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.

Being a member of CDA means having YOUR needs represented on a national level; every voice adds momentum to our efforts, every member makes a difference!
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Be sure to check out the events calendar for the latest in conferences, festivals and professional development opportunities.

  • Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur 2018 02-Aug-2018

    The 27th season of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur is back from August 2 -12, 2018 to pre..

  • Prismatic Arts Festival 2018 12-Sep-2018

    Prismatic Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year from September 12th - 16th, 20..

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

    Healthy Dancer Canada invites you to their 10th Anniversary Conference 2018, Create, Communicate..

    • CRA loses court challenge to its political-activity audits of charities


      Photo: Leilani Farha, executive director of Canada Without Poverty, which won a key Charter challenge in court this week regarding how much political activity a charity can engage in. A judge ruled the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression means there can be no limits. (Idil Mussa/CBC News)

      An Ontario judge has pulled the rug out from the Canada Revenue Agency's political-activity audits of Canadian charities, ruling the Income Tax Act infringes on the constitutional right to free expression.

      Monday's ruling immediately quashes a longstanding rule limiting to 10 per cent the resources any Canadian charity is permitted to devote to political activities.

      The decision by Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice is a reprieve for the tiny Ottawa group that launched the challenge — Canada Without Poverty — which has been under formal notice of losing its charitable status since 2016.

      Read the full article HERE 

    • CRA Simplifies International Taxation / L’Agence du revenu simplifie la fiscalité


      The CRA Simplifies International Taxation in Response to Sector Recommendations

      After three years of advocacy, the Canada Revenue Agency has put in place a simplified income tax process for non-resident artists. This simplified process addresses a few of the recommendations issued by the Performing Arts Tax Working Group. Among other things, it no longer requires the waiver applicant to obtain an Individual Tax Number for each performing artist. This is a partial, yet quite significant, improvement.

      However, the scope of the simplified process is limited. Only self-employed performing artists are eligible. In addition, the full exemption to the withholding tax obligation will only be available to artists from the United States. Read more


      L’Agence du revenu simplifie la fiscalité internationale en réponse aux demandes du secteur du spectacle

      Au terme de trois années de représentation, l’Agence du revenu du Canada a mis en place un processus simplifié d’impôt sur le revenu pour les artistes non-résidents. Ce processus simplifié répond à quelques unes des recommandations du Groupe de travail sur la fiscalité dans les arts du spectacle, notamment en ce qui concerne l’exonération de l’obligation pour le demandeur d’obtenir un numéro d’identification-impôt pour chaque artiste. C’est là un gain partiel mais significatif.

      Cependant, la portée du processus simplifié est limitée. Tout d’abord, il est restreint aux artistes qui sont des travailleurs indépendants ou autonomes. Ensuite, l’exonération complète de l’obligation de retenue d’impôt ne sera accessible qu’aux artistes des États-Unis. Continuer à lire ici

      Photo: Benoit Rousseau, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
    • 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.

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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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    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444
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