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 Canadian Dance Assembly is a national authority in arts advocacy.

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  • CDA Toronto Dance Community Meeting - Workplace Standards for Arts Managers 20-Nov-2018

    If you are an arts manager, freelance or salaried, working in the Toronto dance community, pleas..

  • High Performance Rodeo 2019 09-Jan-2019

    Are you ready? The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts returns ..

  • PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019 17-Jan-2019

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. ..

  • on the MOVE - Toronto conference 01-Feb-2019

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

    • Open for Applications: National Ballet of Canada's Residency Programme


      The National Ballet of Canada’s Residency Programme is now open for applications!

      The programme provides studio space to dance artists in the GTA for residence up to one to two weeks. Open to applicants from the public, the programme
       aims to support a wide variety of dance genres and disciplines, sharing the National Ballet’s resources with the local dance community. Dance artists at any place in their career working on movement research, a new creation or further developing an existing work are all encouraged to apply. 

      All groups who identify as gender non-conforming/trans, LGBTQ+, visible minorities and Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply. The selections will be made by an advisory committee made up of the National Ballet’s Choreographic Associate Robert Binet, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Human Body Expression Hanna Kiel and Choreographer and Artistic Director of KasheDance Kevin Ormsby.

      For registration and for more information, click HERE.
      If you have any questions about the Programme please email

    • DTRC Executive Director Amanda Hancox will be stepping down


      For immediate release

      Dancer Transition Resource Centre Chair Monique Rabideau and Executive Director Amanda Hancox announced today that Ms. Hancox will be stepping down as DTRC Executive Director at the end of the year.

      Amanda Hancox “After 16 wonderful years at DTRC, it’s time for me to move on,” said Ms. Hancox. “Since my appointment as DTRC Executive Director in 2005 I’ve been privileged to work with hundreds of inspiring Canadian dancers as they navigated transitions throughout their performance careers. I’ve had wonderful partners in this journey and thank our dedicated staff, and the many board members and volunteers who have all contributed their skills and knowledge to continue to evolve and improve the DTRC.” Read more

    • A Recap on Arts Day 2018 / Revue de l’année 2018


      On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018, over 100 arts advocates from across Canada traveled to Parliament Hill to deliver the messages of the Canadian Arts Coalition and to encourage continued investment in our vibrant and creative sector. Teams of advocates met with Parliamentarians in order to have productive discussions about our growing industry while expressing our specific and current needs from the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Finance.

      The Coalition’s messaging this year was focussed on addressing weak links in the creative value chain. In order to create synergies with previous federal investments, Arts Day delegates sought support in three areas:

      Arts presentation in Canadian communities;
      Training and internships; and,
      Charitable donation incentives.
      In total, we had 94 meetings with 104 delegates representing 77 arts organizations. These messages were well received by 75 MPs of the Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Bloc, Green parties as well as 2 independent MPs and 17 Senators. We met with Ministers and/or staff from Canadian Heritage, Small Business and Export Development, National Revenue, Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous-Crown Relations, Refugees, Citizenship and Immigration, Tourism and La Francophonie, Environment and Democratic Institutions. Meeting highlights of the day were connecting with the Leader of the Green Party, advisors to the Leader of the Opposition and NDP, Heritage Parliamentary Secretary and Opposition Heritage critics for NDP and Bloc Quebecois.

      Continue Reading.


      Le mardi 2 octobre 2018, plus de 100 représentants des arts de partout au Canada ont convergé vers la Colline du Parlement, porteurs des messages de la Coalition canadienne des arts, pour appeler à poursuivre le financement de notre secteur dynamique et créatif. Des équipes de représentants ont rencontré des parlementaires pour des entretiens productifs sur notre secteur en croissance et pour expliquer nos besoins courants précis au ministre du Patrimoine canadien et au ministre des Finances.

      Les messages de la Coalition cette année portaient sur les maillons faibles de la chaîne de valeur de la création. Pour réaliser la synergie des investissements fédéraux antérieurs, les délégués de la Journée des arts sur la Colline souhaitaient un soutien dans trois domaines :

      Diffusion des arts dans les collectivités canadiennes
      Formation et stages
      Incitatifs pour les dons de charité

      Au total, nous avons tenu 94 réunions auxquelles ont participé 104 personnes qui représentaient 77 organismes artistiques. Nos messages ont été bien reçus par 75 députés des partis suivants : Parti libéral, Parti conservateur, Nouveau Parti démocratique, Bloc, Parti vert, ainsi que par deux députés indépendants et 17 sénateurs. Nous avons rencontré des ministres, et de leur personnel, des ministères suivants : Patrimoine canadien, Petite entreprise et Promotion des exportations, Revenu, Affaires autochtones, Relations Couronne-Autochtones, Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada, Tourisme, Francophonie, Environnement et Institutions démocratiques. Parmi les faits saillants de la journée, soulignons une rencontre avec la chef du Parti vert, les conseillers du chef de l’opposition et du Nouveau Parti démocratique, le secrétaire parlementaire du Patrimoine, et les porte-parole de l’opposition (NPD et Bloc) en matière de patrimoine.


    • New report provides insight into the status of women in the arts in Canada


      The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010–18, a report commissioned from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University.

      This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada.The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors (such as media arts/screen, theatre, etc.), rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole.

      The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music and media arts/screen.

      Click here to continue reading. 

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