Help us bring Casimiro Nhussi and Zab Maboungou to Calgary!

Two pioneer dance artists. Two essential voices and perspectives

This year’s National Conference in Calgary, From Land to Stage, will encompass two main themes: regional disparity of artists in the Prairies and the need for greater equity. 

Artists are key to our conversations on equity and pluralism. Progress depends on bringing as many voices to the table as we can. 

As such, the CDA has chosen two individuals to act as Ambassadors for our 2017 National Conference: Casimiro Nhussi and Zab Maboungou. These two powerful and inspiring dance artists are leaders in their communities, and will each bring a unique perspective to the discussions in Calgary. 

But, we need your help! Please donate your Aeroplan miles to the CDA. These miles will be used to cover the travel for Casimiro from Winnipeg and Zab from Montreal to Calgary.

Every little bit counts! Donations of less than 1000 miles are processed by Aeroplan manually, therefore please contact the office at 

Read more about these artists in the profiles below: 

Casimiro Nhussi, Dance Instructor and Artistic Director of NAfro Dance in Winnipeg MB

Led by Casimiro Nhussi, NAfro Dance Productions has been steadily growing as an inspiring voice for dance in Winnipeg and across Canada. This year, the company celebrates its 15th anniversary. At CDA's conference in October, Casimiro will bring his unique perspective of the challenges dancers in Manitoba face, particularly around funding and presenting.

Zab Maboungou, Artistic Director of Nyata Nyata in Montreal, QC

Zab Maboungou is the Artistic Director of Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata. The company recently performed in Congo, in the Republic of Congo. Zab feels that one of the greatest challenges that dancers and dance companies face in Quebec is inclusion. Read more about Zab here.

Posted by: Canadian Dance Assembly on August 08, 2017.