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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  • The Culture of Inclusion/La Culture d'Inclusion 25-Nov-2015

    The 28th annual Canadian Arts Presenting Association’s (CAPACOA) conference (http://www.capaco..

  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property and Preserving Your Artistic Legacy 02-Dec-2015

    How do artists protect their intellectual property and preserve their legacy? Intellectual Property ..

  • Holiday Meetup 18-Dec-2015

    Come join us for some holiday cheer! Snacks and beverages will be provided. ..

  • The Presence of Mind in Motion: a winter intensive with Helen Walkley 02-Jan-2016

    Location: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC / Courtyard Studio, 4..

    • Moment of silence for Paris, Beirut at Canada Council for the Arts gallery


      "We must stay united, we must stay strong, and we must stay Canada."says Minister of Canadian Heritage

      A moment of silence was held inside the Canada Council for the Arts on Elgin Street at noon Monday as an expression of peace and solidarity following the attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere in the world. Approximately 300 people, members of the arts community and the general public, gathered at Âjagemô gallery in downtown Ottawa this morning.

          "We must stay united, we must stay strong, and  we must stay Canada."
          - Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

      The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, attended the event and made brief remarks following a moment of silence at noon. Joly used the occasion to restate the federal government's commitment to bringing Syrian refugees to Canada, as the right thing to do.

      "It's important to show the entire country that we are united, although we are going through difficult times, and it's important to show that Canada is an inclusive society which will welcome great people who will be coming in soon, of course I'm talking about Syrian refugees," said Joly.

      Continue reading HERE.

    • TAPA and Friends of the Arts announces the 6th Annual Arts Day at the City


      November 9, 2015…Toronto, ON… The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) in partnership with Friends of the Arts will meet with a record thirty-five Toronto city councillors on Monday November 9, 2015 to discuss the importance and impact of arts and culture in Toronto.

      “This is the 6th Annual Arts Day at the City”, said TAPA’s Executive Director Jacoba Knaapen, “and this year we are looking forward to our discussions with a majority of city councillors”.

      Arts supporters, donors, artists and arts administrators will spend the 6th Annual Arts Day at the City in discussion with City Councillors that will focus on the fulfillment of the commitment by City Council to invest $25 per capita by 2017. With every $1 invested directly in artists and arts organizations leveraging funds from other sources, the remaining $5 million investment to be allocated by 2017 will ensure that Toronto’s arts sector attracts at least $35 million in new revenues to the city by 2017.

      Continue reading full media release HERE.

    • Welcome to the New Minister of Canadian Heritage / Bienvenue à la nouvelle ministre du Patrimoine canadien


      The Canadian Arts Coalition congratulates Mélanie Joly, the newly sworn in Minister of Canadian Heritage, on her appointment to Cabinet.

      Ms. Joly is known for her involvement in the cultural sector as a volunteer and philanthropist. Notably, she was awarded the Arnold Edinborough Award by Business for the Arts in 2010. “We are eager to begin working with the Minister Joly to fulfill the Liberal Party’s commitments to arts and culture in Canada.” says Kate Cornell, Co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

      Further information here


      La Coalition canadienne des arts félicite L’Honorable Mélanie Joly, nouvellement assermentée ministre du Patrimoine canadien, à l’occasion de sa nomination au Cabinet.

      Assermentation de Mélanie JolyMme Joly est connue pour son implication au sein du milieu culturel à titre de bénévole et de philanthrope. Elle s’est d’ailleurs vue décerner en 2010 le Prix Arnold Edinborough par Les affaires pour les arts.

      « Il nous tarde de travailler avec la ministre pour assurer la mise en œuvre de la plateforme culturelle du Parti libéral, » a déclaré le coprésident du Comité directeur de la Coalition, Frédéric Julien.

      Plus d'informations ici.

    • Arts Community has high hopes for the Liberals

      01-Nov-2015 As Canada's prime minister-designate prepares to be sworn in, Eli Glasner looks at the expensive expectations of the cultural sector. See the interview here:

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