The Voice of Canadian Dance

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is the voice of the professional dance sector in Canada and promotes a healthy, sustainable environment in which professional dance practice can grow and thrive.  CDA cultivates a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and supports the development of resources for this field of artistic expression. Through conferences, workshops, and networking events we connect the dance community from coast to coast, building a cohesive and dynamic milieu.

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  • Moving Inspirations Dance Festival 2020 27-Feb-2020

    The Moving Inspirations Dance Festival is a small, short, and cozy gathering of dance makers or ..

  • Toronto Dance Community: Building Consent Culture 04-Mar-2020

    CADA East and Canadian Dance Assembly are pleased to host a workshop for dance artis..

  • Festival TransAmerique 2020 20-May-2020

    Two exceptional Quebec artists are returning to Festival TransAmérique including Louise L..

    • Dance program encourages Iqaluit kids to excel in school Social Sharing


      Jaydin Nungaq, a Grade 11 student at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, says he used to struggle with academics but a hip-hop dance program has helped motivate him to excel in school.

      "I just became more productive with my work than ever," he said. "I just feel like I'm more into school now because I get to dance."

      Nungaq is one of the participants in Outside Looking In, a non-profit dance program for Indigenous youth across Canada. It's the second year the program has run in Iqaluit and Nungaq says it's making a difference.

      "It has influenced me to become such an inspiring person to more people my age," he said. "It builds self-determination, independence, and generosity." Read full article HERE

      Dancers at Inuksuk High School practice their routine before performing for Black History Month in Iqaluit. (Jackie McKay/CBC)

    • How should media respond when an artist limits reviews to critics who are Indigenous, black and people of colour?


      It’s a basic principle of mainstream cultural journalism that artists should not pick which critics review them. But should artists be allowed to choose which colour of critic reviews them?

      That is the hot potato thrown to all the Toronto newspapers, magazines and online outlets that cover theatre this week by Yolanda Bonnell, an up-and-coming Anishinaabe and South Asian playwright and performer.

      On Tuesday night, her play bug – which had a short run at the 2018 Luminato festival, resulting in a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for outstanding new play – opens for a two-week run at Theatre Passe Muraille, and only certain critics have been invited.

      Read the full article HERE on Globe and Mail. 

      On Tuesday night, Yolanda Bonnell's play 'bug' opens for a two-week run at Theatre Passe Muraille, and only certain critics have been invited.

    • Jean Grand-Maître to step down as artistic director of Alberta Ballet after three-year transition


      Alberta Ballet’s longest-serving artistic director, Jean Grand-Maître, will step down after a three-year transition period that will see him passing the torch to Christopher Anderson by 2022, according to an announcement from the ballet company scheduled to be released today.

      Grand-Maître — who joined Alberta Ballet in 2002 as artistic director — will remain in the role for the 2020-21 season, which will include new work from both him and Anderson. In 2021-22, Grand-Maître and Anderson will share duties as co-artistic directors. In the 2022-23 season, Anderson will take over as artistic director while Grand-Maître will remain as an artist-in-residence for the company.

      “I’m in a place now, and I’m realizing it every day, where I need more challenges,” says Grand-Maître, 56, adding he has no plans to retire from the performing arts.

      “Directing a ballet company is extremely demanding: finance, raising funds, raising donors, raising repertoire. After 20 years, it’s not like I feel like I’ve been there and got the T-shirt, but it feels like I’ve given it everything I could and I want to try new challenges. Read full article HERE

    • Ballet BC names Medhi Walerski as next artistic director


      Ballet BC has named French-born Medhi Walerski as its next artistic director, succeeding the celebrated Emily Molnar. Walerski is currently a freelance choreographer associated with Nederlands Dans Theater, where he was a company dancer until four years ago. Molnar, departing in June, moves on to lead NDT. 

      Read more (for Globe & Mail subscribers) HERE

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    Case Goods Building #74
    Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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