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.

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

    Convergence - An International Summit on Art + Technology (

  • PuSh Festival / Le festival PuSh 20-Jan-2015

    One of Vancouver's signature events, the PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists..

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

    The 27th Annual CAPACOA Conference ( takes place in Ha..

    • Call for 4 no-fee presentations before October 28, 2015 / Offre de 4 présentations sans honoraires avant le 28 octobre 2015


      As part of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, Kelly Hill will conduct four presentations in 2015 for no speaking fee. The speaking fee (covering preparation time) is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council in conjunction with their funding of the Statistical Insights on the Arts series.

      Presenting organizations must pay for Kelly’s travel and accommodation expenses related to attending the event.

      We are seeking brief proposals for four “no-fee” presentations between January 15 and October 28, 2015. The no-fee presentations will be chosen by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Hill Strategies Research.

      Presentations should be based in large part on the findings from recent or forthcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts reports, including topics such as:

      • Artists and Cultural Workers in Canadian Municipalities (forthcoming in December 2014)
      • Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories (released in October 2014)
      • A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada (released in October 2014)
      • Diversity and Arts Attendance by Canadians in 2010 (Attendance by immigrants, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, official language minorities, youth, and seniors. Report released in March 2014)
      • Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2010 (released in March 2013)
      • The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada (released in January 2013)

      Please submit brief proposals by 5 PM Eastern time on Friday, December 12, 2014.

      Click here for additional details.


      Dans le cadre de la série Regards statistiques sur les arts, Kelly Hill fera quatre présentations en 2015 sans honoraires de conférencier. Ses honoraires (y compris le temps de préparation) sont défrayés par le ministère du Patrimoine canadien, le Conseil des arts du Canada et le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario dans le cadre de leur financement de la série Regards statistiques sur les arts.

      Les organismes hôtes doivent défrayer les déplacements et l’hébergement de Kelly Hill.

      Nous sollicitons de brèves propositions pour quatre présentations sans honoraires qui doivent avoir lieu entre le 15 janvier et le 28 octobre 2015. Les propositions retenues seront choisies par le ministère du Patrimoine canadien, le Conseil des arts du Canada, le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario et Hill Stratégies.

      Les présentations doivent être basées en grande partie sur les conclusions des parutions récentes ou prochaines de la série Regards statistiques sur les arts, notamment sur des sujets tels que :

      • Artistes et travailleurs culturels dans les municipalités du Canada (Rapport à paraître en décembre 2014)
      • Artistes et travailleurs culturels dans les provinces et territoires du Canada (publié en octobre 2014)
      • Profil statistique des artistes et des travailleurs culturels au Canada (publié en octobre 2014)
      • Diversité canadienne et fréquentation des arts en 2010 (Fréquentation des arts par les immigrants, minorités visibles, peuples autochtones, minorités de langues officielles, jeunes et aînés. Publié en mars 2014)
      • Les bénévoles et donateurs du secteur des arts et de la culture au Canada en 2010 (publié en mars 2013)
      • Les arts et le bien-être individuel au Canada (publié en janvier 2013)

      Veuillez adresser votre demande concise en fournissant les renseignements suivants avant 17 h (heure de l’Est) le vendredi 12 décembre 2014.

      Cliquez ici pour plus de détails. 

    • Toronto will get Canadian version of New York dance festival


      Toronto audiences will soon have a reason to dance for joy. Starting in October 2015, the Sony Centre will be the Canadian venue for an annual dance festival New Yorkers have been enjoying for more than a decade, at a price anyone can afford. Manhattan’s festival, created in 2004 at New York City Center, is called Fall for Dance. The Toronto version is being dubbed Fall for Dance North. It promises to bring in exciting dance troupes otherwise unavailable in this town.

      Just as tantalizing is the ticket price. Every seat in the house will be sold for the same price: $10.
      “We hope to satisfy a significant unmet need in Toronto,” says Ilter Ibrahimof, the new festival’s Montreal-based artistic director.

      Continue reading here.

    • Taking the Lead ~ 2014 / Issue 8 En tête de file ~ 2014 / Édition 8


      In this Issue:  

      • Arts Day on the Hill 2014 - A Real Success Nonetheless
      • NASO meeting - Cross Canada Check-in on Research
      • Festival of New Dance in St. John's
      • CDA Donation Campaign 2014
      • News from the Office
      • Canada Council Interim Report
      • Hill Strategies - A Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada
      • Upcoming Opportunities & Articles of Interest

      To read the bulletin please click here.

      Dans ce numéro:

      • Une Journée des arts remarquable : en dépit de ce qui s'en est suivi
      • Réunion des Organismes de services nationaux dans le domaine des arts
      • Festival of New Dance à St. John's
      • Campagne de dons 2014
      • Nouvelles au bureau de l'ACD
      • Reserrer les liens : rapport d'étape du Conseil des arts du Canada
      • Hill Stratégies : Profil statistique des artistes et des travailleurs culturels au Canada
      • Opportunités à venir et articles d'intérêt

      Pour lire le bulletin s'il vous plaît cliquez ici .
    • Dancer, choreographer Tedd Robinson wins $40,000 prize for his contribution to Canadian dance


      Tedd Robinson, winner of the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, is a dancer who never stops questioning, innovating and sharing.

      In a career spanning four decades, Robinson is still active on the international scene, is artistic director of his own dance company and is a sought-after collaborator and mentor. He generously shares his time and knowledge with dancers to inspire and challenge them to new artistic heights.

      Robinson infuses his Zen Buddhist philosophy into all that he does and is known for his use of subtle humour in his performances.

      “Through his artistic vision, choreographies, performances as well as his role as mentor, Tedd Robinson invites Canadians to experience the expressive power of contemporary dance,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “We are delighted to award him with the Walter Carsen Prize for his distinguished career achievements in dance.”

      About Tedd Robinson

      Ottawa-born Tedd Robinson is artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing, a non-profit company he founded to promote the development and perfomance of contemporary dance works.

      - He is also a National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist, a founding member of 8 Days, and co-directs Centre: Q: a centre for questioning.

      - He has collaborated with many well-known dance companies and artists in Canada and abroad including Margie Gillis, Louise Lecavalier, Ame Henderson and Charles Quevillon.

      - He served as artistic director of both the Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (1984-1990) and the Festival of Canadian Modern Dance (1985-1990), which he founded.

      - His award-winning works are informed by many years of study as a Zen monk in Ottawa.

       Visit Tedd Robinson’s website to learn more.

      About the Walter Carsen Prize

      - The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists in dance, theatre or music.

      - The prize money is drawn from earnings of a $1.1 million donation made to the Canada Council in 2001 by the late Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen.

      - It is awarded annually on a four‑year cycle: dance, theatre, dance, music.

      - Members of the 2014 peer assessment committee were Byron Chief-Moon, Veronica Tennant and Isabelle Van Grimde.

      See the full press release here

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