The Festival TransAmeriques in Montreal offers significant opportunities to step up your game – May 25th to June 8th


Frederick Gravel Dance – Some Hope for the Bastards

In addition to a spectacular line-up of internationally renowned dance and theatre companies, the Festival TransAmeriques is offering a series of Master ClassesInternational Rendezvous for young (25-35 year old) French-speaking artists as well as the FTA Playgrounds for professional artists in a range of disciplines, including dance.

The FTA Playgrounds invite artists, theorists, specialists and stage professionals to join them at the heart of creative thinking.  Offering activities focused on reflection, developing, and enriching artistic practice: these are great opportunities to bring a breath of fresh air to your creative process.

The deadline to apply for Master Classes is April 15th.

Here’s to independent thought, free speech and the sharing of knowledge and expertise!


Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library, Call for Participation 2017

Ensemble Topaz at Annette Street Library – photo by Ken Dobbs

Now in its 7th year, Culture Days @Toronto Public Library was created as a way to help artists and arts groups share their creative work with the public during Culture Days, a Canadian celebration of arts and culture.

In the past six years of this popular program, 190 artists and arts and cultural organizations have presented 305 activities to over 9,000 people at library branches in every corner of the city. The program was created as a way to help artists and arts groups share their creative work with the public during Culture Days, a Canadian celebration of arts and culture.

Now in its eighth year, Culture Days takes place annually on the last Friday of September and the subsequent weekend. For more information, visit

Toronto Public Library is offering free venues to Toronto-based artists and cultural groups wishing to be part of Culture Days on September 29 and 30, 2017. This partnership enables artists to take their practice out of their private studios into the accessible spaces of library branches so that the public can discover and engage with their work. Past participants describe Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library as a great opportunity to connect with new audiences and to build strong community relationships. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, North York and downtown Toronto, branches across the city are excited to partner with artists to deliver interactive activities to highlight the arts and culture!

Toronto-based individual artists, small and medium-sized professional arts groups as well as volunteer-run cultural organizations, collectives or groups that wish to organize their events at a Toronto Public Library branch are invited to submit an application by May 3, 2017. Activities in all artistic disciplines and cultural traditions are encouraged, as well as those that appeal to families and audiences of diverse ages. The library especially invites newcomer artists to apply.

Culture Days @ Toronto Public Library is an excellent platform to introduce yourself and your art practice to your new community. To be considered for a space, the arts activity must be free and interactive. Toronto Public Library staff contact artists they are interested in starting mid-May and will discuss details such as dates, activity set-up, etc., directly with the artist. Library branches are providing free space but cannot provide any financial assistance, including funds for supplies or equipment. Participants do receive substantial administrative, marketing and promotional support for their activity via the joint efforts of Ontario Culture Days, Toronto Public Library and Neighbourhood Arts Network.

The deadline to apply to this year’s program is May 3, 2017 at midnight.
For more information on the program, click HERE
A link to the application form is HERE


Call for applications for CanAsian Dance Festival

KickStart commissions Canadian choreographers, challenging them to develop and perform a 20-30 minute work the represents a significant new direction or constructive disruption to their approach to choreography. KickStart’s support includes mentorship, dramaturgy, and professionally produced performances in Toronto.

Send your completed application package by April 20, 2017 to:

CanAsian Dance 509 Parliament Street, 2nd Floor Toronto, ON M4X 1P3

For criteria and applications details, visit 

Dusk Dances and BoucharDanse are holding auditions in Toronto






BoucharDanse and Dusk Dances are seeking one female professional dance artist for a 2017 summer tour.

A dancer with strong contemporary dance skills is required. Urban dance training and/or experience is a plus.

Touring experience is highly recommended.

Artists must be fully available from June 25th to August 20th, 2017.

Rehearsals will commence at the beginning of April and will take place in Toronto, ON, until the beginning of June.

To register, please contact Caroline Caire at in order to get a detailed schedule of rehearsals and performances.


Audition date:

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

9 to 9:30am: Registration/Arrival/Warm-up

9:30 to 10:45am: Audition with Sylvie Bouchard

10:45 to 11:00am: break

11am to noon: Audition with Ofilio Sinbadinho



Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre / Studio A

509 Parliament street

Toronto, ON.


If you are interested, please send a photo and a short resume or biography to:


Photo credits:

Left: Molly Johnson and Zhenya Cerneacov in La gigue en souvenir | Photo John Lauener

Right: Ofilio Sinbadinho | Photo John Lauener

Zata Omm is Holding Auditions in Toronto March 25th & 26th, 2017


Zata Omm Dance Projects is seeking female and male dancers for two (2) upcoming dance projects (one new creation / one remounted work).

Dancers who have strong contemporary, ballet and partnering technique are required. Preference is given to professional dancers or dancers in their final year of full-time dance study.

Artists must be fully available from the end of September to beginning of October 2017, and should be able to attend rehearsals (sporadically) from May to September 2017. All rehearsals will take place in Toronto, ON.

Audition Dates

Saturday March 25th &  Sunday , March 26th, 2017

Saturday, March 25th
12:30pm Registration/Arrival/Warm-up
1 to 2pm Contemporary Dance Class
2:15 to 6pm Audition

Sunday, March 26th
1 to 5pm Call-back Audition

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – 1 Front Street East Rehearsal Hall
Enter from the Stage Door  on  Yonge and The Esplanade (Rear of the building)

Dancers who are interested, please send two (2) photos (head shot + dance shot) and a short resume to:

Artistic Director – William Yong

dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (d:mic/fac) CALL FOR FILMS – deadline is Friday, March 17, 2017


Throwdown Collective

dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (d:mic/fac) is the only Toronto-based biennial summer festival of contemporary dance. The not-for-profit festival was founded in 2000 by Yvonne Ng under the umbrella of princess productions.  Since then, ten festivals have been produced.

Because of its multi-disciplinary nature, the festival is a popular choice for both seasoned art aficionados and new dance and dance film audiences.

This year, the festival is looking for dance films of any genre to showcase at The Betty Oliphant Theatre during the festival (August 16-20, 2017).

d:mic/fac  is looking for short and medium-length (under 30 minutes) films and documentaries that address the intersections of movement and media.

Individuals and groups may submit more than one film .  Digital/electronic submissions or link/password combos to an online viewing location such as Vimeo are greatly preferred.

Please send a completed registration form found HERE and an image that represents your film to curator Kathleen Smith at

Please complete one form for each film you are submitting. Note that further information and high-resolution images may be required for films that are selected for presentation.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 17th, 2017 at midnight.

All films selected will receive an honorarium. Although we cannot offer feedback on submitted films, a response to all submissions will be made in a timely fashion.  Complete film programming for d:mic/fac  festival will be announced in May.


Call for Choreographers 2017 – for the W.I.P. Series – Free-Flow Dance, Saskatoon

The W.I.P. (works in progress) Series in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, coordinated by Free-Flow Dance’s Jackie Latendresse  is looking for professional and emerging choreographers to present original and innovative works in progress at the Free Flow Dance Centre 224 25th St. W. Saskatoon. Informal showings will take place on June 17 and September 23. The season culminates in a gala event of finished works.

Applications are being accepted immediately, on a first come, first served basis and up to five choreographers will be accepted for each session  There are two in-studio performances.

Additionally, one artist will be selected to instruct a special workshop as a part of the Brain-Body Connection professional development series at each session. Applicants have the option of including a description of the type of workshop they would like to present.

W.I.P.’s should be an exploration using contemporary/modern or experimental style. Choreographers will receive no less than five and no greater than twelve minutes to present their work. They will be expected to speak about their work before the presentation for up to a maximum of ten minutes. Written feedback will be collected and distributed to the choreographers. All artists presented in the series will be considered for participation in the final autumn gala of finished works.

To be considered, please send:

1. A brief description of the proposed W.I.P. (work in progress)
2. A current dance resume. (include phone #, email and mailing address)
3. A short statement detailing the type of audience feedback that would most help you to continue to develop your work.
4. Using the guidelines from the Canadian Artists Code, describe your status as professional or emerging. Guidelines are available here

An honorarium will be paid to professional artists. Priority will be given to Saskatchewan and Canadian-based artists however; international applications are encouraged.

Please send your applications to:
W.I.P. Series:  Attention J. Latendresse
224 25th St. W.
Saskatoon, SK S7L 0C4
(306) 665-5998

APPLY NOW for The Choreographic Marathon, May 20-22 2017, Toronto, Canada.

The Choreographic Marathon is an Across Oceans response to the contemporary artists’ quest to go beyond personal boundaries and boredoms to discover deep personal creative resources. Training, professional and critical expectations demand this. This needs introspection, clarity of intention, stamina to stick with “it” and an understanding of the public context of one’s work.

Maxine Heppner developed the Choreographic Marathon approach when teaching choreography at Concordia University (1993-2000) to solve the problem of creative development too often cut short, restricted by the mundane realities of studio times and a sense of working in creative vacuums. The first participating artists, including many current notables, found that the intense non-stop work-time succeeded in providing an invaluable environment where they had to become absolutely honest about their work, expanding their creative capacities and producing surprising work in a compact amount of time. The CM approach continues to prove itself relevant guiding, cajoling, and supporting artists’ personal and aesthetic development.

Mentors: Maxine Heppner with Susan Lee, Jessica Runge, Takako Segawa, and a team of support specialists.

Ultra-Intensive Exchange, Creation and Development over 3 days of flow, discovery, creation, challenge and performance for established and emerging movement artists in all forms.  Further information about the program and application details may be found at:

Interested artists are strongly encouraged to email their intention to apply as soon as possible.

Calling 8-13 year old dancers! CCDT auditions for the Young Apprentice Program are Sunday, February 26th

Auditions for prospective members of  the Young Apprentice Program and the Core Apprentice Program at CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE will be held this Sunday in their Cabbagetown studios.

These programs provide an opportunity for gifted young dancers to enhance their artistry with other young dancers who share their love for dance.

Young Apprentices’ and Core Apprentices’ ten month season provides a taste of what it is like to dance with a company and allows young dancers to begin to test out their dreams. From September to May , selected applicants participate in one modern dance technique class and one repertoire creation session each Saturday, in preparation for a December showcase at the studio and a professionally produced performance at Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre in May. These activities are covered by CCDT.

In July all new and returning apprentices are expected to attend, at their own expense, the 3 week SunDance International Dance Program in preparation for the following season. These activities offer both thorough preparation available for entry to performing arts schools and  an opportunity to be considered for the CCDT company itself.

Apprentice programs are led by experienced professional dance artists. Guest choreographers are invited to create new works for the May showcase. Young Apprentices are paired with a Core Apprentice and a Company dancer in a mentoring relationship.

Many apprentices go on to dance alongside their mentors as full Company dancers. One of the greatest benefits of membership always has been the lasting friendships that are formed through these unique experiences.

In addition to these company-related activities, members are expected to develop their technique by attending two to three ballet classes, and one modern class during the week, in the School of CCDT, at their own expense.

Young Apprentice and Core Apprentice auditions:

Ages: 8-10
Audition Date & Time: Sunday, February 26 from 10:00 – 11:30am

Ages: 11-13
Audition Date & Time: Sunday, February 26 from 12:00 – 2:00pm

Audition Prerequisite: a minimum of 1 years’ ballet and/or modern dance training
Fee: $30.00

The audition will consist of one ballet class and one modern class, with repertoire and improvisation (it is understood that young dancers may not have any modern experience). No solos required.

Call Backs will be held either on Monday, February 27 from 5:00 – 6:30pm or Saturday, March 4 from 1:00 – 2:15pm.

All auditions and callbacks will take place at CCDt’s studios at 509 Parliament Street.

Registration forms are available HERE


The Peer Learning Network is an opportunity for emerging* choreographers to learn, experiment, develop work, develop methodologies, but most of all, to do it together. The program was developed in response to a need for increased choreographic development for artists in Toronto. Artists working in all forms and practices of dance are encouraged to apply.

This inaugural project is an experiment in self-directed learning. Interested artists should be willing to commit to working with the group, attending sharing sessions, and where possible, working with other choreographers as an interpreter.

Eight selected artists will receive:

  • Ten hours of studio time per month at Dancemakers Centre for Creation throughout the duration of the program, based on studio availability
  • An honorarium
  • Discounted tickets to performances at Dancemakers throughout the duration of the program.

In exchange, the artists agree to:

  • Attend a monthly group sharing session, facilitated by Dancemakers’ Curator, Amelia Ehrhardt
  • Commit to working collectively with the group, including as outside eyes or interpreters, as available
  • Be available for a public sharing moment of their work through the Peer Learning Network
  • Participants will be the first to take part in this new program at Dancemakers.

Dancemakers is committed to developing this program in response to participant need and feedback.  As such, participants can expect to be in dialogue with Dancemakers around effectiveness and structure of the program.

Program dates are from April 1 to July 31, 2017.

*For the purposes of this program, Emerging Choreographers are those with 5 years or less professional experience as a choreographer

To apply, please submit the following:

  • An artists’ statement (maximum 500 words) Please describe your artistic interests, methods, curiosities. What are you specifically working on as a choreographer? What motivates you to make dances? How do you make them? What is similar between your dances?
  • A biography (maximum 250 words) Please list any professional choreographic experience and training as well as other relevant information.
  • Support material.  Please submit up to 5 minutes of video documentation. Links to video only: no attachments/dropbox.

Submit all documents as a single PDF to with the subject line “Peer Learning Network Application” no later than February 28, 2017 at 5 pm.

Selected participants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline.