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Sun Life and National Ballet’s Gift of Magic

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– A Night at the Ballet

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Thanks to Sun Life Financial’s Share the Magic Dress Rehearsal, on December 13, the National Ballet of Canada was able to offer free seats to DAREarts kids and parents who normally don’t have the opportunity to enjoy events like this.

There’s a beautiful song in Chorus Line and the words go like this: “Everything is Beautiful at the ballet…” Laura MacKinnon, Lead Teacher for DAREarts’ Toronto Program, and I met fifty people and handed out tickets to the National Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” In small family groups of two’s and three’s, moms and kids came in out of the cold and greeted us with a Merry Christmas and beaming smiles.

Laura knew every child by name. Little girls and boys were dressed for a festive night out, and their moms were so happy to give their children this evening of romance, beauty and light. The performance was, as expected, magical. The children were rapt, and during intermission they were having their pictures taken by the snowy scene photo-op. I sat with parents as they ate snacks with their kids, eyes shining.

An ironic note: outside, it was frigid. There were people lying on subway grates and during the performance, there was a shooting in the Queen Subway. The Nutcracker is a wonderful respite from the harsh realities of life, which, for many of our DAREarts families, are on-going. DAREarts kids and their parents are the foot soldiers in the war against poverty and despair. We give under serviced kids an educational and emotional tool-kit to find inner strength and make positive choices in their lives.

In this season of giving, it was heart-warming to be part of a generous initiative by Sun Life and our education partner, the National Ballet. Thank you, from the bottom of all of our hearts.

If you’d like to make your Holiday giving ignite positive change in a child’s life, please click on the Donate button on our sidebar. Because no child should ever feel hopeless.

-Cathy Elliott, DAREarts Director of Communications

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