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Ontario Dances

Ontario Dances
April 18, 2012 - April 18, 2012

Ontario Dances seeks to have more dance performances in Ontario communities and more people engaged, interested and invested in dance at a local level in our province. The program aims to increase the range and diversity of dance available to communities in Ontario outside of the city of Toronto.

Ontario Dances offers the public the opportunity to participate in dance at all levels from dance classes and workshops to dance artists in residence to the presentation of dance by Ontario-based professional dance artists.

Ontario Dances is about:

  • Audience development: providing opportunities for more people to take part in dance as both audiences and participants through performances and arts education or learning programs.
  • Curatorial development: enabling arts presenters to take part in professional development programs and networking opportunities that expand their knowledge of dance in Ontario.
  • Presentation of Ontario dance artists: supporting arts presenters to undertake artistic risks that engage their audiences in new experiences in dance from Ontario’s dance artists in all dance genres including contemporary and classical dance expressions of all world cultures.

Deadline Date: March 15, 2016
Grant notification letters will be mailed out four months after the application deadline.

Program Guidelines and Application Form

Ontario Dances supports the following performing arts presenters:
        Burlington Performing Arts Centre (Burlington)
        Capitol Centre (North Bay)
        Centre for the Arts – Brock University (St. Catharines)
        Flato Markham Theatre (Markham)
        The Grand Theatre (Kingston)
        Living Arts Centre (Mississauga)
        Milton Centre for the Arts (Milton) 
        Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Oakville)
        The Registry Theatre (Kitchener)         

Visit the Ontario Dances Artist Portal, an access point for Ontario's professional dance artists to share information directly with nine multidisciplinary Ontario-based presenters funded through OAC’s Ontario Dances program.

Why I dance... Pourquoi je danse... is a celebration of dance participation in Ontario. This video features both amateur and professional dancers reflecting on why they dance. A moving tribute to an art form enjoyed by many Ontarians, it captures the diversity of dance expression in this province. 
Why I dance…Pourquoi je danse was directed and produced for the Ontario Arts Council by Gloria Ui Young Kim.
Please feel free to link the video to your websites, forward the video to a friend, share the video on your social networks.

For more information 

Ontario Dances is administered by CCI - The Ontario Presenting Network.