Ontario Dances seeks to have more dance performances in Ontario communities and more people engaged, interested and invested in dance at a local level in our province. The program aims to increase the range and diversity of dance available to communities in Ontario outside of the city of Toronto.
Fully funded by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), Ontario Dances program builds capacity for dance presenters, dance artists and dance organizations and offers the public the opportunity to participate in dance at all levels from dance classes and workshops to dance artists in residence to the presentation of dance by Ontario-based professional dance artists.
Ontario Dances supports the following Ontario Presents members:
- Burlington Performing Arts Centre (Burlington)
- Capitol Centre (North Bay)
- FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (St. Catharines)
- Flato Markham Theatre (Markham)
- The Grand Theatre (Kingston)
- Living Arts Centre (Mississauga)
- Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Oakville)
- The Registry Theatre (Kitchener)
Why I dance… Pourquoi je danse… is a celebration of dance participation in Ontario. This video features both amateur and professional dancers reflecting on why they dance. A moving tribute to an art form enjoyed by many Ontarians, it captures the diversity of dance expression in this province. Why I dance… Pourquoi je danse… was directed and produced for the Ontario Arts Council by Gloria Ui Young Kim.