Foundational Principles

helping dancers make necessary transitions

The DTRC Foundational Principles articulate what the DTRC is committed to and are the foundation which we have built our strategic plan upon. Our Foundational Principles are nonnegotiable –this is the way we will be.


DTRC serves dancers and facilitates the gathering of professional dance communities in Canada, encouraging creativity, the exchange of ideas, public offerings, and celebrations.


DTRC is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in governance, management, staffing and membership.

This includes identifying systems of oppression; and fostering an awareness of, and developing internal and external strategies to address challenges and opportunities relevant to Indigenous Peoples, Black Peoples, Persons of Colour, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities.


DTRC alumni, affiliate and community partners are important stakeholders in the continued understanding of our relevance, impact and future planning.


DTRC uses its expertise, knowledge and reputation in the field of transition, including parallel careers, to share institutional development and governance principles.

Career Development

DTRC researches, develops and promotes projects within the field of career development and transition. This includes developing partnerships and relationships to advance our knowledge and build a culture of evaluation and learning which will inform our development, impact and relevance.

Registered Charity

DTRC is a registered charity, with a balanced financial model generating funding from membership revenue, individual donors, private sector contributions, public grants and entrepreneurial revenue generating activities.


DTRC is a National Arts Service Organization (NASO) dedicated to helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers.

Core programs offer grants for retraining and counseling services that support healthy, balanced careers as active dancers and during retirement from dance.