The Voice of Canadian Dance

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is the voice of the professional dance sector in Canada and promotes a healthy, sustainable environment in which professional dance practice can grow and thrive.  CDA cultivates a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and supports the development of resources for this field of artistic expression. Through conferences, workshops, and networking events we connect the dance community from coast to coast, building a cohesive and dynamic milieu.

We are grateful for the teachings of Indigenous peoples, colleagues, Elders, and peers, sharing traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge; For the ability to dance and celebrate on this land.
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  • Prismatic Arts Festival 2018 12-Sep-2018

    Prismatic Arts Festival ( celebrates its 10th anniversary this yea..

  • 10th Anniversary HDC Annual Conference 2018 28-Sep-2018

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    • Ballet Edmonton launches new season with name, creative and professional association changes


      "We want to proudly say to the city, 'we are your ballet company', and with all these other changes it seemed like the right time to change the name itself.” - Sheri Sommerville, executive director, Ballet Edmonton

      So long Citie Ballet.

      Hello Ballet Edmonton.

      The city’s oldest contemporary ballet company has re-positioned itself with a new name and several new professional associations.

      As the former Citie Ballet – now Ballet Edmonton – takes a name change the company will also start a new partnership with the Fine Arts & Communications Faculty at MacEwan University involving a performance space and other possible collaborations. Finally, Ballet Edmonton has announced that one of Canada’s most acclaimed choreographers Wen Wei Wang will take over as its new artistic director for the 2018-2019 season. Details of several shows for that season were also part of a recent announcement.

      Continue reading the full article HERE

    • Taxation and the Artist


      The Canadian Arts Coalition has created a Committee on Taxation and the Artist in partnership with many NASO organizations including CARFAC, IMAA, and the Canadian Dance Assembly. April Britski of CARFAC National has been leading this committee, with support from Co-Chair Kate Cornell. The Committee is focused on the fair treatment of professional artists regarding taxation. The Committee is in regular communication with the Canada Council for the Arts and with senior officials at the Canada Revenue Agency. This significant file is moving quickly and the government is listening.

      If you are an artist who has been reassessed and/or audited by the Canada Revenue Agency, please share your story with the Canadian Arts Coalition or your discipline-specific national arts service organization. Contact:

      Please see the Canada Council statement HERE.

    • Ontario Elections 2018 - Make sure to VOTE!


      This provincial election in Ontario is essential for the arts sector. We are likely to have a new Premier at the end of the day on June 7th which will mean potential changes for the Ontario Arts Council’s budget, depending upon which party is elected.

      PLEASE get out and VOTE.

      How to Vote (even if you didn’t get your voter card), click HERE

      Information on the arts issues: Ontarians for the Arts, click HERE

      Not sure which party reflects your values? Take this five minute survey, click HERE

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    • CRA demotes Halifax sculptor to 'hobby artist' and gives him $14K tax bill


      An established Halifax sculptor says he was shocked and insulted by a Canada Revenue Agency ruling demoting him to the status of "hobby artist" and giving him a $14,500 tax bill.

      Installation artist Steve Higgins, also a part-time instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, was notified his expense claims from a 2013 art project were rejected because the work was funded by public grants and not sold for profit. The basis of the ruling has some Canadian arts groups concerned about what they see as a dangerous precedent. Higgins said he received the reassessment from the CRA in January. His expense claims were rejected and he was informed he owed $14,495.37 in back taxes. Those taxes are due today, the April 30 deadline for Canadians to file their income tax returns.

      To continue reading, click HERE

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    Member Directory

    The Canadian Dance Assembly is pleased to offer a searchable online directory of its members. Use the search functions below to sort by standing council, city or province.

    Canadian Dance Assembly
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