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Let's Keep Dance Active in Canada..Vote 4 dance!


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Join the National Vote for dance campaign!

Voting for dance in Canada demonstrates that you agree with the principles highlighted in the Dance Manifesto, that you recognize the importance of dance in the lives of Canadians. You may vote for the social cohesion that dance brings, for its community engagement, how it reaches youth or seniors, its inclusiveness, how it embraces healthy living, or how it provides jobs and employment. When you vote for dance, you add your voice to the hundreds of individuals in Canada that want us to speak on their behalf. Dancers have the shortest careers, wages are the lowest, and many dance companies /individual dancers suffer extreme financial fragility. When it comes to convincing public leaders about the necessity of dance in our Canadian culture, the importance of reinforcing dance in education, subsidizing health insurance programs, or access to Touring funding, CDA needs a critical mass of people raising their voice…don’t wait : VOTE NOW, and join the largest dance force whose goal is to move into the spotlight and change the status of dance in Canada!

Place your vote here and help to show the world that Canada is a DANCE NATION!

Support the work of CDA and it's "I love dance/J'aime la danse" campaign that promotes the values, importance and contributions dance adds to our lives and culture. Please visit the Canadian Dance Assembly official website for more information on our services: www.cda-acd.ca

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On behalf of our Canadian dance professionals from coast to coast, THANK YOU very much for your solidarity.

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Letter to
Canadian Policy and Decision Makers
(La version française suit immédiatement la version anglaise)

DANCE MANIFESTO:
We declare that DANCE, in all its diverse expressions, is a force for SOCIAL GOOD and HUMAN ADVANCEMENT.

In support of this we uphold the following principles:

DANCE is an instinctive human BIRTHRIGHT and a lifelong contributor to HEALTH and contentment.

DANCE enlivens the BODY.
DANCE engages the MIND.
DANCE inspires the SPIRIT.

DANCE celebrates cultural, SOCIAL and physical DIVERSITY yet soars above perceived barriers to foster COHESION and SHARED understanding.

DANCE as an art represents a society’s HIGHEST ASPIRATIONS and communicates profound truths that are BEYOND the power of words.

DANCE expresses the essence of what it is to be fully ALIVE.

For these reasons, we advocate:

EXPANDED opportunities to experience DANCE, as ART, HEALTH, EDUCATION, RECREATION or SPORT, whether as observer or participant, AMONG ALL AGE groups and socio-cultural sectors.

WIDER appreciation of the multi-faceted contributions of the DANCE PROFESSION as a source of valuable KNOWLEDGE and provider of INSPIRING performances.

BROADER acknowledgment of DANCE as a MAJOR component of our IDENTITY as a COMPASSIONATE, IMAGINATIVE, INNOVATIVE and THRIVING community.

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MANIFESTE POUR LA DANSE :

Nous déclarons que la danse, dans ses formes les plus diverses, contribue au mieux-être de la communauté et à l’évolution de l’humanité.

Cette affirmation repose sur les fondements suivants :

La danse est un don inné, gage de santé et de plaisir tout au long de la vie.

La danse mobilise tout le corps.

La danse engage l’esprit.

La danse saisit l’âme et l’élève.

La danse est un creuset de diversité sociale, culturelle et physique, car en déjouant la barrière des apparences, elle favorise la cohésion et la reconnaissance mutuelle.

La danse, comme forme d’art, exprime les nobles aspirations d’une société, car elle accède et donne accès à ces vérités qui transcendent le pouvoir des mots.

La danse est par essence ce qui nous fait nous sentir vivants.

Pour toutes ces raisons, nous voulons :

Qu’il soit possible de faire l’expérience de la danse de toutes les manières, en art, en santé, en éducation, en loisir ou en sport, ou bien comme spectateur ou encore comme participant, à tout âge de la vie et quelle que soit l’appartenance sociale ou culturelle.

Qu’il soit donné d’apprécier les différents métiers de la danse, comme autant de dépositaires de savoirs qui font la magie du spectacle vivant.

Qu’il soit unanimement reconnu que la danse enrichit l’identité d’une communauté par ses valeurs données en partage : la compassion, l’imagination et le sens de l’innovation.

The Dance Manifesto has also been translated into Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. Available on www.ilovedancecanada.ca