Introducing the DanceON Series

2021 is not a regular year for any of us. The pandemic has completely reshaped the landscape of dance in Ontario. As such, we’ve had to completely redefine the way we support the dance community. The DanceON Series is our way of doing just that.

Dance stops for nothing, because it can adapt to anything. While dance can no longer bring people together in person, we can still come together virtually to support dance.

The series will consist of monthly workshops, show and share sessions, and expert Q&A’s. Featuring voices from across the dance community, these events will be a place for our members to learn, connect, and most importantly: dance.

We know that we can’t bring back the dance world of the past until it’s safe to do so, but we hope the DanceON Series will bring back the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with being a part of the dance community.

So dance on, Ontario. We’re right here with you.


DanceON: Monthly Community Workshops

Past workshops have included:

Indigenous Awareness 101 with Maria Montejo
Cashflow for Creatives with Jennifer Wan

Going Digital with Yasmina Ramzy
Shimmy, Shake or Shudder? with Lisa Sandlos
Making a Dance Film with Olya Glotka
Dancing through Challenging Times with Janet Sellery
Duty to Report: Protecting Young Dancers in Ontario with Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Stay tuned for more workshops coming this fall!

DanceON: Ask the Expert 

You asked we answered! Read Janet's advice and answers on health and safety Preparing for a Healthy Fall Dance Season by Janet Sellery


About Janey Sellery:

Janet Sellery is the Executive Director of Event Safety Alliance Canada a board member of the Event Safety Alliance (U.S.). Janet pioneered the health and safety program at the Stratford Festival, Canada’s largest repertory theatre, and one of her favourite projects was working as the Health & Safety Manager for the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Janet was a Co-Founder of the Canadian Event Safety Summit (2016-2018) and is also an active volunteer with the Ontario Ministry of Labour Live Performance, Health & Safety Advisory Committee.

Her work as a Health & Safety Consultant, with Sellery Health + Safety focuses on customizing programs, training, and resources to reflect the constantly evolving and unique demands of dancers. She has been awarded the “Jack McAllister Award” (Ryerson University), the “Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement” (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology) and “Canada’s Safety Manager of the Year” (Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine).

During the Pandemic Janet has been working to support the arts community, as well as to figure out how to have everyone return safely to the profession we love most.  

DanceON: Show and Share - Fall Session

Calling all members! We’re thrilled to introduce the DanceON Show & Share Sessions, part of the DanceON Series programming. The DanceON Show & Shares will be an opportunity for members to safely showcase WIP projects and performances and to gather valuable feedback from peers and supporters. 

All Show & Shares will take place virtually and all submissions must be available in a digital format. Choreographers will receive an honorarium. 

If you’ve been working on something and are interested in sharing please COMPLETE THE FORM and submit by October 10, 2021. Come Dance With Us!



DanceON: Monthly Community Workshops

Miss being able to connect with your peers? Don’t worry. We do too.

Which is why we created a series of monthly workshops, covering topics spanning from Indigenous Education, to Dance Photography, to training sessions on converting your practice to online operation.

Being able to hear from and connect with other dancers is a vital growing and learning experience that the current landscape is depriving too many of our members of.

So if you find yourself missing all things dance: tune in. Check our social channels for the latest information about upcoming workshops and how to register. We can’t wait to see you there.

Past workshops: Dancing Through Challenging Times with Janet Sellery, Indigenous Awareness 101 Education Session with Maria Montejo, Cashflow for Creatives with Jennifer Wan, Going Digital with Yasmina Ramzy, Making a Dance Film with Olya Glotka, Mental Skills in Dance with Lauren Ritchie, Sexualization in Dance with Dr. Lisa Sandlos

DanceON: Show and Share Sessions

Miss the shows? We’ve got you covered.

Meet the Show and Share Sessions. Our way of helping you continue to explore emerging talent, support local artists, and enjoy the thrill of dance.

Performers from across Ontario of all styles tune in to perform work in progress shows, benefitting from both the feedback of the audience, and receiving 100% of all ticket revenue.

Members will be notified of scheduled Show and Share Sessions. Information will also be posted on our social channels.

DanceON: Ask an Expert

Miss the immediacy and satisfaction of being able to work through challenges and questions with the dance experts you respect? We’re on it.

Introducing the DanceON Expert Q&A’s. Our way of helping connect your dance questions with the dance experts who can answer them.

Whether you’re trying to navigate the nuances of insurance, music rights, or funding opportunities – DanceON Q&A’s are there to ensure you don’t have to confront a remedy on your own.

Follow us on our social channels to stay informed on upcoming Q&A’s and how to submit a question to our featured experts.

Expert Sessions have included Taxes during COVID with Jennifer Wan and Considerations for Training at Home with Pivot Dancer.

Switching to virtual classes again? How to stay strong & pain free while training at home. 

Written by, Dinah Hampson and Geneviève Renaud

Here we go again! We know dancing in the kitchen (or living room, or basement) is not quite as fabulous as being able to train in a beautiful studio. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of training from home while decreasing your risk of injury!



The DanceON Series is available to all Dance Ontario members. To become a member today and gain access to the full offerings of the series as well as a wide-range of other benefits, visit our membership page.


The DanceON Series is generously funded the Ontario Trillium Foundation.