2021/2022 Sponsors


Performance & Events

Production sponsor

Show the community that your company believes in the power and place the arts have to enrich our community. DJD will proudly recognize and acknowledge your support in a variety of ways. Celebrate your support by hosting your clients or employees at one of the performances. A production typically runs 5 to 11 days and reaches thousands of audience members.

Single performance sponsor

Looking for a unique way to host clients or employees? Become a performance sponsor and DJD will work with your team to create a memorable evening for your guests (10-200) . Your company will be recognized in the production program, on-site signage from the stage the night of the performance.

Opening night celebration performance sponsor

Be part of the magic of opening night! As opening night sponsor you will be front and centre with your hosted guests amongst a full house of dedicated arts and community supporters. In addition to the performance itself, your guests are invited to an exclusive pre-show reception, as well as having an opportunity to mingle with the cast post-show. Your support will be acknowledged with logo recognition on all promotions, on-site signage at the event, and mention from the stage in addition to the tickets to host your clients, employees, or network.

The Black & White Ball

The Black & White Ball is one of the most established and most anticipated annual fundraising parties in the city. Guests gather at the elegant Fairmont Palliser wearing their black & white finest (or strangest) and dance the night away to live music while enjoying impromptu performances by the DJD Company, a fantastic silent auction, and more! Promising to be one of the most talked-about events in town and attracting more than 500 partygoers, the Black & White Ball provides great hosting opportunities for professionals and business owners alike.

Beverage and/or catering sponsor

The best parties have the best food and drink and DJD offers many opportunities to showcase your most tempting offerings to an engaged and socially active crowd.

As an official Beverage Sponsor at The DJD Dance Centre, your products will be available to our audiences every time they attend a performance throughout the year. In addition to performances, DJD hosts a variety of fundraising, donor, and community events where you can introduce our guests to what you have to offer.

Our Opening Night Celebration Catering Sponsor supplies an array of hors d’oeuvres for our exclusive opening night audiences. We’re looking for someone who can rise to the occasion, matching the level of artistry on stage with their own culinary creativity. In addition to an opening night catering sponsor, we are also looking for partners to bring additional sizzle to other donor and community events. The DJD Dance Centre Studio Theatre and Community Living Room are rented throughout the year to various organizations. Our catering sponsors will have the option of being listed as one of our preferred caterers.

Community Outreach

Arts in Education

Contributing to our education outreach programs makes a difference in the lives of thousands of young people and teachers. DJD reaches children grades K to 17 in schools, including schools serving low-income families. Our offerings include art-enriched educational experiences, subsidized or free performances, artists in residence programs, and student and teacher workshops.

Children’s Bursary/Send a Kid to Camp

Investing as a sponsor of our children’s bursary program provides access to our summer dance camps and classes for all young people ages 5-17 regardless of their ability to pay. These experiences make it possible for young people to gain greater self-confidence and coordination, make new friends, and learn creative and constructive ways to express themselves.

Dance School in Residence at Connaught

Sponsoring our Dance School in Residence at Connaught School helps us continue an impactful residency program that has been running since 1994. Connaught School is an intensely diverse inner-city school where the majority of students speak English as a second language. Each year, DJD’s professional dancers teach dance classes to the students at Connaught. When possible, some Connaught students also receive bursaries to come to the DJD studios and performances. Without this residency program, many of these students would not have the opportunity to participate in dance classes.

Getting families jazzed

Attending a live performance together is a way for families to enjoy each other’s company in an invigorating environment and to build great memories. Sponsoring DJD’s Getting Families Jazzed program provides performance tickets to families that cannot 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.

Student dress rehearsals

Helping to fund DJD’s Student Dress Rehearsal program provides students free or highly discounted opportunities to look “behind the curtains” while enjoying the spectacle of a fully developed DJD Company show in the theatre.

Support our Artists

Professional Training Program

Would you like to have a positive impact on the career of an emerging dancer? Investing in our acclaimed Professional Training Program not only helps develop careers, it is also a vital part of sustaining jazz dance by developing its next generation of dancers and leaders. Many of our own Company Dancers completed this program as part of their professional development. Dancers from across the country audition for the program but, regrettably, many do not have the financial means to attend. Your contribution can help ensure those young dancers with the most drive and talent will be able to participate, making a huge difference in an emerging dancer’s life and in the field of jazz dance.

Original dance presenting sponsor

Investing in our own dance productions puts your contribution at the core of our creation process. DJD is one of a mere handful of full-time, creation-based, professional jazz dance companies in the world, and we count on support to create our own repertoire. DJD’s work is African-rooted, swing-based, rhythmically focused, and musically propelled. When the dancers take their bow at the end of the performance, you will know that your investment helped make it all possible.

Original music presenting sponsor

Music is at the heart of our work so supporting the creation of music for our productions puts you at the heart of our work, too. DJD has worked with such notables as Big Miller, Tommy Banks, Mark Murphy, PJ Perry, Jackie Richardson, and George Koller, as well as the cream of regional jazz talent comprising the bands for our various productions.


Please contact our Development & Communications Associate, Heather Close to learn more about the benefits of partnering with DJD–one of Canada’s most unique arts organizations.