on the MOVE - Toronto 2016


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!



January 29th, 2016


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front St E, Toronto



Conference registration and breakfast




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. 




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. 


 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.




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.



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.




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. 



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


Steering Committee







For more information

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

Photos below by Heather Lewis.

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