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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.

CDA's National Conference, Creating a Culture of Success:  Getting Good Ideas off the Ground will take place September 28-29, 2015 at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre. Registration opens August 4th!

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

  • d:mic Festival 13-Aug-2015

    d:mic/fac is back August 13-16, 2015. Over two dozen artists will be presented at the Betty Oliphant..

  • Creating a Culture of Success: Getting Good Ideas Off the Ground 28-Sep-2015

    The Canadian dance sector has several companies and individuals that have thrived during time..

  • Fall for Dance North 29-Sep-2015

    Inspired by internationally acclaimed Fall for Dance™ festival, created in 2004 by New York Ci..

  • HDC’s 2015 Conference, [trans]Forming Dance 04-Oct-2015

    HDC’s 2015 Conference, [trans]Forming Dance October 4, 2015 The conference wil..

    • Fluid Festival Artist Showcase 2015

      17-Jul-2015

      This year Springboard Performance's Fluid Festival has collaborated with CADA/West, Canadian Dance Assembly, Alberta Dance Alliance and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre to present a showcase of Alberta Artist choreography. We can support excerpts of work from Alberta-based artists in an informal, studio showcase event at the Theatre Junction Studio. This showcase will take place in Calgary on October 21st, 2015 at 6pm during the Fluid Festival for the benefit of presenters and artists.

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    • Standing Committee on Heritage Report / Rapport du Comité du patrimoine canadien

      16-Jul-2015

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      Review of Dance in Canada - Not since the Massey Commission, has the dance sector had the opportunity to talk directly to the Government of Canada about its policies.  On May 4th, 13th, and 25th, 2015, twenty-five representatives of the dance sector offered the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage briefs and presentations about the state of Canadian dance.  The ten MPs that make up this Committee asked lots of questions about what it means to be a dance artist or organization in this country.  This historic study has resulted in a Review of Dance in Canada with seven recommendations for the Government of Canada.  These seven recommendations represent the advocacy priorities for the CDA for the next decade.  

      View Full Report Here.

      The CDA’s Advocacy Committee is already hard at work on making sure these recommendations result in governmental policy.

      Thank you to the witnesses who presented and fielded questions about Dance in Canada:

      John Dalrymple, Canada’s National Ballet School
      Amy Bowring, Dance Collection Danse
      Amanda Hancox, Coralee McLaren, Parise Mongrain, DTRC
      Robert Hunter, Marc Lemay, DCH/PCH
      Lorraine Hébert, Harold Rhéaume, RQD
      Gregory Hines, DOAHL academy
      Alexis Andrew, Caroline Lussier, Canada Council
      Jeff Herd, RWB
      Peggy Reddin, Confederation Centre of the Arts
      Fannie Bellefeuille, Victor Quijada, RUBBERBANDance group
      Patricia Fraser, STDT
      Emily Molnar, Ballet BC/Banff Centre
      Margaret Grenier, Dancers of Damelahamid
      Kathy Sundstrom, DJD
      Anik Bissonnette, Alix Laurent, École supérieure de ballet du Québec
      Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations
      Zab Maboungou, Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
      Kate Cornell, CDA

      A special thank you to the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Regroupement québécois de la danse  for their support and partnership in this advocacy endeavour. A last thank you to National Council President, Jason Dubois, the CDA’s eyes and ears at the presentations.

      Click link to the audio files of each Committee meeting 

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      Le secteur de la danse n’avait pas eu l’occasion de discuter directement avec le gouvernement canadien de ses politiques, depuis la Commission Massey. Les 4, 13 et 25 mai 2015, 25 représentants du secteur de la danse ont présenté au Comité permanent du patrimoine canadien des mémoires et des présentations sur l’état de la danse au Canada. Les dix députés membres du Comité ont posé beaucoup de questions sur ce qu’est d’être un artiste ou un organisme de la danse dans notre pays. Cette étude historique a débouché sur le rapport Examen de la danse au Canada qui adresse sept recommandations au gouvernement fédéral. Ces sept recommandations représentent maintenant des priorités pour l’ACD sur le plan de son travail de représentation pour les dix prochaines années.

      Le comité de représentation de l’ACD est déjà à l’œuvre pour que ces recommandations deviennent des politiques gouvernementales.

      Examen de la danse au Canada   - Rapport du Comité permanent du patrimoine canadien

      Nous remercions les représentants qui ont témoigné de la réalité de la danse au Canada :
      John Dalrymple, École nationale de ballet du Canada
      Amy Bowring, Dance Collection Danse
      Amanda Hancox, Coralee McLaren, Parise Mongrain, DTRC
      Robert Hunter, Marc Lemay, DCH/PCH
      Lorraine Hébert, Harold Rhéaume, RQD
      Gregory Hines, DOAHL academy
      Alexis Andrew, Caroline Lussier, Conseil des arts du Canada
      Jeff Herd, RWB
      Peggy Reddin, Centre des arts de la Confédération
      Fannie Bellefeuille, Victor Quijada, RUBBERBANDance group
      Patricia Fraser, STDT
      Emily Molnar, Ballet BC/Banff Centre
      Margaret Grenier, Dancers of Damelahamid
      Kathy Sundstrom, DJD
      Anik Bissonnette, Alix Laurent, École supérieure de ballet du Québec
      Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations
      Zab Maboungou, Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
      Kate Cornell, CDA-ACD

      Un merci particulier aux Dancer Transition Resource Centre et Regroupement québécois de la danse pour le soutien et le partenariat durant ce travail de représentation. Enfin, nous remercions Jason Dubois, président de notre Conseil national, les yeux et les oreilles de l’ACD durant les présentations.

      Voici le lien vers les bandes audio de chaque réunion du Comité :

    • Frédéric Julien Joins Kate Cornell as Co-Chair of the Coalition/Frédéric Julien se joint à Kate Cornell

      19-Jun-2015 Frédéric Julien, dedicated arts advocate and administrator, was unanimously appointed as Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition by the Coalition’s Steering Committee.

      Frédéric Julien is Project Manager at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), in addition to being an active consultant and a board member at the Arts Health Network Canada. Julien is well-known in the arts sector as a negotiator and a researcher. He will succeed Carmen Gibbs, Executive Director of L’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, who recently resigned after serving as Co-Chair in 2014.

      Continue reading here.

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      Frédéric Julien, administrateur et défenseur des arts dévoué, a été nommé à l’unanimité à titre de co-président de la Coalition canadienne des arts par le Comité de direction de la Coalition.

      Frédéric Julien est gestionnaire de projet à l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA), en plus d’être consultant à ses heures et membre du conseil d’administration de Arts Health Network Canada. M. Julien est reconnu dans le secteur en tant que négociateur et chercheur. Il succédera à Carmen Gibbs, directrice général de l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick, qui a récemment mis terme à son engagement en tant que co-présidente.

      Continuer à lire ici.
    • Statistics Canada publishes statistics on culture

      10-Jun-2015 Culture activities accounted for 3.0% of Canada's total gross domestic product (GDP) and 642,486 jobs in 2010.

      Continue reading on Statistics Canada Site or view pdf here.

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