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Food 4 Thought drive + Comfort Me drive

Our Food 4 Thought Drive was a huge success! This year we collected non-perishable foods and donated them to the John Howard Society. The entire DSBCD community donated food and helped to make our goals a reality. Giving back feels good!

Comfort Me Drive

One of our favourite moments this year was handing out care packages to the homeless put together by our students at The Good Shepard Ministries in downtown Toronto. The students were amazed at the amount of people in need and experienced first hand the importance of giving back. It was an amazing day! This initiative was organized by DSBCD parent Dominique Chevers and we thank her for helping to make this happen.


Auto-Correct Humanity: a social experiment

Students from The Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance participated in an experiment where there refrained from using social media and electronic devices replacing it with real-time communication and/or in person activities.

The real life experience of seeing how they felt with vs without the pressure/attachment of social media fuelled the creation of “Auto-correct humanity” choreographed by Madeleine Twyman set to the lyrics of Prince Ea.

This 8 minute video chronicles the 6 month long experiment and rehearsal process culminating in the finality of the piece.

This award winning short film has been featured at The Robert Mclaughlin Gallery, on Daytime Durham TV and by Prince EA.

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Moving Traffic from Madeleine Twyman on Vimeo.

The Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (DSBCD), came together with Partners International Canada on June 12th, 2014 for a social inter-active event using the arts to help and to heal survivors of human trafficking. The fundraiser supported The Mahima Home, in Kolkata, India, a holistic care facility for minors who have been trafficked.

The evening consisted of performances by The DSBCD youth dance company and high calibre professional performers in music and spoken word, raising over $5700 for The Mahima care home!

The event itself was birthed by Madeleine Twyman, an Artist who is also the owner of The Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary dance in Whitby, Ontario.
The event was inspired by a song she wrote title “Traffic” off her EP CHINESE BAMBOO.

DSBCD’s vision is to encourage excellence in all genres of dance, but foremost to foster individuality and unique artistic expression. The arts speak a mysterious universal language that has the capacity to impact change in thought, which manifests in physical change. DSBCD is more than a competitive dance studio, it is an arts organization that mentors young girls to harness their power and be aware of what is going on in the world around them. To help others is to empower yourself, and the girls at DSBCD are learning this first hand.

Corey Jon Baker from New York City, a celebrated Artist whose credits include the Broadway musical “Fela” as well as critically acclaimed choreography as artistic director of “Ballet Noir” performed, as well as set a piece for the DSBCD students. Corey is an electrifying performer whose passion ignites audiences in real ways and we were delighted to have him part of the experience and to share his artistry with the community.

Moving traffic committee members:

Tim Arkell
Anthony Twyman
Michelle Howell
Marcia Alexander
Juan Alexander
Debbie Burgess-Smith
Tina Geensen
Sheshana Collington
Karolina Klucweski
Marie Francis
Charles Francis

Thank you to Partners International for their amazing support!

1 Comment

  1. […] The song “Traffic” has impacted the world in a positive way. It inspired an event titled  “Moving Traffic” – an interactive event using the arts to help and to heal survivors of human trafficking, held on June 12th, 2014. The event raised $5700 for The Mahima Home, a holistic center for minors who have been trafficked in Kolkata, India. #MovingTraffic featured performances by Musicians from Canada and The US, high calibre dance and spoken word. The event itself was also publicly endorsed by Mayor Pat Perkins. To see photos from the event go here https://durhamschoolofballetandcontemporarydance.com/photo-gallery/moving-traffic-event-2014/ […]

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