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August 9, 2009

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August 9, 2009

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

August 7, 2009

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August 7, 2009

When I heard about Bill Wade and Inlet Dance Theatre, I was 16 years old with no idea that I would be in the Trainee program two years later. Working with Inlet everyday for a year, has up to this point been the most influential and most memorable moment in my life to this point. I remember the family like environment, the commitment to excellence, and last but not least Bill's way to see someone for what they can be and not what they are that day, or what they were yesterday. There ability to transcend themselves and fully invest in the community is one of the most beautiful things I've ever encountered. Every single person from Bill to the newest company member of Inlet Dance Theatre are some the most hardworking and genuine individuals I've ever met. I refer to Bill as one of my Dads, and all the people that I met and worked with as a Trainee at Inlet, family.

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

The smile on at risk youths faces after they had just received a standing ovation, during one of Inlet's SDI performances.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to find ample salaries for all involved, everyone in this organization works too hard and does it for little to no compensation. I would love to see what could happen with higher salaries for the company.

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

the family like environment and the commitment to excellence.

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

open, passionate, loving, genuine individuals that are committed to further people through the means of Dance.

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

Affect and touch a lot more people.

Ways to make it better...

I don't really think I could make it any better than it was.

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

fiscal needs. They need an executive director, and an education outreach director. Two people that can laser in on two areas that one person is trying to do whilst wearing many hats.

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

I probably wouldn't have made it this far without Inlet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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