CALL TO ARTISTS: Series 3 – Into the Fire

April 22 @ 8pm, 23 @ 4pm

Tech rehearsals: April 21 after 5pm

Venue: Pia Bouman School

Deadline January 27, 2017 at 11:59pm

Into the Fire series is a program suitable for all ages, showcasing emerging talent, artistic collaborations and the fusion of contemporary dance with other art forms. Any form of dance is encouraged so long as the work is an original choreography.

If selected you will receive an honourarium of $500, a video of each performance, full technical staff and marketing as well as a fantastic opportunity to show your work and meet other artists!

For more information and to apply:

For the 2017-2018 Season, Ballet BC is looking for the following:


Full-Time Artists: Ballet BC is seeking experienced female and male dancers interested in a diverse collaborative environment that focuses on the innovation and creation of contemporary dance. The artist should display strong classical training, have experience in contemporary dance and a passion for the creative process.

Apprentice Positions: Ballet BC is looking for talented, young male and female graduates who have completed a professional training program to join the Ballet BC Apprentice Program. The program will take place between July 2017 and June 2018 and will provide apprentices with a weekly honorarium.

Summer Dance Intensive: Looking for young, aspiring graduate students who have completed a professional training program to attend our International Summer Dance Intensive in collaboration with Arts Umbrella, August 7-25, 2017.

Audition Requirements: The audition will consist of ballet class and learning of company repertoire. Please bring CV and two photos (one headshot; one full-body dance). Women, please bring pointe shoes. Please check the Careers page at for the most up-to-date schedule and information. Online registration encouraged, drop-ins also welcome.


2017 Open Auditions: Eastern US/Canada

New York, NY: January 22, 2017

Registration: 9:00 am

Audition: 10:30 am

Location: Marymount Manhattan College

221 East 71st Street between Second and Third Avenue

Fee: $20 USD – Cash only and exact change.


Montréal, QC: April 9, 2017

Registration:  9:30 am 

Audition: 10:30 am

Location: L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec

4816, rue Rivard

Fee: $20 CAD – Cash only and exact change.

Auditions in Vancouver are by appointment only. For more information, please contact artisticadmin (at)

The Canada Council for the Arts seeks a Curator for a 60th Anniversary Exhibition

The Canada Council for the Arts is seeking proposals from individuals to curate a special exhibition, with an accompanying digital exhibition, to mark its 60th anniversary in the Âjagemô art space at 150 Elgin, Ottawa. This exceptional project will open September 2017 and run throughout the winter.

This is a unique opportunity for a curator to build an exhibition that will highlight and celebrate art and artists that the Canada Council funds.

The curator will be encouraged to innovate and look beyond the traditional art show, using different mediums to tell the stories of the role of the arts in the lives of Canadians. They are invited to explore the evolution of the Council’s funding, its impact on the arts sector, and consider the future of the arts in Canada and the role of the Council within it.

For more information, please click on the request for proposals:

Deadline for submissions:
Thursday, January 5 (5 pm EST).

The Canada Council supports, promotes and celebrates the work of Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Audition Notice


Lua Shayenne Dance Company is looking for culturally diverse company dancers for it 2016/17 season starting January 2017. The Company is looking for dancers who have a strong technical background in modern and/or contemporary and/or experience and natural proficiency in traditional African or Afro-based Dances. Singing an asset.

Must be available for daytime rehearsals. All shows are compensated. Project based rehearsals are all paid close to CADA rates. Email for more details.

Please send a resume, bio and headshot to:

Visit website for more information:

Call to Artists – Your Dance Fest


Your Dance Fest is a new festival looking to create stronger ties between dance artists and their audiences. The three day festival aims to provide artists  with information about what audiences want to see, and give audiences a better understanding of what dance is all about.

Your Dance Fest programming isn’t decided by artists, but by the audience. The festival has selected a team of people unfamiliar with dance, but excited to learn more. With the support of the artistic team, the jury comprised of audience members will  select the festival programming. By allowing community members to have a say in what they see,  Your Dance Fest hopes both audiences and participants will  learn more about the art form of dance.

You Dance Fest takes place in Toronto from August 25th-27th, 2017.  The festival  is open to work from all backgrounds and dance styles, as long as movement is the primary form of expression. They are interested in works which are engaging and accessible to audiences unfamiliar with dance, but also challenging and boundary-pushing, both physically and thematically.

Interested artists are asked to submit their application online by January 1st, 2017. Paper applications will not be accepted.

For more information about how to apply, please visit  the festival website:


Co:Lab’s Community Consultation Wants to Hear from You!


Co:Lab is the R&D arm of BeMused Network. Co:Lab strives to involve the community with the spirit of co-creation and intra-disciplinary collaboration and engage in user-centred design practices.

What is co-creation?
Co-creation is any act of collective creativity that is experienced jointly by two or more people. It is a special case of collaboration where the intent is to create something that is not known in advance. (Source: P2P Foundation)
Current Project: Local Presenters and Venues

Local presenters and venues are always looking to connect with emerging talents, but they don’t always have the time and resources to discover artists like the ones on BeMused Network. With a growing number of independent and emerging presenters in their network, they are reaching out to the community at large to understand their challenges, in an effort to build a networking service that will help create more opportunities for both independent artists and presenters alike.

What: Community Consultation (Oct 12-31, 2016)
Who: Independent artists, venues, presenters and managers
Where: Online survey, optional follow up interview via phone/skype
When: 30-40 minute sessions are scheduled at your convenience
How:  Click here to participate in their survey!

By participating artists both help identify and address service gaps, as well as opportunities for independent performing arts!  BeMused reads every response as part of their R&D.

By simply participating in this survey, you have a direct influence on future services that they release, and your suggestions could benefit yourself and many others like you.

For those with more insights to share, we will schedule interviews around your availability, including evenings and weekends.
BeMused Network  plans to share the initial findings from their research at the Open House celebrating their three year anniversary.

Application DEADLINE NOV 1st: OPEN ART SURGERY – a Hip-Hop Theatre Workshop with Jonzi D and Crazy Smooth -FREE!


Breakin’ Convention and Harbourfront Centre know Toronto has a wealth of Hip Hop talent. We also recognize there is a lack of quality professional development opportunities available. We are proud to offer Hip Hop artists/crews a unique opportunity to develop theatrical skills. Participants will work with dance theatre heavyweights, Jonzi D and Crazy Smooth for one week of mentoring, experimenting and devising new work that culminates in a public performance.

Who issearch it for?

You don’t need to have any previous theatrical experience but you should have a solid understanding of your own Hip Hop discipline (dance, rap, dj, beatbox etc). The course is designed to explore ways of approaching choreography, story-telling, direction and staging. We aim to give you the means to create theatre from fresh, new angles without losing the essence of what you do.

Breakin’ Convention is committed to the elevation of Hip Hop theatre and believe this is a valuable opportunity for even the most accomplished Hip Hop artists.

Open Art Surgery 2017 – A Hip Hop Theatre Workshop52092_5-384
Venue: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Dates: Monday, March 13 – Saturday, March 18, 2017

To apply please email the following details to address below:

1. Your contact details including name, email, telephone and address.

2. A statement about yourself and/or crew and your reasons for wishing to attend Open Art Surgery (400 words max).

3. A link to footage of your past theatre work, performances or battles.

However all participants must be available for the full week as outlined above.

Participants and their crew must be able to commit to all of the course. Please do not apply if you are unable to make any of the dates.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016.

The course is FREE to successful applicants.

You will be informed of our final decision by November 15, 2016.

Submit your application, or direct any questions you may have to: Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate, Harbourfront Centre at  416-973-4231 or

For full program details click here.


For more information about Breakin’ Convention visit:

Oct 15 Deadline to Submit for Anandam Dancetheatre’s CONTEMPORANEITY


Photo credit: Arctic Char, Performer: Lee Su-Feh, Piece: Dance Machine, Choreographer: Lee Su-Feh

Anandam Dancetheatre is seeking new works and works-in-progress by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms, to be presented through the company’s new presenting series, CONTEMPORANEITY.

Supported by the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program, CONTEMPORANEITY focuses on expressions of non-Western dance in Toronto and Canada today. The series is a response to the widespread use of “contemporary” as a term to describe European or white American theatrical dance; instead, Anandam proposes re-centering “contemporaneity” as a shared inquiry, widening the circles of inclusion, and animating a current and collective interest in holding the dancing body in the world. The series will take place through six editions between 2016/17 and 2017/18 (fall, winter and spring/early summer), in different dance and theatre venues across the city, as well as galleries, museums and public spaces.

What are they looking for?
New works, or previously created works that could benefit from a period of further R&D/creation, by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms; approx. 15 – 20 minutes in duration for shared programming, longer pieces and durational offerings will be considered for special presentations

CONTEMPORANEITY is open to artists of all racial, gender and sexual identities, of all abilities, prioritizing practices and artists of colour and Indigenous artists. Beyond non-European dance practices, the series also welcomes other diasporic dance forms such as flamenco, and racialized/ sexualized/ queered forms that have re-emerged in current pop/protest culture, such as vogue and twerking.

Andanam seeking works that take conceptual risks; that bring together essential explorations of form with new inquiries and creative processes – regardless of genre; works that are alive to the form’s potential. They invite multiple ways of seeing “traditional”, “classical” and “contemporary”, “high” and “low” art forms. We are also interested in site-specificity, extended duration in performance and contemplative/ritual explorations that take place in non-traditional venues and public space. Above all else, we are interested in knowing what is happening in the field and how we can support.

What can they offer?
Previously mounted works will receive up to 20 hours of residency and a presentation fee; new works will receive up to 30-40 hours, a fee covering commissioning and performance rates
Residency includes studio time, dramaturgical support through Anandam’s Artistic Director, Curatorial and Program Co-Director, and/or members of the CONTEMPORANEITY advisory committee; feedback through the company’s Audience-in-Residence program; and networking opportunities with the artistic directors of our partners;
Performances will be presented as part of a shared program in 2016/17 or 2017/18 (fall, winter or spring/early summer).
Anandam will assist with travel/accommodation costs for out-of-town artists

To apply:
Please submit:
– A 1- to 2-page artist statement describing how you work, what your current interests or questions are, and a description of the work you are proposing.
–  A list of technical requirements for the work you are proposing.
–  A video sample of your current or most recent work.
–  Vous pouvez aussi soumettre votre demande en français.

Please also let them know if you already have support for this work (e.g., grants, commissions, an upcoming presentation opportunity etc.), or what support you plan to seek, and in what season you would like to be programmed. If you do not have experience applying for grants, residencies etc., and have questions about how to prepare your application, please contact them and they can help.

Deadline: October 15, 2016
Send all applications via email to with the title Contemporaneity Application in the subject line. For more information, please contact Soraya Peerbaye, Curatorial and Program Co-Director, at, or visit
They will respond to all applications.

Into Contact Dance? New Blue Emerging Dance wants to hear from you!


Submission Call – Creating Contact Residency

This new and exciting Creating Contact Residency is open to emerging choreographers interested in creating contemporary dance with contact dance as a foundation. For five months, you and your dancers (maximum of eight) will receive free access to the Wednesday night contact dance jam/class at Dovercourt House, two hours of studio space a week (equaling a total of 44 hours), mentorship, an in-studio work in progress showing, including a Q&A/feedback session, and a chance to debut a full length work at The Festival (June 2017) by New Blue Emerging Dance!

What is Contact Dance?
Contact dance improvisation is a partnered dance form that uses momentum between two or more people to create and inspire dance movements. Techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over a partner’s centre of gravity, friction slides, following momentum, and “listening” with the surfaces of the body.

This residency is open to all levels of experience/abilities and genres of dance.  Apply Today!

Applications  are due by Tuesday November 15th 2016 at 11:59 PM.

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TOES FOR DANCE & DanceWorks Collaborate on a Co-design Project


Designing for Dance is a collaborative project between TOES FOR DANCE and DanceWorks to explore how design thinking approaches can activate new possibilities for public engagement with Toronto’s professional dance community. The project will focus on ways that co-designing with primary stakeholders can benefit long term engagement, organizational planning, sustainability and social relevance.

Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, Kristen Carcone states, “Through innovative research strategies we aim to better understand the needs of our community.” David Norsworthy, Co-Artistic Director TOES FOR DANCE adds, “Testing new prototypes for audience engagement, including platforms that are movement-driven and conversation-driven, will help us to create dance experiences that are inclusive, accessible and meaningful.”

Mimi Beck, Dance Curator at DanceWorks is eager to explore the opportunity in design thinking approaches stating,  “Designing for Dance offers a compelling opportunity for learning, exchange and co-design. As DanceWorks and TOES FOR DANCE embark on this collaborative venture, I am deeply inspired to build on our core belief in the power of dance to illuminate, engage and transform all who participate.”

Members of the community are encouraged to participate as co-designers and knowledge users throughout the duration of the project. To sign up for updates and/or to become involved please send your name and email to Project Lead, Maria Luisa Contursi, marialuisa@toesfordance.caTo join us in the community conversation around this project use the #DesignforDance hashtag on all of your social media platforms.

The project is generously funded by the Metcalf Foundation