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Dance Ontario congratulates the following members who are the recipients of Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
Santee Smith for Outstanding Choreography
DanceWorks for presentation of Susie Burpee & Linnea Swan Outstanding Ensemble Performance
and for Molly Johnson (Best Performance by a Female) in Forcier Stage Works CoWorks Series event LabRats

Toronto's Economic Development Committee approved a recommendation to increase arts grants funding to Toronto Arts Council by $4 million in 2013. Funding recommendations totalling $2 million were also approved for other arts and culture programs including the Major Cultural Organizations and the Local Arts Service Organizations. The report will go to City Council for final approval on April 3.

International Dance Day 2013 at Toronto Pearson International Airport

On Saturday April 27th, 2013 The Dance Ontario Youth Board (DOYB) organized another spectacular presentation for International Dance Day Celebrations at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This year DOYB presented five Youth Dance Companies including Cadence Dance Studio, City Dance Corps Pre-Professional Training Program, Randolph Dance Crew, The Dance Place and Jade's Hip Hop Academy Performance Company.

Eric Parker Exhibit @ Balzacs

Eric Parker, graphic designer extraordinaire who does extensive work for Dance Ontario exhibited works at Balzacs in the Distillery District.

Opening @ Balzacs. Photo by Eric Parker

DR. MENAKA THAKKAR 2013 Laureate for Dance of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

On April 10, 2013, Dr. Menaka Thakkar was named a 2013 laureate of the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Laureate individuals are honoured for their outstanding body of work and enduring contribution to the performing arts in Canada.

In recent weeks artists from across Ontario have been meeting with MPPs regarding sustaining funding for the Ontario Arts Council. Participants recommended by PASO members from within their own memberships resident in specific constituencies have now met with 32 MPPs - 16 Liberal (including 4 Cabinet Ministers), 10 Progressive Conservative and 6 New Democrat.

At the meetings, there were 10 advocates from the dance community.

Dance Ontario participates in ArtsBuild Ontario

ArtsBuild Ontario - is the only organization in our province dedicated to realizing long-term solutions to building, managing and financing the sustainable facilities you need - like theatres, galleries, concert halls and museums.

In the words of Artistic Director and CEO Bengt Jorgen, "people are falling in love with our production of Swan Lake all across British Columbia! We have now performed Swan Lake in Duncan, Nelson, Vernon, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat, and Burns Lake and the response has been truly overwhelming. We sold out in Burns Lake, Vernon, Nelson, as well as Kitimat.

After 21 years with OAC, first as Associate Dance Officer then Dance Officer and since 2001 as Director of Granting Programs, Billyann Balay has decided to retire. Her last day will be May 10, 2013. "Billyann is a tremendous asset to the Ontario Arts Council. Neither the board nor I wanted her to leave, but we certainly respect her decision. I am extremely grateful that Billyann has given us a long time to prepare for her departure and has also agreed to participate in the process for hiring her successor," said Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO.

Members who use music to teach will be receiving their invoices for SOCAN licensing fees (covering composers of music) for 2013 in December. Please remit payment promptly.