The month is drawing to a close, and with the close of the month an exciting new chapter starts to unfold.
I’ve been busy immersing myself in life back in Glasgow, enjoying the great cultural events on offer in and around the city. Some important developments –
This past week I had a productive and encouraging meeting with the director of The Dance School of Scotland, Kenny Burke, and Graham Dickie, Musical Theatre Course director. Through talks with various other dancers and artists in the business, a great event and idea has taken shape.
Still early in its inception and the finer details being ironed out, a yearly fundraising performance will take place in an as yet to be confirmed venue. The evening will feature invited professional artists, from the world of ballet, contemporary, jazz/commercial and musical theatre – all former student’s of The Dance School of Scotland who will perform, sing and give recitals alongside performances from current Dance School of Scotland students.
Distinguished guests and public dignitaries will be invited to be guest speakers, and a short film featuring the positive impact the revenue raised will have, for future generations of Dance School students to come will be premiered.
Where does this all lead, and what is different here to any other show with former grads you ask?
All funds raised will go to a new charitable trust I have this past week launched, The Knightswood Graduates Benevolent Trust.
The remit of the Trust is simple, to give EVERY Dance School of Scotland student a bursary – should they go onto full time vocational training after graduation, to help with the costs of dance wear, academic books and any other essential equipment.
Fundraising events will take place throughout the year, this being the 30th anniversary of The Dance School of Scotland, a new website with easy to donate options will be launched, and what will hopefully pan out to be a stellar success of a show will continue for years to come, becoming a sure fix in the social calendar for any arts lover.
This coming week I have a few important meetings, getting as much advice and in-put from as many different sources as possible – from dance practitioners, professional artists and government ministers amongst others.
I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on developments here on MODance, and be sure to get in touch if you have any suggestions, queries or would like to get involved in any shape or form – no matter how big or small your involvement, it all makes a huge difference!