Equity and Diversity
We recognize Canada’s history of discrimination against BIPOC communities. We denounce the systemic racism and violence that are a result of white supremist systems in place in Canada. We look forward to aligning with other arts organizations and studios by embracing the values of cultural pluralism in support of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Dance Class has been making equity a priority in our studio, and yet we acknowledge there is still more we can do to learn about and be guided by BIPOC perspectives and experiences – not just inside our studios, but beyond our walls as well. We are taking this time to ask questions, listen attentively, reflect, read, unlearn, and learn so that we might better our studio policies to allow each student and family to experience superior training in an environment where they feel valued and welcomed. We encourage our families to reach out with any questions or suggestions they have to help us create an inclusive studio environment.
We have now adjusted the use of the word “tan” (a manufacturer’s name) to “nude.” If you feel that the listed style code of “nude” does not properly represent your dancer, we encourage you to purchase directly from the Blendz Dance Apparel https://blendzapparel.com or visit http://www.danceshoppe.com (in Toronto) who carry some of their products.
Tights and shoes must be purchased in the matching shade of nude from these sites/stores. We ask that you purchase the style of shoes that most closely matches the style of shoe listed in “Style Code” chart below.
We are speaking with local dance wear stores to hopefully make these items more accessible in the future.
Please contact the front desk if you require further clarification.
We are committed to making these changes and hope that you will support us in the initiatives by making further suggestions for an inclusive studio environment.
Miss Ashley and Miss Kelly