athletics centre, where the door will be on the right.
    • This path in indicated on the map.
    • The door is labelled “E46”
  • We have been granted privileges to use the loading dock door -- and must not leave it open when not in use.  Thank You.


  • There is onsite parking available around the college. Daily permits for Thursday and Friday can be purchased through:
  • ***All vehicles must be registered electronically for parking Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.. No exceptions.

Please note:

      • If you do not have the Honk app on your phone, Honk stations will be available inside the main entrance for quick and easy use and payment.
      • The pay stations as you enter the parking lots are out of service until further notice as a health and safety measure as they cannot be cleaned after every use.
      • Parking is free on Saturday and Sunday.


  • 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!!


  • All Studios will be in one dressing room. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with regards to sharing this space.
  • To avoid congestion:
    • Have hair/make-up done.
    • please vacate when the room is not needed.
    • The room is carpeted.  If the College feels we are not keeping it clean and respecting the space, we will not be allowed to rent the space in the future.


  • 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 credit or debit cards -- we will not be accepting cash.


  • Various options will be available daily (examples: Tim Hortons, Pita Pit, "the Grill" (sandwiches), on-site restaurant "St. Larry's".


Hotel Name: Courtyard by Marriott Kingston Highway 401/Division Street

For Dates: May 23 - 26: St. Lawrence College, Kingston

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance

To make reservations click HERE

(See map)
103 Dalton Avenue, Kingston, Ontario K7K 0C4
Phone Please make reservations HERE
E-mail See website

For rooms with 1 King Bed: $170 a night (applicable taxes not included)

For rooms with 2 Queen Beds:

  • For the nights of May 22nd and 23rd: $180 a night (applicable taxes not included)
  • For the nights from May 24th to May 26th: $250 a night (applicable taxes not included)
Parking Free Parking
Group Booking Ends April 8th, 2024
Cancellation Policy

Reservations can be canceled without penalty up to 48 hours prior to arrival.

Reservations cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival are subject to 100% of the total lost guest room revenue and applicable taxes.

Reservations changed from 2 nights to 1 night are subject to 100% of the total lost guest room revenue and applicable taxes if inside 48 hour window.

Check-In/Out Check-in: 3:00pm / Check-out: 12:00pm
Website Click here
Restaurant on Site? Bistro offering snacks and light fare only
Pool? Yes, subject to availability
Distance From Venue 12 minutes drive
Team Conduct At Courtyard Kingston Highway 401/Division Street we ask that groups coming into the hotel abide by the following guidelines:
• A maximum of five (5) registered occupants are allowed in the guest room.
• Any type of horseplay or sporting activity in the lobby, halls, guest rooms or any other public area of the hotel at any time are prohibited.
• Guest room doors must remain closed at all times, in keeping with fire regulations.
• There is a 9pm room curfew for all unsupervised youth (under 14), which restricts them from all public areas and hallways without adult supervision.
• All noise must be kept to a minimum at all times. Guests who do not comply with this request will be warned and repeat offenders will be asked to leave the hotel without refund and any deposits placed will be forfeited. The registered guest of the noisy room will be held responsible for any compensation that needs to be provided to other guests as a result of the disruptions caused from the noisy rooms.
• Consumption of alcohol is confined to the premises of hotel registries. Consumption of alcohol in any public areas of the hotel not governed by a liquor license is prohibited in accordance with Ontario Liquor laws. These areas include hallways, lobby and exterior areas of hotel.
• Those not complying with the above conditions will be subject to eviction, without refund of the room deposit, at the hotel Duty Manager’s discretion.
• The hotel holds the right to call upon local authorities to enforce these policies and any other incidents that may require their attention.

Hotel Name: Quality Inn & Suites Kingston

For Dates: May 23 - 26: St. Lawrence College, Kingston

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance 2024

(See map)
1530 Robinson Crt Kingston, Ontario K7P 0K4
Phone 613-389-9998 and refer to "Shine Dance 2024"
E-mail Email HERE

$169.99/night (applicable taxes not included)

** 2 night minimum applied to Friday and Saturday night **

Parking Free Parking
Group Booking Ends April 23rd, 2024
Cancellation Policy

Reservations can be canceled without penalty up to 72 hours prior to arrival.

Check-In/Out Check-in: 3:00pm / Check-out: 12:00pm
Website Click here
Restaurant on Site? Full buffet breakfast
Pool? No
Distance From Venue 13 minutes drive



  • 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.


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.

Arlene Murchison Doggart

Arlene Murchison Doggart has been dancing since the age of 3, studying and training in tap, jazz, ballet, acro, modern, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, pointe, hip hop and song and dance. While training at a prestigious local studio, she completed all exams with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) in tap, jazz and ballet with the highest honors. Getting a chance to dance and take classes with choreographers like Mia Michaels, David De Marie and Brian Foley opened the door to winning scholarships and awards like top dancer, most potential dancer and overall highest score.
Arlene got her full teachers certification with CDTA in 1991 and Dance Masters of America (DMA) and Canadian Dance Masters of America (CDMA) in 1993. She has also has been certified as a level one gymnastic coach, first aid responder and has choreographed on ice for Canadian figure skaters and worked with national, Olympic rhythmic gymnasts. Arlene has also taught hip hop in the public and private school systems.

Opening her own studio in 2000 in Newmarket, winning 15 consecutive years of Readers Choice awards for Best studio, she became involved with community events and fundraising opportunities. Taking her dancers to competitions across Canada and the US has given multiple opportunities for them and some of her students have won titles such as: Miss Dance Canada, Mister Dancefest, Miss CanDance, Little Mister Starpower, Master Dance Canada, Petite Miss Dance Canada, Junior Mister OnStage New York, Junior Dancer of the Year (ADA), Teen Dancer of the Year (ADA), Junior Miss Dancefest, 1st runner up Junior Miss Dancefest, 1st runner up Master Dance of America and 1st runner up Senior Mister Bedazzled. Arlene has also won multiple choreography awards and special awards.

She teaches tap, jazz, ballet, acro, modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, pointe, song and dance at the recreational and competitive levels to all ages.

Arlene’s students have gone on to professional careers with Cirque De Soleil, on Broadway in Billy Elliot and The Sound of Music, Shaw Festival, movies, the television show Degrassi, So You think You Can Dance Canada, in commercials, music videos and even now owning their own dance studios and adjudicating.

Angela Murdoch

Angela is a Third Generation Dance Teacher currently in her 28th year as a Professional Dance Educator and Choreographer. Trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre, Angela considers herself a “Jane of all Genres.” Angela is truly grateful to have trained thousands of students throughout her career.

A graduate of the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts Triple Threat Conservatory in Toronto, ON, Angela has performed on stages across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America as a Dancer. She also starred in the Official Cannes Film Festival Selected “Pink & Green”. And most recently she can be seen on the small screen in “Guilty Party” alongside Kate Beckinsale.

As a Certified Mindfulness Coach, Angela brings perspective and positivity to her Dance Teaching and Adjudications. “Performing on stage isn’t about winning. It’s about seeing a goal with absolute clarity and using all of your potential to work to achieve it.”

Angela is overjoyed to be here at Shine and wishes the competitors have the most fun possible on and off stage.

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