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Dear Minister McMahon,

Dance Ontario Association is contacting you at this time to draw your attention to the alarming outcomes emerging within the not for profit arts sector as a result of decreased funding from Ontario Arts Council to the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate dance in this province. Increased investment in the Ontario Arts Council is urgently needed in order for this major economic driver to begin to address losses to the sector through inflationary pressures and to begin to meet demands due to population growth.

The Canada Dance Mapping Study resulted in three major online initiatives that are interactive and present some of the findings in innovative ways!

Members note that The Paula Moreno Spanish Dance Company has a COSTUME SALE on Sunday 26 Fe., from noon until 4pm at Carmen Romero Studios, 228 Merton St., 2nd Floor, Toronto.
Telephone 416 924 6991

We am greatly concerned about the property tax assessment levied on arts designated buildings such as 401 Richmond Street West and The Distillery District and its potentially disastrous effect on the cultural community that works there.  

Two individuals whose initiatives have benefited the dance community over the past few years will be acknowledged during DanceWeekend'17 with Community Service Awards.

The Dance Ontario Awards Committee is delighted to announce that Tess Vosper will be the recipient of this year's Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 during DanceWeekend at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto.

15 year old Tess studies at Milton's The Dance Class and at Cawthra Park Secondary School.

We're delighted to announce that the Sunday performances of DanceWeekend'17 will likely be live-streamed to Windsor, London and Sudbury!
Managed by our regional networks in those centres, we hope as many residents as possible will be able to see the events.

Re:  2016 Pre - Budget Submission

Dear Minister Sousa,

City Council’s commitment to reach $25 per capita arts funding by 2017 is being challenged in the City Manager's recommended budget, launched this morning.

Dance Ontario Association has now completed discussions with Re:SOUND regarding that organization's updated Tariff 6b covering use of music for teaching. Fees for 2015 and 2016 should be calculated by multiplying $0.348 x the number of classes per year*.

RE:SOUND will offer Dance Ontario members coverage from  2008 to 2016, provided that: