Why CADA/West?

Jessica McMann, photo Chris Randle

“CADA/West is a huge support to dancers of all genres. I am proud to be a member and grateful for the advice and help ever since I have joined. You can join if you dance any cultural styles as well!”
– Jessica McMann


dancer Katalina Cruz, singer Vicente Griego, photo Jason Brett

“CADA/West provides many helpful financial subsidies and resources”
– Katalina Cruz


Kristy Janvier; photo Yvonne Chew

“…based in Northern Manitoba… I need to travel in and out of my community for performance, training or workshops… I have found the website information very helpful in negotiating contract payments and the training subsidy has been greatly beneficial.”
– Kristy Janvier


Kate Stashko; photo Marc J. Chalifoux

“…the advocacy work that CADA/West does has raised the profile of professional dancers in Alberta”
– Kate Stashko


Anusha Fernando, Colleen Lanki; photo Harry Brewster

“CADA/West supports dance in all of its manifestations… I have always felt that my voice and experience are valued”
– Anusha Fernando

CADA/West supports artists from across the dance arts
CADA/West works to improve the socio-economic status of dance artists
CADA/West runs the Training Subsidy Program to support dance & other physical training
CADA/West helps raise employment standards for artists & maintains a Basic Dance Policy & Basic Dance Contract template
CADA/West establishes pay rates for different types of dance work & our Fees & Rates Standards are used by numerous arts councils
CADA/West runs the Studio Subsidy Program to offset the costs of studio rental for dance training initiatives
CADA/West has initiated the Childcare Subsidy Pilot Program to provide financial support for the cost of childcare incurred while training or performing
CADA/West members have a say in our annual survey & are invited to get involved in shaping our programs
CADA/West encourages member-driven initiatives, contact us!
CADA/West provides online resources (over 180!) to help dance artists manage their careers
CADA/West provides free consultations
CADA/West represents its members at political & community meetings
CADA/West promotes dialogue around dance on Instagram & Facebook
CADA/West publishes a monthly newsletter
CADA/West works with other service organizations
CADA/West members receive Professional Discounts from supporting businesses
when you join CADA/West, you automatically become a member of the Canadian Dance Assembly
CADA/West is its membership
CADA/West annual membership renewal is March 31