Dance academy

Final season for MacDonald Island Dance Academy

The MacDonald Island Dance Academy (MIDA) will no longer be offering dance programming by the end of the 2021/22 dance season.

Following a sustainability review, the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) found that private dance studios in the area would be better suited to provide needed services.

MIDA was developed by MacDonald Island Park in 2012 to fill a needed gap in services that was lacking in the area.

The RRC began its review of MIDA prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall of 2019 due to declining enrollment.

RRC clarified that MIDA was not the only enduring review to take place at MacDonald Island, noting that several others are facing adjustments or reviews.

They claim that over the past five dance seasons, registration numbers have steadily declined while expenses have increased.

The RRC indicated that quality recreational and competitive dance will remain on MacDonald Island now that a successful proposal has been accepted for the newly opened space by the YMM Dance Company.

“The RRC is confident that private dance studios in the region have the capacity and programs to meet the demand for service in the region based on feedback received from studio operators,” the RRC said in a statement. Press.