Get to know your CADA/BC

November 2012 Member's Newsletter


This edition features a profile of our Business Members; reports from the CDA National Conference & Arts Day on the Hill; info on our See More Dance raffle; updates to the Fees & Rates Standards; our annual Member's Survey; and our monthly advocacy challenge.

CADA/BC's Business Members

CADA/BC's Business Members support our Membership of artists and our mandate to secure dance as an integral part of our culture.

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 these businesses provide to CADA/BC Members.

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.

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.

DanceHouse |

ticket discounts to Dance Response participants

DanceHouse brings large-scale dance from around the world to Vancouver. Produced by Seismic Shift, a not-for-profit society dedicated to the promotion of the art form of dance, DanceHouse is currently presenting their 5th season of international dance, from their home-base at the Vancouver Playhouse.

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.

Made in BC |

Made in BC—Dance on Tour is a network of presenters, an arts service organization and a provider of dance arts outreach activities throughout BC. In bringing together presenters, dance artists and audiences, Made in BC serves the entire province by expanding networks, knowledge and support for the contemporary dance sector.

ActSafe |

Collaborating with BC’s motion picture and performing arts industries, Actsafe addresses safety and health in arts production and entertainment. They provide innovative, accessible health and safety training and resources.

Canadian Dance Assembly |

Membership benefits listed on their site here

automatic joint membership with cada/bc

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.


Watch for January's newsletter for updates on all of the Professional Discounts offered throughout the community to CADA/BC Members or find them listed in the Member's Area Forum.

CADA/BC 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/BC discount” and be sure to have your Membership card with you in order to obtain the discount.

Want to sign-up for a Business Membership? CADA/BC Business Membership costs $60/year. If your business supports the arts, or if you know of one that does, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us with any suggestions/questions.

see this link for Business Membership benefits & application form

CDA National Conference Reports

In partnership with the Canadian Dance Assembly, New Works and Made in BC, CADA/BC was proud to send 1 Member and 2 Board Members to the 2012 CDA National Conference & Arts Day on the Hill.

Please see below excerpts of reports from our 3 representatives...CADA/BC Board Chair Josh Martin, Board Member Kim Sato and Member Caroline Liffmann:

  • Strengthened vision of what CADA/BC does and how it fits into the greater network of dance service providers and larger dance community
  • Many attendees were surprised and delighted how large CADA/BC is growing...We are building a reputation of a solid organization
  • Strengthened my understanding of my position as a Board Member
  • Much better understanding of CDA, what it does, how it is structured, the potential for member participation and the challenges of their current standing council model
  • Very useful to put faces to names, especially for CDA staff, standing councils and CADA-ON
  • Was relieved to see others from all provinces concerned with how to make CDA stronger
  • Was able to explain why some dance artists may not connect to the I Love Dance campaign
  • Optimism for CADA-ON connection
  • Became curious about RQD stats...What does CADA/BC look like side-by-side? What should we be striving for?
  • Attended Arts Day On The Hill with Canadian Arts Coalition...Met Liberal MP Joyce Murray and spoke about CADA/BC and arts funding necessities
  • Participation in Arts Day on the Hill and the Arts Caucus meeting illuminated the role of advocacy in keeping the arts visible to politicians as a cultural and economic priority
  • Excited about the work being done with dance video and digital forms for dance...Looking forward to being an advocate for more support of this form
  • Gained insights into my own art practice
  • Met a lot of interesting people and opened lines for future conversations/collaborations

See More Dance | CADA/BC raffle

Wish that you and yours could attend more dance shows?

Spread the word about supporting professional dance with CADA/BC's fundraiser
and...See More Dance in 2013!

buy tix from the CADA/BC office | Mon & Wed; 11:30am-2pm

email to buy tix |

phone to buy tix | 604.606.6414

contact a Board Member to buy tix |

How It Works...

1 lucky dance supporter will win a selection of tickets, a value of almost $1,300, to many of Vancouver's premiere dance events in the coming year.

see this LINK for complete list of tix & rules

(sorry Alberta Members, only BC residents can buy raffle tix)

Updates to CADA/BC's Fees & Rates Standards

Generated from national arts resources and CADA/BC Membership statistics, CADA/BC's Fees & Rates Standards recommend a minimum rate for different types of dance work.

These Rates, used by numerous arts councils, facilitate contract negotiations and recognize the value of professional experience in the individual artist. We reinforce that a minimum rate is a starting point, not an end point!

In March 2011, we conducted a survey of our Fees & Rates Standards. Using that information, as of October 31, 2012, we have updated the document.

see the updated document HERE

Please take the time to read some of the supporting documents from the background work done on these changes:

2011 CADA/BC Survey Summary - Dance Artist Responses

2011 CADA/BC Survey Summary - Engagers Responses

2011 CADA/BC Survey Summary (Prepared by Member Jennifer Law)

2012 Professional Standards & Agreements Advisory Council Recommendations (including the Teacher's Fees & Rates Task Force Recommendation)

Member's Survey

We would like to hear from you.

As our Membership continues to grow, we would like to know more about you. Starting this year, we will be conducting annual Member's surveys. We very much appreciate your taking the time to fill out the survey (it will take under 7mins) before Monday, November 26.

click HERE for survey

Thank you for your support!

Speak With Your Feet

This month's advocacy challenge...

Join a Committee/Advisory Council.

Are you an advocate for professional standards in dance?

Great at fundraising?

Passionate about training?

Looking to develop new skills?

In addition to our Board of Directors and Staff, we rely upon a number of groups and volunteers to ensure the success of CADA/BC.

We are always looking for Members to help out with committees, give their voices to advisory councils and to lend an extra hand when the need arises.

Til Dec 11, we are looking for help selling our See More Dance raffle tix!!!

Please contact Kristina Lemieux to get invovled.

Plenty of organizations rely on the contribution of committee members. Check company websites for info.

Joining such a group is a great way to become more familiar with what goes in to running an arts organization. It is also a great way to become better acquainted with a specific organization.

CADA/BC and its Members,

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written, designed and built by Deanna Peters, CADA/BC Communications Officer