Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 12, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Productions DansEncorps

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament (Fredericton), today announced funding for Productions DansEncorps.

Financial support from the Government of Canada will enable the group to organize the 2011 Atlantic Dance Festival. The Festival, to be held in June 2011, will include performances by professional dancers from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and France. This showcase will give emerging artists and dance school students the opportunity to display their talents. At workshops and lectures, the public will be able to talk with Canadian dance professionals and learn more about this discipline.

"Arts presentation is an essential part of the development of Canadian culture and cultural industries in our country," said Minister Moore. "The Government of Canada is therefore pleased to support this event, which will help promote the art of dance in Acadia and encourage increased participation by Atlantic Canadians in an activity that is important both culturally and economically."

"Atlantic Canada is full of talented artists of all kinds, and the federal government is proud to help organizations that work to develop young talent," said Minister Ashfield. "Thanks to these committed organizations, it is becoming easier for Canadian artists to develop fully as professionals and continue to work in their own communities."

"The Atlantic Dance Festival is a wonderful celebration for dance enthusiasts of all ages—an event offering training, performances, and networking, where all forms of dance are showcased," said Chantal Cadieux, Artistic Director of Productions DansEncorps. "Without the support of Canadian Heritage, this would not be such a bilingual, professional, and accessible dance festival."

Productions DansEncorps produces and presents professional dance performances, offers classes in classical, modern, hip-hop, and other types of dance to approximately 1,000 people each year, and supports a troupe of young dancers aged 15 to 18.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $20,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations