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

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

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Value is a word I would use to describe Sal and Barbara Messina. With them, you absolutely get the best. They came into our lives as dance instructors to our daughter, Jennifer, when she was in elementary school. They helped develop her as a dancer, a performer, and more importantly, as a young christian woman. In their classroom, Jennifer was not only taught the basics of dance, she was taught to use those creative steps to love and worship the Lord. Jennifer performed with the King David Dance Company all through her high school years. There are not enough words to tell you what a difference this ministry and dance company made in her life. Again, I would just have to use the word value. With the King David Dance Company, you get God's best.
Under Sal & Barbara's christian guidance, Jennifer developed her own self-confidence. Their relationship has always been based on honesty, trust, love and a sincere desire to use the talents the Lord has given them. Jennifer is now a young married woman and lives in Los Angeles, California. They continue their mentoring relationship through e-mails, phone calls, and home visits. It is hard to believe that they have been in our lives for almost twenty-five years. Wow!
Thank you, Lord, for Sal and Barbara Messina and King David Dance Company. Thank you for always sending us your best.
Judy Plummer
Charlotte, North Carolina


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I have personally been encouraged and uplifted with each performance of the King David Dance Company. Every performance is truly a worship concert. Even though our daughter is married and no longer performing with them, I sill attend the end of the year worship concert of King David Dance Company. Sal and Barbara are continuing to nurture and change the lives of young dancers. Judy Plummer - Charlotte, North Carolina

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I leave it to Sal and Barbara Messina and their relationship with God to continue this ministry in the way He desires. The only change I would ask is that they have a larger number of dancers and each dance room filled to the max. Judy Plummer - Charlotte, North Carolina

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

King David Dance Company has been part of our family for 4 years and has been just the kind of dance company I want for my teen-daughters. Everything about this studio has not only been handled professionally, but with integrity and grace. The instructors give their best to our kids - in a Christian environment that doesn't compromise values or standards. The annual recitals are first rate and always sends chills down my spine that we are actually a part of this organization and that my kids are a 'part of the show'. It is an honor to share this review with GuideStar - King David Dance Company is the best!

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both of my teen daughters are involved with HipHop and Voice lessons

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not!

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

KDCC dance company helped me to give of my time to God. These two people (Sal and Barb) are soooo dedicated to helping our youth to grow and in the things of God through the Performing Arts. They have shown young people how to worship God in the Dance, the Song, the Sign Language, and the Acting; because of this many, many lives have been changed. My life certainly has. If you have a child who has any one of these gifts please give them the opportunity to experience a class at KDCC. They will never be the same again.

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

Working directly with them and growing and learning in the things of God.

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

I would not change one thing about this organization.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, how to work backstage with dancers.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It mademe feel great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

The King David Dance Company pursues excellence in Christian ministry through the performing arts. I can personally attest to the dedication of Barbara, Sal, and their support staff. The ministry has always been aimed at bringing people to Christ via the arts, and they do a phenomenal job. The ministry also extends beyond the arts, as the organization strives to simply serve people, in many different capacities. Helping the King David Dance Company with performances was an honor.

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

I've seen lives changed through the ministry. Dance, singing, and sign language are just a few of the avenues they use to reach people.

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