on the MOVE - Vancouver 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 on your dance career!

When: February 2nd, 2018 (9:30am - 4:00 pm)

Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre
(677 Davie Street)

*Presenters, volunteers and Community Fair organization representatives, please register HERE.



Conference registration


MORNING SESSIONS - Building Community for Your Career

Welcome from The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (Intro)
Nina Jane Patel, DTRC BC Program Manager

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 into the field. Hear about what you can expect and how to take full advantage of on the MOVE.

Get Moving! (Movement Ice Breaker)
Facilitated by Jordan Daly of Turf  www.ourturf.com 

Time to get grounded and set our intention for the day! Discover new moves along with your peers from pre-professional programs across the Lower Mainland.  Let’s move together to activate our minds and bodies for the day.  Have some fun with future friends and colleagues.

Creating Your Career (Panel)
Kalaman, Sierra Brewerton, Kate Franklin, Natalie LeFebvre Gnam, and Eloi Homier

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. Should you keep trying to 'get the gig' or make your own? Hear about the twists and turns these artists have had to navigate as they built their dance careers.


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

Developing Your Voice (Workshop)
Jessica Wadsworth (CADA/West)

Issues can arise in any job or collaboration, but there is groundwork that can be put in place to mitigate conflicts before they arise. Learn about the process of booking a job, the necessary components of a contract, and industry standards for income and employment expectations.  

Building Your Brand (Panel)
Mary Ann Anderson (Little Dog Creative Consulting), Dani Fecko (Fascinator Management) and Curtis Wong (Director of Marketing Ballet BC),

Whether you are applying for a grant, pitching to a festival, marketing your show, dancers need clarity around their artistic goals and ambitions. Learn from the pros how to identify your values, mission and why you do what you do, so you can present yourself as the unique artistic voice that you are.

Nutrition & Counseling (Panel)
Cristina Bucci (Registered Holistic Nutrition), Lee Kotsalis (Registered Clinical Counsellor), and Satpal Rai (Certified Financial Planner)
Healthy habits, whether in relation to nutrition, developing your career, or managing your money, can have huge effects on your professional life. Hear from counsellors with a wide range of practices about the benefits of developing a relationship with an expert in any area where you want to grow.

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


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.


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