Spotlight DanceWorks Inc and Dance Safe Ontario are celebrating the news that the Ontario Government is providing $25 million dollars in support through the Ontario Arts Council to support professional artists and arts organizations devastated by the pandemic. We need to support the artists of today, but we also need to support the artists of tomorrow.
The dancers at Ballet Jorgen Minister MacLeod spoke of began their career as a child in a local dance school. Professional dancers in Ontario can all trace their beginnings back to the dance studio classroom where they began their lessons.
We are not asking for direct financial support or funding. We are simply asking for the opportunity to open our classrooms safely for children to continue their journey in the arts. While few will become professionals, they all will become adults that appreciate the arts.
We all rely on the arts in our everyday lives. The arts help us emotionally, psychologically, and even help to shape our individual and collective personalities. And for dance this all begins in the classroom at the local dance studio.
We ask once again that Public Health units across the Province by providing guidance that children’s dance studios are not fitness or exercise classes. We need Public Health to agree that our dancers can be taught safely in our multi-use facilities, with cohorts of up to ten students in each room that is physically separated from all other rooms in the facility. ... See MoreSee Less