Decidedly Jazz Danceworks earns standing ovations for creating original and rewarding experiences, including with our valued sponsors. Below are some of the ways that you can support us. Please contact our Executive Director, Kathi Sundstrom or at 403-228-8178 to learn more about the benefits of partnering with one of Canada’s best-managed arts organizations.
Raise awareness with our audience
DJD is known for its compelling, engaging and uplifting jazz dance performances and musical creations. We reach hundreds of thousands of people in Calgary, Canada and beyond with our advertising and promotions, and host more than 10,000 guests in performances annually. Our community tends to be professional, female, influential and loyal.
Marking a specific artistic work with your brand gives you premium visibility through websites, electronic promotions, printed materials, ads, and lobby signs as well as opportunities for hosting clients and colleagues. A performance typically runs 5 to 11 days and reaches thousands of audience members.
Single Performance Sponsor
Sponsoring one performance during the run of a production and gain unique exposure and special hosting opportunities. You receive logo recognition in the production program, on-site signage the night of the performance, and up to 30 tickets to host your clients, employees or network.
Gala Night Performance Sponsor
Invest in the highlight Opening Gala Weekend of our largest annual performance featuring an exclusive pre-show reception attracting up to 600 dedicated arts and community supporters. You receive logo recognition in gala promotions, on-site signage at the gala, and tickets to host your clients, employees or network.
The Black & White Ball
The Black & White ball has returned to the elegant halls of the Fairmont Palliser. Guests will gather in their black and white finest (or strangest) and dance the night away to live music while enjoying impromptu performances by the DJD Company, a dance contest, a fantastic silent auction and more! Promising to be one of the most talked about events in town and attracting more than 700 partygoers, the Black & White Ball provides great hosting opportunities for professionals and business owners alike.
Support Artistic Creation & Artists
Professional Training Program
Invest in the development of emerging dancers. A vital part of sustaining jazz dance and our company of professional dancers is training. DJD offers select, talented dancers a Professional Training Program that develops the next generation of dancers and leaders in the art form. Dancers audition to attend the program, and regrettably, a major barrier to training is the financial means to attend. For sponsoring our training program, you are rewarded with your impact and visibility on our websites, electronic promotions, and printed materials.
Original Dance Presenting Sponsor
Invest in the creation of a vibrant, original jazz work by talented Canadian artists. DJD is one of a mere handful of full-time, professional jazz dance companies in the world. Unique as we are, DJD needs to create our own repertoire. DJD’s work is African-rooted, swing-based, rhythmically focused and musically propelled. For helping us bring a new work to life, you are rewarded with lasting visibility as underwriter of the work through our websites, electronic promotions, printed materials, ads, and lobby signs as well as opportunities for hosting clients and colleagues.
Original Music Presenting Sponsor
Support the creation of new music and talented Canadian musical performers. Jazz music is at the heart of DJD’s work. DJD has worked with such notables as the late Big Miller, Tommy Banks, Mark Murphy, PJ Perry, Jackie Richardson and George Koller, as well as the cream of regional jazz talent such as Kristian Alexandrov and ¡Bomba! For funding original music, you are rewarded with your impact and lasting visibility through our websites, electronic promotions, printed materials, ads, and lobby signs as well as opportunities for hosting clients and colleagues.
Enhance our community impact
Art in Education
Contribute to our education outreach programs that make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people and teachers. DJD reaches children K to 17 in schools, including schools serving by low-income families, with art-enriched educational experiences, including bringing our kids show to schools, participating as artists in residence, and conducting student and teacher workshops. Your contribution earns you optional visibility through electronic promotions, websites, and printed materials.
Children’s bursary/send a kid to camp
Invest as a lead sponsor of our children’s bursary program that enables young people ages 5-17 from a low-income family to attend a summer dance camp or class at our DJD Dance School. Let’s make it possible for children in poverty and youth at risk to gain greater self-confidence and coordination, make new friends, and learn creative and constructive ways to express themselves. Your contribution earns you optional visibility through electronic promotions, websites, and printed materials. Learn more about the impact of Send a Kid to Camp by contacting Heather Close, Development & Communications Associate at 403-228-8181.
DANCE SCHOOL IN RESIDENCE AT CONNAUGHT
Connaught School is an intensely diverse inner city school where the majority of students speak English as a second language. Since 1994, DJD’s professional dancers have regularly gone to Connaught to teach dance classes to the student body. When possible, the students have received bursaries and also come to the DJD studios and performances. Without this residency program, most of these students likely would not have the opportunity to participate in dance classes. For more information on this program, contact Heather Close, Development & Communications Associate at 403-228-8181.
Getting Families Jazzed
Sponsor DJD’s program to provide performance tickets to deserving families that could not otherwise afford to attend. We work with various social service agencies and community organizations to distribute the tickets. Families benefit from the experience as imaginations and conversations are sparked on a wide range of topics, as well as from developing healthy bonds through quality time spent together. Your contribution earns you optional visibility through electronic promotions, websites, and printed materials.
Student Dress Rehearsals
Help to fund DJD’s program of offering students a free or highly discounted chance to look “behind the curtains” while enjoying the spectacle of a fully developed DJD Company show in the theatre. Your contribution earns you optional visibility through electronic promotions, websites, and printed materials.
Decidedly Jazz is a registered charity (#118883545RR0001).