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.

Make sure your voice is heard and join the Canadian Dance Assembly today! Together we are stronger. 

View Our Events Calendar

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

  • 26 Festival of New Dance 03-Oct-2016

    The 26th Annual Festival of New Dance will be taking place October 3rd to October 8th, 2016 in S..

  • Fluid Fest 2016 13-Oct-2016

    Are you Dance Curious? Fluid Movement Arts Festival brings artists and audiences together to sti..

  • Join us for Arts Day on the Hill 2016 25-Oct-2016

    Join us on Tuesday, October 25th for Arts Day on the Hill! This event is a great opportunit..

  • First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being 04-Nov-2016

    Toronto, ON The First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being: Collaboratively Advancing Res..

    • Call for Scholarly Presentations, Master Classes, and Performances


      World Dance Alliance Global Summit

      July 23-28, 2017

      School of Music at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

      Dancing from the Grassroots

      Download/view the 2017 WDA Global Summit - call for papers and presentations PDF attached. 

    • Symposium for Research [In]Between and Beside Bodies, Movement, and Performance


      Symposium for Research [In]Between and Beside Bodies, Movement, and Performance

      October 18, 2016 

      9:30AM - 4:15PM

      Location: Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue (Yorkville area), Toronto, Ontario
      Date: October 18, 2016
      Hosts: York University’s Graduate Program in Dance, University of Toronto’s Centre for Dance Studies, Dance Collection Danse, Canadian Society for Dance Studies, and the Heliconian Club
      Call for Papers (closed): See here.
      Planning Committee Members: Patrick Alcedo, Seika Boye, Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, Evadne Kelly, Sebastian Oreamuno, and Mary Jane Warner

       *There is no charge for this event.

      View full details HERE.

    • BftA Award Winner Spotlight: Karen Kain


      Recipient of The Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award

      Recognizing an arts leader for their life-long commitment to fostering the arts in Canada by building partnerships with fellow arts executives, artists, media, business leaders and the public sector to ensure a vibrant cultural sector.

      Business for the Arts announces winners of the 2016 Business for the Arts Awards!

      Annual gala to celebrate Canadians and organizations for their outstanding contribution to the arts on November 16

      TORONTO, ON June 2, 2016

      — Canada’s top recognition of individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding support of the arts across Canada, Business for the Arts today announced the winners of their annual BftA Awards. This year’s winners include Kiki Delaney, Founder and President of Delaney Capital Management; Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada; Irfhan Rawji, Principal at Totem Capital Corporation; Sun Life Financial, and The Daniels Corporation for their partnership with Artscape. Winners will be honoured at the BftA Awards gala on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Canada’s National Ballet School.

      “I’m deeply moved to be receiving this year’s Peter Herrndorf Award. Recognizing the vital importance of the partnership between the arts and the business community is more important than ever nowadays and Peter himself has done more than anyone to foster that partnership in Canada. To be included in his company is a huge honour.”

      – Karen Kain

    • Leadership Nouveau 2016: For your members / Pour vos membres


      Register now!

      The third edition of the Leadership Nouveau Conference will be held on November 7, 2016, in New York City. “The Consumer Experience in the Arts and Culture” will be this year’s theme. Panelists and speakers will discuss how experiential consumption is changing the way arts and culture organizations build relationships with their audiences, both in North America and in other parts of the world.

      A growing number of arts and culture managers have now adapted their strategies to enhance the total experience of their patrons. Technology has not only transformed the way people interact with the arts, through virtual reality or streaming, to prepare, deepen or prolong their experience, but it has also given managers access to a wide range of data they can use to reach and retain audiences.

      Register now to join us in New York City on November 7, 2016 at the Paley Center for the Media. For a limited time, special rates are available at the Park Central Hotel in New York.

      Leadership Nouveau is organized by HEC Montréal (University of Montréal), the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management and the Master of Management in International Arts Management.


      Inscrivez-vous maintenant!

      La troisième édition de Leadership Nouveau se tiendra le 7 novembre 2016, à New York. Sous le thème de ‘L’expérience de consommation dans les arts et la culture’, les panélistes et conférenciers échangeront sur comment la consommation expérientielle change la façon dont les organismes artistiques construisent des relations avec leurs publics, en Amérique du Nord, mais aussi sur d’autres continents.

      Aujourd’hui, un nombre croissant de gestionnaires des arts et de la culture adaptent leurs stratégies pour enrichir l’expérience globale de leurs visiteurs et spectateurs. Si la technologie a radicalement transformé la façon dont les gens interagissent avec les arts, par la réalité virtuelle ou l’écoute en ligne, pour préparer, approfondir et prolonger leur expérience, elle a aussi permis aux gestionnaires d’utiliser une avalanche de données pour rejoindre et fidéliser les publics.

      Inscrivez-vous maintenant pour être des nôtres le 7 novembre 2016 au Paley Centre for the Media à New York. Pour un temps limité, des tarifs spéciaux sont disponibles au Park Central Hotel New York.

      Leadership Nouveau est organisé par HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal), la Chaire de gestion des arts Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux et le Master of Management in International Arts Management.

    Become a Member

    Becoming a member of CDA means having YOUR needs represented on a national level.

    Member Directory

    The Canadian Dance Assembly is pleased to offer a searchable online directory of its members. Use the search functions below to sort by standing council, city or province.

    Canadian Dance Assembly
    55 Mill Street, Suite 312
    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
    Tel: 1.416.515.8444
    Fax: 1.416.515.9444