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.

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is pleased to partner with CAPACOA on it's upcoming conference November 15-16, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Be sure to check out the events calendar for the latest in conferences, festivals and professional development opportunities.

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  • CDA Performing Arts National Conference 2019 15-Nov-2019

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  • Dance In Vancouver 2019 20-Nov-2019


    • Collette Murray wins the 2019 Community Arts Award


      TORONTO, October 28, 2019 – Toronto Arts Foundation's Neighbourhood Arts Network is thrilled to announce Collette Murray as the recipient of the 2019 Community Arts Award. The award celebrates an individual artist or organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working collaboratively with culturally diverse communities and creating access to arts and culture.

      Presented by Neighbourhood Arts Network and sponsored by MOD Developments, the $10,000 award was presented to Murray at a reception on October 22 at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. This year’s finalists, Paola Gomez and Sage Lovell, were also recognized for their work, receiving $1,000 each.

      Collette Murray is a dance performer, instructor, mentor, and cultural arts programmer. Also known as "Miss Coco," her performance background includes traditional West African drum/dance and Caribbean folk dance. Murray's mobile dance education business offers dance instruction and performance rooted in African and Caribbean experiences. She is also a contributing writer for The Dance Current and Dance Collection Danse. Currently, Murray is a MEd candidate at York University's Faculty of Education, where her graduate research focuses on the successes and challenges of culturally responsive artists teaching in the Ontario education system. To read more, click HERE

    • Michelle Olson's new choreography honours loss, dreams and the transformations of women


      Choreographer Michelle Olson is the artistic director of Raven Spirit Dance, where she creates work that is born from Indigenous worldviews. And it's from this history that she created Gathering Light, a performance that she first staged over 10 years ago.

      As she describes it, it's about "a seed that is dreaming itself into being — that idea of a little seed cracking open and digging through the dirt and searching for the light, and finding the light and then finding full bloom." And you can see this metaphor playing out through the movements of the women who performed the piece in Toronto this year.

      To read the full article, click HERE

    • 2019 Labour Market Information study of Canada's cultural workforce


      To all Canadian arts and culture sector workers, employers and organizations, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is proud to announce the release of the 2019 Labour Market Information Study (LMI) of Canada’s cultural workforce. This study was undertaken in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC); and was funded by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Initiatives Program.

      “With the $58.8B contribution to the Canadian GDP and a workforce of nearly 800,000 strong, the Conference Board of Canada demonstrates the importance of our sector in Canada’s economy. The report highlights the challenges that the sector and its workers face, in turn, it offers important recommendations to help economic growth and sector strength.” - Richard Hornsby, CHRC Chair

      The LMI report is available in both French and English online at

      If you have any questions or comments, please contact CHRC’s LMI Project Manager, Grégoire Gagnon, at


      Le lancement de l’Étude sur l’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) de la main-d’œuvre du secteur culturel

      À tous les travailleurs, employeurs et organisations du secteur culturel canadien, le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) est fier d’annoncer le lancement de l’Étude sur l’information sur le marché du travail (IMT) de la main-d’œuvre du secteur culturel. Financée par le gouvernement du Canada par le biais du programme d’appui aux initiatives sectorielles, cette étude est une collaboration du CHRSC et le Conference Board du Canada (CBdC).

      « De par sa contribution de 58,8 milliards au PIB canadien et une main-d’œuvre de presque 800 000 travailleurs, le Conference Board du Canada démontre bien l’importance du secteur envers l’économie canadienne. Ce rapport illustre bien les défis avec lesquels les parties prenantes sont aux prises. Conséquemment, le rapport offre d’importantes recommandations pour appuyer la croissance économique et sectorielle. » - Richard Hornsby, Président CRHSC

      L’étude IMT est disponible en ligne en français et en anglais, veuillez consulter le

      Si vous avez des questions ou commentaires, n’hésitez pas à contacter Grégoire Gagnon, Chargé de projet IMT par courriel :

    • Announcing the New Dance Across Canada Map!


      As you may have seen, CDA is now the home to the new Dance Across Canada Map! The Canadian Dance Assembly, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, is pleased to present this dynamic resource for the community.

      In 2011 the Canada Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, launched the Canada Dance Mapping Study to identify, quantify and describe the ecology, economy and environment of dance in Canada. It was an initiative to investigate dance in its evolving state and with its multifaceted influences on the lives of Canadians. Currently, the map has over 2,880 entries mapping dance activity from coast to coast to coast.

      Now, in 2019, the Canadian Dance Assembly re-developed the mapping site with Cornerstone Digital and will be managing and maintaining the site moving forward.

      We are excited to share this new site with a fresh design and enhanced capabilities. With the new map, you can:
      • manage and edit your organizational profile(s) by logging in to your account
      • manage multiple listings under one user name
      • add a brief description, photo and video link to your listing

      Visit our FAQ section to learn more about getting on the map or managing your existing information.Questions? Email

      To read the full press release, click HERE

      GET ON THE MAP! 

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    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
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