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


"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."  Amelia Ehrhardt, Curator



Banner Image: Amanda Acorn, Ann Trépanier, and Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen in Acorn's work "Leisure Palace" at Artspin's in/Future event. Photo by Andrew Williamson.