Check here for the latest information on COVID-19 (Federal/Provincial) and dance sector recovery/reopening as of November 15th, 2020.

COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS AND UPDATES as of November 16th, 2020

To our dance community:

In an effort to deliver any pertinent information we can regarding COVID-19 and it's the effect on the dance community, we are sharing links from national dance organizations, the federal government and provincial government that will be helpful to the dance community. 

Dance Nova Scotia will continue to populate this COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS AND UPDATES webpage as our members and dance schools work collectively to participate in our provincial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is vital to closely monitor official government announcements and make informed decisions for your organization's response. The Federal and Provincial COVID links below are updated regularly by both governments:

COVID-19 information, initiatives and relief programs (Federal & Provincial)

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Click here for more information on the Province of Nova Scotia response to COVID-19

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Government of Canada

Click here for more information on the Federal Government's response to COVID-19 (HEALTH)

Click here for  more information on the Federal Governments ECONOMIC Response Plan to COVID 19

Here is the link to an overview of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations released May 8th.

JUST ANNOUNCED (November 11th, 2020)COVID-19 Emergency Support Program for Arts and Culture Organizations 



The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or caring for a family member.

PLEASE NOTE: The CERB has now ended.

                          The CRA continues to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (Aug 30 to Sept 26, 2020).

NEW:  The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For information on CRB click here


Building a RECOVERY plan for your dance school/studio

In late May, dance schools were asked to build a recovery/reopening plan that would meet health department restrictions/guidelines for reopening. Dance Nova Scotia has amassed several plans from large organizations to help build a recovery plan for a school or performance venue. Here are some well laid out plans and documents that can be used as references when building a reopening plan

DANCE USA Return to Dance during COVID 19 (5/2020)

Saskatchewan Dance and CDTA reopening plan (6/01/2020)

Ontario Dance and Performing Arts Schools: Workplace guidelines for COVID 19 (5/20/2020)

The Event Safety Alliance - Reopening Guide (5/11/2020)

Professional Arts Centre Consortium - Guide to reopening theatrical venues (5/15/2020)

COVID 19 CCH Prevention Guide for event organizers, theatres and performance venues      

DANS Return to the Studio Checklist (6/04/2020) 

CCH Arts & Culture Reopening Guide (5/29/2020)


RECOVERY AND REOPENING information (Phase One & Two) 

Dance Nova Scotia, as part of the provincial cultural sector, has been meeting with Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) as well as with Dr. Robert Strang (head of the provincial COVID response) regularly, to ensure the dance community is receiving updated information as recovery efforts move forward.  Clicking on the links below will give you relevant information on updates. There are also answers to many questions (FAQ) that have been submitted as these changes are made public. These are very good resources and reference material for anyone interested in the changes that occured. They appear according to the issue date:

COVID Prevention Plan Checklist (Nova Scotia) (6/04/2020)

Guide - Day Camp Guidelines for Reopening  (6/12/2020)

FAQ - Gathering Limit Changes and Update (6/18/2020) 

FAQ -  Gathering Limits Changes and Updates (7/09/2020)

Dr. Strang - Engagement Partner Letter (7/14/2020) 

FAQ -  Mandatory Mask Use (7/24/2020)

FAQ - Mandatory Mask Use Update (7/30/2020)

CCH- COVID 19 Prevention guidelines for Events, theatres and venues (10/01/2020)



If you are teaching online, you need to be sure you are covering your responsibility to pay SOCAN tariffs. It will depend on what platform you are using. Here is a brief explanation from SOCAN:

Q: Are you exclusively communicating content through Facebook, Instagram or YouTube?

      A: If so please refer to terms of use on said 3rd party platform. SOCAN and Resound would not seek a license in this case as the platform communicating the content would be accountable to be licensed by SOCAN not the users uploading content. If “Take Down” notices occur this relates to rights unrelated to a SOCAN license. This would have been the direct request of either a record label and/or publisher.

Q: Are you streaming-only live or offering on-demand content as well through SaaS (Software as a Service), your own servers or Zoom?

      A: If live streaming only, a SOCAN license would be required and direct permission from publishers and record labels may be required. SOCAN is unable to speak on behalf of rightsholders when it comes to their moral rights and direct permissions.

      A: If you plan to offer on-demand content we advise that you rely on a pre-cleared music library or bank of music to clear rights to the master and compositions. This “synchronization” clearance requires direct permissions or permission through an administrator or rightsholders directly. The SOCAN Tariff 22D1 will still cover the public performance and communication rights related to the composition.

       A: If you plan on streaming the content on your own website or via a software as a service, such as Zoom, you need to apply for Tariff 22D1 (see link below). The minimum fee is 15$ per year.

Q: Are you earning revenues or do you plan to?

A: If so fees calculate at 1.9% of subscription, transactional and/or ad revenues according to how revenues are defined in the Tariff.

Click on Links to:

a) A document explaining SOCAN Tariff 22 D1



Resource Links to cultural sector-specific information and websites:

Strategic Arts Management (SAM) has a comprehensive listing of resources for artists. It includes Federal, Provincial, Municipal resources as well as special funds that artists can access. SAM COVID-19 Resources for artists 

The Canadian Dance Assembly website is an incredible source of information relevant to the dance community CDA COVID-19 Resource page.  


Dance Studio Owners and teachers!! 

On Friday, May 8, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) in the USA held a free webinar titled, “Ultimate Structured Improvisation: The Future of the Private Dance Studio”. You can listen to the recording of the session by CLICKING HERE and find the accompanying Powerpoint visuals HERE. While panelists are American dance studio owners and teachers, there is good information here no matter where you live or work—practical advice on current and future financial/operational aspects, as well as some interesting ideas for keeping your students engaged and collaborating with other studios. If you are a studio owner or dance teacher, there is something here for you.



Make sure you continue to monitor the progress of the disease through the links above. THE CANADIAN DANCE COMMUNITY is united to help deal with the fallout of this unparalleled moment in our history bu sharing information and resources and to advocate for the dance community. Please don't be afraid to contact anyone with questions or concerns. 


If you have questions or concerns or are looking for information or organizations who might be able to help with advice, you can contact Cliff Le Jeune, Executive Director or Dance NS at