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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.

 

Copyright in Class

Dance classes marketed with pop icons’ names have been skyrocketing in popularity around Toronto; however, this prompts conversation around intellectual property and copyright in dance.

 

New Year News

News and awards from Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers, Montreal’s O Vertigo, Dance Ontario’s Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award, Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.

 

Arts Outside Brings Francophone Artists and Communities Together

Des arts dehors/Arts Outside is a new program presented by Made in BC - Dance on Tour and Le conseil culturel et artistique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique in British Columbia that supports dance in francophone communities.

 

Evi-Dance Radio Ends after Sixteen Years

Citing an “internal dispute with the station,” Toronto’s community radio station Evi-Dance ended on December 4, 2015.

 

Keeping Pace with Artistic Innovation: The Canada Council Revamps its Funding Model

The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) is transitioning to a radically restructured funding model, set to take effect in 2017.

 

Alberta Ballet Ensures More Children See The Nutcracker

Alberta Ballet removed one major hurdle for kids wanting to see The Nutcracker this season: the price of a ticket.

 

The Culture of inClusion

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l’Association canadienne des organismes artistiques focused on inclusive and integrated arts as a form of diversity in the arts community at this year’s annual conference in Ottawa.

 

Fall Awards

Karen Kain of The National Ballet of Canada wins a Dance Magazine Award, founder of Festival TransAmériques Marie-Hélène Falcon wins 2015 Denise Pelletier Award, flamenco artists Maria Osende of Halifax wins the Established Artist Recognition Award and more.

 

New M.Ed in Arts for Social Change at SFU

Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced a new Master of Education program in Arts for Social Change (ASC) beginning September 2016. The interdisciplinary, two-year M.Ed program is the first of its kind in Canada.

 

CCDT Soars in New York City

On October 24, Toronto youth dance company Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) performed José Limon’s The Winged at an international festival in his honour presented as part of the Limón Dance Company’s seventieth anniversary season. CCDT’s dancers were the youngest to perform at the festival, further cementing the connection between the company and Limón’s legacy.

 

An Expanding Discussion: Copyright and Heritage in Dance

On October 2, 2015, lawyers, arts advocates and performing arts professionals gathered at the dance pavilion of the University of Québec in Montréal for a focus day on copyright and dance heritage, hosted by the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, to discuss a wide range of pertinent legal and ethical questions surrounding dance creation and ownership.

 

Creating a Culture for Tomorrow, Defining the Dance Landscape of Today

One week of dance in Toronto facilitated “networking on a large scale and building community,” says Kate Cornell, Canadian Dance Assembly’s executive director.

 

All Hands on Deck

Canadian Conference of the Arts reactivated for the purpose of arts advocacy and dissemination of information during the current federal election.

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