CHILDRENS DANCE INSTITUTE INC

Rating: 2.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1406 Eastman St % Jon C Swarthout Boise ID 83702 USA

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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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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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?

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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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.

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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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