keep on MOVING - Toronto 2018


Designed for professional dance artists, keep on MOVING offers focused and in-depth information about dancer career development. As an artist-driven event, keep on MOVING is planned, organized and presented with the active participation of dance artists from a variety of genres.

When & Where?

Monday September 17th, 2018

9:30am - 6:30pm

@ The 519

519 Church St.

Toronto, ON



Register before September, 5th, 2018 for the early bird rate: $25

Member/Subscriber price: $25 (available to members/subscribers of steering committee organizations: Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Canadian Dance Assembly, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Chapter,  Canadian Actors Equity Association, Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Dance Ontario, The Dance Current, and Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario)

Regular price: $35

Registration includes lunch, event reception, and one reception drink ticket.

Limited bursaries available. Contact for more information.


9:30am: Registration and Gathering

10:00am: Setting the Stage – Respectful Workplaces / Safer Spaces
Facilitated by Kevin Ormsby

The aspects of dance we create, engage in, and with whom we collaborate are experiencing significant changes. How are we adapting? The session will encourage dialogue around the many aspects participants feel are involved in creating safer, and in turn, respectful work places and spaces. 


11:15am: State of the Industry
Facilitated by Robert Sauvey - Dance Umbrella of Ontario

The field of dance is changing at a rapid rate and artists are adapting quickly and becoming even more resilient. This facilitated discussion is an open community forum to discuss these changes and to check in with others in the field to learn and understand each other’s challenges and experiences. Through this discussion, community members can offer each other insights and learnings, in an effort to find comfort, commonality, and support. Topics may include; diversity, touring, grants, rehearsals, employing dancers, and any other issues that are important to the community. This is an open forum that seeks to stimulate discussion and productive conversation.


12:30pm: Lunch


1:15pm: Can I have your attention please? -  Understanding the role of PR, marketing and social media in reaching your audience (Panel)
Stephanie Aranda - Dance Umbrella of Ontario, Courtnae Bowman - The School of Cadence Ballet, Sue Edworthy - Sue Edworthy Arts Planning, Carrie Sager - FLIP Publicity

In an age where attention is a scarce commodity, how can you/your work to stand out from the noise? What are the key strategies to hold front-of-mind in order to connect with your desired audience? This panel brings together a range of perspectives from DIY must follow Instagrammers to representatives from marketing and publicity firms. Our panelists will share key considerations for preparing and promoting yourself/your work on various platforms along with some pointers on perceived trends and avoiding common promotion pitfalls.


1:15pm: Financing Your Life and Career (Workshop)
Chris Enns - From Rags to Reasonable

To lots of artists, finance feels like a different language and so it can be difficult to manage money especially when faced with the complications of variable income, multiple income streams and values that don’t always connect to traditional financial planning. In this session we’ll talk about how you can take control of your money and use it to build a life that you care about (whatever that means to you). We’ll discuss the dysfunctional beliefs that hold us back as well as practical methods to budget, save and structure your finances no matter how non-traditional your money is.


2:15pm: Break


2:30pm: Working Towards Being Presented (Panel)
Mimi Beck - The CanDance Network, Vivine Scarlett - dance Immersion,Timea Wharton-Suri - Civic Theatres Toronto

What are the pathways to having your work presented? Whether it’s a performance or workshop series, there are key considerations in both the preparation and negotiation of presentation. This panel will address practical information on building relationships, timelines, materials to prepare, and fee structures, as well as entry points and opportunities such as residencies, and resources to extend your learning beyond the day’s events.


2:30pm: Creating a Career That Works For You (Workshop)
Facilitated by Yvonne Rodney - Inner Change Consulting

This workshop will guide you through an analysis of your skills, values, and interests and facilitate an exploration of how these factors work together to make up your ideal career composition.


4:00pm: A Conversation with Funders
Menon Dwarka - Arts Etobicoke, Catalina Fellay-Dunbar - Toronto Arts Council, Lys Stevens - Canada Council for the Arts, Myles Warren - Ontario Arts Council

You may have thought to look at funding programs specifically for dance or creation and presentation, but what are some other avenues to support your creative practice? As an individual artist or small organization, how can you build capacity through these opportunities towards sustainable long-term funding? Residencies, performances in unconventional spaces, leadership opportunities and collaborative programs within and beyond the arts sector are just some of the topics up for discussion.


5:00pm: Reception

Learn more about the presenters and panelists here.


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