on the MOVE - Toronto 2018

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 in your dance career!

When: February 2nd, 2018 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
(1 Front St E, Toronto)



Registration - 8:30-9:15am 


MORNING SESSIONS - 9:15am-12pm


Keynote Address

with Aria Evans

Every successful dance career has a beginning.  This is an opportunity to hear Aria Evans—a choreographer, performer, and videographer—talk about her journey from York University dance grad to Artistic Director of The Go To Company and the stories she moved through in-between.



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 Hollywood Jade, Supriya Nayak, and Mateo Galindo Torres; moderated by Brandy Leary

Agents and companies and networking, oh my! As the time approaches to land the jobs to propel you into your dance career, navigating where and how to find 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.

Lunch and Community Fair - 12:00-1:00pm

You are not alone!  Arts 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, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, and more.



Professional World Survival Kit (Workshop)

Curious about contracts? Wondering if the last performance fee you were offered is fair? Hear from dance service organizations about professional standards and what to expect when you're tackling the business side of your dance activities.


Candid Career Convos

Your turn to talk with established artists and experts about… anything! Questions asked; experience candidly shared.

Topics include: Musical Theatre, Creating and Producing, Business of Teaching, Leveraging Social Media, Working In the US, Working Around the World, Auditioning, Interdisciplinary Practice, Commercial Dance for Stage and Screen, Community Engagement, Building a Portfolio Career, and Professional Standards. 


Studios, Schools, and Centres: Exploring Avenues for Dance Teaching and Pedagogy (Panel)

with Arsenio Andrade, Neena Jayarajan, Ashleigh Powell, and Jamee Valin; moderated by Kevin Ormsby

Are you interested in teaching dance? Our panelists 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 Melissa Hart, Emily Law, and Anjelica Scannura; moderated by Kristina Lemieux

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. 


Putting It All Together

Amy Bowring of Dance Collection Danse leads us in a recap of all the insight shared by our artist-mentors. What's the one thing *you* will take away from the day?

Ending the day with a BIG prize give away!


Community Fair

For organizations approved to present at OTM's Community Fair, please complete your table registration here. 

To express your organization's interest in hosting a table at OTM's Community Fair, please contact Conference Coordinator Steven Tetz at coordinator@dtrc.ca.

Thank you to our sponsors


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