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Angie Cheng

Artistic Lead

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Karen Bennedsen


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Denise Fujiwara

Artistic Director Emerita

Previous Staff: Candice Falby (General Manager 2024), Jasmine Au (Administrative Manager 2023-2024), Ariana Shaw Managing Director (2022-2024), ( Gitanjali Kolanad (Artistic Associate - KickStart, 2022-2023), Mayumi Lashbrook (Co-Artistic Associate, To Be Danced, 2022), Michael Caldwell (Co-Artistic Associate, To Be Danced, 2022), Adina Herling (General Manager, 2001-2021)

Board of Directors

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Brandy Leary

Board President


Tom Cho



Linda Zhang



David Norsworthy

Harikishan S Nair

Board Member

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CanAsian Dance is a Member of

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Land Acknowledgement


CanAsian Dance is situated in Tkaronto, a Mohawk word meaning “the place in the water where the trees are standing.” It is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and it continues to be the home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This land is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississauga and Chippewa bands. We also acknowledge that this land is under the Dish with One Spoon covenant, an agreement between the Anishinaabeg and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. This land is a dish to be shared and cared for and we all share one spoon; the spoon is to be used to take only what is needed and to leave enough for others, thus ensuring a viable and abundant future. We recognize the enduring resilience of Indigenous peoples and we acknowledge that we are accountable to these relationships and these agreements. ​

Today, Tkaronto is home to many peoples: Indigenous, settlers, immigrants, and newcomers. We acknowledge and pay respects to our ancestors of Asian origin and descent, who have been systemically devalued and exploited in the history of this land. We also acknowledge those who came to Canada forcibly, particularly as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade and accordingly, we honour and pay tribute to ancestors of African origin and descent. 


Photo Credits:

Photo of Ariana Shaw by Ariana Shaw, Photo of Jasmine Au by Jenny Au, Photo of Karen Bennedsen by Sarah Mundinger,

Photo of Denise Fujiwara by Denise Grant

Photo of Brandy Leary by Harikishan S Nair, Photo of Tom Cho by Tom Cho, Photo of Linda Zhang by Jimmy Hamelin, Photo of David Norsworthy by Colton Curtis

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