on the MOVE - Toronto 2019

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 1st, 2019 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

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

     Registration closes January 27th


Registration - 8:30-9:00am 
MORNING SESSIONS - 9:00am - 11:30am
Setting the Stage – Respectful Workplaces 
Keynote Address
Pivots and New Directions, learning from experience (panel)
Lunch and Community Fair – 11:30am -12:45pm
Participating Organizations & Companies
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), Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), The Dance Current, Dance Ontario, Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) and many more!
AFTERNOON SESSIONS - 12:45 - 5:00pm
Dancing With Words (workshop)
What is dance to you? Why is it important? Can you describe your dance practice in personal and specific ways? This workshop focuses on how to communicate your personal dance practice and passions. It’s an interactive how-to that will definitely spark conversation!
Financing Your Life and Career (workshop) 
Does the thought of budgeting overwhelm you? Are you wondering how you will finance your life and career?  Natasha will provide tips and tools to help you manage your own destiny in an entrepreneurial ecology. 
Studios, Schools, and Centres: Exploring Avenues for Dance Teaching and Pedagogy (panel)
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. 
Professional World Survival Kit (panel)
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.
with Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, and Dance Umbrella of Ontario
Candid Career Convos
Artist Biographies & Headshots
Your turn to talk with established artists and experts about… anything! Questions asked; experience candidly shared.
Topics include: Musical Theatre and Cruise Ships (Allison McCaughey & David Reid), Auditioning, Building a Portfolio Career (Coco Murray), Business of Teaching (Meghan Giusti), Commercial Dance for Stage and Screen (Pyro & Ming-Bo Lam), Community Arts Practices (Mafa Makhubalo & Cara Spooner), Creating and Producing (Hanna Kiel), Getting the Gig in Contemporary Dance (Nicole Rose Bond) Interdisciplinary Practice, Leveraging Social Media (Sue Edworthy), Working Across Cultures and Abilities (Spirit Synott & Rachel da Silva Gorman), Working Around the World, Auditioning for Commercial Gigs (Safiya Ricketts), Inter-disciplinary Arts Practice (Shannon Litzenberger) and Working with an Agent (Sarah Matton).
Putting It All Together
with Sarah Lochhead
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!


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