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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.

 The Canadian Dance Assembly is pleased to host its next conference in Calgary. Registration is now open! Click for further conference details and descriptions.
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  • Festival of New Dance 23-Sep-2017

    Neighbourhood Dance Works presents their 27th annual Festival of New Dance. From rhythmic..

  • Fall for Dance North 04-Oct-2017

    October 4th-6th, 2017 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts..

  • Fluid Fest 2017 18-Oct-2017

    October 18th-28th, 2017 Location: Various venues in Calgary, AB BE MOVED. BE CUR..

  • Canadian Dance Assembly National Conference 2017 / Conférence nationale 2017 19-Oct-2017

    October 19 and 20 - Calgary, AB The Canadian Dance Assembly is pleased to host its next N..

    • Choosing change and reconciliation in the arts

      13-Sep-2017

      Canada is at an important turning point in its history as all sectors of Canadian society are re-examining the position and impact of treaties and the ancestral rights of Indigenous peoples – and the arts sector is no exception. Against this backdrop, the question of the appropriation of Indigenous cultural knowledge and heritage has become a contentious issue with some in the arts community. As Anishinaabe artist Aylan Couchie has so powerfully articulated, "The appropriation of Indigenous stories, ways of being and artworks is simply an extension of colonialism and settlers' assertion of rights over the property of Indigenous people. The history of colonizing Indigenous identity through images, film and narratives has played its part in placing Indigenous perspectives at a subordinate level."

      The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report highlighted repeated attempts at cultural genocide vis-à-vis this country's Indigenous peoples. In doing so, it posed a historic challenge to every institution in Canada, including the Canada Council.

      As Canada's public-arts funder, we are now aware – in a way we weren't when the organization was created 60 years ago – of the deliberate attempts throughout Canada's history to eradicate the cultures and languages of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We are also aware of the role cultural appropriation played in the oppression and violence against Indigenous peoples. With this awareness comes an obligation and a duty to act. We are all agents of either the status quo or change – and the Canada Council is taking responsibility and choosing change.

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    • CORPUS presents its newest creation, House Guests

      29-Aug-2017

      Award-winning and internationally renown dance/theatre company CORPUS presents its newest creation, House Guests, in the context of the company's 20th Anniversary. 

      With House Guests, 20 guests at the time are invited to discover the mysterious and enchanting content of CORPUS' Artistic Director’s own house (8, Baden St). This site-specific creation sees a residential Toronto dwelling remodeled as a museum of contemporary performances and explores the various hosting traditions of many diverse cultures.


      8 Baden Street / Photo by Isorine Marc

      Premiere: November 21st 2017
      Run:  November 22nd to December 17th, 2017
      Tuesday-Saturday – 8pm
      Saturday-Sunday – 5pm


      Location: 8 Baden Street
      Toronto, ON M6J 1Z4

      (Please note that 2nd and 3rd floor are accessible by stairs only.)

      Regular tickets: $30+HST
      Early bird tickets (Sept 1st to Nov 1st): $25+HST
      Enter promo code: CORPUS20

      Video teaser: https://vimeo.com/227507335
      More info and ticket sales: http://corpus.ca/docsEn/creation-HG.html

      CREDITS:
      Artistic Direction: David Danzon
      Performers: Michael Caldwell, Jolyane Langlois, Takako Segawa, Robert Feetham, Indrit Kasapi
      Artistic Advisor and Stage Manager: Ayelen Liberona
      Created by David Danzon with the Ensemble and Ayelen Liberona

    • CDA submits two briefs to the Federal government | L'ACD dépose deux mémoires au gouvernement fédéral

      25-Aug-2017 *la version française suit

      In August 2017, the Canadian Dance Assembly submitted two briefs to the Federal government - one to the Standing Committee on Finance with recommendations for Budget 2018, and one to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women on the economic security of women within the arts and culture sector. Read the briefs below: 

      CDA's Pre-Budget Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (2017)
      Economic Security of Women in the arts and culture sector to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (2017)
       submitted by the CDA, Playwrights Guild of Canada, PACT, Opera.ca, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Theatre Ontario, CPAMO and CARFAC

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      En août 2017, l'Assemblée canadienne de la danse a déposé deux mémoires au gouvernement fédéral au sujet des recommendations pour le budget 2018 et la sécurité économique des femmes dans le secteur des arts et la culture. Vous pouvez trouver les documents ci-dessous (disponible en anglais): 

      CDA's Pre-Budget Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (2017)
      Economic Security of Women in the arts and culture sector to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (2017)
       submitted by the CDA, Playwrights Guild of Canada, PACT, Opera.ca, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Theatre Ontario, CPAMO and CARFAC
    • Fall for Dance North Announces Programming Details

      10-Aug-2017

      FALL FOR DANCE NORTH ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING DETAILS FOR ITS THIRD SEASON OCTOBER 4 - 6

      - Three unique programs each night with all tickets at $15 -

      Highlights include Three World Premiere Festival Commissions, a new work by Robert Binet of the National Ballet of Canada, World-Record Breaking 72-Person Ball Passing with an all Toronto cast closing out each night and more!

      PLUS

      New partnership with Union Station expands the Festival to bring various dance and music events to the station’s West Wing

      Click here for the 2017 Fall For Dance North trailer

      TORONTO (June 19, 2017) – One of the most anticipated festivals in Toronto returns for its third season and the programming lineup will have audiences “jazzed” up. Fall for Dance North (FFDN) announces a dynamic lineup of performances taking place over three nights at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts from October 4 to 6, 2017. Celebrating Canadian dancers and choreographers in Canada’s 150th year, FFDN, co-presented by the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, once again features 10 internationally acclaimed dance companies from Canada and around the world. Each night will offer a unique program with highlights that include world premiere festival commissions from Robert Binet of the National Ballet of Canada, seven-time world champion Irish dancer Michaela Hinds, and the ambitious world-record breaking 72-Person Ball Passing community dance project cast from auditions throughout Toronto.

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