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February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I have attended several presentations by the King David Dance Company. I have also had them come to perform for a large group of special needs adults which I am involved with. Their performances are top notch!!! Their choreography is so creative and their costumes are well done. Above all, their Gospel message and love of the Lord shines through! They were a blessing to all!

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My special needs adults have enthusiastically expressed their enjoyment of the King David Dance Company.

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February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I remember the King David Dance Company when they began as a small ministry in NYC. I was also involved intimately with the group in North Carolina when they began their journey into a non-profit organization/studio. KDDC provides a unique artistic experience for all individuals involved in their performances. Their ministry allows students to grow spiritually, emotionally, artistically and physically.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in every day lives. KDDC is a safe haven for young students. They balance real life issues of the kids every day life while still teaching them to dance. Many of the kids probably wouldn't have not turned out as well as they have without the work of this ministry. Some of them have returned to the studio to help continue the work there.

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If I had to make a changes to this organization I would, move them up here to Buffalo New York, where I now reside, instead of Charlotte. I miss them and I think they could do great things here!

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

King David has been around long enough to impact many of the children of friends of mine in a significant and positive way. This ministry makes a significant difference in the lives of those involved and in the lives of those for whom they perform. It is such a great thing that there are healthy creative outlets for young folks in dance like this ministry.

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seeing the fruit in the lives of children that matter a great deal to me

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expand it

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

To whom it may concern:
I am a minister at a United Methodist Church in Mineral Springs, North Carolina. On several occasions, we have had the King David Dance Company share programs with us for our Family Ministry events. These are intergenerational events, involving the entire church family.
Response to the programs has been overwhelming. Not only are they very professionally done, they are extremely meaningful and moving. I am so glad to have been able to offer our church this kind of family worship experience.
Rev. Marilyn Wooten

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the ways I have shared in my review above.

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Make none.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

We have been a part of this amazing ministry for over 10 years. My thirteen year old daughter began dancing with them when she was three, and we feel like they are part of our family. Sal and Barb and the entire staff are godly people who have committed their lives to pour Jesus and themselves into their students. In addition, with their training and experience, they impart a level of excellence to these students that is unparalleled. We love King David!

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My daughter has grown spiritually and in her dance over the last 11 years. She feels safe and loved here.

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Nothing at all.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

I have attended public performances of both the owners and their students numerous times over the years, and I have seen the skills progression of many of the students from presentatin to presentation. The honing of talent is readily apparent, as are the obvious personal development and the values of the students. This school is designed to produce great dancers and great young people, and it's welcoming atmosphere is sets the tone for these successes.

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Wedding performances, numerous Recitals, and Nutcracker Holiday Showcases.

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Centralized location.

February 20, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 20, 2011

My daughter has danced at the studio for over 10 years and I danced for 2. This is a safe place for all to enjoy the arts in the Lord. With piano, voice and dance, all participants can use their gifts to the glory of God. I look forward to every season, seeing new people expressing themselves...IT IS GREAT!

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the blessings that they have given my daughter...they have helped in the parenting process of her becoming a godly women.

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not change a thing...but would like the word to get out to the community about what a great place this is...bless them financially!

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

King David Dance company is truly a blessing from God. This ministry brings encouragement to so many people. Personally it has spoken to my heart and the people in this company are like family to me.

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As a student and as an assistant

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Make it more well known so many individuals could be blessed has much has I have been!!

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

This studio has the most wonderful atmosphere! I came as a new student and was instantly accepted by both the teachers and the students.

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I am learning a lot and improving my dance skills.

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I wouldn't change anything.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

King David Dance Company is the solution for parents seeking a way to have their children participate in the performing arts (dance, music etc.) in an environment that is inclusive, joyful, rigorous, and safe.

Though grounded in excellent formal technique, the studio chooses not to drive
students into annual competitions, where the pressure to out-do peers leads many to place the burden of ever more risque routines on the backs of children (ie, the 5 year olds who became an internet sensation gyrating in skimpy costumes to Beyonce's What a Girl Wants.) At King David, though contemporary and stylish, there is nothing about the musical choices or costumes that would make a parent blush.

Competitive pressure also pushes many studios to "performance perfection" - the scenario in which only the most talented and best-looking children shine. At King David, every child is part of the group, and as a result, onstage one will see children of every size, shape, and ability level, all given the opportunity to be their own best. The daily devotionals, which are part of every class, help children support one another, and to respect the challenges that make each child's path unique.

In an era when relations among groups in America is strained at best, another positive of King David is genuine and natural inclusiveness. The churches in Charlotte, NC, where the studio is located, are often called the most segregated locations in the city. Not so at King David. Here, black and white, young and old, male and female, prosperous and struggling - all interact on a foundation of shared faith. Even the musical choices for the annual concert reflect a broad range of ethnic influences.

King David models the highest possible standards. Parents are treated with professionalism. Studios and facilities are spacious and spotless. The annual concert is a large production, yet managed to the last detail to respect parents' time, needs, and budget.

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...watching children blossom each year as they master new challenges, make new friends, and become part of a "dance family". I am particularly moved when a class of typically developing children embraces a peer with special needs. At the conclusion of their routine at the annual concert, it is so obvious that each has taken something very special from that experience.

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...hope more volunteers would step forward to assist with marketing to get the word out. King David is Charlotte's best kept secret.

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