Parents Guide to AE

We want you to have a great experience at Artists Emerge! This page contains a lot of helpful information for dancers & their families. If you don’t see what you need, send us an email!

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Frequently Asked

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CAN I BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE?

We have a dedicated prepaid till at the ticketing booth which will save you time at the venue from waiting in line. Children 3 & under are FREE.

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CAN I REGISTER FOR THE CONVENTION ONLINE?

Yes! Save time waiting in lines and register online HERE.

Observer passes for the Multi-Discipline convention are also available online.

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When/Where do I Drop off my Child?

You should have a pre-arranged time with your instructor but Artists Emerge access to the building opens 1hr prior to the start of each competition day.

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DO DANCERS NEED TO SIGN IN?

In Edmonton, at the Expo Centre, dancers  need to individually check in at the Prepaid Ticketing booth and get a stamp for their access. Dancers can watch for FREE if they go back to ticketing and get a wristband where we have every registered dancer’s name.

In Vancouver, dancers do not need to sign in! If they want to watch they will need to go to the ticketing booth for a stamp.

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CAN WE BUY PHOTOS?

Photos

Edmonton:

Borsellino Photography will be on-site providing incredible live photos. Order from their booth during the event.

 

Vancouver:

 

 GTFX  will be on-site providing     incredible live photos. Order from   their booth during the event.

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Are programs free?

  • Adult All-Access Passes include 1 program & access to all days of the competition, including the 2 Final Showdown evening shows on the last day.
  • Daily passes (available to purchase in-person at the venue) do not include a program.
  • Additional programs may be purchased for an additional cost while quantities last.
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Is there a rehearsal space?

When available, a communal rehearsal space will be provided and indicated with signs. Please be respectful of other dancers and share this space.

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I have large props! what do i do?

Please contact Artists Emerge as soon as possible to notify them of your large prop for further instruction as we have specific load-in time frames at each venue.  A “Large Prop” would be an item that requires loading in via the loading dock & cannot fit easily through standard doorways (prop doors, tables, multiple chairs, set pieces).

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ARE THERE LONG LINEUPS FOR TICKETS?

Yes, there can be at times. Please ensure you arrive within 1 hour of your child’s expected competition time. Artists Emerge reserves the right to run 20 mins ahead or behind schedule.  Ticket sales open 1hr before the start of competition everyday.

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when does guest seating open?

Venue doors open 30 mins before competition starts. We also clear the venue during extended meal breaks & before the Final Showdown events begin. Do not leave personal items behind or attempt to hold seats!

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Can dancers sit in the audience & watch?

Competing dancers can watch for FREE at Artists Emerge.

In Edmonton, at the Expo Centre, dancers may proceed directly to the bleacher or floor seating from backstage and enjoy the show. We  ask that dancers respect those performing on stage and do not talk or walk around during performances.

In Vancouver, dancers must present themselves to the ticketing booth to receive a dancer stamp on their hand for access to the theatre. If seating is limited, we will ask dancers to vacate their seats for paying customers.  

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Can Parents go backstage to help?

Backstage is for AE staff, competitors, instructors & studio owners. Parents of dancers under 12 should arrange for a teacher to help their child backstage. Having your child’s hair & makeup ready before also helps! If a parent must be backstage, please ensure you have your access wristband on & return to the audience as soon as possible.

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Are there dressing rooms?

There will be change space provided at each venue with indications for female & male change rooms.

Please do not leave valuables or personal belongings in the dressing spaces after your performance. Space is limited. All items must be packed up and removed from the dressing rooms after your performance/adjudication.

Artists Emerge will not be held liable for any items lost or stolen. Your items are your responsibility.

HOW DOES THE AE FINAL SHOWDOWN WORK?

Intrigued about Artists Emerge Final Showdown for both Multi-Discipline and Street Dance?
Here is some info for you!

It is important to us to make sure all ages are involved and get to experience our Final Showdown. We feel that this high energy, exciting environment helps inspire and motivate young dancers. After all, they work hard on their pieces throughout the year and to make it to the “Final Showdown” is something they should be proud of!

MULTI-DISCIPLINE FINALS

LEARN IT, PERFORM IT!

Our finals start off with a bang with our “Learn It, Perform It” showcase.
50 dancers selected at the Convention Audition by our panel of Headliners (and da Costa Talent in Vancouver only) will be performing a piece choreographed by Amanda Cleghorn!

WHO MAKES IT TO FINALS?

Our Multi-Discipline Finals are structured in two age divisions, 12 & Under (Minis/Juniors) and 13 & Up (Teens/Varsity) *these qualifiers are all based on top three scores in each division*

“Top Three” Breakdown:
TOP 3 ~ 12 & under Contemporary
TOP 3 ~ 12 & under Jazz/Lyrical
TOP 3 ~ 12 & under Ballet/Modern
TOP 3 ~ 12 & under Variety Arts (Tap/Musical Theatre/Novelty/Acro)

TOP 3 ~ 13 & + Contemporary
TOP 3 ~ 13 & + Jazz/Lyrical
TOP 3 ~ 13 & + Ballet/Modern
TOP 3 ~ 13 & + Variety Arts (Tap/Musical Theatre/Novelty/Acro)

A running list of preliminary finalists will be updated during the event on our social media channels & on-site.

 

 

STREET DANCE FINALS

ALLSTARS COMPETITION

The Allstars Competition happens during the Street Dance Final Showdown! Featuring some of the best pre-professional street dance crews competing at the Junior, Teen/Varsity & Adult divisions  for big cash prizes!

WHO MAKES IT TO FINALS?

TOP 3 battles in various Street Dance Categories, based on registration per city.

 

LEGENDARY HOSTING & PERFORMANCE BY COMEDIAN STERLING SCOTT!

PARKING

EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE

$15/day when purchased at the gate with NO in/out privileges

EARLYBIRD SPECIAL FOR AE GUESTS!

Save by purchasing your daily parking pass online before March 17 via Showpass®, the Expo’s parking ticket provider. Valid for 73 Street entrance only.
Discounted Advance parking rate: $12/day and includes IN/OUT Privileges

Expo has a brand new ticketing process and for details on how it works click below

 

 

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ANVIL CENTRE

There is underground, parkade & hourly street parking available around the Anvil Centre.

  • Impark lot #2273: 6min walk
  • Impark lot #1627 Douglas College Overflow lot: 5 min
  • Impark Lot 602 Front Street Parkade: 6min walk

Rates vary. Click the link below for more info

https://anvilcentre.com/learn/parking/

 

MOLSON CANADIAN THEATRE - HARD ROCK CASINO

Ample parking in their attached parking lot.