Advocacy Partners

As the voice of the dance sector, the CDA leads and participates in committees, coalitions and associations that regroup representative bodies in the dance and cultural sector. CDA’s inclusive structure also makes it a natural partner for regional and other national organizations within the sector in order to increase the impact of more focused initiatives.

The CDA currently participates and works with: 

The CDA Advocacy Committee
The CDA Pluralism Committee
Canada's Performing Arts Alliance
The Canadian Arts Coalition
Imagine Canada 


The CDA Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Dance Assembly is dedicated to sounding its membership from across the country to gather perspectives on the many and varied issues facing dance and to building appropriate coalitions to effect change. Areas of focus for the committee includes but is not limited to: organizational strategic planning, pluralism, political analysis, public policy, health and education. The committee is committed to representing and reflecting diversity as manifested in the various practices of dance and within society.

The Advocacy Committee members represent and reflect diversity and pluralism as manifested in the various practices of Canadian dance. Advocacy Committee members gather perspectives from the wider membership on the many and varied issues facing dance, supporting a democratic process for CDA in considering its strategies and positioning around the various issues it addresses. Committee members also act as champions within their respective regions, mobilizing their colleagues around important issues the CDA engages in. The committee is committed to representing and reflecting diversity as manifested in the various practices of dance and within society.

Please refer to Advocacy Committee's Strategic Guidelines HERE. If you are interested in joining the Committee please contact Kate Cornell or phone the office at 416-515-8444.


The CDA Pluralism Committee

In 2012, the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) worked with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) to address issues related to pluralism in dance across Canada. From this initiative, a Pluralism Committee was formed. The Pluralism Committee provides support and accessibility to issues surrounding Pluralism, engages with the membership, organizations and artists of the Canadian Dance Assembly in adopting a Pluralism framework, offers advice to the Board, and other Committees of the Canadian Dance Assembly. Please continue reading about our Pluralism Committee HERE.


Canada's Performing Arts Alliance (PAA)

The PAA represents over 1000 of Canada's live performing arts organizations and our foremost performing artists. Driven by the Canadian Dance Assembly, the Canadian Arts Presenters Network (CAPACOA), Orchestras Canada, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), it is the recognized voice for the live performing arts sector in Canada - its artists, presenters, festivals, producers, volunteers, supporters and board members. The PAA is part of the Canadian Arts Coalition and works in tandem with other representative bodies in the cultural and not-for-profit sector including the Canadian Conference for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, Imagine Canada and others.

The PAA is united in the view that sustained public investment in the arts by the federal government is essential to Canada's continued economic vitality, prosperity and quality of life. It has the firm belief that all Canadians will benefit from better access to the arts, and that Canadian artists and arts organizations play a key role in enhancing Canada's reputation at home and abroad.


Canadian Arts Coalition

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of artists, business leaders and volunteers specifically dedicated to promote the arts sector. Coalition members are united in the knowledge that greater public investment in the arts is essential to Canada's future, and with the belief that the high quality of life, for which Canada is known, depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community.  Since its inception, the CAC has successfully lobbied for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Kate Cornell, Executive Director of the CDA, is currently the Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition.


Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization who supports and strengthens charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve.

Canadian Dance Assembly
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