Inlet Dance Theatre

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3921 Mayfield Rd Ste 6 Cleveland Heights OH 44121 USA

Mission: To create and perform innovative dance and movement theatre at a high level of artistry, speak creatively about human life issues, and bring about personal development in the lives of individuals through training and mentoring.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Bill Wade and his InLet Dance team never fail to inspire and impress with their work. Their commitment to excellence is unsurpassed and they never lose sight of finding ways to give back to their community. One cannot leave an InLet performance without being profoundly changed. Their impact is priceless.

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

watching Bill Wade grow and develop over the years, both as an artist and a careful steward of the InLet resources. He has been adept at making much from little.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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11 people found this review helpful

At Cane Park event with the Young Students, I thought they did a wonderful job!!! To see all of the students that were there that night was so impressive what they had learned in just a short time. Keep up the great work your doing. I love watching the Inlet Dance company. I attend every time I can!

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

They have always been pleasent and helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have known Bill Wade for many years; since he performed briefly with my dance company several years ago. I have followed his work with Inlet Dance Theatre over the years, and have seen the wonderful work that he and his dancers are doing. Their work with young people is absolutely exemplary, and the artistry remains top-notch, as well. Many young lives have been transformed through their positive experience with Inlet. Kathryn Mihelick, former Dance Coordinator, Kent State University. Founder/Director, Leaven Dance Company

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

I have experienced the results in seeing the enthusiasm displayed in class and performance, and in talking with the students about their experiences.

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

I would make no changes.

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

the realization of the positive impact on so many young lives

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

competent and very committed in what they are doing.

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

it could spread its philosophy and implement its programs throughout the country!

Ways to make it better...

It would be better if I were free to experience more of their work.

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

their efforts to reach all the youth who would benefit from their work.

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

Inlet is most deserving of recognition for what they are doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am related to one of the company members and understand their philosophy of "using dance to further people". The kids who you see in their Summer Dance Intensive concert are just full of life and love the company members, and thrive on the respect and care they receive during this program. The focus is on building up the esteem, skill and character of each and every dancer involved. The themes of the dances are moving and thought provoking and examine our lives in our world today.

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

watching performances and talking with company members and director

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

find a way that they could all afford medical and dental coverage and work at dance full time.

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

experiencing the transcendent in their work

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

dedicated, gifted, energetic and humble

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

expand its mission of growing people through dance to new and existing dance companies, and the dancers could dedicate full time and stay healthy because they would not have to work a second job to survive

Ways to make it better...

I did not have to travel so far - it's only an hour and a half away, but I wish they were closer.

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

the energy drain from having to work another job to survive. They encourage one another, but creativity is at a risk when you have to be a "starving artist".

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

Every single one of the people I have met involved in this program, whether member of the company or student, admires the leadership, creative gifts, dedication and passion of the Artistic Director, Bill Wade.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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13 people found this review helpful

Inlet Dance Theatre is accessible to all audiences young, old, rich, poor, and in between. Everyone who works with Inlet feels accepted for who they are. They are then challenged to grow as a human being and as an artist.

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

Rehearsals and various performance venues.

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

give opportunities to young artists who don't have the means to explore what they are good at doing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

As a 54-year-old adult and non-professional dancer it was my privilege to participate in Inlet Dance Theatre's Summer Intensive Dance (SDI) Program for 2.5 weeks this past summer. The stretching, exercise, demonstrations, instructions and choreography add up to huge lessons in dance, and more importantly, in life. The commitment of and guidance from the troupe are outstanding. Inlet provides the opportunity to step into the daily routines of a dancer's life with the expectation that students of all ages commit and participate fully. Each troupe member readily answered questions on technique through personal conversation as well as classes taught. Having students dance in pubic arenas (Tower City, Cain Park) allows the summer program to be real while encouraging each to become a viable participant within the community. The dedication of each member of the troupe is exemplified by their multiple hours each day of practice and teaching; necessity demands that each also supplement their income with part-time work. The demands on the troupe are many, yet each focuses and strives to reach that next level of professionalism; their talents are huge. Inlet Dance Theatre stays connected to many of the arts and school organizations in the area, teaching about dance through community and individual participation. Performances by troupe members are coupled with encouraging audience members to share their feelings about the performance through a guided conversation with Bill Wade, artistic director; he explains and teaches so that the audience may broaden its curiosity, understanding and interest. As many arts organizations struggle to stay viable within communities through performances and public service, and as many schools are cutting their arts and music programs, it is important that funding become more readily available so that community members of all ages may enjoy and grow within the arts program provided by Inlet. I will dance again with Inlet in the 2010 SDI program, after which I have offered to volunteer in the office or as needed. Your financial support can allow Inlet Dance Theatre an avenue to continue its valuable community involvement.

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

attending performances and participating in the Summer Dance Intensive Program.

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

professional and personable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Inlet is an incredible organization that provides outstanding programs for youth and the community at large. I have attended 3 summer performance by their youth camp attendees, and the results were amazing! The ability of Inlet to draw out the kids' creativity and energy and to teach them professional level performance skills is remarkable. The kids who participate develop not only performance skills but they also grow and mature as young human beings. This is an organization that is well worth one's investment of time and money. I highly recommend Inlet Dance Theater.

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

several free performances for the general public, as well as how they worked with high school students in the public schools, including my daughter.

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

seeing the growth and sheer joy of the youth who participate in their programs.

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

Professional, enthusiastic, caring, nurturing, and great educators.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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Inlet Dance Theatre is an company in Cleveland in which I feel does not get the credit it truly deserves. Having worked for Inlet as their lighting designer as both a Volunteer and as a contracted person, I have found that what they do transforms the people involved. Generally, dance is something in which the people involved are just a tool for the Choreographer. With Inlet, the choreography and the people transform together. I am in awe each time I see a group of new young people involved with Inlet. I see them grow as people as well as artists. The sense of discipline not only in their work ethic, but also in their personal ethic that is taught to them is something I wish that every young person could have the opportunity to learn. It is a joy to be able to help out the company and watch how it can take an individual and move them to a higher place through dance.

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

how young people, who lack in discipline and focus transform over a short period of time through dance.

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

help give them the opportunity to take their unique dance training and performances throughout the country in educational shows and performances.

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

The people. The full time company members as well as the Artistic Director are truly generous human beings and artists.

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

dedicated to the cause.

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

continue to transform dance by the the young people involved.

Ways to make it better...

Inlet Dance had better resources to reach a wider audience.

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

The lack of funding is the major obstacle. It would be beneficial if all of the full company could rely on this job as their primary source of income to be able to continue their mission full time.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Inlet was one of the first creative organizations that i was exposed to here in Cleveland when i moved from Texas. They have been a consistent presence in the creative community i have been involved in and have been very inspirational to me in my own field.

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

take over the world!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I've known Bill Wade, the Founder and Artistic Director of Inlet, for 11 years and had the privilege of serving on Inlet's inaugural Board for 4 years. Serving on Inlet's Board was an amazing and rewarding experience. This organization truly works hard to follow Bill's credo, "Using Dance to Further People." I have personally seen amazing transformations in the lives of the youth - often underprivileged - who have worked with Inlet! Each member of this organization, most of whom are volunteers, give selflessly to help the students, interns and Company members alike to grow, deepen and develop both their character as well as their dance skills. There are very few organizations that I would give an unqualified endorsement to but Inlet is certainly one that I would wholeheartedly promote. Bill Wade is one of the finest and most creative artists I've ever known. His vision for Inlet has taken much personal sacrifice, I know, but it has produced an Arts Organization that is making a truly positive impact on every life they touch. I am proud to know and to have been associated with Inlet Dance Theatre!

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

the positive impact on the lives of the students, interns and company members through the years.

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

work to make sure that Bill was paid commensurate to his influence and creativity.

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

seeing youth with little or no chance for promotion being given the opportunity to succeed in the Arts and more especially in Life!

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

dedicated, selfless and tireless in their efforts to the vision of the nonprofit.

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

Fund dance scholarships for many of the gifted but needy children of the Cleveland area that currently go without such vital arts education and experiences that Inlet could offer them.

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent more time working with Inlet before I had to move.

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

Educating the public including the public schools, regarding the value and benefit of the arts, dance in particular, for the lives of people and students in our world.

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

educators need to understand the value of arts in education in order for students to realize their FULL educational potential. Arts are NOT extraneous! Removing the creative in education is short-sighted and counterproductive, not to mention tragic!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005-5-01

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