on the MOVE - Toronto 2020


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: January 24, 2020 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm)

Where: Meridian Hall
(1 Front St E, Toronto)

To register for on the MOVE 2020 click here!

 Registration closes January 17th

Conference Kit - Including artist biographies, community fair participants & much more!

8:30am - Doors Open

8:30-9:00am – Check-in / Registration


9:00-9:15am - Welcome / Land Acknowledgement
Mahlikah Awe:ri

9:15-9:55am Keynote Address
with Kevin Ormsby

9:55-10:20am – PODs I – Group break-out discussions

10:25-11:25am – Defining Success (Personal and Professional) - Panel
What does success mean in dance? Whether it be in different stages of your career, within your creative processes or in you life goals, dance is a form that often eludes one distinction of a 'successful' career.
with Lua Shayenne, Jaz FairyJ (Jasmyn Fyffe), and Jera Wolfe; moderated by Jennifer Goodwin

11:25-11:40am Introducing Dance Arts Service Organizations

11:40-12:45pm Lunch & Community Fair


Break-out Sessions

12:45-1:45pm – Education & Teaching: Environments & Approaches
Teaching happens in dance in so many ways, disciplines, spaces, and approaches. We explore what teaching dance is, along with processes and practices that will serve you within movement education work and life.
with Ayesatta Conteh, Lenny De La Pena (Flavorshop), and Ming-Bo Lam; moderated by Christopher House


12:45-1:45 – Professional World Survival Kit
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 Fabien Maltais-Bayda (CADA), Jennie Apps (CAEA), and Robert Sauvey (DUO); moderated by Jon 'Drops' Reid (DTRC)

1:45-1:50pm  Break

1:50-2:50pm – How to Fund Your Practice: From Grassroots to Grants - Panel
Dance work costs money! So, where do we find the money for projects, innovative ways to fund our creative practice, or to develop sustainable models of fundraising? In this panel, we discuss a variety of approaches, resources and, of course, how to find the money!
with Catalina Fellay-Dunbar (TAC), Amelia Ehrhardt and more Miss Coco Murray; moderated by Shannon Litzenberger

2:50-3:05pm PODs II -  Group break-out discussions

3:05-3:10pm Break

3:10-4:30pm  Career Convos 

Creating & Producing with Melissa Hart
Creative Advocacy with Roshanak Jaberi
Auditioning for Recorded Work (TV/ Film/Music Videos) with Christina de la Cruz
Building a Portfolio Career with Michael Caldwell
Business of Teaching with Diana Reyes
Getting the Gig (Theatre & Live Performance) with Laurence Lemieux
Dance Agency with Sandra Gillis and Stephen Greig
Life Fulfillment Outside of Dance with Andrea Nann
Inter-disciplinary Practice with Freya Olafson
Working Abroad with Allen Kaeja
Musical Theater & Cruise Touring with Kevin Wong
Healthy Mind & Body with Matt Eldridge

4:30-4:45pm - Putting It All Together
with Grace Smith

Ending the day with a BIG prize give away!


Photo Gallery


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