Monday, April 27, 2020

Dusk Dances Barrie Postponed to 2021

Wendy Hutchinson, Holly Goulding, Madison Grewal, Lexi Cooper, Jaqui Brown, Sydney Whittaker, and Eligh Zimmerman in "A Little Faster, Here We Go," facilitated by Chirssy Baxter and Shelby Thoms. Premiered at Dusk Dances Barrie 2019 with the support of the Ontario Arts Council

We hope that this message finds you in good health and good spirit and that you are finding joy and happiness in small and bigger ways during these unprecedented times.

Like so many, Dusk Dances Barrie and Dusk Dances Inc. have been watching closely the development of the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our lives and on society. Given the uncertainty of the next couple of months, and Toronto being in lockdown until at least the end of June 2020, we are sad to announce that our July 2020 event - Dusk Dances Barrie - has been postponed to July 2021.

SCD has presented Dusk Dances Barrie annually since 2017 at Lampman Lane Park, in Barrie. We love presenting this event in our hometown because it is an occasion for us to raise visibility, create awareness, and build educational opportunities in contemporary dance, and to share our love of our art form with the public. We are heartbroken not to be able to bring Dusk Dances Barrie to our community for the fourth year and for the lost opportunity for the performers, choreographers, community participants, and audience. 

We are sending kind thoughts to you and yours and we hope to be back in 2021 with the same exciting program that we had prepared for you this year.


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Monday, April 20, 2020

Important Information Regarding Postponed Events


Carly Manuel, Ulana Romanish, Casey-Lee Cooper, Jaqui Brown and Eligh Zimmerman of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in In the time before the immediate present and the time immediately to follow facilitated by Sarah Lochhead / Video still from footage by Max Lupo.

The health and safety of our community, artists and staff, is our top priority. Based on our dedication to protecting our community, government recommendations on public mass gatherings and current restrictions on performances, SCD's performances of In the time before the immediate present and the time immediately to follow as part of the WOW Collection events have been postponed.

SCD and Talk are Free Theatre hope to have an updated schedule for performances by May 15, 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation to see if additional adjustment are required based on the direction and guidance of the local public health units, the province and the country.

We apologize for any inconvenience and are looking forward to building great memories we will all share together soon!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Celebration of Dance 2020

For Immediate Release: 

It is with incredible sadness that we share that we have made the important and necessary decision to cancel Celebration of Dance 2020. We are heartbroken for the lost opportunity to support our local charitable organizations and for the lost opportunity for the performers, choreographers, and audience

But we move forward. Rest assured that we will be back in 2021 to bring you this special fundraising event and performance opportunity that means so much to us at SCD, to the dancers and to our broader Simcoe County community.
For now, please be safe, take good care of each other, and cherish your loved ones.Yours in dance,

Natasha O'Hara
Outreach Coordinator

Chrissy Baxter
Executive Director

Shelby Thoms
Artistic Director

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Notice from Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

For Immediate Release:

Friday, March 16, 2020, Barrie, ON

The health, safety and well-being of our attendees, participants, staff, company members and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organization, Health Canada, and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. We are committed to taking all the necessary precautions recommended by these organizations and are focusing to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our public and our members.

To protect the public and our team, we will be closed through April 5, 2020. We will not hold any open/drop-in classes or rehearsals during this time. 

We will update our website, here, and social media as the situation changes and our plans change accordingly. 

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Friday, March 13, 2020

UPDATE: COVID-19

For Immediate Release:

Friday, March 13, 2020, Barrie, ON

The health, safety and well-being of our attendees, participants, staff, company members and volunteers is of the utmost importance to us.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organization, Health Canada, and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. We are committed to taking all the necessary precautions recommended by these organizations and are focusing to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our public and our members.

In the spirit of extreme caution, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel our free dance workshops this Saturday, March 14 at the Gibson Centre in Alliston. We are looking forward to rescheduling these events for some time in the future and apologize for any inconvenience. 

Our performance at 7 PM will continue as scheduled. Please note only presale tickets will be honoured as the box office is now closed and no further tickets will be sold.

In order to maintain a safe environment, we are taking the following measures:
  • We are implementing a simple screening questionnaire at our upcoming Confluence 10th Anniversary Tour performance.
  • We will have Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer on hand for your use.
  • We recommend that anyone who has returned from any of the countries listed by Health Canada in the last 14 days, anyone who has come in close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, anyone who has been in contact with anyone who has travelled to the countries listed by Health Canada or if you have experienced any flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days to please not attend or participate in any Confluence 10th Anniversary performance this weekend (March 14, 2020).

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