Lua Shayenne Dance Company seeks an Assistant Coordinator – deadline: May 9, 2018

Assistant Coordinator
Lua Shayenne Dance Company
Start Date: May 22, 2018
Salary: $20,280 – Part Time Position

Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) is a charitable not-for-profit African based dance company whose work delves into the physical investigation of neo-traditional and contemporary African dance forms and mirrors its African-Canadian social and cultural context. LSDC’s work expands the genre’s profile while offering audiences a different dance experience.

LSDC presents dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a source of social good and spiritual progress. Artistic Director, Lua Shayenne, draws on the aesthetics and values of West African dance and culture and creates dance pieces that seek to upset and challenge multiple conventions and stereotypes. LUA SHAYENNE DANCE COMPANY promotes community development as well as cross-cultural exchange and collaboration with national and international artists.

LSDC has been performed venues and festivals including:  Fall for Dance North, Centre Culturel Français Frontenac, Porch View Dances, and Ryerson University’s Parodos Festival, to name a few.

LSDC company dancers receive professional training that advances the Mande dance practice and innovation within this dance form. Mande is a family of various ethnic groups from West Africa. LSDC focuses primarily on dances that originated in the Malinke and Awkar empires (partly today’s Mali, Guinea, Ghana etc.).

Job Description:

The Assistant Coordinator will report directly to the Artistic Director, working closely to complete all aspects of the position. The successful candidate will be a self-starter, producing all materials on behalf of LSDC as well as maintaining company records and files. The Assistant Coordinator provides support to the AD for all company activities. The candidate will work out of Dance Umbrella of Ontario’s (DUO) offices for the duration of the contract, though some off-site work is required. The successful candidate will receive training and mentorship from the staff at Dance Umbrella of Ontario and this will be a key component of the contract.

The Assistant Coordinator will work with the AD to deliver all company programs, performances, outreach and educations activities. This one-year contract can be extended beyond one year for the right candidate. The successful candidate will execute the following;


  • Assist with writing and submitting grant and foundation applications and final reports
  • Manage the contracting process for all artists and vendors
  • Assist with the operating budget; tracking expenses and revenues to the projections and provide reports to assist in decision making
  • Liaise with Marketing and Communications team to support the execution of their work and execute a distribution plan for marketing collateral.
  • Attend board meetings and take minutes.
  • Research performance opportunities including; festivals, presenters and touring options
  • Work on all aspects of the Company’s Community Outreach programs
  • Working with the Artistic Director, liaise with the Technical crew regarding scheduling, logistics and equipment
  • Other duties as required


  • One to three years administrative or producing experience in the performing arts sector
  • A passion for African dance forms and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people in a different of situation
  • An ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, set and balance priorities, manage time wisely, and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; strong editing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • An understanding of the principles of government funding in the arts
  • Computer literacy, particularly in Word and Excel in an Apple environment
  • Competency in French is considered an asset

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated self-starter looking to increase their skills and knowledge as an arts manager, with some experience in the non-profit sector. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in arts administration, or equivalent experience.

  • Experienced in project management, including, budgets, government funding and reporting and deadline oriented
  • Excellent computer and typing skills and knowledge of software programs including; Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel).
  • Post-secondary education (college or university).
  • Minimum 2 years experience in arts administration.

Personal traits/requirements:

  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to build rapport with vendors, artists, board and technical staff.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Discretion when dealing with confidential information.
  • Professional maturity and judgment.

How to Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and 3 references to;

Please ensure the email subject line reads LSDC Assistant Coordinator

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Those selected will be contacted within one week of the submission deadline. No phone calls, please.

Deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.


Requests for Participation – Extended Deadline March 28

Pluralism in Arts Practice: Contemporary Intersections

Requests for Participation – Extended Deadline March 28, 2018

THE GATHERING has been a very powerful, positive and supportive process geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in the spring of 2016. Given the convening’s success, The GATHERING | Pluralism in Arts Practices: Contemporary Intersections will explore frameworks for understanding contemporary expressions of indigenous, racialized, disabled and other marginalized identified art making and it’s intersections.  Held over two days, featuring showcase performances, visual arts, and plenary sessions aimed at building organizational and artistic capacity, with the hope of enlivening community conversation in the arts.

What is the overall concept? 
The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies.

Why are we doing it? 
We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to learn from everyone to understand how contemporary intersections in artistic practice shape divers Canadian cultural expressions.

What we hope to achieve? 
We hope that everyone arrives at a better understanding of the many ways in which we support, create from and with an understanding of multiple sources as indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists leading to a heightened awareness of arts practices working in a pluralist lens.

When and Where?
May 30-31, 2018
Toronto, ON (venue TBA)

March 28, 2018

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to display/showcase your work to a wide range of artists/ audience
  • Publicity and a copy of the performance (no more than 20 minutes in length)
  • Visual Arts pieces will be on display for a maximum of 1 week
  • Compensation for performances up to $1,000 (based on number of artists)
  • Compensation for visual artists will be based on CARFAC/RAAV Fee Schedule

Application Requirements:

  • A brief explanation of how it relates to contemporary intersections in art-making
  • Artist/organization biography (150 words)
  • Links to previous work(s)
  • Headshot/company logo (300 dpi)
  • Website URL and social media information

How to Apply:

  • By email to
  • Your email should include “The Gathering: Pluralism in Arts Practice RFP” in the subject line and have a link to your folder with the required application items.
  • Documents MUST be submitted over email via online platform e.g. Google Drive, Box, One Drive, Dropbox or similar service.
  • CPAMO operates in a cloud based platform – all submission must be by email using an online platform.
  • Extended Deadline: March 28, 2018

Selection process: 
Administered by the Board of CPAMO, the Program Manager under guidance of the Executive Director, and CPAMO Pluralism in Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) members, the selection committee will consider the following:

  • Artistic Merit and with overall connection to CPAMO’s mandate and objectives
  • The Focus of the theme of the convening  “Contemporary Intersections in the Arts”
  • Feasibility (cost, number of artists proposed, range / breath / depth of work in the artistic form)

Successful applicants will be informed in April 2018.