Nov 27 2020
Established in 2002, the Canadian Dance Assembly provides common ground to advocate on behalf of, and represent, the interests of the dance community across this country. With over 500 members, CDA represents professionals and organizations working in diverse areas of dance including independent artists, educators, writers, researchers, consultants, presenters, companies, service organizations, and training institutions. CDA is encompassing and inclusive, endeavoring to provide a forum through which the Canadian dance community can advocate, communicate, and promote greater visibility for dance in the public and political eye. CDA appreciates that the various representative organizations within the Canadian dance sector have unique and important roles to play. Recently, CDA has undertaken research on decolonizing dance, has taken on stewardship of the Canada Dance Map, and is preparing for a strategic planning process, which will include a supporting digital strategy.
CDA’s membership currently consists of dance organizations and artists from across Canada. As it broaches the work ahead for its new strategic plan, the CDA board is committed to examining how CDA can create safer spaces, embrace right relations through reconciliation initiatives, and offer new opportunities for exchange, collaboration, and support that increase equity, inclusion, and accessibility for artists across Canada.
Reporting to the National Council, the Executive Director is charged with leading the Canadian Dance Assembly into the next phase of its journey, with its mission, vision, and community values as a guide. Equity is a central principle for the CDA. The scope of responsibility will include oversight of government, advocacy, right relations with Indigenous peoples, and community relations; membership services; fund development; strategic planning; and the overall internal operational, financial, and administrative responsibility for the organization.