Renewal Season 2020

Dear Friend,

So much has changed for dancers and we want to continue to recognize the challenges the community is facing.

For the 2020-21 membership renewal campaign, we are offering flexibility around renewing your membership as well as a discount to those of you who are particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firstly, our lapsed membership grace period has been extended by a year. If your membership has lapsed and you have not remitted dues for three (not two) full consecutive membership periods, you will be permitted to re-join the DTRC, without losing credit for your previous consecutive membership periods. This means that members who last renewed in 2017-2018 (or later) need to renew in full before the end of September 2020 or risk losing their consecutive years.

Secondly, if you are renewing your membership in our lowest membership bracket, you pay $50 this year and not $75.

If you are renewing your membership and have experienced recent financial hardship, please let us know. We will consider a $25 reduction on your membership fee, on a case-by-case basis.

Finally, members in financial need may request to pay their fees in installments; please contact the DTRC to discuss this option.

There has never been a more appropriate moment to think about skill development outside of dance and potentially find parallel work to support you during these challenging times.

If you haven’t done so already, please renew your membership today. You can do this easily online at or call 1-800-667-0851.


Kristian Clarke

Executive Director

Dancer Transition Resource Centre


Renewal Stories

Victoria Mata - Renewal Story

Victoria is a Venezuelan-Canadian choreographer and dancer currently training for a parallel career in Expressive Arts Therapy at The Create Institute. She has worked with internationally renowned choreographers to showcase her repertoire throughout the Americas, and is co-founder of numerous community-arts based collectives.

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre has critically impacted my life in multiple ways. When I first graduated from York University with a Masters in Contemporary Dance, I turned to the DTRC for support and sought career counselling as I began to take charge of my professional dance career. Fast forward six years later and I fell in love with Expressive Arts Therapy and the idea of using the arts to transform our relationship to trauma. I turned to the DTRC to seek a Retraining Grant and Subsistence Grant in order to commence study towards a parallel career as an Expressive Arts Therapist. When I received the news that I had been accepted for the subsidy, I cried. I felt as though I belonged to a community that supported and believed in me. I am incredibly grateful to all the DTRC supporters, patrons, staff and volunteers who make it all happen.


Daelik Hackenbrook

Daelik Hackenbrook: As a Canadian dance artist I dedicated over 25 years of my life contributing to the Canadian dance milieu as a performer, a choreographer, a teacher, and as co-artistic director of MACHiNENOiSY Dance Society. Early in my career I worked primarily interpreting the choreographies of several Canadian choreographers, most significantly those of Peter Bingham as part of EDAM. Parallel to my work as a dancer I began to create and perform in my own creations. The decision to perform predominantly in my own work became concrete in 2002 when I founded MACHiNENOiSY (co-directed with Delia Brett since 2006).

Being a dance artist has been an important and fulfilling part of my adult life for almost 30 years. As I contemplated what I wanted to do as I finished my dance career, I knew I wanted to do something from which I would find a similar sense of fulfillment. It wasn’t hard for me to determine what that would be.  I have been interested in dog welfare for many years and I chose to become a dog trainer and behavior specialist. 

I did not follow a traditional retraining path through an institution. Having researched the field of dog behavior training, there was no full-time training program that allowed me to follow my career path.  With the help of the DTRC I formulated a way to combine part-time courses at the Academy of Canine Trainers, mentoring with a dog daycare, and volunteering with the dog wellness program at the Vancouver SPCA.  Mentoring at a daycare and volunteering at the SPCA were instrumental in giving me opportunities to work hands on with a variety of dogs.
The certification courses at the Academy of Canine Trainers combined academic classes in dog training theory, designing dog training classes, marketing and starting a business with hands-on classes for safe handling and training dogs, clinics with real clients assessing dogs with behavior issues and developing training programs specific to each dog’s needs.

My short-term plan is to start my own business providing dog wellness services such as dog walking, dog sitting and dog training. My long-term plan is to create a rescue society where I can rescue, rehabilitate, foster, and re-home dogs.

Member since 1998, (Recipient of Career Exploration Grant, Retraining and FTS-II)
Daelik is a Canadian dancer and creator with an aspiration to open his own dog wellness services business by attaining dog behavior specialist certification at the International Academy of Canine Trainers. After having an extensive dance career for over 25 years, Daelik was looking to transition into a career that would offer him fulfillment similar to what he experienced working as a dance artist. 

Karen Andrew

My initial grant was awarded in 2009, at which time I completed my Intensive Mat Plus (IMP) training at STOTT and more recently in 2018 completed my Intensive Reformer (IR) training also with STOTT. This training has proven to be instrumental in not only my further development as a movement facilitator and coach but, to the clients I now work with on a regular basis as I continue along the path of aiding and assisting them on their own individual journeys to stronger and healthier physiques.

Having moved away from the ownership of Aurora Live Inc. Dance Studios, I have now created a new mobile movement studio ( which allows me to facilitate classes and workshops in multiple movement genres and in multiple locations making it easier to bring the joy of Pilates, Dance and multiple other movement modalities to clients and students across a broader spectrum.

Although I had not previously intended to move my Pilates training in the direction of rehabilitation and therapeutics, it has become clear that deeper knowledge and training in this area will only serve to further benefit my clients and allow me the opportunity to have more tools and resources to draw from when working with clients who require this kind of approach to Pilates.

My latest entrepreneurial pursuits have now led me to the creation of iamKHAY Live Music Entertainment, which has allowed me to merge my passion for performance and live entertainment with my love of business. Continuously finding ways to build my brand, iamKHAY Live Music Entertainment offers personalized, polished and intimate live music experiences for special events to both private and corporate clients.

The business training I have received (and continue to receive) has been made possible by the generosity and help from the DTRC. All of the skills that I’ve acquired as a result of my business training, have set me on a path to becoming a proud entrepreneur. To be able to merge my varied backgrounds and create a business and brand that I'm proud of, is as a direct result of the help I have received from the DTRC along the way.

Karen- Member since 2005

Karen is an entrepreneur, teacher, and performer. Throughout her dance career she trained in ballet, jazz, tap and starred in countless shows from West Side Story at the Stratford Festival to Tony award winning Broadway shows like Ragtime. Continuing to nurture her artistic life and career through education in business and arts education – Karen has transitioned from being the owner of Aurora Live Inc. Dance Studios, to creating a mobile movement studio (, and now to creating iamKHAY Live Music Entertainment. (


“My career as an artist has had multiple twist and turns, and I am acutely aware of the positive role my love of dance has played at each one. I continue to nurture every aspect of my artistic life and career through ongoing education in business, arts education professional performance and teaching. I have the DTRC to thank for providing the tools necessary to launch my transition and the ongoing support throughout the process.”

Maryse Damecour

After having completed studies in sociology (Laval University), Maryse Damecour completed her training at l’École de danse de Québec. She then worked for more than 10 years in dance and physical theater. A recurring injury took its toll on her dancing career.

“The hot spot came with a relapse in 2016, when I realized it was over. My body told me "stop, or I'll break." ”

In addition to having taken advantage of the career counselling services, Maryse benefited from the support of the DTRC in her dealings with the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST). These actions were aimed not only at the recognition of her work injury, but also to provide access to the professional rehabilitation program, a right provided for by law. In these turbulent times, Maryse remembers that being able to count on the prompt support of the DTRC was most impactful.

"Parise had already taken these steps [with the CNESST] with other dancers, and she very well explained to me what was going to happen. Knowing this path in advance reassured me. "

For Maryse, this whole process implied a total halt to her dance career, but like all dancers who show up at the door of the DTRC, she always intended to remain active and to contribute positively to society, which the joint support of the DTRC and the CNESST enabled quickly.

Maryse Damecour is currently a doctoral student in psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal and still dances, for the pleasure's sake.

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