Dance Force, Inc. dba Full Radius Dance

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 54453 Atlanta GA 30308 USA

Mission: The mission of Dance Force, Inc. DBA Full Radius Dance is to promote, advance, and enhance the modern dance art form for persons with disabilities, dance artists, and the general community. We explore, through modern dance, the sweep of the human experience in a world that contains a diversity of attitudes, actions and outcomes. We reflect this diversity through programs designed to involve broad sections of our community, with a particular emphasis on persons with disabilities. By integrating these personal backgrounds, we examine, explore and reveal the essence of our shared humanity. Through this process, Full Radius Dance affects positive change for persons with disabilities, dance artists and the general community.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have know the work of this organization for over 10 years. They produce a very high quality artistic product. They are also good stewards in the Atlanta dance community, supporting the community as a whole and colaborating with others.

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I have been a audience memeber, patron and partner to this organization.

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They would create/find a better funding platform.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Full Radius is a great dance organization and a leader in the arts community. Not only do they great work they include populations that are frequently not involved in dance. Director Douglas Scott is a true professional and an asset to the dance community.

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

collaborating on projects and attending performances.

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

its direct and honest approach.

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

outstanding.

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

Employ more artists and reach more individuals with performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This organization allowed me to have increased clarity in a number of different areas. The first one is how every human being is capable of doing anything they set their minds to it. When one thinks about a "dancer" there is an immediate picture that comes to mind; for me was the ballet dacers I saw in a Nutcracker's performance. If you were not trained starting at 5 year old and kept a cookie cutter body shape you could never be a dancer. Well, now my world has totally changed when I see Douglas Scott the Artistic Director of FullRadiusDance integrate all kinds of dancers in the company. Half of the dancer use a wheelchair, I always tell the story of one of the dancers that uses a chair asking her moder to go to ballet classes when she was a little girl and her mother saying, girls in a "wheelchair" can not be dancers. The performances are inspiring and every time I see the Company on stage it re-energizes me by looking at the possibilities we all are capable for. The second area of impact was in team building. As I look at the process of new dancers coming into the Company I see a person with unique abilities (versus disabilities); these abilities grow stringer by everyone else understanding what every member of the company can do and maximizing as much as possible. The trust and dependency that the company members have is a great model as to how all of us should build teams. I have taken a new approach at work and I focus more on what people bring to our teams to see how that can be maximized for the better performance of the team.

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

the reaction of every persona that gets to see the company. The world of possibilities get brough to the forefront and a new perception of dance and people with disabilities is left in their minds forever.

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

the energy and the positive impact it has during every public performance. As I said before I feel renewed energy everytime I am around this company.

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

very committed and hard working people. Amazing what they can accomplish with very little resources. Once again the art of the possible is represented in everythin they do.

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

provide a comprehensive set of Arts program reaching out across regions nationally and international. The Airtistic Director has a vission of creating the CIA (Center for the Integrated Arts) providing possibilities to all artists.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been a fan of the organization for many years, and when I myself became a wheelchair user, I signed up for their summer classes in 2009. The patience and upbeat pace of Douglas as a teacher gave me my first taste of the true art form that their style of movement and dancing feels like. I had seen it from the audience, and through the help of the volunteer company participants, I had the opportunity to experience it for myself. In the later months I, along with a few others, were permitted to work out with the dancers on a weekly basis, donating their time and energy to us without reserve.

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

watching in amazement from the audience and from getting the opportunity to work with them one on one

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

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

The feeling that the beauty of movement isn't "gone" from individuals who become physically challenged.

Ways to make it better...

they had the funds to have "loaner" chairs that are better designed for dance movement.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

They can be beautiful, powerful, stunning, funny, sad, painful, and any number of other descriptions, but what they always are is what they try to be. In many ways, that is what I like the most about this company. Whatever the choreography is trying to say is written boldly through the movements. At the same time, there is sufficient abstraction to avoid the candy-like quality of miming, enough art to avoid simple eideticism. To the standard mechanisms of modern dance, this company adds the smoothness and flow afforded by wheelchairs. While on thought it may seem unnatural, the act can not be so construed. The added mode of movement is as powerful a tool as leaps and poses. To reduce this to a single phrase: "see them!"

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

the imagination and beauty of its performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer with Full Radius Dance for several years, and have seen the organization grow tremendously in both reach and artistic quality over those years. With activities ranging from producing full-length concerts to offering community classes to educational programming, this organization has the potential to impact an incredibly large and diverse audience. Most outstanding, however, is their ongoing commitment to artistic integrity and execution of artistic excellence.

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

getting to watch outstanding dance

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

have a dedicated facility and staff, offer contracts to dancers, offer more classes, expand reach through additional touring

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We were fortunate to have been in the audience for two Full Radius Dance performances. What enjoyment and surprise we received from watching the beauty, grace and athletic prowess of both the able-bodied dancers and those with disabilities. It was inspiring to watch the movements of all the dancers incorporated into wonderful choreographed dances. This company challenges conventional attitudes about limitations of those with disabilities. We hope their hard work can continue to educate all communities about the importance of the availability for all types of dancers to have an outlet for creative expression.

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

how willing they are to educate the public about the abilities of persons with disabilities to dance so creatively.

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

continue to grow and expand their program. Exposure to schools would help educate students and teachers about opportunities for both able-bodied and disabled dancers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I was very moved with emotions after watching the dancers expedite each of their performances. It touched upon each of my senses. I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to view such a fine performance by this dance company. This dance company integrated physically able dancers and dancers with disabilities so beautifully, that the performance was one cohesive, flowing, professional and passionate production. I left the theater with a sense of awe and amazement. I wish everyone would have the opportunity to witness and experience Full Radius Dance Company.

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

the opportuntiy to witness able body dancers and dancers with disabilities come together and have such passion and love for their craft

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was first exposed to Full Radious Dance when they performed at another disability related event. One of the most significant contributions of this group is the inspiration they provide to new people with disabilities howing them that regardless of what you may have done before, you can continue to do it after a disability. Their dance, though tremendously profesional, is an equalizer that brings people without disabilities together with people who have disabilities. Their dance lights the space they are in, refusing that they remain in the background. Their dance instills confidence, independence and hope.

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

professional, capable, committed and understand that they have the ability to change the perceptions of the general public about what a person with a disability is capable of doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I would like to share my love for Full Radius Dance. I was a company member in 2004-2005 and danced with the company again in June 2009. Full Radius is passionate about bringing dance to all through performance and education. I helped teach dance workshops for children that were visually impaired as well as physically apt students throughout the state after school performances. All the students learned to be more positive about themselves and move better. As a performer with the company I don't know how many times I've heard audience members say "Wow that was trully inspirational." Full Radius makes you want to dance. Nicola Ayoub

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

performing with the company and hearing the positive feedback from the audience.

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

bringing dance to all.

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

helpful and talented

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

change the way the world sees dance

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been a board member of Full Radius Dance since 2006 and have observed many times the positive impact the company has when it performs. By integrating physically able bodied dancers and dancers with disabilities into the company, Full Radius Dance enhances and promotes dance from the community level up to the national level. It educates the viewing public and expands their perception of what dance is. I am very honored and privileged to be a part of a company that has such passion to the art form of dance. Douglas Scott, the company's founding director, and the company's dancers are all very inspiring to watch perform. They spearhead the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival every year and I greatly anticipate watching them perform this February 27th and 28th at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

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

person at many of their performances here in Atlanta. The audiences are very enthusiastic and engaged by Full Radius Dance when they watch them perform.

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

the way they continue to evolve creatively with the new pieces they develop. It is always stimulating to watch them perform.

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

very professional and dedicated to the goal of the company, which is to promote modern dance and enhance the art form by integrating persons with disabilities and able bodied dancers.

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

continue to spread the message of modern dance for persons with disabilities and able bodied dancers to the general community .

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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