South Windsor's Off Centre Dance Co donates year-long fundraising proceeds to Pink Finss

THE pupils at Off Centre Dance Co in South Windsor have handed over a cheque for $3,000 to Hawkesbury cancer charity Pink Finss - the culmination of a year's worth of fundraising by the dance school community.

Off Centre Dance Co principal Ryan Newall said the fundraising began at the beginning of 2019 when the school dedicated one of its concerts to the charity, which supports Hawkesbury women with cancer and their families.

Important donation: Off Centre Dance Co directors (L) Ryan Newall and Ryan Eaton present a cheque to Jodie Amor and Kym Burton from Pink Finss. Picture: Geoff Jones

Important donation: Off Centre Dance Co directors (L) Ryan Newall and Ryan Eaton present a cheque to Jodie Amor and Kym Burton from Pink Finss. Picture: Geoff Jones

"We put it out to our families to choose an organisation to fundraise for and overwhelmingly the response came back that it should be Pink Finss," Mr Newall told the Gazette.

"So we dedicated the show to Pink Finss and we also did a pink edition of our programs, with some write-ups [for the charity]."

The school extended the fundraising for Pink Finss with a number of events throughout the year including kids wearing pink for a week and providing gold coin donations, a movie night fundraiser, and cupcake sales.

"Little by little we got to $3,000 and we're happy to be able to donate it to them," Mr Newall said.

The families at Off Centre Dance Co are no strangers to fundraising.

Together with a clutch of other dance schools around Sydney, the South Windsor troupe raised $15,000 for bushfire efforts last year, made up of money from sponsorships and ticket sales to a concert which will be performed once COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Off Centre Dance Co is a dance school that makes "imperfect the new perfect", according to Mr Newall, who set out to develop the school to celebrate every dancer who comes through the doors.

The centre focuses on 'commercial' styles of dance including jazz and hip hop, and even delves into singing and musical instruments. They run a production company called "Black Sapphire Productions" that is putting on a musical in February.

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