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WHEEL DANCE COLLABORATING WITH BALLET CREOLE FOR PAN AM PATH LAUNCH

Official Launch of Zone 11 on July 25, 2015 in Scarborough

Toronto, ON – WHEEL DANCE is thrilled to announce its collaboration with Ballet Creole for an upcoming performance marking the official launch of the Pan Am Path.  This celebratory event, which will take place on July 25, 2015 from 1-4 pm at Thomson Memorial Park (1007 Brimley Rd., Scarborough), will include a day of dance and entertainment.  WHEEL DANCE and Ballet Creole have begun rehearsals for this first-of-its-kind collaboration in Canada, and invite the media and public to attend their performance.

Ballet Creole has been commissioned by Friends of the Pan Am Path to participate in the City Wide Arts Relay, which began on May 16, 2015.  Ballet Creole will officially launch Zone 11 on July 25th.  The celebration will include a Flash Mob Parade along the Pan Am Path from 1-2 pm, followed by a Live Performance with Ballet Creole, WHEEL DANCE, the Samba Squad and members of the Ontario Steel Pan Association from 2-3 pm.  Between 3-4 pm, community members are invited to enjoy the park and other activities happening onsite at the Scarborough Museum.  There will also be a Parapan Am Activity Station set up in the park with sitting volleyball, bocce and other activities.

“WHEEL DANCE is honoured to be a part of this initiative in celebration of the Pan Am Path, the Pan Am/ParaPan Am games, and community inclusiveness, engagement and accessibility,” says Dr. Iris Kulbatski, Executive Director of WHEEL DANCE.  “Collaborating with Ballet Creole embodies one of our core principles that diversity in art, sport, and cultural activities should be promoted and celebrated.  This collaboration is a beautiful example of how dance, sport, and art can build and strengthen communities.  This performance is particularly meaningful to our dancers, as they work towards their goal of one day representing Canada at international Paralympic-level wheelchair DanceSport competitions.”

Details related to the upcoming Pan Am Path Launch Event can be found on Ballet Creole’s website: http://www.balletcreole.org/index.cfm?pagepath=PAN_AM_PATH_ARTS_RELAY&id=69790

Additional information about WHEEL DANCE’s social wheelchair ballroom dance and competitive Canadian Wheelchair DanceSport activities are available by visiting WHEEL DANCE’s website and Facebook page at: www.wheeldance.ca and www.facebook.com/wheeldance.

Contact: Dr. Iris Kulbatski                                                                                                                                         Executive Director, WHEEL DANCE                                                                                                                                   Tel: 647-297-3198                                                                                                                                                            Email: wheeldance@outlook.com

About WHEEL DANCE


WHEEL DANCE is a federally incorporated Canadian non-profit that provides subsidized social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance classes to wheelchair users and their able-bodied friends, family, and community members.  WHEEL DANCE also acts as the lead organizing body for competitive Wheelchair DanceSport in Canada, by initiating, promoting, stimulating, and standardizing the national growth of the sport. 

About Ballet Creole

Ballet Creole was founded in 1990 by Trinidadian-born dancer, choreographer, drummer and educator, Patrick Parson (Masters in Dance Ethnology, BFA in dance) and will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014-2015 Season.  Recognized as the Forerunners of Blacks in Dance in Canada, Ballet Creole aspires to unite cultures through the power of the arts by creating a Creolization of dance, deeply rooted with disciplines drawn from the African Diaspora.  Ballet Creole’s Motto: Diversity in Harmony Creating a New Energy.

About the Pan Am Path

The Pan Am Path is a multi-use path to connect Toronto’s trails and create an active-living legacy for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. It will connect over 80km of trails across Toronto and bring together residents, local organizations, artists and businesses to create truly vibrant public spaces that are reflections of those communities along the route.  From May 2015 – August 2015 different locations will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony and various site-specific events lead by Arts Organizers in each area.

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WHEEL DANCE AWARDED COLLABORATIVE ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION GRANT
Open House and Grant Recognition Event on December 7, 2014 in York Region    

Toronto, ON – WHEEL DANCE and Victoria Ballet Company are pleased to announce that they are using the three-year, $271,200 grant they received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation earlier this year to establish a wheelchair ballroom dance program in York Region.  WHEEL DANCE’s unique program provides subsidized social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance classes to wheelchair users and their able-bodied friends, family and community members, on the premises of Victoria Ballet Company’s newly renovated accessible studio space.  

“It’s wonderful to see inclusion programming get such recognition and funding in York Region. I look forward to attending the community celebration with everyone.” - Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill.  

With the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, WHEEL DANCE and Victoria Ballet Company are forging ahead with this first-of-its-kind collaboration in Canada.  Capital funds from the grant have been used to transform Victoria Ballet Company’s studio into a fully accessible dance facility.  WHEEL DANCE is using the grant programming funds to run classes on site since October 1st, 2014 and invites the media and public to attend its upcoming Open House and OTF Grant Recognition Event on December 7th, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 pm at 7 Bradwick Drive in Vaughan.  We invite everyone to support and celebrate our success, as our dancers demonstrate their progress, speak about their experiences over the past two months, and share their goals.  Special guests include MPP Gila Martow, OTF Representative Ms. Wendy Dunlop, Councillor Sandra Racco, and Paralympic Athlete Mr. Joel Dembe.  

“This initiative helps remove the physical, social and economic barriers that prevent wheelchair users from participating in community life, thereby increasing accessibility, engagement, and inclusiveness,” says Dr. Iris Kulbatski, Director of WHEEL DANCE.  “By promoting and celebrating diversity in sport, art, and cultural activities, we are providing a positive example of how art and sport can build communities and affect positive social change.  By making recreational and competitive dance accessible and inclusive, we are improving the physical and psychosocial well-being of our community.”

Details related to the upcoming Open House/OTF Recognition Event, as well as information about WHEEL DANCE’s social wheelchair ballroom dance and competitive Canadian Wheelchair DanceSport activities are available by visiting WHEEL DANCE’s website and Facebook page at: www.wheeldance.ca and www.facebook.com/wheeldance.

Contact:
Dr. Iris Kulbatski
Director, WHEEL DANCE                                                                                                                                    
Tel: 647-297-3198                                                                                                                                                   wheeldance@outlook.com

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the OTF strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.  For more information, please contact: www.otf.ca 

About WHEEL DANCE

WHEEL DANCE is a federally incorporated Canadian non-profit that provides subsidized social and competitive wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance classes to wheelchair users and their able-bodied friends, family, and community members.  WHEEL DANCE also acts as the lead organizing body for competitive Wheelchair DanceSport in Canada, by initiating, promoting, stimulating, and standardizing the national growth of the sport.   

About Victoria Ballet Company

Victoria Ballet Company is a charitable organization, registered in 2004. Its mission is to create high quality classical ballet shows for adults and children and to promote the understanding and appreciation of classical arts.  Victoria Ballet Company organizes performances, music concerts, and arts exhibitions, promoting culture and a healthy lifestyle. 

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