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Professional Standards for Dance

What are the Professional Standards for Dance?

This is a best practices guide which promotes and supports professional standards and conditions of work in dance. It provides basic guidelines intended for the members of CADA/East in negotiating work agreements – all dance artists are welcome to use it. 

The Professional Standards for Dance provides suggested standards regarding hours of work, fee schedules, and working conditions. It also outlines rights and responsibilities in work agreements. These guidelines recommend minimums and do not preclude the negotiation of further terms of agreement as determined by negotiating parties.

Permission is granted for members and non-members to download and print this document. Use by other organizations with similar aims is encouraged; permission to copy its content must be obtained by contacting CADA/East and credit to CADA/East must be acknowledged.

The PSD was last updated in April, 2021.  CADA/East will engage in updates regularly as the pandemic continues and performances and contracts are being cancelled due to ongoing restrictions.  If you would like to be included in our PSD updating committee, let us know!  Reach out to

Browse the document online.

ISBN 978-0-9812061-3-4 
© Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - East Chapter 2021

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