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.

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    • Ballet BC names Medhi Walerski as next artistic director


      Ballet BC has named French-born Medhi Walerski as its next artistic director, succeeding the celebrated Emily Molnar. Walerski is currently a freelance choreographer associated with Nederlands Dans Theater, where he was a company dancer until four years ago. Molnar, departing in June, moves on to lead NDT. 

      Read more (for Globe & Mail subscribers) HERE

    • Farewell Ted Fox


      Dance enthusiast, writer and broadcaster Ted Fox passed away over the Holidays.

      An award-winning arts broadcaster, he received the 2006 Dance Ontario Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Dance Community for his work with Evi-Dance, CIUT's unique dance radio program, which he produced and hosted until November 7 2015. He also received the 1987 Award for Outstanding Program for In the Wings, an arts program he produced and hosted for Graham Cable television. Ted had been a passionate promoter of Toronto’s theatre and dance scene since the 1980s, when he highlighted the early careers of performers and companies, including Alan and Karen Kaeja of Kaeja d’Dance, Theatre Columbus, Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Loreena McKennitt. In 1988, he continued his unique arts coverage as co-host of the CIUT radio show About Town. From 1991-1993 he served on the board of directors of DanceWorks, Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance. In 1991-92, he co-edited the dance quarterly step-Text, a lively, informative quarterly devoted to dance and dance-related issues. He produced and hosted Evi-Dance, CIUT’s (89.5 FM) unique dance radio program. Ted was co-founder of Arts Marmalade, with Beverley Daurio.He will be greatly missed by the Toronto dance community.

      Rest in Peace, Ted.

    • Job Posting: Regional Representative - Alberta


      The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) and Alberta Dance Alliance (ADA) are seeking a regional representative based in Calgary. Job descriptions outlined below.

      CANADIAN DANCE ASSEMBLY Community Outreach Rep, Calgary
      The Calgary representative will have four primary tasks: hold at least one community meeting annually in their region, participate in monthly calls with the CDA national staff, attend events in the region on behalf of the CDA. The individual will work as a part-time independent contractor for the CDA.

      ALBERTA DANCE ALLIANCE  Community Outreach Representative for Dance
      The Alberta Dance Alliance (ADA) will be hiring Community Outreach Representatives (COR) starting with the
      first being in Calgary and the Southern Region. The COR position is an independent contract that primarily
      works in professional development, education, administration, and in opportunities to advance dance advocacy. The position requires
      meeting with the Calgary regional dance community and working with the ADA staff to help deliver workshops
      and to attend activities regarding the ADA’s role in Advocacy.

      Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 at 5:00PM EST
      For full job description and qualifications, click HERE

    • 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

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