The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC)

Dance is one of the most demanding professions, physically, emotionally and financially.

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) works with professional dancers on an individual basis, providing compassionate support and practical services to address all stages of the career. Dancers are better able to reach their potential while performing; prepare in advance for life after dance, and pursue meaningful and fulfilling second careers when a life on stage is no longer possible.

on the MOVE is a dynamic career planning and networking conference designed specifically for dancers entering professional careers.

Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations, on the MOVE welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.

2019/20 on the MOVE conferences

Toronto, ON
January 24, 2020 @ Meridian Hall

Vancouver, BC
January 31, 2020 @ The Dance Centre

Montreal, QC (in French)
February 7, 2020 @ Conseil des Arts de Montréal

on the MOVE – TORONTO:

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres. We welcome you into the professional community with lively panels, workshops and networking activities. Success, in the business of dance, will extend beyond what you’ve learned in-studio. Let us give you the advantage so that you can make an inspired leap into the profession. It’s everything you need to know to get the edge in your dance career!

When: January 24, 2020 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

Where: Meridian Hall (1 Front St E, Toronto)

To register for on the MOVE 2020 click here! Registration closes January 17th

8:30am – Doors Open

8:30-9:00am – Check-in / Registration


9:00-9:15am  Welcome / Land Acknowledgement Artist TBA

9:15-9:55am  Keynote Address with Kevin Ormsby

9:55-10:20am – PODs I – Group break-out discussions

10:25-11:25am – Defining Success (personal and professional) – Panel with Lua Shayenne, Jasmyne Fyffe, and Jera Wolfe; moderated by Jennifer Goodwin

11:25-11:40am – Introducing Dance Arts Service Organizations

11:40-12:45pm – Lunch & Community Fair


Break-out Sessions

12:45-1:45pm  Education & Teaching: Environments & Approaches
with Ayesatta Conteh, Lenny de la Pena, and Ming-Bo Lam; moderated by Christopher House

OR 12:45-1:45  Professional World Survival Kit
with Fabien Maltais-Bayda, Ruth Leggett, and Robert Sauvey; moderated by Jon Reid

1:50-2:50pm – How to Fund Your Practice: From Grassroots to Grants – Panel
with Catalina Fellay-Dunbar (TAC), Amelia Ehrhardt and more tba; moderated by Shannon Litzenberger

2:50-3:05pm  PODs II –  Group break-out discussions

3:05-3:10pm  Break

3:10-4:30pm  Career Convos 

Creating & Producing with Melissa Hart (Sameltanz)
Creative Advocacy with Roshanak Jaberi
Auditioning for Recorded Work (TV/ Film/Music Videos) with Christina de la Cruz
Building a Portfolio Career with Michael Caldwell
Business of Teaching with Diana Reyes
Getting the Gig (Theatre & Live Performance) with Laurence Lemieux
Dance Agency with Stephen Greig (TAMAC)
Inter-disciplinary Practice with Freya Olafson
Healthy Mind & Body with Matt Eldridge
Working Abroad with Allen Kaeja

4:30-4:45pm  Putting It All Together
with Grace Smith

Ending the day with a BIG prize give away!


When: January 31, 2020 (8:45 am – 4:30 pm)

Where: The Dance Centre (Level 6, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver)

 Registration closes January 24th

8:45-9:15 –  Arrival and Registration    
9:15-9:40  Indigenous Welcome & Opening

Margaret Grenier, Artistic Director | Dancers of Damelahamid &Ainslie Cyopik, Founder/Designer | Ainsliewear, Board Member | DTRC
9:40-10:15 –  Keynote Conversation  

Dana Gingras. Artistic Director | Animals of Distinction

10:15-10:30 –  Movement Activation & Networking   
10:30-11:30    Artist Panel: Pathways In & Through    

Artists include: Kirsten Wicklund (Ballet BC), Ralph Escamillon (Independent), Rhonda Cooper (Dancer/Choreographer/Physiotherapist) and others TBA

11:30-12:10 – The Dance Ecosystem: Welcome to the community  / Service and Support Organizations including:
Actsafe, AFC, CADA/West, Canadian Dance Assembly, Dance Collection Danse, Dance International, Healthy Dancer Canada, Made in BC, New Works, Scotiabank Dance Centre, The Dance Current, The Dance Podcast …

12:10-1:00 – Networking Lunch and Community Fair    
1:00-1:15 – Peer Learning Exchange    
1:15-1:55 – Workshop A – CareerCraft: Tracking Your Practice, Planning Forward

Workshop B – Financial Management 1.0*
1:55-2:05    Transition
2:05-2:45    Workshop C – Getting Hired, Getting Paid

Workshop D – Financial Management 2.0*
    CADA/West *For those with intermediate experience
2:45-3:00 – Networking and Transition   
3:00-3:45 – Circulating Panel: Candid Career Conversations 

 Artists include: Heather Laura Gray, Justine Chambers and others TBA
3:45-4:10 – Peer Learning Exchange    
4:10-4:30 – Survey & Door Prizes  

Prizes include: one-year memberships, multiple pairs of tickets to upcoming performances, free one-hour consultations, books, subscriptions, water bottles and more