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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.

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is pleased to partner with CAPACOA on it's upcoming conference November 15th and 16th, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Be sure to check out the events calendar for the latest in conferences, festivals and professional development opportunities.

  • 2019 dance: made in canada Festival 14-Aug-2019

    dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival (d:mic/fac) proudly unveils a diverse program fe..

  • 29th annual International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Conference 24-Oct-2019

    Announcing the 29th annual International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Conference..

    • Christopher House stepping down after 2019/20 Season

      12-Jul-2019

      (Toronto) June 4, 2019 – With the 2018.2019 season now concluded with the remount of Christopher House and Jordan Tannahill’s acclaimed Marienbad, it is with a mixture of great enthusiasm, appreciation, and sadness that Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) today unveils programming for the 2019.2020 season while announcing that after 25 incredible years, 2019. 2020 will be Christopher House’s last season as Artistic Director.

      “It has been a privilege to lead this company for twenty-six seasons and to have danced and choreographed here for more than forty years,” says House. I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by generous and hugely talented individuals both on and off the stage throughout my tenure; their support for my vision has been a constant source of energy and inspiration and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. As I move on to new challenges and adventures, I am deeply grateful for the opportunities and unforgettable experiences that my time here has provided, and excited to see what new paths Toronto Dance Theatre will travel in the future as one of Canada’s leading arts organizations." Read the full press release here



    • Communication and Culture Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell

      12-Jul-2019

      Alumni Profile: Kate Cornell (ComCult PhD '08)
      Kate graduated with a PhD in Communication and Culture in 2008. She is the executive director for the Canadian Dance Assembly, and the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition.

      My advice for students in ComCult is to enjoy your time in the program, and to use that time to diversify your skillset and prepare for work in the 21st century, which is precarious and creative. 

      Current Work
      I am the executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, external link, a registered charity and a national arts service organization (NASO) that works to support the dance community in Canada. Our work centers on advocacy and networking, and so I talk to politicians at all levels of government about the importance of funding the arts, particularly funding dance. Because we are a charity and a non-profit, my work also involves grant writing and creating proposals. I am also the co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, external link, a national volunteer group that advocates for the economic and social impact of the arts to the federal government. In October, we hosted Arts Day on the Hill, the biggest arts and lobby day in Ottawa.

      In addition to advocacy, my work with the Canadian Dance Assembly also involves working with and supporting dance communities across Canada. One of our current initiatives is called “Decolonizing Canadian Dance, external link,” and the form that it’s taking right now is a review of the policies, procedures, and staffing of the organization itself, to make sure that we are taking into consideration equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything that we do.

      Reflections on ComCult
      My initial goal when I entered the PhD program was to become a professor. I worked as a sessional instructor for ten years and while I loved teaching and the work was incredibly satisfying, there was a lack of tenure track positions for young scholars, particularly young female scholars. When teaching didn’t become a full time position, I left academia and worked as a freelance consultant for a few years before taking this position with the Canadian Dance Assembly. Read More.















      Photo by Dahlia Katz

    • Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen & Karen Kaeja

      12-Jul-2019

      The Dance Ontario Awards Committee (Lola Ryan, Jennifer Watkins, Sashar Zarif, Ofilio Sinbadinho) is delighted to announce that Allen & Karen Kaeja have been selected as the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Given to those who have contributed substantially to the development of dance in this province over a significant period of time, committee members were delighted to recognize Toronto's "coolest couple" (NOW Magazine).

      Lori Endes, President of the Board of Directors of Kaeja d'Dance said of the couple in her submission "In nominating Allen and Karen for this lifetime achievement award, I am nominating two individually fierce artists who together have pioneered new dance techniques and festivals, created far-reaching programming and found new ways of captivating and expanding dance audiences. With 39 years of award-winning professional stage and dance film works, they are recognized leaders locally, nationally and internationally for breaking barriers between audience and performance through multi-cultural, multi-generational and economically inclusive performances, collaborations and workshops. I have personally participated in the first iteration of their award-winning Porch View Dances (PVD) with my family, in my neighborhood and have witnessed the impact that this program has on a community, and the city at large, annually. Karen has envisioned a collaboration between professional choreographers and local residents that celebrates life through dance and demonstrates a high level of artistic integrity and consideration toward inclusivity of our diverse population. Each summer, as huge audiences are led down streets to witness professional vignettes by professional dancers mixed with beautiful performances by community members, ending with an audience inclusive movement experience of Flock Landing, the overall impression is that contemporary dance has the power to reach everyone and reflect our collective human experience. Lauded across the country with performances throughout other Ontario neighbourhoods, PVD has been a catalyst for similar events and new ideas for several organizations/artists." Read More


























      Photo Credit: Nahanni Mckay, Banff Centre residency


    • Danser pour le plaisir et pour rassembler l’humanité

      12-Jul-2019

      Ce lundi 29 avril, c’est la Journée internationale de la danse. Diverses activités sont organisées au Canada. Au Québec, le message de la Journée a été conçu par la danseuse contemporaine et chorégraphe Louise Lecavalier.

      Rassembleuse, universelle, joyeuse… les épithètes associées à la danse sont nombreuses. Se trémousser au rythme de la musique ou en silence, seul devant son miroir ou en spectacle devant des milliers de personnes, c’est laisser la parole au corps. C’est exprimer des idées, extérioriser des émotions, raconter une histoire, ou tout simplement bouger pour le plaisir.

      Autrement dit, la danse peut être un art, une pratique sociale au caractère sacré ou symbolique ou un pur divertissement. Elle est présente dans toutes les cultures.

      La Journée internationale de la danse a été instituée en 1982 par le Comité de Danse International (CDI) en collaboration avec l’UNESCO. La date du 29 avril a été choisie pour rendre hommage au créateur du ballet moderne, le Français Georges Noverre, né le 29 avril 1727 et décédé le 19 octobre 1810. M. Noverre est honoré pour avoir apporté d’importantes réformes à la création et à la production du ballet.











      La danse, activité éminemment culturelle, se décline sous diverses formes. (Photo : Courtoisie de l’Alberta Ballet / © Paul McGrath)

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