on the MOVE - Calgary


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.


Friday, October 7th, 2016


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






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!


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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?"




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


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