Inner-Winnipeg kids have a chance to dance, and grow in their faith, with Masterworks.

Masterworks Dance Studio is a program of Youth for Christ Winnipeg who wants to bring dance to everyone.

"Masterworks main mission is to make dance, art, and faith accessible to anyone regardless of their financial status or their skill level," Jen Siwik, dance instructor, explains further.

Siwik knows how big of an impact the program can make. Susie is one of their students who came through the program a few years ago. While she loves dancing now, she wasn't too sure at first.

"She was really not too sure about this dancing thing at first," laughed Siwik. "We've really seen her grow and develop and learn to trust us."

Susie came from a low-income family and hadn't ever had the chance to be a part of a program like this. She was brought to the studio through a bridging program that Masterworks runs. Volunteers pick up kids and bring them back to YFC for supper, dance class, then drive them back home.

"Since she has been surrounded by Christian teachers as her mentors, we have seen huge change in her and in the relationship we have had the privilege to develop with her family," said Kim Hildebrand, interim director.

Masterworks, located in the Centre for Youth Excellence, part of Youth for Christ Winnipeg, is hosting a special performance on Sunday. B-Sides features many advanced dancers and pieces that are heading to various festivals and competitions. Funds raised from the event go towards the subsidy and sponsorship programs that make dance accessible to children like Susie.

You can purchase tickets online, which include the dance performances and special musical guests Bread We Break. B-Sides runs Sunday, February 11, starting at 7:00 p.m. at Salle Martial-Caron in the University of St. Boniface.