Briefs and Reports


Several western organizations have engaged in deep research and planning to develop strategies directed at improving the dance sector in their respective communities. Check back often as new reports, publications and resources are posted regularly, relating to dance and the performing arts:

State of Affairs, Perspectives and Practical Advice on Dance Heritage (in Quebec) - May 2019 by the Regroupment québécois de la danse

Diversity and Drivers of Arts Attendance - May 2019, Commissioned by Nanos by Canada's Performing Arts Alliance

A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada in 2016 (with summary information about cultural workers) - March 2019, Hill Strategies Research Inc *this report has specific details for both "dancers" and "producers, directors & choreographers".

Demographic Patterns in Canadians' Arts Participation in 2016 - February 2019, Hill Strategies Research Inc

Artist Career Research Methods (Executive Summary) - January 2019, Hill Strategies Research Inc and the Canada Council for the Arts
*an in-depth Canadian and international literature review into methods used to understand artists’ work conditions, incomes, and career paths.

Arts education 2018 (a study of arts education in Ontario elementary and secondary schools) - 2018 by People for Education

The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries - October 2018, the Ontario Arts Council

 Culture Track: Canada releases new data on the attitudes and behaviours of Canadian cultural consumers - June 2018, Business/Arts, LaPlaca Cohen, Nanos Research

Gender Parity in the Canadian Arts Sector and the Barriers to Women's Leadership - May 31, 2018, Kate Cornell of the Canadian Arts Coalition

2017 National Compensation Study – For Managerial and Administrative Positions in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations - April 2018, CHRC

Economic measures of the performing arts in Canada and Economic statistics by province of the performing arts in Canada (PTCI) - February 2018, Statistics Canada *Summary by the Canada Council here. *Summary and analysis by Hill Strategies Research here.

Building Audiences for Dance (webinar) | Slides  - October 2017, DanceUSA

Arts and heritage access, and availability survey - August 2017, Department of Canadian Heritage

Vital Signs - Arts and Belonging - April 2017, Community Foundations of Canada and CAPACOA

Digitizing the Performing Arts: an Assessment of Opportunities, Issues and Challenges - April 2017, CAPACOA and Strategic Moves

The Arts in a Digital WorldFebruary 2017, Canada Council for the Arts

Professional Dance Performers in Canada in 2016 - Activities, incomes, health and career development - December 2016, DTRC

Summary of The Canada Dance Mapping Study - January 2017, Canada Council for the Arts

Strategic Partnerships in Dance - August 2016, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity
On June 23 and 24, 2016, 24 senior leaders and board members from arts institutions across Canada gathered in Toronto to discuss opportunities for collaboration between and among Canadian dance service organizations. The session concluded with a series of concrete designs and recommendations and since that time, members of this group have continued to explore the need and desire for mergers of dance service organizations in Canada. 

Survey of the Social Impacts of Dance Organizations in Canada - 2016, EKOS Research Associations Inc for the Canada Council for the Arts

Who Can Afford to be a Starving Artist? - June 2016, Createquity

Dance for Young Audiences - January 2016, Fabienne Cabado, RQD

Canadian Actors' Equity Association census - 2015 by CAEA

Findings from Yes I Dance: A Survey of Who Dances in Canada - July 2014, Canada Council for the Arts

Dancing Across the Land: A Report on the Dance Mapping Inventory - July 2013, Canada Council for the Arts

CDA Briefs:

The CDA participates actively in Government and Government Agency consultation processes, and intervenes on policy and investment issues that impact the dance sector.  The following documents have been prepared and submitted by the CDA on behalf of our members:

CDA's Pre-Budget Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (2018)
Economic Security of Women in the arts and culture sector to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women (2017) submitted by the CDA, Playwrights Guild of Canada, PACT,, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Theatre Ontario, CPAMO and CARFAC
CDA's Pre-Budget Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (2017)
CDA’s Pre-Budget Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance (2016)
CDA’s Recommendations to the Department of Canadian Heritage regarding Digital Culture
CDA’s Recommendations to the Department of Infrastructure regarding Cultural Spaces

Readings and Articles:

A collection of publications in print and online dedicated to dance, sport and the performing arts: 

Dance Collection Danse: A variety of publications available for sale, specializing in materials related to theatrical dance in Canada. You may also visit their library by appointment, located in Toronto Ontario.
Tangente Documentation Centre: An index data of choreographers and dance companies is available on their website. The center is also open to the public Monday- Friday, located in Montreal, Quebec. 
The Dance Current: Monthly publication out of Canada. CDA members get a discounted subscription. 
Article: Rallying for Change: the past, present and future of the status of the Independent dance artist in Canada, by Molly Johnson
Article: A story about fourteen midcareer dance creators in Toronto, by Shannon Litzenberger
Dance International Magazinedevoted to covering contemporary and classical dance from Canada and around the world. 
Dance Magazine: based out of the United States.
Dance Teacher: based out of the United States. 
Globe Dancer: led by Pia Lo, a dance journalist.
Fjord Review: online coverage of classical and contemporary dance from around the world, independently published by Penelope Fjord.
Human Kineticspublications on physical education and health.
Arts Alive: the National Arts Centre's (Ottawa ON) performing arts educational website. 
Arts Journal: some of the best arts and culture journalism in the English-speaking world. a magazine engaged in politics, cultural diversity, social activism and the stage, as well as online theatre reviews. 
Canadian Theatre Review: articles on current issues and trends in Canadian theatre. 
Jeu: the only French-language magazine in North-America dedicated exclusively to the performing arts. 

Websites for further research:

Hill Strategies Research Inc 
Cultural Human Resources Council
Canada Council for the Arts - find grant statistics here under 'Explore Our Data' 
Statistics Canada 
Publications from the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

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