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A selection of news, press releases and events posted regularly:

  • Ballet BC names Medhi Walerski as next artistic director

    13-Jan-2020

    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

    06-Jan-2020

    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.

  • Collette Murray wins the 2019 Community Arts Award

    30-Oct-2019

    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

    08-Oct-2019

    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

  • Announcing the New Dance Across Canada Map!

    20-Sep-2019

    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.

    Background
    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 dancemap@dancecanada.net

    To read the full press release, click HERE

    GET ON THE MAP! 




 

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