Dancer inaugural recipient of arts and culture award
Sharron Williams-Fleet (centre) was the inaugural recipient of the Collingwood Arts and Culture Award, in a ceremony at the BMFA Arts Centre on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Presenting the award are Collingwood mayor Sandra Cooper (right) and arts and culture committee member Margaret Adolphe. Morgan Ian Adams/Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin
COLLINGWOOD - The inaugural award to recognize individuals and groups for their contributions to the local arts and culture scene has gone to a local dance teacher.
In a ceremony on Friday at the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts arts centre, Mayor Sandra Cooper presented the inaugural Collingwood Arts and Culture award to Sharron Williams-Fleet.
Fleet, the artistic director of the Fleet-Wood Dancentre, was genuinely overwhelmed by her selection.
"I just can't imagine,"?Fleet told the crowd. "God has just given me this gift."
Fleet has been dancing since she was three, and put on performances in her family's backyard - where she would "make the tickets, sell the tickets, and then I was the show."
She joked that in some respects, those are still some of the roles she plays as the artistic director of her dance studio - which puts on a couple of shows a year, including the popular Nutcracker performances in the windows of downtown businesses during the Christmas season.
"Dance is my passion," she said, adding it's allowed her to work with, and connect with, a number of young people in the community.
"I've been able to spend a lot of my time with some really neat people,"?she said.
Margaret Adolphe, who chaired the selection committee, said Fleet was selected from a "strong" field of six nominations. No one submitted a nomination for the group or youth award this year - though Fleet put forward the name of Fleet-Wood alumnus, Colin Eccles, for the youth award during the ceremony on Friday.
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