Dance and the Child International (daCi) Canada - Call for Workshop Proposals

Dance and the Child International (daCi) Canada
June 8 – 10, 2017 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
for the daCi Canada Gathering
‘We Dance Because …’
Call for Proposals

In June 2017, daCi Canada, with support from Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will host a three-day gathering that will bring together children, youth and adults to celebrate dance. The focus of the gathering is to examine how young people experience dance and what the role of dance educators, researchers, administrators, public officials, teacher training institutions, and young people themselves play in the development of a healthy and vibrant dance education.

Theme of the Gathering
Many arts education curricula have been developed over the past few decades and yet despite these initiatives, there continues to be a lack of commitment to arts education, particularly in dance. As dance educators recognize the benefits of dance education in the social, emotional, physical and academic development of the young person; various obstacles such as curriculum misconceptions and lack of support, professional development and resources for teachers make it impossible to provide a meaningful dance experience that carries out curriculum aims and objectives.

We invite your participation in response to the question: What constitutes a healthy and vibrant dance education? This can include a paper submission, serving as a panel member, or your contribution to performances, workshops or lecture demonstrations.

The following topics may assist in shaping the presentations and discussions:
1. What is the focus of the dance curriculum in your province or state?
2. How are young people experiencing dance in schools?
3. What dance forms and genres are being taught in schools?
4. Who is teaching dance in schools?
5. How might we advance the training of dance educators?
6. How are we dealing with diversity in the dance classroom?
7. How might dance connect with other disciplines and learning contexts?
8. In what ways are we advocating for dance?

We look forward to your proposals that reflect the theme and topics of the daCi Gathering.

Paper and Panel Presentations
Individual paper presentations should be no more than 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes available for questions and discussion. Groups of three or more individual presenters may propose a panel presentation of no more than 60 minutes total including time for questions and discussion.

Workshop Proposals
Workshops are 60 minutes in length. The daCi Canada Gathering cannot guarantee specialized facilities or equipment.

The performances are to be presented by young dancers and may be created by the young dancers themselves, teachers or choreographers. No special lighting or effects can be provided. Details about music and technology will be provided at a later date.

Child (under 18): !
Single day $35 x ______ (#) ! Two-day $50 x ______ (3) ! Three-day $60 x ______ (#)
Youth (18-23): !
Single day $50 x ______ (#) ! Two-day $75 x ______ (#) ! Three-day $100 x ______ (#)
Adult: !
Single day $75 x ______ (#) ! Two-day $120 x ______ (#) ! Three-day $150 x _____(#)
Chaperones:! Single day $50 x ______ (#)
Days attending: ! Thursday ! Friday ! Saturday

There will be a 10% discount given for daCi and DSI members

Payment to be made by: ! VISA ! Master Card ! Cheque

Please bring your own lunch and enjoy the performances over the lunch break.

Please send form and payment to: Dance Saskatchewan Inc.
Attn: We Dance Because

Location & Accommodation Information
The daCi gathering will be held on three sites situated in close proximity in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The primary location will be on the site of the PotashCorp Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is centrally located in the province of Saskatchewan and straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is named after the berry, which is native to the region, and is itself derived from the Cree 'misâskwatômina'. There is access to the city by road, air and bus and transportation within the city is easily accessible. Accommodation at reasonable cost has been reserved at the University of Saskatchewan with alternative lodging available at the Parktown Hotel.

The three days will be organized into workshops, informal and formal performances by the young people attending the conference, discussion sessions, and formal presentations.

Proposal Form
Name of Presenter/s: ______________________________________________
Member of daCi Canada: ___________________________________________
Institutional affiliation: (university, college, school, studio, company)
Mailing address: _________________________________________________
E-mail address: __________________________________________________
Presentation: (Paper, Panel, Workshop, Performance) ____________________
Title of Presentation: ______________________________________________
Description of Presentation (no more than 200 words):
Brief bio of no more than 100 words of the presenter/s:
All proposals are due by March 15, 2017 and must be sent on the above form as a .doc or .docx file via e- mail to
Acceptances will be sent by March 31, 2017