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.

Vivine Scarlett, Founder/Curator of Toronto's dance Immersion, delivers this year's inspirational message to all Canadians, click HERE
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  • Montreal Festival TransAmériques (FTA) 2018 23-May-2018

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  • 2018 Guelph Dance Festival 01-Jun-2018

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    • A round dance to celebrate International Women's Day 2018

      Members of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation honoured women through a round dance and feast on March 8th, 2018. The event honoured the nation's relationship with women, which stems from a relationship with Mother Earth, explained Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon. 

       Photo Credit: Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon is the violence prevention coordinator with Chippewa of the Thames' justice department. She helped host the dollmaking and round dance activities in celebration of International Women's Day. (Paula Duhatschek/CBC News)

      "Everything that we know and everything we understand comes from our teachings with creation from our natural world," said Miskokomon.

      Although it was a night to honour women, the proceedings also offered an opportunity to honour the respectful relationship between men and women, she said.

      "As we gather around in a circle and song with our men, they honour our women in song to show them their pride and the utmost respect they have for them," she said.

      Read the full article HERE

    • What Artists and Art Organizations Need to Know About Budget 2018


      The federal government’s 2018 budget was released with a big push on equity (or “Equality + Growth” as the actual title of the budget document begins). It’s a welcome theme for many in the arts community who have long been concerned about discrimination, harassment and unequal pay in the cultural sector and beyond. But at the same time, some were wondering where the arts were at all in the new budget. Here’s what some leading arts advocacy experts have identified as a few key wins and losses for Canada’s artists and arts organizations.


      “As a female arts advocate, I am pleased to see this focus on women in Budget 2018,” says Kate Cornell of the Canadian Arts Coalition. “We were also encouraged by the funding to confront gender-based harassment”—even though, she notes, “we were hoping to see it addressed in the arts and culture sector specifically.” (Given recent high-profile harassment cases such as Albert Schulz at Soulpepper in Toronto, art collector Francois Odermatt in Montreal, and Michael Coleman at SchoolCreative: Institute of the Arts in Vancouver, a specific anti-harassment initiative in the arts is likely needed.)

      Read the full article HERE

    • 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT)


      Dance/USA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training (DILT), a one-on-one mentorship program. The overarching goal of DILT is to build the leadership and decision-making skills of emerging dance leaders who represent the diversity of the national, professional dance community.

      Now in its seventh year, the 2018 program will have a specific focus on supporting individuals of African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American descent; individuals with disabilities or working in physically integrated dance; and individuals from a diversity of gender identities including transgender, agender, gender fluid, genderqueer, etc. All are welcome to apply regardless of Dance/USA membership.

      The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 18, 2018.


      Photo Credit: Alumni from the 2014 Program PC: Runaway Productions

      Read the full press release for more information HERE

    • Canada Council for the Arts: Calling all professional dance artists


      In 2018, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes and celebrates the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional dance artist. 

      How to qualify: by nomination by a member of the Canadian professional performing arts community (individual or organization)
      Deadline: 30 April, 2018
      For further information, please refer to the guidelines.

      Please share this information through your networks.

      Luiza Pereira
      Program Officer
      Prizes, Canada Council for the Arts
      1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414,
      ext. 4086

      For more information:

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