Peterborough #2:  Event Information

Showplace Performance Centre; May 4 - 5, 2024


*Please make arrangements for props to be removed after your dances. There is no prop storage space available in the Theatre.


  • ShowPlace Performance Centre, 290 George Street North, Peterborough, ON K9J 6Y8
  • The building will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day


  • approximately 30’ deep x 38’ wide. Max Height for aerial rig: 17'


  • There is no parking directly linked to the ShowPlace Theatre.  The ShowPlace website has parking options listed:

  • Please leave adequate time for parking in the event lots are full.


  • Located off of Water St. (1 block east of George Street).  The dock loads directly onto the stage.  All large props can only be loaded right before a performance.  The dock is 18” above pavement, 94” high and 93” wide (with no centre post).


  • 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.
  • Props must be removed immediately after performances as there is no prop storage space backstage.
  • All smaller props must be brough in the front doors (back doors will be locked for the safety of the dancers).
  • Only bring in props during the break before your performance and remove them once you are done.

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


  • **Dressing room space is LIMITED and is for everyone to Share**  Dancers should come prepared (with make-up done) so unnecessary time is not spent in these rooms.  Once they are done performing, it would be helpful if dancers removed their items to make room for new performers.

  • We do not assign the rooms as it is more efficient for everyone to find free space.  Please do not “claim” a room for your Studio and remain respectful of all participants' needs to change. 

  • As a reminder – it is not appropriate for males to be in the girls’ dressing areas.  They will have their own assigned dressing room which can be accessed from backstage on the side of Stage Right. 


  • The main dressing room area will be split for rehearsal.
  • This area is very limited and we thank you in advance for sharing.


  • 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: Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront

For Dates: May 4 - 5: ShowPlace Performance Centre, Peterborough

Block Booking Under

Shine Dance Competitions

To make reservations click HERE

Address (See map) 150 George Street, Peterborough, ON K9J 3G5
Phone (705) 743-1144
E-mail See website

$159 a night (applicable taxes not included)

Additional $20 charge per-person for triple and quadruple occupancy

Parking Parking Fee is waived – please register your vehicle upon check-in.
Group Booking Ends April 1st, 2024
Cancellation Date Individual cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the date of arrival. After this time, a no-show fee equivalent to one night room charge plus tax will be applied to the individual’s credit card.
Check-In/Out Check-in: 4:00pm / Check-out: 11:00am
Website Click here
Restaurant on site? Yes
Pool? Yes, open intermittently (indoor-outdoor pool)
Distance From Venue Approximately 6 minutes walk
Team Conduct

Accommodation Rules & Guidelines:

The Group and the Hotel will work together to ensure that the Group’s stay is successful; but not at the expense of major damage to the Hotel property or disturbance of other Hotel guests.

1. Direct and responsible supervision is to be provided at all times

2. Absolutely no playing of any sport is allowed in the hallways and no mini sticks are permitted in the hotel

3. All bedroom doors are to be closed after 10pm and hallways are not to be occupied as hospitality areas. Due to Ontario Liquor laws the hallways are deemed public areas and alcohol is not permitted.

4. Furniture is not to be removed from any guestrooms

5. Any damages caused to individual guestrooms will be charged to the credit card number guaranteeing that room. Cost to be determined by the General Manager of the hotel.

6. We strongly recommend that equipement not be left on the balconies.

7. The contact person as signed below will be notified should any member of the team not cooperate with the above guidelines. It is his/her responsibility to ensure their team member are aware of and are responsible to comply with the outlined guidelines.

8. To make a reservation in our restaurant, please see our restaurant staff or call 705-740-6564. Please note that kids do not eat free when staying in discounted room blocks.



  • 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.


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 Dowhun-Tompa

Sarah Dowhun-Tompa is a professional dance artist and educator from the GTA. She has received her ballet teaching certification as an Associate of the Cecchetti Society of Canada (ACSC-CICB) and is certified in Conditioning with Imagery and the Progressing Ballet Technique Syllabus. Continuing her studies as well as working extensively within the programs of a number of studios around Ontario has provided Sarah with insight to the fundamentals required by young dancers to dance safely at their various stages of development. Having received her Honours Degree in Dance from York University, Sarah was introduced to a variety of ballet and modern styles and methodologies that have been instrumental in developing her critical eye for technique.

Sarah has worked in the performance industry in numerous films (Maps to the Stars, LAN), television programmes (Reign, Warehouse 13/Jeff Dimitriou, Covert Affairs, Murder U) and music/conceptual videos (Hedley, Shawn Desman/Luther Brown, STIGMA/Jeff Dimitriou, I Gotcha/Jeff Dimitriou & Leon Blackwood, The Violinist) as both a featured performer, extra and most recently assistant choreographer. Sarah continues to appear in live stage productions (Hamilton Urban Theatre/Robert Desrosier, Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble/Vitek Wincenza/The Kiev Ballet, Bringing Tap Back/Everett Smith, Inner City Dance Company/Irina Aoucheva, Hamilton FrostBites Festival/To The Pointe Dance Project/Alyssa Nedich, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend/Jesse Dell). Recently Sarah was chosen to be a part of the #IAmStillAnArtist Project , presented by Industry HamOnt, to represent the artists that remain an integral part of the cities arts and culture post-pandemic.

Choreographically, Sarah’s work can be seen on stage for various studios and schools, both recreational and competitive, as full time faculty as well as a guest competitive choreographer across the Greater Hamilton/Toronto areas. Sarah also works behind the scenes on set as Assistant Choreographer, and Adjudicator on sets and at competitions across Canada. With experience in both the concert and commercial dance worlds, Sarah works to help all dancers she works with, both in studio and on stage, reach their full potentially not only technically but artistically as well. She is known for her holistic approach to dance education and the importance in fostering the growth of not only the dance but the dancer.

Carrie Robins

Ms. Robins has been a member of the Alberta dance community for many years. As a dancer she competed extensively as well as performed in several musicals such as Grease and The Buddy Holly Story. She was also a performer in AXIIS- a modern dance company and the Opening Ceremonies of the 1995 Canada Winter Games. Ms. Robins’ love of dance then led her into a career of teaching and choreography. She completed all her requirements to become a fully registered and certified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance as well as with ADAPT. She has also studied SugarFoot and Perfect Form Physiotherapy Dance Teacher Training. Ms. Robins’ has been teaching all forms of dance for over 25 years with great positivity and passion for this art form. She seeks to develop dancers mind, body, and spirit. She was Dance Director of The Academy Dance Program in Grande Prairie, Alberta for 13 years. Recently Ms. Robins has been accepted into the Royal Academy of Dance and Bath University’s Masters in Arts Education (Dance Teaching) program.

Past students of Ms. Robins have been accepted into The National Ballet School, The Alberta Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Young Americans, Arts Umbrella, Intensive Training Program at Harbour Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester, and The Rockettes Summer Intensive.

Ms. Robins adjudicates extensively throughout Canada and is always excited to have the opportunity to work with young dancers!

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