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April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

I attended the April 25, 2009 performance of Ahmisa and was astounded by the graceful presence and inspiring energy of each dancer in this modern dance production. Each element of the production, ranging from the uplifting choreography, compelling music, airy and colorful costumes, simple yet dramatic set design, and even the storyline itself, highlighted each dancer's talents in a way that made them shine, both individually and collectively as a dance company. Watching the performance was an engaging, positive experience, much like the story of Humkara--sweet, hopeful, and endearing.

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

the energy, passion, and creativity displayed by the young dancers in this dance company.

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

the staff, supportive parents, and of course, the dancers.

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

absolutely wonderful, kind, creative, and focused.

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

help many young people to enjoy and appreciate the creative process

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

I have so much fun being a dancer in Stella Nova because of the connections I make with the dancers and teachers. That is my favorite part. Dance haas always been my form of release and other dance activities ive been involved with have always gotten to the point where they just get stressful and are no longer a fun experience. Stella Nova has never crossed that line and I am very greatful for that. I give the dance company a 4 because I don't feel that my technique has been improved because of the classes I have taken with Stella Nova, so I would suggest creating tougher technique classes for the dancers to take.

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

The way the dancers act around each other and the effect the company's performances have had on their audiences.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would put new dancers on probation for about a month after they get into the company so that if their performance in the company does not match the performance they put on during the auditions, they can easily be removed from the company.

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

The relationships I have created with the dancers in the company.

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

Very invested in the best interest of everyone involved in the company

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

Do anything! There are so many creative ideas flowing out of everyone involved in the company.

Ways to make it better...

I had harder technique classes

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

Its money issues.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 22, 2009

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April 22, 2009

I was amazed at the committment Stella Nova has in terms of "going green" not only from their staff, but also from their young women who dance with the company. Eco-friendly practices are expected within the company, in addition to the fundraisers and the manners in how they function are purely and consciously green. I'm proud to be a member of a strong organization who has a desire to continue to make San Diego a healthier place emotionally, physically and environmentally for all people.

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

green friendly newsletters and at several community events and/or health fairs.

Ways to make it better...

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

consider formally linking with another dance company in order to better position themselves in the market.

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

it's committed people to the mission of the dance company and to nurturing the young girls it serves.

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

friendly and have a deep passion for the art of dance.

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

boost the esteem and provide endless physical and emotion opportunity of MANY MORE young women throughout the entire San Diego community.

Ways to make it better...

there were opportunities for young girls who can't afford the monthly tuition to be granted an opportunity to dance with the company.

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

size and lack of funds.

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

Stella Nova is ready to make a big statement in the SD arts scene.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

Volunteering for Stella Nova has been a great learning process as it is my first experience on a board with a start-up non-profit. In addition to teaching the dancers, our executive directors have a lot of experience with non-profit dance companies so they have helped to guide the process. We are now filling our board and volunteer corps with enthusiastic and experienced members who have a passion for youth and dance. The group has been great to work with as we all have the common interest of providing a warm, supportive environment for our dancers and giving back to the community by sharing the art of dance throughout San Diego County. In addition to dancing, our dancers have had the opportunity to intern and learn the business side of the company. As a green company, we promote and educate our dancers, families, and audience about living "green". This has been a great experience for me personally to learn and to give back to youth and the community.

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

is working with people who have the same spirit of giving that I have.

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

provide dance to under-priveledged youth across the country and to bring the art of dance to more organizations espscially art deprived public schools.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

Stella Nova has been fabulous for our daughter. It has given her a focus, supported her development physically, as an artist, and as a young adult, and the whole group is so nice. The productions are amazing and give us real appreciation for dance,music, and the arts. Our involvement with Stella Nova draws us closer to the other families and makes all of us richer for the experience. Caron and Josh Feder

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

helping the dancers become more confident and competent as dancers and as young, self-aware citizens.

Ways to make it better...

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

Grow it over time to help it become more financially self-sufficient, better knwn, and continue to extend its reach to youth across the county.

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

The people!

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

Helpful, committed, and hard working.

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

Bring dance, support the development, and raise social and environmental awareness to 100 million people (or more).

Ways to make it better...

We had more funds to do more programming and pay our volunteer executive and artistic directors.

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

Finding more good people to help it grow and creating programs that help it become more self-sufficient.

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

I was reluctant to 'get involved' in another volunteer activity, but as I do more and more I get more and more from the experience and it helps shape and inform my other work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

I love Stella Nova, it has helped me greatly improve on my dancing and my preformance quality. Its also a safe place for me and the rest of the dance company to go to when you may not be having the best say. Also, When Stella Nova decided to go green we all made sure to put it in use in our daily lifes no just for props for the show.

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

every aspect from where they buy their clothes, and props, and who they decided to put in dispaly in the lobby during their show.

Ways to make it better...

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

i dont think i would change anything because i know they already do everything they can to make it the best it canbe

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

I have enjpyed seeing the tranformation of the dancers, and the choregraphers, and just seeing all the hard work we all put into making the show the most beautiful thing it can be.

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

Very kinda and inspirtaional volunteers, and you know that they care for the dancers and the furture of the company and want it to prosper.

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

Help a lot more green orgainizations. And just like many other companys have helped us with advertsing and keeping this company alive, we would do the same because we know how important keeping our earth green right now can be.

Ways to make it better...

i dont think my experiance could be better, because we were always informed about everything and were always included in everything.

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

Getting enough profit to afford everything like the props, theatre, costumes, and make up.

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

I love Stella Nova, and it is defiantley something great in all the dancers lives, not just mine.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

On April 24-25th at 8:00pm at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, within the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, Stella Nova Dance Company will present, Ahimsa. Stella Nova Dance Company has decided to go green, just in time for the rest of the world to also be talking about this crucial concept in our world. The production will tackle issues such as global warming, humans in relationship to the environment, and cause and effect relationships such as light, rain, and the growth of the earth. The company will also be incorporating global awareness into the production by using recycled paper for programs and postcards, vintage costumes, recycled products for props and LED lights. Ahimsa will be showcasing original modern dance pieces choreographed by company artistic director, Rayna Stohl as well as guest choreographer and company executive director, Molly Terbovich. ECO-Fair: There will also be an Eco-Fair in the lobby each night. The Eco-Fair will include displays and information available from local green businesses to help educate our audience on ways they can help contribute to saving our planet. Stella Nova dancers are also contributing by researching issues close to their heart and displaying this information for all to learn from.

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

the productions/performances presented organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

The dedication the company, staff and board have.

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

Committed to the organization they served.

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

Take this company to the highest level of production, full time staff, and permanent location with education facilities.

Ways to make it better...

there were MORE opportunities to see them perform in more locations throughout California.

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

the lack of funding.

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

this organization is a shining star and deserves to be recognized for who they are and what they do. Stella Nova has gone GREEN, the first dance company known to take on this challenge.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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