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Childrens Dance Institute Inc

Rating: 2.67 stars   3 reviews 557


1406 Eastman Street Boise ID 83702 USA


To provide meaningful experiences in the arts and to inspire the children of the treasure valley to understand and develop attitudes and values contributing to a stronger sense of community, humanity and good will.


Dance instruction and presentation for young children including:let us turn up the beat: an after-school breakdance workshop for k-2nd grade. Enrichment programs: rotating series of arts education classes at treasure valley schools including dance rascals, ukelele jam, american drum circle, song writing, rock band, percussion choir, breakdancing, rythym rangers & nutcrackersummer camps: held every summer, open to the public. Camps include purple ballerina warriors, ukelele jam, break dancin', girls rock, shadow dance, musical theatre and rock band. Gateway school of language and culture: trica partners with this school as a recipient of the 21st century learning grant through the idaho department of education to provide arts education programs to selected low-income and at-risk students. Contracted services: trica works with local libraries, public and private schools and organizations to provide arts education opportunities. Treefort music fest: trica partner to create and direct kidfort. Consisting of free classes for children at the kidfort teepee, the kidfort roadshow and bringing in out of town performing groups for families. Kennedy center partners in education: trica and west ada school district work together to train classroom teachers in arts education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter and I are so grateful for TRICA and the magical, creative and educational programs they provide. I look forward to enrolling her year after year. The financial assistance TRICA offers is generous and instrumental to our being as active as we are with their programs. What a gift!

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Rating: 1 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

TrICA has drifted far from their service and programs mission of providing dance and arts experiences to children. Their onsite programs are widely enjoyed by young children, but they charge thousands of dollars for these programs to cash-strapped public schools, using up PTA budgets. While they are draining arts funding from public schools, they are also paying executive salaries of $125,000 each year as well as launching a capital campaign to raise $5 million for an elaborate, fancy facility. If they can raise so much money, why not spend it on services, programs, and teachers?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dance recitals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spend time and money on on-site programs and reduce costs to children in need of services rather than build a luxurious facility.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their efficiently run, onsite programs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, enthusiastic, and child-centered.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do the exact same thing it's doing now, but in a big fancy building. If they focused on services, they could bring dance to every little kid in Boise.

Ways to make it better...

the public school my child attends did not have to pay such a large amount for the program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a capital campaign of $5 million for a crumbling building when they could easily locate in a less expensive, more conducive location. Too much money spent on facility and executive pay instead of services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

neighbors oppose construction of their facility. The onsite services they provide are great. Money they raise could go to positive work that directly benefits children in need. People complain about the high cost of their classes.

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Rating: 2 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

Dance and arts programs are good. The facility/church that they're renovating is expensive and massive. The note on the property is still held by one of the founders. All donations should be earmarked for programs only until the property is owned in full by TrICA and all proceeds can benefit TrICA and not the private note-holder.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Own the church that it's trying to renovate and complete a full remodel. Possibly by adjacent properties and construct a really big, easy-to-use parking lot.

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