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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.

We continue to monitor all the wonderful resources that are being provided online and through our networks and will continue to update our Resource Page HERE.

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  • CDA Individual Members' Meeting / Réunion des membres à titre personnel 27-May-2020

    Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 1-2pm EST (Eastern Daylight Time) on Zoom *Registration ends at..

    • Update from Canada Dance Festival | Mise à jour du Festival Danse Canada

      14-May-2020

      May 14, 2020

      Toronto, ON - In October 2018, a group of dance professionals gathered together at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to discuss and determine the future of the Canada Dance Festival (CDF). The conversation was both specific to the festival’s future, but also involved a robust discussion about the value of a national festival for dance in Canada. Following intense and challenging dialogue and debate, this Strategic Advisory Committee resoundingly affirmed both the value of the CDF, as well as the critical need for maintaining a national gathering of dance professionals. Committee members are dedicated to playing an active role in supporting the Canada Dance Festival Society Board to find concrete ways to stabilize operations, and work towards a future festival that is positioned to be bold, unique, exciting, and reflective of the diversity of dance in Canada.

      With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, the Society will now undertake a research project to help develop an innovative national platform. The Project Manager will work with a project team of three or four practitioners from the sector to distill feedback from the community, formulate a draft model, and plan for a national Canadian dance platform. Built into the project are opportunities for feedback and refining before advancing planning towards a platform in the future.

      For inquiries please contact: info@canadadance.ca. 

      Read More. 

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      Le 14 mai 2020

      Toronto, ON
      - En octobre 2018, des professionnels de la danse se sont réunis au Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity pour discuter de l’avenir du Festival Danse Canada (FDC). S’est déroulé un débat rigoureux et stimulant sur la valeur d’un festival national de danse au Canada. Le Comité consultatif stratégique du Festival a par la suite affirmé de manière retentissante la valeur du FDC ainsi que la nécessité vitale de maintenir un rassemblement national des professionnels de la danse. Les membres du Comité se sont engagés à soutenir activement le Conseil d’administration de la Société du Festival Dance Canada désireux de trouver des moyens concrets de stabiliser ses activités et à œuvrer à la réalisation d’un futur festival audacieux, unique, excitant et à l’image de la diversité de la danse au Canada.

      Avec l’appui du Conseil des Arts du Canada, la Société entamera un projet de recherche visant à l’élaboration d’une plateforme nationale novatrice. Le ou la chef de projet travaillera avec une équipe de trois ou quatre professionnels du milieu de la danse pour distiller les commentaires de la communauté, pour élaborer un projet de modèle et pour organiser une plateforme nationale de danse canadienne. Intégré à ce projet, sera la possibilité d’exprimer des réactions et de raffiner le modèle avant de procéder à la planification d’une future plateforme.

      Pour toute demande de renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec : info@canadadance.ca

      Lire la suite.

    • Chinatown performance aims to bring healing after racist incidents

      13-May-2020

      In Vancouver's Chinatown Monday, a group of dancers, performers and artists gathered together — while still respecting physical distancing guidelines — in an act of solidarity and healing after an increase in racist attacks against those of Asian descent in the city.

      The Vancouver Police Department said 20 anti-Asian hate crimes have been reported to police as of last week. In comparison, there were 12 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in all of 2019.

      The Chinese Cultural Centre, where the demonstration took place, had been defaced with racist graffiti at the beginning of April.

      Ziyian Kwan, a dancer and the organizer behind the demonstration, said she wanted to hold the performance as a "way to counteract the negative things that had been happening, with a peaceful action." Read more













      Ziyian Kwan performs in the courtyard near the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver on May 11 as part of a peaceful anti-racism performance. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

    • Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations / Fonds d’urgence relatif à la COVID-19 pour soutenir les organismes chargés de la culture, du patrimoine et du sport

      08-May-2020

      Next steps to support the industry impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

      News release
      GATINEAU, QUÉBEC, MAY 8, 2020

      Culture, heritage and sport organizations play an essential role in Canadian society. They are a vital part of the social fabric of our communities. They generate solidarity, promote social integration and tolerance, and are a source of civic pride. They are also major drivers of the Canadian economy, contributing three percent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product.

      The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, today shared further details regarding the Government of Canada’s April 17 announcement of temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage and sport sectors as they manage the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plan for the future. A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations.

      Starting today, partner organizations will be contacted so that funds can begin to flow to cultural and sport organizations. Canadian Heritage is working closely with its partners – in particular, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction, and Telefilm Canada – to distribute the funds as quickly as possible using existing channels. Read full news release HERE

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      Prochaines étapes pour venir en aide à l'industrie touchée par la pandémie mondiale de la COVID-19.

      Communiqué de presse
      GATINEAU (Québec) – le 8 mai 2020

      Les organismes culturels, patrimoniaux et sportifs jouent un rôle essentiel dans la société canadienne. Ils font partie intégrante du tissu social de nos communautés. Ils suscitent la solidarité, favorisent l'intégration sociale et la tolérance, et sont une source de fierté citoyenne. Ils sont également des moteurs importants de notre économie, puisqu'ils contribuent à 3 % du produit intérieur brut du Canada.

      Aujourd'hui, l'honorable Steven Guilbeault, ministre du Patrimoine canadien, a donné plus de détails sur l’annonce qu’a faite le gouvernement du Canada le 17 avril concernant d’autres mesures d'aide temporaires pour soutenir les secteurs de la culture, du patrimoine et du sport pendant qu’ils gèrent les défis et les répercussions de la pandémie de la COVID-19, et planifient l'avenir. Au total, jusqu'à 500 millions de dollars ont été mis de côté pour aider à alléger les pressions financières que subissent les organismes touchés.

      Dès aujourd'hui, les organisations partenaires seront contactées afin que les fonds puissent commencer à être versés aux organismes culturel et sportifs. Patrimoine canadien travaille en étroite collaboration avec ses partenaires, en particulier le Conseil des arts du Canada, le Fonds des médias du Canada, FACTOR, Musicaction et Téléfilm Canada, pour distribuer les fonds aussi rapidement que possible en utilisant les canaux existants. Lire la suite. 


    • See the move, be the move. Introducing the next generation of dance in The Move 3: Kids

      30-Apr-2020

      Last season, the Canadian Screen Award-nominated series The Move brought you eight of Canada's most dynamic choreographers and the incredible stories of what makes them dance. The Globe and Mail's John Dolye called it "a gem of a series."

      This season we return to the dancefloor, but this time with a group of kids who would've ate your lunch at the school dance — you know, if school was still a thing. From hoop dance to hip hop, watch as nine performers — all under 18 — share their stories and break down their moves. Read More

      To watch trailer, click here














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