Professional Development

The Canada Council for the Arts  offers grants to individual Canadian dance professionals to pursue projects involving professional development, research, creation, apprenticeship, mentorship or sabbaticals, as well as Indigenous arts-specific grants

The Ontario Arts Council offers Chalmers Professional Development Grants to provide professional artists in Ontario opportunities to acquire new skills that advance their art practice, as well as Chalmers Arts Fellowships for mid- to late- career artists.

The Ontario Arts Council  also offers grants to dance schools and professional dance companies whose mandate is to foster Aboriginal and culturally diverse expressions in dance for training dance students and professional dance artists: Aboriginal and Culturally Diverse Dance Training.

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) has resources for both members and non-members including workshops and conferences, grants & awards, professional counselling and an online job board. Click here.

WorkInCulture connects arts and culture workers with workshops, skills training, courses and career development opportunities that focus on improving their business and professional skills. Click here.

Dance Ontario site offers a wealth of information regarding jobs, training, workshops and administrative advice.

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Cindy Yip 

Photo: Victor Tan

Emerging Artists


New Blue Emerging Dance New Blue is an organization that aims to help catalyze the careers of emerging dance artists within the dance community. New Blue's mission is to help artists build and maintain multigenerational relationships with other artists, arts businesses and organizations while also providing a platform for dance artists to share their ideas, engage communities and push creative boundaries. New Blue is here to foster a sense of community by providing space, exposure and carefully-conceived workshop, networking and performance series. We are pushing for more peer mentoring, networking and open/safe/inclusive atmospheres for all artists.



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