As some may know I sponsor dance programs at the NAC and I feel very fortunate to be in the position to do so. I thought that maybe there was an organization that helped children and families that were interested in dance but did not have the means to pursue their young dreams. I know the smallest of giftscan change a child’s life.
I know there is very little help financially for small arts organization in Ottawa and how hard it is to obtain any grants or funding so I went looking.
I came across this:
Well I picked up the phone and called . I spoke in some detail to Janice Crowe about the trials and tribulations of fundraising for small organizations especially in the arts.
To the extent that funds are available, The Chance to Dance Foundation uses money it receives for:
- Applications for financial support from people who can’t afford dance lessons for their children, otherwise, and who wish to enroll them in a program at a certified dance studio of their choice
- Community dance programs provided free of charge at community centers or wherever we can find space close to neighborhoods where children may have difficulty accessing dance programs due to lack of funds or poor dance program availability
- Scholarships to provide financial support for older children who wish to pursue competitive or pre-professional programs
- Financial support in pursuit of certification and teaching opportunities for older children who wish to teach dancing
So after watching this video, set to one of my favorite songs,and speaking with Janice, I gave with no hesitation and I hope to do more.
To the children and young adults who are trying to follow their dreams and continue to work against the odds – Bravo !