MacDonald Island Dance Academy under sustainability review

The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) has responded to public outcry regarding the MacDonald Island Dance Academy (MIDA) program.

MIDA is a program managed, staffed, and funded by the RRC.

A letter posted by MIDA began to circulate through social media stating that on March 14, they were told there was a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the space they’d been using since 2012, and that if a bid were accepted, they would be forced to leave.

They also claimed that another dance studio had put in a formal complaint about them.

Due to an influx of responses from the public regarding the matter, the RRC released a media statement on Wednesday.

It claims that when the program was first brought on it was to fill a service gap in the community for dance programming and began to evolve.

After recent decreases in registration, revenues, and an increase in expenses, the RRC administration began a review to identify the sustainability of MIDA.

As part of that review, they are considering bringing in private studio owners to continue to meet the needs of the community, while being fiscally responsible.

RRC states that they have never received a complaint about MIDA by a third party, ever.

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