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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Dance, Education, Parent & Teacher Groups

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 14 years, The Center for Contemporary Dance has supported emerging and seasoned artists in the creation and presentation of more than 250 new dance works, including those by Moore Dance Project, U-Turn Dance Company, Patelworks Dance Theater, DRIP, Coby Project, Tajma, Dawn Branch Works and many more. 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

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a friend's kids took dance with CDC for YEARS (and LOVED it), I had the opportunity to book them for a performance at the High School I teach at. My students LOVED it, and we had such a great time I started taking classes! CDC serves kids and adults- even those of us who just need a fun way to get it shape! They're the best!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are thankful for the positive impact CCD continues to have on our children and the community. A safe place for children and adults alike to learn and grow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great studio for any age. They have great and unique teachers, classes and students. In half a year I have improved so much in ballet and it's all thanks to my wonderful teacher mr. Dario. This studies has become a family to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center for Contemporary Dance has been such a wonderful experience for my granddaughter. She has learned so much from her teachers and we are very thankful to have found them. Thank you, CCD!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The dancers were amazing! It was a wonderful opportunity for the 6th grade students at our school. They were engaged and asked great questions after the performance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with The Center For Contemporary Dance has been Awesome! Darrio Moore has provided educational, energetic, memorable and exciting lessons. My students were exposed and enlighten the experience was so great I decided to enroll as a student at The Center For Contemporary Dance. I feel rejuvenated! Thank you Craig Johnson and Darrio Moore for providing excellent services to title 1 schools, youth and adults. You are exactly what was needed to enhance our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCD has been an amazing place for our whole family. Both of my children, my mother and I have all taken and enjoyed classes at CCD. My daughter loves to dance hours every week and loves to explore all the offerings while I always felt confident that the faculty and staff are interested in helping her develop her strength and confidence as much as her dancing.
I am so happy and grateful to have found a place where we are welcomed, educated and challenged in the best ways possible.

Heather158

Client Served

Rating: 5

CCD is a wonderful fit for our family— with their large menu of class offerings they are able to cater to the specific needs of my children-- one, who is a recreational dancer and the other more serious minded. The kiddos adore the faculty and consider the studio lobby their ‘living room’. We truly value the stellar dance education they are receiving and the studios’ holistic teaching approach of ‘person, artist, dancer.'

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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centerfordance 07/23/2013

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