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At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Association, the following were elected (re-elected) to the Board of Directors:

A 12-week study has been taking place at Canada's National Ballet School into the effects of dance on people suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Says Rachel Bar  “The objective of our study is to get a sense of what’s unique in the brain [related to dance] and specific for people with Parkinson’s disease.” It is a multipronged collaboration of Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS), Mark Morris Group’s Dance for PD, Dancing with Parkinson’s founder Sarah Robichaud, and two university reseachers, Dr.

Dance doesn’t just happen at the ballet. It takes place almost anywhere: on the streets, at schools and in community centres across the country. It’s practiced by young and old and enjoyed in-person and online. The Canada Council is leading a major research project to get a clearer picture of Canada’s full dance ecosystem and its social and economic impacts. It is working with the Ontario Arts Council (a co-funder of the study), and in collaboration with the members of the dance community and arts funders at all levels.

The Metcalf Foundation is undertaking a significant survey as part of our response to Jane Marsland's Innovation Fellowship paper, Shared Platforms and Charitable Venture Organizations, Independent consultant Daniel Bernhard has created this survey to determine the possible market for an independent organization that would serve the arts sector in Canada as a shared platform – a legal and administrative home that could save emerging companies from having to incorporate as independent charities with their own administrative staff and Board of Directors.

L’Allegro Movement Project, A Documentary Film by Ella Cooper and the Luminato Festival Youth Film Crew

VIEW Dance Challenge is Canada's newest dance competition! We are thrilled to be making a cross country tour this season with stops in:    Maple Ridge, BC - March 28th-30th 2014 North Bay, ON - April 4th-6th 2014 Moncton, NB - April 11th-13th 2014 Orillia, ON - May 9th-11th 2014  Calgary, AB - May 16th-18th 2014  

Toronto Arts Foundation has announced that Lua Shayenne is a finalist for the inaugural TELUS Newcomer Artist Award, a Vision Award of Toronto Arts Foundation. Administered by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, this transformative $10,000 award celebrates a newcomer artist with an outstanding body of work, making a contribution in their community. Congratulations Lua!

Has everyone seen Watermark, the extraordinary groundbreaking film by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and member Nick de Pencier?

Well worth the trip to your local movie theatre.  For more information check

Sampradaya Dance Creations and Lata Pada are now pleased to announce that, after four sold-out nights at the 2011 Luminato Festival, TAJ is heading out on a 8 city tour of Canada in October and November 2013, again featuring the renowned Bollywood film, television and theatre star Kabir Bedi (Octopussy, Sandokan, The Bold and the Beautiful, Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story) and the acclaimed Canadian actress Lisa Ray (Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada host,