Regional Networks

Dance Ontario continues to expand its regional networks with generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Sudbury, Windsor and Algoma/Sault Ste. Marie have joined London (LDN), Halton (HDN) and Dufferin (DDN).
The Association acts as a catalyst for collaborators drawn from local arts councils, public school boards, dance studios, and local professional artists who will promote and encourage increased sustainable dance activities.
Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative has built access to arts-based learning opportunities and compelling artistic, cultural and heritage experiences, and impacted the lives of approx 14,000 people in the communities served.
Dance Ontario recognizes and thanks the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its commitment to increasing access to dance across the province. A leading grantmaking foundation in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.  For more information on the Foundation, please visit the website at:

Regional networks activities were a result of outcomes from Dance Ontario's Connecting The Dots Conference.
Download the report here.


Dufferin Dance Network (DDN) Catherine Carpenko (Coordinator)Image:

Halton DanceNetwork (HDN) Kate Lowe and Alan Faigal (Coordinators)

London (LDN) Bizz Varty (Coordinator) or

Windsor & Chatham (WDN) Mary Jo Mullins & John Salalila (Coordinators)

The Soo/Algoma (S/ADN) Valerie Calam (Coordinator)

Sudbury (SDN) Emma Duncan (Coordinator)

Download All Networks Report 2019

Image: Arkan Dance Company

Dance Network (HDN)
Cultural Diversity Festival
Burlington 2018

The Cultural Diversity Festival gave Burlington audiences a chance to see,
experience and try their hand at something new and different – be it dance,
music, drumming, a lecture, flamenco or crafts….there was a diversity of
offerings representing the diversity of our neighbourhoods.





On July 27 & 28, 2018, Dance Ontario held the first all networks meeting in Windsor to coincide with the presentation of Riverfront InterArts' ParkDances site-specific dance festival, sponsored by Dance Ontario.

Originally brought to the Board by Catherine Carpenko, the establishment of networks across Ontario is true to its intent inasmuch as sustainable dance activity must be grassroots initiated. Dance networks in Halton, Dufferin, London,Sudbury, Windsor and St.Ste.Marie /Algoma have been funded with a generous multi-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and we have been inspired by the extraordinary diversity of network members'  activities and their consistency.  Each hub has drawn together dance departments from public schools, studios, professional dance artists and community groups celebrating many forms of dance.  Activities range from annual dance festivals, to professional development for dancers, workshops, classes and swing dance clubs.

The July meeting encouraged all to share their experiences, pool ideas and discuss possible exchanges.With original and current Regional Coordinators, Peter Kelly and Grace Smith, and Program Director Amy Hampton, representatives Kate Lowe, Alan Faigal and Margie Sims (Halton), Catherine Carpenko & Michelle Johnson (Dufferin), Mary Jo Mullins, John Salalila & Taisa Petruk (Windsor), Elizabeth Varty & Alissa Cassidy (London) discussed their challenges and successes.  Emma Duncan (Sudbury) who had recently brought Alvin Collantes' gaga workshops to her region as well as seen presentation of the week-long intensive, branches2018 (both supported by Dance Ontario), was unable to attend. Breakout sessions included Money Matters & Administration (Rosslyn Jacob Edwards), Producing and building professional community (Natasha Powell), and Engagement/Outreach - attendance and social media (Peter Kelly).

Top Left - Grace Smith, Amy Hampton, Natasha Powell, Peter Kelly
Bottom Left - Margie Sims, Catherine Carpenko, Alan Faigal, Kate Lowe