C – Out-of-town organizations

Actors’ Fund of Canada

The Actors’ Fund helps performing arts professionals in financial crisis get back on their feet after a major setback. If you are ill, injured, or have suffered a financial catastrophe that puts your health, shelter or ability to work in jeopardy, contact them for quick and confidential help. www.actorsfund.ca

Alberta Dance Alliance (ADA)

ADA exists to foster and promote the appreciation and practice of dance in Alberta. Created in 1984, ADA provides advocacy, awareness and education. The organization publishes Dancelines, a quarterly newsletter and a directory of members. www.abdancealliance.ab.ca

Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)

This is a fledgling national service organization for dance based on a new vision for advocacy, research, communication and professional development in dance at the national level. www.dancecanada.net

The Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA)

CAPACOA is a non-profit association serving the live touring industry in Canada. It organises conferences, professional development seminars, and publishes a membership directory and information handbooks. www.capacoa.ca

Banff Centre

This is Canada’s only learning centre dedicated to the arts, leadership development, and mountain culture, offering year-round programs designed to enrich professional practice beyond the realm of traditional education. The convergence of resources, multidisciplinary programming, and spectacular physical location affords an inspirational learning experience. www.banffcentre.ca

Canadian Association of Fringe® Festivals (CAFF)

This non-profit organization gathers 25 festivals, most of them having a dance component. They provide a forum for self-presenting at low prices to large audiences. The participants are selected by lottery. To be selected for the Touring category and participate in no fewer than 5 member festivals, an application form is available online. Ten applicants will be chosen by lottery, 5 Canadians, 5 international. Contact any city’s Fringe Festival to get their dates and policies. www.fringefestivals.com

CanAsian Dance Festival

This is a biennial festival taking place in Toronto that fosters and promotes diverse expressions of Asian aesthetics through dance in Canada. The festival presents concert performances, artist residencies and workshops. www.canasiandance.com

Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC)

The DTRC has a mandate to help dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. It also organizes Danse Transit in Québec, which prepares the emerging dance artists, supports them and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need for their integration into the professional community. The conference welcomes graduating dance students from Montreal, Québec and Ottawa. www.dtrc.ca

Chen Dance Center

Chen Dance Center (CDC) is an intimate, black box performance space dedicated to providing professional opportunities for artists and promoting development of new audiences. CDC presents independent artists through three modern dance series: Co-Presentation, newsteps, and Ear to the Ground. The newsteps series features emerging choreographers who are creating new work and works-in-progress. www.chendancecenter.org

Canadian Arts Coalition

The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada’s largest consortium of arts, culture and heritage supporters. They are united in the knowledge that greater public investment in the arts is essential to Canada’s future. This is the national lobbying front for arts and culture in Canada. www.canadianartscoalition.ca

Dance Centre

The Dance Centre operates as a multi-faceted resource centre for the Vancouver and B.C. dance community and the general public. Services to members include: administration, consultation, documentation, video services, workshops, advocacy and (re)presentation opportunities. It publishes the BC Dance Directory and a monthly newsletter. www.thedancecentre.ca

Dance Collection Danse

This organization is committed to preserving the works of Canadian dance artists through archiving documentation and publishing written works on the Canadian dance heritage. It encourages artists and organizations to contribute to its archives and publishes a magazine with articles on Canadian dance history. www.dcd.ca

Dance Manitoba Inc.

Dance Manitoba is dedicated to the development of dance education in the province. It produces an annual non-competitive provincial dance festival and a Members’ Showcase, publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, Footlights, and presents various workshops and master classes throughout the province. www.dancemanitoba.org

Dance Matters

Featuring newly finished works, emerging choreographers, improvisation scores, collaborations, or works in their final creation stages, this series features finished work a maximum 20 minutes long in an intimate and casual setting two weekend afternoons with a lively discussion following the performance. www.dancematters.ca

Dance Saskatchewan

Cette organisation fait la promotion du respect de la danse. Elle encourage la libre expression de l’identité culturelle, cultive les occasions de performance, stimule le marché du travail en danse et célèbre la diversité culturelle et son héritage. Elle publie un bulletin, Footnotes et un répertoire de ses membres. Dance Saskatchewan promotes respect for dance, which encourages free expression of cultural identity, cultivates performance opportunities, stimulates employment, and celebrates heritage and cultural diversity. They publish a newsletter, Footnotes, and a directory of members. www.dancesask.com

Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO)

DUO serves Ontario’s professional dance creators and small-scale companies who may not have personal arts management to support their dance work. Their impressive website features Step by Step: Running a Dance Business, an online guidebook. www.danceumbrella.net

Dancing on the Edge Festival

Ce festival de 10 jours a lieu à Vancouver durant en juillet. Des spectacles intégraux et des programmes mixtes réunissent artistes émergents et professionnels. Les artistes émergents doivent remplir le formulaire d’application avant le 1er novembre. www.dancingontheedge.org

Danspace Project, P.S.122, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, HERE, The Flea, Movement Research

Danspace Project (www.danspaceproject.org), P.S.122 (www.ps122.org), The Kitchen (www.thekitchen.org), Dixon Place (www.dixonplace.org), HERE (www.here.org), The Flea (www.theflea.org) and Movement Research (www.movementresearch.org) are all New York presenters. Although numerous, performing opportunities in New York tend to be competitive. They generally program experimental work.

Dusk Dances

Dusk Dances is a festival that brings contemporary and traditional dance to urban public parks in Toronto and across Ontario. At dusk, the audience (children, walkers and people of the neighbourhood) are guided towards 5 eclectic dance performances hosted in different places of the park. Choreographers with different experiences are invited to submit 10-minute performances inspired by parks and their natural environment. www.corpus.ca

Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur

This is a choreographic competition whose mandate is to promote original dance creations, and to stimulate mutual knowledge and creative collaboration between artists. The festival occurs in early August in Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts. www.fass.ca

Festival International de Danse Encore

This is a professional competition held in Trois-Rivières each June. Festivities include the competition, master classes, and a gala evening. Pieces must be solos, duos or trios, and a maximum of ten minutes in length. Pre-selections happen in March. There is a $25 registration fee and a first prize of $3,000. www.festival-encore.com

Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival

Ce festival de 5 jours a lieu en avril. Il rassemble des chorégraphes, interprètes et professeurs de danse professionnels de partout au Canada à Guelph. Son mandat premier est de présenter de nouvelles œuvres de haut calibre qui repoussent les limites de la danse contemporaine. On y retrouve les catégories suivantes : Mainstage Series, Youth Moves Series (pour les moins de 19 ans), Local Series et Workshop Series. www.guelphcontemporarydancefestival.com

Live Art Productions

Halifax-based Live Art Dance Productions is the only specialised dance presenter in Canada’s Atlantic region to program dance artists who have established a presence on national stages. As of 2005, the Live Art season presents two distinct series: the Main Stage Series and the Alternative Spaces Series. Live Art is also active as a commissioning partner and is an instigator of projects that create value for the local community as a whole. www.liveartproductions.ca

Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres (MAL)

The mission of the MAL is to lobby federal, provincial and municipal governments to increase funds available to artists and cultural organizations in Québec. It represents the 15,000 professional artists, writers and cultural workers that attempt to make a living through the creation, execution and presentation of art works in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature and crafts. www.mal.qc.ca

Neighbourhood Dance Works (NDW)

Neighbourhood Dance Works is committed to the development and improvement of a vibrant professional dance community and the advancement of emerging and mature dance artists. Their distinctive programming brings St. John’s audiences the best of local, national and international new dance during the New Dance Festival, which occurs the third week of June in Newfoundland. The deadline for submissions is September 1st. www.neighbourhooddanceworks.com

New Dance Alliance/Performance Mix

The Performance Mix series show the developing work of 30 experimental choreographers, composers, and multidisciplinary artists each season. The maximum length of work to be presented is 15 minutes and the deadline for submissions is April 1st. The NDA has an exchange program with Studio 303 whereby each organization presents three of each other’s artists, giving these an opportunity to perform outside their home base, and for some their first exciting introduction to multi-city touring. www.newdancealliance.org

Public Energy

This presenter is interested in new dance and performance of an investigative or experimental nature. It enjoys presenting new work and hosting residencies with an educational component. There is no deadline for applications, and performances take place in various venues with 120 to 640 seats. www.publicenergy.ca

Push International Performing Arts Festival

Produced over 19 days each January in Vancouver, the annual Push International Performing Arts Festival presents groundbreaking work in live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and various hybrid forms of performance. www.pushfestival.ca

CanDance Network

This network is an association of organizations presenting dance across Canada that supports dance presenters and offers tools and touring support to artists. They maintain an on-line directory of members, which gives information on presenters across Canada. www.candance.ca

Réseau indépendant des diffuseurs d’événements artistiques unis (RIDEAU)

RIDEAU has 113 members of which 106 are presenters. Its mission is to favour the presentation of performing arts by supporting the work of its members. Services include maintaining a catalogue of performances, running the ‘Bourse Rideau’ (a contact event in Québec city in February), and providing a computer database. www.rideau-inc.qc.ca

Gibraltar Point Artist Residency Program

This residency provides professional artists with fully subsidised opportunity to live and work on Toronto Island for one month. Open to artists who are engaged in the research or creation of work, the deadline for submissions falls in June. www.torontoartscape.on.ca

ROMP! A Festival of Independent dance

The ROMP! Festival in Victoria is produced by Suddenly Dance Theatre with three components: an invited guest artist; a mixed program by various choreographers; and dance on film/video. Open to all professional dance artists (choreographers, companies, dancers, filmmakers). The festival is in fall with a deadline for submissions in late January. www.suddenlydance.ca

8:08 Performance Workshop

Founded in 1992, 8:08 is an exciting, non-curated monthly event in Toronto open to professional Canadian dance artists working on new dance or experimenting with new material. Participants are provided with general presentation support, written comments from the audience members and a symbolic fee. www.series808.ca

The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA)

CADA is a professional association of artists whose purpose is to improve the social status and working conditions of professional dance artists in Canada. Members receive a newsletter and benefit from protection under a group accident insurance plan. Chapters are active in Ontario and British Columbia. British Columbia Chapter www.cadabc.org Ontario Chapter www.cada-on.ca

The Field

The Field offers presenting opportunities and programs that help independent artists create new work and manage their careers in dance, theatre, music, text, performance art, film and video. The Field produces performance events, publications, career-based programs, and workshops. www.thefield.org

Vancouver International Dance Festival

This 4-week festival occurs in March and presents the works of both Canadian and International artists inspired by Butoh, western contemporary dance, storytelling, dream interpretation and personal and public history through performances, master classes and workshops. www.vidf.ca

W.I.P. Series

Works In Progress Series presents original and innovative works of established professional and emerging choreographers. Jackie Latendresse is the coordinator of this series that occurs in Saskatoon. Informal performances are presented two times per year and season ends with a Gala presenting achieved works. Priority is given to artists from Saskatchewan, but national submissions are encouraged. www.freeflowdance.com


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