Not all studios have 30 dancers, ranging from beginner to premier. Katy Dillon in West Virginia however is looking for a bigger space to teach in. She gets a calls from families interested in Highland Dance lessons on a regular basis. She and her dancers also support local fundraisers, charity drives and local community events.
In February, the West Virginia Highland Dancers performed for the 2013 Randolph County United Way Telethon to help raise money for numerous local organizations. This is just one of several charity events the West Virginia dancers take part in each year in their community. The dancers also perform at nursing homes, local fairs, school events, and fundraisers for local nonprofit organizations. This has been a wonderful way to showcase Highland dancing, and, to the small town of Elkins, WV, dancers with swords and kilts are no longer something out of the ordinary. The group is well known throughout the town and people look forward to seeing them perform.
If you’re looking to grow you dance studio or add variety to the competitive dance career of your current students, consider this tried and true approach of supporting local charities, fundraisers and events. Not only does it give competitive dancers a break from the platform, but more importantly it gives back to the communities, and that’s a win-win for everyone.