Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective. “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said.
With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21. Taking place between 11 am to 5 pm, the charity event will consist of a day-long series of dance lessons.
“You can buy a day pass for a flat fee of $45 and join any class during the day, or if you raise a minimum of $75 through pledges (we send you a pledge sheet) you get in for the day as well,” ODD Associate Director Lana Morton tells Apartment613. “We wanted to give the option of either raising funds or simply pay $45 for the day. The idea is to do 6 hours of dance between the choices of 9 fun classes!”
The hour-long classes will be offered in two different rooms, and will range from Zumbla lessons to belly dancing to ballet to contemporary dance. For those who are super keen, you can take up to five different classes.
The marathon dance event is open to teenagers and adults of all dance levels. As for the raised funds, they will help fund this year’s ODD season.
“The funds are going into 2015-2016 projects with La Compagnie ODD (our resident company) and to help us upgrade our marketing tools, creating our first season brochure and translating our existing website en Français,” says Morton.
Located on the second floor of Arts Court next to the Rideau Centre, the ODD has been an important proponent of contemporary dance in our city.
Founded by four local artists, the not-for-profit organization acts on numerous fronts, including performing contemporary dance shows, offering residency programs, providing professional development, and allowing its downtown space to be rented by the community. (The recent Face 2 Face dance series, for instance, used the ODD location for some of its shows).