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)




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.


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.


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


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. 


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



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