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

  • Ballet BC Announces New Executive Director


    Ballet BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Branislav Henselmann as the company’s new Executive Director.

    “It’s with great excitement that we welcome Branislav to Canada and to Ballet BC and look forward to working with him as we continue the rapid growth of the company’s profile,” says Artistic Director Emily Molnar. “Branislav is a talented and accomplished leader whose background, experience and connections with the international dance community will add significant strength to Ballet BC’s leadership team.”

    Mr. Henselmann originally trained as a dancer in Munich, later deepening his studies at conservatory level at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. He was a DAAD German Academic Exchange Fellow, studying with the Merce Cunningham Foundation and was twice the recipient of the Young Artist award of the Ministry of Arts and Culture NRW. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Business Administration, earned as a Dean’s Fellow at New York University.

    Read More HERE / en savoir plus ICI

  • DUO announces leadership transition and new focus


    June 20, 2012

    Re: DUO announces leadership transition and new focus

    Board to recruit new executive director to implement new vision and mandate

    The Dance Umbrella of Ontario today announced a bold new vision and mandate focused on expanding and tailoring the organization’s services, striking innovative partnerships and providing renewed leadership to the Ontario dance sector. The new vision and mandate follows a comprehensive process of research, planning and consultation.

    DUO will also seek new leadership after receiving, with regret, Jay Rankin’s resignation as Executive Director due to family circumstances. While we are sorry to see Jay go, we are confident in DUO’s new direction and are a stronger organization as a result of it. The progress we have made together as a board, staff and community on a new vision for the organization will continue under new leadership, in close collaboration with our community.

    The new vision provides for services and initiatives that include:

    • Communications plans and tools including social media
    • Implementing and utilizing new operating models
    • Animating DUO as a community hub, physically and virtually
    • Audience development and marketing strategies

    The board and staff are working diligently to ensure a smooth transition from Jay’s leadership to a leadership transition team, to be announced in the coming weeks. We welcome the support of our community as we navigate this change.

    DUO is committed to keeping our community informed and will continue to inform you as the organization progresses through this new era in its history.


    DUO Board and Staff

    Read more HERE

  • Canadian Conference of the Arts vows to live on, despite funding loss


    by James Adams
    The Globe and Mail
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Canada’s oldest and largest arts advocacy organization, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, has decided to keep functioning, until mid-October at least, even as the Harper government has announced it is ending a 47-year tradition of federal support from Liberal and Conservative administrations for the organization.

    Meeting this week in Ottawa, the membership and the board of the CCA, founded in 1945, “all endorsed the concept that we should not give up,” said CCA national director Alain Pineau in an interview. “There are enough positive signs coming our way to make it worth continuing,” including an application to an as-yet unnamed foundation for “a good injection of money” that, should it be approved this fall, “would greatly help our transition to a new business model.… We’re taking this in instalments, living sort of on a quarterly basis at first, hoping to go on a half-year basis next year.”

    The CCA earlier had asked the federal government for $780,000 to ease the transition to being self-sustaining after “hearing unofficial reports” last summer that the Canadian Heritage department would be killing the Arts, Culture and Diversity Program under which the CCA had been funded to the tune of $390,000 a year. That amount represented 75 per cent of the CCA’s annual operating budget. In the wake of these reports, Pineau embarked on a tour of more than a dozen Canadian cities to meet with CCA members and other arts and culture groups to determine if the country still needed “an overarching association” like the CCA. Out of these consultations came the groundwork for a new business plan.

    However in April, Canadian Heritage announced it would give the CCA just $195,000, not the $780,000 requested – money, it told the CCA, that could be used to try to put the organization on a new footing or to wind up its operations.

    Read more HERE

  • Call for nominations: DUX Award at the National HR Forum



    June 13th, 2012

    The Inaugural Cultural Human Resources Council DUX Awards
    This year honouring an Outstanding Mentor

    Call for Nominations

    DUX is the Latin word for leader, and with the creation of this annual award, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) plans to honour Canada's cultural HR leaders who have contributed to the dynamic and inspiring cultural life we enjoy in this country. In 2012 we honour those unsung heroes who selflessly dedicate their time and energies to nurture young talent: mentors.

    The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is pleased to issue a call for nominations for its inaugural DUX Award for Outstanding Mentor, to be presented at CHRC's national HR Forum, Building Bridges, on Friday, September 28, 2012. The Outstanding Mentor will receive a complimentary registration to the Forum. The prize includes a donation by CHRC of $1,000 to an organization selected by the Mentor.

    Cultural workers -- here is your chance to recognize and celebrate that amazing mentor who changed your life!

    Tell us how your mentor helped you choose or establish your career, realize your potential, refine your art practice or navigate your way through the vast sector you have chosen to work in. Deadline for nominations: July 13th, 2012.

    Download the nomination form.

    CHRC has long been identified with mentor/protégé programs, from its early days as an administrator of the Training Internship Programme (TIP) through more than a decade as administrator of the Youth Internship Programs -- Career Focus and Building Careers in Heritage, CHRC has identified, encouraged, supported, facilitated and enabled mentorships in the cultural sector.

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    Le 13 juin 2012

    Lancement du Prix DUX
    du Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel
    À l'honneur cette année : un mentor exceptionnel

    Appel de nominations

    Le mot DUX signifie leader en latin. En créant ce prix annuel, le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) veut honorer les leaders des ressources humaines du secteur culturel canadien qui ont contribué à créer la vie culturelle dynamique et inspirante dont nous jouissons dans ce pays. En 2012, nous voulons honorer les héros de l'ombre qui ont consacré leur temps et leurs énergies à nourrir de jeunes talents -- les mentors.

    Le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel (CRHSC) est heureux de lancer cet appel de nominations pour son premier prix DUX dédié à un mentor exceptionnel, qui sera présenté lors du forum national du CRHSC sur les ressources humaines, Construire des ponts, le vendredi 28 septembre 2012. Le Mentor Exceptionel qui remportera le prix recevra une inscription gratuite au Forum. Le prix comprend un don de 1000 $ du CRHSC à une organisation au choix du mentor.

    Travailleurs culturels -- Voici votre chance de reconnaître et de célébrer la personne qui a changé votre vie professionnelle.

    Dites-nous comment votre mentor vous a aidé à choisir votre carrière ou à l'établir, à réaliser votre potentiel, à raffiner votre art ou à faire votre chemin dans le vaste secteur dans lequel vous avez choisi de travailler. Date limite pour l'envoie des candidatures : 13 juillet 2012

    Télécharger le formulaire de nomination pour le Prix DUX.

    Le CRHSC est depuis longtemps associé aux programmes de mentorat et de « protégés ». En tant qu'administrateur du Programme d'initiatives de formation pendant plus d'une décennie et des programmes de Jeunesse Canada au travail Objectif carrière et Carrières vouées au patrimoine, le CRHSC a pu trouver, encourager, soutenir, encourager et concrétiser des mentorats dans le secteur culturel.

  • Contemporary dance matriarch Rachel Browne dies

    12-Jun-2012 CDA is saddened by the news that Canadian dance legend Rachel Browne has passed away. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.

    Rachel Browne, the nationally respected founder of Canada’s oldest contemporary dance company and the matriarch of the dance scene in Winnipeg, died suddenly in Ottawa on Saturday.

    Browne, 77, died peacefully in her sleep at an Ottawa hotel, said Stephanie Ballard, her fellow choreographer and friend of 40 years. The cause of death has not been determined.

    Browne was in Ottawa accompanying students from the School of Contemporary Dancers who performed at the Canada Dance Festival on Saturday.

    The trailblazing dancer, choreographer and teacher founded Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) in 1964 and started its school in 1972.

    Born Ray Minkoff in Philadelphia in 1934, she trained as a ballet dancer. She came to Winnipeg from New York City in 1957 to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After four years with the company she retired to raise her family, but missed dance and began to choreograph in a non-classical style.

    Browne served as artistic director of WCD for nearly 20 years. In the early days she toiled as the administrator, fundraiser and publicist as well as the main dancer and choreographer.

    Read more HERE


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