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.

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


    An international event celebrating new works in contemporary dance and theatre, the Festival TransAm..

  • Guelph Dance Festival 04-Jun-2015

    Mark your calendars: the 2015 Festival runs from June 4-7! The full line-up and all tickets will be ..

  • Canada Dance Festival / Festival Danse Canada 06-Jun-2015

    Ottawa, ON Info: The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) is a presenter of Canadian dance, a commu..

  • Dance/USA Conference 17-Jun-2015

    Dance/USA ( will host its 7th Annual Conference in Miami, FL fro..

    • Dance, arts participation and engagement / Danse, participation aux arts et engagement


      In this latest  issue of Hill Strategies: Summaries of a major Canadian report on active participation in dance, American reports on arts participation and local arts vibrancy, and a report from the United Kingdom on arts participation. 

      - Findings from Yes I Dance: A Survey of who Dances in Canada: Canada Dance Mapping Study
      - Culture Track 2014
      - NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index: Hotbeds of America’s Arts and Culture
      - Culture and Major Events Tracking Study

      Click here for the full summaries.


      Dans ce numéro : Des résumés d’un important rapport canadien sur la participation active à la danse, des rapports américains sur la participation aux arts et la vitalité artistique locale, et un rapport du Royaume-Uni sur la participation aux arts.

      - Résultats du sondage Oui, je danse : un sondage auprès de ceux et celles qui dansent au Canada;
      Étude cartographique de la danse au Canada
      - Suivi de la culture 2014
      - Indice de vitalité des arts du NCAR : les foyers des arts et de la culture aux États-Unis
      - Suivi des grands événements et de la culture

      Cliquez ici pour les résumés complets.

    • Brush Up your Elevator Speech with Arts and Health Facts


      While sport and physical activity are widely acknowledged as important for good health, the links between arts and culture to health and wellbeing are less well understood and less frequently acknowledged. Curious to learn more? Here's an opportunity!

      On May 21, Kelly Hill will present a brief review of research on recreational arts engagement, health & wellbeing. This webinar is part of the Fireside Chat series and is hosted by the Arts Health Network Canada and CHNET-Works University of Ottawa.

      For more information and to register, go to:

    • No excuses, no limits for Canadian dance ambassador Luca 'Lazylegz' Patuelli


      Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli  is this year’s Canadian dance ambassador for International Dance Day, April 29.

      The Montreal breakdancer, a.k.a. b-boy, was selected by the Canadian Dance Assembly, an arts organization which promotes and supports Canadian dance. Patuelli wrote a message and is featured in a video posted on the CDA website and has been invited to be keynote speaker at the CDA National Conference in Toronto in September.

      “I was overwhelmed when they contacted me,” Patuelli said. “This year (the CDA) wanted to highlight inclusiveness and accessibility to dance. When I sat down to write my dance message, it just flowed.”

      Patuelli talked to the Montreal Gazette about dance and life and challenges in the conference room of his office in the Belgo Building on Ste-Catherine St. W. while wife Melissa Emblin-Patuelli, a dancer and occupational therapist, worked on their Project RAD initiative in the adjacent office. Project RAD trains urban-dance teachers how to work with children with physical and intellectual challenges in the dance studio.

      Continue reading full article HERE.

    • Arts Sector Disappointed by Budget 2015 / Le secteur des arts déçu par le manque de soutien


      Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 – The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) – a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders, and volunteers – was disappointed to learn that the Canada Council for the Arts was not considered one of the government’s priorities in Budget 2015. After participating in the pre-budget consultations, the CAC was hopeful that its recommendation to increase the operating budget of the Canada Council would be adopted. Unfortunately, the Canada Council’s funding was unchanged in the 2015 Budget.

      “This lack of investment in the Canada Council for the Arts reflects a short-sightedness on the part of the government.” commented CAC spokesperson, Kate Cornell of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

      Continue reading full release HERE.


      Jeudi 23 avril 2015 – La Coalition canadienne des arts (CCA) – un regroupement national unissant des artistes, des travailleurs culturels, des dirigeants d’entreprises et des bénévoles – est déçue d’apprendre que le Conseil des arts du Canada ne fasse pas partie des priorités du Budget 2015 du gouvernement fédéral. Après sa participation aux consultations prébudgétaires, la CCA espérait que sa recommandation d’augmenter le budget de fonctionnement du Conseil des arts du Canada soit retenue. Malheureusement, le financement du Conseil des arts est demeuré inchangé dans le Budget 2015.

      « Ce manque d’investissement dans le Conseil des arts du Canada reflète bien la vision à court terme du gouvernement », souligne la porte-parole de la CCA, Carmen Gibbs, de l’Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick.

      Pour lire le communiqué de presse complet, cliquez ICI.

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    Canadian Dance Assembly
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