About Catch A Rising Star Dance Festivals

Catch A Rising Star is a family owned and operated festival company led by Carol Adams

As an instructor myself, I was always looking for opportunities for my students to perform. I have been working in Central Alberta to promote dance in rural areas. As the dance industry grows in rural areas, a dance festival needs to be tailored to accommodate small town studios and smaller studios in general. Studios with similar programs are invited to our festivals. Most festivals, we often have access to, challenge us to compete with dancers from large city studios that are able to offer much more to their students. Small studios with similar attributes deserve their own festival without the strong competitive atmosphere. We want a fair and fun festival of our own. Our Tour includes two Catch A Rising Star Dance Festivals, GALAXY Dance Festival and two NOVA Dance Challenges.

No Surprises!

We promise to keep our festivals running on our 'advertised' dates. We do not extend the festival to accommodate more entries. When our time capacity had been reach we cut off entries, so enter early to avoid disappointment!

We offer three levels to suit your dancers

  • Novice Level for the beginner dancers
  • Competitive Level for Dancers training under 6 hours per week
  • Accelerated Level for Dancers training more than 6 hours per week

Our festivals are geared to award as many dancers as possible. We have adjudications approximately every 30 minutes

  • There is an average of one award in every four entries
  • There are plaques in every adjudication
  • On Stage scholarships and Choreography awards in every group adjudication
  • All participants are awarded a medal with their on stage adjudication
  • Cash awarded at the Top Awards Ceremonies on Sunday... Last year CARS handed out more than $17,000 in cash awards

More About Carol Adams...

Carol is celebrating over 30 years of Dance Instruction. She has taught for non-profit dance clubs, private studios, in her own studio as well as in other studios as a guest teacher. She is well versed in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre, ukrainian dance, and even belly dance. Carol loves to continue her training by taking classes and has traveled to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles for training. Carol was examined by and internationally certified with the Dance Educators of America (DEA) She was also examined to become an associate member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA) Stage Division for tap & jazz. She has taught classes with ADAPT, Al Gilbert, RAD and CDTA syllabi. Carol was lucky enough to have trained personally with Tap Masters such as Henry LeTang (Gregory Hines teacher) Maurice Hines, Al Gilbert, Gregg Russell and more. Her Hip Hop Training has led her to train from some of the original poppers & lockers like Popin Pete & Suga Pop along with some of the Groovaloos. Along with judging at various dance festivals, she has, also, been running Catch a Rising Star Dance Festivals in Alberta since 2001. She has done choreography for the Western Premiers' Conference, Alberta Winter Games, West Side Story, The Boyfriend, California Adventure Park, Disneyland, along with hundreds of competition numbers. Carol has received many accolades and choreography awards for her work. Several of her former students now have professional careers in dance, theatre, television, film and teaching. Carol is a firm believer that it takes only the passion for dance and a dedicated teacher to create a professional level dancer, not just the size of the city. Rural Alberta has proven to have an excellent caliber of dance and Carol has continued to remain active in promoting dance in all areas of the province. Carol is excited to be still working with some of Alberta’s finest dance studios.