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March 2015 Member's Newsletter

This edition features our Annual Member Conference, a profile of our Professional Discounts program & recent Posts of Interest from our social media channels.

CADA/West Member Joshua Ongcol by Yvonne Chew

Annual Member Conference: What's the plan?

March 28, 12-4pm @ Roundhouse Community Centre Exhibition Hall, Vancouver

Have you ever wondered how you'll get from idea to goal? Do you know where you want an idea to go but aren't sure how to get it there? Join us March 28th, 12-4pm at the Roundhouse exhibition hall for our annual conference and learn how to build a plan, by building an actual plan.

Register Now!

We've discussed goals and directions for CADA/West a lot in the last two years and you've come up with some amazing ideas. Case in point, the Studio Subsidy Pilot Program that we're about to unveil. Studio rent is an economic barrier for a lot of dance artists and we've responded to your feedback with a new pilot program for the 15/16 year that will hopefully address these issues. This is an excellent example of how we're a member-driven organization.

All of our programs and services in the next five years will be coming straight from you. We want you to come to the conference, build concrete plans, decide how to act upon these plans and whether they should be short-term or long-term goals.

We also have a ton of other news, like the changes to the membership application and TSP program that affect all of you. Everything is going ONLINE next month and there's details that you need to know. Be in the loop!


  • 12pm - Greeting, Important Announcements & Advocacy Actions
  • 1pm - Review of Strategic Plan & Suggested Actions submitted by members
  • 1:30pm - Elements of an Action Plan
  • 2pm - Break out groups: Action Plans drafted
  • 3pm - Presentation of Action Plan ideas & voting
  • 3:45pm - Closing Remarks

Register Now! It's free!

If you have any questions about the conference, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at To our Members outside of Vancouver, are you interested in a Live Feed? Let us know and we'll set it up for you.

CADA/West Member Lara Barclay by Yvonne Chew

CADA/West's Professional Discounts program

Working to raise standards and conditions within our sector takes the whole of the community. We encourage you to take advantage of the services and discounts the following businesses/organizations provide to CADA/West members:

Business Members


Canadian Dance Assembly |

Membership benefits listed on their site here

automatic joint membership with cada/west

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) exists to facilitate the dynamic exchange of information relevant to Canadian professional dance of all forms and aesthetics. It strives to cultivate a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and to support the development of resources for this field of artistic expression.


Dancer Transition Resource Centre |

$10 discount on DTRC annual membership dues

check the cada box on the form when joining/renewing

The DTRC was founded in 1985 with a mandate to help dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and out of professional performing careers. As a member of the DTRC, a wide range of programs and services are available to dancers of all forms and genres. Services include 5 types of professional counselling; resources and information; and grants for skills development and retraining.


Harbour Dance Centre |

$13 drop-in classes

present membership card at time of registration

Harbour Dance Centre was established in 1985 by partners Danielle Clifford and Pamela Quick-Rosa. Harbour Dance is at the center of Vancouver’s dance scene. Their world-class faculty offers a variety of dance forms for adult dancers of all levels.


Mascall Dance |

discounts on studio rental & classes

mention membership when booking

Mascall Dance Society's studio space at 1191 Jervis Street, Vancouver, features a beautiful, soft-finished wooden floor and mirrors along one wall. Chairs and audio system available for use. Studio Size: 60X35 ft (or 2100 square feet), available Monday through Thursday: 9:30am – 6:30pm. To check availability and to book space please call (604) 669 - 9337 or e-mail:


Limitless Wellness |

#109 13786 103 Ave Surrey, BC V3T 1R9
15% discount on counselling and life coaching sessions

mention membership when booking

Sarah Flynn understands the difficulties artists face—personally, professionally and financially. It is for these reasons that she wishes to extend her services to all CADA/West members.


Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society |

live performance discounts

present membership card when purchasing

Founded in 2004, the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating and promoting the Indian dance form of Bhangra, while strengthening the community we live in. VIBC organizes two major annual events, the City of Bhangra Festival and the NEXT Bhangra Competition, in addition to partnering with numerous arts and community events throughout the year.


The Dance Centre |

$10 off The Dance Centre “Associate Artist” level membership

present membership card at time of registration

Established in 1986 as a resource centre for the dance profession and the public in BC, The Dance Centre has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of dance activities. Dance Centre members receive discounted studio rates at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, subscriptions to Dance International Magazine, and more.


Blue Egg Studios |

10 x 60min classes at $105 20 x 60min classes at $210 10 x 75min classes at $116 20 x 75min classes at $232 10 x 90min classes at $130 20 x 90min classes at $260

present membership card at time of registration

Blue Egg Studios offers a full-time Conservatory Program for those pursuing Triple Threat careers, dancer-singer-actor, and Dance Training Programs for those pursuing Dance careers: dancer, choreographer or teacher, etc. For those with careers outside of dance or performance but who love to dance, they also offer Individual Dance Courses for all levels.


Business Supporters


Performance Discounts

CADA/West Members receive ticket discounts at several theatres throughout Vancouver and through Dance Victoria

these discounts vary by theatre...ask at box offices if they offer a “cada discount” and be sure to have your membership card with you in order to obtain the discount


Good Women Dance Collective |

Discount rate on tickets to performances & events

present membership card at registration


Full Circle Studio–Movement Arts |

discount varies

present membership card at registration


The Dance Current |

annual subscription rate of $32

contact cada/west's program coordinator to arrange


Form Body Lab |

15% off Physiotherapy Sessions
15% off Drop-in Pilates (Mat & Apparatus), Yoga, GYROKENESIS® Classes & Memberships

present membership card at registration


Co. Erasga |

discounts on classes, performances, symposia

mention membership when registering/purchasing


Pur Movement |

15% off all services, studios & in-studio merchandise (classes, personal training, active rehabilitation)

present membership card when purchasing


Barre Fitness |

15% off regular drop-in rates & class packages

present membership card at registration


The Dance Shop |

10% off all regular priced merchandise purchased in the store—spend $250 or more and receive a 20% off gift card applicable for 6 months

present membership card when purchasing


Debbie Lee Dance Co. |

15% off regular class prices

present membership card at registration


Become a Business Member ($60/year) or Business Supporter ($0/year).

CADA/West Member Barbara Bourget by Yvonne Chew

Posts of Interest

Calling choreographers from across the country! @duskdances is in search of a 30 minute piece for Summer 2015

See @creativetrustTO's great blog: topics like Paying Artists, Fundraising, Artists=Entrepeneurs?, Audiences, Work Flow

How to Write a Dance: The problems of dance notation via @parisreview

How does contemporary performance respond to 'recordability'? via Momus

We have over 200 dance resource posts on our website, incl. this section on issues around copyright via @CADAWest

When is artist on artist theft ok? via Momus

We are sad to announce the closing of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

The Post at 750: New Vancouver Cultural Hub Opens @PuShFestival @TouchstoneInVan @musiconmain @doxafestival

"I’m quite careful about using terms like participation, collaboration, authorship" Melanie Manchot

Teachers need training too! We've created our new Dance Educators' Seminar for professional instructors Aug 4 - 6 via @PeggyBakerDance

Barriers to creative practice for early career #artists: low income from practice and need for non #arts work via @hillstrategies

connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and see the Resources section of our website for more like this

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