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A comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the US Senate last week stands to make it easier for foreign artists to visit the country. The 1,200-page bill, which offers a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, also requires the government to process artists' visa requests within one month of their initial filing. Under the current system, artists can wait up to six months for a visa and must pay a fee of $1,225 to receive expedited service.

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 Commissions for 2014

The Dance Ontario Commissioning Committee (James Kendal, Tina Nicolaidis, Yasmina Ramzy, Peter Ryan, Jennifer Watkins) are delighted to announce that the commissioned choreographers for 2013/14 will be Malgorzata Nowacka/MOTUS O Dance Theatre and Natasha Powell.
After a day of deliberations, the group selected these stellar creators from 23 applications.

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

Toronto's Economic Development Committee approved a recommendation to increase arts grants funding to Toronto Arts Council by $4 million in 2013. Funding recommendations totalling $2 million were also approved for other arts and culture programs including the Major Cultural Organizations and the Local Arts Service Organizations. The report will go to City Council for final approval on April 3.

International Dance Day 2013 at Toronto Pearson International Airport

On Saturday April 27th, 2013 The Dance Ontario Youth Board (DOYB) organized another spectacular presentation for International Dance Day Celebrations at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This year DOYB presented five Youth Dance Companies including Cadence Dance Studio, City Dance Corps Pre-Professional Training Program, Randolph Dance Crew, The Dance Place and Jade's Hip Hop Academy Performance Company.

Eric Parker Exhibit @ Balzacs

Eric Parker, graphic designer extraordinaire who does extensive work for Dance Ontario exhibited works at Balzacs in the Distillery District.

Opening @ Balzacs. Photo by Eric Parker

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.

In recent weeks artists from across Ontario have been meeting with MPPs regarding sustaining funding for the Ontario Arts Council. Participants recommended by PASO members from within their own memberships resident in specific constituencies have now met with 32 MPPs - 16 Liberal (including 4 Cabinet Ministers), 10 Progressive Conservative and 6 New Democrat.

At the meetings, there were 10 advocates from the dance community.

Dance Ontario participates in ArtsBuild Ontario

ArtsBuild Ontario - is the only organization in our province dedicated to realizing long-term solutions to building, managing and financing the sustainable facilities you need - like theatres, galleries, concert halls and museums.

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