DUO presents STORY TALK with Yvonne Ng and Shawn Byfield

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STORY TALK is a new series where DUO invites two established artists to share their personal “stories” about the development of their careers in Toronto’s performing arts industry. Facilitated by a DUO staff member, the STORY TALK will be a one-hour live discussion followed by a Q&A and Meet & Greet.

The series is free of charge.

How do you become an established dance artist or choreographer in Toronto? What options already exist to help you build a financially stable career for yourself as an artist? Is there a key to getting your first grant? Ask the experts.

This edition of STORY TALK will feature Shawn Byfield & Yvonne Ng.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
5:30-7:00PM
Dance Umbrella of Ontario
476 Parliament St., Second Floor, Toronto

Coffee and snacks will be provided, all are welcome. This is a FREE event however space is LIMITED so reserve your spot now HERE.

 

 

DUO Job Posting – Managing Director

Dance Umbrella of Ontario seeks a cultural not-for-profit administrator to provide leadership and oversight for this arts management company and community resource centre.

Dance Umbrella of Ontario: Founded in 1988, Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) is a not-for-profit provider of management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.  DUO actively seeks to facilitate the success of such enterprises.  DUO strengthens the dance sector through pro-active engagement in strategic and progressive initiatives. DUO serves professional dance creators and small to mid-scale dance companies who represent a rich variety of dance styles. Its management services can be purchased separately or in packages that suit a project’s or an organization’s needs – from short-term production coordination to annual management services.

DUO’s professional arts managers provide affordable, expert, flexible and comprehensive administrative services including accounting, artistic/business planning, career consultation, communications planning and implementation, arts grant preparation and filing, resume writing, board administration and facilitation, budget analysis, fund-raising planning, and production coordination.  In addition, its resource centre on Parliament Street in downtown Toronto is open to the dance community and offers a community meeting space and hot desk rentals.

DUO’s outreach animation activities help to cultivate the greater dance community with seminars, artist-led community initiatives, internships, newsletters, internet resources, and special projects.

The Position: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Managing Director is responsible for the overall operations and day-to-day management of DUO.  This includes budgeting, financial planning and reporting, the delivery of client services, fund-raising, project management, policy development, liaison with government agencies and foundations, and the hiring and supervising of staff.  However, it is also imperative that the Managing Director has had practical experience in the day-to-day management of smaller arts organizations and is empathetic to the issues and challenges of emerging artists and groups.

As the dance industry continues to change in an ever-more complicated cultural ecology, the Managing Director must be a strategic planner and thinker with fluid, flexible approaches to problem solving.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be an established, experienced and committed arts manager with experience in the not for profit sector who has demonstrated full-time professional leadership of an arts organization.

An excellent listener, organizer, communicator, and facilitator, the Managing Director must be capable of animating an idea, assisting implementation, and empowering individuals to realize goals effectively.   The Managing Director must also be able to make difficult decisions when it is required.

The Managing Director must nurture relationships, galvanize constituents and funders, and maintain a strong presence in the dance sector.  Both an entrepreneurial outlook and a deep commitment to facilitating the growth of community relationships in the dance sector are essential.

Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, a list of references, and salary requirements, by April 24, 2015 to:

Rosalind Bell

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street

Suite 1103

Toronto, ON  M5B 2J7

gvarosalind@gmail.com

www.genovesevanderhoof.com

STORY TALK Vincent Mantsoe in conversation with Mimi Beck

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DanceWorks & DUO present
STORY TALK
Vincent Mantsoe in conversation with Mimi Beck

Jan. 27, 2015
4-6PM
DUO (476 Parliament St., 2nd Floor, Toronto)

Join Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe at a special community STORY TALK
Tuesday, January 27th from 4-6pm co-hosted by DUO and DanceWorks, moderated by Mimi Beck.

This drop-in event is open and FREE for all interested in hearing about Vincent’s life and work. As well as having the opportunity to ask him questions, participants will also have the chance to meet and chat with other Toronto dance community artists present.

Vincent was last in Toronto 10 years ago and DUO and DanceWorks are excited to offer this intimate chance for discussion and sharing of artistic processes.

Roll up a chair and grab a cup of coffee. All are welcome.
Limited Space. Be sure to reserve your spot HERE!

Vincent will be performing NTU & Skwatta at DanceWorks January 29-31 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. For tickets, visit www.danceworks.ca

DUO’s ‘Dirty Feet’ interview with Allison Burns!

DUO staff members Jennifer Bennet, Nicole Rosove and Alison Keery recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Allison Burns, Dirty Feet‘s radio host, to chat about DUO.

Dirty Feet is a weekly podcast on the topic of dance and movement based performing arts. Check out the episode HERE. Or on iTunes HERE.

Enjoy!
By |December 4th, 2014|DUO's News|0 Comments|

The Art of the Ask: How to Create Effective Individual Fundraising Campaigns

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DUO COFFEE TALK
The Art of the Ask: How to Create Effective Individual Fundraising Campaigns

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
4:30-6pm

Dance Umbrella of Ontario
476 Parliament St., 2nd Floor
M4X 1P2

You’ve got supporters but how do you convert those patrons into donors? How do you share your passion for your work with others in a way that inspires them to give? You’ve got a patron to donate once, how do you get them to keep giving or how do you approach them to ask for an increase?

Share your challenges, ask some questions and learn how to master the art of the ask to create and execute effective individual fundraising campaigns.

Guest Speaker: Byron Abalos

Byron Abalos is a fundraiser, producer, actor and playwright. He is currently Studio 180 Theatre’s Development Officer where he manages individual giving, major gifts, foundation support and corporate sponsorships. His background as an artist provides him with a unique perspective on the challenges of individual artists and small to mid-sized companies seeking to diversify support for their work. As an actor, he has performed for Soulpepper, The Theatre Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoots, fu-GEN and others. His love of lasagna is thwarted by the fact that he has a gluten sensitivity.

You supply the chat, we supply the coffee!

This is a FREE event. Reserve your spot HERE!

By |November 20th, 2014|DUO's News|0 Comments|

We’ve launched! A NEW dance space directory at your fingertips!

For-promotion

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with SpaceFinder Toronto (in association with TAPAArtsBuild Ontario and Fractured Atlas) to help you discover space for all your dance needs. SpaceFinder Toronto offers a search friendly directory that will connect you to space rentals for your next performance, rehearsal, audition, workshop, or fundraiser. Searching and listing spaces are both free.

Click HERE to access the database.

Don’t miss the SpaceFinder Toronto Launch!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014, 3-5PM
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvre will be served
Limited Space – reserve your spot HERE

#DanceBelt

Dance Belt noun \ˈdan(t)s belt, ˈdän(t)s belt\

  • Centre of dance activity in the City of Toronto
  • Running on Parliament from Wellesley to the Water the Dance Belt includes established companies, training programs, administrative organizations and performance venues. Home to Canada’s only national dance magazine, The Dance Current ,  and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
  • What connects St. James Town, Cabbagetown, Regent Park and the Distillery District.
  • Enriches communities
  • A play on the word ‘Green Belt’ which marks a specific area of land
  • (and of course) a modified jockstrap for male dancers http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dance%20belt

JOIN IN THE CAMPAIGN!

#DanceBelt is a NEW social media campaign to promote The Dance belt Initiative: working towards establishing a recognition of the section of the city as a designated area for dance activity.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TWEET USING #DanceBelt!

ie. Going to see Toronto Dance Theatre on the #DanceBelt tonight. Grabbing a coffee at Jet Fuel first!

Follow us on Twitter at @danceumbrella

By |November 3rd, 2014|DUO's News|0 Comments|

STORY TALK with Mariano Abarca & Claudia Moore

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STORY TALK is a new series where DUO invites two established artists to share their personal “stories” about the development of their careers in Toronto’s performing arts industry. Facilitated by a DUO staff member, the STORY TALK will be a one-hour live discussion followed by a Q&A and Meet & Greet.

The series is free of charge.

How do you become an established dance artist or choreographer in Toronto? What options already exist to help you build a financially stable career for yourself as an artist? Is there a key to getting your first grant? Ask the experts.

Our first STORY TALK will feature CLAUDIA MOORE and MARIANO ABARCA on Thursday, October 23rd at 4:30pm.

Coffee and snacks will be provided, all are welcome. Limited space available, reserve your spot now HERE!

Visit the Facebook event HERE

DUO: Call to Volunteers

ProArteDanza and BoucharDanse are looking for volunteers to help with flyer distribution for their upcoming performances

 

Volunteer duties:

  • Distributing brochures in an assigned location
  • Taking pictures of where the brochures are placed
  • Must be able to commit to 3 to 5 hours (times are flexible)

 

DATES: September 22nd – 26th

 

Volunteers will be given a small honorarium for their involvement.

 

For more information please email nicole@danceumbrella.net 

 

 

 

Tips from DUO’s Coffee Talk

At DUO’s last Coffee Talk Thomas Swayne spoke with us about how to make your first year out of school propel your career into the fast lane!

Thomas Swayne is a theatre artist and recent B.F.A Acting graduate from Ryerson Theatre School. He is currently a Production Coordinator for Disney Theatrical Group working on the world premiere of Shakespeare in Love in London’s West End and a recent receipt of a Metcalf Performing Arts Internship with Acting Up Stage Company. Other notable Toronto credits include Disney’s Aladdin (Creative Production Assistant, Disney Theatrical Group), The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Producer, SummerWorks), The Barber of Seville (Assistant Director, Soulpepper), and Queen for a Day: the Musical starring Alan Thicke (Assistant Producer).

 

At the Coffee Talk Thomas gave us some great tips and we wanted to share them with all of you: 

 

Tips:

1. “Treat yourself as a professional right out of school.”
For Thomas that meant: seeing work, reading new plays, learning excel, learning to budget shows, researching other jobs in the sector and giving himself a schedule.)
2. “Identify people you want to work with and approach them.” Thomas made sure to note that when you approach someone, “do your research, don’t make it about you, make it about them. I emailed people I wanted to have coffee with and that may have led to jobs later but that wasn’t the intention. I was interested in them, how they got there.”
3. “Once you get the email back, step up.” Thomas’ last tip is all about following through and making sure you do a great job. 
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Stay tuned for DUO’s NEXT Coffee Talk!

 

By |September 1st, 2014|DUO's News|0 Comments|