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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  • Whirling Streams- Kalanidhi International Indian Dance Festival 28-Mar-2017

    Kalanidhi Fine Arts Canada presents their 2017 International Indian Dance Festival: Whirling St..

  • International Dance Day 2017 29-Apr-2017

    International Dance Day APRIL 29, 2017 Initiated in 1982 by the International Dan..

  • Sharing Dance Day 2017 02-Jun-2017

    Sharing Dance Day 2017 Presented by Canada's National Ballet School Friday, June 2nd, 2017..

    • #Budget2017 | Le budget fédéral 2017


      The Canadian Arts Coalition Thanks the Government for Investment in Infrastructure

      #Budget2017 announced an investment of $300 million over 10 years for the Cultural Spaces Fund, part of a larger $1.6 billion investment for cultural and recreational infrastructure. “These welcoming cultural spaces are community hubs that truly represent an investment in inclusive, sustainable development,” says Kate Cornell, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly.  #Budget2017 also continues the increases to the Canada Council for the Arts that began in 2016. Finally, the Canadian Arts Coalition is eager to learn how the government intends to deliver on its Budget 2016 commitments and on its other landmark initiatives, such as the Showcasing Canada program and the reflection on the digital world.

      Full release from the Canadian Arts Coalition here.


      La Coalition canadienne des arts remerci le governement de s’être engagé à soutenir l’infrastructure culturelle

      Le budget fédéral 2017 à annoncé un investissement de 300 millions de dollars sur 10 ans dans le Fonds du Canada pour les espaces culturels, un investissement de 1,6 milliard de dollars sur 10 ans dans l’infrastruture artistique et culturelle. « Les espaces culturels sont des lieux de rassemblement et d’expression de notre identité. Ils contribuent à rendre nos collectivités plus accueillantes et inclusives ; ils s’inscrivent tout à fait dans une logique de développement durable, », a affirmé Frédéric Julien, co-président de la Coalition canadienne des arts et directeur de la recherche et du développement à l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA). Le budget federal 2017 continue également les augmentations accordées au Conseil des arts du Canada depuis 2016. La Coalition canadienne des arts sera à l’affût des annonces relatives aux engagements antérieurs du gouvernement, notamment le programme Présenter les industries culturelles du Canada au monde entier et le dialogue sur le monde numérique.

      Cliquez ici pour lire le communiqué de presse complet de la Coalition canadienne des arts.

    • Saving the NEA: Dance/USA urges Americans to speak with members of Congress

      22-Mar-2017 ACT NOW TO SAVE THE NEA

      Read the full press release here from Dance/USA, urging the American dance community to speak with members of Congress today. 

      It is still early in the FY2018 American budget process, and advocates can make a difference!  
    • Artistic Residency and Commission Opportunity with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers

      Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers
       has put out a call for artists working in all disciplines to submit an Expression of Interest to be their Artist-in-Residence for the 2017/18 season.  

      This opportunity is open to individual artists or collaborative teams at any phase of their career, emerging or established. The selected artist or artistic team will research and create a new full-length performance work at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), to be premiered at the final show of their 2017/18 season.

      This is a two-phase residency hosted by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (not a live-in residency). Phase 1 (research and creation) will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba beginning in Fall 2017. Phase 2 (rehearsals and production) will culminate in a presentation of the commissioned performance work in Spring 2018.

      Artists wishing to be considered for this residency are requested to submit the following:
      A brief proposal (750 word maximum), outlining your vision for the creation and presentation of the proposed performance work, along with a draft timeline and schedule
      A one-page CV that focuses on activities of the last 5 years, demonstrating the Artist’s field of interest and creative direction 
      Support materials (video, audio, still images—see specifications below)

      WCD is looking for proposals that:
      Further the possibilities of performance work
      Stimulate conversations between fellow artists and audiences
      Fulfill WCD’s mandate
      Expand our view of dance and the performing arts moving forward

      DEADLINE for submissions: May 1st, 2017 at 4 pm

      Click here or visit the WCD website for the full call description.

    • News on the NAC's National Creation Fund / Nouvelles du Fonds national de création du CNA

      07-Mar-2017 Last December, the National Arts Centre announced the National Creation Fund to support the creation of new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music. This Fund will invest $3 million a year in 15 to 20 compelling and ambitious new works that have strong artistic teams and strong producing partners, and that are likely to have national and international impact.  Initial details may be found on the NAC website. The Fund will open on November 1st, 2017, and will begin receiving proposals at that time.  More information about the submission process will be available on their website at the end of March.   

      If you would like to receive updates about the National Creation Fund, click here to sign up for the NAC's mailing list.


      En décembre dernier, le Centre national des Arts dévoilait son Fonds national de création, qui soutient la création d’œuvres en théâtre, en danse et en musique. Le Fonds investira 3 millions de dollars par année dans des pièces ambitieuses réalisées par des équipes artistiques et des partenaires de production de haut calibre, et ayant le potentiel de briller sur les scènes nationales et internationales. Les détails se trouvent sur le site Web du CNA. Le Fonds commencera ses activités le 1er novembre 2017; nous accepterons les propositions à partir de cette date. De plus amples renseignements sur le processus de présentation des propositions seront disponibles sur le site Web à la fin mars.

      Pour recevoir les dernières nouvelles du Fonds national de création, ajoutez votre nom à le liste d’envoi en cliquant ici

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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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