on the MOVE / danse TRANSIT Web Series


on the MOVE / danse TRANSIT (OTM / DT) 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 / danse TRANSIT 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. This year, we had also planned to offer a Keep On Moving (KOM) schedule of programming that is traditionally focused on more experienced professionals. In looking at the content we are offering, we have expanded  the invitation to not only graduating dancers but also dancers that have already spent a few years in the dance field as professionals. We think you’ll agree that the topics are relevant to both emerging dancers and more seasoned artists. We look forward to seeing on Zoom soon!

on the MOVE / danse TRANSIT 2020-2021 is offered to you free of charge and all sessions are presented in an online format.

Below are a variety of online workshops, panels & networking activities available at no cost for registration for the whole season! Enjoy our offerings in both English and French and take advantage of activities that are animating dance voices in your region and across the country. Each session is presented by a different region or from a national perspective. We invite everyone to join us even if you live internationally. This is a great chance to learn valuable skills and discover resources as well as make new connections with dancers of all forms!

REGISTER FOR on the MOVE/danse TRANSIT COMPLETE PROGRAM HERE

REGISTER FOR danse TRANSIT'S QUEBEC'S PROGRAM ONLY HERE

on the MOVE/danse TRANSIT 2021 COMPLETE SEASON:

(All sessions are presented in English with French translation or in French with English translation offered.)

MAR 25 -1:30-3:45 (ET)

Solidarity in dance education

Bringing together dancers, educators and students, this group of experts will explore the obstacles of better integrating diverse dance styles into post-secondary institutions and professional programs, presentation spaces, equitable public funding and more reflective artist representation. In the spirit of solidarity, a collective of voices offers their experiences uniting and supporting each other in dance and, as well, discuss ways to address the divisions that we observe and seek to bridge.

Featuring:

Moderator: Timea Wharton

Land Acknowledgement: Mahlikah Awe:ri

Community Fair: Following this session will include a community fair with vital organizations that are serving our community. The participating organizations this session are:

PANELISTS BIOS & COMMUNITY FAIR PACKAGE

• MAR 26 - 1:00-3:30 PM (EST)

Solidarity, ethics and working conditions - Part 2

This session consists of a discussion between experts, dance professionals and participants around two fundamental components of the work world: solidarity and ethics. Participants will also have the opportunity to express their expectations related to working conditions and labour relations. 

PAST SESSIONS

Dancing Today, Dancing Tomorrow.

How are we working now? How will we work in the future?

Hear from 4 dance artists who've uniquely adapted to these times. Coming from a range of modes and practices, they share their practical experiences navigating the past year and pivoting their work to different platforms and contexts.

Sabrina Naz Comănescu, Kristy Janvier, Eric Cheung, Sophia Wolfe, Co-­‐curated and facilitated by Joyce Rosario

With special guest opening & assertion of territory by Jessica McMann

Artist Biography and Session information

Register here

Professional Survival Kit, Dues and Don’t s: Including Copyright in an online environment

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 are tackling the business side of your dance activities. Attention will be given to the realities of performing in an online environment.

Featuring:

Moderator:  Jon ‘Drops’ Reid - DTRC

Land Ackowledgement artist: Nichole Levek

Below are a variety of online workshops, panels & networking activities available at no cost for registration for the whole season! Enjoy our offerings in both English and French and take advantage of activities that are animating dance voices in your region and across the country. Each session is presented by a different region or from a national perspective. We invite everyone to join us even if you live internationally. This is a great chance to learn valuable skills and discover resources as well as make new connections with dancers of all forms!

Community Fair: (Ontario)

Following this session there will be a discussion with key organizations that provide dancers with resources & vital services. They will share more about who they are and what they do, and you will have the opportunity to directly ask them any questions you may have about membership, accessing services, programs & how they can support your dance career and beyond. In this community fair session we will feature: DUO, CAEA & DTRC!

Professional Survival Kit PDF

The psychology behind a fulfilling career

Workshop led by two advisers from the DTRC who offer a thoughtful reflection on the conditions that determine a fulfilling professional life, which can and should guide career-related choices. The discussion will also address the many psychological elements related to this question, in particular the "identity" of the artist. 

Given its importance, we will briefly present CNESST's professional rehabilitation program during the session. 

Personal Visioning & Career Craft

Don't wait for your dance career to happen to you! Take an intentional approach to build a career that aligns with your values and goals – creative, personal, professional and financial. Learn from 3 dance artists who've crafted unique and successful careers in the field. Then engage in a practical career craft workshop to begin developing your personal vision.

Co-facilitated by guest artist Amber Barton, with Sarah Formosa, Cameron Fraser-Monroe and Richard Lee.

Session Artist Bio & Info PDF

FEB 10 - 1:00-2:45 PM (ET)

Making a living/Wearing Multiple Hats

Even in the best of times, it is difficult to make an adequate income as a dancer. This discussion will look at the resources that exist for dance professionals, including how funders have adjusted programs to respond the current global situation, and what sort of gigs - even outside of dance - professionals are putting together in their “portfolio” careers to make ends meet.

Featuring:

Moderator:  Nicole Hamilton (Turn Out Radio)

Land Acknowledgement: Samara Thompson

Biographies

Following this session will include a community fair with vital organizations that are serving our community. The participating organizations this session are:

Thriving in Times of Adversity: Building resiliency into your dance career

In this fascinating panel, we will explore performance psychology as it applies to both athletics and dance. We will learn about research in the field as well the perspectives from high performing athletes and dancers and the tools they bring to being successful in their lives when faced with adversity.

Featuring:

Moderator:  Michael Du Maresq

Land Acknowledgement: charles smith (CPAMO)

Featured Panelist & Presenter Package

Following this session will include a community fair with vital organizations that are serving our community. The participating organizations this session are:

FEB 26 - 1:00-3:30 PM (EST)

SOLIDARITY, ETHICS AND WORKING CONDITIONS - PART 1

Study of two (2) fictitious but plausible case studies in the dance sector. Participants will be invited to identify worrying elements in these stories and to suggest solutions. The experts in attendance will present certain concepts that are often at the origin of conflicts at work. 

• MAR 4 - 12:00-2:00 PM (PST)

Self-Care & Collective Wellness


Independent and inter-dependent! In an art form that demands mental, emotional and physical stamina, taking care of oneself is a professional responsibility. In an art form that involves collaboration, physical connection, vulnerability and trust, taking care of each other is also a professional responsibility. Hear from our panel of experts who will share some strategies and best practices. Bring your questions.

Guests:
Andrea Downie (Enhance Dance)
Dr. Alina Sotskova (Reg. Psychologist)
Helen Husak (Reg. Massage Therapist)
Don Parman (Mgr. Performing Arts, Actsafe)
Dr. Grégoire Gagnon (Exec. Dir. CHRC, Respectful Workplaces in the Arts)

Panelist & Session Information

MAR 11 - 1:00-2:45 PM (ET)

Professional Survival Kit - The Virtual Vision: Presenting Yourself Online 

Building a dance practice through online work is a unique challenge and opportunity. We discuss creating a vision for your virtual dance work, conceptualizing choreography or themes for content creation, tips for creating video content and discuss online options for monetizing your practice - or perhaps leading to connections that result in other professional opportunities.

Featuring:

Moderator:  Ashley Haraburda
Hosted by: Kevin Ormsby
Land Acknowledgement:  Nadia George

Following this session will include a Community Fair with vital organizations that are serving our community. The participating organizations this session are:

Featured Panelists & Presenting Organizations Package

MAR 19 - 1:00-3:00 PM (ET)

Career Conversations

Do you have questions about dance work and want to speak with an artist/expert in the field? This session connects you directly in conversation with the professionals in 10 individual break-out groups. You have an opportunity to have casual but informative conversations around a variety of subjects. Get to know these accomplished professionals in the field!

You are free to join or exit conversations as you choose. We ask participants to be respectful of each other and the artist/expert while asking questions and in sharing this virtual space.

  1. Online Submissions (self filming) - Leif Norman
  2. Tips for balancing body and mind health - Matthew Eldridge
  3. Teaching online - Irma Villafuerte
  4. Dance research and documentation - Mary Fogarty (York University)
  5. Advocacy and solidarity-focus on basic income - Craig Berggold
  6. Safety in Live Performance in Uncertain Times - Elissa Horscroft
  7. Dance in Writing (podcasts, blogs, etc) - Grace Wells-Smith (Dance Current)
  8. Contracting and Effective Negotiations - Robin Sokoloski (PGC)
  9. Understanding Respectful Workplaces / Studios - Giulia Tripoli (MTL)
  10. Equity, Diversity and Equality in Dance -  Kevin Ormsby (Kashe Dance, CPAMO)

Host: Robert Sauvey, Executive Director - Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO)

SESSION INFO PACK

• MAR 18 – 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)

Networking in Community

Welcome to the profession! This is your orientation. Our shared commitment to dance is supported by a host of organizations that serve artists' different needs: contracts and employment standards, health and safety, advocacy and funding, research and documentation, production and presentation. Come meet the people dedicated to supporting dance and dance artists. Learn some networking tips and put them into practice in breakouts designed to create connections.

Session Information Package

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