COVID-19 has been detrimental to many local businesses and small nonprofit organizations like ours. Forced to cancel classes, our three Annual Performances and our two largest fundraisers, we have lost 20% of our budget to COVID-19. We temporarily closed our doors on Friday, March 15, 2020, moving from recital planning to contingency planning within the span of 48 hours, and suspended all in-studio classes; we didn’t miss a beat! Recognizing that many of our dancers rely on routine and consistency, danceability immediately began providing virtual dance classes four nights a week for dancers and their families
From our first year in 2007 where we welcomed 64 dancers, our danceability family has now tripled in size. So many of our dancers rely on danceability for their health and friendships. Within our walls they find acceptance, love and empowerment. Thirteen successful years later, we never imagined we would struggle to cover basic expenses like electricity and rent, let alone not have the resources to maintain quality programming and instructors.
As a small not-for-profit organization, danceability receives no federal or state funding. Like many other small businesses, danceability has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a six-month closure, and ineligible for most COVID-19 relief and support like the Back to Business grant, we rely heavily on the support of our patrons and the local Western New York (WNY) community to maintain our studios and programming. Every donation, no matter how small, has a HUGE impact for an organization like ours. We ask that you consider danceability for your end-of-year giving so that we may continue to provide the gift of movement and joy of dance to the special needs community of WNY.