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Dance Ontario COVID-19 Response Meeting

The Dance Ontario COVID -19 Response Committee invites members to join us for a special meeting to share, discuss and explore ideas on the impact of COVID-19 on the dance sector. Our goal is to bring our membership together to share questions, worries and stories about the impacts of COVID -19 and how Dance Ontario can support the community. Please fill out the form below to register and submit topics or questions you would like to explore. Zoom link will sent prior to the meeting.

Please RSVP by Thursday December 3rd.

In Memorium: Patricia Beatty (1936-2020)⁣

The dance community is mourning the loss and remembering the legacy of Patricia (Trish) Beatty), one of Canada's most esteemed dance artists.

Dancer, choreographer, teacher and pioneer in developing and nurturing modern dance in Toronto and Canada, Patricia Beatty was a co-founder of Toronto Dance Theatre and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her works and teaching have impacted generations of dance artists and creators and she was the recipient of the Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award for her immense contribution to dance in the province.

Dance Ontario DanceWeekend is going digital in 2021! Our annual festival, which draws packed houses each year, will shift to showcasing our members and vibrant dance community in the online space in response the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dance Ontario is soliciting nominations for the JACQUE FOESIER YOUTH DANCE 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.

Dancemakers announced on November 12th,  that the Board of Directors has made the decision to end the company’s artistic and operations activity, after 46 years, effective July 31, 2021.

The Ontario government is investing $100 million over two years in the Community Building Fund to support community tourism, culture and sport organizations which are experiencing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic.

On November 5, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover.

Highlights of Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover:

Protect — $15.2 billion, including $7.5 billion in new funding, for the government's urgent response to COVID-19.

On November 6, the Ontario government has released a new COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown being a measure of last and urgent resort. Public health measures required for each level can be found in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.


Announcing: The National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS)

Dance Ontario has joined forces with 30 national and provincial arts service organizations across a range of artistic disciplines to develop the

Do you have news or events you would like to include in Dance Ontario's November Headlines? Deadline for members to submit their news and events is Nov. 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. Send submissions to