Kelowna’s most innovative dance school, Creator’s Arts Centre, is preparing to move to a brand new location and launch several exclusive programs for their upcoming season.
The only non-profit dance school in the Okanagan, Creator’s Arts Centre has been operating at their current location for 14 years. The existing building is reaching the end of its lifespan and is in need of many repairs. It also doesn’t reflect the quality of dance instruction and programming that students and their families experience at the award-winning school.
Over the next six weeks, Creator’s Arts Centre aims to raise $50,000 which will be matched by an anonymous donor as construction on their new studio space begins. Funds raised will help cover construction costs, including the purchase and installation of specialty flooring that accounts for some $40,0000.
“We are creating a space that makes our students and teachers proud; A studio that reflects our values, including a commitment to the community and education,” explained Artistic Director, Laura Elliott.
Lifts are an integral part of a male ballet dancer’s repertoire, and the new building’s high ceilings will allow Creator’s Arts Centre to launch ‘Boys in Ballet’, an all-male program taught by Kelowna’s only male ballet instructor, Chris Larsen. New flooring and higher ceilings will also make the school more attractive to organizations like Ballet Kelowna, who need additional practice space from time to time.
A successful fundraising campaign will also allow the dance school to create a two-level ‘Dance for Diverse-abilities’ program, lead by key instructors at Creator’s Arts Centre that are professionally-trained in both dance and Occupational Therapy and Special Education. The program is tailored to children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Additionally, CAC has begun connecting with the Rehab Assistant diploma program at Okanagan College to see if a partnership can be created where their practicum students receive additional mentorship and training in working with children with special needs in an integrated environment.
“Creator’s Arts Centre fills a very real need in our community, and the quality of education that our students receive is second-to-none. We know that this fundraising campaign is ambitious, but that’s exactly the kind of example that we want to set for our students,” said Elliott.
All donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt and contributions over $100 will be included on a ‘Supporters’ wall at the new studio. To make a donation online, click to visit our GoFundMe campaign or call 250-860-6616.