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The scoop, the action, the issues, the artists! Inclusive of all genres, The Dance Current is a magazine that takes the reader inside the art and culture of dance in Canada.

Regular print issues include artist profiles, interviews, feature articles, opinions and critical commentary from people in the profession, plus event highlights to keep readers informed about upcoming performances.

Digital platforms highlight performance reviews from across the country and providing online resources for dancers and audiences.

The Dance Current is also an indispensable resource and communication tool for the dance professional. The magazine offers free performance listings and a wide range of advertising options for the promotion of performances, events, products and services.

Available by subscription and by single copy at selected newsstands or in digital format, The Dance Current is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Canadian dance. Subscribe now

Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Media


Dance Media Group is a charitable non-profit organization publishing The Dance Current in print and online. In tandem with its regular publishing activities, the organization strives to deepen engagement with dance communities across Canada through knowledge mobilization, publishing projects and programming.

Charitable registration number: 85356 1538 RR0001

Vision

An informed and engaged dance sector and public(s).

Mission

As the hub for inclusive and accessible dance discussion across multiple audiences, Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média advances dance and dance media by publishing leading-edge, educational, community-informed content and programming. 

Values  

As an organization we are:

  1. Passionate about the value and contribution of dance to culture and society
  2. Committed to the highest standards of excellence in producing and disseminating content and educational programs and services for and about the dance field
  3. Collaborative in the development and delivery of relevant and inspiring ideas, presentations, innovations and critical discourse
  4. Responsible with our power as media and responsive to the needs and interests of our stakeholders
  5. Inclusive of the breadth and diversity of peoples and practices in dance and dance culture
  6. Dedicated to the business, financial and environmental sustainability of our organization and the dance ecology as a whole

Goals

Our organizational goals are to:

  • Lead the development of public dance appreciation and literacy
  • Educate a broad public about the current context and future direction of dance in Canada
  • Build organizational capacity
  • Engage in collaboration with others on shared objectives.

 

Programming Principles

Dance Media Group embraces the breadth and diversity of dance art and culture from professional concert performances to popular live and broadcasted events, and from adult social dance practice to amateur and youth training and recreation.

At The Dance Current we aim to:

1. Cultivate and present diverse and pluralist perspectives on dance and dance in society
2. Facilitate multiple ways of engaging with, thinking about and discussing dance as part of the cultural fabric of Canadian life
3. Encourage and explore new approaches and developments in the art and practice of dance from professional to amateur to recreational
4. Expand public education on dance and dance community beyond the status quo
5. Bring informed expertise to bear in all our activities
6. Maintain a respectful critical view
7. Use accessible language and modes of communication that are clear to the general public

Activities

Dance Media Group uses multiple platforms including print publication, digital and social media, and live events to further our mission to connect people with dance and help deepen their engagement with it. We work with experts in the field including scholars, artists, educators, curators, critics and archivists, who advise on and participate in our programming at all levels. With an educational mandate at our core, we connect communities, engage publics, cultivate discourse, and contribute to a culture of literacy about dance art and culture through three main streams: 

PRINT - We publish a bimonthly print magazine – The Dance Current – about the artists, events and issues in Canadian dance

ONLINE - We produce educational online content including features, news, reviews, videos, listings and columns. We distribute a monthly content-based e-bulletin with links to recent content, news updates and upcoming events. We dialogue with our publics on social media.

ENGAGE - We mentor undergraduate journalism and dance students through an intern program. We co-produce conferences and symposia, talks, and salons; and we present tutorials, workshops, and seminars.

Dance Media Group plays an essential role in the Canadian cultural ecology. We are the only organization of our kind for dance in Canada. 

 

Our History

The Dance Current was founded in 1998 by independent dance artist Megan Andrews and an informal executive committee: Monica Gan, Darryl Tracy and Shannon Potts. The original concept was motivated by the apparent need for a communication tool in the form of a written publication for the Toronto dance community. Initially conceived as a monthly listings-based newsletter, the publication came to include editorial content as well as paid advertising. For the first year the publication was entirely volunteer-run, with subscription, single copy and advertising sales income covering the essential production and printing costs. In the second year, support from government funding bodies (for which we were and remain very grateful) was dedicated exclusively to human resources honoraria for the writers and the operations personnel. No longer a community newsletter, the publication embraces its identity as a full-fledged Canadian dance magazine, recognized through membership Magazines Canada (formerly the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association). 

The Dance Current est fondé et 1998 par l’artiste de danse indépendante Megan Andrews et un conseil de direction non officiel : Monica Gan, Darryl Tracy et Shannon Potts. À la base, le magazine veut répondre au besoin manifeste d’un outil de communication en forme d’une publication imprimée au sein du milieu de la danse à Toronto. Conçu premièrement comme un communiqué mensuel basé sur des annonces d’événements, la publication a pris de l’ampleur pour ensuite inclure un contenu éditorial et des annonces payantes. La première année, la publication était assurée par une équipe de bénévoles ; les abonnements, la vente de numéros et la publicité couvraient l’essentiel des coûts de production et d’impression. La deuxième année, l’appui d’organismes de subventions gouvernementaux (pour lequel nous étions et nous demeurons très reconnaissants) était consacré exclusivement aux honoraires des ressources humaines pour les rédacteurs et le personnel exécutif. À présent, bien plus qu’un communiqué communautaire, la publication assume pleinement son identité en tant que publication intégrale sur la danse au Canada, reconnue par son adhésion à Magazines Canada (anciennement l’Association des éditeurs de magazines canadiens). 

 

 

 

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