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Collaborative Practice

Assemblée Internationale 2017 (AI17) took place this year from April 30 through May 6 at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS). This international event takes place every four years and brings together training schools from all over the world to collaborate, learn and create.

Max Wyman / Photo by Yukiko Onley, courtesy of BC Alliance for Arts and Culture
 

New Criticism Award Launched in BC

On April 18, a new award that acknowledges excellence in critical writing and commentary on the visual, performing and literary arts will be celebrated in Vancouver. The Max Wyman Award for Cultural Commentary, or “The Max,” is the brainchild of community leader and philanthropist Dr. Yosef Wosk.

Roger Sinha / Photo by Michael Slobodian
 

Canada's International Dance Day Message 2017

Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) has issued a message on behalf of the dance community in Canada as part of International Dance Day (IDD) on April 29. This year’s IDD Ambassador is Montréal-based dance artist and Sinha Danse Artistic Director Roger Sinha. He was invited to share his message about dance’s integral place in the lives of Canadians.

David Zurak / Photo courtesy of Oliver Tobin
 

Remembering David Zurak

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and member of the Martha Graham Dance Company David Zurak died in New York on March 9, 2017, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.

Penelope Reed Doob / Photo courtesy of Dance Collection Danse
 

Remembering Penelope Reed Doob

Penelope Reed Doob, an influential dance scholar, historian and critic, died March 11, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Robert Binet and Karen Kain during a performance of The Dreamers Ever Leave You by Binet : Photo by Karolina Kuras
 

Winter Awards and News 2017

Holly Bright of Crimson Coast Dance Society was awarded one of two 2017 John Hobday Awards in Arts Management, Salomé Nieto won the 2017 VIDF Choreographic Award, Karen Kain, artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) has chosen to mentor Robert Binet, a choreographic associate of NBoC, as part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program, Meredith Kalaman and Arash Khakpour received Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Dance Artsis, Katherine Semchuk won the New Work Award from Good Women Dance Collective. In other news, Ballet BC announced the appointment of John Clark as the company’s new Executive Director.

Participants at Don’t Forget the Money! forum presented by Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery / Photo by Jayne Wilkinson
 

Don't Forget the Money!

Don’t Forget the Money! is the first in a new series of forums presented by Mississauga’s Blackwood Gallery called Working with Concepts. The public discussion was aimed at navigating the unique labour processes in the interaction of artistic discipline of dance and various contemporary art contexts.

Sarah Chase and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg in conversation with Peter Dickinson at the Canadian Society for Dance Studies Biennial Conference, Vancouver in 2014 / Photo by Kathryn Ricketts
 

The Canadian Society for Dance Studies

In February 2017, the board of directors of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies / La Société canadienne d’études en dance and the organization’s founder, Amy Bowring, announced its dissolution, citing low membership renewals and consequently less access to administrative funding.

Wilder Espace Danse / Photo by Maxime Brouillet
 

Digging the New Digs

Wilder Espace Danse complex, a new centre for dance training and performance, opens in Montréal.

Battle, presented by TUDS, at DanceWeekend'17 : Photo courtesy of Dance Ontario.jpg
 

Developing and Showcasing Dance in Ontario

Two recent events in Toronto allowed the Ontario dance community to come together to support and mentor the next generation of dancers while also showcasing the diversity of the current dance scene in the province.

Marc Jubete, Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco / Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic
 

New Year and End of Year Awards

Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco, both of the San Francisco Ballet, won the twelfth international Erik Bruhn Prize, the Prix de la danse de Montréal went to Édouard Lock, Daina Ashbee, Sophie Corriveau and Gilles Savary, Atlantic Ballet Theatre was named a 2016 Champion of Cultural Diversity by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Travis Lim of Vancouver won two gold medals at the 2016 International Dance Organization (IDO) Hip Hop Championships, Paul Tanguay won the National Arts Centre’s 2016 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring, Vivine Scarlett and Tess Vosper won Dance Ontario Awards, France Geoffroy of Corpuscule Danse won the Prix À part entière and Ontario Contact presented Dreamwalker Dance of Toronto with their 2016 Artist of the Year Award.

Sudha Khandwani / Photo courtesy of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company
 

Remembering Sudha Khandwani

Sudha Khandwani, artistic director of Kalanidhi Fine Arts of Canada, pioneered the contemporary face of South Asian classical dance while also paying homage to its rich tradition.

Kate Cornell with colleagues after a meeting with an advisor in the Prime Minister’s office / Photo courtesy of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Tara Mazurk
 

Arts Advocates in Canada Make Politics Personal

This fall, on behalf of the Canadian Arts Coalition, 160 arts advocates gathered at the nation’s capital to speak to parliamentarians for this year’s Arts Day on the Hill and the Canadian Dance Assembly’s Kate Cornell played a central role.

 

Final Accolades of 2016

Musical theatre graduates Jahlen Barnes and Arinea Hermans were awarded the 2016 Syd and Shirley Banks Prize, Vicki Adams Willis of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks was named an influential Alberta artist, Yvonne Ng received the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and Mocean Dance won the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for Canvas 5 x 5 by Tedd Robinson.

 

LEAPing into Career and Life Transitions

For high-performance elite dancers and athletes alike, the transition from being at the peak of their careers into the next chapter of their lives can approach quickly and, sometimes, by surprise. The 2016 LEAP conference focused on bringing the two communities together to further educate everyone involved about the issues experienced around transitions.

 

First National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being

The first national symposium for dance and well-being took place November 4-5, 2016, in Toronto at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS). It was hosted by the National Centre for Dance Therapy, a division of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

 

Remembering Tap Dancing William “Bill” Orlowski

William “Bill” Orlowski, one of the greatest Canadian tap dancers and choreographers, died October 22, 2016.

 

Canadian Dance Recognized At Home and Abroad

A list of Canadian artists recently recognized for their dance work.

 

Supporting Health in Dance

The focus of the weekend event was on safe and healthy dance education. Topics ranged from dance in the curriculum for school children to teaching ballroom dance to elderly people.

 

Remembering Dorothy Rossetti

Dorothy Rossetti was a significant figure in Montréal’s dance community with her dance store Rossetti de Montréal and generous nature.

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