Upcoming Professional Development Workshops in Toronto (February 22,29  March 7,14)

Generously funded by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is pleased to offer professional development workshops in partnership with the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC), the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) – with the support of, Creative Trust and CCI – Ontario Presenting Network.

Our partnerships allow us to offer dynamic, inspiring and multi-disciplinary workshops that strengthen our professional networks. This pilot project offers a series of workshops in Toronto and may inspire further initiatives such as this in other provinces. Don’t miss out, sign up today!


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February 22
- Marketing and Audience Development 
Speakers:  Jini Stolk (Executive Director, Creative Trust), Jennifer Green (Executive Director, Soundstreams)
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from arts sector executives about the ins and outs of marketing, growing your audience, and tips and tools for building successful strategy plans. We will explore real case studies and examples backed by research results. Workshop participants will learn how to approach audience development, branding, and envisioning goals. Participants will also get the chance to work on their own marketing plans and strategize together; sharing challenges and solutions, and helping each other re-envision marketing success in the arts sector. More

*CANCELLED* February 29 - Financial Management: Building a Strong Bottom Line  (Please note that this workshop has been postponed to May, contact CDA office for details)
Speakers: Heather Young (Principal, Young Associates), Jessa Agilo (Consultant and Producer, Agilo Arts), Kendra Fry (General Manager, Theatre Passe Murraille)
Looking to increase your financial literacy in the arts sector? Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn hands-on techniques from experienced and influential arts managers who have helped turn projects into financial success stories. The workshop will begin with general tips and terms to assist with understanding of finances, and will then explore examples of how to focus on private and earned revenue, donor cultivation, deficit reduction, recovery from financial collapse and balancing artistic choices vs. management choices. Following that, by using real case studies, participants will get the chance to walk through financial statements and analyse the financial health of an organization taking away practical tools which they can implement in their daily work. More

* March 7  - Technological Innovation: On and Off the Stage (Please note that this workshop has been postponed to May, contact CDA office for details)
Speakers: William Yong (Zata Omm Dance Projects), Julian Sleath (Program Manager, Special Events City of Toronto), Sue Edworthy (Arts Consultant)
As technology moves ahead at light speed, how do we keep up!? This unique and innovative workshop explores the many possibilities of opening the technological realm in the arts, both on and off the stage. Beyond Facebook and Twitter, propel your project to the next level of innovation by integrating new and exciting marketing strategies in your work. Also, discover the endless possibilities of using technology in your craft as stages become research labs with installations, video projections and other dynamic interactive technologies. Learn the ups and downs of technology, hear from experts in their field and walk away with tools to integrate in your practice, whether it be in the office or on the stage! More

March 14
- Touring: Tips for Success
Speaker: Judy Harquail, Arts Consultant
In today’s ever changing market it can be tricky to launch a touring career in Canada. There are many questions that need to be answered with very few obvious answers. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of touring. These are just some of the questions that will be answered: What are the opportunities for my work in Canada and how do I find the appropriate market places for them? What conference or festival opportunities are there and how do I prepare for them? Once there, how do I meet people, sell my performances and close the deal? Along the way, is it easier if I have an agent? If so, how do I find one and what do they do for me? Once I have a tour, how do I deal with all of the logistical details? How do I finance the tour? How do I actually “get on the road”? Once the performances are over and all of the applause has stopped, what do I do then?
Don’t miss this chance to jump start your touring career in Canada!

Workshop Locations:
February 22 & 29
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
The Lynda Hamilton Centre
250 The Esplanade
Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5A 1J2

March 7 & 14
Dancemakers Centre for Creation
55 Mill Street, Building 58
The Cannery, Studio 314
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

4 – 6:30 pm            Workshop Session: Let's learn together!
6:30 – 7:30 pm       Networking/Social Hour: Let’s socialize together!
8 pm                      Local Performance (discounted rate for participants):
                             Let’s be inspired together!

Following each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to socialize with one another in order to deepen conversations, ask questions or meet new colleagues.  Then, head over to a theatre nearby and enjoy a local performance at a discounted rate.  Once participants sign up for the workshop they will be given instructions on how to access this exclusive offer.

Performance Partners Include:
February 22nd: Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie Les cheminements de l’influence (Pathways of Influence)
February 29thToronto Dance Theatre - Four at the Winch Quebec
March 2nd, 3rd, 4th:  Moonhorse Dance Theatre's Older and Reckless
March 7thSoulpepper, High Life - Young Centre for the Performing Arts
March 14th: Jasmyn Fyffe Dance, Interlock - Winchester Theatre


1 workshop: $35 *members/clients, $50 non-members
2 workshops:  $65 *members/clients, $95 non-members
4 workshops:  $120 *members/clients, $180 non-members

*requires that you are a member/client of one of the partner organizations listed above (CDA, DTRC, DUO, PACT, CCI)

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October 16, 2011:

I Love Dance/J’aime la Danse Campaign and National Dance Week (Presentation and Working Groups)

As part of the Festival of New Dance

Nathalie Fave continues her tour across Canada and will present the I love dance / J’aime la danse National Campaign during the Festival of New Dance. The community presentation will be held Sunday October 16, 3pm - 5:30pm. Once again, following the presentation, participants will divide into working groups in order to actively contribute into the makeup of the National Campaign and will also brainstorm ideas and activities that will feed into the launch of the 2012 National Dance Week. We look forward to meeting with participants and actively engaging them in this exciting work!

Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Allandale Road
St. John's, NL  A1B 3A3

Fee = 'Pay-What-You-Can'

RSVP your attendance to



October 21-23, 2011:

Fluent - A Fluid Conversation

Artists | Audiences | Arts Administrators | Presenters - Get Connected!

In Partnership with The Fluid Movement Arts Festival, the CanDance Network, Alberta Dance Alliance

Join Canada’s dance community in open and creative conversation. Share ideas and insights, and gain a deeper understanding of dance in lively informative discussions that articulate opportunities and challenges in our cultural sector and offer an opportunity to network with Canada’s top creative minds.

During this conference, CDA will present the I love dance / J’aime la danse National Campaign, continuing to connect with the dance community across Canada about ways in which they can actively participate in this dynamic initiative.  Click HERE to learn more about the campaign.

Registration is required.
Send your RSVP or complete this short REGISTRATION FORM

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
205 8 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB  T2G 0K9

For full schedule details and performance information, click HERE!

Please make all payments to:

Alberta Dance Alliance
11759 Groat Rd NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6 


September 27, 2011:

I Love Dance/J’aime la Danse Campaign and National Dance Week (Presentation and Working Groups)

As part of the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival - Community Conference for Dance

Presented by Nathalie Fave (Canadian Dance Assembly)

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Please RSVP your attendance to

Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street
Vancouver , BC  V6B 2G6  

The Canadian Dance Assembly will embark on a multi-year communications campaign entitled I love dance/J‟aime la danse which encompass three main foci:

Advocacy & Communications: to build public, private sector and political support for dance as an art form and an expression of Canadian identity
Professional Visibility & Empowerment: to build strength in the practice, management and production of dance as a national Canadian art form
Public Engagement: to build audiences for, participation in and appreciation for dance as a national Canadian art form

This campaign will help raise the profile of dance and will strengthen bonds between professionals, amateurs, audiences and politicians. Following the presentation of the campaign, participants will divide into working groups in order to actively contribute into the makeup of National Dance week. Participants will be asked to brainstorm ideas and activities that will feed into the launch of the 2012 National Dance Week.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


September 10-11, 2011:

View Schedule here


AGM (Saturday, September 10 - 11 am - 12:30 pm)
Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) / Centre de Ressources et Transition pour Danseurs (CRTD)
The Lynda Hamilton Centre
250 The Esplanade, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5A 1J2

AGM Proxy Form

Sessions (Saturday, September 10 - 12:30 - 2 pm / Sunday, September 11 - 10:30 am - 4:30 pm)
Performing Arts Lodges of Canada
110 The Esplanade
Toronto, ON M5E 1X9 

This year’s AGM will be broadcast LIVE in both English and French.  Listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues in real-time.


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October 26, 2011:

Vive la Danse 25 ~ Every Step of the Way

A scintillating evening of dance, music, stories, surprises, fabulous auction items, and fun 

Fairmount Royal York Hotel
Imperial Room
100 Front St. W
Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

CDA represents the dance community at the DTRC gala/25th anniversary. For more information, click HERE.


September 30 - October 2, 2011:
Culture Days

CDA engages in supporting Culture Days. Send us your events and we will help promote your activities.

For more information about Culture Days, please visit


October 25, 2011:

Arts Day on the Hill

The Canadian Dance Assembly will participate in the Arts Day on the Hill. The Canadian Arts Coalition is coordinating its third Arts Day on Parliament Hill, Tuesday October 25th, 2011. Last year, 100 meetings were scheduled and Members of Parliament across all parties were receptive to our messages about the key role arts investment plays in the economic, cultural and social health of Canada.


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June 18, 2011:

Dance conversation with Nathalie Fave

(during the Canada Dance Festival)

Time: 10:30 am - 1 pm
Location: National Arts Centre, Fountain Room
53 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario
(613) 947-7000

The purpose of this meeting is to engage the Ottawa dance community in the I Love Dance / J’aime la Danse National Campaign. There will be a particular focus on the day-to-day activities during the National Dance Week. 

View agenda for details   


May 20, 2011:

We are inviting the professional community and members of the Canadian Dance Assembly to meet with Nathalie Fave from 9:30am-12:30pm.  During this meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss common successes/struggles, hear a presentation of the I Love Dance Campaign, as well as discuss the work of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

Following this meeting, there will be an open session with other dance groups, schools and practitioners from 2-4pm.  The focus on this meeting will be on the public engagement aspect of the I Love Dance campaign and the inclusiveness of amateurs or semi-professional dance practitioners (social dance folklore, etc.)  For further information or to RSVP your attendance please contact Mahad Abdi or 416-515-8444.

View agenda for details

Canadian Dance Assembly
55 Mill Street, Suite 312
Case Goods Building #74
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Tel: 1.416.515.8444
Fax: 1.416.515.9444