For so many children dance is their happy place. The place where they feel special and safe; this becomes their norm.
Teaching dance is only a part of what we do at Kids Etc Youth Movement Company.
As in life, I prefer to look at the big picture when it comes to my ‘kids’. How will dance impact a young life. Not just now but 5, 10 or even 20 years from now. Will the confidence our dancers learned in studio and on stage help them succeed in life? Will the love and support of our dance family provide comfort when needed most?
Some of you may know that when it is needed I will do everything possible to allow everyone the chance to dance. However, sometimes the needs exceed what I can do personally.
I started thinking about the old adage ‘it takes a village’… I have always thought this way about our dance family at Kids Etc Youth Movement Company; and I had a light bulb moment.
In life, sometimes bad things happen to good people. Wouldn’t it be amazing if in those times, we had a Fairy Godmother who could make things possible? I have decided that this is exactly what our dance families need.. a Fairy Godmother fund.
I am only in the initial planning stages, trying to figure out the best way to make this work, but to start, Kids Etc Youth Movement Company will commit to donating $5,000/per year towards the Fairy Godmother Fund.
The concept is that some of our dance families may run into situations beyond their control and the last thing we want is for the ‘kids’ to have to stop doing what they love. For those families involved in competitions you know it’s not just the tuition, it’s the costumes, competition fees, shoes, travel etc. I am hoping to set this up though a foundation so anyone making a donation will be able to get a tax receipt; but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. At the start of the holiday season, I am just so excited that I wanted to share my idea with everyone!
Hopefully the Fairy Godmother fund will be the start of helping those dancers facing adversity in their home lives to continue on with what they love; essentially what is normal for the children.
‘Sometimes in our lives, we all need somebody to lean on..’
Stay remarkable Winnipeg