Blais Supports Local Arts Through Dance StudioCompetitive dancers receive costume funding
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais was proud to present a cheque for $500 to the students of Studio 360’s dance class programs.
“The level these dancers compete at is incredible,” says Blais. “Investing in their program allows them more time to train and practice for their dance recitals and competitions.”
Studio 360, a dance studio located in Orléans, is raising money to help keep costume costs down for parents.
“We understand that dance, just like any sport, can sometimes be expensive for parents,” said Studio 360’s directors France Alarie and Jessica Lamirande. “We want to keep costs as affordable as possible so that our students can continue to foster their love of dance”.
The donation will help Studio 360 provide costumes for this year’s competitions as well as two recitals May 31.
“Dancing is about getting together with friends, developing self-confidence, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoying physical activity,” says Ms. Alarie. “I would hate to see kids losing out on that opportunity because they can’t afford it, so we’re extremely grateful for Mr. Blais’ generosity.”
The funding was raised by private donors through the annual Stephen Blais Golf Classic and donated on behalf of Action Orléans – a not-for-profit club that has been helping sports and other groups throughout Ottawa.