That’s A Wrap!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our 9th annual East Side dance festival.

Dancers! Have you heard? You can now apply to be a part of the Gateway Project!

The Gateway Project is a multi-year program that offers free programming to talented young dancers in Hip Hop and Streetdance culture. The program aims to extensively develop their skills in dance, leadership, and self expression. The project goes beyond the youth in the program, by creating performances and opportunities for selected candidates to use their new skills to educate and inspire other youth beyond their communities. It also creates a gateway to employ-ability and mentorship for future career opportunities should they choose a career in dance.

“Mentor high school youth in dance to help them become employable in a creative career!”

Tara Wilson | Founder

Click on the link below. Print off and complete the application form. All applications must be in by June 15th, 2022. Please send all completed applications to:

Congratulations to the following schools who participated in the 2022 East Side Dance Festival! The dance talent in our Calgary schools continues to amaze us all here at East Side.

All Saints


Crossing Park

Forest Lawn

Father Lacombe

Ian Bazalgette

James Fowler

Joane Cardinal Shubert

Lester B. Pearson

Nelson Mandela

Our Lady of The Rockies

St. Francis

Our Community

Festival 2022

2022 – We’re back and ready to dance!

Donors & Sponsors

Each and every donation counts! Help East Side Dance Festival in their quest to continue providing excellent and affordable dance education and performance opportunities to the students in our Calgary Dance community. Thank you for your continued support of our students and their journey through the art of dance. Follow the link below to donate.

Do you want to be the next recipient of our ESDF bursaries? You could be the recipient of $200, $300 or $500. Check out the criteria below to see how to apply!
East Side Dance Festival has a goal to create an inclusive community where diversity, creativity, growth and inspired life-long learning are celebrated through the art of dance. Dancers currently attending qualifying schools have the wonderful opportunity to apply for an East Side Dance Festival bursary that could go towards future dance training. All applications are reviewed by East Side Dance Festival advisory board members who will then select the successful applicants based on the specified criteria. Deadline to apply is April 22nd!

Think you got what it takes? Apply Here!

Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients of the ESDF Bursaries

Gold Bursary Recipients

Ilokugbe Egbase

Silver Bursary Recipients

Angely DEanne Santos

Bronze Bursary Recipients

John Lardizabal


We want to see you! Join our 2023 dance festival by registering your school!