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Calling all Young Québec Dancers

Bouge de là, PPS (Pierre-Paul Savoie) danse and the department of dance at l’UQÀM have started an initiative to strengthen dance education in Québec culture. In collaboration with Cas Public, the first conference on dance dedicated to young Québec audiences will take place on September 25 and 26.

 

Studio Talk: Toronto

Dance Teq opens at a new location, two dance studios open in Toronto.

 

After Turbulence, Dance Victoria Producer Stephen White Reinstated

Longtime artistic producer at Dance Victoria (DV) in British Columbia, Stephen White, has returned to the position less than two months after being fired. White was reinstated following a Dance Victoria Society special general meeting on August 1 that also saw DV’s entire board of directors replaced. Within days of the meeting, DV’s executive director of two years, Jason Dubois, announced that he had left the organization.

 

Young Canadians Excel at International Competition

Two young dancers from Vancouver’s Goh Ballet Academy win top prizes at an international dance competition in Austria.

 

Alberta Ballet II dancers announced

On June 30, the School of Alberta Ballet officially launched its newest education and outreach program, Alberta Ballet II, with eight dancers being announced.

 

Swinging the night away at Dancing on the Pier

Dancing on the Pier, which takes place every Thursday night from June 26 to September 4 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, is a high-energy evening full of live music and huge gatherings of dancers and non-dancers alike.

 

New Appointments at Ballet Kelowna and Canadian Society for Dance Studies

July marks a time of new beginnings for two prominent Canadian dance groups, with Ballet Kelowna and the Canadian Society for Dance Studies (CSDS) each announcing changes in direction.

 

Dancemakers Makes Changes

The artistic director of one of Toronto’s most reputable contemporary dance companies says he’s been unceremoniously let go as the company scrambles to avoid a federal funding cut. But the company’s board says he’s misunderstood their attempt to retain him.

 

Winners announced at Toronto's 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

The thirty-fifth annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards took place June 23 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The dance division saw a total of thirty-four nominees in seven categories.

 

The Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network Mentorship Program

The Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN) is developing a mentorship program. Officially launched in January 2014, CSARN is currently accepting applications from professional artists of all ages. Mentors must be sixty or older, but mentees can be artists of any age wishing to develop new skills.

 

Cirkopolis goes straight to the top in NYC

Cirque Éloize’s latest production Cirkopolis was presented the Drama Desk Award in New York City for the unique experience it provides.

 

Meredith Potter receives Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) has presented Meredith Potter with this year’s Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration.

 

2014 Dora Mavor Moore nominees announced

Nominations for the thirty-fifth annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which celebrate exceptional work in Toronto’s performing arts scene, were announced on June 2.

 

Duchess of Cornwall visits RWB

Celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary this season, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet welcomed Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on May 21.

 

New Programs for Dance Teacher Training

A collaborative effort between several professional dance schools in Montréal yields a new attestation of collegial studies in dance training in one of two specializations, classical or contemporary dance.

 

Reinventing the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault

The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault announced its upcoming transformation into the Institut de la danse and the reshaping of its mission.

 

New Decidedly Jazz Dance Centre to open in 2015

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD), a company known for putting its own spin on traditional jazz values, is moving to the new twelve-storey Kahanoff Tower, which will open in Calgary in 2015.

 

Ballet Kelowna’s founding artistic director, David LaHay, departs as the season closes

Ballet Kelowna bade farewell to its founding artistic director, David LaHay, at the final performance of the 2013-2014 season.

 

Guillaume Côté to Direct FASS

Big news for Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS) with the recent announcement that, in 2015, Artistic Director Anik Bissonnette will hand over the reins of the successful summer festival to none other than National Ballet of Canada (NBoC) star Guillaume Côté.

 

Québec Dances for April 29

In honour of International Dance Day, Québec Danse invited audiences and artists to celebrate the incredible variety of dance forms and practices across the province in a wide array of classes, shows, rehearsals and exhibitions.

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