Throughout the dance season, we hold events, drives and fundraisers to give back and support our community. Visit this page throughout the year for updates on what's happening next.
IR Dance supports the following organizations:
The Woodland Cultural Centre serves to preserve and promote Indigenous history, art, language and culture. The centre was established in October 1972 under the direction of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.
Save the Evidence is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the restoration of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, and to develop the building into an Interpreted Historic Site and Educational Resource. As one of only a handful of former residential school buildings still standing in Canada, and one of only two in Ontario, the site will be incorporated into the Woodland Cultural Centre’s one-of-a-kind educational experience. The final goal is to create a fully-realized Interpretive Centre that will be the definitive destination for information about the history of Residential Schools in Canada, the experiences of Survivors of the schools, and the impact the Residential School system has had on our communities.
Students are encouraged to wear Orange shirts to dance throughout the week of September 26 - October 2. Short activities will be done in class throughout the week. Families can also choose to make an outright donation, through your online account, in any multiples of $10. To donate, login to your family account and from the menu select "Search Store", under Charity you will see the donation link. All funds will go directly to the Woodland Cultural Centre and proceeds go towards the Save the Evidence campaign.
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish is one of the largest distributers of toys to children in need in the Greater Toronto Area. During the 3 weeks of classes leading up to the holiday break, we collect donations in the studio lobby. Participating families can drop off new, unwrapped toys to our toy box.
The Yorktown Shelter for Women provides a supportive, community-based emergency shelter and support services for women and their children who have experienced abuse. Each winter, we hold our annual Uniform Buyout week. Dancers pay $2 to not wear their bodysuit to class; ballet/acro/company classes can also pay $2 to not wear their hair in a bun. Proceeds are donated to Yorktown.
Conceived and launched by our Senior Dance Company dancers, t-shirts are sold at the studio with proceeds going to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Families can order a charity t-shirt through their online account or purchase at the front desk in the studio. This initiative is done in loving memory of Rebecca DiBiasio.