About Us

"Today, CDA is the voice that speaks for all dance across Canada, dance in its multiple facets and diversity.”

~ Lata Pada, Artistic Director Sampradaya Dance Creations

"In a country that is comprised of geographically-disparate and genre-diverse dance communities, it is essential to have a single meeting place for them all. The CDA is currently providing this opportunity and I was thrilled to join the board in order to help facilitate communication around dance in Canada, particularly amongst the different service and support organisations."

~ Candice Pike, Vice President, Dance NL

Land Acknowledgement

We, the Canadian Dance Assembly, as a National Arts Service Organization, recognize our responsibility in reconciliation. This sacred land has been the site of dance for more than 15,000 years. We give thanks to the caretakers of this territory: the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee (The People of the Longhouse), Chippewa, and the Anishnaabe nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit. We give thanks to the nations recorded and unrecorded, acknowledged and unacknowledged, who also share the responsibility of caring for this territory. We honour the Dish With One Spoon treaty and our responsibility to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. 

Today, the Meeting Place of Toronto (Tkaronto) is still the home to many First Nations, Inuit, & Metis people from across Turtle Island. 

We are grateful for the teachings of Indigenous peoples, colleagues, Elders, and peers, sharing traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge. 
For the ability to dance and celebrate on this land.
For creative freedom.

We are committed to elevating Indigenous voices and actively seeking knowledge to deepen our understanding. We believe in sharing resources so that we can collectively honour and uphold treaty responsibilities, and practice on the land that we call Canada today. We are committed to working together to build a better relationship with each other and with the land.


The Canadian Dance Assembly exists to facilitate the dynamic exchange of information relevant to Canadian professional dance of all forms and aesthetics.  It strives to cultivate a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and to support the development of resources for this field of artistic expression.  It is the members of the Canadian Dance Assembly, through their activities, experience and participation, who provide the dynamism and synergy that make the organization vital in the Canadian arts milieu.


The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is the voice of the professional dance sector in Canada which advocates for a healthy, sustainable environment in which professional dance practice can grow and thrive.

CDA is a reputable source of information on the current state of dance in Canada and provides representation to policy makers and the public.

CDA enables its national membership of dance professionals and organizations to connect with their peers through regular communications, conferences, forums and workshops, and facilitates opportunities for networking, dialogue and exchange relevant to the Canadian dance sector.

Value Statement

Above all, the Canadian Dance Assembly cherishes Canadian dance in all its multiplicity. The Canadian Dance Assembly, in its statements and in its actions, values pluralism. As a result, we strive to be an open and accessible organization to all genders, races, bodies, and sexualities; everyone can dance.

The Canadian Dance Assembly is a member-driven organization that, through the design and delivery of its activities, programs and services, upholds the core principles of being a collaborative, inclusive, consultative, non-partisan, proactive, diplomatic, and transparent organization that represents the diverse professional dance milieu in all regions of Canada. The organization ultimately exists to serve the needs of its members and functions as a bottom-up organization responding to their needs.


Please see below the Bylaws that govern the Canadian Dance Assembly. These Bylaws were last updated and approved by the membership on November 19, 2013 and are in compliance with the new Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act.

CDA Bylaws


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