Dance Ontario Awards


This annual award seeks to recognize exceptional young dancers ages 19 & under who are not only pursuing excellence in their craft but go above and beyond making a difference in the lives of others and/or contributing to the dance community. The Award is named after Jacque Foesier, long-time Dance Ontario Board member and dedicated dance teacher who made significant contributions to the dance community in the province.

PAST RECIPIENTS: Makeda Benitez, Isabella Rapino, Madison Gray, Tess Vosper, Claire Whitaker, Ethan Bucholtz, Zachary Seto, Justine Coroza

Dance Ontario knows that there are many young dancers across Ontario doing great things and is currently soliciting nominations.


Dance Ontario seeks to recognize a young talented dancer who goes beyond their training to make a difference, effect change, develop, promote, inspire, educate, connect and contribute.

Nominee must have:

  • demonstrated a passion, dedication and commitment in the pursuit of excellence in dance;
  • Used dance as the basis for developing creative and innovative ideas aimed at sharing their art
    or addressing real-world problems for themselves, their peers or the broader community
  • Demonstrated a positive impact on their community and beyond as a teacher/assistant,
    volunteer, organizer or advocate

Nominators must submit:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A letter of recommendation if nominator is not a studio/company director, teacher, or choreographer
  • A performance video, links to YouTube or Vimeo

Apply here

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

The recipient of the Dance Ontario Youth Award and their achievements are celebrated at an award ceremony that takes place during DanceWeekend each January. A cash award of $300 is also included.


2021 Recipient

The Dance Ontario Awards Committee is delighted to announce that Justine Coroza will be the recipient of this year's Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award. The ceremony will take place during DanceWeekend'21 on Saturday, May 1st.  

“Justine is truly a bright light amongst her peers. At the young age of 16 her performance resume and achievements as a teacher already match those of well-established professional dance artists. She is a phenomenal performer who captivates her audiences and a young leader completely committed to bringing the best out of her students.

Justine started training at Jade’s Hip Hop Academy at 5yrs old training in hip hop dance, breaking, popping, house, locking, krump, waacking and lite feet. A standout for her diligence and work ethic she was the youngest dancer to be added to her studios critically acclaimed performance company. She skyrocketed in the competition circuit with numerous titles provincially, nationally and internationally at the UDO World Street dance Championships and Pulse National Convention. She has performed on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Breakfast Television, CTV and CP 24. She hosted and danced on segments for TVO Kids and YTV. She’s been featured on Family Channel’s Dance Mansion, performed for Maestro Fresh Wes, Director X and Paula Abdul. She has received two Citizen of Brampton Arts Acclaim awards for her competitive dance achievements.”


Jade Jager Clark
Owner and Artistic Director
Jade’s Hip Hop Academy


Established in Brampton in 2006, Jade's Hip Hop Academy (JHHA) has built and impressive reputation from outstanding competition results and numerous electrifying performances in the Brampton community, Southern Ontario and on YouTube. The talent and quality of work has landed JHHA on the ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW in 2015 and shares and reposts of their routines on Twitter and Instagram by Dwayne "THE ROCK" Johnson, Missy Elliot, Paula Abdul, Chris Brown and Iggy Azalea.

Owner and Artistic Director Jade Jager Clark is focused on educating students in authentic hip hop and street dance foundations, technique and history.

The Youth Dance Award is named in honour of long time Board member and founding Chair of Dance Ontario Association, Jacque Foesier whose lifetime commitment to bringing dance to youth from all backgrounds is a shining example for us all. Previous recipients include Makeda Benitez, Isabella Rapino, Madison Gray, Tess Vosper and Zachary Seto.

Through the generosity of the Foesier Family and their friends Martha Jarrell, Roberta Kremer & the Finkelstein Family, Gerald P. King, Susan Lapell, Amy Stone, Karlee Vukets, this award will carry a cash contribution towards the recipient's ongoing training.

Photo credit: Tse Daniel 


The Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have contributed substantially to the development of dance in this province over a significant period of time.

Currently Lifetime Achievement Award recipients receive $1,000 and an original bronze sculpture, Winged Torso, cast in bronze.  Created by Patricia Moody, it is one of a limited edition and is embued with a sense of motion and grace, ideally honouring its recipients.


  • Charlotte Holmes
  • Grant Strate
  • Lawrence & Miriam Adams
  • Brian Robinson
  • Trish Beatty
  • David Earle
  • Peter Randazzo
  • Lois Smith
  • Herbert Whittaker
  • Janet Baldwin
  • Boris Volkoff
  • Nesta Williams Toumine
  • Judy Jarvis
  • Joysanne Sidimus
  • Dr. R.N. Laidlaw
  • Rina Singha
  • Peter Boneham (1992)
  • Gladys Forrester (1993)
  • Vera Davis (1993)
  • Carol Anderson (1994)
  • Rose Hill (1997)
  • Danny Grossman (1998)
  • Patricia Miner (2004)
  • Mimi Beck (2007)
  • Roelof Peter (Ron) Snippe (2010)
  • Nadia Potts Gomez (2013)
  • Vivine Scarlett (2016)
  • Karen and Allen Kaeja (2019)



Dance Ontario also offers awards in the following categories:

The Dance Innovation Award in recognition of a special or forward-thinking initiative undertaken by an individual.
2010 Recipient: Eroca Nicols
2013 Recipient: Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Portillo


The Community Service Award to recognize an individual's support for the dance community.
Recipients: John Newton, Ted Fox, Alan Page, Patrick Kutney, Omer Yukseker, Colin Anthony (posthumously) and Kenny Pearl