Ontario Dances pilot program announced

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario Arts Council is pleased to announce
the launch of Ontario Dances, a 3-year pilot program to develop a better
understanding and appreciation of dance by both audiences and presenters.


    -   The purpose of this initiative is to have more live dance
        performances in more Ontario communities and more people interested
        and engaged in dance. It aims to increase the range and diversity of
        dance available to communities outside Toronto. Program goals

        Audience development - encourage more people to participate in dance
        through education programs led by local dance animators and involving
        dance artists.

        Curatorial development - help presenters with professional
        development and networking opportunities that expand their knowledge
        of dance in Ontario.

        Presentation of Ontario dance artists - support presenters in their
        artistic risk taking to expose audiences to dance works that may be
        new to them.

    -   There are seven participants in this pilot:
        -  Brock Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines
        -  Capitol Theatre, North Bay
        -  Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham
        -  Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
        -  Orillia Opera House
        -  River Run Centre, Guelph
        -  Waterloo Dance Projects/The Registry Theatre, Kitchener
    -   Each presenter will:
        -  Present one Ontario-based dance company in each year of the pilot
           and include arts education and learning programs,
        -  Engage a local dance animator to facilitate programs which may
           include artist talks, master classes, or workshops for
           recreational and professional participants,
        -  Attend performances of Ontario dance companies throughout the
           pilot, and
        -  Attend professional development and networking opportunities,
           including the Canada Dance Festival (http://www.canadadance.ca/)
           in 2008 and 2010.
    -   The pilot program is administered by CCI - Ontario Presenting
        Network. It will also involve Réseau Ontario in aspects of
        professional development and program evaluation to determine how this
        model may also impact the francophone presenting community in any art


    -   About granting programs and awards
        (http://www.arts.on.ca/Page16.aspx) of the Ontario Arts Council
    -   About Ontario presenters:
        -  CCI - Ontario Presenting Network (http://www.ccio.on.ca/)
        -  Réseau Ontario (http://reseauontario.ca/)
    -   Dance service organizations:
        -  CADA - Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists
        -  CanDance - The Canadian Network of Dance Presenters
        -  CDA - Canadian Dance Assembly (http://www.dancecanada.net/)
        -  Dance Collection Danse (http://www.dcd.ca/)
        -  The Dance Current (http://thedancecurrent.com/)
        -  Dance Ontario (http://www.danceontario.ca/)
        -  DTRC - Dancer Transition Resource Centre (http://www.dtrc.ca/)

    The Ontario Arts Council (http://www.arts.on.ca/index.aspx) (OAC) is the
province of Ontario's primary funding body for professional arts activity.
Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the
development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of

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For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Hamal Docter, Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7434, 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434,

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