At a garden party held last weekend, Lois Smith, past president and honourary board member of the Sunshine Coast Dance Society (SCDS) presented dance bursaries worth $500 each to local dancers, Georgina Hardman and Rebecca Gordon.
The party at the home of Penny Hudson was also to thank supporters of the Dance Society's Residency Endowment Fund and to promote this year's fundraising drive.
The goal of the Residency Fund is to attract world-class dance artists to the Sunshine Coast to create works of art and to inspire local dance students, teachers and dance enthusiasts. The intention is to raise a minimum of $1,200 per year to provide rehearsal space and performing opportunities to professional or emerging professional dancers or choreographers.
This year's recipient of the Residency Endowment Fund is Meagan O'Shea from Toronto. She will be rehearsing at the Gibsons Heritage Theatre for a week at the end of July and performing on July 29 and Aug. 2. She also is planning to lead a workshop that explores themes of dreaming, finding and losing love through storytelling and dance-theatre.
The Dance Society is asking for a yearly commitment of $60 ($5 a month) to maintain the endowment fund. Your donation is tax deductible as the SCDS is a registered non-profit charitable organization.
Call Linda McDermid at 604-885-9842 if you would like to become a supporter of our endowment fund.