Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Penumbra choreographed by Susan Kendal. Performed by Jaqui Brown, Ulana Romanish, Shelby Thoms, Chrissy Baxter, and Carly Manuel


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October 12, 2021

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Puts $27,000 OTF Resilient Communities Fund Grant to Work

BARRIE, ON - The Ontario Trillium Foundation has granted Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) a 12-month, $27,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant to help the dance company rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. On Sunday, October 3, MPP Doug Downey joined a virtual meeting with the group to learn more about how the funds have helped the dance company since they received the grant earlier this year.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation exists to help organizations within our communities continue to provide important services that help to enrich our lives,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. “This funding will help to ensure that Simcoe Contemporary Dancers can continue to teach the vital life skills that come from dance; perseverance, determination, hard-work and team-work. I am thrilled to see this funding going to such an incredible organization within the community.”

SCD will use the funds to buy technical equipment to improve its virtual offerings, hire a consultant to assist in the creation of an updated strategic plan, and create virtual content to engage the community. Simcoe Contemporary Dancers has become a leader in its ability to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, SCD will continue to develop, and enhance, its abilities to reach (and expand) audiences, provide educational opportunities, develop a stronger online infrastructure, and develop a clear recovery plan to ensure they are able to provide access to contemporary dance for years to come. This initiative will also see the creation of many new opportunities for regional dance artists.

“During a time of continued uncertainty, support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is critical to support our mission,” said Chrissy Baxter, Executive Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. “While we were able to present some classes and performances since the onset of the pandemic online, these funds will allow us to improve our online presence in substantial and exciting ways. Virtual dance classes and performances provide many opportunities, including increased accessibility, and audiences can expect SCD to continue to provide these options going forward.”

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers is a not-for-profit professional company serving the region of Simcoe County that exists to encourage and showcase the development of local professional contemporary dance. We come together to raise the visibility of contemporary dance, create awareness, build educational opportunities, and reach out to our public to share our love of our art form.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.  Please visit: otf.ca

Media Contact:

Chrissy Baxter, Executive Director

647-618-3240, simcoecontemporarydancers@gmail.com

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dusk Dances Barrie 2021 - Important Links

We are so excited to present Dusk Dances Barrie in a new and exciting way this August 26th to 29th! In order to ensure a seamless event - we would like to share some important links with you here that will make it easy for everyone to access the information they need! Please find these links below:

Monday, August 9, 2021

We are so excited to announce the launch of the 18th Annual Celebration of Dance Film

Although we miss our annual in-person event, we are so thrilled to be able to bring you these beautiful local artists through film. As you may know, Celebration of Dance is a special annual fundraising event where dancers from all over Simcoe County come together to raise money for charity. 

This year we are raising funds to support No More Starving Artists, a local food rescue that provides nutritious foods to artists in need throughout Simcoe County and beyond. We ask that when you are enjoying this film that you remember to donate to No More Starving Artists, if you are able, in support of the important work that they do! Please donate HERE

The Celebration of Dance Film will be available online starting Friday, August 13th until Friday, September 24th at 9pm. We will be collecting donations for No More Starving Artists for the duration of the film's time online. All proceeds of this fundraiser will be donated to No More Starving Artists upon the close of the virtual run.

Thank you for your support and enjoy the show!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Dusk Dances Barrie 2021 Tickets On Sale Now!

Sunnidale Park, Near the Dorian Parker Cenre
227 Sunnidale Road
Barrie, Ontario L4M 3B9
August 26-29, 7:45 PM
Admission by Donation - Reserve your tickets today!

Experience Dusk Dances Barrie in a new and exciting way this year! A magical night of dance performance, live music, and a dance film!

6:45pm - 7:30pm: FREE dance workshop begins - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Thursday - Bhangara with Gurpartap Singh of Bhangara Crew Ontario
Friday - BellyDance with with Nicole Welsh of Cairo’s Jewels BellyDance
Saturday - BellyDance with with Nicole Welsh of Cairo’s Jewels BellyDance
Sunday - Irish Dance with Deirdre Hamilton School of Irish Dance

7:45pm - Opening live music begins provided by CMCI's Emerging Musicians Program

8:20pm - Dance performances begin by Sydney Whittaker of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers 

8:30pm - A Dusk Dances Film begins!

$10.00 per person suggested donation
Pay-what-you-can, ticketed event, space is limited, please complete COVID-19 Pre-Screen Prior to Event

For more information: 647-618-3240
duskdances.ca  or simcoecontemporarydancers.com

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

SCD Performs as part of TIFT's The Bees in the Bush Festival!

In the time before the immediate present and the time to immediately follow V2

MacLaren Art Centre Courtyard
37 Mulcaster Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M2
September 10 @ 7, September 11 @ 7, September 12 @ 12, September 26 @ 12

Admission: Free - Reserve your tickets today!

You are invited to be part of a collaborative performance experiment. This abstract contemporary dance work uses radar and wireless technology to highlight the symbiotic relationship between audience and performer. Your presence in the space determines what movements are performed and the dancers’ movements activate a signal inviting you to move to a new spot in the space — creating a feedback loop of giving and receiving, building the dance in real-time together.

Please click HERE for more information about In the time before the immediate present and the time to immediately follow V2.