Alicia Grant, Irvin Chow, and Nicole Rose Bond in Andrea Spaziani's "Silver Venus". Photo by Omer Yukseker. 

Alicia Grant, Irvin Chow, and Nicole Rose Bond in Andrea Spaziani's "Silver Venus". Photo by Omer Yukseker. 

Peer Learning Network: a choreographic working group for emerging artists


Developed in response to a need for increased choreographic development for artists in Toronto, the Peer Learning Network is an opportunity for emerging* choreographers to learn, experiment, develop work, develop methodologies, but most of all to do it together. Artists working in all forms and practices of dance are encouraged to apply.

This project is an experiment in self-directed learning. Interested artists should be willing to commit to working with the group, attending sharing sessions, and where possible, working with other choreographers as an interpreter.

Six selected artists will receive:

  • Ten hours of studio time per month at Dancemakers Centre for Creation throughout the duration of the program, based on studio availability
  • An honorarium
  • Discounted tickets to performances at Dancemakers throughout the duration of the program

The Artists agree to:

  • Attend a monthly group sharing session
  • Commit to working collectively with the group, including as outside eyes or interpreters, as available
  • Be available for a public sharing moment of their work through the Peer Learning Network

This is the second iteration of the Dancemakers Peer Learning Network. The first edition hosted Robyn Breen, Molly Johnson, Dedra McDermott, Kari Pederson, Shakeil Rollock, jes sachse, Irma Villafuerte, and Naishi Wang.

Program dates are September 15 to December 15, 2018

*For the purposes of this program, Emerging Choreographers are those with 5 years or less professional experience as a choreographer

To apply, please submit the following:

  • An artists’ statement (maximum 500 words): Please describe your artistic interests, methods, curiosities. What are you specifically working on as a choreographer? What motivates you to make dances? How do you make them? What is similar between your dances?
  • A biography: Please list any professional choreographic experience and training as well as other relevant information.
  • Support material: Please submit up to 5 minutes of video documentation. Links to video only: no attachments/DropBox.

Submit all documents as a single PDF to with the subject line “Peer Learning Network Application” by 5 PM on August 15th, 2018.

Selected participants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline.


Peer Learning Network: a choreographic working group for emerging artists is supported by RBC Emerging Artists' Project

Call for submissions: International Presenters Program organized by Fall For Dance North in partnership with Dancemakers


Dancemakers is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a showcase event at Fall for Dance North's International Presenters Program (IPP).

“The International Presenters Program (IPP) is FFDN’s annual industry event series which invites programmers/presenters from Toronto and around the globe to discover and (re)connect with dance artists from near and far. Parallel with our aim to attract and excite a wide audience through our festival programming, FFDN strives to support, celebrate and engage the local dance community of artists and presenters, in part by initiating activities such as the IPP. This year, the IPP will feature three showcase events, two of which are curated by FFDN with the assistance of their Artistic Advisory Committee. The third showcase is curated by our 2018 IPP partners, Dancemakers.” Fall for Dance North

Dancemakers is pleased to partner on presenting a selection of tour-ready works from Ontario-based artists. Selected artists will receive an honorarium, space, and technical support to present an excerpt of a tour-ready work on Friday October 5, 2018. Selections will be made based on works that best reflect Dancemakers’ mission, mandate, and artistic vision - see here.

Individual artists, collectives, ad-hoc or incorporated groups can apply. Emerging, mid-career and established artists working in any form of dance or contemporary performance will be considered.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Piece description (Maximum 250 words)
  • A biography of the choreographer/organization/lead applicant
  • A list of all artists involved
  • A tech rider
  • Link to support material
  • A maximum of five minutes of footage of the proposed work

Please send the completed materials as a PDF to with the subject line “IPP application”.

Submissions should be received by August 25, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within two weeks of receipt.

About Dancemakers


Dancemakers is committed to developing the field of contemporary dance practices. Through residencies, performances, workshops and ancillary activities, Dancemakers animates a space where practitioners and publics engage in a discourse around dance.


The following organizational values drive our decision making: 

  1. Artistic curiosity, risk and reflection
  2. Diversity in all its manifestations
  3. Community, audience and stakeholder interaction and dance literacy
  4. Equitable support to a wide pool of artists
  5. Ethical creation and production practices

Artistic Vision

Dancemakers is a centre for the development of the field of contemporary dance: we offer spaces in which dance can ask of itself what it’s already doing, what it hopes to be doing, what it doesn’t know it’s doing, and a place where individuals within/close to/observing the art form can articulate these doings. We are a site for experimentation and research in dance, and through programmed residencies, presentations, and other ancillary events, we offer spaces where risk and reflection are encouraged. We cultivate an environment where artists can shift their focus to longer-term visioning of projects, and production can take its time. Central to our values is to be able to offer these spaces to as many artists as possible and consistently question how our resources can be best structured and distributed. We seek to be artistically, aesthetically, and organizationally responsive to developments in dance.

Dancemakers thanks all applicants in advance for their interest in this opportunity. Dancemakers is an equal opportunity employer: we are committed to inclusive, barrier-free selection and programming processes and studio environments. We are committed to building a diverse dance community and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We are committed to providing accommodation in the application process for people with disabilities and anyone for whom this application format presents a barrier: if you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.


Deadline: September 10, 2018

The RT Collective are pleased to announce the second edition of Screen:Moves--a screening program of short dance videos. Presented in collaboration with Dancemakers, Screen:Moves invites artists to conceive and create original works for this unique program. 

The program operates on a "micro-commissioning" model. We do not program existing works. Instead, we invite artists to submit proposals for new works they would like to create and then support that process of creation. Selected projects will receive a screening fee of $200 and be screened as part of the program in December 2018 at Dancemakers Centre for Creation.


  • We accept proposals for new works that are conceived and created specifically for this program. Please do not submit works you have already created for consideration.
  • Collaborative teams must have at least one artist based in Canada.
  • The program is geared specifically to works created with all forms of video (rather than works shot on film).
  • Submissions using accessible video technologies like smart phones, iPads, or webcams, are encouraged.
  • Completed works should be 4 minutes or less. 
  • Projects should address or feature the medium of dance in some way.
  • Formats can include: experimental, narrative, comedic, documentary and animated works.



  • Proposals must be submitted via email using the attached form.
  • Proposals submitted without the form or with incomplete information are ineligible.
  • Proposals must include a link to one previously created video work. The jury will watch a maximum of 4 minutes.
  • First time video makers are welcome. In the event you have never made a video, include a link to some other artistic project you have previously created. 
  • Proposals received after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • Deadline for proposals: September 10, 2018.
  • Selected artists will be notified by September 14, 2018.
  • Completed works must be received by November 5, 2018.

The submission form is available here.

Email questions and submissions to: info [at] rtcollective [dot] ca