Dance funds a stretch
Alma mater: Holly Doyle, centre, and students from Newtown Performing Arts. Photo: Jacky Ghossein
It is more sophisticated than busking but the idea is the same.
Holly Doyle wants to raise $100,000 for a 12-month scholarship at the Sydney Dance Company through a crowd-funding website.
The Keep Holly Dancing campaign features a website (ayearon thewharf.com) with a video preview of Doyle performing a dance work choreographed by the SDC's artistic director Rafael Bonachela.
Chasing a dream: Holly Doyle in action. Photo: Jacky Ghossein
Viewers can see more of the dance as fund-raising goals are met.
Bonachela was so impressed with Doyle, who is in the SDC's current production, De Novo, that he created a 12-month scholarship, A Year on the Wharf, to keep her dancing with the company. But the $100,000 cost to fund a dancer for one year is money the company does not have within its budget.
The 19-year-old from Miranda said she was confident the public would offer enough funds, which are tax deductible, to see her entire three-minute performance. But she said missing the target would not halt her dancing career.
The SDC receives $2.6 million from the federal government plus $260,000 and a large rent subsidy from the NSW government.
Scholarships offered by Arts NSW, including the Robert Helpmann Dance Scholarship, have been put on hold for a review.
SDC executive director Anne Dunn said arts companies had to find new funding sources.
''With the types of decreases in arts budgets that we are seeing in Australia, there is increasing pressure to be proactive,'' Ms Dunn said. She said the company was confident of raising the money: ''If, however, there is a shortfall of some kind, we will use whatever money is raised to keep Holly dancing with Sydney Dance Company for as long as possible in 2013.''