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Ruth Priddle’s Legacy Beyond Dance at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Ruth Priddle, founder of the former dance program at the University of Waterloo, ON, died on June 8. Her academic work had an impact on motor learning research and influenced the way the people who worked with her regard dance, science and creativity, and how they can intersect.

 

Remembering Jacque Foesier

After a lifelong commitment to the growth and well-being of dance in Canada, Toronto-based Jacque Foesier died on July 12 at the age of eighty-two.

 

Toronto’s 2016 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

The thirty-seventh annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place on June 27 at Harbourfront Centre’s Concert Stage. The dance division saw a total of seven categories and thirty-five nominees.

 

Survey Researches the Social Impact of Dance in Canada

Canada Council for the Arts survey investigates how dance affects society in Canada, the last phase of research in the Dance Across Canada project.

 

Lindsay Zier-Vogel Appointed Director of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies

The Canadian Society for Dance Studies announced on June 3 in an email to its members that Lindsay Zier-Vogel will replace Samantha Mehra Donaldson as director.

 

Announcing Awards

A round-up of recent Canadian dance awards.

 

Remembering Geneviève Salbaing

Geneviève Salbaing was a champion of classical and jazz dance in Canada as co-founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. She passed away on May 8 at the age of ninety-four.

 

Canada’s National Ballet School Honours Alumni in an Inaugural Symposium

The Global Alumni Symposium for Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) took place in Toronto for the first time May 20 through 22. The event brought NBS alumni together to participate in a host of activities and to hear their feedback on how the school can best prepare its students for their careers.

 

Cirque du Soleil Steps onto Broadway

Cirque du Soleil’s new Broadway production Paramour opened May 25 in New York. The show is a fusion of acrobatics, dance and song tied together with a Broadway narrative, a love triangle set in the golden age of Hollywood.

 

Know Your Worth

On Saturday, May 28, around 100 commercial and urban dancers flocked to The Underground Dance Centre in Toronto for Interpose: A Dancer’s Rights Seminar. In the field of commercial dance, art has a boss. In fact, the chain of command stems from the client, down through the production company, to the choreographer and then to the dancer, the bottom of a chain fuelled by commerce above all else.

 

New Space Opens Up Creative Possibilities for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

The Calgary-based contemporary jazz company inaugurates new space with a new full-length production by Artistic Director Kimberley Cooper.

 

The School of Alberta Ballet Outgrows Edmonton Location

The School of Alberta Ballet’s Edmonton Studios hosted an open house on May 15 to celebrate their September move to a larger facility.

 

Dance in the Federal Budget

After the 2016 federal budget was announced March 22, headlines across major arts organizations glowed with an absolute rarity. What will the long-term effects look like?

 

2016 Dance Day Message

Since 2005, the Canadian Dance Assembly has issued a message on behalf of the dance community in Canada as part of International Dance Day on April 29. This year’s IDD Ambassador is Halifax-based dance artist and Mocean Dance Co-Artistic Director Susanne Chui.

 

Canadian Dance Decorated

Artistic Director Louis Robitaille of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Canadian Dance Assembly Executive Director Kate Cornell, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Founder in Residence Vicki Adams Willis and more are celebrated for their contribution to Canadian dance.

 

Remembering Calgary’s Shirley C. Murray

Murray devoted her life to teaching and sharing a love of dance and was one of the founders of the Dance Education program at the University of Calgary.

 

Locating 'D'ance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada

Discussions were international in scope and explored historical and contemporary sites of research.

 

Breaking Ground in Integrated Dance Teacher Training

Dancers and instructors from across Canada came together to host the first Canadian-led integrated dance teacher training workshop in Calgary.

 

Performing Arts Exemptions Around Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

The Canadian Dance Assembly recently shared with its membership that the Government of Canada has announced the creation of a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption category for the performing arts disciplines of dance, opera, orchestra and live theatre. The exemption takes effect February 17.

 

Training Expansion

Keeping up with the fast-paced evolutions in today’s dance landscape, the School of Alberta Ballet has announced an extra program to its training system.

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