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.

Join us for a roundtable on pluralism in dance June 6 in Ottawa, 12-4pm. CDA's Annual General Meeting of Members will follow. 

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Be sure to check out the events calendar for the latest in conferences, festivals and professional development opportunities.

  • Festival TransAmériques 10th Edition, Montreal 26-May-2016

    MONTREAL DANCE + THEATRE An international event celebrating new works in contemporary dance and ..

  • Guelph Dance 2016 Festival 02-Jun-2016

    Guelph Dance—formerly the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival—aims to engage and enth..

  • Sharing Dance Day 2016 03-Jun-2016

    Avec le programme Dansons Ensemble, l’École nationale de ballet du Canada ..

  • Canada Dance Festival 2016 Festival Danse Canada 04-Jun-2016

    OTTAWA New Dance from Canada’s Best The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) (http://canadadance...

    • CIUT 89.5 FM Podcast: International Dance Day


      Every Body Dances: Living Room to Ballroom, Where Do You Dance?

      From Turn Out Episode aired on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 on CIUT 89.5 FM

      Listen to our Kate Cornell and CDA's appointed ambassador Susanne Chui interviewed by Nicole Hamilton and Samara Thompson on the Turn Out show.

      You can hear the podcast HERE!

      Excerpts from the show:
      "Today’s show is a celebration of International Day Day and we are asking, where do you dance?

      Susanne Chui, the Artistic Director of Mocean Dance, dances in Halifax and she was chosen by the Canadian Dance Assembly to write this year’s Canadian message for International Dance Day. She joins Nicole Hamilton over the phone to talk about her message and its significance.

      Kate Cornell, the Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, joins Samara Thompson in the studio tell fill us in on what’s going on across Canada on International Dance Day and to tell us where she find herself dancing."

    • Sharing Dance in the Classroom


      Sharing Dance in the Classroom is a FREE suite of bilingual online resources for teachers, providing high-quality, creative, dance activities to increase physical activity, and mental and emotional well-being. You do not need dance experience to facilitate these classes! The materials are designed to be nationally relevant and meet the needs of dance curriculums across all provinces and territories. The resources are also cross-curricular – units focus on exploring language, science and geography through movement.
      Bilingual resources for junior grades are now available. Sign up to access here. Resources for Primary and Intermediate levels will be available in 2017, along with supplementary support tools and modules appropriate for after-school programs, and other community settings.

      Powered by Canada’s National Ballet School, the resources were created in partnership with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and Physical and Health Education Canada.

      Download the PDF: French | English

    • DJD offers sneak peek of new dance centre


      Thirty-two years ago, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks was a modest summer project that held practices in basements and “funny little rooms” at the University of Calgary.

      Three years later, its first studio was a small space above a bread store.

      Next week, the centre will open for dance classes, while the nine-dancer professional company will launch its first production, New Universe, on May 27 in its new home.

      Read the full article here:

    • Dance about town this International Dance Day


      Site-specific work, an open rehearsal, and a dinner performance all make up activities in Vancouver this International Dance Day.

      Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, International Dance Day happens every April 29 with events across Canada and around the world. The Canadian Dance Assembly publishes a national message, this year featuring Halifax-based dance artist Susanne Chui. One of Chui's Vancouver connections is that her company, Mocean Dance, premiered a new work by Vancouver choreographer Serge Bennathan last year.

      Keep your eyes peeled for dance in unexpected locales on Friday. Here are a few to note.

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    Canadian Dance Assembly
    55 Mill Street, Suite 312
    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444
    Fax: 1.416.515.9444