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.

Canada Celebrates dance each April! Read this year's inspirational International Dance Day message by Susanne Chui.

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

  • Yoga and Writing with Terrill Maguire & Carol Anderson 29-Apr-2016

    CDA, along with the Playwrights Guild (, will be hosting a Crea..

  • Festival TransAmériques 10th Edition, Montreal 26-May-2016

    MONTREAL DANCE + THEATRE An international event celebrating new works in contemporary dance and ..

  • Sharing Dance Day 2016 03-Jun-2016

    Sharing Dance is an initiative that motivates Canadians of all ages to participate in FREE..

  • Canada Dance Festival 2016 Festival Danse Canada 04-Jun-2016

    OTTAWA New Dance from Canada’s Best The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) (http://canadadance...

    • DJD offers sneak peek of new dance centre


      Thirty-two years ago, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks was a modest summer project that held practices in basements and “funny little rooms” at the University of Calgary.

      Three years later, its first studio was a small space above a bread store.

      Next week, the centre will open for dance classes, while the nine-dancer professional company will launch its first production, New Universe, on May 27 in its new home.

      Read the full article here:

    • Dance about town this International Dance Day


      Site-specific work, an open rehearsal, and a dinner performance all make up activities in Vancouver this International Dance Day.

      Initiated in 1982 by UNESCO, International Dance Day happens every April 29 with events across Canada and around the world. The Canadian Dance Assembly publishes a national message, this year featuring Halifax-based dance artist Susanne Chui. One of Chui's Vancouver connections is that her company, Mocean Dance, premiered a new work by Vancouver choreographer Serge Bennathan last year.

      Keep your eyes peeled for dance in unexpected locales on Friday. Here are a few to note.

    • Coup d'envoi de l'événement Québec Danse sur les pas de la jeunesse et de Ludmilla Chiriaeff


      Ce midi, le Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), en duo avec l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, donnait le coup d'envoi à la 5e édition de l’événement Québec Danse en dévoilant la Trace chorégraphique 2016. À l’image d’une révérence en grand format déployée aux abords de l’école sur la rue Rivard près de Gilford, cette Trace souligne le 50e anniversaire de cette institution fondée par Ludmilla Chiriaeff.

      Plus d'info ICI

    • Interview: What the Australian arts sector can learn from Canada


      Our Executive Director, Kate Cornell was interviewed by Australian's Artshub for her insights on the recent changes to funding for the arts in Canada.

      The article compares Canadian and Australian arts funding and questions how will Canada utilize this increase in funding and what this means to the arts sector and to Canadian culture.

      "Until recently, Australia was well ahead of Canada in its support for the arts. Despite a population of 12 million greater than Australia, and over five times as many arts workers, the Canadian Government's investment in its arms-length funding body was $3 million lower than Australia, equating to $5.19 per person compared with $8.01 in Australia.

      But, as the graph below shows, Canada is fast overtaking Australia in its support for the arts. In five years time Canada will be spending $10.30 per person funding its arts council."

      Continue reading the full article.

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