on the MOVE - First Steps - Halifax 2017


What is OTM - First Steps?

First Steps programming is designed to educate high school-aged dancers and their parents about a professional career in dance, and introduce them to the support networks and organizations serving artists.

When & Where

March 25, 2017
DANSpace (1531 Grafton Street)

Program

 

4:30 - 5:00pm

Registration and Introductions

5:00 - 6:00pm

Three generations of dance careers - Professional Artists Panel
Featuring Georgia Skinner, Henry Jackson, Leila Kovacevic
(Supper will be served)

6:00 - 6:15pm Break and preparation for movement
 
6:15 - 7:15pm Networking through Movement - Physical Theatre with Sherry Lee Hunter 
 
7:15-7:30pm
 
Break
 
7:30 - 8:30pm

Warming up and taking preventative measures against injury - Workshop with Ulla
Wagner (osteopath, massage therapist, Pilates instructor and former dancer)

8:30 - 9:00pm Closing Activities
   

Register

Pre-registration if required. Email office@dancens.ca to sign up!

Partners

on the MOVE - First Steps - Halifax is co-presented by:

        


and generously supported by:

        

on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2017 Presenter Bios


Panelists & Workshop Leaders


KEVIN DYCK BMR(PT), Cert. Acp – Physical Therapist

Kevin Dyck Graduated from the University of Manitoba Physiotherapy program in 1998 and worked in an outpatient and chronic pain clinic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before joining Lifemark Health in 2001.  In 2002 Kevin began working with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where he continues to provide physiotherapy management and rehabilitation and accompanies the ballet when on tour.

Kevin holds training in vertebral and extremity manual therapy, is acupuncture certified, and has completed post-graduate training for myofascial treatment, exercise prescription, and nervous system mobilization. He has a special interest in dance medicine and injury management. He has also worked as a volunteer performing physiotherapy treatment for Local Gymnastics Competitions, The Tim Horton’s Brier, Canadian Golf Tour, Manitoba Marathon, and World Curling Championships.

Kevin’s interests include staying fit, golfing, curling and camping with his family.
 

ALEXANDRA ELLIOTT

After performing her own work in New York, Alexandra Elliott and Hurricane Sandy came face to face. Physically demanding and emotionally charged, her work made it back to her hometown of Winnipeg and beyond. As a contemporary dancer and choreographer, it is Alex’s highest intention to leave you transformed. With over ten original works under her belt, her dances have been produced in New York, Toronto, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Alexandra remains humble with a commitment to learning from her seniors and peers. She has studied choreography with award-winning choreographers Tedd Robinson (QC), Susie Burpee (ON), Marie-Josée Chartier (QC), and Susan Rethorst (NY). Fresh after graduating with a BA Honours Degree from the University of Winnipeg and The School of Contemporary Dancers, Alex was a company dancer with the unforgettable Ruth Cansfield Dance. Four years later she joined the Young Lungs Dance Exchange to pursue choreography. After seven years of constant support from this organization, she has taken an important step and is now the Artistic Director of Alexandra Elliott Dance. She had the unique opportunity to self-present her own productions and will continue to do so with the supportive community she lives in. Alex cycles to her studio every week, year round, to make the creation of dance her daily practice, and not one day is taken for granted.
 

AMAN HUSSAIN

Aman Hussain is an Instructor with the Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health at The University of Winnipeg. His background is in performance psychology and sport pedagogy and he teaches in the areas of Sport Psychology, Leadership, and Issues in Sport & Physical Activity. Mr. Hussain is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His doctoral research focuses on the learning and performance of emergency physicians. His other research interests include high-stress professions, performing arts, leadership, post-graduate medical education and qualitative research methods. Mr. Hussain enjoys getting out and about in Osborne Village, spending time with his extended family (especially his nephews) and Bootcamp. Mr. Hussain works as the Performance Enhancement Consultant for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
 

DOMINIC LLOYD

Dominic Lloyd is responsible for all aspects of development, implementation, and review of Winnipeg Arts Council funding programs. He also oversees Arts Development activities facilitating public participation in the arts. 

Originally from the Yukon Territory, Dominic was the Artistic Director of the Dawson City Music Festival from 1998 to 2004 and has experience working with a variety of other arts organizations.  He relocated to Winnipeg to become Artistic Director of the West End Cultural Centre and held that position for nearly six years before moving to the Winnipeg Arts Council.  He managed the 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada project prior to assuming his current role with WAC.

Dominic has served on numerous arts and community boards, been a juror and advisor for agencies across the country, and presented at conferences in Canada and Australia.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and Political Science from Simon Fraser University, and an unhealthy obsession with baseball statistics.

 

LISE MCMILLAN

Originally from B.C., Lise McMillan is an independent dance artist based in Manitoba. Lise has performed with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2007-2014), Sinha Danse, C. Medina Dance (Austria), Delfos Danza (Mexico) and with several independent creators.  She is one-third of Collective Corps whose first work C.P.A [consistent partial attention] created by Freya Olafson, premiered in Winnipeg in 2016.  Her own works have been presented by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Prairie Dance Circuit, and Young Lungs Dance Exchange.  Lise is the co-director of The Dance Post, an organization serving Winnipeg’s dance milieu since 2015.  She holds her B.A Honours Degree in Dance and is a graduate of the Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers.
 

MADELAINE MORRISH

Madelaine Morrish is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about helping athletes optimize their athletic performance by teaching them how to fuel themselves with nutritious food.  Madelaine graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and completed her dietetic internship with the Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program.  Madelaine is also a Certified Craving Change™ facilitator. Madelaine provides nutrition counseling and coaching to individuals in Manitoba and facilitates group education sessions and grocery store tours as a private practice dietitian.  In her spare time, Madelaine enjoys practicing yoga and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
 

FREYA BJÖRG OLAFSON

Freya Björg Olafsonis an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her praxis engages with identity and the body, as informed by technology and the Internet. Her work has been presented internationally at museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals and conferences. Throughout her career, Olafson has benefited from residencies, most notably through the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (New York) and CounterPulse (California). Freya completed an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute / Donau Universität in Krems, Austria in 2007 which complements her professional dance training from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, and Springboard Danse Montréal.  www.freyaolafson.com


JUDY SLIVINSKI

Judy Slivinski has over 20 years’ experience in leadership, management, research and training in Canada’s arts and cultural sector. Judy is in demand as a workshop leader and panelist for artists across Canada and in the US. From 1998 to 2001, Judy was International Liaison and Executive Director with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, working with such dance pioneers as Rachel Browne and Stephanie Ballard. From 2010 to 2012, Judy was Senior Director of Marketing and Development at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, strengthening the brand of the renowned company nationally and internationally. She is currently Director of Development at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where she develops productive relationships with donors, members, and sponsors. On her spare time, Judy mentors Canadian arts organizations on relationship building for Business for the Arts.  
 

NATASHA TORRES-GARNER

As a performer, Natasha Torres-Garner has worked with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers as a company dancer from 2002-2008. Her independent experience since, has given her the opportunity to work with Montreal’s Fortier Danse Création, Bill Coleman (Toronto),in repertoire by the late Jean-Pierre Perreault (Montreal), as well as with Winnipeg's Tom Stroud, Out of Line Theatre, TRIP Dance Company, Treasure Waddell, Nina Patel, Alex Elliott, Ali Robson, Johanna Riley, Ming Hon, Mia Van Leeuwen and Leigh Anne Parry. As a choreographer, Torres-Garner has presented works in Winnipeg, Regina, London(UK), St.John's, Newfoundland, Toronto, and Dresden, Germany. Torres-Garner is one of the co-founding members of the Winnipeg arts service organization Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2017


What?

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities.

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in-studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

Where?

School of Contemporary Dancers
(211 Bannatyne Ave.)

When

March 20th, 2017
8:30am-4:30pm

Program

Registration  8:30am-9:00am

Featured Keynote: The Sky's the Limit  9:00am-10:00am
Freya Olafson
Start the day with Freya's take on the future of dance, and how she has used several art mediums to expand the role of dance within the arts community.  "Olafson is one of Winnipeg's most boldly interdisciplinary artists" - Alison Mayes, Winnipeg Free Press
 
Life of a Dancer (Panel)  10:00am-11:00am
 Alexandra Elliott, Lise McMillan, Freya Olafson, Natasha Torres-Garner
Hear from a panel of well-established freelance dancers about how they got their start, and continue to sustain an independent dance career. 
 
Who's Out There?: Building Your Network  11:00am-12:00pm
Judy Slivinski
What is it about networking that feels so intimidating? Building relationships within your community is a necessary part of staying on top of developments in the field, sharing resources, and feeling supported in your career path. Judy Slivinski, Director of Development at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, will demystify the role and process of networking, and show you how to tap into the connections and relationships you already have to further your career. 
 
Lunch & Meet Your Service Organizations  12:00pm-1:00pm
Chat with representatives from The Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and ACI Manitoba.
 
Dance Break!  1:00pm-2:00pm
 
Ins and Outs of Injury Prevention (Panel)
Kevin Dyck, Carrie Broda, Madelaine Morrish, RD
Join the RWB's physiotherapist and a former RWB dancer-turned massage therapist, about keeping your body in sound working order for a sustainable dance career. 

 
Minding the Mind (Workshop)  3:00pm-4:00pm
Aman Hussain
This workshop on stress management is led by Aman Hussain, an Instructor with the Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health at The University of Winnipeg. He has experience in performance psychology and sport pedagogy and teaches in the areas of Sport Psychology, Leadership, and Issues in Sport & Physical Activity. Mr. Hussain is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where his doctoral research focuses on the learning and performance of emergency physicians.
 

Thank you

Many thanks to our presenting partner:



And to our generous funders:

                 

For more info, contact DTRC Manitoba Representative Chelsey Charbonneau-Lindsay at charbonneauchelsey@gmail.com or call the DTRC National Office at 416-595-5655 (or toll-free at 1-800-667-0851).

on the MOVE - Toronto 2017 Presenter Bios


Panelists & Workshop Leaders

AMANDA ACORN

Amanda Acorn is an award winning choreographer based in Toronto. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Independent engagements include projects with Dana Michel, Brendan Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Andrea Spaziani. Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces, constructing responsive environments using a choreographic frame. She is the emerging artist in residence at Dancemakers 2016-2018. www.amandaacorn.com

MARIAH AWAIYE

Mariah Awaiye is a recent graduate of the BFA dance program at York University and the artistic director at Kreative Dance Company. She is an associate member with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA), a certified yoga instructor, a canfitpro certified fitness instructor and a certified acrobatics instructor through Acrobatic Arts. Mariah combines her competitive studio experiences and her post-secondary training to create a program at Kreative Dance Company that develops young dancers and enables their artistic abilities. 

JENNIFER BENNETT DARBYSHIRE

Jennifer Bennett Darbyshirehas served the Toronto dance community as an administrator for 10 years. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2015 as the Administrative Manager of the Artistic Department and the Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director. Jennifer was the Managing Director of Dance Umbrella of Ontario from 2012-2015 and continues to consult through her own project and production administration company, Motive Management Inc. Jennifer served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (www.TAPA.ca) from 2012-2015; was the Dance Discipline Chair for ArtsVote 2010 and 2014 (artsvote.ca); and was a member of the Steering Committee for the On the Move Toronto Conference in 2014 and 2015.

NATASHA ECK

Natasha Eck, has created & facilitated Creative Arts programing for communities across Canada, for over a decade. Natasha is a York University alumni with a BFA in Dance, Bachelor in Education, & a good standing member of the Ontario Certified Teachers Association.

Natasha has had the opportunity to work with organizations such as: Dance Ontario, dance Immersion, Dusk Dances, Arts Starts, Canadian Opera Company, Living Arts Centre, St. Albans Boys & Girls Club, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, and Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services. Natasha continues to advocate for the value and impacts of Arts Education on individual well-being.

LISA EMMONS

Lisa Emmons is a contemporary dance artist and choreographer based in Hamilton. A graduate of York University with a BFA, Lisa has worked as a freelance performer, choreographer and instructor with Motus O Dance Theatre and many independent artists across Canada and internationally. In February 2014 Lisa founded Form Contemporary Dance Theatre, through which she has produced performances in three Hamilton Fringe Festivals, winning a Critic’s Choice award, in addition to a number of productions in Hamilton, Burlington and across the GTA. Lisa is committed to fostering the growth of contemporary dance and founded the dance workshop transFORM, which has been available to dancers across Hamilton and Burlington.

Lisa strives to be open and available to the world around her, and is excited about fostering collaborative relationships across disciplines to develop opportunities for artists as well as promoting the arts to the public.

JASMYN FYFFE

Jasmyn Fyffe is described as, a young artist whose body of work is developing in a style all her own. - Anya Wassenberg, Sway magazine. Winner of the 2013 Frankie Award [Montreal] for most outstanding choreography/choreographer for her work, Pulse, Fyffe has created numerous works on her company Jasmyn Fyffe Dance and has self-produced shows in Toronto and Montreal (ON). The company has also presented work in Brooklyn (NY), North Bay (ON), and Birmingham (UK).  Independently she has performed/choreographed in Toronto, New York, Turkey, Pittsburgh (PENN) and Berlin (GER) and she is currently on a month long residency at Lake Studios in Berlin, Germany. “Fyffe is an indisputably talented performer and dancemaker,” Kathleen Smith, The Dance Current.

MEAGHAN GIUSTI

Meaghan Giusti has over 17 years of experience in the performing arts industry; she is a graduate of York University with a Masters Degree and Honours BFA in dance and studied abroad at the University of Chichester in England. As a performer and choreographer she has presented work at the FiDA International Dance Festival, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Dance Ontario Weekend and International Dance Day at Dundas Square. Her work was also commissioned and presented by the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in Barrie Ontario. Working within Toronto's vibrant dance community for over 10 years Meaghan has worked with the Canadian Dance Assembly, fFIDA International Dance Festival, Tiger Princess Productions, George Brown College Dance Department, DanceFuzion and the CanAsian Dance Festival. As a passionate dance educator, Meaghan is the owner of Broadway Arts Centre, a performing arts studio in Toronto for children and youth as well as a partner of Dance Educators International, providing education and professional development for emerging and established dance teachers.

IRIS JACOBSON

Iris Jacobson has over 25 years of consulting and training experience. She works with clients to clarify career decisions, navigate change and create strategic advantage for a competitive edge. This includes coaching individuals to generate successful outcomes in “high stakes” interviews and to market their unique value via accomplishment-based ‘elevator pitches’ and resumes.

Iris has designed and facilitated hundreds of effective workshops, generating high participant engagement and outstanding feedback. She holds a BA from The University of Toronto, B Ed. from O.I.S.E., Training Generalist Designation from Langevin Learning Services and Career Development Practitioner Graduate Certificate from Conestoga College.

PETER KELLY

Born in Guelph ON, Peter Kelly is a Toronto based multifaceted dance artist, choreographer, instructor and producer. Peter is a graduate from the Dance Performance Studies program at George Brown College and is now in his second season as a company member with Toronto Dance Theatre. A part from TDT, Peter is Dance Ontario’s Provincial Networks Coordinator, a collaborator with Impromptu Movements, a performer with The Go To Company, a member of the Garage TO, and the Artistic Director of New Blue Emerging Dance.

ROBERT KINGSBURY

Robert Kingsbury is a multidisciplinary artist working in forms of experimental dance. He received a BFA in Fine Arts from York University, majoring in piano performance and composition. Robert composes music, records and edits video, creates text and is a holistic therapeutic bodyworker. His works are influenced by somatic practices, Brechtian techniques and the aesthetics of site specific performance installation. Robert was honored to receive the 2011 Premiere’s Award for emerging artist. He mentors with Berlin based Shannon Cooney and has performed for other independent choreographers in Toronto, Montreal, NYC & Berlin. Recently Robert self-produced several full length multidisciplinary works.

LILIA LEON

Lilia Leon is a Mexican-Canadian performing artist with Mestizo heritage, with a multi-disciplinary career as a dancer, actor, choreographer and arts educator. She has collaborated with multiple Indigenous, Canadian and Latin American artists, who have left an imprint in her artistic practice. She believes in the power of art and community to impact social change and has developed strong connections with like-minded companies such as Aluna Theatre, b.current and Jumblies Theatre. Lilia holds a BA degree in dance from York University (’04) and is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (’07).

DR. CHASE MCMURREN

Dr. Chase McMurren is a psychotherapist and medical director at the Artists’ Health Centre (AHC) and a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. McMurren uses a contemporary-integrative person-centered approach to psychotherapy with the goal of helping arts workers identify and modify patterns that seem to get in the way of living and practicing well. Dr. McMurren has also trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction (or MBSR). In addition to his work at the AHC, Dr. McMurren works as a home visiting physician for frail older adults who are homebound and as a coroner.

ESIE MENSAH

Esie Mensah, the 2014 Black Canadian Award Winner for Best Contemporary Dancer and the 2015 recipient of the Cultural Promotion award from the Ghanaian-Canadian Association. Esie has worked with some of the industry's biggest icons such as Rihanna, Drake, Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, as well as Coca Cola, Luminato, TIFF, Estée Lauder, FIFA, WE DAY and more. Esie was the co-choreographer for “Panamania" Victory Celebration as apart of the 2015 Pan Am Games entertainment. Choreographer of the CHFI commercial "Mornings are a little different" for the new Erin and Darren show and is present as a dancer in the 2016 remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show airing this Halloween on FOX TV. 

KELLY MORDEN

Kelly Morden holds a diploma in Dance from George Brown College and a BFA in dance from York University. Kelly is the founder of Dance With Kelly, an inclusive dance program for children in Toronto. She also works with the City of Toronto. She is dedicated to working closely with children from diverse backgrounds and welcomes kids of all physical abilities. Kelly believes all children should be given equal opportunities to participate in dance.Aside from teaching, she directs kid’s shows for Ten Toes Dance Theatre and runs the “All Girls Club” at Hub14.

KEVIN A. ORMSBY

Artistic Director of KasheDance  and Program Manager at CPAMO, Kevin Ormsby has many interests in the creative practice and administration, the 2016 Chalmers Fellowship and OAC KM Hunter Award Nominee, Kevin has honed his passion for dance, advocacy, writing and education while performing in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States. The TAC Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow (2015) and Canada Council’s  Victor Martyn Lynch – Staunton Award (2014) winner, is also an adjunct artist at Dance Exchange (Washington D.C), danced with Garth Fagan Dance (NY), and performed works by Lemi Ponifasio, Marie Josee Chartier, Allison Cummings, Ron K Brown, Patrick Parson, Milton Myers, Menaka Thakkur, Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones. He is a Board Member at Prologue to the Performing Arts, Nia Centre for the Arts and Canadian Dance Assembly. His recent report for CPAMO investigates Collaborative Practices in the Arts.

ASHLEIGH POWELL

Ashleigh Powell is a Toronto-based teacher and choreographer and manager of the Sharing Dance Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. Through NBS’ Teacher Training Program she obtained teaching qualifications with the Cecchetti Society, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance. Ashleigh is recipient of the Carole Chadwick Award and the Betty Oliphant Award for teaching and holds an Honours Degree in History from the University of Toronto. Selected choreographic projects include: Storefront Theatre (Chasse-Galerie, Edmond, Shrew) Theatre Brouhaha (Skriker) Hart House Theatre (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Equus, The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Next Stage Festival (Fairy Tale Ending)

LUA SHAYENNE

A 2016 and 2017 K.M. Hunter Dance and 2013 TELUS Newcomer artist award nominee and winner of Neighbourhood Arts Network 2013 BMO SEEDS FUND, Lua Shayenne’s dance practice is rooted in her African ancestry. Her company, Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC), presents dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a vehicle for spiritual and social progress. LSDC has presented five productions and was recently featured in Fall for Dance North at the Sony Centre.

Lua recently performed in Brendan Fernandes’ (Us/Canada) In Touch, Lars Jan’s (NYC/LA) Holoscenes (Toronto/Florida/Miami/London,UK/Abu Dhabi tours) and Lemi Ponifasio’s (New Zealand) Apocalypsis - Luminato Festival.www.luashayenne.com

BREE WASYLENKO

Bree Wasylenko is an actor/dancer/choreographer born and raised in Calgary, now living in Toronto. As a dancer, Bree has performed in a wide array of film and TV projects, and felt her career taking off after winning a coveted spot in the Top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Following this, Bree began exploring the world of choreography. As Co-Director of Collective Elite Entertainment, she has choreographed for Sam Smith, Carly Rae Jepsen, Calvin Klein, Pepperidge Farms, Telus, Canadian Country Music awards and many more, on top of creating, choreographing and directing the short film "Ruin". Bree's transition into acting came after booking the lead role of "Kate" in Family Channel's "The Next Step". Since then she has had roles on "Reign", "Murdoch Mysteries", "The Beaverton" and feature film "Kin".

on the MOVE - Vancouver 2017


What

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!

Where

Scotiabank Dance Centre

(677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2G6)

When

February 24, 2017

9:30am - 4:30pm
 


 

Program:

9:30am-10:00am

Conference registration and breakfast

10:00am-12:00am

MORNING SESSIONS - Building Community for Your Career

Welcome from The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (Intro)
Zaena Campbell, DTRC BC Program Officer

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre is here to support you every step of the way through your career. Find out about our resources for emerging dance professionals and how you can reach out for confidential support. Today, leaders from our professional community have assembled to welcome you. What can you expect and how can you take full advantage of on the MOVE

Get Moving! (African Dance Ice Breaker) Kesseke Yeo
Time to break the ice and get moving!  Discover new steps along with your peers from pre-professional programs across the Lower Mainland. Let's dance together to activate our minds and bodies for the day.  Have some fun with future friends and colleagues. 

Finding Your Feet: Landing the Work That Builds a Career (Panel)
Meredith Kalaman (moderator), Kiera Hill (Ballet BC/Ballet Jazz de Montreal), Graham Kaplan (Netherlands Dans Theatre), Akeisha de Baat (WAREHAUS Dance Collective), Tessa Tamura (Da Costa Talent) 

How do you build a successful dance career?  Hear from a diverse group of enterprising emerging artists who are making the right moves and opening up exciting doors for their careers.  What is it like to 'get the gig' or make your own?  Let's talk about the challenges, lessons learned, and support systems these artists have learned to navigate as they build their career.

12:00pm-1:20pm

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!

1:20pm-4:00pm

AFTERNOON SESSIONS -Prepare Yourself for Success

Presenting Yourself Professionally (Panel)
Kristina Lemieux (moderator), Laura Murray (PR), Josh Martin (Contemporary), Natasha Gorrie (Urban/Commercial), Tiffany Bilodeau (Ballet) 

What does professionalism mean within different sectors of the dance industry? Hear from a reputable Public Relations professional, and accomplished dancers working in ballet, urban dance, and the contemporary realm about how to put your best foot forward. How do you present yourself professionally online, on paper, in auditions, in the studio, and in the press? Connect with supportive mentors and hear it straight from the pros! 

Building Resilience for Dance Performance (Workshop)
Stuart Anderson, Physiotherapist and Mental Performance Coach

How do you prevent injury and thrive under pressure? Learn strategies for a happy, healthy and successful dance career with tailored advice from an expert physiotherapist and mental performance coach.  

Last call—Reflections on the day and a BIG prize giveaway

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Thank you to our prize donors 

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.

See the full volunteer call on the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture website
 

on the MOVE - Toronto 2017


What is OTM?

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities.

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!
 

When: January 20th, 2017

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
(1 Front St E, Toronto)


 

Schedule

 

Registration - 9:00-9:30am 

 

MORNING SESSIONS - 9:30-11:50am

Keynote Address
with Lilia Leon

Every successful dance career has a beginning.  This is an opportunity to hear  Lilia Leon, an experienced multi-disciplinary, Mexican-Canadian artist tell you how she built her career with intention, deliberately shaping her artistic practice according to her belief in the power of art and community to impact social change.

Build-a-Phrase

Dance artists Kevin Ormsby and Shula Strassfeld will get us out of our seats for a group movement session to activate our minds and bodies for the day ahead.

Break

Finding Your Feet: Landing The Work That Builds The Career (Panel)
with Amanda Acorn, Esie Mensah, Bree Wasylenko; moderated by Shannon Litzenberger

Agents and companies and networking, oh my! As the time approaches to land the jobs to propel you into your dance career, navigating the world of finding work can be a daunting task. In this panel, hear perspectives from diverse dance artists in the field who are making it work on their own terms.

 

Community Fair - 11:50-1:00pm

You are not alone!  Artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, and open the door to a community of dancers. Find out what they can offer you.

Including: Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA), Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA), Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA), The Dance Current, Dance Ontario, Dance Umbrella of Ontario and, of course, the Dancer Resource Transition Centre.

 Networking Lunch - 12:20-1:20pm

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

Topics include: Musical Theatre, Dance Collectives, Starting a Company, Working Internationally, Carving Your Space in the Dance World, Building a Dance Community, Working Outside the Big City, Auditioning, Multi-disciplinary Arts, Commercial Dance for Stage and Screen, Engaging Youth, Festivals 101

 
AFTERNOON SESSIONS - 1:20-5:00pm


Studios, Schools, and Centres: Exploring Avenues for Dance Teaching and Pedagogy (Panel)
with Mariah Awaiye, Natasha Eck, Meaghan Guisti and Kelly Morden; moderated by Ashleigh Powell 

Are you interested in teaching dance? This panel will discuss their diverse class settings and pedagogy styles.  Whether you want to open your own studio, work in public schools, community centres or other contexts, these experienced teachers have insights to share from their unique paths. 

or

Producing Your Own Artistic Work (or How to Balance Many Hats)
with Lisa Emmons, Jasmine Fyffe, Peter Kelly, and  Lua Shayenne; moderated by Jennifer Bennett

As the employment model within the dance industry continues to shift, many artists have become self-producers. Hear from these successful dancers-turned-producers about the skills they had to pick up along the way, and how they strike a balance between managing their artistic practice and their business. 

 

Minding the Mind: How to be Resilient in Stressful Times (Workshop) 
with psychotherapist Dr. Chase McMurren

Between training, rehearsals, and often second jobs, it can be hard for dancers to prioritize their health and wellbeing. Learn tips and tricks for getting through the daily grind and building resilience for when times get tough.

 

So What's Next? Mapping Your First Year Out

Creating a plan for your first year out in the field.
Facilitated by Iris Jacobson, career counsellor at Choiceful Change

Ending the day with a BIG prize give away!

   
 
   
 

Thank you to our supporters



 

on the MOVE - Toronto 2017

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on the MOVE - Toronto 2017


on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities.

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

on the MOVE - Vancouver 2015

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on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. 

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

When

February 27, 2015

Where

Scotiabank Dance Centre
Birmingham Studio (level 3)
677 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC

Schedule

on the MOVE 2015 — Schedule for Friday, February 27 (as of Feb. 23rd)

9:30-10:00

Conference registration and breakfast

10:00-12:00

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? With 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 activities to get confident, connected and energized. Afro-Cuban Warm-up with Arassay Reyes.

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 the answers from a diverse group of artists with distinct career paths. You may be surprised. You’ll definitely be inspired. With Natalie Gan, Dario Dinuzzi, Julia Taffe, and Melissa Panton. Moderated by Caroline Liffmann

12:00-1:00

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 community of dancers.  

1:00-4:00

AFTERNOON SESSIONS—Your Toolkit for Success

Building Resilience for Dance Performance—How do you thrive under pressure? Learn Performance Psychology strategies for a happy, healthy and successful dance career. With Kirsten Barnes

Contracts 101—Over your career, you may work with many different dance companies or collaborators. How will you negotiate these jobs? Learn how to navigate the business aspects of dance. CADA West can guide you through essentials such as fees, contracts, standards, grants, licenses and more.  With Jessica Wadsworth of CADA West

Get the Gig! Market Yourself for a Successful Dance Career—You’ve worked hard training in studio. Now it’s up to you to keep it up and kick start your career! Learn how to present yourself professionally so that you can attract notice, build your reputation and grasp those exciting professional dance opportunities. With Emma Lancaster

“Luck is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity” - Seneca    

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


Sponsors

 

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

DanceHouse
New Works

More TBA...

Call for volunteers

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.

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For more information, please contact:

1-800-667-0851 • development@dtrc.ca
Charitable Registration No. 10125 8077 RR0001

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Angel and Walter


...dancer
...neuroscientist

 

Performer for Judith Marcuse Projects, Alberta Ballet, Lola MacLaughlin Dance, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal

With the DTRC’s support, studied psychology with a focus on the functional, behavioural, and perceptual effects of vision impairment, which led to a PhD focusing on age-related dual sensory loss

Today, Walter is a researcher at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, and Assistant Professor at the School of Optometry, University of Montreal

...dancer
...fashion designer

 

Performer for Hong Kong Ballet, English National Ballet, Opera Atelier, Ballet Jörgen Canada, ProArteDanza

With the DTRC’s support, studied environmental design and architecture

Today, Angel is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of & FOR LOVE, a bridal design company that has been featured in Flare Magazine and is sold in London, Sydney, Denver, and at Kleinfeld’s in Toronto


on the MOVE - Toronto 2015

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on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. 

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

When

January 30, 2015

Where

The 519 Church Street Community Centre
Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
519 Church Street
Toronto, ON 

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Schedule

on the MOVE 2015—Schedule for Friday, January 30

9:00-9:30

Conference registration and breakfast

9:30-1:00

MORNING SESSIONS

Keynote Address—A unique opportunity to hear from an artist who has been there, done lots…and who has some wisdom to share.  With Tina Fushell - dancer, teacher, producer, and choreographer

Dancing with Words—What is dance to you…and why do you do it?  Can you describe yourself as a dancer?  This workshop focuses on how to communicate your personal dance practice and passions. It’s an interactive how-to that will definitely spark conversation! This workshop will be led by Michael Trent

Break

A Day in the Life:  A panel discussion—What is a typical day like for a professional dancer?  Hear the answers from a diverse group of artists with distinct career paths.  You may be surprised.  You’ll definitely be inspired. With Beth Despres, Jasmyn Fyffe, Estelle Nicol, and Hollywood Jade. Moderated by Roshanak Jaberi.  

Community Fair—You are not alone!  Artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, and open the door to a community of dancers.  Find out what they can offer you.

1:00-2:00

Networking Lunch—Your turn to talk with established artists and experts about…anything!  With Denise Fujiwara, Elke Schroeder, Kevin Ormsby, Hanna Kiel, Andrew Taylor, Jesse Dell, Sarah Lochhead, Louis Laberge-Côté, Bageshree Vaze, Amelia Ehrhardt, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Anne Marie Williams, William Yong, and Michael Prosserman.  Click here to read the 2015 Networking Lunch Artist Bios

2:00-4:30

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Breakout sessions:

The Art of Financial Wellbeing—A lot of work in dance is contract-based.  How do you balance your books when income is inconsistent? Are you willing to take financial risks?  If so, how far should you go?  This workshop will help you identify your priorities and incorporate those into a personal budget that meets your needs.  With Amanda Mills from Loose Change

The Business of Dance—Over your career, you may work with many different dance companies or collaborators.  How will you negotiate these jobs?  Learn from this first-class team of presenters on the business aspects of dance.  They’ll discuss essentials such as fees, contracts, standards, grants, licenses and more.  With DUO's Jennifer Bennett, Equity's Ruth Leggett and Keith Davidson, and CADA-ON's Amelia Ehrhardt

Break

Breakout sessions:

The Business of Dance

and, a very special bonus:

Dancer’s Choice—Design your own workshop in this self-directed session.  You propose the topic of your choice, and our team of experts will make sure you get answers.

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

Prizes generously donated by CanAsian Dance Festival, Dance Matters, Toronto Dance Theatre, Danceworks, Pivot, City Dance Corps, Dancemakers, The Dance Current Magazine, and more!


Steering Committee

Sponsors

For more information

Please contact the OTM National Coordinator:
Melanie Preston
coordinator@dtrc.ca

on the MOVE - First Steps - Winnipeg

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on the MOVE - First Steps is designed to educate high school-aged dancers and their parents about a professional career in dance, and introduce them to the support networks and organizations serving artists.

When

Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 5:30-8:00pm

Where

Pantages Playhouse Theatre
180 Market Ave.
Winnipeg, MB

This event is FREE for participants and pizza will be served!

Schedule

5:30-7:00pm

Making Dance a Career: What you Need to Know
Ray Hogg- Rainbow Stage, Talia Pura- ACI Manitoba, Cathleen Enns - Manitoba Arts Council, Andrea Mislan- Freelance dancer/Performer/Teacher, Bob Veruela- Hip Hop Artist/Instructor, Gaile Petursson- Hiley - Contemporary Instructor/Choreographer, Paula Blair- Nafro Company Dancer/ Independent Choreographer, Eddie Miller - XCompany/Fitness Trainer, Brenda Gorlick- Moderator

7:00-8:00pm

The Parent Panel
Heather Pullan, Gwen Repeta, Debra Sealey, Dee Coughlin, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Shelley Shearer 


Registration

Download the registration form here.
Please register by contacting Dance Manitoba at info@dancemanitoba.org

www.dancemanitoba.org

For more information

Brenda Gorlick
DTRC Manitoba Rep.
mbrep@dtrc.ca
(204) 284-8645

on the MOVE - First Steps - St. Catharines

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on the MOVE - First Steps is designed to educate high school-aged dancers and their parents about a professional career in dance, and introduce them to the support networks and organizations serving artists.


Join us in St. Catharines...

DANCE with members of Ailey II in a free Horton technique Master Class open to advanced students.

LEARN about a career in dance from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.  

CONNECT with Dance Ontario’s newest web‐based education project, Dance from a Distance, and learn how to bring it to your school.

SHARE successes, challenges and needs with your community and beyond.


When

October 25, 2014
10:00am - 2:00pm


Where

Brock University
St. Catharines, ON


Schedule

10:00am - 11:30am

WORKSHOP
Location: Brock University – Fitness Studio

11:30 - 2:00pm

INFORMATION SESSION and PANEL
Location: Faculty of Education, Brock University, Welch Hall, Room 209  

 

A light lunch will be provided!
 

Registration

Space is limited. Don’t delay. Register today!

To reserve your spot please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/AileyIIandDanceOntario


For more information

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Hancox, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, ahancox@dtrc.ca, 1‐800‐667‐0851
Sara Palmieri, Centre for the Arts, Brock University, spalmieri@brocku.ca, 905‐688‐5550 x4914


About Dance Ontario: DANCE ONTARIO is key to Ontario's dance milieu and central to the diverse sector's communications and networking, providing management training, advice and industry information. We interact with the general public on a daily basis promoting members' services and events.  www.danceontario.ca

About the Dancer Transition Resource Centre: Founded in 1985, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is a national, charitable organization dedicated to helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. It also operates as a resource centre for the dance community and general public and support activities that improve the socioeconomic conditions of artists across the country.   www.dtrc.ca

Video Testimonials


Why join the Dancer Transition Resource Centre?

Members of Canada's Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) share their reasons for joining the organization.

 

 


Chris Body talks about DTRC's support

Former National Ballet of Canada dancer Chris Body talks about the support he received from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) to make his transition into a new field.

 

 


Christopher Body talks about his transition from dance

Due to injury, National Ballet of Canada dancer, Christopher Body, began a transition from dance to a new career. Christopher's transition was facilitated by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

 

 


Mary-Louise Albert on leaving dance

Vancouver-based dancer, Mary-Louise Albert, talks about how she knew she was ready to leave dance. Mary-Louise's transition was faciliated by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

 

 


Mary Louise Albert on motherhood

Mary Louise Albert talks about being both a mother and a dancer.

 

 


Lucy Rupert talks about motherhood

Contemporary dancer Lucy Rupert talks about being a mother and a dancer. Her transition to parenthood was supported by career counselling through the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

 

 


Lucy Rupert talks about Career Counselling

Toronto-based dancer and choreographer received career counselling from the Dancer Transition Resource Centre to help her make the transition from dancer to dancing mom.

 

 


Lucy Rupert talks about the many transitions in a dance career

Toronto-based contemporary dancer Lucy Rupert talks about the confidence she has knowing the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) supports all the transitions inherent in a dance career.

 

 


Noam Gagnon talks about continuing to dance

Vancouver-based dancer Noam Gagnon talks about continuing to dance longer than he expected to.

 

 


Blair Neufeld talks about DTRC Founder's Award

Former professional dancer Blair Neufeld talks about leaving dance and how the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC)'s Founder's Award helped him through the challenging transition.

 

 


Blair Neufeld talks about choosing to leave dance

 

 


Liisa Smith talks about on the MOVE

Dancer and choreographer Liisa Smith describes how the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) supported her in her transition from dance student to professional dancer -- particularly through the on the MOVE conference.

 

 


Student's at Toronto's on the MOVE 2014 talk about what they learned at the conference

 

 


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on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2014

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities.

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

When

March 28, 2014

Where

School of Contemporary Dancers
Crocus Building
104 - 211 Bannatyne Ave. (Main Floor)
Winnipeg, MB 

Schedule

on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2014 - Presenter Biographies

8:30-9:00

Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:25

Keynote speaker  - Andrea Mislan (Dancer/Choreographer/Creator)

9:30-10:25

Dreams to Reality: How To make Your Dreams Come True - Keith MacPherson (Life Coach)

10:30-11:15

Creative Collaborations - Patti Caplette, Freya Olafson, Brent Lott, Deb Patterson

11:15-12:10

Networking - Judy Slivinski

12:15-1:00

Lunch Panel - Cathleen Enns - MAC, Dominic Lloyd - WAC, Talia Pura - ACTRA Manitoba, Alicia Faucher - ACI Manitoba, Natasha Torres-Garner - DTRC Manitoba

1:00- 2:00

Anatomy of a Grant - Gerry Atwell

2:00-3:00

Nutrition for Life - Clara Birnie

3:00-3:50

Health & Wellness Panel - Sam Steinfeld - Physio, Paul Kohlmeier - Acupuncture/Chinese Medecine, Dominique Genest-Crozier - Massage Therapy/Osteopathy, Dr.Alicia Snider - Podiatry

3:50-4:00

Break

4:00-5:00 

Latin Dance with Andrea Kraj and Valeria Chartier


Supporters

For more information

Please contact:

Brenda Gorlick, Manitoba Representative
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
mbrep@dtrc.ca

First Steps - London

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Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Dance Ontario Association, the on the MOVE – First Steps program is geared towards high school aged students who attend arts schools or are actively involved in dance, and their parents.

When

December 9, 2013
1:00 - 5:30pm

Where

Lester B. Pearson School of the Arts,
795 Trafalgar St,
London, ON N5Z 1E6 

Schedule

These main elements make up the afternoon:

1.  An opportunity to network with peers and guest professionals
2.  An opportunity to hear about and ask questions regarding the life of a professional dancer, the range of career opportunities in the field, professional training programs available, the support networks, resources and organizations serving dancers that can help them on their career path.
3.  A dance workshop led by Ofilio Portillo (urban style)
4.  A panel for parents of serious dance students (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm).  Parents are encouraged to attend this session so they can help their children make informed decisions, have their own questions answered and, hopefully, their concerns alleviated!

PANELISTS
Michelle Holm (dancer/aerialist & former Dance Captain with Royal Caribbean Int'l), Ofilio Portillo (Gadfly), Donna Bayley (Dance Steps), Lacey Smith (Dasein Dance), Ruth Douthright (independent dancer/teacher who has studied and performed internationally), Amanda Hancox (Dancer Transition Resource Centre), Rosslyn Jacob Edwards (Dance Ontario).

Sponsors

For more information

Amanda Hancox
DTRC Executive Director
ahancox@dtrc.ca

on the MOVE - Toronto 2014

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. 

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

 

When

March 7, 2014
9:30am to 4:30pm
Registration closes March 4, 2014

Where

The 519 Church Street Community Centre
Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor
519 Church Street
Toronto, ON 

 

Videos

Schedule

on the MOVE 2014:  Your First Year Out of School  (Schedule subject to change)

9:00-9:30

Conference registration and breakfast

9:30-12:30

MORNING SESSIONS:

Keynote Address—A unique opportunity to hear from an artist who has been there, done lots…and who has some wisdom to share.  With Nicole Rose Bond.

Q & A Play—An interactive session to help establish your own goals for the day.  And to give you a quick introduction to some of the other people in the room.  With Amanda Hancox and Brittany Duggan.

Break

Being a Dancer (even when you are not dancing)—Hear from a diverse group of artists who know what it takes to maintain and nourish your identity as a dancer.  Be inspired.  With Camille Stopps, Lee Pham, and Molly Johnson.  Moderated by Shannon Litzenberger.

Community Fair—You are not alone!  These artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, help you to manage your career, and open the door to a community of dancers.  Get in the know about what they can offer you.

12:30-1:30

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

With Sky Fairchild-Waller, Kevin Ormsby, Shannon Litzenberger, Lee Pham, Meagan O'Shea, Toronto Dance Community Love-In (Kate Nankervis and Meryem Alaoui), Kathleen Rea, Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez of Gadfly, Courtnae Bowman, Louis Laberge Cote, Andrea Nann, Stephen Roberts, Andrea Ciacci and Georgia Simms.

1:30-4:30

AFTERNOON SESSIONS:

Breakout sessions:

Building Your Professional Profile—Dancers have to build a strong profile in their community.  Learn about the tools that should be part of your portfolio.  And understand what it means to present yourself professionally. With Jacob Zimmer and Andrea Spaziani.

The Business of Dance—Your dance career may involve many different companies or collaborators.  How will you manage the business and financial aspects of your career?  Learn from the best!  A first-class team of presenters are here to offer their essential insights into contracts, budgets, and professional standards for dancers.  With DUO's Jennifer Bennett, Equity's Ruth Leggett and Keith Davidson, and CADA-ON's Amelia Ehrhardt.

Break

Breakout sessions:

Same as above (Building your Professional Profile and The Business of Dance)

Mapping Your First Year Out—Synergize all that you have learned today in a personalized plan for your first year out of school.  People who know where they’re going are far more likely to arrive.  With Tracey Norman.

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


Steering Committee

DTRCCADA-ONCDA

The Dance CurrentDance Ontario

EquityCOBA

Sponsors

For more information

Please contact the OTM National Coordinator:
Melanie Preston
coordinator@dtrc.ca

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on the MOVE - Vancouver 2014

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Photo by Rebecca Sellers

Are you about to take the next step into your professional dance career? Get the edge at Vancouver’s on the MOVE conference Feb 7, 2014. 

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. 

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

When

February 7, 2014

Where

Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC

Schedule

on the MOVE 2014:  Get the Edge on your dance career  (Schedule subject to change)

Check out this year's panellist and presenter bios!

9:30-10:00

Conference registration and breakfast

10:00-12:30

Meet Your Support Network: 

Welcome—A brief intro from DTRC BC Program Officer Zaena Campbell. 

Get moving—‘Break the ice’ with Lindy Hopper Lucy Falkner (Rhythm City Productions).  Join in for a fun Vintage Jazz ‘Shim Sham’ Jam. 

Get to know your peers—Networking session facilitated by Joel Klein, Made in BC –Dance on Tour. 

Break

Meet your Mentors— Hear from a diverse group of artists who know what it takes to maintain and nourish your identity as a dancer.  Be inspired!  Featuring: Shay Kuebler, Kim Sato and James Gnam.  

Meet your Support Services—You are not alone!  Artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, help you to manage your career, and open the door to a community of dancers.  Get in the know about what they can offer you.

12:30-1:15

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

1:15-4:00

AFTERNOON SESSIONS –Your Resilience Toolkit:

Workshops:

Grant Writing 101 with Julie Poskitt, BC Arts Council—Learn how to support your work and get the ‘scoop’ on new programs for emerging dancers…The latest tools and techniques, direct from the expert!

Break

Injury Prevention with Rhonda Cooper, Physiotherapist/Dancer—This practical session will help you to navigate a physically demanding career with care and insight so that you can keep going strong. 

Mapping Your First Year Out—Synergize all that you have learned today in a personalized plan for your first year out of school.  People who know where they’re going are far more likely to arrive.

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


Sponsors

 

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

Ballet BC
Chutzpah! Festival

Dance House

Harbour Dance Centre

Industry Dance Magazine

New Works

More TBA...

Call for volunteers

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.

For more information

Please contact the BC on the MOVE coordinator
Debora Gordon
otmbc@dtrc.ca

604-899-0755

keep on MOVING - Edmonton 2014

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Photo by Rebecca Sellers

 

When

January 10th @ 1:00 to 4pm
Collaboration and Personal/Professional Development

January 11th @ 1:00 to 4pm
Touring and Marketing

Where

ATB Financial Arts Barns
10330 84 Avenue, Edmonton

Schedule

Check out this year's panellist and presenter bios

January 10, 2014

Seeing Through the Forest… Exploring the Business of Making Dance Today

1:15

Introductions and Opening Remarks

1:20

Presentation I: Managing Your Career in Dance
Lys Stevens (Skype)

This presentation will explore new approaches for dance making in the 21st -century: the complexities and challenges, and the resiliency of the dance community.

Lys will discuss running your business/organization, presenting, producing, collaborating and creating with other artists and/or other art mediums.

Who is coming to dance? How do we ensure we are building a solid relationship between the dance artist and their audience?

1:40

Presentation II: Reflections on Career and Collaboration
Mélanie Demers

Mélanie will discuss the evolution of her career as a professional dance artist and touch on collaborative models she has encountered and found success or difficulty in.

2:10

Facilitated Q & A: Q & A period with Lys and Mélanie 

2:30

Break

2:40

Presentation III: Sharing Stories
Local Entrepreneurs

A series of presentations from various professionals in dance and business sectors sharing what challenged their entrepreneurial journey and what they learned from their own, or others’, mistakes.

3:20

Facilitated Q & A

We can learn best what our needs are both individually and as a community by sharing questions about career in this Q & A period with a panel of the days' presenters.

What are the best models that can support this art form: non-profit organizations, independents and collaborations OR these models in combination?

 

4:00

End

January 11, 2014

Taking Dance on the Road: Touring & Marketing

1:15

Introductions and opening remarks

1:20

Presentation I: Perspectives on Regional, National, and International Touring of Dance.
Matthew Schuurman and Eva Cairns.

Dance carries unique challenges for presenters: audience development, marketing, venue size and technical requirements are chief among them.

What does the dancescape look like in Alberta and in Western Canada? What resources already exist for touring? Who are the other potential partners?

How do we create touring opportunities within and outside the province for small-scale dance creations? What vehicles can we harness for educating both presenters and audiences?

2:00

Facilitated Q & A
An opportunity to discuss the topics above and to ask specific questions on immediate plans for touring.

2:30

Break

2:40

Presentation II: Fact or Fiction? Current Marketing Trends for Dance.
Stephanie Enders

What are the necessary traditional models of marketing dance? What have recent add-on marketing strategies created by Internet technology done to get more bums-in-seats? Does Social Media alone fulfill our marketing needs?

How can we harness online pay-per-view, streaming, cloud-funding, etc. to promote live performance or create new virtual venues that are appropriately recognized and generate income?

3:00

Facilitated Q & A | Panel Discussion
Mélanie Demers, Matthew, and Stephanie will address the questions from the two presentations and will continue the topics in a group discussion.

4:00

End

 

Sponsors

For more information

Alberta Dance Alliance
info@abdancealliance.ab.ca
(780) 422 8107

keep on MOVING - Calgary 2014

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Photo by Rebecca Sellers

 

When

January 3rd @ 1:00 to 4pm
Collaboration and Personal/Professional Development

January 4th @ 1:00 to 4pm
Touring and Marketing

Where

The Centre for Movement Arts
4005 9 St SE, Calgary

Schedule

Check out this year's panellist and presenter bios

January 3, 2014

Seeing Through the Forest… Exploring the Business of Making Dance Today

1:15

Introductions and Opening Remarks

1:20

Presentation I: Managing Your Career in Dance
Lys Stevens (Skype)

This presentation will explore new approaches for dance making in the 21st -century: the complexities and challenges, and the resiliency of the dance community.

Lys will discuss running your business/organization, presenting, producing, collaborating and creating with other artists and/or other art mediums.

Who is coming to dance? How do we ensure we are building a solid relationship between the dance artist and their audience?

1:40

Presentation II: Reflections on Career and Collaboration
Mélanie Demers

Mélanie will discuss the evolution of her career as a professional dance artist and touch on collaborative models she has encountered and found success or difficulty in.

2:10

Facilitated Q & A: Q & A period with Lys and Mélanie.

2:30

Break

2:40

Presentation III: Sharing Stories
Local Entrepreneurs (TBA)

A series of presentations from various professionals in dance and business sectors sharing what challenged their entrepreneurial journey and what they learned from their own, or others’, mistakes.

3:20

Facilitated Q & A

We can learn best what our needs are both individually and as a community by sharing questions about career in this Q & A period with a panel of the day's presenters.

What are the best models that can support this art form: non-profit organizations, independents and collaborations OR these models in combination?

 

4:00

End

January 4, 2014

Taking Dance on the Road: Touring & Marketing

1:15

Introductions and opening remarks

1:20

Presentation I: Perspectives on Regional, National, and International Touring of Dance.
Matthew Schuurman and Eva Cairns.

Dance carries unique challenges for presenters: audience development, marketing, venue size and technical requirements are chief among them.

What does the dancescape look like in Alberta and in Western Canada? What resources already exist for touring? Who are the other potential partners?

How do we create touring opportunities within and outside the province for small-scale dance creations? What vehicles can we harness for educating both presenters and audiences?

2:00

Facilitated Q & A
An opportunity to discuss the topics above and to ask specific questions on immediate plans for touring.

2:30

Break

2:40

Presentation II: Fact or Fiction? Current Marketing Trends for Dance.
Bradley Walker

What are the necessary traditional models of marketing dance? What have recent add-on marketing strategies created by Internet technology done to get more bums-in-seats? Does Social Media alone fulfill our marketing needs?

How can we harness online pay-per-view, streaming, cloud-funding, etc. to promote live performance or create new virtual venues that are appropriately recognized and generate income?

3:00

Facilitated Q & A | Panel Discussion
Mélanie Demers, Matthew, and Bradley Walker will address the questions from the two presentations and will continue the topics in a group discussion.

4:00

End


Sponsors

For more information

Alberta Dance Alliance
info@abdancealliance.ab.ca
(780) 422 8107

Thank you!


Thank you on behalf of Canada's professional dancers!

 

On behalf of the DTRC Board, staff, and especially the dancers, we thank you for your generous gift. From that first transition of dance student to professional performer, to the eventual transition off stage into a second career, the DTRC is with these talented artists every step of the way!

"I believe that dancers have a vital contribution to make to the world. We are sustained by a love of what we do, and we search for that in our future careers. Your support of the DTRC allows dancers to find new avenues to share their unique perspectives, knowledge and talents with the community long after they leave the stage, which in turn enriches us all."

Jennifer Fournier
Former Principal Dancer
National Ballet of Canada

Your donation has a direct, positive impact on a dancer's future. Learn more:

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stepforward


At an age when many professionals are entering their most prolific years,
a dancer’s career often ends.

 

Your compassion is their lifeline.

Step Forward today...

I ask you to join the Dancer Transition Resource Centre's Principal Benefactor Lynda Hamilton and myself as we Step Forward to change the lives of dancers in transition.

For nearly 30 years, the DTRC has been the only Canadian organization helping dancers navigate the transition to a second career. Your support helps them prepare for life after dance by providing counselling and retraining assistance. Both are key to a successful transition.

Thank you for being a compassionate supporter, and truly caring about the work we do. Please donate today and help these incredible artists Step Forward towards a new beginning.

With warm wishes,

Amanda Hancox, Executive Director

Read more about the DTRC's mission

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New beginnings start with a gift...

"One of the many highlights of supporting the DTRC is being a part of something that changes lives, a wonderfully satisfying personal experience. What a privilege to have worked with so many creative, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who never let go of their dreams for the dancers, who give so much to Canadian culture and life. This organization stands as a testament to what is possible given the right leaders and dedicated supporters to provide stability, and the many successful dancers who have transitioned and continue to contribute - making Canada a great place to live."

─ Lynda Hamilton, Principal Benefactor.
Creator & Sponsor of the Peter F. Bronfman Memorial Award


Give the gift of a new beginning

...and turn dreams into reality.

“When I felt that the time had come to move on from dance, the DTRC had not only given me the tools to imagine my second career, but it also gave me the means to turn my ambitions into reality. With this support, I could confidently draw up a solid plan for the next stage of my life. I can attest to just how vital this organization’s work is, throughout a dancer’s entire career. A sincere thank you to the DTRC and its generous donors!”

─ Catherine Viau, dancer and student of osteopathy, 2013 Peter F. Bronfman Memorial Award recipient


Give the gift of a new beginning

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keep on MOVING

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

(Service for All Dancers)

Designed for emerging dance artists who are 1-5 years into their professional careers, keep on MOVING follows the format of on the MOVE, but offers more focused and in-depth information.

As an artist-directed event, keep on MOVING is planned, organized and presented with the active participation of emerging dance artists of all dance genres.


keep on MOVING 2014

Calgary, AB
January 3rd and 4th, 2014
@The Centre for Movement Arts

Edmonton, AB
January 10th and 11th, 2014
@ATB Financial Arts barns


Past KOM conferences

Toronto - Living Creatively
April 7, 2013
@Daniels Spectrum

Toronto - Living Creatively
March 25, 2012
@St. Lawrence Hall


For more information

Please contact:
OTM National Coordinator
Melanie Preston
coordinator@dtrc.ca

keep on MOVING 2013

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Thank you to everyone who came out to keep on MOVING's LIVING CREATIVELY!  Early to mid-career dance artists joined broader dance community members to talk and learn about how to thrive in a life in dance.  Many thanks to everyone who made the day such a success! 

Below you will find information on the schedule and presenters who took part.  Stay tuned for video clips, resources, and photos from the day!

When

April 7th, 2013

Where

Daniels Spectrum: A Cultural Hub in Regent Park
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON

Schedule & Bios

Living Creatively 2013 Presenter Bios

Living Creatively 2013 Schedule

 

Unconference Discussion Topics

As part of the morning unconference session, participants were invited to propose topics for discussion.  These are some of the topics they chose:

  • The importance of a mentor

  • How to give yourself a name

  • Supporting the work of dancers in all genres – why is there a disconnect and how can it be improved?

  • Getting “non dancer” bums in seats

  • How to find donors

  • Educating dancers about the community before they leave their studio or arts school

  • Partnering and collaborating

  • Navigating social media and connecting tech savvy people with those in need

  • Presentation

  • Dance injuries

  • Space for dancers to gather, hang out, and connect

  • Transition between roles

  • How can we unite as a community and help the rest of our city/country understand our importance, passion, value and worth?

  • Finding balance and managing your calendar – what are your tools?

   

Steering Committee

 

Sponsors

 

For more information

Please contact the OTM National Coordinator:
Melanie Preston
coordinator [@] dtrc [.] ca

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on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2013

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on the MOVE is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers.

 

When

March 22, 2013

 

Where

School of Contemporary Dancers
Crocus Building
104 - 211 Bannatyne Ave. (Main Floor)
Winnipeg, MB 

Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am

Sign-in at the School of Contemporary Dancers (211 Bannatyne Ave.) - Breakfast snacks provided

9:00 - 9:25 am

Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Lawson - Principal Dancer with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet

9:30 - 10:00am

Networking Workshop w. Deb Zoerb - Executive Director of Folklorama

10:00 - 10:10am

Break

10:10 - 11:10am

Nutrition for High Performance Dance w. Jorie Janzen, Nutritionist

11:15 - 12:45pm

Money Management for Artists Workshop w. Heather Bishop, Musician/Singer/Songwriter

12:45 - 1:30pm

Lunch (provided by the DTRC)

1:30 - 1:50pm

ACI Manitoba presentation (Arts and Cultural Industries)

1:50 - 2:00pm

Break - Change into workout wear

2:00 -  3:00pm

Yoga Class w. Sam Manchulenko or Nia Technique w. Tamara Hajsky

3:00 - 4:00pm

Foot Workshop (exercises, maintenance, etc.) w. Joanne Gingras - Master Teacher (RWB)

4:00 - 5:00pm

Choreographic Panel w. Kimberley Rampersad (Independent & CAEA Rep), Jorden Morris (RWB), Jolene Bailie (Contemporary),  Constance Cooke (Vancouver Independent Choreographer)

Sponsors

For more information

Please contact:

Brenda Gorlick, Manitoba Representative
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
mbrep@dtrc.ca

on the MOVE - Toronto 2013

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on the MOVE 2013 was an incredible day!  Thank you to everyone who made this year's conference so informative and fun.  Stay tuned for videos and photos from the conference.

Are you a graduating dance student or an emerging dance professional?  Are you about to take the next step toward your dance career?  on the MOVE  is a free conference designed just for you!  on the MOVE  provides dancers entering professional careers with the opportunity to participate in lively panels and workshops, network with established artists, learn about the business of dance, and much more.  Let us introduce you to the resources that you need in order to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get a head start on your dance career!

View this year's poster

 


When

February 1st, 2013

Where

Daniels Spectrum: A Cultural Hub in Regent Park
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto

 

Michael Caldwell's Keynote Address

Dance Outside the Box Panel

 

 

Schedule

Exploding the boundaries of Dance

9:00-9:30

Conference registration and breakfast

9:30-11:45

MORNING SESSIONS:

Keynote Address by Michael Caldwell

Leaping into the Unknown—A playful workshop to help you fearlessly navigate change.  With Amanda Hancox.

Break

Concurrent sessions (choose one):

Dance outside the box—Where does dance happen?  You may be surprised by the answers these panellists give as they talk about dance work in projects that bust boundaries.  Marie-Josée Chartier, JoDee Allen, and Brandy Leary.  Moderated by Michael Trent.

or

Beyond performance—Did you know?  Your training can take you to some unusual places… hear from dance artists who have turned their fine arts education into unexpected careers.  Tina Nicolaidis, Sky Fairchild-Waller, and Lindsay Zier-Vogel.  Moderated by Kevin A. Ormsby.

11:45-12:15

Community Fair—You are not alone!  These organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, help you to manage your career, and can open the door to a community of dancers.  This is your chance to learn what they can offer you.

12:15-1:15

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

Tina Nicolaidis, Sky Fairchild-Waller, JoDee Allen, Marie-Josée Chartier, Louis Laberge-Côté, Ofilio Portillo, Maxine Heppner, Tanya Crowder, Nova Bhattacharya, Lindsay Zier-Vogel, Joanna Ivey, Kevin A. Ormsby, Sarah Lochhead, Jon Drops Reid and Apolonia Velasquez.

1:15-4:30

AFTERNOON SESSIONS:

Your first year—A panel of emerging artists share their dos and don’ts for your first year out of school.
Cara Spooner, Atri Nundy, Matthew Armet, and Lauren Cook.  Moderated by Sarah Lochhead.

Breakout sessions:

Money Matters—A workshop on budget basics, guaranteed to save you money!
With Rob Corbett

Everything you need to know about contracts (but didn’t know to ask)—A primer on contracts and professional standards.
With representatives from the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and the Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Dance Intermission – a dynamic break

Breakout sessions:

Money Matters—A workshop on budget basics, guaranteed to  save you money!
With Rob Corbett

Everything you need to know about contracts (but didn’t know to ask)—A primer on contracts and professional standards.
With representatives from the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and the Canadian Actors' Equity Association

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

 

Steering Committee

DTRCCADA-ONCDA

The Dance CurrentDance OntarioEquity

COBAActors' Fund of Canada

Sponsors

Canadian Heritage

Canada Council for the ArtsOntario Arts Council

ArtscapeBMO

For more information

Please contact the OTM National Coordinator:
Melanie Preston
coordinator [@] dtrc [.] ca

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Renew Membership


Thank you for your interest in the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. You can quickly and conveniently renew your membership application online or by downloading the Membership Form.

2017/18 - Download the Membership Form PDF, to complete and return to the DTRC

or

2017/18 - Renew Membership Online


If you need to make a payment for the 2016/17 year, please contact the office at nationaloffice@dtrc.ca or 416-595-5655.
 

If your membership has lapsed
Lapsed members (members who have not remitted dues for two full consecutive membership periods) will be permitted to re-join the DTRC, however they will lose their accumulated membership years.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us at membership@dtrc.ca if you require more information.

Become a Member


Thank you for your interest in the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. You can quickly and conveniently complete your membership application online or by downloading the Membership Form.

2017/18 Download the Membership Form PDF, to complete and return to the DTRC

or

2017/18 - Become a Member Online


If you need to make a payment for the 2016/17 year, please contact the office at nationaloffice@dtrc.ca or 416-595-5655.
 

Please do not hesitate to contact us at membership@dtrc.ca if you require more information.

on the MOVE - Winnipeg 2012

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

When

March 23, 2012

Where

The School of Contemporary Dancers
104-211 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P2

Schedule

8:30-9:00

Sign-in

9:00-9:25

Keynote Speaker: Peter Quanz

9:30-10:30

Dancer's Health Panel featuring: osteopathy - Marco Nikkel, naturopathy - Dr. Dara Morden, massage therapy - Alan Hare, athletic therapy - Evelyn Ashton

10:40-11:40

Skype Conferencing with Special Guests from Broadway (Jaz Sealey), Cirque du Soleil (Andrea Mislan) and touring Company for West Side Story (Alexandra Frohlinger)

11:45-12:15

Videography of Dance - How to make an audition dvd w. Kayla Jeanson

12:15-1:00

Networking lunch (lunch provided)

1:05-1:50

Dance Grants with Cathleen Enns - Manitoba Arts Council
Intro to Equity w. Kimberley Rampersad
Dance Manitoba w. Nicole Langevin-Owens
ACI Manitoba w. Carol Finlay

1:50-2:00

Break

2:00-3:00

Bollywood Dance Workshop with Andrea Kraj

3:05-4:05

Parallel Careers Seminar w. yoga instructor -Sam Manchulenko (Yoga Public), massage therapy - Garth Beddome from Massage Therapy College of Manitoba, photography (TBA), etc.

4:10-5:00

Dance Career Paths
With Natasha Torres-Garner and Tara Birtwhistle

5:00-5:15

Wrap-up


Sponsors

 

              

    

For more information

Please contact:

Brenda Gorlick, Manitoba Representative
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
mbrep [@] dtrc [.] ca

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on the MOVE - Halifax

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

As part of Halifax Dance's In the Making, on the MOVE will be hosting a day of workshops on Sunday, March 4th.

When

March 4, 2012

Where

Neptune Studio Theatre
1593 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B2

Schedule

 

Sunday, March 4

 

10:15

Arrival

10:30-11:15

Zumba with Johneen Manning from Zumba Halifax 

11:15-11:30 

Break 

11:30-12:30

Physiotherapy Seminar with Daniela from Citadel Physiotherapy

12:30-1:30

Lunch (OTM provided)

1:30-3:00

Contact Workshop with Sara Coffin 

3:00-3:15

Break

3:15-4:15

Physical Theatre Workshop with Shelly Wallace and Sherry Lee Hunter

4:15-5:00

on the MOVE Lecture and Presentation with Veronique MacKenzie

5:00-6:00

Supper Provided by In the Making on site

6:00

Cast call

6:30-7:15

Warm Up

7:30

Pre-Show parent chat by Veronique MacKenzie and Panellists

8:00

Performance


Sponsors


For more information and to Register

Please contact:

Veronique MacKenzie
Atlantic Representative
atlanticrep [@] dtrc [.] ca

keep on MOVING

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This year's keep on MOVING was truly extraordinary.  Early to mid-career dance artists joined broader dance community members to talk and learn about how to thrive in a life in dance.  Here's what one of the participants had to say: “Thank you so much for an incredible day.  I am so grateful for this experience.  The structure and content were fantastic - a total success!  The best ever on the MOVE/keep on MOVING event!”  

Many thanks to everyone who made the day such a success!  Below you will find some video clips from the day, as well as photos and more information on the schedule and presenters who took part.

When

March 25th, 2012

Where

St. Lawrence Hall
157 King St. East
Toronto, ON 

Videos from Livestream

 

Click here to watch two of the workshops we captured via livestream:

Bartering & Budgeting Basics and A Creative Look at Parallel Careers

Schedule

Click here to read the presenter bios

Click here to see the schedule

Steering Committee

                 

        

       

        

Sponsors

 

For more information

 

Please contact:
OTM National Coordinator
Melanie Preston
coordinator [@] dtrc [.] ca

Photos by Cameron S. Ogilvie.  Visit our Facebook page for more photos! 

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25 Transitions Souvenir Book

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Cover photo by Johan Persson
Book designed by Brenda Little

The transitions inherent to a professional performance career are many, and as unique and diverse as the dancers themselves.  Venturing into unknown waters takes courage; however, with the passion, creativity and dedication that personify a professional dancer these artists have leapt to the challenge.

And so, in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we have invited 25 DTRC members and alumni, at various stages in their careers, to speak in their own words.  We hope that you find their stories of transformation and growth as insightful and inspiring as we have.
 

Read the Foreward by Michael Crabb
 

TRANSITIONS

Into
Danielle Gardner
- Emerging Artist
Samantha-Jane Gray - Emerging Artist

Within
Karen Andrew - Entrepreneur, Teacher, and Performer

Noam Gagnon - Artistic Director and Entrepreneur
 
Mistaya Hemingway - Student of Urban Planning

From
Mary-Louise Albert - Artistic Managing Director

Paul Anthony Chambers - Arts Administration

Robert Conn - Artistic Director

Ainslie Cyopik - Dancewear clothing designer

AnneBruce Falconer - Organic Farmer

Leslie Fields - Director of Development

Patricia Gelinas - Marketing and International Business

Pamela Grundy - Development Co-ordinator

Thomas K. Hafford - Physician

Jennifer Kropac - Teacher and Research Assistant

Martine Lamy - Ballet Teacher

Kevin Law - Director of Trading

Brenda Little - Graphic Designer

Dion McArthur - Social Worker

Moira Merrithew -  P
ilates
Blair Neufeld - Social Work and Counselling

Johan Persson - Photographer

David Pressault - Jungian Analyst

Erin Richardson
- Veterinary Technician
Sonya Stefan - Filmmaker

Bonus (not in printed version)
Marie Josée Danbrook (Dubois) - E-commerce Solutions Developer

 

For more information

Rachel Nolan
Development Manager
development@dtrc.ca
 | 1-800-667-0851

First Steps - St. John’s

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Created in partnership with DanceNL and the Dance Teachers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (DTAN) this one day conference is designed for young dancers who are considering entering a career in professional dance. Participation is free but please register by e-mailing info@dancenl.ca.

When

March 16, 2014
9:45am to 5:00pm

Where

MMaP Gallery, Second Floor
Arts and Culture Centre
95 Allandale Road
St. John's, NL

Schedule

 

9:45

Registration

10:15

Introduction
A brief introduction from DanceNL, DTRC and DTAN.

10:30

Professional Dancers Panel
Hear about the realities of transitioning into a dance career.  Facilitated by Kristin Harris Walsh.

12:00

Physiotherapist Presentation
Learn about injury prevention, staying healthy, and enjoying a long, fulfilling dance career.

12:30

Lunch (Provided by DTAN)

1:30

Dance Class
Latin Dance with Stacy Fowler.

3:00

Parents Panel
Parents are be encouraged to attend this session so they can help their children make informed decisions and learn about their options, have their own questions answered and, hopefully, their concerns alleviated!  Facilitated by Richard Stoker.

4:30

Wrap up
A chance to mingle!


For more information and to register

Please contact:

Sharon King-Campbell
info@dancenl.ca

709-743-4130

Sponsors

                       

   
 

Media Coverage


2011/12

November 27, 2011

Read the Vancouver Sun article featuring Simone Orlando, Artistic Director of the DTRC's 25th Anniversary Gala - Choreographing Change

October 25, 2011

Read The Toronto Star article about the DTRC's 25th Anniversary Gala - Vive la Danse 25

 

 

2010/11

   
   
   

2009/10

on the MOVE - Toronto 2016

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. 

Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in studio. Let us give you the advantage, so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession.  It's everything you need to know to get the edge on your dance career!

REGISTER NOW >>

When

January 29th, 2016

Where

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front St E, Toronto

Schedule

9:00-9:30 

Conference registration and breakfast

9:30-12:20

MORNING SESSIONS

 

Keynote Address

with Nicole Rose Bond

Every successful dance career has a beginning.  This is an opportunity to hear an experienced, Toronto-based contemporary dancer tell you how she navigated through the various stages of her career, leading to performances with numerous choreographers and companies including Coleman Lemieux et Compagnie, Dance Theatre David Earle, and Toronto Dance Theatre.  

 

Connecting with the Movement Forward (Workshop) 

with Tammy Neilson, career coach

Picturing the path ahead requires knowing where you are right now. This hands-on workshop provides an opportunity for self-reflection, and a chance to connect with your colleagues and be inspired by their career visions. Finally, you will be challenged to articulate some intentions for your own unique career path. 

 

Break

 

Finding Your Feet: Landing The Work That Builds The Career (Panel) 

with Riley Sims, Kate Holden, Natasha Powell and Addy Chan!
Moderated by Michael Trent

Agents and companies and networking, oh my! As the time approaches to land the jobs to propel you into your dance career, navigating the world of finding work can be a daunting task. In this panel, hear perspectives from diverse dance artists in the field, who are making it work on their own terms. 

12:20-2:00

 Networking Lunch

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

Topics include: Working on Cruise Ships, Dance Collectives, Starting a Company, Working Internationally, Carving Your Space in the Dance World, Building a Dance Community, Working Outside the Big City, Auditioning, Multi-disciplinary Arts, Commercial Dance, Engaging Youth, Festivals 101

 

Community Fair - You are not alone!  Artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, and open the door to a community of dancers. Find out what they can offer you.

Including: Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA), Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA), Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA), The Dance Current, Dance Ontario, Dance Umbrella of Ontario and, of course, the Dancer Resource Transition Centre.

2:00-4:30

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

 

Breakout Session 1:

The Business of Dance (Workshop) 

with DUO, CADA and Equity

This hands-on workshop allows you to tackle some of the recurring business issues many emerging artists and companies face. In teams, you will be challenged to create solutions to some of the industry's most common and challenging problems, utilizing the help of our experts in the business of dance.

OR

 

Financing an Artist’s Life: Making ¢ents of Budgeting (Workshop)

with Spencer Malthouse

A lot of work in dance is contract-based.  How do you deal with shifting levels of income and expenses?Presented by an actor turned financial advisor, this workshop will provide you with the tools to evaluate your finances, identify your priorities, and create a personal budget to meet your needs.

 

Break

 

Breakout Session 2:

Studios, Schools, and Cyberspace: Exploring Avenues for Dance Teaching and Pedagogy (Panel) 

with Kelly Morden, Heather Saum, Ann-Marie Williams and Sanjukta Banergee!
Moderated by Megan Andrews

Are you interested in teaching dance? This panel will discuss their diverse class settings and pedagogy styles.  Whether you want to open your own studio, work in public schools, recreation programs or other contexts, these experienced teachers have insights to share from their unique paths. 

OR

 

Minding the Mind: How to be Resilient in Stressful Times: Workshop

with Susan Lucas

Taking care of yourself means more than icing sore muscles. This workshop on mental health self-care is facilitated by a psychologist working in association with the Artists’ Health Alliance. 

 

Breakout Session 3: 

Dancer’s Choice Bonus Round—Design your own workshop in this self-directed session.  Propose the topic of your choice, and our team of experts will select the most popular topics to address in a roundtable discussion.

 

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

REGISTER NOW >>

Steering Committee

    

    

Sponsors

 

   

           

For more information

Please contact the OTM National Coordinator:
Kari Pederson
coordinator [@] dtrc [.] ca

Photos below by Heather Lewis.

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on the move - Vancouver 2016

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What

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!

REGISTER NOW >>

When

February 25, 2016

Where

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

Schedule

9:30-10:00

Conference registration and breakfast

10:00-12:00

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)

12:00-1:00

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!  

12:00-1:00

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

 

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

DanceHouse

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

First Steps - Surrey

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In partnership with the Arts Council of Surrey and the Surrey Festival of Dance, this conference is for dance students aged 15 years and older who would like to discover how to turn their passion for dance into a professional career.  The conference is free for attendees, but online registration is required.  

When

December 10, 2011 - 12:30pm to 5pm

Where

Newton Cultural Centre
13530 72nd Avenue
Surrey, BC V3W2P1

Schedule

12:30-1:00

Registration

1:00-1:30

Welcome & Intro
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
How to prepare for dance & life decisions after high school...

1:30-2:45

Keynote Speaker - Kelly Konno
Choreographer, Global TV's Canada Sings, Director & Co-owner of Triple Threat Dance Convention - and more!
Come hear local talent Kelly Kono discuss her career as a professional dancer, choreographer, actor, and entrepreneur - and how she got there!

2:45-3:00

BREAK

3:00-3:45

Fueling Your Body for Performance
Cristina Bucci - Nutritionist & Professional Dancer
Professional dancers must take special care to fuel their bodies the right way.  Cristina will give us great tips on how to stay healthy during such an exciting and demanding career.

3:45-4:45

Inside the Dancer's Studio
Q&A Session with Dance Professionals
Jeff Mortensen, Ashley Sweett, and Kim Stevenson

Do you ever wonder what it's like to go to an audition?  Or perform on a cruise ship?  Our diverse panel of artists will tell you about their own journeys and answer those burning questions about life & dance!

4:45-5:00

What's Next?
Summary & Where to go from here...
A chance to chat about the day's highlights & get ready for what's next!


For more information

Please contact:

BC Office
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
604.899.0755 | otmbc [@] dtrc [.] ca

Sponsors

                      

      

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keep on MOVING - Toronto

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

Thank you to everyone who came to our inaugural keep on MOVING conference for emerging dance artists, and thank you to those across Canada who tuned in to the event via live-stream.
keep on MOVING was a fantastic, inspiring and informative day! 

We've posted videos from the event (see below) -- for those who missed the day, or who want to revisit some of the workshops. Enjoy!

When

March 20th, 2011

Where

Currie Hall
Canada's National Ballet School
105 Maitland Street, Toronto

Videos from Livestream

Being Creative about Finding Money

   

Jeff Melanson, Executive Director of the National Ballet School, is passionate about building bridges in the dance community and beyond. In this small group discussion, Melanson talks about why - and how - to get a conversation started with larger organizations.

   

   

Jennifer Dallas, Artistic Director of Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, brings her passion for collaborating with dance artists and musicians from diverse backgrounds to this small group session on self-producing. 

   

   

Ross Manson, Artistic Director of Volcano Theatre, has a spectacular track record of connecting the idea/project/passion with the people who it will inspire.  In this small group discussion Ross talks about how to build support for your artistic projects. 

   

Being Creative about Finding Work

   

4 panelists discuss portfolio, commercial, and interdisciplinary opportunities, as well as community-arts projects.

(Lucy Rupert, Apolonia Velasquez, Michael Rubenfeld, and Kevin Ormsby)

   

Schedule

Click to read Participating Artists Bios

9:00-9:30

Registration and Complimentary Breakfast

9:30-10:00

Welcome Address & Burning Questions:
The conference convenes with a welcome address, followed by small group opportunities to meet other dancers, and to discuss your personal goals and what you want to get out of this conference

10:00-11:30

Being Creative about Finding Work:
4 panelists discuss portfolio, commercial, and interdisciplinary opportunities, as well as community-arts projects.
(Lucy Rupert, Apolonia Velasquez, Michael Rubenfeld and Kevin Ormsby)     
*This session will be live-streamed

11:30-11:45

BREAK

11:45-1:15

Being Creative about Finding Money:
Learn about self-producing, fundraising, and developing fruitful networks, in this series of fast-paced small group discussions with successful artists.
(Jennifer Dallas, Ross Manson and Jeff Melanson)
*This session will be live-streamed

1:15-2:00

LUNCH

2:00-2:30

Your Lifeline: Getting to Know your ASOs
You are out in the professional world of dance – who can help you, and how? Hear from the arts service organizations that you need to know …better.

2:30 - 3:45

What Artists Need to Know about Income
Baffled at tax time? Have HST headaches? Brian Borts is here to help. Get answers, gain money management tips and best of all… save money!

3:45 - 4:00

Get Up and "Get Down": A dynamic break, led by the artists of Gadfly.

4:00 – 5:30

Building your PR Toolkit
How do you present yourself professionally … on a budget? This hands-on workshop will help you develop tools for presenting and promoting yourself.

5:30 – 6:00

Wrap up, Reflect Back ... and Win!
Conference wrap up with door prizes.

 


Steering Committee

 

Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Actors' Fund of Canada

Canadian Actors' Equity Association Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Dance Umbrella of Ontario
The Dance Current Dance Ontario
Independent volunteers:
Catriona Ferguson, Independent Dance Artist
Christine Heath, Artistic Coordinator, George Brown College School of Dance
Bonnie Kim, Rehearsal Director, Dancemakers; Board member, The Actors' Fund of Canada
Jennifer Watkins, Board member, Dance Ontario; Freelance Arts Administrator

Sponsors

                  

    

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on the MOVE - Moncton

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

When

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Where

on the MOVE - Moncton is being presented in conjuction with the Atlantic Dance Festival.

Both workshops will take place at:
Atlantic Ballet Theatre
68 Highfield St., Suite 200
Moncton, N.B.

Schedule

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Injury Prevention

with Lina Malenfant, Osteopath D.O. (Montreal)

Lina Malenfant, former dancer turned osteopath, brings her in-depth understanding of the human body to this highly practical workshop. Learn fundamental principals of anatomy and movement physiology, and how to apply these principals to dance performance and training to greatly reduce your risk of injury.

This workshop is suited to anyone interested in anatomy and movement, regardless of their movement practice or style of training.

5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

CV, video and service organizations

With: Parise Mongrain (DTRC Quebec Program Officer), Véronique MacKenzie (Dance artist and
DTRC Atlantic Canada Representative) and  Dianne Milligan (Executive Director – Dance Nova Scotia)

Learn how to write an effective CV and create a promotional video that gets noticed!  Véronique and Dianne will also talk about the regional service organizations supporting dancers in Atlantic Canada. Participants are invited to discuss any concerns they may have about a professional dance career in Canada.


Presenter Bios

Biographies (pdf)

For More Information and to Register

Please contact: 

dancefestivaldanse@bellaliant.com
506.855.0998

Thank you!

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre would like to thank everyone involved in making on the MOVE part of the Atlantic Dance Festival, particularly Chantal Cadieux, Artistic Director of Productions DansEncorps Inc.

:: Our heartfelt thanks to all our partners ::

For their support:

 

For their precious collaboration:

Le Festival de danse en Atlantique
Chantal Cadieux

Dance Nova Scotia
Dianne Milligan

Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Lyne Lanthier

Cirque du Soleil
Rick Tija

Marie-Eve Lafontaine

on the MOVE - Halifax


Welcome to on the MOVE - Halifax!

We are planning to bring on the MOVE programming to Halifax this year. If you would be interested in participating, please contact:

Véronique MacKenzie
Atlantic Canada Representative
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
atlanticrep@dtrc.ca

on the MOVE - Toronto

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

This year's on the MOVE was incredible. Thank you to everyone who took part!
Below, you'll find some video clips from the event, along with photos and more information on the schedule and presenters.

Click here for info about the keep on MOVING conference for emerging dance artists.

When

January 28, 2011

Where

Currie Hall
Canada's National Ballet School
105 Maitland Street, Toronto

Video Clips

From the "Breaking Out: Your First Year in Dance" panel: Emerging dancers Ofilio Portillo and Apolonia Velasquez talk about how to
make connections and  find work in dance.

From the "Networking Your Connections" workshop: Sarah Lochhead offers advice on pitching stories to the media.

 


Schedule

See full schedule

Steering Committee

 

Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Actors' Fund of Canada

Canadian Actors' Equity Association Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Dance Umbrella of Ontario
The Dance Current Dance Ontario
Independent volunteers:
Catriona Ferguson, Independent Dance Artist
Christine Heath, Artistic Coordinator, George Brown College School of Dance
Bonnie Kim, Rehearsal Director, Dancemakers; Board member, The Actors' Fund of Canada
Jennifer Watkins, Board member, Dance Ontario; Freelance Arts Administrator

Sponsors

    

    

For more information

Please contact:

Dancer Transition Resource Centre - National Office
nationaloffice@dtrc.ca


 

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on the MOVE - Winnipeg

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

When

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where

University of Winnipeg
Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film Room 2T15 / 2T05
Balmoral Street at Ellice
(entrance up ramp)
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

Schedule

8:30-9:00 am - Sign-in

9:00-11:00 am  - Grant Writing Practicum
Two separate groups will be coached in the writing of two dance grant applications and then be 'juried " by each other; the workshop will led by facilitators from MAC/WCD/RWB and independent resource leaders.

Ann Hodges- Independent, Cathleen Enns- MAC, Kathy Fenton- WCD, Judy Slivinski- RWB

11:00-12:00 pm  - Conflict resolution/Networking
Learn to work 'in harmony' with your dance partners, instructors, directors and virtually everyone you come in contact with in the arts world.

Sue Hemphill- Healthy Hive Consulting

12:00-1:00 pm - Holistic Lunch
Keep your Mind, Body & Spirit Healthy. Brown bag it with a panel of representatives specializing in nutrition, injury prevention and treatment, mental health and well-being.

Kevin Dyck- Physiotherapist, Paul Kohlmeier- Symmetry Massage and more....

1:00-2;00 pm - Special Guest(s)
A dance workshop/discussion with two nationally recognized dance professionals
"How I got here...where to go from here..."

Cindy-Marie Small- Former RWB soloist, & Jaime Vargas- RWB Principal Dancer

For more information

Please contact:

Brenda Gorlick, Manitoba Representative
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
mbrep@dtrc.ca

on the MOVE - Edmonton

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

When

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Where

Edmonton School of Ballet
8205 90 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6C 1N8

Schedule

Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit for the Dance Artist

8:30-9:00

Registration 

9:00-9:30

Introduction
Representatives from the Alberta Dance Alliance, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, and other community organizations will introduce themselves and discuss the goals of the conference.

9:30 -10:30

Body: Training for Dancers
Learn about out-of-studio training techniques that will help maximize and compliment your in-studio training.

with Helen Husak, Independent Dance Artist

10:30 - 10:45

Break

10:45 -12:00

Body: Injury Prevention & Nutrition
Discover more about injury prevention, injury care techniques and nutrition information to help sustain your dance career.

with Dr. Sian Williams, Chiropractor

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch Break
Enjoy lunch and network with other emerging dancers and dance professionals. Lunch will be provided.

1:00- 2:00

Mind: Web 2.0 for Dancers
What can you say about dance in 140 characters? A panel will discuss the benefits of using Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

with Stephanie Enders, Bottom Line Productions
Nicole Kittlitz, Independent Dance Artist
Lisa Nicole Grace, Singer/Songwriter

2:00 - 2:15

Break & Change

2:15 - 3:30

Spirit: Yoga for Dancers
Prepare to end the day with a movement class that will demonstrate an alternate training technique for dancers.

with Nicole Caron, Alberta Ballet


For more information

Alberta Dance Alliance
info@abdancealliance.ab.ca
1-888-422-8107

on the MOVE - Calgary

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Photo by Andréa de Keijzer

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 community and provides them with the skills, resources, and networking opportunities they need to make a successful leap into the profession. 

On October 7th, 2016, emerging artists will be joined by professional mentors, resource organizations, peers, and skill building experts to help them plan for the dance career that is right for them. In the Calgary edition of on the MOVE, established artists will discuss how they've broken the mould of a "traditional" performing career on our Dancing Outside the Box panel, and performers newer to the field will come together for Starting Your Career, a panel discussion about those first few years in the professional realm. Workshops will be delivered by specialists in the field of injury prevention and stress management.

Participation is free—with lunch provided—but all dancers must pre-register.

DTRC is pleased to present the Calgary edition of on the MOVE in partnership with Alberta Dance Alliance.

When

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Where

At the School of Alberta Ballet (906 12th Ave SW, Calgary)

Schedule

 

9:15-9:45

Registration

9:45-10:30

Welcome, Introduction, and Peer Networking Opportunity

Amanda Hancox, Executive Director of the DTRC, will introduce the goals for the day and lead the group in a warm-up activity to get you chatting, making peer connections, and excited for all the career opportunities ahead!

10:30-11:15

Panel: Dance Outside the Box

Anne Flynn, Marie France Forcier,  Jennifer Fournier, Melanie Kloetzel
Moderator: Bruce Barton

Established artists within the community will discuss how they've broken the mould of a "traditional" performing career and brought the skills they've learned as a dancer into a diverse range of fields.

11:15-12:15

Workshop: Stress Management

Cheryle Sherwood, MC, RPsych

Between training, rehearsals, and often second jobs, it can be hard for dancers to prioritize their health and wellbeing. Learn tips and tricks for getting through the daily grind and building resilience for when times get tough.

12:15-1:00

Lunch & Get to Know Your Service Organizations

While you refuel, hear from national and provincial service organizations about resources available to help you at every stage of your career.

1:00-2:00

Workshop: Injury prevention

Sarah Kenny, PhD Candidate

Your performance career only lasts as long as your body can support it. Learn how to protect the areas most prone to injury, and how to detect minor injuries before they become worse. 

2:00-2:45

Panel: Starting Your Career

Sarah Dolan, Tony Tran, Pam Tzeng
Moderator: Lauren Ritchie

We've brought together a group a dance artists to talk about those first few years in the professional realm. Where did they find their first gig? What support systems did they have in place? Now is the time to ask, "I'm graduating... what now?"

2:45-3:00

Wrap-up

 

Are you the parent of an emerging dance artist?

Join us at 7pm Thursday, October 6th, at the School of Alberta Ballet for a conversation about professional dance careers today. Representatives from Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Alberta Dance Alliance will facilitate the conversation between a current, professional dancer, and a parent whose child pursued the same path. Please RSVP to Amanda Hancox, Executive Director of DTRC, at ahancox@dtrc.ca

For more information

Please contact:

Dancer Transition Resource Centre
nationaloffice@dtrc.ca
1-800-667-0851

on the MOVE - Vancouver

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Co-presented with SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver's on the MOVE is a FREE conference designed to assist, welcome, educate and integrate British Columbia’s emerging professional dance artists of all genres into the professional dance community. This year, OTM Vancouver 2012 was titled Community in Motion, focusing on advocacy; being an active and integral part of the dance community at large. We designed this dynamic career planning and networking conference to provide emerging dance professionals with the skills, resources and networking opportunities needed to make an inspired and informed transition into their dance careers.

When

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Where

SFU Woodward's / Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
"Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre", Room #2555
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

Schedule

 

Presenter Bios (PDF)

Vancouver: Community in Motion

9:30-10:00

Registration

10:00-10:30

Just dance it:  Danceways to a creative community
Keynote Address

Jessa Agilo-Copeland

10:30-11:30

Meet Your Neighbors - Interactive Panel
Featuring The Dancer Transition Resource Centre, ActSafe, CADA-BC, New Works, The Dance Centre, Canadian Dance Assembly, IGNITE! Mentorship Program, Made in BC: Dance on Tour
Get to know who’s on your side and what valuable resources are at your fingertips.

11:30-11:45

BREAK

11:45-12:45

Social Media for Community Building
Sabrina Furminger
Expanding your social media skills to build your community and advocate for it.

12:45-1:45

LUNCH*

1:45-2:45

Collective Thinking
Featuring The 605 Collective, the plastic orchid factory, The Contingency Plan
Experience Q & A with local creative ensembles as they shed light on the collaborative creative process.  Moderated by Kevin Griffin, The Vancouver Sun.

2:45-3:00

BREAK

3:00-4:00

Sell Art Not Out
Laura Barron
Laura discusses resilience and outsourcing as keys to a thriving career. And she lifts the taboos from the word "sell" by proving that one can find an audience for their work while still maintaining artistic integrity.

4:00-4:15

BREAK

4:15-5:15

Making it Work!  Entrepreneurship 101
Featuring Moe Brody, Kim Sato & Barb Clausen, DanceHouse
Speak with local entrepreneurs as they share their stories and expertise in the business of dance.  Moderated by Caroline Liffmann, Independent Dance Artist & Choreographer.

5:15-6:00

Long Term Investment
Wrap up and door prizes!

* Lunch is provided by the conference for registered attendees only.  Auditors (parents, teachers, etc.) may join us by donation.

 

Co-presenter

Sponsors

                      

       

 

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

Blue Egg Studios
The Cultch

Dancing on the Edge Festival

Drive Dance Centre

Full Circle Pilates

Give Me Brillance

Harbour Dance Centre

Industry Dance Magazine

 

Thank you to our participating service organizations:

 

For more information

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

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In consideration of your use of this website, you represent and warrant that: you are: (i) of legal age to form a binding agreement, which in the Province of Ontario is 18 years of age or (ii) your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is aware of your intention to agree to this Agreement and has given you their consent to do so; (ii) you are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws and regulations of Ontario, Canada and/or other applicable jurisdictions; and (iii) you will provide, maintain and update the DTRC with true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted and as otherwise reasonably requested and/or required by the DTRC.

The DTRC has the right to refuse, suspend or terminate your website account (your "Account") and/or to refuse any and all current or future use of this website (or any portion thereof), without warning: (i) if the DTRC believes you are under 18 years of age and you represent(ed) yourself as 18 or older; or (ii)you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or the DTRC has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete.

Use of this website and/or registration as a Member, Donor , Employer and/or Alumnus/Alumna ("Registration") is void where prohibited.  Use of this website and Registration is confirmation of your age and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Term

These Terms and Conditions, and any posted revision, shall be effective from the moment you use this website and/or when you complete the Registration process (as applicable and/or otherwise prompted by the DTRC) and shall remain in full force and effect even after you cease your use of this website and even after your Account is terminated.

Termination of Account

You may terminate your Account at any time, for any reason, by providing us with thirty (30) days advanced notice of your desire to terminate your Account.   Such notice may be given via email.  Your Account shall be deemed cancelled upon confirmation of receipt of your cancellation notice and the issuance of a valid cancellation number.  The DTRCmay terminate your Account at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability.  The DTRCexpressly reserves the right to refuse, suspend or terminate your Account and/or deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to any part of this website if the DTRC determines, in its sole discretion, that you (i) have violated these Terms and Conditions, (ii) pose a threat to the DTRC and/or its users and/or (iii) have violated any applicable law.

Privacy

Use of this website is governed by these Terms of Use and by the DTRC'sPrivacy Policy (the "Privacy Policy"), which is incorporated into these Terms and Conditions by reference, and is an integral part of this agreement.  By using this website and/or creating an account, you acknowledge and expressly agree to the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy.

For greater certainty, you acknowledge and expressly consent to the DTRCaccessing, preserving, and disclosing your personally identifiable information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such access, preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce these Terms and Conditions; (iii) respond to claims that you have violated the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your requests for service and/or technical support; or (v) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the DTRC, its users and/or the public.

Passwords & Security

During the Registration process (i.e. when you create your Account) you may be asked to choose a "Username" and/or password. You are solely and entirely responsible for any and all use of your Account and you are solely and entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Username and password.

You agree to (i) not use the website account, Username or password of another Member, Donor , Employer and/or Alumnus/Alumna at any time and to not disclose your password to any third party and (ii) notify the DTRC immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your Account or access to your password.

Use of interactive areas/ Posting content to the website

The DTRC provides users the opportunity to post content to certain sections of the website.  The DTRC does not assume any responsibility for the consequences of content posted by users in these interactive areas.  Furthermore, if you choose to use these interactive areas, you agree to accept all responsibility for all activities that occur under and/or in connection with your Account.  The DTRC is not responsible for the confidentiality of communications through the Internet and your use of these interactive areas is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be held liable.  You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account and password and for restricting access to your computer.

You may post content to the site so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or post misleading information.  The DTRC reserves the right to remove any content that violates these rules or which is otherwise inappropriate in the opinion of the DTRC.

It is prohibited to use the website in any manner so as to harass, threaten, abuse, embarrass, or cause distress, unwanted attention, or discomfort to any person or entity. This prohibition extends to any comment or conduct that is vulgar, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or otherwise objectionable.

Links provided on this site

The DTRC strives to make this site an informational and resourceful tool for its viewers and provides a number of links to third party sites.  However, links are provided for your convenience only and the DTRC claims no responsibility for the content of the linked websites.

Job Board

The DTRC offers a job board free of charge to its Members and Alumni.  While job opportunities are carefully reviewed by DTRC staff before they are published, the DTRC is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of subsequent employment.  Hiring, scheduling and compensation are handled directly between the Member or Alumnus/Alumna and the employer, and Members/Alumni are urged to use their discretion when applying for or accepting jobs.  Furthermore, the DTRC excludes all liability in connection with the information that is posted by employers.

Disputes – Governing Law, Jurisdiction & Attornment

The Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Province of Ontario, without regard to its conflict of law provisions.  You expressly agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the Province of Ontario to resolve any dispute arising out of this Agreement or this website.

Please be sure to review our privacy policy before submitting content to the interactive areas of the website. 

If you have any questions regarding the Website Terms and Conditions, you may contact the DTRC at communications@dtrc.ca.

Note: Terms and Conditions last updated on: January 13, 2011

Privacy Policy


This website is owned by and operated for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC).  Our goal is to foster a community of learning, sharing and respect.  We recognize your right to confidentiality and pledge to protect the privacy of personal information collected from our website.

Personally identifiable information

Most of the pages on the DTRC’s web site do not require you to reveal any personal information about yourself.  When you are navigating the Member/Alumni/Donor areas of our website you may be asked to provide us with personally identifiable information (for example: e-mail address, contact information, donor information, comments, etc) in the process of using these interactive services.  We will notify you before we collect any personally identifiable information about you and we will not collect any information unless you choose to provide it to us.

You are in control of any personal information you provide to us online. If, at any time, you would like to update or correct the personal information we have about you, you may let us know by contacting us at the e-mail address below.

Third Party Websites

The DTRC does not sell, rent, share, or otherwise disclose mailing lists or other personally identifiable information.  Third party service providers may be engaged by the DTRC to perform a variety of functions, such as to e-mail our newsletters, to process your donation, or to provide technical services for our website, etc. These third party providers have access to personal information if needed to perform the functions for which they are retained. However, these companies only use such personal information for the purpose of performing their roles and do not use it for any other purpose. In these cases, when information is shared, the DTRC will demand reasonable assurance that the third parties will protect your information in conformity with our privacy practices.
 

Users should be aware that when they voluntarily disclose personal information (e.g., e-mail address, phone number) by posting it in public areas of the website, that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited messages from other people.


A Note about “Cookies”

Generally, cookies are small text files a website can use to recognize repeat users and ease the ongoing access to and use of the website.  They do not come onto a user’s system nor do they pose a threat to a user’s files.  Cookies are enabled on this web site.  DTRC does not use information transferred through cookies for any promotional or marketing purposes, nor is the information shared with any third parties.  However, users may disable cookies on their browser if they do not wish to be logged in automatically.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding our Website Privacy Policy, please contact us at communications@dtrc.ca.

Grant Payments and Reimbursements


Skills, Career Exploration and Retraining Grants

Once your grant has been approved, you may receive your funding or reimbursement in one of two ways:

1. Submit receipts for reimbursement

Receipts must clearly indicate what they are for and that the amount being requested has been paid in full. Along with your receipts, please submit a note which summarizes the enclosed receipts, states the amount expected to be reimbursed and confirms your current mailing address.

2. Have your training institution invoice the DTRC directly

If you would like the DTRC to pay your institution directly, they must invoice us.
A sponsorship letter can be provided to the institution upon request.

Subsistence Grants

Subsistence payments are issued per month as outlined within the terms and conditions of your grant. They are normally sent out one to two weeks before the beginning of the month in which they are to be used. Please do not deposit the cheque before the date that appears on it. If you do not receive your cheque within the first week of the month it is to be used, please contact the DTRC so we may investigate.

Stories and Testimonials


Contributing Companies


Canada’s major dance companies make a financially significant annual contribution to the DTRC as a demonstration of their investment in the organization’s mandate.

The DTRC gratefully acknowledges the contribution and support of the following companies:

For more information on our Contributing Company program, please contact us at 1-800-667-0851 or nationaloffice@dtrc.ca

Board


 

The Board of Directors is made up of distinguished professionals from within and outside the dance community, and provides ongoing leadership and strategic direction.
 

Board of Directors

 

Monique Rabideau (ON)
Chair

Patricia Fraser (ON)
Vice-Chair

Julie Bertoia, MBA, CPA, CA (ON)
Treasurer

Jill Humphries, Ph.D. (ON)
Secretary

Germain Belzile (QC)
Betsy Carson (BC)
Paul Chambers (AB)
Ainslie Cyopik (BC)
Howard Jang (BC)
Brent Lott (MB)
Patricia Maybury (AB)
Gary Neil (ON)
Louise Smith (ON)

 

Founder

Joysanne Sidimus, M.S.M.

 
 

Founding President

Karen Kain, C.C., LL.D., D.Litt., O.Ont.
 

 

 

 

History

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When DTRC Founder Joysanne Sidimus began researching her book Exchanges: Life After Dance, no structure existed in North America to deal with the near crisis issue of transition after a career in professional dance performance.  But, by 1983, two government-commissioned reports established a pressing need for Canadian transition support services that would respond to the needs of the professional dance community over time.

After nine months of joint research with the Dance In Canada Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Dance Organizations, the Dancer Transition Centre (later renamed Dancer Transition Resource Centre), was incorporated on March 20th, 1985 and opened on September 1st of that year. Joysanne Sidimus led the DTRC until her retirement in 2005, when former professional dancer and actress Amanda Hancox took the helm. 

Our unique training program has helped more than 10,000 dancers during the past 25 years, and has continued to evolve  in response to direct feedback from the dance community and with the vision to improve the overall socioeconomic status of professional dance artists.

Read the Foreward to our 25 Transitions book, written by Michael Crabb.

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Mission and Vision


MISSION / VISION

Founded in 1985, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is a national, charitable organization dedicated to helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. We also operate as a resource centre for the dance community and general public and support activities that improve the socioeconomic conditions of artists across the country.

As a world leader in dancer transition, we are active participants in international conferences and research initiatives and help drive change within the dance community.

our vision

We recognize that dance is one of the most challenging professions, physically, emotionally and financially, and that transitions are inevitable. Our goal is to ensure that dancers have the tools they need to reach their potential throughout their dance career and after retirement from dance performance.

   
Join/Renew Membership Donate Now
   

on the MOVE

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Photo by Scott McLeod

(Service for All Dancers)

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.

 

 

 

2016/17 on the MOVE conferences
 
Calgary, AB
October 7, 2016
@ The School of
Alberta Ballet 
Toronto, ON
January 20, 2017
@ Sony Centre for the
Performing Arts  
Montreal, QC (in French)
February 3, 2017
@ l'École de danse
contemporaine de Montréal  

Vancouver, BC
February 24, 2017
@ The Scotiabank Dance Centre

Winnipeg, MB

March 20, 2017
@The School of Contemporary Dancers

Halifax, NS
March 25, 2017
@DANSpace

 

2015/16 on the MOVE conferences

Toronto, ON

January, 29
@ Sony Centre for the
Performing Arts

Montreal, QC
 (in French)
February 5, 2016
@ Ballet Divertimento

Vancouver, BC

February, 25, 2016
@ The Scotiabank Dance Centre

 

St.John's, NF (First Steps)
March 14, 2016
@ TBA
 
   

 

Click here to watch video clips from past on the MOVE conferences!

National Sponsors

           

Related Programming

 

on the MOVE- First Steps

First Steps programming is designed to educate high school-aged dancers and their parents about a professional career in dance, and introduce them to the support networks and organizations serving artists.

 

keep on MOVING

Designed for emerging dance artists who are 1-5 years into their professional careers, keep on MOVING follows the format of on the MOVE but offers more focused and in-depth information. As an artist-directed event, keep on MOVING is planned, organized and presented with the active participation of dance artists of all dance genres.

DT-Bis!

DT-Bis! is a series of follow-up workshops for dancers who have attended Montreal’s on the MOVE conference (called danse TRANSIT). Building on the learning areas introduced at danse TRANSIT, each DT-Bis! session offers more in-depth information and further opportunity to connect with seasoned dance artists and other experts. Past topics have included how to establish a collective or dance company, and entrepreneurship in dance. DT-Bis! has been offered in both Montreal and Quebec City.


 



Visit our Facebook Page to view more photos from on the MOVE conferences across the country!

Photo Gallery

DTRC Honour Roll of Supporters - 2015/16

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DTRC Honour Roll
September 2015 - August 2016

The DTRC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada
through the Canada Arts Training Fund and the Department of Canadian Heritage

Funded by the Government of Canada


 

The DTRC is grateful for the support of our public supporters, including
the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council

 

CORPORATE DONORS

        

 Ainsliewear Design Ltd.

ITG Canada Corporation, Matching Gift Program

Kinatex Sports Physio Rockland Inc. 

Thompson Reuters, My Community Program


TRANSITION CONTINUUM

Lynda Hamilton

Joan & Jerry Lozinski

Pauline McCullagh

Sylvia M. McPhee


PRINCIPAL BENEFACTORS
$25,000+

Estate of Anne M. Delicaet

Lynda Hamilton, President of Edper Investments Ltd.

Joan & Jerry Lozinski

Estate of Cornelius Anderson Silber
 

TRANSITION GUARANTEE
$5,000+

Anonymous

The Bennett Family Foundation

William Herridge 

The MasterCard Foundation, 10th Anniversary Giving Campaign at the Toronto Foundation on behalf of Justine Greenland Duke

Linda Mezon

Louise Smith

The Phyliss & Irving Snider Foundation

The Winnipeg Foundation 


TRANSITION CIRCLE
$1,000+

Anonymous 

Santa Aloi 

Betsy Carson 

The Sherry Taylor Drew Foundation

Amanda Hancox

Valerie Henderson

Richard Hogarth

Janice May

Philip Moller & Carol McLafferty
Robert Pleschke

Wendy Reid

Jane Spooner


SOAR

$500 +

 Margaret Agar

Thomas Beechy

Iris Bliss 

Walter M. Bowen & Lisa Balfour Bowen

Judith Conacher

Jeanie Davis

Colin Dobell

Paul Hellyer & Sandra Hellyer

Jill Humphries 

Margaret Kawaja in honour of Joysanne Sidimus

Georgina McLennan in honour of 

Keiichi Hirano & Patrick Lavoie

Ngoc Thang Nguyen
Sara Porter & Adam Quastel

Monique Rabideau

Heather M. Thomson

Mitchell Wywiorski


LEAP

$250+

Angelina Bakshi

Isabella Cairess Favaro, In memory of Natalie Buisson

Anthony Giacinti, In memory of Lola McLaughlin

Dr. Thomas Hafford & Leigh-Ann Hafford, In honour of Leigh-Ann Cohen

Malcolm Hamilton

Marilyn & Jim Hills, In honour of Lynda Hamilton

Jennifer Kropac & Kevin Law

Brett Ledger

Peter J. Lewis

Brent Lott

Gary Maavara

Connie & Peter Mak

Sylvia M. McPhee

Jane & Stephen Smith, In honour of Tamara & Keiichi Hirano

Michael Trent

Karen Wierucki


TURN

$100+

Herbert Auerbach, In memory of Grant Strate

Florence Barwell

Nathalie Blanchet

Andrea Burridge

The Burton Charitable Foundation, made possible by Alex Stuart

Michael Bushnell

Paul Chambers

Janet Charlton & Robert Korthals

Barbara Dance

Shelley L. Dolan

Sarah Finlayson

Mark Franklin

William Graham

John Gregory

Peter Herrndorf, In honour of Veronica Tennant

Ann Hogarth

Ronald Holgerson

Ruth Hood

Judith, Johnson

Pierre Lecours

Dorothea Manson

Pauline McCullagh

Patti Ross Milne, In memory of Arnold Spohr

Pamela Newell & Robert Bergner

Rregroupment Québecois de la Danse

Yvonne Rosenberg

Richard Rutherford

Sergiu Stefanschi

Joysanne Sidimus

Kenneth Thorpe

Paula Thomson & Maurice Godin

Nick Todd

Walter Wittich

Zella Wolofsky


STEP

Up to $99

Vicki Adams-Willis

Claire Brousseau

Iivi Campbell

Maureen Consolati

Karin Ezaki

Francis Filegan

Leslie Getz

Lynne Heller

Robert Johnston

Deborah Kaplan, In memory of Margueritat Luna

Peter Kelly

Alejandra Miranda

Elizabeth Mitchell

Kevin Ormsby

Isabelle Ouellet

Nadia Potts

Heather Saum

Julia Ueda

Veronica Zufelt


CONTRIBUTING DANCE COMPANIES

 Alberta Ballet 

BJM Danse Montréal

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

O Vertigo

The National Ballet of Canada

Toronto Dance Theatre

Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers

Dance Canada 150 - The Pitblado Challenge

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre wishes to extend our profound gratitude to all who generously donated to our special matching gift campaign. With a heartfelt tribute to Sandra and Jim Pitblado for their inspirational leadership in making our matching campaign possible.

Volunteer

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Meredith Anderson and Jessica Whitford. Photo by Sean Jacquemain.

Would you like to feel connected to the dance community, learn new skills, and gain experience in a not-for-profit setting? The DTRC welcomes volunteers interested in sharing their energy, talent and skills with our organization.

Current Opportunities

We are interested in volunteers for our Toronto office in the following areas: 

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the DTRC’s National Office at nationaloffice@dtrc.ca.

Volunteers will be contacted on an as-needed basis. Food and refreshments are always offered to our generous volunteers, and reference letters are available upon request.

Where your Dollars Go


In the past year, with the generous support of our donors, we …

Some of the costs associated with transition

$85 provides one hour of professional counselling.
$150 pays for a dancer to attend the on the MOVE/ danse TRANSIT conference series for emerging dancers.
$1000 funds a Career Exploration Grant.
$4000 provides a Retraining Grant.
$18,000 helps a dancer pay for living expenses while in full-time retraining.

 

 

Galas & Special Events


Why your Gift Matters


A career in performance is often intense, insecure and short. At an age when most professionals are reaching a peak in their careers, a dancer’s career often ends.

Did you know?

 

New beginnings start with the Dancer Transition Resource Centre

With the generous support of donors like you, we can help dancers:

Donor Benefits


Your Contribution helps build a bright future for dancers in transition. Thank you.

Named Awards and Bursaries

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Board member Anne Delicaet with Executive Director Amanda Hancox

Invest in a dancer’s future by giving to a named award or bursary.
Awards and bursaries provide financial assistance to dancers in full-time retraining. This assistance is vitally important as many dancers could not otherwise afford the costs associated with retraining. 

Naming Opportunities

Establish an award in your own name or honour a colleague, family member, friend, group or company.  Named awards and bursaries can be made as annual gifts or endowments.

Endowments - Your gift will be held in perpetuity, serving many generations of dancers. Your contribution is safely invested, and the annual interest earnings are used to generate the award or bursary.  Capital requirements for establishing endowed named support begin at $25,000.

Annual Gifts – Your annual gift will be given to a dancer meeting the award criteria. A minimum commitment of $1,000 for 5 years is requested. The award continues as long as you continue to fund the award.

Current Named Awards >


For more information, please contact us at: 416-595-5655 or development@dtrc.ca.

Create/ Host an Event

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Donors who create or host an event in support of the DTRC are an important part of our fundraising team and help us build a bright future for professional dancers.

Fundraising Ideas

We are here to help. Please contact us at development@dtrc.ca to discuss your ideas. Or call us at 1-800-667-0851 (toll-free) or at (416) 595-5655 (Toronto).
 

DTRC can provide the following assistance once your event has been approved:

DTRC cannot provide the following:

Tax Receipts

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre is committed to protecting our donors’ rights and our organization’s charitable status, and adheres strictly to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)’s  rules and regulations regarding tax receipting. It is very important that you discuss your situation in detail with the DTRC before you plan your event, so you understand the rules and are able to clearly communicate what you can/cannot offer in terms of tax receipts to the event participants.

Transition Continuum

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Individuals like you are an important source of support to dancers making transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. Your planned gift will be a lasting tribute and a testament of your support.

Through the Transition Continuum, you can plan your charitable gift to provide the greatest benefit to you, your family and The DTRC.  You may choose to make your gift during your lifetime or through your estate. 
 

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Choose any of the following ways to leave your legacy to the DTRC and Canada’s professional dancers:

It is recommended that you consult with your tax or legal advisor prior to making a Transition Continuum gift.  A trusted legal or financial advisor can help you develop a plan for making charitable gifts that complement your current investment and estate plans.

They can help you evaluate your specific situation and determine:

Your professional advisor can put together all of the necessary financial and tax-related paperwork to set up your Transition Continuum gift.

We will be happy to work with you and your advisors, with no obligation, to arrange or complete the best gift arrangements for your specific situation.
 

Please contact us for more information: development@dtrc.ca | 1-800-667-0851.

Buy a Brick, Build a Future

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Rex Harrington, Jennifer Fournier, Aleksandar Antonijevic and Geon van der Wyst. Photo by Kristy Kennedy.

Launched in 2005, the Buy a Brick, Build a Future campaign honours dancers, donors, and individuals who have made a significant contribution to dance in Canada and celebrates their continued commitment to the art form.

Gifts to this campaign make a vital difference to Canada’s professional dancers and directly support the educational, counselling, and retraining needs of dancers in transition.

Buy a Brick, Build a Future Honouree List

How Can I Get Involved?

You can make a permanent tribute, by buying a brick:

• In your own name
• In the name of somebody you wish to honour
• In the name of your favourite artist or company
• In the name of someone who has contributed to dance

Bricks will be displayed on the stunning Buy a Brick, Build a Future Recognition Wall, housed in our National Office.
 

Brick Samples

Contact us at 1-800-667-0851 or development@dtrc.ca to place your order.
You can also download an order form here and fax it to 416-595-0009.

OR

Step Forward


Your Generosity = Infinite Opportunity

At the DTRC, it is your support that extends a helping hand to Canada’s professional dancers when they need it most, and it is ultimately that gift which inspires them to perpetuate the same generosity. Take Dr. Walter Wittich, for example—a former dancer, member, alum, and donor whose annual giving to the DTRC recently surpassed 10 consecutive years. As Walter knows, at an age when many professionals enter their most prolific years, a dancer’s career often ends. When this happened to Walter, it was your support of the DTRC that helped him start over.

The capacity of dancers to excel as leaders and mentors once they leave the stage has never wavered, but this potential can only manifest itself when training, support, and guidance are within reach. Because of your conviction and generosity, the DTRC has been able to provide all of this and more to professional dancers across the country for nearly 30 years, bridging the gap so that Canada’s exceptional artists can transfer their tenacity, creativity, and passion to a second successful career.

 

As a New Year approaches, will you Step Forward and help Canada’s dancers build new lives full of new possibilities?

Alumni Services

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DTRC alumnus John Kellner

Since our inception, the DTRC has helped thousands of dancers make transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. Dancers who have completed a retraining program through the DTRC are considered alumni, and can be found in a wide range of second careers in Canada and abroad. As doctors, journalists, teachers, entrepreneurs and more, they continue to bring the dancer’s passion, dedication and artistry to all that they do. 

DTRC Alumni Society - Stay Involved & Connected

If you are a DTRC alumnus/ alumna, you can stay connected by joining the DTRC Alumni Society.

Benefits:

Benefits

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Steeve Paquet, Kate Holden and Kate Hilliard of Dancemakers. Photo by David Hou.

Learn how to become a member

Join/Renew Membership


Join the hundreds of professional dancers who are members of the DTRC.

Membership Criteria

Membership is available to all professional dancers working in Canada or Canadian professional dancers working abroad who:

• are at least 18 years of age
• have at least one professional, paid performance on their resume
• are currently performing professionally as a dancer or have performed in the past two years, and are actively looking for dance performance opportunities

Membership Year

The DTRC membership year runs from September 1st to August 31st; but new members are welcome to join at any point during the membership year.

Fees

Fees are based on 1% of gross annual earnings from the previous tax year as a dancer, including all performance-related activity (i.e., creation, rehearsal and performance). The minimum membership fee is $75 and the maximum is $250. Members in financial need may request a payment plan to remit their fees.

 

Become a Member   or   Renew Your Membership

Senior Artists’ Research Project


Background

In 2006, a group of artists’ associations and individuals came together in response to the growing awareness that senior Canadian artists are experiencing significant challenges. Before they could develop the programs and services to respond to these challenges, they realized they needed quantitative data. In 2009, they launched the Senior Artists Research Project (SARP), a three-year project which is investigating the circumstances, situation, needs and interests of Canadian senior artists, looking at what services are presently available to them, and examining relevant international models.

In 2011, the SARP steering Committee agreed to launch the Canadian Senior Artists' Resource Network (CSARN), a new organization that would be focused exclusively on assisting professional artists to live out their senior years in dignity and respect.
 

Press Release

Mandate

Summary of Findings

 

SARP Steering Committe Members

The Actors' Fund of Canada
ACTRA
Actra Fraternal Benefit Society
American Federation of Musicians, Canada
Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Canadian Artists' Representation (CARFAC)
Canadian Music Centre
Cultural Careers Council Ontario
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
Directors Guild of Canada
PAL Canada Foundation
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Union des artistes
Writers Guild of Canada
The Writers’ Union of Canada
Carol Anderson
Joysanne Sidimus, Project Director
Celine Marks, Administrator
Garry Neil, Consultant

Research Projects

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(Service for All Dancers and for the Public)  

Senior Artists' Research Project (SARP)

Under the direction of DTRC Founder Joysanne Sidimus, the Senior Artists' Research Project (SARP) is currently researching and assessing the needs of senior artists in Canada. The results of this research will be used to design effective programs for senior artists.  Learn more >

National Survey of Professional Dancers

The DTRC conducts periodic in-depth surveys of professional dancers across the country. The results of these surveys reveal the current trends within the dance profession and the current challenges faced by professional dancers. Survey results are widely cited by other arts organizations and within dance-related publications nationwide.
Summary of the 2004/05 survey >

Summary of the 2016 survey >

Resources

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Photo by Scott McLeod

(Service for All Dancers and for the Public)
 

Community & Social ServicesJob Banks | Education
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Resource Centres Housed in Regional Offices

DTRC’s regional resource centres in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal are open to all dancers and interested members of the public.  Each resource centre contains books and magazines on making transitions and finding best-fit careers, along with information on dance community activities and events.  

DTRC Publications

DTRC Brochure

The DTRC's brochure introduces our programs and services, and lets dancers, donors, and the public know how they can get involved with the organization.

Transitions

Transitions keeps members and DTRC friends in touch with what's happening at the DTRC and in the wider world of dance.

Annual Reports

The DTRC's Annual Report provides a snapshot of our accomplishments and initiatives from the past year.

Learn how we've been working to support dancers across Canada.

 

21 Transitions: 21 Stories of Inspired New Beginnings

[© 2007, 68pp, softcover] 21 DTRC Alumni share their transition stories from dance to an impressive range of careers: aviation, neuroscience, teaching, medicine, environmental science and more ....

25 Transitions

[© 2011, 73pp, softcover] In celebration of the DTRC's 25th anniversary, 25 DTRC members and alumni, at various stages in their careers, speak of transition in their own words.

 

DTRC Videos

Visit the DTRC Youtube page to view our video library.

 

 


Community & Social Services

www.211ontario.ca
www.211quebecregions.ca/en

www.contactmb.org

www.ab.211.ca

www.sk.211.ca

www.bc211.ca

www.ns.211.ca

www.211nb.ca

 


Job Banks

Cultural Human Resources Council
Service Canada Job Bank

Monster

Workopolis

Charity Village

Canada Jobs

Cultural Careers Council Ontario Job Board

Option-Carriere

Neuvoo

WowJobs - Dance specific jobs in Canada

 


Education

Canada’s Higher Education and Career Guide
School Finder

Macleans On Campus

Distance Ed Canada

Government of Canada – Lifelong Learning

Canadian Virtual University

 


Career Resources

National
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Service Canada Training, Career and Worker Information

Service Canada Career Transition Assistance

Quintessential Careers

Monster Career Resources

Cultural Human Resources Council

Canada’s Economic Action Plan

Working in Canada

Provincial
Times Change Women's Employment Service

Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba

Second Career Ontario

Resume Resources
Raw Resume: Resume writing guide

Resume Baking: Templates

 

 


Financial Aid

Canlearn
Canada Student Loans and Grants

Service Canada

Canada Benefits

Canada Council for the Arts Grants

FinAid

Fondation des Artistes

 


Government Programs

National
Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian Heritage

Provincial
Cultural Careers Council Ontario

Conseil des arts de Montréal


Arts Service Organizations

National
T
he AFC - the lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry
Artists’ Health Alliance

Canadian Dance Assembly

Provincial
CADA BC / Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (British Columbia chapter), Vancouver, BC

Made in BC - Dance on Tour, Vancouver, BC

The Dance Centre, Vancouver, BC

Actsafe, Vancouver, BC

Alliance for Arts and Culture, Vancouver, BC

Alberta Dance Alliance, Edmonton, AB

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, AB

Dance Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Dance Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

CADA ON / Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (Ontario chapter), Toronto

Canadian Actors' Equity Association, Toronto, ON

Dance Ontario Association, Toronto, ON

Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), Toronto, ON

Regroupement québécois de la danse, Montreal, QC

Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montreal, QC

Artère, Montreal, QC

Diagramme Gestion culturelle, Montreal, QC

Dance Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS

Halifax Dance, Halifax, NS

Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI

 


Transition Publications

Advocacy Report - Beyond Performance

 


International Transition Centres

International Organization for the Transition of Professional Dancers (IOTPD) -- www.iotpd.org/
Holland: Retraining Program for Dancers -- www.omscholingdansers.nl 
United States: Career Transition for Dancers -- www.careertransition.org
England: The Dancers' Career Development -- www.thedcd.org.uk
France: Centre national de la danse -- www.cnd.fr
Germany: Stiftung TANZ - Transition Zentrum Deutschland --  www.stiftung-tanz.com 
Canada: Dancer Transition Resource Centre -- www.dtrc.ca
Korea: Dancer's Career Development Centre -- www.dcdcenter.or.kr/
Switzerland: Association Suisse Pour la Reconversion des Danseurs Professionnels -- www.dance-transition.ch

Workshops and Conferences

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Photo by Scott McLeod

(Service for All Dancers)

DTRC workshops and conferences address transition issues at all stages of a professional dance career. These gatherings are a great way to learn and develop skills in a friendly, understanding, and supportive environment.

In the past, topics have included nutrition, coping with performance stress, money matters, portfolio careers, injury management and transferable skills.  We invite you to contact your regional program officer with ideas for future workshop and conference topics.

Coming Up

Various dates, across the country: on the MOVE / danse TRANSIT

Job Board


(Member Service)

The DTRC has developed a special online Job Board for DTRC members and alumni.

The Job Board helps currently performing dancers find work that aligns well with their schedules, while building transferable skills and non-performance work experience. It also helps transitioning dancers to ease into the wider work world and access job opportunities within companies that understand what dancers have to offer.
 

Member Login

Employers

Are you looking for a talented, professional, high-performing employee or colleague? Then, consider hiring a dancer. Dancers possess many transferable skills and traits that are highly valued in any career, such as drive, focus, creativity, and a commitment to excellence.

Please note: Employers posting jobs are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of their content. DTRC reserves the right to refuse, remove or modify postings.
 

Employer Login

Special Awards

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DTRC member Jennifer Fournier.

(Member Service)

Special Awards acknowledge academic excellence and financial need and are intended to help dancers pursue a second or subsequent year of full-time study after completing an FTS-I Grant.  Awards are named in honour of generous DTRC patrons, supporters and friends.

Learn how you can support a dancer’s transition by creating a named award in your name, or in the name of another person/group/or company. 
 

Special Awards are competitive and discretionary and are awarded by the DTRC Board of Directors only when financially feasible.
 

Criteria

• Has completed one full year of retraining under an FTS-I Grant
• Excellence in the chosen course of study as shown by reports from the applicant’s school or apprenticeship
• Demonstrated financial need
• Duration of performing career

Amount

Varies. See description of each award below.

Application Process

Eligible dancers are contacted by the DTRC in advance of the deadline and invited to apply.

Deadline

In years when they are awarded, the deadline is July 2nd.

PLEASE NOTE : The following awards may be given in part, totally, or not at all, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Award Details

PETER F. BRONFMAN MEMORIAL AWARD
Established to honour the late Peter F. Bronfman whose influence, wisdom and generosity were integral to the development and ongoing work of the DTRC. It is earmarked for a second or third year of retraining and subsistence.

Amount of $18,000 for subsistence ($1,500/month) and $4,000 for tuition and supplies.

ERIK BRUHN MEMORIAL AWARD
Established to honour the late Erik Bruhn, whose support and understanding of the issues of transition were integral to the founding of the DTRC. Awarded to a dancer in transition who requires a second year to either complete or continue a proposed course of study.

Amount awarded is discretionary.

ANNE M. DELICAET BURSARY
Generously donated by long-time and hardworking Board member, Anne Delicaet, the award is given to help fund tuition, books, and/or supplies for the applicant in their second or third year of full-time retraining/grants received from the DTRC.

To be used exclusively for academic purposes. Amount awarded is discretionary.

DR . STANLEY E. GREBEN AWARD
Established to honour Dr. Stanley E. Greben, founding Vice-President of the DTRC Board, for his inestimable contribution to the organization. Awarded to a dancer for a second or subsequent year of full-time study in a health related field.

Amount awarded is discretionary.

LYNDA HAMILTON AWARD
Established as a tribute to the tireless, invaluable, and ongoing dedication of founding Board member, and former Board Chair of the DTRC, Lynda Hamilton. It is a special grant awarded annually to a dancer in transition who has completed two years of study and requires a third to complete or continue the proposed course of study.

Amount awarded is discretionary.

KAREN KAIN AWARD
Established to honour the invaluable and creative contribution of Karen Kain, founding President and now Chair of the Advisory Council of the DTRC. Given to a dancer entering a second or subsequent year of full-time retraining.

Amount awarded is discretionary.

DAVID PITBLADO MEMORIAL AWARD
Established by Sandra and Jim Pitblado to honour the memory of their son David who made an important contribution to the world of dance through his work as Board Chair of Toronto Dance Theatre and through his financial support of their creative work. This bursary is available to a former modern dance artist who requires a second year to either complete or continue a proposed course of study.

Amount awarded is discretionary.

ZELLA WOLOFSKY /DOUG WRIGHT BURSARY
Generously donated by Zella Wolofsky and Doug Wright two long-time supporters of the DTRC. Zella was involved with the DTRC in many capacities, as a member, a career counsellor, former Board Secretary and Vice-Chair. To be awarded to a dancer with a degree from a recognized university anywhere in the world and who is in a second or subsequent year of a professional program or, doing graduate studies or a second degree.

Amount awarded is discretionary.

Founder’s Award


(Member Service)

Many dancers are physically and mentally exhausted by the time they retire. Their careers have been intense, highly disciplined and have provided little time for rest and renewal. The Founder’s Award was established to provide a dancer with some “breathing space” -- the opportunity to step back, reflect and determine how to fulfill their passions in their second career.  The award is named in honour of Joysanne Sidimus, Founder and former Executive Director of the DTRC, and acknowledges her profound understanding of the lives of professional dancers and the issues involved in retiring from a professional performance career.

The Founder's Award is a discretionary and competitive award.
It is given every two years, when financially feasible.
 

Criteria

The award is intended to be preparatory to an FTS-I Grant and is open to DTRC members who meet the FTS-I eligibility criteria. It is understood that the member receiving the award will be applying for a FTS-I Grant after completing this award.  Please be aware that members receiving an FTS-I Grant  are required to sign agreement of permanent retirement.

1. A minimum of 10 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada
2. At least 28 years of age
3. Fully paid member in good standing for at least 5 consecutive years prior to applying for grant
4. Must have danced a minimum of 60 months during the 10 year minimum period

** Please note: Members prior to Sept. 1, 2008 - same as above, with the following exception: 1. A minimum of 7 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada

Amount

$20,000 to cover a period of reflection of between 6-12 months.

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for the Founder’s Award must notify the DTRC of their intention in advance of the application deadline. Members are required to complete and submit the Founder’s Award Application Form.

Deadlines

July 1st, every two years (next competition cycle is 2018).

 

Valleyview Artist Retreat

DTRC patron and Advisory Council member Lynda Hamilton has generously offered the Founder’s Award recipient the use of the Valleyview Artist Retreat for one week.

Situated just north-west to Toronto in the Hills of Caledon, the retreat is in a secluded rural setting and offers an environment conducive to inspiration and rejuvenation.

The week may be taken between April – October. Please note that this opportunity does not include transportation to the retreat. As well, the offer is not transferable and has no cash value. If the Founder’s Award recipient does not take advantage of the retreat in the year offered, no alternative is provided. Full details will be provided to the recipient on announcement of the award. 

Download the application package here. 

Full-Time Study Subsistence Grant - II


"The funding towards my tuition fees provided me with the support I needed and gave me a new abundance of energy." - Sonya Stephan

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(Member Service)

Subsistence funding is available to cover basic living costs while members are in full-time retraining programs. The Full-Time Study Subsistence Grant - II (FTS-II) was created for dancers who will be continuing to perform at the end of their retraining program.

Criteria

1. A minimum of 10 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada
2. At least 30 years of age
3. Fully paid member in good standing for at least 5 consecutive years
4. Must have performed a minimum of 60 months during the ten year minimum period

Exemptions may be made if the member must cease their professional dance career for medical reasons 

Amount

Up to $7,500 (at $1,250 per month) during full-time retraining while still performing. The grant must be completed within a consecutive six year period.

Eligible Expenses

The monthly subsistence amount is to cover basic living costs.

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for an FTS-II Grant must notify the DTRC of their intention in advance of the application deadline. Members are required to complete and submit the FTS-II Application Form

Deadlines

October 1st,  February 1st and June 1st

Important

Members receiving an FTS-II Grant are NOT required to sign agreement of permanent retirement.
 

Grant Application Guidelines

Download Application Package

Full-Time Study Subsistence Grant - I


"The award was a vote of confidence and helped me as much psychologically as financially." - Rhonda Cooper, Physiotherapist

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(Member Service)

Subsistence funding is available to cover basic living costs while members are in full-time retraining programs. The Full-Time Study Subsistence Grant - I (FTS-I) was created for dancers who will be retiring from performance at the end of their retraining program.

Criteria

 1. A minimum of 10 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada**
 2. At least 28 years of age
 3. Fully paid member in good standing for at least 5 consecutive years
 4. Must have danced a minimum of 60 months during the 10 year minimum period
 5. Are permanently retiring from performing

Exemptions may be made if the member must cease their professional dance career for medical reasons


**Please note: Members prior to Sept. 1, 2008 - same as above, with the following exception:
1. A minimum of 7 years of professional performance, 5 of which were spent in Canada

Amount

Up to $18,000 (at $1,500 per month) while in a full-time retraining program. The grant must be completed within a maximum 18-month consecutive period.
For those dancers who have residual performing contracts to fulfill, and must pursue their full-time studies intermittently, subsistence may be extended up to a maximum of 36 months. The total disbursement will not exceed the maximum $18,000 outlined above.

Expenses:

The monthly subsistence amount is to cover basic living costs.

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for an FTS-I Grant must notify the DTRC of their intention in advance of the application deadline. Members are required to complete and submit the FTS-I Application Form

Deadlines

October 1st, February 1st and June 1st

Special Awards

Dancers who have completed one year under an FTS-I grant may apply for discretionary second and third year awards (Special Awards)

Important

Members receiving an FTS-I Grant are required to sign agreement of permanent retirement.
 

Grant Application Guidelines

Download Application Package

Subsistence Grants

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DTRC alumna Julie Houle-Zgjana with her son.

(Member Service)

Subsistence funding is available to cover basic living costs while members are in full-time retraining programs. Two options are available, depending on whether a dancer will be retiring from performance (FTS-I Grant) or continuing to perform (FTS-II Grant) at the end of their retraining program.

The DTRC also offers Retraining Grants, which may be used towards the costs of tuition, books, course supplies and travel (if necessitated by the course). If the dancer is eligible, he or she can choose to apply for both grants at the same time.

Retraining Grants


"My whole world has opened up to see this huge outlet of design and art, of concepts and ideas." - Angel Wong

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(Member Service)

Retraining Grants help members pursue studies leading to parallel or second careers.
They may be used towards the costs of tuition, books, course supplies and travel (if necessitated by the course).

Through DTRC Retraining Grants, dancers have entered careers as diverse as osteopathy, education, horticulture, dance notation, woodworking, film, veterinary technology, translation, library and information technology, medicine and psychology.

The DTRC also offers Subsistence Grants, which may be used to cover basic living costs while in full-time retraining. If the dancer is eligible, he or she can choose to apply for both grants at the same time.

Criteria

1. A minimum of 6 years of professional performance, 4 of which were spent in Canada and at least 28 years of age  OR  A minimum of 8 years of professional performance, 4 of which were spent in Canada and no age restriction
2. Fully paid member in good standing for at least 5 consecutive years
3. Must have danced a minimum of 36 months during the six year minimum period

Exemptions may be made if the member must cease their professional dance career for medical reasons

Amount

Maximum of $6,000 per member throughout the duration of their membership.

Eligible Costs

Tuition, books, supplies and travel (if necessitated by course).

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for a Retraining Grant must notify the DTRC of their intention well in advance of the application deadline. Members are required to complete and submit the Retraining Grant Application Form.  Once the application has been approved, members can request reimbursement for the costs of the course(s)/supplies. Please refer to the Grant Payments & Reimbursements page for more information. Courses cannot be paid for retroactively.

Deadlines:

October 1st, February 1st and June 1st
 

Grant Application Guidelines
 

Career Exploration Grants

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Photo by Sean Jacquemain.

(Member Service)

The Career Exploration Grant helps dancers explore a second career path by taking a preliminary course or apprenticeship before committing to a retraining program. The grant is meant to be used in conjunction with other career exploration activities, such as counselling, mentorship and/or independent research.

Criteria

1. A minimum of 5 years of professional performance, 3 of which were spent in Canada
2. Fully paid member in good standing for at least 3 consecutive years
3. Must have danced a minimum of 30 months during the 5 year minimum performance period. 
Exemptions may be made if the member must cease their professional dance career for medical reasons

Amount

Up to $1,000 per member throughout the duration of their membership.

Eligible Courses

A preliminary course or apprenticeship in a field of interest.

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for a Career Exploration Grant must notify the Centre of their intention in advance of the application deadline. Members are required to complete and submit the Career Exploration Grant Application Form.  Once the application has been approved, members can request reimbursement for the costs of the course. Please refer to the Grant Payments & Reimbursements page for more information. Courses cannot be paid for retroactively.

Deadlines

Applications for Career Exploration Grants are accepted throughout the year. Applications must be received at least four weeks prior to the start of your course or apprenticeship. Refer to the Grant Application Guidelines for details.

 

Grant Application Guidelines
 

Skills Grants


"With a DTRC skills grant, I was able to learn basic HTML and graphic design software." - Colleen Lanki

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(Member Service)

Skills Grants help dancers develop skills readily transferable to any profession.

Criteria

Available to all members in good standing.

Amount

Maximum of $1,500 per member throughout the duration of their membership.

Eligible Courses

Courses in skills which are transferable to any profession, such as (but not limited to) second language training, computer-related courses, driving lessons, first aid/CPR training, business and entrepreneurial studies, and prerequisite courses for university or college admission.

Application Process

Members wishing to apply for a Skills Grant must fill out the Skills Grant Application Form and submit it to the National Office or a regional office.  Applications must be received and approved before the start date of the course. Courses cannot be paid for retroactively. Please refer to Grant Payments & Reimbursements for funding details.

Deadlines

There are no specific application deadlines for skills grants.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Grants and Awards


(Member Service)

DTRC offers a range of retraining and subsistence grants to help dancers address their present needs and pursue their future career goals.  Dancers can build transferable skills, explore second career options and undertake studies leading to parallel and second careers. 

Because each transition is an individual process, dancers are encouraged to meet with DTRC staff or representatives periodically to discuss which DTRC grants and awards best suit their needs.  Beginning the discussion early in a dance career is very beneficial. Early planning allows dancers more time and opportunity to think ahead and develop other skills, knowledge and experience. 

The following is a general guide to the grants and awards offered.  For specific details and eligibility criteria, please visit the page for each grant or award. 

Grants

Skills Grants

Skills Grants help dancers develop skills readily transferable to any profession.

Career Exploration Grants

The Career Exploration Grant helps dancers explore a second career path by taking a preliminary course or apprenticeship before committing to a retraining program. 

Retraining Grants

Retraining Grants help members pursue studies leading to parallel or second careers.
They may be used towards the costs of tuition, books, course supplies and travel (if necessitated by the course). 

Subsistence Grants

Subsistence funding is available to cover basic living costs while members are in full-time retraining programs. Two options are available, depending on whether a dancer will be retiring from performance (FTS-I Grant) or continuing to perform (FTS-II Grant) at the end of their retraining program.

Applications for Retraining and Subsistence Grants (FTS-I and FTS-II) are accepted three times per year: October 1, February 1, and June 1.  Please see Grant Application Guidelines for details.

All grants are subject to financial availability.


Discretionary Awards and Bursaries

Competitive and are awarded by the Board of Directors only when financially feasible.

Founder's Award

The Founder’s Award was established to provide a dancer with some “breathing space” -- the opportunity to step back, reflect and determine how
to fulfill their passions in their second career. 

Special Awards

Special Awards acknowledge academic excellence and financial need and are intended to help dancers pursue a second or subsequent year of full-time study after completing an FTS-I Grant.  


How You Can Help

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Photography by Aleksandar Antonijevic
Dancers (L to R): Jonathan Davidsson, Janet Castillo, Tina Pereira, Jack Bertinshaw, and Chelsy Meiss

As the only organization in Canada dedicated to providing transition support to professional dancers, the DTRC is the lifeline, advocate, and trusted resource for hundreds of professional dancers when they need it most.  

But, we couldn't provide this crucial support without our donors. Your tax-deductible donation to the DTRC builds a bright future for dancers by helping them make successful and rewarding transitions.

Our Main Campaigns

Step Forward

Make a gift to our annual giving campaign.

Buy a Brick, Build a Future

Build a wall of support for dancers in transition. 

Transition Continuum

Leave a lasting legacy (wills, stocks, life insurance, and more).

Named Awards

Establish an award in your own name or honour a colleague, family member, friend, group or company.

   

Dancers (L to R): Susan Walker, Tina Pereira, Jonathan Davidsson, Atri Nundy

 

Other Ways to Give

Give through your Company’s Employee Giving Program
Create/Host an Event

Volunteer

Become a Mentor

Share your Story

Post a Job
for DTRC members and alumni

 

Donate Now

 

 

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Counselling


(Member Service;
Referrals Available for All Dancers)

Moving to a new city, starting a family, establishing a company, going back to school -  these are just some of the many transitions dancers may make throughout their dance careers. Our counselling program provides practical guidance, and emotional and psychological support to dancers in transition.  Dancers are matched with counsellors who have extensive experience working with performing artists, and who understand that each dancer’s transition is a unique and individual process.  

Types of Counselling Offered

Counselling is offered in 5 areas: academic, career, financial, legal and personal.
Dancers meet with counsellors on a one-to-one basis and all counselling sessions are confidential.
The types of counselling offered in each geographic region may vary. Contact your regional office or representative to learn about the counselling available in your region.

 

Academic
Academic advisors can discuss education options, pre-requisite courses and funding sources; the logistics involved in starting or completing an educational program; etc.

Career
Career counsellors can help dancers explore their skills, abilities, values and interests; identify career options within and outside the dance profession; create an effective career plan; build job-search and interview skills; etc.

Financial
Financial advisors can discuss how to manage money, create budgets, save for the future, etc.  
Referrals to financial advisors are for consulting and advising purposes only. Any additional services will not be covered by the DTRC.

Legal
Legal counsellors on our roster can provide information and advice on a variety of legal matters. 
Referrals to legal advisors are for consulting and advising purposes only.
Any additional services will not be given by the legal advisor or covered by the DTRC.

Personal
Personal counsellors – including psychiatrists, psychologists or psychotherapists – can help dancers address personal concerns and resolve issues that may be impacting their careers.

Process

Any dancer seeking counselling may contact the DTRC for a referral.
Dancers who are also DTRC members may access up to 20 hour-long sessions throughout the duration of their membership.  To be eligible for funding, members must contact the DTRC before seeing a counsellor.  After members have talked about their request with the DTRC, they will be matched with an appropriate counsellor from the DTRC’s roster.

Meet One of Our Counsellors

More than 70 professional counsellors across the country are actively involved with the DTRC.  We select counsellors who are highly respected in their field and have extensive experience working with artists. 

Dr. Madeleine Hallé, Performance and Personal Psychologist (Quebec)

Madeleine Hallé is a performance and sports psychologist with Cirque de Soleil.  Madeleine has more than twenty years experience in her field, and extensive graduate training in psychology and kinetics, including a doctorate in sports psychology.  Madeleine brings incredible wisdom and compassion to her work as a DTRC personal counsellor, helping members address any number of challenges within their personal and professional lives.


 

Interview with Sally Halliday

DTRC Counsellor Sally Halliday, MA, RCC, CCC, recently answered some of our questions about why she's passionate about working with dancers. Read the full interview.

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