on the move - Vancouver 2016



on the MOVE is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers. Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations, on the MOVE welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.  Join us to get the edge on your dance career!



February 25, 2016


Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2G6 



Conference registration and breakfast


MORNING SESSIONS - Building Community for Your Career


Welcome from The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (BC Office)The Dancer Transition Resource Centre is here to support you every step of the way. Find out about our resources for emerging dance professionals and how you can reach out for confidential support. Leaders from our professional community have assembled to welcome you. What can you expect and how can you take full advantage of this day? Zaena Campbell –The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (BC Office)


Meet Your Peers and Get Moving!—Time to break the ice and get moving! Make new dance friends from pre-professional programs across the Lower Mainland. These could be your future co-workers and collaborators! Fun activity to get confident, connected and energized.  Banghra Warm-up with Hardeep Sahota, Director of Royal Banghra Academy


Meet Your Mentors: An interdisciplinary panel discussion—What is a typical day like for a professional dancer? How do you get started and maintain momentum? Hear from a diverse group of artists with distinct career paths in a variety of disciplines. You may be surprised. You’ll definitely be inspired. Deanna Peters (Moderator/Contemporary) Heather Laura Gray (Commercial/Contemporary, Shannon Teat (Commercial), Alpha Ng (Ballet), Josh Martin (Contemporary)


Networking Lunch—Your turn to talk with established artists and experts about…anything!

Community Fair—You are not alone! Artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, and open the door to a new community of dancers. Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Actsafe, CADA West, CDA(Canadian Dance Assembly), New Works, Made in BC - Dance on Tour... and more!  




Income Tax for Self-Employed Dance Artists—Working from contract to contract...How do you begin to get organized?  What kind of expenses could you deduct as dance professional?  Save yourself time, stress and money by finding out now -Approachable, Relevant & Empowering! Marianna Scott, President, Quantum Accounting Services Inc


Nutrition for Dance Performance—How do you fuel your body to thrive under pressure? Learn strategies for a happy, healthy and successful dance career with tailored, expert advise from a Nutritionist and Dancer. Cristina Bucci, RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist/Consultant) Dancer/Choreographer/Teacher and Co-Artistic Director, Ouro Collective


Career Planning - Map Your First Year Out!You’ve worked hard training in studio. Now it’s up to you to keep it up and kick start your career! Let's turn big dreams into powerful steps. Howard Jang, Faculty Member at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, Board Member at the Canada Council, Dancer Transition Centre, and more

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" - Lao Tzu
“Luck is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity” - Seneca  


Last call—Reflections on the day and a BIG prize give away


Thank you to our generous sponsors

A huge thank you to the organizations who donated to the conference draw

New Works
Dance Allsorts


Companhia Urbana de Danca

The Dance Current
Ouro Collective
Heather Laura Gray

Raices Y Alas


Interested in volunteering? 

Are you interested in volunteering at on the MOVE - Vancouver?  Send our BC on the MOVE coordinator an e-mail at otmbc@dtrc.ca.

Food and refreshments are always offered to our generous volunteers, and reference letters are available upon request.

Full volunteer call located at the Alliance for Arts website

For more information

Please contact:
BC Office
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
604.899.0755 | otmbc@dtrc.ca


Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.