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.

Consider making a one time or monthly donation to CDA and receive a charitable tax receipt.


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View Our Events Calendar

Be sure to check out the events calendar for the latest in conferences, festivals and professional development opportunities.

  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 16-Jan-2018

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival ( is one of Vanco..

  • DTRC - on the MOVE 2017/18 Conferences 20-Jan-2018

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

  • Canada Arts Council: Annual Public Meeting 2018 23-Jan-2018

    The Canada Council for the Arts ( invites you to participate in t..

  • The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival 27-Feb-2018

    Festival Dates: February 27 - March 4, 2018 Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 NW Marine ..

    • President's Budget Would Shutdown Cultural Agencies in USA



      Yesterday, the President released his budget for fiscal year 2019, which would move to close the National Endowment for the Arts, providing only $29 million to take steps to shut down the agency. The President’s budget proposal is just the beginning of a long budget process. Last year, the president’s budget also called for the elimination of the NEA for FY2018 and even proposed cutting the FY2017 budget. 

      Congress, however, has demonstrated strong bipartisan support, increasing the NEA’s budget in FY2017. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives’ proposed budget for FY2018 includes a mere $5 million cut, and the Senate budget proposal offers level funding. Read more here.

    • Back on the International Stage | De retour sur la scène internationale

      08-Feb-2018 The Canadian Arts Coalition commends the government of Canada on its efforts to open up new trade opportunities for Canadian creators in Asia. Full article here.

      La Coalition canadienne des arts salue les efforts du gouvernement du Canada afin d’ouvrir de nouveaux marchés pour les créateurs canadiens en Asie. Cliquez pour l'article.
    • DCD's New Exhibit & Radio Interview with Kate Cornell


      On February 3rd, 2018, Canadian Dance Assembly's Executive Director, Kate Cornell was interviewed as part of CBC Radio One, 'World this Weekend' podcast segment covering the It's About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 - 1970 exhibition presented by Dance Collection Danse and curated by Seika Boye. Take a listen to recording HERE The It's About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900 - 1970 exhibition illuminates the largely undocumented dance history of Canada’s Black population before 1970. The exhibit exposes the representation of Blackness on Canadian stages, as well as audience and media reception of Black performance in Canada during this era. It’s About Time explores legislation of leisure culture, dance lessons and the role of social dances at mid-century.
      The exhibition will be on display at the following two locations: Location: Dance Collection Danse Gallery (149 Church Street, 3rd Floor) Dates: January 31 - June 22, 2018 Location: Ignite Gallery, OCAD University (165 Augusta Ave) Dates: July 11 - August 19, 2018 Find more information, visit their website HERE

    • Community Foundations of Canada: Arts & Belonging


      In partnership with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) has generated a national Vital Signs report to shine the spotlight on compelling data and stories that demonstrate the power of the arts to build a greater sense of belonging to our communities, to our country, and to each other.


      What is belonging?

      Simply put, belonging is being part of a collective we. It’s about how much we believe we fit in a group or place – and how much that place or group welcomes or includes us.

      Since 2015, our national Vital Signs program has been exploring how our sense of belonging has an extraordinary capacity to transform our lives and our communities. Our research found that 38% of Canadians don’t feel like they have a stake in their local community. So we asked: How can we strengthen our sense of belonging to each other and to our communities?

      Read the full report HERE to learn more, including recommendations for action to build belonging through the arts in communities across Canada.

      For more about Community Foundations of Canada, visit their website HERE

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    Becoming a member of CDA means having YOUR needs represented on a national level.

    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
    55 Mill Street, Suite 312
    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444
    Fax: 1.416.515.9444