Every year in June our Little Dancers get to shine up on stage at our Annual Recital !
This is often the moment when children really learn to love dance. Getting to have a special costume and head onto the Big Stage, just like the older dancers makes them feel like a star.
It is so amazing to watch a dancer who at the beginning of the dance year may have been nervous to go to class, but then gets up on stage and struts their stuff for their loved ones to watch.
These little ones can be unpredictable on stage, but that is part of the fun. Our Tiny Toes, Happy Feet, Primary and Junior dancers always steal the show with their adorable smiles, bright shining faces and sweet dances!
Pure Energy Dance Foundation is a not for profit studio. You’ll hear us say it in advertisements, in meeting and on our social media accounts. So what does nonprofit mean?
To the Government of Alberta:
“Non-profit companies are formed to promote art, science, religions, charity or other similar endeavours, or they may be formed solely for the purpose of promoting recreation for their members” (www.servicealberta.gov.ab.ca/714.cfm).
To become a registered not-for-profit in Alberta, we filed documents that included a declaration that any income we pay to our members must be used to promote the company objectives. That means that while for-profit studios operate (at least in part) to generate wealth for their owners, our organization uses those funds towards our mission.
Our studio is operated by a board that is elected by our members – the parents! Each position on the board is a 2-year term, after which a vote in held to decide who is best suited to guide the studio. That means that parents have a much larger voice in how our studio runs than at a traditional dance studio. These board members volunteer their time and expertise because they are passionate about providing opportunities in dance to all children.
We also have paid employees, including our amazing Artistic Director and our teachers. The Artistic Director develops and oversees the artistic and technical development of all of our classes and dancers.
So what’s the Pure Energy Dance Foundation mission?
Our official documents state that:
The object of the Society is to provide funding and organization to encourage the growth and development of children in dance and to enrich the dance experience for all students enrolled in the program, in cooperation with the Artistic Director.
In practice that means that we strive to create an environment where there is a place for every child that wants to dance. We never ask dancers to audition for the chance to compete, and we always work with parents to provide as much financial support as possible through volunteer opportunities and grants.
We love to see the joy on the face of a child that has discovered dance!
Thanks to our amazing sponsors for our annual Adult Fun Night Fundraiser we were able to raise over $4,000 towards studio operating cost. By raising this money we are able to keep our fees low, which lets us bring dance to children whose parents might otherwise not be able to afford dance!
Thank you to everyone who donated money for the MacDonald Island Dance
Academy from Fort McMurray With your help we were able to purchase the
Tap, Jazz, and 1/2 soles that their dancers needed to be able to compete
In addition to giving us 40% off all of our purchases for the Fort
McMurray dancers the owner of Lysyds is going to matched our parent raised
donation of $1000.
We thank all of our parents and Lasyds for their support and hope that these
donations help to make the things a little bit better for all the
MacDonald Island dancers far away from their home.
Being a competitive dancer requires a lot of commitment. Teachers and fellow students rely on everyone showing up and being prepared to work in classes and extra rehearsals.
The Competition Attendance Rule:
Attendance at all events and rehearsals are compulsory unless otherwise stated. If the dancer and/or parents are not in attendance, the dancer may be removed from competition/performance at no cost to the studio. This attendance rule will be referred to where it applies.
If teachers call for extra rehearsals, they are considered mandatory. The teachers will work hard to make sure that reasonable notice is given. The Competition Attendance Rule applies.