Before Sumac, we used a custom database built using Microsoft Access. It made it difficult to organize our donors and pledges. Analyzing information for development purposes was almost impossible. When we switched to Sumac, our staff was excited with its ease of use and power. Things that used to take a few days now take an hour or two.– Richard Van Dusen, Managing Director
In 1974, a group of Toronto independent dancers ventured out to create contemporary dance with a clear Canadian voice. The result was electric and Dancemakers was born.
Driven by the vision of Artistic Director Michael Trent, Dancemakers draws on the diverse talents and individual strengths of its artists to create and present works that provoke and entertain.
At our core is the desire to promote new works rooted in contemporary aesthetics, cross-disciplinary dialogues and collaborative engagement.
Along with making bold contemporary dances, the organization promotes and encourages contemporary practice through the Dancemakers Presents series, an annual series showcasing national and international artists; Youth Outreach activities and a series of professional development events and activities including daily dance classes, masterclasses, residencies and choreographic labs.