2012 National Conference

Douglas Rosenberg keynote address
Session Descriptions
Conference Supporters

The Canadian Dance Assembly team has been flooded with positive feedback about this past weekend’s National Conference and the I love dance Awards celebration in Ottawa this past October 20-22, 2012. Many thanks to the Whole team, all our amazing volunteers, and all who participated. We are thrilled everyone had such a great time! Pictures coming soon. We would like to post a few of the messages we are receiving here:

“It was an absolute treat to be able to attend the CDA Conference these past two days. Not only was the content of the conference extremely relevant and the panellists fantastic, but I feel overall I gained a better understanding of the way the issue of pluralism is being handled, and feel therefore a lot better about it. I was also very happy to have the opportunity  to bring up the issues and concerns I am faced with as a flamenco dancer in Nova Scotia, and find that there were people who could very much relate to my concerns and situation, as well as those who through my participation, were made aware of this particular situation. I would like to thank you once more.” - MARIA OSENDE,  Artistic Director

“I hope you are taking at least one and hopefully a couple of days off, following a very successful and stimulating national conference. The combination of pluralism and technology as themes worked brilliantly, I thought. And what a lovely event the first annual I Love Dance Awards turned out to be! ... Most of all – congratulations on all the fine work you have been doing. You need to be very proud of yourselves, and to celebrate all that you have achieved.”  - Mary Elizabeth Luka. Vice-Chair, Arts Nova Scotia and ANS Representative, Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council- Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar | HASTAC Scholar | PhD Candidate (ABD)

“Just a quick note to tell you that both Jason and I immensely enjoyed our wonderful weekend with your group in Ottawa. A great program, passionate participation and more than a lot of fun. Congratulations on a job very well done, and we look forward to working with CDA over the coming months on your National Health Insurance Program.” - BOB UNDERWOOD, President & Chief Executive Officer, AFBS

Hello everybody! Thank you for the time in Canada where we were sharing ideas about life, videodance, love, art, perception, organization, community, images, languages, contexts, poetry…” - Paulina Ruiz  Carballido

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The Canadian Dance Assembly was pleased to host its 6th National Conference October 20-22, 2012 in Ottawa- Presented in collaboration with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), The Aga Khan Museum, and the National Arts Centre Dance Department. The dance community once again gathered to be inspired, exchange and dialogue, build community, gain new insights, and most of all help shape the future of dance in Canada!

CDA's 2012 National conference was inspired by the intersection of pluralism and technology in a rapidly changing environment. Participants learned to adapt their creative and managerial skills with exciting forums and panel discussions, learned from incredible keynote speakers, participated in tangible workshops on video, projections, and new modern applications in dance. Technology was explored and diversity in dance was embrased while discovering new partnerships and networking opportunities that have inspired new thinking toward a vibrant future for dance.

In conjunction with this year's conference, the Canadian Dance Assembly recognized and celebrated exceptional members of the dance milieu with Canada’s National Dance Awards - The I love dance/J’aime la danse Awards! Following the conference, CDA Met with MP’s to build a case for dance while networking with artists in various disciplines for Arts Day on the Hill, organized by the Canadian Arts Coalition on Oct. 23rd, 2012.

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Conference Schedule Overview
Session Descriptions
Travel & Accommodation Discounts and Information
Conference Supporters

Grant Subsidy for the Promotion of Pluralism
Ottawa Dance Live and Houston Ballet

Canadian Dance Assembly
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