The night Allison Cox learned that her daughter’s local dance studio was closing, she told her husband, “I either have to buy a bus or open a dance studio here in Haliburton County. Either way, these kids had to stay together.
Cox said she instinctively knew she could spearhead a project to create a new dance studio – dubbed Skyline Dance Studio – and was pretty sure there would be ‘tremendous’ support to keep the dance going. local.
“So far, the support has far exceeded my greatest hope,” she said.
Haliburton Dance Academy closed in June after 10 years in Haliburton County.
Cox said Skyline Dance Studio is not affiliated with any dance studio, but is an independent, non-profit organization, “with a huge vision to create a safe and inclusive space for all dancers in Haliburton County.”
She said she worked closely with the Haliburton County Development Corporation to look at business options and ultimately decided on a nonprofit for two reasons. “We want everything we put into this studio to be invested back into the studio and we want to be sure this is a legacy that can be carried on for years to come. It will evolve and grow as the board transitions. of directors over the years. This will truly be a community-run operation.
Currently, they have a working council made up of eight local women. They include: Cox, Sarah Garbutt, Dawn Hurd, Courtney Bishop, Victoria Bullock, Stacey Parish, Stef Wood and Melissa Valentini.
Some own and run businesses, some work in nonprofits, some are employed by local businesses and many have experience serving on other nonprofit boards in the Highlands, said Cox.
“It’s a great mix of experiences brought together with passion and dedication to achieve this goal. Beyond this group, we have dozens of community members, individuals and businesses, who have offered their support in time, money and materials.
Skyline Dance Studio will be located at 229 Highland St., between Castle Antiques and Pet Valu.
They move in August 1, and construction crews expect renovations to take six to eight weeks. Their courses will begin in October 2022.
“It’s a fantastic space and there will be three large studios and a variety of common areas for the dancers and their families,” Cox said.
“We are doing this for our community and the families of Haliburton County. Dancing is so important to children, not only is it good for physical, emotional and intellectual well-being, but it also creates amazing friendships and instills a sense of community that will last a lifetime.
Pre-registrations are open. Email [email protected] to be added to the list. Audition dates will be released soon and registration will open in August.