Gala - Vive la Danse 25 - October 26, 2011, Toronto

The legendary Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Guests mingling and checking out our fabulous Silent Auction items.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Getting ready for an evening of stunning performances!  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Co-host Geraint Wyn Davies welcomes us to Vive la Danse 25.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Jackie Richardson singing a magnificent rendition of Here's to Life.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Co-host Sheila McCarthy performing the comical number Becky at the Ballet.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Co-host Sheila McCarthy had the audience in stitches with Becky at the Ballet.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC ED Amanda Hancox and Sheila McCarthy  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Simone Bell and Ralph Escamillan of Gadfly Dance Company performing an excerpt from Klorofyl.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. John McDermott singing Frank Sinatra's Put Your Dreams Away.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. NBoC Principal Dancers, Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar Antonijevic, dance as John McDermott sings Change Partners. Vive la Danse 25 co-producer Veronica Tennant.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. A beautiful performance by Atri Nundy.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Atri Nundy teaches Sheila and Geraint her moves.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. The audience joins the fun!  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Kate Hennig sings At the Ballet from A Chorus Line.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Laurence Lemieux and her daughter Juliette Coleman perform the gorgeous Préambule..  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. NBoC Principal Dancers, Heather Ogden and Guillame Coté, dance as Robin Hutton sings My Foolish Heart.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek The band: David Warrack and Dave Young.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. Stratford Festival's Robin Hutton.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC Board Chair Garry Neil.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC Executive Director Amanda Hancox.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC Alumna Karen Andrew sings What I Did For Love.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC Alumni take to the stage with their remarkable stories of transition.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. The entire cast and DTRC Alumni sing What I Did For Love.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC ED Amanda Hancox with DTRC Founder Joysanne Sidimus.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek. DTRC ED Amanda Hancox with Dinner and Founding Board Sponsor Lynda Hamilton.  Photo by Cheol Joon Baek.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and donors!

Presenting Sponsor
BMO Financial Group

Gala Chair
Rex Harrington, O.C.

DTRC Founder
Joysanne Sidimus, M.S.M.

Honorary Patron
Lynda Hamilton

Honorary Chair
Karen Kain, C.C.

Honorary Committee
Peggy Baker, O.C.
Evelyn Hart, C.C.
Joan and Jerry Lozinski
Myles Mindham
Janis Neilson
Sandra and Jim Pitblado, C.M.
Lynda Prince
Nada Ristich

Host
Sheila McCarthy

Artistic Director
Veronica Tennant, C.C.

Producer
Peter Mak

DTRC Executive Director
Amanda Hancox

Committee
Lynly Bailie
Beverly Creed
Rachel Nolan
Anjana Dooling
Jo-Anne Liburd
Wendy Melvin
Monique Rabideau
Geon van der Wyst
Lianne Whiteside

Jennifer Browne

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Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters, sponsors, performers, and volunteers who made this evening possible.  Not only did we celebrate our 25 spectacular years, but we raised funds that will go directly toward helping dancers in the future.  We look forward to supporting them for years to come!

 


 


On October 26th, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York, Sheila McCarthy and Geraint Wyn Davies hosted Vive la Danse 25 - a dynamic evening of entertainment and epicurean treats to mark the DTRC’s 25 triumphant years.  Throughout the evening, performances featured Canadian superstars from dance, music and theatre including: dance luminaries Aleksandar Antonijevic, Guillaume Côté, Greta Hodgkinson, Heather Ogden, Laurence Lemieux, Bharatanatyam dancer Atri Nundy, and the urban Gadfly Dance Company; musical icons John McDermott, Dave Young, and Jackie Richardson; and stage stars' piano man David Warrack, Stratford Festival’s Robin Hutton, and Billy Elliot’s Kate Hennig.  We are thrilled that these incredibly talented artists have donated their time and talent to be a part of this scintillating evening in support of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

The grande finale of the evening featured 13 DTRC alumni who told their remarkable stories of transition into a wide array of successful second careers.  Erin Richardson, an Emergency Registered Vet Technician, Dion MacArthur, a Case Manager for Veterans Affairs Canada, Jennifer Fournier, in her fourth year at University of Toronto majoring in International Relations, and Philip Drube, in his second year Master of Osteophathic Manipulative Sciences at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy were among the 13 who represented over 10,000 dancers who have been supported by the DTRC during its 25 years.

The evening also included the unveiling of our inspiring 25th Anniversary souvenir book, 25 Transitions, which celebrates a variety of new beginnings - from those just beginning their dance careers, to those who have embraced life beyond the stage. The book is beautifully designed by DTRC alumna Brenda Little, who graduated as Valedictorian of her class at George Brown College.

Produced by the team who brought you Vive la Danse! at the Palais Royale, Veronica Tennant and Peter Mak, this breathtaking evening of dance, song, and revelry in the legendary Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel was one to remember!

DANCER TRANSITION
RESOURCE CENTRE

Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.