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Dance and Cultural Policy in Canada

Canada Council celebrates 50 years
By Shannon Litzenberger

For fifty years, the Canada Council for the Arts has supported dance activity in Canada. Trading moments in the history of Canadian dance alongside the development of key cultural policies reveals interconnections between the two. Now, with the Council chaired and directed by dance professionals, it is an opportune moment for dance in Canada.

Susie Burpee

Finding Space to Dream
By Seika Boye

Having recently embarked on an independent career, former Dancemakers dancer Susie Burpee premieres a new solo this month. In creating The Spinter’s Almanac, Burpee has drawn on her recent studies with clown and physical theatre master teacher Philippe Gaulier, who counts among his students Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali-G and Borat fame.

Succession Planning

An Eye to the Future
By Jane Marsland

With many Canadian dance organizations approaching their twenty-fifth and thirtieth anniversaries, the community has entered a new stage of development. Legacy and succession have become important issues and organizations are being required to articulate their plans for the future. Here are some recommendations to guide you.

David Cooper

Dance Photographer

David Cooper is renowned for his ability to “capture the moment” in his dance photography. He has also worked in theatre, film and television. Here, he offers a glimpse of his dance portfolio.



By Megan Andrews

Our collective future

Making Waves

By Samara Thompson

The Legacy of Betty O (Betty Oliphant)

Dance Data

How does dance measure up? (DanceWorks’ thirtieth anniversary)

Marking Time

By Amy Bowring

Canada Council

Nutritious Nate

By Nathan Payne

Early Riser Flapjacks

Short Waves

By Susan Kendal

Studio 303 suspends spring season; Evelyn Hart receives Order of Manitoba; David Brian Morrison 1960-2007; Susan Lee leaves Series 8:08; Vinok Worldance welcomes dancers from Europe; Canada Council for the Arts celebrates fifty years; Quick Currents [Canada’s National Ballet School’s Jarvis Street Campus; Sharon Moore; Kinetic Studio; Compagnie Marie Chouinard]

Expert Advice

On Preparing for a Performance, from Blair Puente, company dancer with Alberta Ballet

In the wings

By Seika Boye

Kara MacDonald, York University and National Ballet School Teacher Training Program student in Toronto


By Seika Boye

Jay Hirabayashi, curator of Vancouver International Dance Festival and co-founder/co-director of Kokoro Dance

Vantage Point

By Shannon Litzenberger

Dance at the helm of the Canada Council at 50

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