Important Survey for all CADA-ON Members - for the Professional Standards for Dance

30 May 2015 3:02 PM | Valerie Calam (Administrator)
Dear CADA-ON Members and Supporters, 

The Canada Council for the Arts recently identified 190 dance forms that are being practiced in the country through their 'Yes I Dance' survey. CADA-ON recognizes this, and we are in the process of conducting research to create an updated version of the Professional Standards for Dance document. Specifically, we are aiming to make the document more inclusive by developing standards for professional dance forms that are currently under represented in our membership. 

In 2013, with support from the Ontario Arts Council, CADA-ON embarked on a series of community consultations with African diaspora and urban/street dance artists and administrators, to better understand how CADA-ON could serve the specific needs to these communities. We would like to continue this process now by conducting a survey, as well as engaging focus groups from the dance community from an even wider span of dance practices. 

By joining this research process, you can: 
  • Help us understand the needs of your dance form and the ways in which it is practiced 
  • Ensure that your specific community is represented both by the Professional Standards for Dance document and by the other support services that CADA-ON can offer 
  • Make connections and initiate important discussions about the scope of professional dance practice in Ontario 
No matter what dance form or dance work you practice, your input will be of great value to us. 

The survey is available now online HERE.

Focus Groups
DatesJune 20, 1:30pm and June 23, 7:00pm, 2015 (choose one date to attend)
Location: Dance Umbrella of Ontario/CADA-ON Offices. 476 Parliament Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto
The meetings will be confidential and conducted in a safe, professional environment, moderated by Michael Caldwell (Secretary of the Board) and Larissa Taurins-Crawford (Research Assistant). Light refreshments will be served

If you would like to participate in a focus group or would like more information, please contact Larissa at

We look forward to hearing from you, 

Your CADA-ON Board of Directors: 

Brodie Stevenson, Michael Caldwell, Andrea Roberts, Amanda Acorn, Danielle Baskerville, Chrystine Chambers, Catalina Fellay-Dunbar, Mairéad Filgate, Slade Lander, Samantha Mehra, and Ofilio Portillo

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