Chris’ early training in dance and music was integral to his development as a professional artist.
He followed his sister Nikki into dance classes at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Yalenka Ukrainian Dance. Mom Jo also took jazz, tap and african dance classes at DJD, and even dad Tim took tap lessons. At one point, Jo, Nikki and Chris attended the same tap class together. Chris danced from the ages of 4 to 14, though some friends were lucky to see his moves from time to time. He also joined the Youth Dance Unlimited performance group when he was 10. He loved to dance and attended many classes and summer camps at DJD over the years. The Reimer family maintained a close relationship with DJD — Nikki and Jo both worked at the front desk, and Jo served on the board of directors for 10 years.
The Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society commits to making a yearly donation to the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Children's Bursary program. The family is honoured to know that each year, one boy gets the chance to attend a summer dance camp at DJD in Chris' name, an opportunity that meant so much to Chris.
This cash award is given to one promising music student who completes the Conservatory Summer Jazz Workshop at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, with the aim of encouraging them to continue their music career.
We have all been touched, humbled, and honoured by the responses to Chris and his music that have continued to reverberate since his passing. Each of us has also undertaken our own projects in response to his life and art.