Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Natasha O’Hara, Chrissy Baxter, Katelyn Collie, Sarah Lochhead, and Shelby Thoms of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. (Photo by Mar Lewis).

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination. We do not discriminate based on any point of difference including but not limited to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, or disability. 

Through all of our activities, we are working to emphasize inclusion and equity. We are learning and working towards acquiring the tools we need to address long-standing inequities in contemporary dance and better serve our community in a way that truly reflects that community. 

We want to ensure that our programs are relevant to and reflective of Simcoe County’s richly diverse dance and arts communities.

Using an inclusion lens, we will evaluate our internal governance structures and operational processes, our activities and programs, our external relationships within our dance community and within the community in which we live, and our connections to the broader Ontario dance community.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Equity is a priority in our organization, and we acknowledge there is still more we can do to learn about and be guided by diverse perspectives and experiences, within our organization and beyond. Dance, as well as many other art forms, has a history of racism and inequity. We will continue to challenge these historical inequities and take meaningful action to create a safe space that values equity, diversity, and inclusivity. 

As an arts organization, we will endeavor to provide opportunities for diverse artists and use our platform to incorporate diverse voices in all levels of our work more consistently.