For the 2019/20 Membership Year: June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020 
Raise your voice in the dance community in Ontario and Canada by joining CADA-ON today. It can be difficult to navigate the dance sector on your own, and that's why we're here. Let us help you with training costs, negotiating contracts and resources tailored specifically for the independent dancer. With a CADA-ON membership, you're uniting with Ontario's dance artists in a commitment to improving our local dance landscape.

Please feel free to start using our performance discounts as soon as you have received confirmation of your membership approval! You can access a digital CADA-ON membership card on your member profile. 

See what our CADA-ON Members have to say about their membership.

PROfessional artist

$90 Annual Membership Fees
For all emerging and professional dance artists. Click here for membership eligibility.

Associate member

$50 Annual Membership Dues
For all individuals and organizations that support dance and the improvement of dance artists' status in Canada.

  • Support Canada's dance artists!

Already a cADA-ON MEMBER and want to renew?

Log in with your email and password (top right corner of this webpage). There will be a small pop-up in the bottom right corner of the screen with a link that says "Membership Renewal Overdue". Click on it, and it will take you to your member profile. Click "renew until June 1st, 2020".

Please note the following: 

  • Professional Artist Memberships must also send an updated resume to for a successful membership application. Applications without an emailed bio or resume will not be approved.  
  • Because of the joint membership with Canadian Dance Assembly, you will be asked which CDA Standing Council you want to join. Choose the one that relates to your practice or contact CDA for more information. CADA-ON dues include your CDA membership fee. Do not pay CDA directly.
  • You will receive a membership package within the month you have joined or renewed. The 2019-2020 Membership Package includes: a membership card and welcome letter.
  • CADA-ON reserves the right to deny membership at its discretion to any applicant.

WHAT OUR CADA-ON Members are saying...

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William Yong: Artistic Director, Zata Omm
Professional Member, contemporary dance artist
Toronto, Ontario

"CADA-ON is an important organization to Canadian Dance Artists to my eyes. It strengthened my dance career since moving to Canada in 1999. First of all, I benefit so much from the Training Subsidy Program. CADA-ON also guides my artistic practice through the Professional Standards of Dance with insightful guidelines and useful resources for my dance company, Zata Omm." 

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Melanie Preston: National Coordinator, on the MOVE dance conference series and freelance development and events specialist
Associate Member 

"Associate membership in CADA-ON signals my commitment to building a strong artistic community. Since joining, I've come to really appreciate the professional discounts - especially to performances - as they help keep me up with people and the work that they do.

These days, the CADA-ON membership is unique because it is twinned with membership to the Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA). I value the idea that there is a 'greater good' of the whole as opposed to hundreds of isolated and disconnected voices. The combined CADA-ON/CDA membership provides a forum to share ideas, celebrate accomplishments and collectively advocate for dance in Canada." 

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Irvin Chow: Independent dance artist
Professional Member, contemporary dance artist
Toronto, Ontario

"I am a CADA-ON member because I believe that as dance artists, we need to create a community that looks out for each other. This association provides a feeling of support and comfort because I know there are more experienced dancers looking out for me. 

The Professional Standards for Dance is one of the most important documents I have read in my career. As an emerging artist, it has helped me understand what the basic and standard practices are for working conditions. This helps me focus more on the art and worry less about all the other things. 

And what's not to love about the Training Subsidy Program?"

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Susanne Chui: Artistic Director of Mocean Dance
Professional Member, contemporary dance artist
Halifax, Nova Scotia

"Being a member of CADA-ON has helped me through the different stages of my career, from dancer to choreographer and now as the Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. The PSD gives credibility to the profession and I consult it when hiring dancers and being hired by choreographers. Plus the TSP has been a huge help with training costs - the membership fee pays for itself in more ways than one!" 

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Michele Hopkins: 
Independent Dance Artist
Professional Member, ballet and contemporary dance artist
Cambridge, Ontario

 "I have been a member of CADA-ON for many years now. I enjoy being part of the larger community of dance in Ontario. 

When you're working in a smaller town, CADA-ON connects you with other dance artists. It feels like family in many ways."

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Natasha Bakht: Independent Dance Artist
Professional Member, contemporary and South Asian dance artist
Toronto, Ontario 

"It's important for dance practitioners to be part of a professional association like CADA-ON that educates us about our rights, empowers us by detailing the appropriate conditions in which we ought to work, and offers opportunities for community building that strengthens the broader dance millieu.

The Training Subsidy Program is also an incredibly helpful tool to supplement the cost of our physical conditioning and artistic development. I'm a proud member."

BECOme a CADA-ON member today! JOIN NOW.

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