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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

My affiliation with Dance Innovations Performance Foundation (DIPF) began as a foundation dancer and now includes my participation on the DIPF Board. A major mission of the Foundation is dance (and the arts) community outreach. “Dancing thru the Ages” is an educational, interactive assembly which teaches students the evolution of dance in America and relates it to historical events and timelines that are being taught in school. Children are very receptive to the performances and enjoy the interactive nature of the presentations. In addition DIPF awards performing and visual arts scholarships to students who, because of special needs or special circumstances, would not be able to attend the program(s) of their choice. These scholarships have included instruction in dance, instrumental music, voice, acting, and visual arts, as well as provide supplemental funding such as dancewear/shoes, books, and/or college tuition. Perhaps the most rewarding event of the year is the scholarship awards banquet during which a number of the scholarship recipients perform and receive their awards. It is gratifying to see the sense of pride and accomplishment these students exhibit, feelings they most likely do not have the opportunity to experience frequently in their daily lives. DIPF outreach has evolved to include sponsorship tickets to handicapped students and a family member to attend DIPF sponsored performances such as “The Nutcracker.” Although these students cannot show their joy and appreciation in a traditional sense, it is easy to witness the excitement which spreads throughout their bodies. It is evident how profoundly dance can reach the human soul. It is a privilege to be a member of the DIPF Board and a foundation dancer. My experience has far exceeded my expectations.

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

experiencing how the foundation efforts have impacted children with physical and/or emotional disabilities.

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

enrich the lives of all children and their families who struggle with disabilities and those who are experiencing difficult circumstances in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

WE worked with Heather Jhodos as choreographer and dance liaison for AFTER THE BALL at the Bickford Theatre/Morris Museum. This was an outstanding collaboration and we hope to work on BEFORE THE CRASH a new project in 2011 as well.

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2007

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Ways to make it better...

We had higher funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Dance Innovations Performance Foundation supports the community in a way that no other non-profit organization in the area does. It encourages special needs students to participate in the classroom, raises money and awareness for children with special needs and circumstances in the arts and gives their passion and gift of dance to community organizations such as Matheny Medical and Educational Center, area nursing homes and Dancers Responding to AIDS. I am a proud board member and teacher of special needs dancers. They are a gift to me in the classroom.

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

several ways including being a part of the benefit performances, being a part of the gala benefit which gives out scholarships to special needs arts students and every office tasks to keep organization running effieciently.

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

working with a variety of student arts population.

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

dancers, doctors, finacial analysts and supporters of the arts.

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

donate to organizations to supply arts supplies, ballet barres and shoes, workshops, guest artists and lecture demonstration to students. schools with special needs and circumstances populations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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