SEAMLESS DANCE THEATER INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 11650 W 85TH St % Erin Novak Lenexa KS 66214 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

Seamless Dance Theater Inc. made our Shooting Stars dance class in Overland Park possible. Through donations we were able to provide an opportunity for all kids to participate in something they love to do-dance! Thanks for sponsoring our dance class!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have long been a connoisseur of fine art and often find little in the way of performers and artists that live up to their name or descriptions of who they say they are. When I first came across Seamless Dance at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, I was highly skeptical. Here was a group of interpretive dance performers, as they claimed, who went as far as to name themselves "Seamless" which I felt was a bold move and highly unlikely an accurate statement. After a bit of online research I decided that they may actually be the interpretative dancers that I have long sought to enjoy and may actually come close to fulfilling the "interpretive" aspect of performing!

So do they live up to their name? HALLELUJAH, do they ever! Everything from the posted description of what they were to perform, leaving you only with your own interpretation of what to expect, to the truly "seamless-ness" of their movement on the stage, the story portrayed, to the costuming, the choreography, to expression through movement, was utterly and perfectly breathtaking! Being one who is usually highly analytical of dancers, I found myself undistracted by the usual and natural flaws in production but instead engrossed completely in emotional understanding and even in tears at various times.

Their dance style was a beautiful collaboration of ballet and liquid, elegant popping movements with every step, twist, jump, twirl, perfectly in sync with the music and other dancers. The only not-so-seamless but somewhat forgivable aspect was the transitioning between songs which was often long and noisy. It would be great to see these dancers with a few extra stage hands to help create a smooth transition. But truly, the choreography and these dancers are a real beacon of light in the otherwise dim world of expressive dance!

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

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

Create a more user friendly and up to date website. Finding info on upcoming shows is very difficult anywhere on the web and the website offers no personal information about the individual dancers. As a member of the general public, I want more info about the only part of Seamless Dance that feels available to me, that being the performers themselves, where I can find a show, info about who and where you came from, and how to get involved, if possible. I would also like to see more frequent performances!!!

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

KC Fringe

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am an Occupational Therapy student from KUMed, and I have been given the opportunity to volunteer through Seamless Dance Theater working with a class for children with special needs. The class is free and open to individuals looking for an opportunity to dance. Seamless has provided a dance studio and teacher to support this service learning experience. It has been incredible and we could not have put this class together without their support. The class not only benefits my learning experience but provides a safe and encouraging environment for children with special needs to dance. The smiles one can see around the room tell all- the children are thrilled to be there! It is truly a blessing to be able to work in this environment.

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

I have personally witnessed the benefits of this class in children with various special needs. The music encourages the children to move, the volunteers are very helpful, and the success is incredible. Every child has made so much progress, and I look forward to growing within this environment.

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

suggest a bigger space with fewer distractions- the class is growing which is fantastic!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been honored to be involved with Seamless Dance Theater for the last 3 years and the wonderful work it does for children and women in the Kansas City community. Seamless Dance, in short, provides a rare opportunity to hundreds of children each year to be exposed to the arts and specifically, dance. Many of the children would otherwise never have this exposure. Seamless is not only exposing them to this wonderful culture, but maybe even opening their eyes to something they too might participate in and become passionate about. The annual Seamless performances held at the GEM, at 18th and Vine, also provides the general public one of the best opportunities in KC to see professional dance unlike any other in town. Under the artistic direction of Erin Novak Lustig, the choreography is amazing and experiencing it can be life altering.

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

the fabulous choreography that leaves me thinking about life in different ways.

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

I would find a way to get the word out about this great organization to thousands more people in this town which is rich with enthusiasts for dance and the arts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in this dance class as a service learning opportunity for school. It was a great chance to work with other volunteers to help children with special needs participate in a fun activity, dancing. It was great that Seamless Dance Theater sponsored this activity by providing a free studio space, volunteer dance teachers and assistance, and giving us a chance to participate in a fun service learning activity to gain experience.

Thanks Seamless Dance Theater!

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

It was a great opportunity for children with special needs to socially interact with peers and work on motor skills through dancing. And as an occupational therapy student, it allowed me to gain experience through observation, providing assistance, and the ability to work with children with special needs.

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

Keep the organization going to benefit more children!

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the past two years Seamless has supported the development of a program to provide a dance class for children with special needs. As a faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Education Department at the University of Kansas we developed a collaboration with seamless in an effort to give children with special needs access to dance regardless of their disability. Occupational therapy graduate students assist with the class each week to provide extra support to the students that need extra assistance. We have children with a variety of physical, cognitive and behavioral challenges that come together each week to enjoy dance. Erin Lustig the director of Seamless connected us with Tarrah Bossert a dance instructor that has volunteered her time with assistance from Lucy Elbel a dance student at Starstruck Performing Arts Center. Seamless has provided studio space to us free of charge and has provided ongoing support with costumes and connecting us with children in the community that want the opportunity to dance. With donations from the community we are able to provide dance classes and costumes at no cost to the students. I have been an occupational therapist for 25 years and this dance class has been the most enjoyable experience of my career. Watching the enjoyment and the accomplishments of these children each week has been remarkable. This class would not have been possible without the support of Seamless Dance Theatre

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

The support they have provided to make this dance class possible. Their support has also facilitated interactions with the kids from the dance studio where the kids have their class.

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

Continue to expand opportunities to create additional dance classes in the community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Provides exposure to a leisure activity for children that might not otherwise have access to dance.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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