CanAsian Dance

Ariana Shaw, Managing Director

509 Parliament Street
2nd floor
Toronto, ON
M4X 1P3

CanAsian International Dance Festival presents a biennial Festival that showcases local, national and international artists and companies in mixed programmes. During off-Festival years it works in collaboration with other dance organizations to showcase extraordinary dance and music that have Asian foundations.

The CanAsian International Dance Festival fosters and promotes diverse expressions of Asian aesthetics through dance in Canada by:

  • Commissioning the creation of original Canadian dance and music by outstanding choreographers and composers;
  • Presenting traditional dance art forms as well as new dance that integrates contemporary and traditional principles, ideas or practices;
  • Producing exceptional professional development activities for dance artists through its workshops, master classes and forums.

Some of the artists that we have presented over the years include: Peter Chin/ Tribal Crackling Wind, George Gao, Jeng Yi Drums and Dance of Korea, Mi Young Kim Dance Company, William Lau, Andrea Nann, Yvonne Ng, Rina Singha, and Sashar Zarif all from Toronto; Natasha Bakht from Ottawa; Devraj and Ellora Patnaik from Oakville; Roger Sinha Danse from Montreal; Kokoro Dance, Lee Su-Feh and Alvin Tolentino from Vancouver; Maria Darmaningsih from Indonesia; Shobana Jeyasingh from London; YAN-SHU Fisherman’s Art Factory from Tokyo; and Yumiko Yoshioka from Germany.

A Call to Artists is sent out 18 months in advance of the Festival and requests a brief written proposal for works of approximately 20 minutes, a short NTSC video or DVD sampling of the artist’s work and a biography.

To receive the Call to Artists and notice of our international master classes please check our website at