Atlantic Moves Program Overview

About Atlantic Moves

Atlantic Moves is a partnership project of the APA and RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène). It has been funded jointly by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, in addition to the Province of Nova Scotia.

Beginning in April 2011, the Atlantic Moves program has been working to address a deficit of contemporary dance touring in the Atlantic region, with the specific goals of curatorial development for presenters, audience development for their communities and the presentation of Canadian dance artists.

Participating presenters have attended dance events across the country, including the Festival of New Dance (St. John's, NL), Atlantic Dance Festival (Moncton, NB), Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa, ON) and Parcours Danse (Montreal, QC). Many of these events include professional development workshops, often presented jointly with Atlantic Moves’ national dance partners: CanDance, La Danse sur les Routes, Ontario Dances and Made in BC.

Funding from Atlantic Moves has supported the presentation of dance artists and companies from Atlantic Canada and beyond, including Ballet BC, Bboyizm, Cas Public, Julie DuGuay and Mocean Dance.

From 2011-2015, Atlantic Moves has supported the growth of contemporary dance audiences in 10 Atlantic Canadian communities:

  • Numbers of shows increased by 211%
  • Attendance numbers at dance performances increased by 121%
  • Number of paid tickets increased by 96%
  • Participants in dance outreach activities increased by 196%

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Participating Presenters



The Atlantic Presenters Association gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following organizations:

Canadian Heritage / Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Province of Nova Scotia