on the MOVE - Vancouver 2015


Photo: Elivira Yebes

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!


February 27, 2015


Scotiabank Dance Centre
Birmingham Studio (level 3)
677 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC


on the MOVE 2015 — Schedule for Friday, February 27 (as of Feb. 23rd)


Conference registration and breakfast


MORNING SESSIONS—Building Community for Your Career

Welcome from The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (BC Office)The Dancer Transition Resource Centre is here to support you every step of the way. Find out about our resources for emerging dance professionals and how you can reach out for confidential support.

Leaders from our professional community have assembled to welcome you. What can you expect and how can you take full advantage of this day? With Zaena Campbell –The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (BC Office)

Meet Your Peers and Get Moving!—Time to break the ice and get moving! Make new dance friends from pre-professional programs across the Lower Mainland. These could be your future co-workers and collaborators! Fun activities to get confident, connected and energized. Afro-Cuban Warm-up with Arassay Reyes.

Meet Your Mentors: An interdisciplinary panel discussion—What is a typical day like for a professional dancer? How do you get started and maintain momentum? Hear the answers from a diverse group of artists with distinct career paths. You may be surprised. You’ll definitely be inspired. With Natalie Gan, Dario Dinuzzi, Julia Taffe, and Melissa Panton. Moderated by Caroline Liffmann


Networking Lunch—Your turn to talk with established artists and experts about…anything!

Community Fair—You are not alone! Artist service organizations can provide professional guidance and resources, and open the door to a community of dancers.  


AFTERNOON SESSIONS—Your Toolkit for Success

Building Resilience for Dance Performance—How do you thrive under pressure? Learn Performance Psychology strategies for a happy, healthy and successful dance career. With Kirsten Barnes

Contracts 101—Over your career, you may work with many different dance companies or collaborators. How will you negotiate these jobs? Learn how to navigate the business aspects of dance. CADA West can guide you through essentials such as fees, contracts, standards, grants, licenses and more.  With Jessica Wadsworth of CADA West

Get the Gig! Market Yourself for a Successful Dance Career—You’ve worked hard training in studio. Now it’s up to you to keep it up and kick start your career! Learn how to present yourself professionally so that you can attract notice, build your reputation and grasp those exciting professional dance opportunities. With Emma Lancaster

“Luck is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity” - Seneca    

Last call—Reflections on the day and a BIG prize give away



A huge thank you to the organizations who donated to the conference draw:

New Works

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Call for volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering at on the MOVE - Vancouver?  Send our BC on the MOVE coordinator an e-mail at otmbc@dtrc.ca.

Food and refreshments are always offered to our generous volunteers, and reference letters are available upon request.


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