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.

The Canadian Dance Assembly is a national authority in arts advocacy.

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  • High Performance Rodeo 2019 09-Jan-2019

    Are you ready? The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts returns ..

  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019 17-Jan-2019

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. ..

  • on the MOVE - Toronto conference 01-Feb-2019

    Photo by Scott McLeod on the MOVE (OTM) is a dynamic career planning and networking conf..

  • on the MOVE - Montreal conference 15-Feb-2019

    Photo by Scott McLeod on the MOVE (OTM) is a dynamic career planning and networking conf..

    • Fermeture de Fortier Danse-Création en décembre 2018 / Fortier Danse-Création to Close its Doors


      Montrèal, le 20 novembre 2018 - Après presque 40 années de créations et de diffusion, la compagnie de danse contemporaine Fortier Danse-Création fermera ses portes le 31 décembre 2018. Il s'agit d'une décision mûrement réfléchie que le chorégarphe Paul-André Fortier a prise de concert avec le directeur administratif de la companie, Gilles Savary, en poste depuis 27 ans. 

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      Montreal, November 6, 2018 - After nearly 40 years of performing and touring, the contemporary dance company Fortier Danse-Création will close its doors for the last time on December 31, 2018. This carefully considered decision was made by choreographer, Paul-André Fortier, in consultation with the company's general manager, Gilles Savary, who has filled that position for the past 27 years. 

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    • Another step toward an increase to the CAPF / Un autre pas vers l'augmentation du FCPA


      The Standing Committee on Finance tabled its pre-budget report, entitled "Cultivating Competitiveness: Helping Canadians Succeed". As requested by the Coalition and its allies, the report recommends that Budget 2019 "Increase funding for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for performing arts presenters and festivals over a three-year period in order to foster a strong domestic market that will serve as a launch pad for Canadian performing arts productions on international markets."

      Thank you to all advocates who submitted briefs, met with Committee members, spoke at open mic sessions or appeared before the committee to echo the Coalition's message: Sue Urquhart, Randy Joynt, Association franco-yukonnaise, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Festivals and Major Events, Fédération culturelle canadienne-francaise (FCCF), Citadel Theatre, Canadian Dance Assembly, Music Canada Live and all others.


      Le Comité permanent des finances a publié son rapport prébudgétaire intitulé "Cultiver la compétitivité : aider les Canadiens à réussir." Donnant suite aux demandes répétées de la Coalition et de ses alliés, le rapport recommande que le budget de 2019 "Augmente le financement consacré au Fonds du Canada pour la présentation des arts et destiné aux arts de la scène et aux festivals sur trois ans, afin d’avoir un marché intérieur vigoureux qui servira de rampe de lancement sur les marchés étrangers pour les productions canadiennes d’arts du spectacle."

      Merci à tous les défenseur des arts qui ont présenté des mémoires, ont rencontré des membres du comité, ont pris la parole lors de séances à micro ouvert ou ont comparu devant le comité pour faire écho au message de la coalition : L'Association franco-yukonnaise, Fédération culturelle canadienne-française, le regroupement des événements majeures internationaux, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Sue Urquhart, Frédéric Julien, Randy Joynt, Citadel Theatre, l'Assemblée canadienne de danse, Music Canada Live et tous les autres. L'union fait la force.

    • Calgary city council rejects freeze, instead plans to nearly double arts agency funding


      CADA's yearly budget to increase from $6.4M to $11.4M

      City council voted 10-5 Wednesday against a motion that would have frozen the Calgary Arts Development Authority's funding and plans instead to nearly double the agency's budget next year.

      This year, the city gave CADA $6.4 million. The city's proposed four-year budget would set aside $11.4 million for the organization in 2019.
      Coun. Sean Chu, who brought forward the motion for the freeze, said it's not the right time to boost funding in Calgary.

      'I believe art is a want': councillor 
      "There's need and there's want, and I believe art is a want," said Chu.

      But Coun. Jeff Davison disagreed, saying the investment in the arts is a key part of the city's economic development strategy that can pay off in terms of jobs, not to mention how a thriving arts scene can attract investors to a city. To read the full article, click HERE

    • 2019 Canadian creative industries trade mission to Latin America


      Join Canadian Heritage on its second departmental trade mission. The mission will focus on Latin America, and more particularly Mexico, Colombia and Argentina from February 10 to 19, 2019. In addition to advancing business-to-business networking opportunities in the creative industries, the mission will foster a greater understanding of the Latin American business environment and its opportunities and challenges.

      Mission objectives

      Establish and build relationships with governmental counterparts and key organizations (i.e. Pacific Alliance States, Mercosur and Ibero-American States) in order to secure Canada as a partner of creative industries, trade and culture, and advocate for Canadian creative industries to foreign governments.

      Facilitate market entry for high-potential, export-ready Canadian creative sector small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
      Increase the visibility and profile of companies already established in the Latin American market.
      Targeted sectors

      The trade mission is targeted to sectors that present opportunities to leverage existing networks, play to Canada's strengths, and have complementarity with the Latin American market. The following six business clusters are being projected but are not limited to for the trade delegation:

      - film/audio-visual (including animation and visual effects);
      - video games and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR);
      - music;
      - digital content for public/creative spaces/museums;
      - performing arts; and
      - books.

      Who should participate?

      The 2019 Creative Industries Trade Mission to Latin America will be tailored to Canadian businesses that are seasoned exporters and have high potential and readiness for the Latin American market – essential for the trade mission to be successful.

      For more information, click HERE

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