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Ontario Dances seeks to have more live dance performances in Ontario communities and more people engaged, interested and invested in dance at a local level in our province. This program aims to increase the range and diversity of dance available to communities in Ontario outside of Toronto. From dance classes and workshops to artists in residence to the presentation of dance work from leading Ontario-based professional choreographers, Ontario Dances will offer the public and professionals alike the opportunity to participate in dance at all levels.

Ontario Dances aims to reflect the range of artistic practices in the dance community and to support excellence, regional activity, linguistic and cultural diversity and Aboriginal and Franco-Ontarian identity.


The role of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre’s Dance Animator is to work with Centre Executive Director, Brian McCurdy to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of dance through arts education/learning programs. These programs must be tailor made to each local community and relevant within the context of existing events in the community and to the dance community. Animator will work with schools/educational community, dance community as well as the general community at large.

Duties include (but are not limited to): assist with the planning, promotion and execution of the Centre’s Ontario Dances community outreach events; develop a communications plan and promotional strategies (includes some copywriting) for the Centre’s dance season; research dance companies being presented at the Centre; identify opportunities in the community to promote the Centre’s dance presentations; make presentations to students, organizations, etc.; be present at all Centre dance presentations and community outreach events; attend professional development opportunities provided by the Ontario Arts Council; develop and maintain a dance distribution/communication list (local dance schools, businesses, etc.) and maintain communication with them about the Centre’s dance program (performances and workshops); write a report summarizing the 2014-15 dance outreach and dance Animator activities. The dance animator is expected to work approximately 10 hours per week between September 2014 and May 20, 2015.

The Dance Animator must be present at the following 2014-15 dance performances and outreach events presented by The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

2014-15 Dance Presentations

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 - AILEY II

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Toronto Dance Theatre

Friday, February 13, 2015 - Nova Dance

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

2014-15 Community Outreach Events

Workshops and outreach events will be planned in support of the above artists plus Dreamwalker Dance Company. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Contract includes duties noted above and all local travel, expenses, etc. When you are required to travel outside of the Halton region (e.g. for professional development, performances), reimbursement will be made separately through the Ontario Arts Council.

The Dance animator is required to attend the annual professional development program of Ontario Dances

*Both parties reserve the right to terminate the contract with 30 days notice.

Please email résumé and cover letter by Friday, September 5th, 2014 to:





Beautifully situated in the heart of Southern Ontario, between the waterfront of Lake Ontario and the serene beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, the City of Burlington’s 160,000+ residents make up one of Ontario’s fastest growing and prosperous communities.  The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is located at the corner of Elgin and Locust streets in downtown Burlington. 


The Community Engagement Manager is responsible for working with the Burlington artistic community to develop and enhance community based programming at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre as well as manage all rental clients and contracts. Under the leadership and guidance of the Executive Director, the Community Engagement Manager is responsible for developing community relationships in order to facilitate future partnerships with the local arts community, to build audiences for various arts forms, and help build operational capacity for local arts organizations. The Community Engagement Manager is responsible for developing performance series of local artists in music, theatre and dance for performances in the theatres, lobby and Plaza. The Community Engagement Manager is also responsible for the solicitation, contracting and customer service of all rental clients.


The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in the performing arts and arts administration.  Ideally, she/he will have experience working in a performing arts environment and will have knowledge of contract management.  The successful candidate will have excellent communication and administration skills, along with computer skills including database development.


This work requires knowledge of the performing arts and preferably knowledge of the local Burlington/Hamilton performing arts communities. Experience organizing and contracting performers, as well as community engagement strategies.  A comprehensive knowledge of theatre operations, with a demonstrated strength in event management and sales. Some technical knowledge of the theatre and industry standards. Incumbent must have good working knowledge of budgeting and revenue expenditure management and a thorough understanding of sales as it relates to the operation of a performing arts centre. This position requires some proficiency with software, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and  facility scheduling software.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor of Arts degree, specializing in Arts Administration or commensurate arts experience.  The candidate must have a minimum of three years of experience working in arts administration.  Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. 


80 Hours over a two week time period. This position requires evening and weekend hours.

SALARY RANGE $45,000 - $55,000 plus generous benefits

PLEASE SUBMIT covering letter and curriculum vitae as follows:

Electronically:    bpacjobs@burlington.ca

Fax:                        905-681-6002

Mail:                      440 Locust Street

                                Burlington, ON  L7S 1T7

CLOSING DATE:  Applications must be received by Friday, September 19, 2014.

                                Only candidates that are selected for an interview will be contacted.