on the MOVE - Vancouver 2017


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 dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.  Join us to get the edge on your dance career!


Scotiabank Dance Centre

(677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2G6)


February 24, 2017

9:30am - 4:30pm




Conference registration and breakfast


MORNING SESSIONS - Building Community for Your Career

Welcome from The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (Intro)
Zaena Campbell, DTRC BC Program Officer

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre is here to support you every step of the way through your career. Find out about our resources for emerging dance professionals and how you can reach out for confidential support. Today, leaders from our professional community have assembled to welcome you. What can you expect and how can you take full advantage of on the MOVE

Get Moving! (African Dance Ice Breaker) Kesseke Yeo
Time to break the ice and get moving!  Discover new steps along with your peers from pre-professional programs across the Lower Mainland. Let's dance together to activate our minds and bodies for the day.  Have some fun with future friends and colleagues. 

Finding Your Feet: Landing the Work That Builds a Career (Panel)
Meredith Kalaman (moderator), Kiera Hill (Ballet BC/Ballet Jazz de Montreal), Graham Kaplan (Netherlands Dans Theatre), Akeisha de Baat (WAREHAUS Dance Collective), Tessa Tamura (Da Costa Talent) 

How do you build a successful dance career?  Hear from a diverse group of enterprising emerging artists who are making the right moves and opening up exciting doors for their careers.  What is it like to 'get the gig' or make your own?  Let's talk about the challenges, lessons learned, and support systems these artists have learned to navigate as they build their career.


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 new community of dancers. Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Actsafe, CADA West, CDA(Canadian Dance Assembly), New Works, Made in BC - Dance on Tour... and more!


AFTERNOON SESSIONS -Prepare Yourself for Success

Presenting Yourself Professionally (Panel)
Kristina Lemieux (moderator), Laura Murray (PR), Josh Martin (Contemporary), Natasha Gorrie (Urban/Commercial), Tiffany Bilodeau (Ballet) 

What does professionalism mean within different sectors of the dance industry? Hear from a reputable Public Relations professional, and accomplished dancers working in ballet, urban dance, and the contemporary realm about how to put your best foot forward. How do you present yourself professionally online, on paper, in auditions, in the studio, and in the press? Connect with supportive mentors and hear it straight from the pros! 

Building Resilience for Dance Performance (Workshop)
Stuart Anderson, Physiotherapist and Mental Performance Coach

How do you prevent injury and thrive under pressure? Learn strategies for a happy, healthy and successful dance career with tailored advice from an expert physiotherapist and mental performance coach.  

Last call—Reflections on the day and a BIG prize giveaway


Thank you to our generous sponsors

Thank you to our prize donors 

Interested in volunteering? 

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.

See the full volunteer call on the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture website


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