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René Highway Scholarship is Presented for the First Time in Over 15 Years

On April 14, Toronto’s Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) honoured thirteen-year-old Thée Winddancer by awarding her the René Highway Scholarship to attend their school, after seeing her perform in a March Break Performance Camp led by Indigenous performing arts company Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

 

Arts Organizations Tentatively Optimistic in Wake of 2015 Federal Budget

Most every government decision involving taxpayer money is met with frustration, doubt and debate. The 2015 federal budget is no different. Announced on April 21, 2015 by Finance Minister Joe Oliver, the pre-election budget failed to address certain aspects of life in Canada. The arts was one of them.

 

Dancer Transition Resource Centre Announces Trillium Funding and Sports Partnership

Funding will support a substantial three-year initiative uniting the dance and sports communities. This exceptional collaborative opportunity will explore challenges unique to high-performance athletes and professional dancers transitioning to new careers.

 

Lisa Gelley Receives 2015 VIDF Choreographic Award

On March 11, at the opening night reception of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Lisa Gelley was awarded the 2015 VIDF Choreographic Award.

 

Jack Udashkin Retires After a Rich Artistic Journey

Jack Udashkin, the current director of Théâtre La Chapelle in Montréal, will be retiring at the end of March after a rich, remarkable and diverse forty-year career in the arts.

 

Dance Takes Over the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City

Rebel Bodies exhibit opens at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City.

 

Choreographers in the Making at RWBS

On February 14, the Professional Division of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (RWBS) hosted the twenty-fifth anniversary of their First Steps Choreographic Competition.

 

In Memoriam: Grant Strate (1927 - 2015)

Grant Strate, often dubbed the elder statesman of Canadian dance, passed away in his home in Vancouver on Monday evening. Strate’s achievements are incalculable because his contributions share one quality: they endure and continue to create impacts on dance in Canada that are beyond measure.

 

Youth Dance Awards in Ontario

Dance Ontario honours Isabella Rapino with the Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award and seven students from Canada’s National Ballet School receive the 2015 Peter Dwyer Scholarships.

 

Springboard 2015: Emerging Choreographers Announced

Earlier this week, Springboard Danse Montréal announced which emerging choreographers they’ve invited to participate in the program this year. Among them, Canadians Hanna Kiel (Toronto), Colleen Snell (Mississauga) and Heather Myers (Vancouver).

 

Les Prix de la danse de Montréal 2014

Carol Prieur, Benoît Lachambre and Meg Stuart awarded Les Prix de la danse de Montréal.

 

Tedd Robinson Celebrated

On November 5, the Canada Council for the Arts announced that dancer, choreographer and educator Tedd Robinson had won the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

 

Igor Dobrovolskiy Receives Lieutenant-Governor’s Award

In early November, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada (ABTC) announced that Artistic Director Igor Dobrovolskiy was awarded the 2014 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Performing Arts, New Brunswick’s highest artistic honour.

 

Two Toronto Dance Students Receive Hnatyshyn Foundation Grants

Justin de Luna, a student in dance at the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto and Andrew Swan Greer, a student at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre each received $10,000 grants from The Hnatyshyn Foundation to complete their studies in the 2014/2015 academic year.

 

Brian Ronald Macdonald 1928-2014

Internationally respected award-winning director and choreographer for stage and television in musical theatre, opera and ballet, Brian Macdonald died on November 29, 2014.

 

RQD Elects New President

On October 27, the dance advocacy association Regroupement Québécois de la danse (RQD) announced Harold Rhéaume, choreographer and artistic director of Le Fils d’Adrien danse, as their new president.

 

Four Major Arts Awards Announced

Four significant arts organizations celebrated the accomplishments of Canadian artists by announcing major awards and prizes. The Prix Culturel Samuel de Champlain was awarded to choreographer Marie Chouinard, while Aszure Barton was awarded the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation Prize. Vancouver bestowed its Mayor’s Art Awards for 2014, with Jai Govinda winning the performance award, while Alejandro De Leon received $45,000 from the funding body CALQ (Le conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) to create a new dance web series.

 

Dancemakers Appoints Co-Curators

Dancemakers announces the appointment of co-curators Emi Forster and Benjamin Kamino.

 

Indian Dance in the Cloud

Classical Indian dance pioneer Menaka Thakkar uses the Internet to bring India and Canada closer together through virtual performances and classes streamed live.

 

Paul-André Fortier and Margie Gillis become Officers of the Order of Canada

Montréal’s Paul-André Fortier and Margie Gillis received their insignia as Officers of the Order of Canada on September 12.

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