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 (CDA) is pleased to partner with CAPACOA on it's upcoming conference November 15-16, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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  • BC Alliance's Annual Conference 30-Sep-2019

    Registration for the BC Alliance's Annual Conference is Now Open! Research proves that ar..

  • 29th annual International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Conference 24-Oct-2019

    Announcing the 29th annual International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Conference..

  • CDA Performing Arts National Conference 2019 15-Nov-2019

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    • Artistic Director Emily Molnar Accepts New Role with Nederlands Dans Theater


      July 11, 2019 - Ballet BC announces that Artistic Director Emily Molnar has accepted the role of Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) effective August 2020. Emily will remain with Ballet BC until June 2020 and will be a part of the search committee for the new Artistic Director which will begin as soon as possible.

      Ten years ago, Emily joined Ballet BC while it was near bankruptcy and painstakingly transformed it into a company with an international reputation sought after by presenters including Sadler’s Wells, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Sydney Opera House. During her tenure, she created an extremely collaborative and supportive environment for dancers, staff, and board of directors that put contemporary dance productions and the Company on the map.

      Said Emily Molnar, “Ballet BC has been my passion for many years and will always hold a special place in my heart. It has been my great pleasure and privilege to lead Ballet BC through its renewal into an exciting time of growth. The company is in a wonderful place, making it a perfect moment for new and inspired artistic leadership. I look forward to the upcoming season and am thrilled to see what is next for Ballet BC.”

      Ballet BC is grateful for the growth, leadership and direction that Emily has provided for the last decade. The position with NDT is prestigious and the appointment is a testament to the artistic talent and cultural enrichment that Emily has provided to Ballet BC, and the world, during her tenure.

      Read full press release HERE.

      Emily Molnar with Artists of Ballet BC - Photo by Michael Slobodian

    • ArtsNL announces plan for $1 million increase to its annual allocation


      August 2, 2019 (Eastport, NL) –Today ArtsNL is pleased to share the details of a plan for the recently announced $1 million increase to the arms-length provincial public arts funding agency’s annual allocation, which was included in the provincial 2019-20 budget.

      “We were certainly very pleased with the announcement of the $1 million increase for ArtsNL contained within this year’s provincial budget as well as government’s commitment to raise ArtsNL’s overall allocation to $5 million by 2022,” said Stan Hill, ArtsNL Chair. “As a result of efforts made by the arts community throughout the province in their call for an increase to ArtsNL, the overall allocation is $2,936,600 for this fiscal year. This increase will provide Council with the ability and flexibility to increase funding in its provincial arts grant programs, fulfilling its mandate to foster and promote the creation of arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

      Members of ArtsNL’s Council recently met to discuss how the additional funds would be distributed across ArtsNL’s public arts grant programs. Council agreed to allocate the total $1,000,000 into four of ArtsNL’s existing grant programs as follows:

      - The Professional Project Grants Program will see an increase of $490,000 (making a total of $1,040,000 available).
      - The Professional Artists’ Travel Fund (PATF) will double available annual funds from $30,000 to $60,000, or $20,000 per session (the PATF has three sessions per fiscal year).
      - The Sustaining Program for Professional Arts Organizations (SPPAO) will have an additional $380,000 allocated (bringing its total to $955,000).
      - The Annual Operating Grant for Professional Arts Organizations (AOPPAO) will have an additional $100,000 allocated (bringing its total to $250,000).

      For more information, click HERE

    • Hill Strategies: Situation of Artists


      VOLUME 18 NO 3 / JULY 31, 2019

      Focusing on nine arts occupations and 50 cultural occupations, this report highlights key aspects of the working lives of artists and cultural workers in Canada. Based on the 2016 long-form census, which captured occupational information based on the job in which people worked the most hours between May 1 and 7, 2016, the report indicates that the 183,200 artists in Canada represent just under 1% of the overall Canadian labour force. The report notes that there are more artists (183,200) than workers “in automotive manufacturing (154,100) and the utilities sector (144,900)”.

      The most common arts occupations in Canada are: musicians and singers (40,300, or 22% of all 183,200 artists), authors and writers (31,100, or 17%), producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations (29,100, or 16%), and visual artists (24,800, or 14%). The report contains key demographic, employment, and income information for each arts occupation.

      In its examination of the demographic and employment characteristics of all artists, the report finds that:
      - “Women comprise 53% of artists, higher than the proportion of all workers (48%).
      - A much larger percentage of artists than all workers have a bachelor’s degree or higher (44% vs. 27%).
      - 52% of artists are self-employed, compared with only 12% of all Canadian workers.
      - The age distribution of artists is fairly similar to all workers: nearly one-half of artists (47%) are 45 years of age or older, similar to the 45% of all workers. However, more artists than all workers are 65 years of age or older (12% vs. 6%).
      - Racialized Canadians are under-represented among artists (15%) compared with all workers (21%).
      - Indigenous and immigrant workers are slightly under-represented among artists: Indigenous People (3.3% of artists and 4.0% of all workers) and immigrants (21% of artists and 23% of all workers).”

      View this Resource HERE

    • Qaggiavuut - Making Nunavut's First Cultural Hub a Reality


      After 10 years of working to build a space for Inuit performing artists to create and present, Qaggiavuut commences a third-party feasibility study next week in Iqaluit. Consultants Savira Cultural Capital, based in Toronto, will work with Inuk Project Manager Kathleen Merritt over the next six months to determine the most feasible means to create space in Iqaluit for Inuit performing and visual arts, language and culture to flourish.

      The most important objective is the space to train and build performance skills," says Rhoda Ungalaq, Qaggiavuut's chairperson. "Our youth need a beacon of hope."

      Qaggiavuut is a non-profit charitable society with a mission to strengthen, promote, advocate and create space for Inuit performing artists. Nunavut is the only territory/province in Canada without a performing arts space.

      Qaggiavuut is spearheading a project to build Qaggiq: An Inuit Performing Arts & Cultural Learning Hub, a multi-purpose community gathering space and a campus for artists to build the skills they need to thrive on the world stage. This space is key to strengthening and preserving Inuit language culture and creating a stronger sense of community throughout Canada's north.

      For more information:
      Ellen Hamilton, Executive Director, Qaggiavuut

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