Brock Dance preparing for RAFT fundraiser

More than 50 Brock dancers will take to the stage Sunday, Jan. 22 for the University’s annual performance in support of RAFT Niagara.

Each year, the Brock Dance Competitive Team prepares a special routine for the event, and Sunday’s edition being held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will also include performances from dancers in other University groups and the surrounding area, including Brock’s Live4Dance and Roots.

Brock Dance’s eight executive members work all year to make the event possible. “We absolutely love what RAFT offers youth in our community and strive to do anything we can to support their cause,” says the group’s vice-president and fourth-year Brock student, Olivia Pilot.

RAFT Niagara was formed in 1994 in response to growing concerns about a lack of resources for at-risk youth in the Niagara region. It has since expanded to include a 16-bed hostel, community development initiatives and a variety of programs and services to help youth become independent and self-sufficient.

The organization is supported by service clubs, community and faith groups, and concerned individuals, and is operated by Niagara Resource Services for Youth.

Brock Dance has been involved with fundraising for RAFT Niagara for eight years. Last year’s performance raised more than $5,000 and can be viewed below.

Tickets for the benefit performance are $17 and can be purchased online at or at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office.

Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m.

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