On the left side are two drummers playing standing up. On the right side are four dancers in a low squat with arms raised above their heads.


We regularly present and collaborate with partner organizations to host critical convenings that offer information and support the wellbeing of individuals and communities devoted to dance in Canada.

Want to partner with CDA? We’d love to work with you! Please contact Membership Manager Oriana Pagnotta at info@cda-acd.ca or 416-515-8444. Let’s communicate about future possibilities together.

Arno stands with one arm extended overhead and three fingers coming into the fist with the first and thumb extended. The other arms points forward from her shoulder and folds at the wrist. She stands in front of a white background in a ornate red sari with gold and green edging.
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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.


Q&A – The Linked Digital Future Initiative


Q&A session coming!

📆 Monday, January 16th

⏰ Time: 1:00 – 2:15 PM ET

CDA is embarking on an exciting new digital journey with the Linked Digital Future Initiative (LDFI).

Led by CAPACOA and co-organized with the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists/West Chapter (CADA/West), the LDFI has collaborated with membership-based art service organizations across Canada to link and open publicly available membership data. The aim of this data-sharing process is to make performing arts information findable to help build better connections in our sector – between dance artists and audiences – in the digital age.

There are many benefits to this type of data sharing and through CDA’s collaboration with the LDFI we hope to sustain the dance sector by making information about you and your work findable and accessible.

All dance organizations and individuals, members and non-members are welcome. Attendance is free, pre-registration is required.

We aim to offer an inclusive space to support what arises and work from a place of care. 


  • Auto-captions available (in English and French)
  • This is a caregiver friendly meeting; we realize the complexities of our living situations and welcome you to show up as you need.
Performing Arts in Canada: What Are the Audiences Telling Us?


👥 Why are the audiences not coming back to theatres and concert halls?

🤔 Is it just a matter of time, or do we need to make significant changes to re-connect with existing audiences – and build connections with new ones?

🎟 We’ve invited experts who have tracked arts and culture consumer attitudes and perspectives since very early in the pandemic to share insights on ever-evolving patron attitudes, and how we might best respond to what patrons are telling us.

📆 Webinar date: Friday, 25 November 2022

⏰ Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

💰 Cost: Free

🔠 Interpretation options: French-English simultaneous interpretation, ASL, LSQ and automatic AI generated closed captioning in English and French.

🔗 Register Now: http://bit.ly/3txLtQq

Reactivation Program Online Info Session


The AFC Reactivation Program serves independent and self-employed choreographers, dance dramaturges, rehearsal directors, lighting designers, technical directors, stage managers, production managers, costume designers, and more, in dance and other performing arts. 

Please join us at the online info session Wednesday, November 30, with David Hope, Executive Director of The AFC. Please click here to register and share this info.

The Reactivation Program provides short-term financial help of $2,500 to cover living expenses/pandemic debt or professional costs such as training fees, licenses, memberships, equipment, or other expenses related to your work. You can be employed and apply! Applications are assessed as soon as they are submitted, so people are encouraged to apply now. The program is funded by Canadian Heritage, Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF).)  


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