Dance company wins grant to reintroduce in-person programming

“As we continue to rebuild and re-establish our regular programming, the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation is essential to sustaining our mission,” says Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Manager

PRESS RELEASE
SIMCOE CONTEMPORARY DANCERS
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The Ontario Trillium Foundation has awarded Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) a Resilient Communities Fund grant of $33,000 over 12 months to help the dance company rebuild and recover from the effects of COVID-19. 19 by re-engaging its audience through contemporary dance classes and guest workshops. .

SCD will use the funds to continue to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by adapting and increasing weekly contemporary dance classes, workshops, online opportunities and virtual content creation to ensure access to opportunities dance for the whole community. This initiative will also see the creation of many new opportunities for regional dance artists.

“I have had the pleasure of supporting Simcoe’s contemporary dancers for several years now,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. “These talented young athletes have proven their incredible spirit of resilience, but also their dedication to art through dance. I am happy to see that this funding will enable more young people to discover the power and emotion of movement and dance. Thanks to Simoce Contemporary Dancers for your continued efforts to develop the next generation of dancers.

“As we continue to rebuild and re-establish our regular programming, the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation is essential to sustaining our mission,” said Chrissy Baxter, Executive Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. “These funds will allow us to reintroduce our weekly contemporary dance classes for ages 14+ at the intermediate to advanced level, as well as bring artists to Barrie to present a variety of guest workshops that will all be open to the public. .”

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers is a non-profit professional company serving the Simcoe County area that exists to encourage and showcase the development of local professional contemporary dance. We come together to increase the visibility of contemporary dance, create awareness, create educational opportunities and reach out to our audience to share our love of our art form.

The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading grant-making foundations, last year OTF invested nearly $209 million in 2,042 community projects and partnerships, including funding for the Government of Ontario Community Development Fund. Since 2020, OTF has been supporting Ontario’s economic recovery by helping not-for-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Visit otf.ca to learn more.
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