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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  • Writing Dance: A workshop with Kaija Pepper 12-Jan-2017

    January 12-February 23, 2017, Scotiabank Dance Centre Deadline for applications: December 19, 20..

  • PuSh Festival 2017 16-Jan-2017

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

  • 2017 Annual Public Meeting | Assemblée publique annuelle 2017 17-Jan-2017

    Learn about Canada Council’s work in the last year, and what lies ahead as we get set to l..

  • On the Move - Toronto 20-Jan-2017

    Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front St E, Toronto (

    • Backstage 360 with Shaw TV


      Tracy Koga of Shaw TV interviews interdisciplinary artist Freya Olafson and dance advocate Stephanie Ballard from Winnipeg.

    • Final Accolades of 2016


      The City of Vancouver recognized Ballet BC Artistic Director Emily Molnar with the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance on October 3. Part of the honour is selecting an emerging artist to award, and Molnar selected contemporary dance artist Lexi Vajda.

      Recent musical theatre graduates Jahlen Barnes and Arinea Hermans were awarded the 2016 Syd and Shirley Banks Prize for emerging artists in October. Funded by Acting Upstage, the prize includes $1000, a mentorship and a role in the UnCovered: Queen & Bowie concerts in Toronto.

      Karen Kain, artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC), won the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award on November 16. According to Business for the Arts, the award recognizes an “arts leader for their lifelong commitment to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow arts executives, artists, media, business leaders and the public sector to ensure a vibrant cultural sector.” Kain has been at the helm of NBoC since 2005, and in her career has received many awards for her accomplishments as both an artist and an advocate for the arts.

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    • Ballet BC's Branislav Henselmann named city's new managing director of cultural services


      Ballet BC is losing the executive director who's helped rebuild the company and raise its international profile. But the City of Vancouver is gaining a new managing director of cultural services.

      Today, the City announced Branislav Henselmann, who came to Ballet BC from London’s edgy Michael Clark Company in 2012, will now move to the post that leads the shaping of Vancouver's arts and culture and oversees a budget of $11.5 million for cultural groups in 2017.

      “We are thrilled to welcome Branislav Henselmann to the City of Vancouver. He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity to the City having spent time as part of the arts community in New York, London and Munich,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press statement today. Continue reading HERE

    • Sudha Khandwani was ‘a cultural catalyst’ for Indian dance


      From classical to folk, traditional to contemporary, Indian dance animated Sudha Khandwani, a former dancer who became a passionate promoter and curator of the various genres.

      Ms. Khandwani was always casting about for new content to present at festivals organized by Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, which she founded in 1988. The festivals, held in Toronto and live-streamed over the Internet, showcased contemporary South Asian dance along with more traditional forms, often featuring top international artists.

      Many in the South Asian dance community and beyond considered her a trailblazer who made space for diverse voices on Canadian main stages. Continue reading article HERE.

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    Canadian Dance Assembly
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    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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