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CARFAC Ontario has been involved with an informal group of associations involved in the Writers Coalition Program, or the Arts & Entertainment Plan®, of the Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS),  working to increase the number of their members and other professional artists who enroll in a medical, dental and life insurance program.   

Dance Ontario's Amy Hampton Among The Award Recipients at d:mic

Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, on behalf of princess productions and guest curators Serge Bennathan and Cylla von Tiedemann, is pleased to announce the award winners from this year's dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac), the cutting-edge contemporary dance festival which had a popular and critically successful run August 14-17, 2013 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.

Dance Ontario is soliciting nominations for the New DANCE ONTARIO YOUTH AWARD. This annual award seeks to recognize exceptional young dancers ages 19 & under who are not only pursuing excellence in their craft but go above and beyond making a difference in the lives of others and/or contributing to the dance community.

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Nadia Potts: Recipient of the Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dance Ontario Awards Committee (BaKari Ifasegun Lindsay, Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo and Peter Ryan) today announced that the Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Nadia Potts.

Dance Ontario congratulates the following members who are the recipients of Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
Santee Smith for Outstanding Choreography
DanceWorks for presentation of Susie Burpee & Linnea Swan Outstanding Ensemble Performance
and for Molly Johnson (Best Performance by a Female) in Forcier Stage Works CoWorks Series event LabRats

DR. MENAKA THAKKAR 2013 Laureate for Dance of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

On April 10, 2013, Dr. Menaka Thakkar was named a 2013 laureate of the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Laureate individuals are honoured for their outstanding body of work and enduring contribution to the performing arts in Canada.

The internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and institution builder Menaka Thakkar is the 2012 winner of the Canada Council Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. She has been bringing classical Indian dance to Canadians for 40 years and has trained several generations of professional dancers who now enjoy thriving careers of their own.

Anjelica Scannura won both awards for After the Fall, a dance performance she created and performed which dealt with the repression of women in societies that bar them from basic civil liberties. Scannura's body becomes the movement, transgressing the boundaries of flamenco that is at her training roots.

Twenty dancers ages 7-15 from Jade's Hip Hop Academy (JHHA) helped win 6 World Titles for Canada and several Top 7 place finishes at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Black Pool England on August 24th-27th.