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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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    16th Biennale in Montreal. The CINARS Biennale has made a name for itself as an indispensab..

  • Convergence: An International Summit on Art + Technology 27-Nov-2014

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  • The Culture of Convergence / La culture de la convergence 21-Jan-2015

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    • A Remarkable Arts Day on the Hill, Nonetheless / Une Journée des arts remarquable, en dépit de ce qui s'en est suivi

      23-Oct-2014

      CDA was shocked and saddened by the tragedy that occurred on Parliament Hill so soon after our positive meetings at Arts Day on the Hill. Our thoughts are with all those affected. 
      Note: This news release was written prior to the October 22 events. The Canadian Arts Coalition steering committee decided not to revise it in order not to put additional stress on volunteers who had already worked with devotion to make Arts Day happen. 

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      More than 100 art supporters responded to the invitation of the Canadian Arts Coalition and participated in the fifth edition of Arts Day on the Hill. They gathered in Ottawa yesterday to participate in 97 scheduled meetings with Members of Parliament, senators and senior officials to discuss the key role arts investment play in the economic and social health of Canada.

      Participants presented three key priorities:

      1. Increase the Canada Council for the Arts’ Parliamentary appropriation by $35 million in 2015 with a long-term goal of reaching $300 million.

      2. Increase Canada’s presence on the world stage for 2017 by establishing a $25 million pilot program over three years at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) for Canada’s 150th birthday.

      3. Investigate new revenue models to support a comprehensive Canadian Cultural Digital Strategy that would enable the creation, dissemination and engagement of Canadian cultural content online.

      Read the full release

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      Plus de 100 sympathisants du milieu des arts et de la culture de partout au Canada ont répondu à l’invitation de la Coalition canadienne des arts pour prendre part à la cinquième édition de la Journée des arts sur la Colline. Ils se sont rencontrés à Ottawa hier afin de rencontrer 97 députés, sénateurs et hauts fonctionnaires pour discuter d’enjeux importants et du rôle du secteur des arts et de la culture dans la santé économique et socioculturelle du Canada.

      Les participants ont eu la chance de présenter les trois recommandations suivantes à chaque parlementaire qu’ils ont rencontré :

      1. Augmenter le crédit parlementaire du Conseil des arts du Canada de 35 millions de dollars en 2015 en vue d’atteindre à long terme une enveloppe de 300 millions de dollars.

       2. Renforcer la présence du Canada sur la scène mondiale d’ici 2017 en établissant un programme pilote à hauteur de 25 millions de dollars sur trois ans sous l’égide du ministère des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce et du Développement (MAECD) à l’occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada.

       3. Explorer de nouveaux modèles de revenu pouvant soutenir une stratégie culturelle numérique globale qui favoriserait la création, la diffusion ainsi que la participation relative aux contenus culturels canadiens en ligne.

      Lisez le communiqué

    • Media advisory - Arts Day on the Hill / Avis aux médias - Journée des arts sur la Colline

      16-Oct-2014

      Members of the arts community from across Canada will be coming to Ottawa on Tuesday, October 21st to meet with Members of Parliament to discuss the key role arts investment plays in the economic and social health of Canada.

      The following spokesperson will be available for interviews in English: Kate Cornell, Executive director of Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) - Co-president – Canadian Arts Coalition


      Credit photo : Kristin Cornell

      Kate Cornell is a writer, teacher and arts manager based in Toronto. She has collaborated with the local, provincial, and national dance community for more than twenty years. Kate has worked for a range of organizations including: the Canada Dance Festival, Toronto Dance Theatre, Dance Ontario, the CanAsian International Dance Festival, DanceWorks and many more. Over the years, she has inspired thousands of children to dance with the Learning Through the Arts program and the National Ballet of Canada’s education programs. In addition, Kate has taught at several university performing arts and education programs. With a PhD in Communication and Culture, her graduate research focused on Canadian cultural policy on dance. Kate’s research has been published in anthologies, journals, magazines, and online. Kate has advocated for arts education and dance studies as the past Director of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies/La société canadienne d’études en danse.

      The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. We are united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. Since its inception, the CAC has successfully lobbied for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

      To arrange an interview with Mrs Cornell contact:
      Laura Zasada
      Administrative Officer
      Canadian Dance Assembly
      Tel: 1.416.515.8444 office@dancecanada.net

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      Sympathisants des arts et membres de la communauté artistique et culturelle de partout au Canada se dirigeront vers la Colline parlementaire à Ottawa le mardi 21 octobre 2014 pour rencontrer plusieurs parlementaires. Cette journée permettra d’échanger avec eux sur le rôle clé des investissements en arts et culture dans le développement économique et social au Canada.

      La porte-parole suivante sera disponible pour donner des entrevues en français : Carmen Gibbs, directrice générale de l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnels du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) – co-présidente Coalition canadienne des arts


      crédit photo : LeBlanc Images

      Femme de causes et de communication, d’organisation et de relations publiques, Carmen Gibbs, grande féministe, s’est surtout fait connaître en Acadie et au Québec pour son travail dans le milieu associatif culturel et communautaire. Depuis 2001, Carmen Gibbs assume le poste de directrice générale de l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick. Elle est reconnue pour sa capacité à rallier les gouvernements et les intervenant.e.s de tous les secteurs de la société aux enjeux des artistes et de leur milieu. Elle a joué un grand rôle de leadership dans le processus d'élaboration de la politique culturelle du N.-B., de la politique du livre et du retour d’un nouveau programme d’appui aux arts médiatiques. Sous sa direction, l'AAAPNB a été mandatée pour porter les États généraux des arts et de la culture et coordonner la mise en oeuvre de la Stratégie globale pour l’intégration des arts et de la culture dans la société acadienne, un des plus grands projets de société de l’Acadie.

      La Coalition canadienne des arts est un regroupement apolitique de collaboration lancé par des organismes de services nationaux dans le domaine des arts et des associations mutuelles. Nous avons tous l’intime conviction que l’avenir des citoyens, tant dans les grandes villes que dans les villages, et de la nation elle-même, dépend d’une communauté artistique et patrimoniale riche, vibrante et diversifiée. Depuis sa création, la Coalition a exercé avec succès des pressions pour faire augmenter le soutien accordé aux arts par l’entremise du Conseil des Arts du Canada et le ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

      Pour plus de renseignements, communiquez avec :
      Simone Saint-Pierre
      Chef des communications
      Fédération culturelle canadienne-française
      ssaintpierre@fccf.ca 613-241-8770 p. 22
      mobile : 819-930-5035

    • Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Kicks Off International Audition Tour

      14-Oct-2014

      The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s 2014/15 International Audition Tour kicks-off in Winnipeg with auditions being held on Thursday, October 9 at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (380 Graham Avenue). The Winnipeg date is the first of fifteen dates across Canada (October 2014-January 2015, see schedule below) and one date in the US (Minneapolis, January 2015). Every student with a dream to dance or teach professionally is encouraged to attend.

      The 2014/15 International Audition tour holds auditions for all three of the RWB School professional training programs. The full-time Ballet Academic Program combines first rate academic education with the highest quality of dance training for students from grades 6 to 12. Prospective students also have two opportunities to audition at the graduate level: the RWB School Aspirant Program and the RWB School Teacher Training Program. The Aspirant Program is a two year full-time program that provides experienced dancers the opportunity to expand their repertoire, refine their technique and gain valuable performance experience to launch their professional career. The Teacher Training Program is a three year full-time program that offers the finest pedagogical, practical and interpersonal skills for a career as a dance educator.

      RWB School graduates have been invited to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company and are sought out by top tier performing arts organizations. With its alumni having outstanding careers with world renowned companies – from Broadway to Cirque du Soleil to La La La Human Steps to New York City Ballet to Stuttgart Ballet – the RWB School has been producing some of the finest dancers and dance educators in the global arena for over four decades.

      Those who audition have the opportunity to win a full tuition scholarship for the four week Summer Session taking place in July 2015. A proud supporter of the RWB, Investors Group awards a $2,000 scholarship to an aspiring dancer in every province and territory across Canada. The four week Summer Session serves as the second phase of the audition process for the full-time program.

      Pre-registration is recommended and prospective students are encouraged to register now. All pre-registrations will be entered to win one of four custom designed bodysuits from Elevé Dancewear. Preregistrations are accepted in person, by email, or by post. The RWB School also accepts walk up auditions the day-of and auditions by DVD are also accepted. To download the registration form and learn more information, please visit the RWB School website at rwb.org/school/professional-division/audition/ or call the RWB School Office at (204) 957-
      3467.

      Please contact RWB Public Relations Coordinator Jane Puchniak to arrange interviews.
      (T: 204.957.3456 I E: jpuchniak@rwb.org)

      2014–15 INTERNATIONAL AUDITION TOUR
      CITY, DATE AND LOCATION INFORMATION


      WINNIPEG
      Thursday, October 9, 2014
      Royal Winnipeg Ballet
      380 Graham Avenue
      Winnipeg, MB R3C 4K2

      REGINA
      Tuesday, October 14, 2014
      Martin School of Dance
      2078 Pascua Street
      Regina, SK S4T 4L9

      EDMONTON
      Wednesday, October 15, 2014
      Edmonton School of Ballet
      8205-90th Avenue, 3rd floor
      Edmonton, AB T6C 1N8

      CALGARY
      Thursday, October 16, 2014
      McDonald-Wilson Dance Academy
      5107 33 Street NW
      Calgary, AB T2L 1V3

      KELOWNA

      Friday, October 17, 2014
      Canadian School of Ballet
      2303 Leckie Road
      Kelowna, BC V1X 6Y5

      VANCOUVER
      Sunday, October 19, 2014
      Scotiabank Dance Centre
      677 Davie Street
      Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6

      NANAIMO
      Monday, October 20, 2014
      Kirkwood Academy of Dance
      2138 Bowen Road
      Nanaimo, BC V9S 1H7

      ST. JOHN'S
      Tuesday, November 4, 2014
      Connie Parsons School of Dance
      77 Portugal Cove Road
      St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 2M4

      MONCTON
      Wednesday, November 5, 2014
      DancEast
      449 St George Street
      Moncton, NB E1C 1X9

      HALIFAX
      Thursday, November 6, 2014
      Halifax Dance
      1505 Barrington St. Ste G6
      Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

      OTTAWA
      Friday, November 7, 2014
      The School of Dance
      200 Crichton Street
      Ottawa, ON K1M 1W2

      TORONTO
      Sunday, November 9, 2014
      Martha Hicks School of Ballet
      1660 Avenue, 2nd floor
      Toronto, ON

      MINNEAPOLIS
      Sunday, January 11, 2015
      Minnesota Dance Theatre
      528 Hennepin Avenue, 6th floor
      Minneapolis, MN 55403

    • Get involved in Arts Day on the Hill 2014 / Impliquez-vous dans la Journée des arts 2014

      10-Oct-2014

      Following last year’s successful Arts 308 campaign, the Canadian Arts Coalition is moving forward with plans for our fourth annual Arts Day on Parliament Hill for Tuesday, October 21st, 2014.

      This event is an opportunity for artists, board members of arts organizations and arts managers from all regions of the country to meet with Members of Parliament to talk with them about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities. Previous editions of Arts Day have been extremely successful in engaging parliamentarians, and in obtaining their support on specific Coalition requests.

      Make the Trip to Ottawa
      We welcome artists, board members of arts organizations and arts managers, who are members of the Canadian Arts Coalition, to make the trip to the nation’s capital to present the Coalition’s messages to MPs, senators and senior officials. We seek people who can speak convincingly about the value that the arts bring to Canadian communities, and the role that federal investment plays. And we want to demonstrate strong national support by having spokespeople from all regions of the country and a diversity of language and artistic practice.

      Register online if you wish to participate.

      Take Part via Social Media
      Jobs? We have 700,000 of those.Throughout the day, participants will be sharing updates on their meetings via Twitter and other social media.

      – Use the hashtag #ArtsDay to follow the conversation and to amplify it with your retweets.
      Take Arts Day into your riding by watching for tweets about your own MP, and by reacting to them.

      If you don’t know who your MP is, do a postal code search on the Parliament of Canada‘s website. Then do a search on Twitter to find your MP’s twitter handle.
      If you’re not seeing any tweet about your MP, it may indicate that your MP wasn’t able to meet with Arts Day participants. Contact the Canadian Arts Coalition to double check, and then request a meeting in your riding.
      If you’re unfamiliar with social media, but you think Arts Day is a good enough reason to jump in, check this Social Media Primer.

      ***

      Après la campagne Arts 308, la Coalition canadienne des arts s’affaire à mettre en oeuvre la quatrième Journée des arts sur la Colline du Parlement, qui se tiendra le mardi 21 octobre 2014.

      Cet événement annuel est une occasion pour les artistes, les administrateurs d’organismes artistiques et les gestionnaires des arts de s’entretenir avec des députés à propos de la valeur que les arts apportent aux collectivités canadiennes. Les éditions précédentes de la Journée des arts ont eu beaucoup de succès : elles ont permis d’obtenir l’appui de nombreux députés envers les demandes de la Coalition.

      Venez à Ottawa
      Nous invitons les artistes, les administrateurs d’organismes artistiques et les gestionnaires des arts à se rendre à la capitale nationale pour transmettre les messages de la Coalition aux députés, aux sénateurs et aux hauts fonctionnaires. Nous sommes à la recherche de personnes qui peuvent traiter avec éloquence de la valeur que les arts apportent aux collectivités canadiennes et du rôle que joue l’investissement fédéral. Nous voulons manifester un ferme soutien national en ralliant des porte-parole de toutes les régions du Canada et d’une diversité de langues et de disciplines artistiques.

      Inscrivez-vous en ligne si vous souhaitez participer.

      Amplifiez la Journée des arts dans les médias sociaux
      Des emplois ? Nous en comptons 700 000. #Journéedesarts sur la Colline, 21 octobre.Pendant toute la journée, les participants publieront des mises à jour à propos de leurs rencontres sur Twitter et sur d’autres médias sociaux.

      – Utilisez le mot-clic #journéedesarts pour suivre la conversation et la rediffuser.
      Amenez la Journée des arts dans votre circonscription en recherchant les gazouillis à propos de votre député et en interagissant avec ceux-ci.

      Si vous ne connaissez pas votre député, effectuez une recherche par code postal sur le site du Parlement du Canada. Ensuite, vérifiez si votre député est présent sur Twitter et si l’on a écrit quelque chose à son sujet dans le cadre de la Journée des arts.
      Si vous ne trouvez aucun gazouilli à propos de votre député, cela peut vouloir dire que votre député n’a pas été en mesure des rencontrer des participants à la Journée des arts. Contactez la Coalition canadienne des arts pour vérifier et, le cas échéant, demandez une rencontre dans votre circonscription.
      Si vous n’êtes pas à l’aise avec les médias sociaux, mais que vous estimez que la Journée des arts est une bonne occasion d’y plonger, consultez cetABC des médias sociaux.

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    Canadian Dance Assembly
    55 Mill Street, Suite 312
    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    Canada
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444
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