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.

  • Festival of New Dance 07-Oct-2014

    Where: St. John's, NL The Festival of New Dance (FND) has been presented annually since 199..

  • Community Round Table and Happy Hour in St. John’s Newfoundland 09-Oct-2014

    Presented in partnership with the Festival of New Dance (, please join..

  • Fluid Festival 14-Oct-2014

    Fluid Festival When: Tuesday, October 14 – Sunday, October 26 Where: Purchase ticket..

  • Save the Date: Arts Day on the Hill Tuesday October 21st 21-Oct-2014

    Mark your calendars! Arts Day on the Hill has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014. ..

    • 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Annual Culture Days Weekend / La célébration du 5e anniversaire de la Fête de la culture


      A national celebration offering all Canadians from coast-to-coast an opportunity to immerse themselves in the exciting behind-the-scenes of artists, creators, historians and cultural practitioners of all types, regardless of their socio-economic background or experience. Last year alone, over 1.7 million Canadians participated in over 7,500 free activities in 825 communities across the country in what is now considered a mainstay event in the cultural calendar of almost every Canadian city and town.

      The official national celebratory launch event entitled Conduct Us takes place in Toronto on September 26th in partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Hosted by Marci Ien, Co-Host of Canada AM, this free event is open to the public. 17 additional celebratory launch events are also set to take place in cities right across Canada including Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Milton, Barrie, Stratford, Timmins, Montreal, Quebec and Saint John. For more details on all of the Culture Days official launch events – click HERE


      Une célébration nationale offrant  aux Canadiens de tout le pays une occasion unique de s’immerger dans les coulisses du monde des artistes, des créateurs, des historiens et des intervenants culturels de tous types et de tous milieux socioéconomiques.

      Le coup d’envoi national officiel, nommé Conduct Us, se tiendra le 26 septembre à Toronto en partenariat avec L’Orchestre Symphonique de Toronto. Cette manifestation, animée par Marci Ien, coprésentatrice de Canada AM, est offerte au grand public. 17 autres évènements de lancement se tiendront à travers le Canada, à Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Milton, Barrie, Stratford, Timmins, Montréal, Québec et Saint John. Pour plus de détails sur l’éventail d'évènements de lancement organisés par la Fête de la culture — cliquez ici

    • Paul-André Fortier and Margie Gillis become Officers of the Order of Canada


      Montréal’s Paul-André Fortier and Margie Gillis received their insignia as Officers of the Order of Canada on September 12, 2014. The ceremony, presided over by the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, awards outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

      Fortier, artistic director of Fortier Danse-Création, was recognized for his pioneering work in modern dance, for innovative choreography and for training young artists in Canada and abroad. Gillis, artistic director of Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, was recognized for her impressive body of work, performance and unique movement workshops. This is a promotion within the Order for Gillis who was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1987 and was the first modern dancer appointed to the Order.

      Other recent appointments to the Order of Canada in dance include Miriam Adams of Dance Collection Danse and Nancy Kilgour of the School of Alberta Ballet.

    • 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.

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    Member Directory

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    Canadian Dance Assembly
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    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444
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