The Citadel is the Toronto home to the internationally renowned dance artists of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie.
In October 2012, the studio theatre at the Citadel was underwritten by a generous donation by the Delaney Family Foundation as part of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie’s Brick By Brick fundraising campaign, through which the company has been able to turn an abandoned building in Regent Park into a dance centre containing a theatre and studios.
The theatre is now named the Mimi Herrndorf Studio Theatre in memory of Anna-Marie (Mimi) Herrndorf, (mother of supporter Kiki Delaney), a passionate supporter of the arts in Canada and the Jean Soper studio is named after Jean Soper, who lived her life with the welfare of others foremost on her mind.
On May 25, 2016, The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance was dedicated in recognition of and grateful appreciation for the Ross Family’s unwavering dedication to dance and the Regent Park community.
Back in 2010, when Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie embarked on the renovation project of The Citadel, Donald Ross saw what the Citadel could be and shared that vision with his wife Gretchen and daughter, Felicia. With their support, the old Salvation Army Citadel was transformed into a centre for dance. From professional performances to children’s dance programs through the Citadel Dance Program, the Ross family’s philanthropy has made an indelible mark on the community, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and the lives of so many children and artists.