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  • Findings from Yes I dance survey / Oui, je danse : un sondage auprès de ceux et celles qui dansent au Canada

    23-Feb-2015

    As part of the Canada Dance Mapping Study, we invited Canadian dancers, teachers and choreographers to participate in nation-wide online survey called Yes I Dance. The survey was designed to gain a better understanding of who dances in Canada, where they dance, and why.

    Of the 8,124 respondents, 2,176 (27%) were dance professionals and 5,948 (73%) were leisure dance participants. Approximately 190 dance forms are represented in the survey! The 2 most common forms of dance are: contemporary or modern dance (34%), and ballroom or social dance (26%). In addition, 80% of survey respondents describe involvement in 2 to 4 forms of dance.

    This report presents the findings from this landmark survey. You can also visit www.dancewheel.ca to discover over 100 dance forms, videos, statistics and stories on why people dance from the survey results. You can even add in your own quote or video! 
    Continue reading HERE.

    Author: Ekos Research Associates
    Publisher: Canada Council for the Arts
    Subject: Dance Mapping, Artistic Disciplines and Sectors


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    Dans le cadre de l’Étude cartographique de la danse au Canada, on a invité les Canadiens et Canadiennes qui dansent, enseignent la danse ou créent des chorégraphies à participer à un sondage pancanadien bilingue en ligne intitulé Oui, je danse. Le sondage a été conçu afin de dresser un portrait plus clair des gens qui dansent au Canada et de savoir où et pourquoi ils dansent.

    L’échantillon de 8 124 répondants comprend 2 176 professionnels de la danse (27 %) et 5 948 personnes qui participent à des activités de danse de manière récréative (73 %). Quelque cent quatre-vingt-dix formes de danse figurent dans le sondage! Les deux catégories les plus populaires sont les danses contemporaines et modernes (34 %), et les danses de salon et sociales (26 %). De plus, la plupart des répondants (80 %) pratiquent de deux à quatre formes de danse.

    Le présent rapport est consacré aux résultats de ce sondage historique. Visitez le www.cercledeladanse.ca pour découvrir plus de 100 formes de danse, des vidéos, des statistiques et des histoires sur les raisons qui poussent les gens à danser. Ajoutez-y vos commentaires et vidéos.

    Continuez à lire ici

    Auteur : Ekos Research Associates
    Éditeur : Conseil des arts du Canada
    sujet : Étude cartographique de la danse, Disciplines et secteurs artistiques 

  • New Funding Model at the Canada Council / Un nouveau modèle de financement au Conseil des arts du Canada

    22-Jan-2015

    Yesterday, Canada Council for the Arts’ CEO Simon Brault announced a new non-disciplinary funding model that will see the Council dramatically reconfigure 142 funding programs into 10. The Council’s fundamental values, namely commitment to artistic excellence and peer assessment, will be maintained in this new structure. This new model is still in the planning phase, but it will include simpler online applications beginning in June 2016.  Although the 10 programs have not been finalized, Brault guaranteed that Aboriginal Arts will be retained. Brault asserted that this non-disciplinary funding model will sustain the Council’s relevance 15 years from now.  Brault assured the audience at the Annual Public Meeting that no current client will lose $1 as a result of this change and that the Council will continue its role as catalyst for art-making in Canada.  

    In dance, this new funding model presents many questions. Will the Dance Office still exist?  Will dance be clearly understood by a cross-disciplinary jury? Will dance be competitive in this non-disciplinary structure? At the Dance Debates last year in Toronto, the community debated this exact issue and notably, the dance community voted for the debaters who argued to maintain discipline-based funding.  If you missed the Dance Debates, the topics were inspired by Shannon Litzenberger’s Metcalf Foundation report Choreographing Our Future: Strategies for Supporting New Generation Arts Practice

    The CDA will take an active role advocating for dance during this shift at the Canada Council. Colleagues at Regroupement québécois de la danse and AUSDance will be consulted in order to understand the impact of non-disciplinary funding on dance specifically.  

    For more information about yesterday’s announcement at Canada Council for the Arts, you can view Simon Brault’s speech HERE. Learn more about the work towards Canada Council's new funding model in this blog post by Roger Gaudet, Director of the Arts Disciplines Division.

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    Hier, Simon Brault, directeur général du Conseil des arts du Canada, annonçait un nouveau modèle de financement non disciplinaire qui ramènera les actuels 142 programmes de financement du conseil  à 10. Les valeurs fondamentales du Conseil, notamment l’excellence artistique et l’évaluation par les pairs, seront maintenues dans cette nouvelle structure. Ce nouveau modèle est encore dans sa phase de planification, mais on prévoit déjà la mise en ligne de formulaires plus simples dès juin 2016. Bien que les dix programmes ne soient pas complètement déterminés, Brault assure que celui des arts autochtones sera maintenu. Brault affirme que ce modèle non disciplinaire de financement assurera la pertinence du Conseil pour les quinze prochaines années. Il a aussi affirmé devant l’auditoire de l’assemblée publique annuelle que les actuels clients ne perdraient rien au change et que le Conseil continuerait de jouer son rôle de catalyseur dans la pratique des arts au Canada.

    Pour la danse, le nouveau modèle pose plusieurs questions. Le service de la danse existera-t-il toujours? La danse sera-t-elle bien évaluée devant un jury multidisciplinaire? La danse sera-t-elle bien en vue dans une telle structure multidisciplinaire? Lors des débats sur la danse à Toronto, la communauté avait justement discuté de cet aspect et on avait voté pour le maintien d’un financement disciplinaire. Si vous avez manqué ces débats, les sujets s’inspiraient du rapport de Shannon Litzenberger de la Metcalf Foundation Mettre en scène notre avenir : Stratégies de financement de la prochaine génération de pratiques artistiques.

    L’ACD s’engagera activement dans la défense de la danse durant cette transition au Conseil des arts du Canada. À ce propos, nous consulterons nos collègues du Regroupement québécois de la danse et d’AUSDance  au sujet des impacts sur la danse d’un mode de financement non disciplinaire.

    Pour plus d’information sur cette annonce faite hier au Conseil des arts du Canada, vous pouvez entendre le discours de Simon Brault ICI. Apprenez-en davantage sur notre nouveau modèle de financement dans ce billet de blogue de Roger Gaudet, directeur de la Division des disciplines artistiques.

  • Sharing Dance Play Exchange / Jeu d'échange

    09-Jan-2015

    Sharing Dance is an exciting program of Canada’s National Ballet School and it has been named one of six finalists for a national competition called The Play Exchange.  The winning idea gets $1-million to dramatically enhance and expand their program. The winner is determined by public vote.  

    Please visit http://www.sharingdance.ca/lp/vote-art.html. You will want to watch the beautiful short video about the program and then follow the prompts to vote at https://vote.playexchange.ca/. You will have a chance to vote (3 times) for Sharing Dance and help this great program win The Play Exchange. 

    The voting window opens tonight at 7:00PM EST and closes at 11:59 EST on January 16. Your vote can help this program impact 1-million Canadians.  Please vote and please share this note with your friends, family and contacts.

    See the full show details here

                     

                           











  • Federal Budget Analysis Provides Thorough Overview of Year 2014 / L'analyse du budget fédéral brosse un portrait détaillé de l'année 2014

    05-Jan-2015

    The Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Arts Coalition and Saskatchewan Arts Alliance published the analysis of the 2014 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector over the whole 2014 calendar year.
    While overall funding levels remained relatively steady compared to last fiscal year, the roll out of funding cuts announced in 2012 continues to have an impact on the sector, including at the CBC. The good news is that the government made permanent a few existing funding commitments. There is also hope that, with a balanced budget in 2015 and celebrations in 2017, the government will invest in the sector.

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    La Conférence canadienne des arts, la Coalition canadienne des arts et la Saskatchewan Arts Alliance ont publié l’analyse du budget fédéral 2014, qui examine le financement fédéral des arts et de la culture pour l’année 2014.
    Dans l’ensemble, les niveaux de financement sont demeurés relativement stables, mais l'impact des compressions annoncées dans le budget de 2012 se fait sentir, notamment chez Radio-Canada. Néanmoins, la pérennisation d'engagements financiers existants constitue un signal positif. De plus, l'atteinte de l'équilibre bugétaire et les célébrations de 2017 permettent d'espérer que le gouvernement investira dans le secteur.

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  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) Auditions for both the Company and the Professional Training Program

    18-Dec-2014

    DJD is a professional jazz dance company that is dedicated to creating original world-class jazz performances, and to offering world-class training opportunities for jazz dance artists. National auditions, for both our dance company and our professional training program, take place annually.

    DANCE COMPANY

    DJD employs 8-12 professional dancers annually on a 33-42 week contract. Contracts include health benefits, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and health club/yoga studio memberships. Dancers interested in auditioning for Company positions must be at least 20 years of age, have a passion for jazz dance, and jazz music, plus strong technique and great personal groove.

    PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM

    The Professional Training Program(PTP) at DJD offers 10-15 students an eight-month intensive training experience, dedicated to the development of skilled and knowledgeable jazz dance artists. The program runs Monday to Friday from September to May, with three hours of training each day. Dancers auditioning for the Professional Training Program must be at least 18 years of age, and interested in furthering their knowledge of jazz dance and the work of DJD.

    Click here to see all audition dates and locations




 

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