2017 Special Features

Early Bird Registration

Register before August 1st and receive $30 off the cost of the conference and be entered in a draw to win a free registration for the 2018 CODE Conference


Family Friendly Fun: Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst is steeped in tradition and beauty in one of the most picturesque settings Canada has to offer. CODE is encouraging you to bring your family and take full advantage of the wonderful amenities Deerhurst has to offer, including a pool and fitness centre, golf course, a full spa, wall climbing, arcade, pony rides and petting zoos for the kids, and much more! Visit their website for more details! CODE has planned events throughout the conference as well in our Family Voice itinerary which features story telling, pyjama parties and films at TIFF so those you bring can have their own fun while you connect and get inspired in your workshops.

MarketPlace and Raffle

We’ve shaken things up this year and are making the Trade Fair a one day deal MarketPlace for everyone.

On Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. meet the professionals, make connections, stock up on resources, and get your raffle tickets for some amazing prizes at our MarketPlace! We will have new vendors and are encouraging all vendors to bring things for you to actually buy and take with you for your students and schools.  Make sure you have a purchasing card and permission to get some specialty items you may not be able to access frequently. Don’t forget to get your free raffle tickets by filling in your Vendor Passport found in your Conference program!

Annual General Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CODE is a member-run, volunteer organization, and we need your input to ensure that we are responding to your needs. The AGM is your opportunity to learn what CODE has been doing over the last year, and what we are doing in the coming year. 

Master Classes

Due to the sold out popularity of last year’s class we will be offering a Master Classes option once again at $35.  This year you will work for two hours with Tracey Norman of York University Dance Education Faculty ( www.traceynorman.com)

Creating ORIGIN(al) movement

At the heart of this workshop are improvisations, tasks, and games designed to stir the imagination, and to facilitate the exploration and development of a personal and original movement vocabulary. The word “original” refers to “of its origin”, and is not to be read in the intimidating way we sometimes do. In other words, a vocabulary that begins with one’s self as the site of inquiry or starting point. This is work that is not imitative or directly derivative. This workshop will provide you with both heavily structured and open ideas to take away and adjust or use directly with your students.

Toronto-based dance artist Tracey Norman is a driving force in her community, spending her time as a choreographer, teacher, performer, outside eye, researcher and mother. Her choreography has been presented on stages across North America with credits including, DanceWorks, Dance Ontario, Festival de Danse en l’Atlantique, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and Kinetic Studio. Her work has been described as “refreshing and original” (The Globe and Mail).

Tracey has been on faculty in the Department of Dance at York University since 2010, following the completion of her MFA in Choreography and Dramaturgy. She teaches dance to children of all ages at studios in Toronto and workshops in public schools across Ontario. She is an active member of the Intergalactic Arts Collective (IGAC), an artist-run organization that focuses on the research and presentation of new performance work and is housed at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. Tracey served on the board of directors for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists from 2008-11, and worked for Series 8:08 from 2006-2012. Coming up, she will present a new full-length work “How to tear down a wall” as part of the DanceWorks CoWorks 2017-18 season. www.traceynorman.com

Friday Night Social

The Friday Night Social is a great way to greet old friends and meet new ones too! Join us for a session in the Peninsula Room.  Enjoy a fun and creative time to share games, activities and exercises you do in your classes while you connect and inspire those around you. There will also be time to kick back and relax after the long week of teaching and the drive. All attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

Breakfast and Official Conference Opening Ceremonies 

We are honoured to have Elder John Rice welcome us to the Territory and open our Conference in a good way.

Our morning program will set the tone of Claiming our Voices as we navigate through the weekend, collecting and learning how to continue to listen and share as Arts’ educators.


Keynote: Trevor Copp and Tottering Biped Theatre

Tottering Biped Theatre Biography:
Founded by Trevor Copp in 2008, Tottering Biped Theatre emphasizes highly physical and social issue oriented work. Trevor studied theatre and mime at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris and has been recognized with awards such as the Ontario Presents Artist of the Year and a Chalmers Fellowship. He is an actor, director, contact improvisation practitioner, and a former Latin Ballroom Dance competitor.
Liquid Lead Show Description: 
‘Liquid Lead Dancing’ is a gender neutral system of partner dancing created by Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox. Trevor and Jeff deliver a talk and workshop promoting the idea of gender equality in dance and life. In this convention-breaking performance, they demonstrate ‘Liquid Lead’ dance technique in salsa, Rumba, and Waltz, and invite students to try it out for themselves.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH0dK208MNk – this is Trevor and Jeff’s TED Talk on Liquid Lead which got a lot of attention in Toronto news – it’s great!
Tottering Biped’s website: http://www.totteringbiped.ca/


Saturday Evening Gala Dinner

Join us for a  Saturday Evening Filmfest and Concert 

Deerhurst will be making us the most delicious meal and will accommodate all your dietary needs. Trained chefs will make sure this is a meal to remember.

We will also pay tribute to two wonderful CODE members we lost this year who were incredible Arts educators both from the Brock University community Deb McLaughlan and Helen Zdriluk.

After the Gala Dinner

Afterwards, whether you are looking to listen to the great sounds of musician Alysha Brilla, or you are craving a lounge atmosphere for some great conversation, our filmfest and live music  has something for everyone. Join us after dinner as we get the crowd relaxing to tunes in the ballroom, or in the lounge as we screen full feature films brought to you by TIFF. Cash bar. Complimentary Pop Corn! 

Contact Us

Conference Co-Chairs
Cameron Ferguson
Liz Burnip

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