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.

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  • Peace Day 2016 21-Sep-2016

    Did you know that Peace Day is on September 21? Each year the International Day of Peace is obse..

  • Healthy Dancer Canada 9th Annual Conference 25-Sep-2016

    Healthy Dancer Canada is growing coast to coast! ​ 9th Annual Conference: Dancing Through Life ..

  • CADA30 Party! 28-Sep-2016

    On Wednesday, September 28 at 7pm at the Citadel Theatre You’re invited to SAIFER86: CADA-ON&r..

  • 26 Festival of New Dance 03-Oct-2016

    The 26th Annual Festival of New Dance will be taking place October 3rd to October 8th, 2016 in S..

    • Canada’s National Ballet School’s Sharing Dance Canada 2017 Chosen as A Canada 150 Signature Project


      Celebrating Canada’s 150th through dance

      TORONTO, ON (September 19, 2016) – Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament (Toronto-Danforth), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, yesterday in Toronto announced $499,144 in funding for Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Canada 150 Signature Project, Sharing Dance Canada 2017.

      Thanks to this support from the Government of Canada, through the Canada 150 Fund, NBS will share and showcase Canada’s history, cultural richness and diversity through dance, while also bringing together and empowering communities across the country to share their stories of what it means to be Canadian.  

      Choreographers from culturally diverse backgrounds will work with a range of community groups to give voice – and movement – to a richly expressive and unique dance routine, representing Canada’s artistic identity.  The Sharing Dance Canada 2017 routine will be taught in schools and community centres.  Free online rehearsals will also be made available on the Sharing Dance website ( beginning January 2017, so that anyone and everyone across the country can dance Canada into its next 150 years.  

      The celebration of Sharing Dance Day on June 2nd will see communities across Canada come together to perform the 2017 routine, showcasing their local spin and individuality.  Official Sharing Dance Day events will take place in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa, as well as in many other cities, big and small.      

      NBS launched Sharing Dance in 2010 as a community engagement and educational platform connecting the broader community, making dance more accessible, and promoting the physical, mental and emotional benefits of dance.  Since its launch, the program has continued to grow and now, thanks to a myriad of national partners and supporters, is bringing dance to Canadians of all ages and skill levels.  NBS’ goal is to have Canadians from coast to coast to coast dancing in 2017, for Canada’s 150th, while also increasing awareness around dance and the role it can play in improving quality of life for all.  

      To learn more about Sharing Dance Canada 2017, please visit:

      Download/read full press release


      Le projet Dansons Ensemble Canada 2017 de l’École nationale de ballet du Canada choisi comme projet signature Canada 150

      Danser pour célébrer le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération

      TORONTO, Ontario (19 septembre 2016) – Julie Dabrusin, députée de Toronto-Danforth, a annoncé hier à Toronto, au nom de l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, l’octroi d’un financement de 499 144 $ à l’École nationale de ballet du Canada (ÉNB) pour leur projet signature Canada 150 intitulé Dansons Ensemble Canada 2017.

      Grâce au soutien qu’offre le gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds Canada 150, l’ÉNB mettra en lumière l’histoire du Canada, sa richesse culturelle et sa diversité au moyen de la danse. En outre, l’initiative rassemblera les collectivités partout au pays et leur permettra d’exprimer ce que signifie être Canadien.  

      Des chorégraphes de différentes origines culturelles travailleront avec un éventail de groupes communautaires pour donner corps à une chorégraphie expressive et unique qui représentera l’identité artistique du Canada. La chorégraphie de Dansons Ensemble Canada 2017 sera enseignée dans les écoles et les centres communautaires. Dès janvier 2017, des répétitions en ligne seront aussi offertes gratuitement sur le site Web de Dansons Ensemble ( afin que tous d’un bout à l’autre du pays s’unissent pour faire danser le Canada alors qu’il entame le prochain siècle et demi.

      Dans le cadre de la Journée Dansons Ensemble qui aura lieu le 2 juin, les collectivités partout au Canada se rassembleront pour interpréter la chorégraphie de 2017 en y ajoutant leur couleur locale et en exprimant leur spécificité. Les activités officielles de la Journée Dansons Ensemble se tiendront à Toronto, Montréal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary et Ottawa, ainsi que dans beaucoup d’autres villes, grandes et petites.              

      L’ÉNB a lancé le programme Dansons Ensemble en 2010 afin de constituer une plateforme pédagogique et de participation communautaire permettant d’atteindre la collectivité élargie, de rendre la danse plus accessible ainsi que de promouvoir ses bienfaits sur les plans physique, mental et affectif.  Depuis sa mise sur pied, le programme continue de prendre de l’ampleur; maintenant, grâce à une myriade de partenaires nationaux et de donateurs, il permet à des Canadiens de tous âges et niveaux d’habileté d’avoir accès à la danse. L’ÉNB a pour objectif de faire danser les Canadiens d’un océan à l’autre en 2017, pour le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération, tout en sensibilisant davantage la population à la danse et au rôle qu’elle peut jouer pour améliorer la qualité de vie de tous.  

      Pour de plus amples renseignements sur Dansons Ensemble Canada 2017, veuillez consulter le site Web suivant :

      Télécharger / lire le communiqué de presse complet

    • CDA's Kate Cornell interviewed on Yahoo! News!


      CanCon’s evolution: Ottawa seeks public’s input on future of arts and culture funding

      [Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly is seeking the public’s input on the future of Canada’s arts and culture funding in the digital age. REUTERS/Chris Wattie]

      The days of protecting Canada’s tender culture from the great American machine are long gone and it’s time to adapt to the brave new digital world when it comes to this country’s arts.

      But how to do that in the great global scheme of things?

      The government of Canada is looking for ideas.

      Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly launched the second phase Tuesday in her plan to rewrite Ottawa’s approach to arts and culture, with the release of a consultation report that marks the start of virtual and cross-country consultations on “Canadian Content in a Digital World.”


      It’s an overhaul that’s probably long overdue, says Kate Cornell, co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition.

      The current policy is still largely based on a 1951 report from the Massey Commission, Cornell tells Yahoo Canada News.

      “It’s antiquated,” she says. “That document was incredibly protectionist because it had to be in an era where Canadians were concerned about the overwhelming influence of American culture. In today’s digital world, we’re not as worried about the looming presence of American culture. We haven’t been swallowed up by American culture as the Massey Commission worried.”

      Canadian artists are creating amazing work but being noticed — and getting paid for it — are global challenges, Cornell says.

      Read the full interview/article on YAHOO!.

    • Join us for Arts Day on the Hill 2016 | Soyez de la partie à la Journée des arts sur la Colline du Parlement 2016 !


      Join us on Tuesday, October 25th for Arts Day on the Hill!

      This event is a great opportunity for artists, arts managers and board members of arts organizations across the country to meet with Members of Parliament. It’s our opportunity to bring arts advocates from across the country together to collectively to speak to federal stakeholders and to talk with them about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities. Arts Day on the Hill is one of our 
      most successful ways to engage parliamentarians and get their support on specific Coalition requests.

      With the election of a majority Liberal government and the announcement of significantly increased funding to the Canada Council for the Arts last fall, it might seem like the need isn’t as great for Arts Day this year. But it’s especially in times of plenty that it becomes important to meet with our government representatives, to build a positive relationship with them and to share with them the value our organizations bring to life in Canada. Artists and Parliamentarians have much to accomplish together in the next four years. We invite you to join the momentum on Parliament Hill for renewed support for artists across the country! 

      How can you get involved?

      Registration deadline is October 11!


      Soyez de la partie avec nous le mardi 25 octobre prochain pour la Journée des arts sur la Colline du Parlement !

      Cet événement est l’occasion rêvée pour les artistes, gestionnaires et conseils d’administration d’organismes artistiques de partout au pays de rencontrer des députés fédéraux. Et c’est aussi l’occasion pour nous de réunir des défenseurs des arts des quatre coins du pays, de nous entretenir avec des intervenants de la scène fédérale et de leur faire valoir l’importance des arts au sein de nos collectivités canadiennes. La Journée des arts sur la Colline du Parlement constitue l’un de nos meilleurs outils pour intéresser les parlementaires et les convaincre de soutenir des demandes précises de la Coalition.

      Avec l’élection d’un gouvernement libéral majoritaire et l’annonce d’une augmentation considérable des crédits au Conseil des arts du Canada l’automne dernier, on pourrait croire que la Journée des arts de cette année n’est plus aussi nécessaire. Mais, au contraire, c’est en période d’abondance qu’il devient particulièrement important de nous asseoir avec les représentants de nos gouvernements, d’établir des liens positifs avec eux et de leur faire connaître l’importance de nos organismes dans la vie des Canadiens et Canadiennes. Les artistes et les parlementaires ont beaucoup à accomplir ensemble au cours des quatre prochaines années. Nous vous invitons à être de la partie à la Journée des arts sur la Colline du Parlement pour continuer de demander le renouvellement du soutien en faveur des artistes par tout le pays !

      Comment participer ?

      Date limite d'inscription est le 11 octobre!

    • Winnipeg Dance Preservation Initiative Dances for Mother Teresa


      A group of 12 Winnipeg dancers will honour a saint on sacred ground Sunday.

      To mark the occasion of Mother Teresa's canonization, the Landscape Dancers from director Stephanie Ballard's School of Contemporary Dancers will perform for an hour at the St. Boniface Cathedral Ruins beginning at 1 p.m.

      There is no charge and the group is encouraging the public to attend the performance.

      In a service expected to draw a half-million people to St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis will preside over the transformation of the tiny but powerful nun into Saint Teresa of Kolkata, her adopted home in India. She died in 1997.

      Read full article on Winnipeg Free Press and more on Winnipeg Sun.

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