The Bree Eriksen Memorial Dance Award was created to honor the memory of Bree Eriksen who died tragically in 2001. Bree grew up dancing in Calgary and received numerous awards; she also attended the University of Calgary where she completed her Kinesiology degree. Bree’s passion was dance, and upon graduation she worked for Princess Cruise Lines as a performer in the evening shows. The family wishes to support aspiring dancers by providing support for grade 12 students who have been accepted to an accredited post-secondary institution to help further their training in the dance profession.


Bree Eriksen Memorial Dance Award Fund at The Calgary Foundation

Where Tenable

Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Catholic School Division

Field of Study

Dance (major or minor) is preferred, but not required






Open to students registered in grade 12 who are completing the requirements of a high school diploma and have achieved academic marks sufficient for entrance to a post-secondary area of study. Applicants must have demonstrated academic progress and have a minimum 75% GPA in grade 12.

Applicants are required to submit an original essay, no more than 500 words in length (one page, typed or printed). The essay should reflect on: Why you are choosing dance as a field of study? and What you are hoping to accomplish by getting accreditation?

Applicants are also asked to submit a video clip(s) up to 5 minutes in total length that includes a minimum of two genres of dance. Videos can be professional or amateur (i.e. cell phone videos are acceptable).

Applicants are required to submit one letter of reference from a dance instructor.

International fee-paying students are not eligible to apply for this award.

Selection will be based on the essay, video, academics and references. Preference will be given to students pursuing post-secondary studies in dance (as a major or minor).


Online application available at Applicants should check with their guidance office for more information and are encouraged to discuss their application with the Scholarship Coordinator at their high school.

Selection & Payment

Recipients are selected by September.  To claim the award, within eighteen (18) months of notification of award, the recipient must be registered in an eligible program of post-secondary study in Canada of at least two years duration.

Payments are made to the post-secondary institution and will be made available to the student during the second semester of study upon confirmation of continued enrolment.


May 30

To download a printable PDF of the terms of reference for this award click here.