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Students taking class at Canada's National Ballet School / Photo courtesy of Canada's National Ballet School
 

Three-Year Study, the Longest of Its Kind, Shows the Positive Effects That Dancing Has on Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

For three years, 16 participants with the disease took part in weekly 75-minute dance classes. When compared to a control group, those who danced saw no progression in their motor or non-motor symptoms.

 

The World’s First Indigenous Fringe Festival Opens This Summer

Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., is welcoming the world’s first Indigenous fringe festival. Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (June 21-27) boasts six Indigenous arts companies and a total of 18 drive-in performances. It opens tonight at 6 p.m. ET on Facebook Live.

Davida / Photo by Nathalie St-Pierre
 

Dena Davida Inducted as a Member of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec

Dena Davida, Montreal-based dance artist, teacher, researcher and curator, has been inducted as a member of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec. Among her many contributions, Davida is renowned for co-founding and leading Tangente, the first dedicated venue for presenting contemporary dance in Quebec, from 1980 to 2019.

 

Andrea Vagianos Wins Dora Ancillary Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration

Vagianos’s award highlights the work of a senior arts administrator with more than 10 years of experience. The award also points to the critical work of operational managers and directors that kept their organizations afloat during the pandemic.

 

Vivine Scarlett, Founder of dance Immersion, Receives the 2021 Muriel Sherrin Award

Vivine Scarlett, founder and executive director of dance Immersion, was awarded the 2021 Muriel Sherrin award for her work since founding the organization more than 25 years ago, providing dancers of the African diaspora with a variety of platforms and support, both in Canada and abroad.

Smallwood / Photo courtesy of Canada's National Ballet School
 

Canadian Teenager Wins New Prize at Prestigious Prix de Lausanne

Maya Smallwood was with her roommate at Canada’s National Ballet School when she heard the news: she won the Prix de Lausanne’s inaugural Young Creation Award.

Savoie / Photo by Rolline Laporte
 

Remembering Pierre-Paul Savoie, Founding Artistic Director of PPS Danse

Pierre-Paul Savoie was a pro. Nimble in mind and body, feisty and funny. I knew him initially (now more than 35 years ago) – when I was a budding dance writer and he was a student in Concordia University’s dance program.

 

Dorotea Saykaly Receives the First Emily Molnar Emerging Choreographer Award at Ballet BC

While some may associate the term ‘emerging’ with ‘new’ or ‘novice’, Saykaly likes it for its evocation of continuous learning.

Dancers of Damelahamid / Photo by Derek Dix
 

Made in BC Celebrates 15 Years With an Interactive Virtual History

The website shows dance hoops, a sweatshirt, a soup can and a hodgepodge of other items tumbling from the trunk of a hatchback on a B.C. highway. Click on any one of them and you’ll be whisked into a story about a dance artist who has toured the province through Made in BC – Dance on Tour or one of the community programs it has supported.

 

Margaret Grenier Wins Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts

For the first time since it was established in 2001, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts has been awarded to an Indigenous artist.

Beatty in Lessons in Another Language in 1980 / Photo by Andrew Oxenham, courtesy of Dance Collection Danse
 

Patricia Beatty, Co-Founder of Toronto Dance Theatre, Remembered as a ‘Warrior Queen’

Patricia Beatty was a multi-faceted artist: a choreographer, a dancer, a teacher, a poet. She was a true pioneer – one of the most influential figures of modern dance in Canada. She’s best known as co-founder of Toronto Dance Theatre, along with David Earle and Peter Randazzo. Her death at age 84 marked decades of choreography, teaching and writing that inspired thousands of young dancers.

Dancemakers' theatre / Photo courtesy of Dancemakers
 

Dancemakers, One of Toronto’s Oldest Dance Companies, Is Closing After 46 Years

After 46 years in operation, one of Toronto’s oldest dance companies has announced its closure. Dancemakers will officially end all activities in July 2021, following a final season of programming.

Désir / Photo by Kevin Calixte
 

Rhodnie Désir Becomes the First Black Person to Win Top Prize at Les Prix de la Danse de Montréal

On Nov. 9, the Prix de la Danse de Montréal announced this year’s nine winners. The top winner is choreographer Rhodnie Désir who was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prix. She is now the first Black person to win this award.

 

Dance Studios Are Allowed to Open, Now What?

Following a successful petition to reopen dance studios, epidemiologist Colin Furness offers advice to studios on best practices for COVID-19 safety.

 

Sandra Laronde Receives the 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Award

Presented every two years as part of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Signature Awards, the Celebration of Cultural Life Award recognizes excellence in three Toronto individuals whose work is a celebration of life through the arts.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash
 

Which Election Issues Are Top of Mind for BC Artists?

As British Columbians head to the polls tomorrow, many artists across the province are looking for more support as they experience job losses and instability further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

That's a Wrap I

Dancefilm, as an art form, is by no means a new medium, but after theatres were shut down and choreographers and dancers found themselves without a stage, an impressive amount of dancefilms were produced.

 

Video of Tene Ward of The National Ballet of Canada trying on pointe shoes that match her skin tone goes viral

“There’s certain traditions like pink shoes that just don’t work for the twenty-first century anymore, given the fact that the people that are included in the ballet world now aren’t just white,” Ward said.

 

Fall For Dance North Offers a Netflix-Style Festival

Like many other events, the sixth edition of the dance festival Fall For Dance North (FFDN) began online on Tuesday. But this festival is hosted on a new, Netflix-style website that features an array of performances, interviews and workshops.

Williams / Photo courtesy of Williams
 

York University Students Write Open Letter to Dance Department About Issues of Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion

On August 26, students from the dance department at York University posted an open letter to the department, urging it to move past shallow actions and re-evaluate the curriculum considering how white supremacy and colonialism are deeply embedded in pedagogy.

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