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.

Please note, the Canadian Dance Assembly will be working remotely until further notice. If you wish to contact us, please do so via email. You may also visit our resources page which will be updated as information becomes available. 

View Our Events Calendar

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

  • on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2020 13-Apr-2020

    on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance arti..

  • Quick & Dirty: A festival of emerging choreographers and ideas 10-May-2020

    Dancers’ Studio West is pleased to announce our first annual Quick + Dirty, a one-d..

  • Festival TransAmerique 2020 20-May-2020

    Two exceptional Quebec artists are returning to Festival TransAmérique including Louise L..

  • London Dance Festival 26-Jun-2020

    Be part of the one and only London Dance Festival, happening June 26-28, 2020. We are now..

    • Coronavirus and COVID-19 - Statement from Luminato Festival Toronto


      Luminato Festival Toronto cancels 2020 Festival which was due to take place June 11 – 28.

      In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with the health and well-being of our artists, our staff and volunteers, and our audiences above everything else in our minds, it is with great sadness that we cancel Luminato Festival Toronto 2020. Given Luminato’s origins as an initiative to help rejuvenate Toronto after SARS, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to the City in this moment, and also later, when we return.

      We have followed guidance from the City, Provincial and Federal governments very closely, and have been in contact with our colleagues in other cultural organizations, as well as with the artists and venue partners in our 2020 Festival. We have tried to make our best estimate of the practicality of going ahead with our 14th festival this June, but after all of that it is clear that Luminato 2020 is sadly not to be. Read more

    • Resources for the art sector - Business / Arts

      27-Mar-2020 On March 26, Business / Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. Business / Arts received an overwhelming response to the webinar and we plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

      While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help.

      Please see the below links for more information:

      Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan / Plan d'intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 

      Canadian Heritage’s FAQsFAQ du Patrimoine canadien

      Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs
      / FAQ du Conseil des arts du Canada

      Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic / Outil pour l’évaluation des risques relativement aux rassemblements de masse pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 

      Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet

      Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.

      If you have suggestions for new categories to add to the document, please email

      For further information, please contact:
      Sean Casey –
      Tara Mazurk –

    • Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit / Le gouvernement instaure la Prestation canadienne d’urgence


      The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.

      To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. Read more


      Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures importantes, immédiates et efficaces pour protéger la population et l’économie canadienne contre les répercussions de la pandémie mondiale de COVID‑19. Aucun Canadien ne devrait avoir à choisir entre protéger sa santé, se nourrir, payer ses médicaments ou prendre soin d’un membre de sa famille.

      Afin de soutenir les travailleurs et d’aider les entreprises à garder leurs employés en poste, le gouvernement a proposé un projet de loi appelé la Prestation canadienne d’urgence (PCU). Cette prestation imposable permettrait d’offrir 2 000 $ par mois pendant quatre mois au maximum aux travailleurs qui perdent leur revenu à cause de la pandémie de COVID‑19. La PCU constituerait une combinaison plus simple et plus accessible de l’Allocation de soins d’urgence et de l’Allocation de soutien d’urgence, annoncées antérieurement. Lire la suite

    • Trudeau unveils $82B COVID-19 emergency response package for Canadians, businesses

      Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a massive $82-billion aid package to help Canadians and businesses cope with the global COVID-19 pandemic, including income supports, wage subsidies and tax deferrals.

      The package includes $27 billion in direct supports and another $55 billion to help business liquidity through tax deferrals.

      Combined, the package represents more than three per cent of Canada's GDP. Trudeau said the deep spending and delayed federal revenue will not drive the country into recession, insisting "prudent" decisions made over the last five years have put Canada on a strong economic footing to weather the crisis.

      "We will be able to make sure our economy gets back up to speed very quickly," he said.

      Parliament could be recalled as early as next week to pass legislation to bring in the fiscal measures.

      Read the full article HERE.


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