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  

At the beginning of this year, my daughter was ready to stop taking dance lessons. She had not found a studio where she felt both challenged and at home. Since she began studying at CCD, dance has become her favorite activity. She is challenged and motivated. She has set dance goals for herself -- for the next few months, for high school, college, and beyond. The changes have been noticeable -- her dancing has improved, but so has her poise, her confidence, her strength, and her physique. She adores all of the faculty and is happy and comfortable with the other students. This has been a wonderful experience for her. I would highly recommend this studio to others.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

This nonprofit dance organization does an incredible job bringing many forms of dance into the community in many different facets. The provide many different forms of dance in concert to watch and for young to old dancers to perform. I am a returning 'older' ballerina that hasn't been able to find the right place for me to dance until I discovered Center for Contemporary Dance. They have SO many different ages that are made to feel welcome with open arms. The CCD has so many different types and levels of classes that also gives more dancers opportunities to not only fit in, but to choose what style dance the dancer likes best. Being over 40 and little overweight, I was concerned about the above issues, my age & weight. The staff at CCD put me immediately at ease and I was able to focus on dancing instead of my insecurities. I felt from day one that I was welcome with open arms. As an older student I even have the opportunity to perform which I had given up on. Having the hope to possibly perform again gives me so much happiness! I am too busy now, but the dream of it gives me a skip in my step daily. I am so thankful that this organization is established in my area. The CCD definitely gives back to the community as well as enhancing it by just having its doors open to the very young and old as well as for the handicapped. I am sure the CCD is a shining star among non-profit organizations!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found The Center about 2 years ago, and my life has changed because of it. The Center is a celebration of diversity, community and the arts. Every non-profit should model themselves with the strength of mission that I've seen in this place.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the past 8 years, I have had the privilege of being affiliated with The Center for Contemporary Dance. I have had the opportunity to work directly with both co-founders, Dario Moore (Artistic Director) and Craig Johnson (Executive Director), as well as to meet the students/parents who came through CCD's studio doors. Because CCD exists, lives are changed. Each year, CCD serves more than 6,000 people across 5 Central Florida counties. Since its inception, CCD has been involved in dozens of major projects and hundreds of smaller endeavors that engage underserved communities in the arts, and each year, CCD serves over 1,000 children from Title I public schools through performances, lectures/demonstrations and arts education workshops. Because of CCD and the tireless efforts of its Executive Director, Craig, the entire landscape of the arts in Central Florida has been changed. Kudos to Dario and Craig for what they have created and the lives that are positively impacted as a result!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Contemporary Dance has definitely changed my daughter's life forever.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter, my mother and I all take classes at CCD. We have all gained strength physically and emotionally from our time here. The school teaches dance but instills a sense of confidence and well-being in all of the community members.

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  

1 person found this review helpful

We look for greatness in big ways, but sometimes the true greatness happens on a smaller personal, community level. This greatness may not come with headlines and breaking news bulletins. This greatness does come with hard work, faith and the true desire to inspire positive change. That is what CCD is all about. Small, beautiful, steps full of grace that touch lives in big and small ways. Dario Moore and Craig Johnson touch souls and open hearts to the true possibility of good in the human condition because CCD I, your vision, commitment and CCD. To have thrived in this challenging social and economic climate is a testament to all that CCD is doing right.

It has been my good fortune to know about CCD and the great work that has been done by this organization over the last 10 year. I'm looking foward to the amazing possibilites that will be realized in the next 10 years.

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

I've had the great pleasure of working with the company as a professional visual artist and as an art educator. I've seen first hand how this organization embraces the community to bring dance and arts to everyone -- especially at-risk and underserved youth.

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

Give them sufficient funds so they could fully implement all of their programs.

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I have been a supporter of The Center for Contemporary Dance for the last six years by volunteering at performances, assisting with costumes, teaching art classes at the Center, and sharing the Center’s mission and philosophy with others. The Center for Contemporary Dance has one of the most successful, innovative, and committed dance and community outreach arts programs in our region. The focus of all their programs is transformation, inclusiveness, and collaboration. Mr. Moore and Mr. Johnson actively seek out and encourage artists from all the arts to connect with a wide array of community organizations to develop the incredible potential the arts have to empower, unite and restore communities and individuals. The Center for Contemporary Dance believes that the arts can change people, the community, and the world. Dario Moore and Craig Johnson’s passion and commitment to this philosophy can be seen at every rehearsal, performance, or casual meeting. Creativity is the process of transformation and The Center for Contemporary Dance is a haven where people from all disciplines can join together to be part of that process -- and as Dario Moore has said, “have a profound and positive impact on the on the world in which they live.”

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

volunteering, attending performances, and assisting with costumes.

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

The passion, honesty, and committment to the arts of everyone in the organization.

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

supportive, engaged, and in sync with the Center's philosophy.

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

Build a performing arts center where all members of the community could study and participate in the expressive arts. Tour their programs outside of the state of Florida. Share their talents with a larger audience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

"Journal your frustrations in dance in order to confront and eradicate distractions." I heard Executive Director, Craig W. Johnson, say these words to a beautiful bunch of Pre-Professional Students at the Center for Contemporary Dance. It inspired me to begin my own journal and overtime I've realized how important journalling is to a person's growth and development. Artistic Director, Dario J. Moore, reiterates the importance of this concept during his classes, enforcing an intellectual stimulant that's necessary for a dancer's prosperity in the arts arena. Since the advent of my connection with CCD I have encountered caring, loving, spirited personalities that have influenced the way that I presently perceive the world. Looking back, I feel like I've grown 10 years from the place I started when I first joined the CCD family. My coming to CCD was not only the opportunity of a lifetime, but I believe ordained by God for the purpose He has put on my life - purpose that CCD will definitely help you find. There is no better place to grow than in a loving, grace-filled atmosphere like CCD. Words do not give justice to the untold sentiments I have for the Center for Contemporary Dance... thank you CCD.

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

my home life, my educational growth, my technical development, and my perception of life itself.

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

make it accessible to more people, "get the word out," build more Centers for Dance, bring it to an international level, and make grants and financial assets more readily available.

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

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

My resume looks beautiful in large part due to the Center for Contemporary Dance:)

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Every time I entered the studio, my spirit was uplifted - no matter what the task - whether cleaning or running errands - I did it with unfailing joy because I was at the Center for Contemporary Dance.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've known Dario J. Moore from our days together at Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, GA. He was a hard working performing and there were many numerous positive attributes that he absorbed that he is applying in running his Arts organization! He comes from a tradition of artistry that is equipped with influences from all the major schools of thought in the dance world, i.e.; Classical and Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Jazz and fusion work as well. The training bases range from School of American Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Juilliard School to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center as well. Its good to see what kind of a positive influence he is having on his community and I wish him and his colleagues well in their future endeavors!

Jose R.
BDC 1995 - 2006

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

Seeing a former student and fellow dancer forge his own path in the industry.

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

Make sure they continue doing what they're doing since its obviously working!

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?

Its always good to see an additional arts organization founded and directed by an African American male.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter is an elementary ballet student at CCD. We first came in for a free class during Arts Fest and, when we returned a few months later to sign up for classes, the person working the desk welcomed us back and called us both by name. I knew then that this was a special place that would care for my daughter's individual needs.

I love sitting in on classes now and then. The young students clearly adore their teachers, but the teachers don't give empty praise. They are kind but firm and expect every student to do her or his best. My daughter is learning to express herself, but she's also learning discipline and the value of hard practice. I love that she's learning these lessons in a diverse, welcoming and nurturing environment.

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

teaching a child art, discipline and confidence.

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

give them more money so they could expand.

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