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 CDA is pleased to partner with CAPACOA on it's upcoming conference November 15 & 16, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Stay tuned on our website as conference details are released.
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Be sure to check out the events calendar for the latest in conferences, festivals and professional development opportunities.

  • on the MOVE - Montreal conference 15-Feb-2019

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

  • Before the Word Workshop 18-Feb-2019

    Take advantage of your CDA membership! The Radix Theatre (http://http://www.radixtheatre.o..

  • 10th RAD Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Fest 06-Mar-2019

    The Midwest RAD Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary from March 6 -10, 2019! They will kick-off ..

  • FTA 2019 22-May-2019

    Ready for some exhilarating dance? FTA 2019 has some amazing contemporary dance and theat..

    • Culture Labour Force 2019 / main-d'oeuvre culturelle 2019


      Cultural Sector Labour Market Information (LMI) Survey

      To all Canadian arts and culture sector workers and organizations who have not completed the Labour Market Information (LMI) Study survey: the deadline is extended to February 11th!

      Your input is the very important first step to the 2019 Cultural Labour Market Information Study! Last released in 2010, the study presents the realities of working in culture in Canada today, and can influence funding, policy decisions and training options! We urge you to share your perspective with us for this much-needed update before it’s too late!

      Employers, artists and cultural workers are encouraged to respond and/or disseminate the link through their networks.

      For any issues or questions about the survey and/or the LMI, please contact:
      Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus. & MPA
      Project Manager, CHRC


      Sondage pour l’Étude d’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) de la main-d’œuvre culturelle

      À tous les canadiens et à toutes les organisations œuvrant dans les arts et la culture qui n’ont pas rempli le questionnaire du sondage de l’étude d’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) : nous avons repoussé la date limite au 11 février.

      En complétant ce sondage, vous contribuez à la première grande étape de l’étude du marché du travail du secteur culturel. La dernière édition étant en 2010, nous voulons que vous renseigniez l’étude en cours en partageant vos opinions, vos idées et vos perspectives pour démontrer les réalités d’aujourd’hui. Le tout servira à aiguiller les prochaines décisions de financement, politiques et offres de perfectionnement. Participez en grand nombre avant qu’il ne soit trop tard!

      Accédez au sondage par le lien suivant :

      Employeurs, entrepreneurs, artistes et travailleurs culturel, n’hésitez pas à faire suivre dans vos réseaux.

      Pour toutes questions concernant ce sondage ou l’IMT, veuillez contacter :
      Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus. & MAP
      Chargé de projet, CRHSC

    • Gender Parity study in Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations submitted to the House of Commons


      On January 29th, the Report on Gender Parity in Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations was tabled in the House of Commons. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is thrilled to see the publication of this important study.

      CDA's Executive Director Kate Cornell was a witness during the study and is quoted in the report.

      Witnesses noted that change at the highest level can have a positive effect on hiring and recruitment throughout the entire organization. Ms. Cornell, explained: "if we change who sits on the boards, it will impact who is hired as artistic director, who is hired as executive director, and then it goes on down to the staff level."

      In particular, CDA will be advocating to the Minister of Canadian Heritage that Recommendation 6 is enacted swiftly, "That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with service organizations, develop and offer professional development programs focused on gender parity for board members."

      You can read the Report HERE.

    • Performing Arts Presenters Need Better Support / Mieux soutenir les diffuseurs en arts de la scène


      Ah, winter! For many Canadians, the season would surely be synonymous with hibernation were it not for the exceptional contribution of the arts – and of culture in general – during the cold season. With only a few days to go before the opening of numerous events throughout Canada, including Igloofest in Montreal, PuSh in Vancouver and Contact ontarois, to name just a few, and while indoors (all warm and cosy!), all sorts of shows are unfolding at a rate of 3,500 per week, signatory associations wish to stress the importance of performing arts presenters and to reiterate the urgency of providing them with greater support.

      Whether multidisciplinary or specialized, whether in the form of a festival or an indoor show, performance presenters are key players in the cultural ecosystem. They are the ones who, in cooperation with creators and producers, implement attractive programs. In fact, in recognition of their essential role, about 600 presenters are supported by the Canadian government, mainly through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF), a vital tool without which many of them could not survive. Read more


      Ah, l’hiver ! Il serait sans doute synonyme d’hibernation pour de nombreux Canadiens si ce n’était de l’apport exceptionnel des arts et de la culture en général durant la saison froide.

      À quelques jours de l’ouverture de nombreux événements, dont Igloofest à Montréal, PuSh à Vancouver et Contact ontarois, pour ne nommer que ceux-là, et alors qu’en salle (et au chaud !) se succèdent les spectacles en tous genres au rythme de 3500 par semaine, les associations signataires souhaitent faire valoir l’importance des diffuseurs en arts de la scène et réitérer l’urgence de mieux soutenir ces derniers. Lire la suite

      PuSH Festival Vancouver – photo by Kris Krug
    • Fermeture de Fortier Danse-Création en décembre 2018 / Fortier Danse-Création to Close its Doors


      Montrèal, le 20 novembre 2018 - Après presque 40 années de créations et de diffusion, la compagnie de danse contemporaine Fortier Danse-Création fermera ses portes le 31 décembre 2018. Il s'agit d'une décision mûrement réfléchie que le chorégarphe Paul-André Fortier a prise de concert avec le directeur administratif de la companie, Gilles Savary, en poste depuis 27 ans. 

      Lire la suite


      Montreal, November 6, 2018 - After nearly 40 years of performing and touring, the contemporary dance company Fortier Danse-Création will close its doors for the last time on December 31, 2018. This carefully considered decision was made by choreographer, Paul-André Fortier, in consultation with the company's general manager, Gilles Savary, who has filled that position for the past 27 years. 

      Read more

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    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