September 2013 Recipients
The Mazda Foundation donated more than $2,100 to Touch Compass Dance Trust, New Zealand’s only professional dance company where disabled and non-disabled dancers work collaboratively to create ground-breaking dance performances.
The funding from the Mazda Foundation will assist the North Shore based trust in providing a safe environment to run dance workshops. The donation will enable the trust to purchase an expandable safety barrier to be positioned across a roller door exit to ensure disabled youth remain inside the venue during lessons. A large movable white board is also required for sight-impaired participants and for parents visiting the centre.
The Mazda Foundation will help to make a big difference to the day-to-day running of the centre. The valuable edition of the safety barrier and the whiteboard will allow the centre to work efficiently and safely.
The centre encourages participants to explore creative processes through dance and to think differently about what is possible using their unique bodies. Participants learn to develop new skills and broaden their creative horizons as well as improving social skills and their fitness.