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Community Programming

The Canadian Dance Assembly offers a variety of programs and services for members of the dance sector. All programs and services are open to both individual and organizational members but appeal to specific concerns. 

For Individuals:
For Individuals:
  • Access to affordable Health Insurance through the Arts & Entertainment Plan
  • Professional Development workshops and community meetings
  • Discounted registration to National Conferences and opportunities to connect at Regional Events
  • Timely Advocacy Alerts and E-bulletins about arts funding
For Organizations:
For Organizations:
  • A voice for dance in Ottawa
  • Negotiations with the Federal government on shared concerns, such as Temporary Foreign Workers or issues of Taxation
  • Discounted registration to National Conferences and opportunities to connect at Regional Events
  • Free postings on the CDA job board
  • Timely Advocacy Alerts and E-bulletins about cultural policy and politics
For Both:
For Both:
  • International Dance Day promotion
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Regional Activity

The Canadian Dance Assembly strives to meet often with the various regions to either, participate in local events, partner in an activity, host special meetings, or simply connect with regional members. Since 2004, meetings have been held in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s and Halifax.

We’d love to hear from you! If you or your organization have the desire to partner with us, or have us come to your region please contact Programs and Services Manager Aviva Fleising info@cda-acd.ca 416-515-8444. We’d be happy to chat with you about future possibilities.

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Regional Activity 2020-21
Dance Townhall: After the Federal Election

Sharing dance relevant federal election results

Join us and the Global Public Affairs’ Cultural Industries team for a breakdown of the 2021 federal election results and what they mean for the dance sector. This post-election webinar will provide insights on upcoming government priorities, COVID-19 recovery funding, other supports available to Canada’s arts and culture sector, and opportunities to engage in this post-election context. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period, and an open discussion on how to ensure that you have the right information to support your work.

Dance Townhall: Breaking Down Recovery & Federal Support

We dive into the federal budget, providing what you need to know for sector recovery.

Join Canadian Dance Assembly and Global Public Affairs’ Cultural Industries team to review the federal government supports that are available for the dance sector, including new opportunities from Budget 2021. A presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period, and an open discussion on how to ensure that your needs are heard during the recovery period.

Intersections of Care: Dance Artists & Caregiving

How do we shape the terms of dance work to include the realities of care work?

Highlighting the urgent concerns of dance artists who simultaneously hold primary caregiver responsibilities for children and/or elders, this panel presentation draws necessary attention to longstanding systemic issues in the sector, which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The event welcomes dance artists, arts workers, arts organizations, funders and others in the sector, with the goal of working together toward supportive action and critical change.

Panellists: Justine A. Chambers, Lisa Emmons, Bonnie Kim, Diana Lopez Soto, Victoria May, Natasha Powell
Co-convenors: Susie Burpee, Tracey Norman, Kathleen Rea
Facilitator: P. Megan Andrews
Read more HERE

Support Your Dance Projects

An outreach and information Session hosted by Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and Canadian Dance Assembly

Join the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Canadian Dance Assembly and Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists to learn about OAC grant programs that can support your practice as a dance artist and help you bring your ideas to reality!

Find out about the OAC’s Dance Projects and Dance Training Projects grant programs, as well as Deaf and Disability Arts Projects. Learn about the new Arts Response Initiative which addresses challenges faced by the arts community because of COVID-19.

Note: This session will be presented in English with ASL interpretation and live closed captioning. Information will also be provided about programs for Francophone dance artists.

Financial Wellness: Online Information Meeting

Want to reconsider your finances in these uncertain times?

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) and Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) are dedicating their next online workshop via zoom to helping you manage your personal finances more effectively. Topics for discussion include: how to plan and manage cash flow, how to determine expenses, how to cut expenses, how to create a draw-down strategy, when to consider debt, and how to consider the pros/cons of drawing from savings like RRSPs.​

Chris Enns – Opera Singer and Certified Financial Planner
Chris’s mission is ‘helping creatives and other money ‘misfits’ build financial stability’ and he does this through coaching and DIY tools on his website Rags to Reasonable. Chris has built his practice for people with variable income, hard to predict expenses, and no built-in safety net.

We encourage individuals to submit questions in advance so we can more effectively prepare to address your concerns. Please send questions to executivedirector@dtrc.ca

The Law and Live Streaming

As an increasing number of artists and venues are exploring digitizing their arts events, questions arise around the legal responsibilities and rights of artists, venues, and contracts. Over the course of the webinar, the lawyers discuss the rights and needs of artists, choreographers, composers, and other rights holders at play in streaming content. The panelists also explore contracts, and remedies, for performers in online platforms.
With lawyer James Kosa (WeirFoulds, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law), Jasmine Spei (consultant) and moderator Lee Sela (barrister). ​

All Access Webinars: Managing Mental Health and Building Resilience in the Performing Arts

A Hands-on Workshop for Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis

Living in the time of COVID, many of us are dealing with uncertainty, fear, grief and anxiety. In partnership with the Canadian Dance Assembly and DTRC, CAPACOA organized a workshop with counsellor and consultant Deena Chochinov. She provides simple, practical and actionable tools to recognize, manage and relieve the strains on our mental health.​

Deena also proposes effective practices for communicating with colleagues, staff and clients who are coping with these stresses, while maintaining one’s own personal resilience throughout the pandemic’s duration.

CDA Cross-country check in meeting

The Canadian Dance Assembly is hosting another organizational members’ meeting on Zoom to check-in and discuss the on-going COVID-19 situation and its impact in the dance sector. These meetings were open to all, including non-members.

Meeting: Individual Artists/Arts Workers

The Canadian Dance Assembly hosted another individual members’ meeting to check-in and discuss the on-going COVID-19 situation and its impact on artists in the dance sector. These meetings were open to all, including non-members.

CDA Organizational Members’ Meeting

The Canadian Dance Assembly hosted another special organizational members’ meeting on Zoom to check-in and discuss the on-going COVID-19 situation and its impact in the dance sector. These meetings were open to all, including non-members.

CDA Individual Members’ Meeting

The Canadian Dance Assembly hosted another special individual members’ meeting to check-in and discuss the on-going COVID-19 situation and its impact on artists in the dance sector. These meetings were open to all, including non-members.

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