THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE INC

Rating: 4.95 stars   83 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 3580 Aloma Ave #7 Winter Park FL 32792 USA

Mission: A leading Florida producer of professional dance performances and provider of community dance-education programs, The Center for Contemporary Dance maintains the following mission: To Produce a season of compelling dance works that celebrates the creative and cultural diversity of our community. To Encourage significant new work by providing an environment in which emerging artists are supported by the finest professionals producing dance today. To Cultivate the next generation of dance professionals by providing the highest caliber of dance education. To Reach out to young audiences and underrepresented populations with innovative programs in arts education. Company Overview:  The Center for Contemporary Dance is a leading Florida producer of professional dance performances and provider of community dance education programs. With support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the organization produces some of the most exciting, socially-relevant dance works of our time. Over the past 10 years, The Center for Contemporary Dance has supported emerging and seasoned artists in the creation and presentation of more than 220 new dance works, including those by Moore Dance Project, U-Turn Dance Company, Patelworks Dance Theater, DRIP, Nao Dance Collective, Emotions Dance Company and Yow Dance. The Center for Contemporary Dance also develops innovative arts-education and wellness programs that reach child welfare organizations, underserved populations and public schools across 5 Central Florida counties.
Geographic areas served: Central Florida
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher at Trinity Preparatory School. Dario comes over to my Comparative Religions class and teaches the students about African Dance - history, symbols, patterns and movement. He does more than just teach theory and dance. The students have amazing conversations about the roles of members of tribes in their society and then transfer that to understanding their personal importance/worth and the role they play and will play in society. Dario reads the students and reaches them where they are. I never cease to be amazed at the quality and depth of his teaching. I am honored to hand over my classes to him.

An example of how his lessons impact students: This summer I gave an assignment to the class to come up with a way to teach the basic stories of Judaism. They could use any medium they wanted (including electronic media). I had two male students (who are not dancers and until this class had never danced) choreograph a dance to tell the story of Judaism. They then taught the class the dance. Those students will never forget that lesson!

Thank You!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Edited: I apologize that my original candid statement was taken in a way I did not intend. The CCD has increased its prices, but the teachers are worth it if you are are able to invest or budget. I would LOVE to take more at this quality studio, but can't afford to. I will continue to take 1 hr. class--Contemporary Dance at CCD for $70 a month & it's a good deal. In the future, I would may take an 1 hr. course in ballet. I stand corrected by the original response. Thank you CCD for your care to respond & nice to hear there are hour sessions in ballet. I don't mean to offend the organization or be critical. The classes are still worth the money & I am glad to hear most welcome the changes.

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

Change nothing at all...

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

A lot

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Whether a review is positive or not, we take all comments seriously. We welcome the opportunity to respond to your opinion. We are very proud of our dance center and its exceptional standards. The recent tuition increase is reflective of the value of our offerings; our new pricing structure is comparable with industry standards for high-quality dance centers across the nation. While we realize other local dance centers charge less per class, our detailed research also shows that the level of service offered by our faculty and staff exceeds what is typically found in Central Florida, including some of the larger schools. We believe in a very personal, customized level of student support based on the idea that every student matters; I'm sure you have experienced this in class, time and time again. Students pay for more than a standard dance class at CCD; they are investing in a faculty and curriculum that prioritizes the individual's progress--you, the person, matters to us. While I’m sure you will be met with competence at other dance centers, you will be guaranteed excellence at CCD. Here’s a few more facts that separate CCD from other dance centers: 1. Classes are conducted by mature, industry professionals with a degree in dance or a 10-year minimum in dance education. 2. All staff members are background-checked and certified in both first aid and CPR. 3. Classes are conducted in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education with lesson plans and curriculum goals. 4. Year-end assessments include Meet the Faculty Day where questions are answered and class recommendation are received. 5. A culturally diverse environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds, ages, levels and abilities. 6. An attentive, professional administrative team available to assist guests during all teaching hours, every day. 7. A recognized Florida cultural organization with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and United Arts of Central Florida. 8. Partner of the Orange County Arts Education Center with awards from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. 9. Studio culture is not built on the personality of the directors, but upon the provision of high-quality experiences in dance education. 10. Pre-Professional and Residency Programs support the future of professional dance and provide opportunities for aspiring dancers. If you had brought your feedback to the administration, you would have discovered that there are actually several 1-hour ballet classes on the upcoming fall schedule. I’m sorry we didn't have a chance to make these recommendations for you, but we will be happy to do so at any time. We do understand that tough choices may be faced by some of our students in order to continue their studies at CCD. Thankfully the vast majority of our guests support the recent tuition increase because they understand the value of the organization’s services and far-reaching impact in our community. I hope there is a way for you to continue learning from a team dedicated to giving you their very best. We remain grateful for your review since it affords us an additional opportunity to underscore what we are about. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts! Best wishes, Craig W. Johnson, Executive Director

Rating: 5 stars  

This school is by far the best dance studio in all of Florida. The faculty is is amazing, the instructors all like family are constantly advising students in different ways they can become better both as a dancer and as an individual. Through the arts I personally have become more confident and encouraged to continue my passion by dancing for my university however, if I had the option I would chose to further my dance education at The Center for Contemporary Dance. My experience has been nothing but pleasant and I plan on returning during breaks.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter is young, but she already loves dance and music. CCD is a great place for her love to be developed. The teachers and staff are kind, generous with their time, and knowledgeable. They expect a lot from the kids and help them achieve the goals. They foster a great feeling of community.

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

Life-changing

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a liturgical dance (praise dance for those that know the term) at a church. Be prepared to WORK HARD. It's sooo worth it. I have taken beginner lessons at other dance studios in central Florida & teachers were not breaking down the skills. My desire was to find a progressive school for an adult learner. I grew tired of the same jazz class or ballet basic for adults with the same old steps each week. At other schools, my growth felt stunted and/or I felt ignorant. The CCD teachers push me (in a good way). I love the ability to purchase class hours, pay as you go, or purchase a semester. I actually see other adults like me taking lessons too. Plus, all the teachers give the adult body proper warm up (my body is older and needs that greatly). The studio is a hidden away from the from the road, so give yourself extra time coming the first time. You will sweat and be sore if this is the first time dancing "hard core" in a while or ever. CCD does not play around. It seems to take the art of dance and teaching seriously no matter your age.

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

Have an online location or app created (apple or android) so I can add more dance hours or view how many hours I used within 24 hours of taking a class or making payment.

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

A lot

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CCD- Great teachers, great staff, professional instruction and performances in a non threatening, caring environment.

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

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Definitely

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2013

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Every day it is my honor and privilege to teach the students at The Center for Contemporary Dance. A little over one year ago I found CCD online when I was searching for quality dance studios in the Orlando area. I was preparing to move from out of state, and I was nervous about finding my new dance home. From the very first time I entered CCD and spoke with Craig, I knew it was THE place for me. Through CCD I am able to teach a diverse group of students-- from ages two to forty and older. It is so rewarding to be able to teach and choreograph here. As one of the only studios in Orlando offering non-competitive dance training, we are able to focus our efforts on technical and artistic development. We also provide mentorship for our students who are preparing for college and beyond. What we do at CCD is more than just teaching dance steps-- we aim to enrich the lives of all our students and families through the art of dance. Through CCD I also have been able to continue my dance studies on a professional level so that I am constantly growing, challenging and advancing in my career. I have met a wealth of people at our school who refer to the center as "home" or "family." This lets me know we have something really special here in Winter Park. In addition to teaching Creative Movement, Ballet and Contemporary dance, I also have the unique experience of teaching dance for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This holds a special place in my heart because I have a family member who has Autism. It is both challenging and rewarding to serve this special needs population. We at CCD are community-oriented citizens who believe that dance is for EVERYONE, and we celebrate our diversity of shape, size, age, ethnicity and background. It's been my pleasure to continue learning and growing through this center as I teach, choreograph and perform within this great 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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center is such a wonderful place to dance and express yourself. I came to the studio 3 years ago for a summer intensive and although I was awfully nervous and afraid I wouldn't fit in, That changed as soon as I stepped into the studio and felt the warm embracing family of CCD. I improved my technique so much as well as learning more about myself in the context of dance and life in just three weeks! Since that summer, I have been attending the school full time and I love it, with every class I see improvement in an area I before had trouble with and over the years this has really cultivated my technique and overall love of dance. The Center offers many classes in different dance forms to help you really be the diverse dancer that you need to be in the ever changing dance scene of the world. Being in the Pre-Pro program has also helped me grow as an individual artist by doing solos, learning to choreograph and embrace my inner voice and image. All in all I would tell anyone and everyone to come to this studio. If not for the warm and insightful faculty, then for the amazing growth mentally, physically, and emotionally you will gain to help you with your life in dance and your life as it is.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

CCD has develope my technique so much in just a year that I have been there! They are kind and caring and willing to give you the extra push you need to be your best. The entire atsmosphere of the studio is very friendly with no competitive nature at all in the midst of it. Their prices are reasonable and they work with you on payments which is a plus during these times where cash is low. I love the Center and will continue to go there for years on!

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

A huge change in my technique and artistic ability as a dancer!

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

What changes? They're great the way they are!

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

Life-changing

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

How did you find this group?

Through a friend two summers ago.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

being more open to new ideas and experiences.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been to my fair share of dance studios and never have I encountered one that I cherish as much as the Center for Contemporary Dance. I've learned a lot about dance at CCD, but I've also learned about myself, ways to work better with others, and ways to move forward and achieve my goals. My favorite part is that regardless of the age, shape, size, or background of the student, every single one has the opportunity to grow and does. The faculty members are inspiring and genuine when they teach students. They always go out of the way to help give any student the extra push he or she might need. It's an atmosphere unlike any other studio I've been to. It truly becomes a home away from home and a second family. I would recommend it for anyone from the recreational dancer to the aspiring professional dancer.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so grateful to have stumbled into Center for Contemporary Dance. I'm a lifelong dance fan who finally in late adulthood and probably the worst shape of my life, decided to make a first venture into the dance world. I couldn't have found a more nourishing, nurturing, special place to take this journey. Craig, Dario, Jennia and Jere'...my very first teacher all have earned a special place in my heart. The studio, its leadership, and its faculty have changed my life and I will be forever thankful. My fellow students younger and older are encouraging, inspirational and beautiful inside and out. Don't get me wrong, although I have big love for these people, this hasn't been easy for me. Every class I am mentally and physically challenged; I am humbled and beyond sore, thinking I may actually die at any moment, but the feeling of accomplishment during the class or afterwards...even a micro-sized improvement, feels so much better than sitting on the sidelines my entire life. CCD has a wide range of classes and also hosts classes for students with special needs. The tuition is a good deal and there are frequent specials to take advantage of. The parking is convenient too.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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