This year, Sharing Dance participants raised nearly $11,000 to support the delivery of FREE and accessible dance programs. These donations will be used to improve access to dance education, and will help improve quality of life for Canadians of all ages. NBS is extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to Sharing Dance this year. From individuals and teams, to schools and community groups, the generosity of these donors allows NBS to continue to offer free, fun and accessible dance activities across Canada. We would like to recognize the following leading fundraisers.

Adult Fundraisers
The top adult fundraiser this year was Cathy Stashak. Cathy has been a dedicated Sharing Dance participant for the past three years, and raised over $2,000. As a resident of Illinois, she appreciates that online resources are available to help people learn the routine, wherever they live. For Cathy, Dancing with Parkinson’s at NBS is also extremely meaningful to her. Her grandfather had Parkinson’s Disease, and Cathy says that she “knows he would have been dancing up a storm at NBS if the program was around when he was still alive.”
The top adult team was led by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Kate Fennell, who helped organize the school’s fundraising effort. NBS and the RWB School are working together to expand the Sharing Dance programming in Winnipeg.

Children & Youth Fundraisers
This year, many of the schools that learned the routine also raised money to support Sharing Dance.  The two top fundraisers were Governor Semple School and St. James the Apostle School. At Governor Semple School in Winnipeg, all Grade 4 and 5 students learned the routine and fundraised together as a team. At St. James the Apostle School in Hamilton, ON, Kailee Kondo and Evelyn DiFilippo taught the routine to 200 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 as part of their daily physical activity. They all had a great time working on their dance moves and improving their fitness at the same time. You can see a video of them performing the routine here.

The top fundraiser under the age of 16 was Inez Mayberry, an 11 year old in Winnipeg, who knows firsthand the joy that dance brings. A student in the recreational division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Inez is also attending NBS’ Summer School this year. Through the support of people like Inez, NBS will be able to expand Sharing Dance and bring quality dance education to all Canadians.

Thank you to all of our generous supporters! Through your contributions, Sharing Dance will continue to grow and help Canadians of all ages get healthy and active through dance!