50th Anniversary and Covid19 Support
Raising the Barre in Sonoma for 50 Years
A message from our executive and artistic director, Patty O'Reilly:
We are starting our "50th Anniversary and Covid19 Support" campaign with an urgent but hopeful message. My personal love affair with dance has led me to share my passion with the students of SCD, and for the past 15 years, I have been with the organization providing opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to participate in the creative process of dance.
I feel so blessed to be able to share the gift of dance with students — to show them how the grit, determination, perseverance, patience, and creativity we learn on the dance floor translates into actions in the real world.
With our 50th anniversary THIS year, we had big plans for how we wanted to ring in this momentous milestone — celebrating the way that dance has changed the lives of thousands of young people through our small but mighty nonprofit.
In the last 50 years, SCD has had nearly 100 performances, over 40,000 hours of classes, and over 3,000 students.
We have accomplished so much together in my 15 and the organization’s 50 year. And there is so much more we want to do.
Since the initial shelter-in-place orders in mid-March, we at SCD have "pirouette-d" on. Like many arts organizations, COVID has created huge challenges — both physical and financial — for our organization over the last several months. Yet, despite all of the hurdles, we have fought for our studio, classes, and students. We have had classes on Zoom, socially-distanced classes at Trinity Episcopal, including a socially-distanced dance camp, and now we have begun our school year outside as well (all while constantly demonstrating our flexibility with the changing environment). We know that our studio has been there for our families and students when they have needed us the most.
And now we need you and thank you so much for your consideration!
Sonoma Conservatory of Dance is an incredibly special place in our uniquely special Sonoma community. A one-time or ongoing donation in any amount will be truly appreciated!