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Many thanks to the inspiring Windsor dance community for their wonderful welcome when Dance Ontario, Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Dance Umbrella of Ontario visited yesterday to launch DO's new Ontario Trillium Foundation initiative.
A diverse and enthusiastic dance centre, we expect great strides in the community over the next three years!
We also had a great time at the Ontario Secondary School Dance Festival (OSSDF)!

Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award 2015 recipient, Isabella Rapino, takes her dancing to a new level. Your Body Does Not Define The Artist Within You

 Isabella Rapino has 16 years of dance experience, ranging from hip hop to ballet. She graduated from Quinte Ballet School of Canada with distinction in 2015, and just completed her first of two year at George Brown College for their Dance Performance Studies program. She has been instructing dance of various genres for 5 years at the Ireland Academy of Dance, while also being invited to substitute or host workshops at various other local schools. She just completed her second year of choreographing for a competitive team with three choreography awards under her belt.

PASO-OPSA’s Response to the Draft Culture Strategy:

1. Do the Vision for culture in Ontario and the Principles to guide government support for culture reflect what is important to you?
Overarching Goals: Strengthen culture in communities, fuel the creative economy,promote cultural engagement & inclusion

Toronto, May 11, 2016 – Statistics Canada’s release today of the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2014 report is providing insight into the economic importance of arts and culture in Ontario and across Canada.

Toronto - Dance Ontario is delighted to announce generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a three-year initiative to establish dance networks in Sudbury, Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie.

Ontario’s draft Culture Strategy was released for public comment and consultation.  The strategy identifies three goals:

Congratulations to Peggy Baker who has been commissioned by Soulpepper Theatre.

Toronto Arts Council welcomes two new staff members.

The following letter was sent to the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport regarding the reduction of OTF funding after the budget was announced.
"The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is deeply concerned about information that has recently surfaced revealing that the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) core budget for 2016-2017 has
been reduced by $25 million dollars mere days before the start of the fiscal year.