GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
Helping to making great citizens, not just great dancers is one of our objectives at TCDA. In keeping with this goal we offer our support and encourage the support of our dancers and their families to a number of charity and community events. We are so thankful for the overwhelming support that we receive toward this end.
We believe that active participation in our local as well as our dance community is a crucial component to making our town vibrant, healthy and liveable. We pride ourselves and our dancers on being supportive with such a vast array of initiatives within our community.
We have performed at so many events including but certainly not limited to the Country Music Cavalcade, Queens Baton Relay, Bicentenary of Tamworth, Quirindi PS Fete, Timbumburi Carols by Glowstick, View Club National Conference, Basketball at the Sports Dome, Bastille Day for Le Pruneau, Level Up opening, NSW Training Awards, Lions Club Seniors Concert, Harmony Day, North Tamworth Bears Centenary, Netball Presentations, Art in the Garden, Cinema Under the Stars and the Country Music Awards.
TCDA supports the amazing work done by a number of charities to improve the lives of those in our local and wider communities. We have thrown our support behind these organisations to not only aid in fundraising but also in raising awareness, which in many circumstances is even more critical.
Over the years we have supported such charities and events as the Cancer Council NSW's Relay for Life, Stars of Tamworth Dance For Cancer, Festival of Abilities, Westpac Rescue Ball, Family Fun Day for Max Simpson, Canteen, McHappy Day, Light the Night for the Leukaemia Foundation, RUOK Day and the Epiphanies fundraising concert for Mental Health.
TCDA operates an active fundraising campaign each year. During pyjama week in term 4, students wear their PJ's to class along with a gold coin donation to remind us all that there are many of us out there that simply can't get out of theirs. Our slumber party for silver grades and above takes place at the end of this week raises additional funds whilst promoting camaraderie and empathy and gives our dancers the chance to reminisce while watch past concerts projected on a big screen.
Pyjama Week was established at TCDA in 2012 and we have raised just under $5000 to date. Traditionally we fundraised for Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, this year we donated to the Leukaemia Foundation, inspired by the challenges of our good friend and supporter of dance in our region, Katelyn Mole.
DANCE IN SCHOOL.
The TCDA Dance Excellence Award and a cash scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Tamworth South Public School. The recipient is not chosen by TCDA and does not need to be a TCDA student.
Miss Kellie has been the lead teacher at Dance Camp at Lake Keepit since 2011 during which time the number of participants has grown significantly. Miss Kellie has choreographed massed dances at the biennial CAPERS and is the coordinator of the Regional Dance Ensembles. Miss Kellie also teaches dance for Calrossy at TCDA, teaches lessons at schools when requested and conducts choreography workshops for public school teachers.
Paulie lends his talents as photographer, videographer and designer in creating posters, programmes, recording and publicising dance events as well as donating his time as a lighting designer for productions such as CAPERS and Dance Festival. TCDA regularly donates the use of our facilities as a rehearsal space for Regional Dance Ensembles.
RAISING OUR CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.
We understand the importance of having access to a number of influences and stimuli. To this end TCDA has been presenting partners with Tamworth Regional Council to bring productions such as the Sydney Dance Company's "Frame of Mind and the Melbourne City Ballet's "A Midsummer Nights Dream" to Tamworth.
We have also supported local company's such as the Gomeroi Dance Company, Tamworth Dramatic Society and the Tamworth Musical Society through advertising and the provision of free or subsidised rehearsal space.
In addition to this we complement our curriculum each year by bringing in some of our industry's leaders to run workshops.