Three organizations committed to developing an internationally-recognized Para DanceSport program recognized the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for providing a grant designed to help them achieve their goal.
The $267,500 Grow Grant was awarded to WHEEL DANCE, Canada DanceSport (CDS) and Ontario DanceSport (ODS) over 36 months. The organizations recognized OTF at the Third Annual Canadian Para DanceSport Competition and Showcase at the Ontario Open DanceSport Championships on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Thornhill Community Centre.
The event featured competitive Para DanceSport and showcased performances by Canadian participants. “The receipt of this grant is a testament to the power of collaboration,” says Dr. Iris Kulbatski, Founder and Executive Director of WHEEL DANCE.
“WHEEL DANCE, CDS and ODS will support the growth and development of Para DanceSport in Ontario, specifically York Region, with a broader impact nationally given our established role as leaders. The collaborative is ideally aligned to lead the pursuit of excellence, eliminate barriers to participation, and foster an active lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities.”
WHEEL DANCE is a non-profit organization that provides subsidized Wheelchair Ballroom and Latin dance classes to individuals with ambulatory disabilities and their able-bodied friends, family and community members.
As the sole nationally-recognized body for competitive Para DanceSport, WHEEL DANCE provides the only pathway for Canadian athletes to compete at future Paralympic-level Para DanceSport events. In addition to training dancers, instructors and classifiers, it’s organizing competitions and workshops to build the infrastructure and governance of the sport from the ground up.
Photo courtesy of WHEEL DANCE.