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

  • Dancer’s Studio West Presents the Annual Alberta Dance Festival 2014 September 11-13 and 18-20, 2014 11-Sep-2014

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  • Healthy Dancer Canada 7th Annual Conference: A Focus on Prevention and Wellness in Dance 14-Sep-2014

    Healthy Dancer Canada 7th Annual Conference: A Focus on Prevention and Wellness in Dance W..

  • Dancer’s Studio West Presents the Annual Alberta Dance Festival 2014 September 11-13 and 18-20, 2014 18-Sep-2014

    For full details, visit ( ..

  • TUDS: Toronto’s only Urban Dance Festival 24-Sep-2014

    TUDS Festival means: Injecting Artistry, Athleticism, & Authenticity into your system and celebr..

    • Globe Dancer - A Dance Travel Blog

      16-Sep-2014 View the article by dance journalist Pia Lo as she recounts her experience at the Vienna International Dance Festival.

      ~ My first experience at Impulstanz was by chance, while visiting Vienna on that requisite Euro-backpacking trip some years ago.  A girl at my hostel was a dancer.  “You should check out some classes with me,” she said, so I went.  I remember watching a Hip Hop class in a big, airy studio, with the sun shining through floor-to-ceiling windows, and a Swedish girl with blond dreadlocks who danced really well.  That evening, I was absolutely floored by a performance of Blush by Ultima Vez.  I had never seen dancers so physically powerful, telling such a poetic story.  The reception after the show was filled with dancers buzzing from their post-show high; the room was alive with a raw, unpretentious energy.  Though I never made a firm promise to return to Impulstanz, there must’ve been a reason why that memory was so vivid, and why I made it back this year. Continue reading HERE. ~

    • Mixer for Arts Education Administrators

      05-Sep-2014 As the arts education sector continues to experience growth it is more important now than ever before that we support each other by providing professional development and networking to strengthen our work in sharing the arts with young people.
      Please join PAONE* for our first exciting mini-conference of the 2014/2015 season, hosted by our friends at Young People's Theatre! 
      Date: Wed. Oct. 8, 2014
      Time: 10 a.m. -  2:30 p.m. 
      Location: Young Peoples Theatre – 165 Front St. East, Toronto, ON
      Fee: PWYC for the Mixer (we can provide a receipt for your contribution if needed) and $5 per ticket to see YPT’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
      10:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Greetings and introductions

      10:15 – 11:30  a.m.: Mixer for Arts Education Administrators  
      You've probably done it before but this is arts education's version of “speed dating”. Let's meet and get to know who actually is in our sector, what are organizations doing, where and how are they doing it.
      11:30 – 12:00  p.m.: PAONE AGM
      All are welcome! It will be brief – we promise!

      12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Pot-luck Lunch

      1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Preview performance of To Kill a Mockingbird followed by Q&A for $5 per ticket. 
      Please RSVP by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 to
      Please include in your reply:
      Your Name
      Your Job Title and Organization
      What you will be bringing for the pot-luck lunch
      If you will be attending the production of To Kill a Mockingbird (Please bring $5 to cover the cost of the ticket with you to the event. Individuals who do not show up on the day of the event or who cancel their ticket after Oct. 1 will still be accountable for the full cost of the ticket.)
      If you have any questions, concerns or ideas please contact any one of us at
      *What is PAONE?
      The Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE) is a home for professionals who are committed to meaningful arts education activities within their organizations and the community at large. As a member-driven service organization, we provide networking and professional development opportunities. We advocate for the value of arts education and strive to elevate the broader standards in arts education practice.

    • Experimental Pilot Brings Startup Thinking to the Performing Arts / De l'idéation au démarrage : Un programme expérimental pour les arts de la scène


      Call for Applications: September 1 - October 1

      Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance is launching a new pilot program in Toronto to help performing arts organizations de-risk promising initiatives by applying the tools and methodologies used by technology startups.

      LEANARTS will be delivered in partnership with MaRS and The Working Group, two leaders in the startup world in Toronto.

      LEANARTS will bring together teams from a range of performing arts disciplines for a five-week crash course in startup-style ideation. Working with experienced mentors and instructors, participants will learn new strategies for shaping project ideas, explore new revenue models and improve their probability of funding.

      Up to ten teams will be selected to participate in the program, which begins in January 2015. The course is structured through a mix of collaborative weekly sessions, one-on-one mentorship and assignments. Organizations working across dance, opera, orchestra, theatre and spoken word are invited to apply by submitting their ideas for sustainable new projects or initiatives.

      Teams interested in participating have until October 1st to submit their applications. Those interested in finding out more are invited to attend an information session at MaRS Discovery District on Friday, September 12 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. More details can be found at

      Read further here


      Appel de demandes : 1er septembre -1er octobre

      L’Alliance canadienne des arts de la scène lance un nouveau programme pilote à Toronto en vue d’aider les organismes des arts de la scène à éliminer les risques d’initiatives prometteuses en utilisant les outils et méthodologies employés par les jeunes entreprises de technologie.

      LEANARTS sera présenté en partenariat avec les sociétés MaRS et The Working Group, deux leaders en démarrage à Toronto.

      LEANARTS rassemblera des équipes provenant de diverses disciplines des arts de la scène pour un cours accéléré de cinq semaines sur l’idéation précédant le démarrage. En travaillant avec des mentors et des instructeurs expérimentés, les participants apprendront de nouvelles stratégies dans l’élaboration d’idées de projets, exploreront de nouveaux modèles de revenus et amélioreront les probabilités de leur financement.

      Un maximum de dix équipes seront choisies pour participer au programme, qui débutera en janvier 2015. Le cours comprendra un mélange de sessions collaboratives hebdomadaires, un mentorat individuel et des devoirs. Les organisations du monde de la danse, de l’opéra, des orchestres, du théâtre et du spoken word sont invitées à s’inscrire en soumettant leurs idées de nouveaux projets ou initiatives viables.

      Les équipes intéressées à participer ont jusqu’au 1er octobre pour soumettre leur demande. Les équipes intéressées à en apprendre davantage sont invitées à assister à une session d’information aux bureaux de MaRS Discovery District le vendredi 12 septembre de 17 h 30 à 19 h 30. De plus amples détails sont affichés ici :

      Lire la suite ici
    • Dance Touring Grants / Aide à la tournée en danse

      27-Aug-2014 A reminder of the upcoming deadline for the Dance Touring Grants – National and Dance Touring Grants – International on October 1, 2014. No late applications will be accepted.  Applications and support material must be postmarked no later than the deadline. If the date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day. Please note that no extension of the deadline will be granted.

      The guidelines and application forms are currently available on our website. All program modifications are in effect for the upcoming October 1 deadline. Please review the program guidelines carefully before completing. 

      Dance Touring Grants – National

      Dance Touring Grants – International

      For more information, please contact 
      Rochelle Hum
      Program Officer, Dance Section
      Agente de programme, Service de la danse
      1-800-263-5588, ext. | poste 4501


      Un rappel de la date limite du prochain concours Aide à la tournée nationale en danse et Aide à la tournée internationale en danse, le 1er octobre 2014.  Aucune demande en retard ne sera acceptée.  Les demandes, accompagnées des documents d’appui, doivent être oblitérées par la poste au plus tard à la date limite. Si une date limite tombe une fin de semaine ou un jour férié, elle est reportée au jour ouvrable suivant. Veuillez noter qu’aucun délai ne sera accordé. 

      Vous pouvez vous procurer les lignes directrices et les formulaires de demande sur notre site-web. Toutes les modifications sont en vigueur pour la date limite du 1er octobre. Prenez le temps de lire les lignes directrices attentivement avant de remplir votre demande. 

      Aide à la tournée nationale en danse

      Aide à la tournée internationale en danse

      Pour plus d’information, veuillez communiquer avec :

      Rochelle Hum
      Agente de programme, Service de la danse
      Program Officer, Dance Section
      1-800-263-5588, poste | ext. 4501

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