Dance Media Group/Groupe Danse Média envisions a critically-informed and interconnected field of artistic practice and an increasingly dance-educated, dance-literate general public that appreciates and engages with the range of expressions in Canada’s dance art and practice, valuing dance’s cultural impact and contribution to the richness of Canadian life.
We are the leading not-for-profit dance media organization in Canada facilitating engaged and critical/contextual conversation about the art, practices and people involved in dance. We do this by commissioning, curating and publishing original Canadian content and by producing educational projects in collaboration with dance artists and organizations, educators, scholars, writers and photographers, as well as arts and culture journalists, writers and educators from beyond dance. Dance Media Group stands on the founding principles of education, communication and community. We serve the professional milieu and the general public, making connections among dance professionals, students, amateur and recreational participants, and audiences. Through our content and programming, we actively educate, cultivating dance literacy and providing the broadest possible public with access points into dance art and culture.
Dance Media Group uses multiple platforms including print publication, digital and social media, and live events to further our mission to connect people with dance and help deepen their engagement with it. We work with experts in the field including scholars, artists, educators, curators, critics and archivists, who advise on and participate in our programming at all levels. With an educational mandate at our core, we connect communities, engage publics, cultivate discourse, and contribute to a culture of literacy about dance art and culture through three main streams:
PRINT - We publish a bimonthly print magazine – The Dance Current – about the artists, events and issues across dance in Canada.
ONLINE - We produce educational online content including features, news, reviews, videos, listings and columns. We distribute a monthly content-based e-bulletin with links to recent content, news updates and upcoming events. We dialogue with our publics' on social media.
LIVE - We mentor undergraduate journalism and dance students through an intern program. We co-produce conferences and symposia, talks, and salons; and we present tutorials, workshops, and seminars.
Dance Media Group plays an essential role in Canada's cultural ecology. We are the only organization of our kind for dance in Canada.