DTRC equity, diversity & equality statement


Being mindful of movements and those that move, we reflect, refresh and evolve to better support a dance community in transition.

 
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 the public, and support activities that improve the socioeconomic conditions of artists across the country.
 
Emphasizing inclusion and equity is one of the key strategic priorities within our organization. Over the last two years, we have engaged with Cultural Pluralism Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), and have proactively participated in discussions on issues of equity, equality and pluralism in the arts in order to better understand and address the specific career needs for dancers. With learnings, networks and tools we have gained through working with CPAMO, we have conducted various outreach initiatives, employing active listening as an essential part of DTRC’s activities.
 
We will continue to listen as we take action. Our Equity and Diversity Committee has animated at the board level and in concert with our committed staff, we will mobilize our learnings to work with leaders and elders within diverse communities to ensure that DTRC’s programs are relevant and applicable to Canada’s rich multitude of dancers.
 
Using an inclusion lens, we will evaluate our internal governance (board) and operational (staff) processes and programs, our external relationships with our members (past, present, and future), and our connections to the broader dance community.
 
The DTRC will also be implementing the following initiatives:
 

  1. Continuing to expand programming opportunities for Black and Indigenous professionals and professionals of colour (BIPOC) at our on the MOVE/danse TRANSIT events, which support emerging artists across the country.

 

  1. Encouraging and providing funding to staff for professional development opportunities related to anti-racism, social justice, and diversity/inclusion.

 

  1. Dedicating at least 20% of annual advertising dollars to publications released by BIPOC-led dance organizations.

 

  1. Evaluating our roster of counsellors and working to increase the number of BIPOC professionals on our referral lists.

 
We acknowledge that this work is overdue and that these current actions do not fulfill our full spectrum of responsibilities in our relationship to Black and Indigenous dancers, and to dancers of colour.  As we work to implement these actions in the near future, we will continue to engage and develop further actions as part of our long-term commitment to pursue higher levels of cultural pluralism in the arts, and especially in dance.
 
Sincerely,


 
 
Kristian Clarke        
Executive Director
 
Monique Rabideau
Chair

 

 

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DANCER TRANSITION
RESOURCE CENTRE

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