The Center For Contemporary Dance Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   85 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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EIN 20-1694826
407-695-8366
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Rating: 5 stars  

Dear Sir/Madame:

Today, our school had the privilege of seeing The Sacred Slave Stories performed by the Center for Contemporary Dance. The performance was one of the most inspiring and emotional performances I have ever seen. The dancers were fabulous. The interpretation of the slave narratives was extremely beneficial for the students. There is no way that I could ever come close to teaching my students about slavery in such a meaningful way. The performance was thought-provoking. The question and answer session after the show was necessary and important since it gave the students the opportunity to ask questions and to share their thoughts.

The man who organized the performance for us today, Craig Johnson, was so easy to work with. He literally responded to my initial email in minutes and had us booked for the show within hours. The male dancer (I forget his name, I’m sorry) who opened and closed the show and did the question/answer sessions was fabulous. He had great control over the audience, which can be tough with 160 fifth graders. The dancers were remarkable! I could not take my eyes off of the children who danced! Absolutely fabulous!

I thought it was important to share this information with you since you are directly connected to the performance we saw today. I appreciate the opportunity you provided our students and teachers with today.

Thank you!

Allison Weidl
5th Grade Teacher
Citrus Elementary
407-445-5475 x3154243
allison.weidl@ocps.net

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a man rapidly approaching 60 years old, and have suffered multiple serious injuries over the course of my life, resulting in many corrective surgeries and courses of rehabilitation. These however had left me with many areas of chronic pain which I had accepted as being as permanent as the scars I had also collected. Then one Saturday morning I accompanied my wife to CCD to watch her in a stretch class given by Dario Moore. Thinking it may do me some good,the following Saturday I joined in.This led me to take a course of intensive and personalised 'one on one' sessions with Dario. His tutoring skill and expertise in muscle use and movement has transformed how I use my body. The severe aches and pains are gone or are receeding rapidly, and my posture and walk has changed and improved as I utilise the various techniques he has taught me. I am not now nor have I ever been a dancer, but I could not recommend this dance school more highly, using myself as an example of very positive results.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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As an adult interested in dance it is often difficult to find a studio that caters to anyone over the age of 18 who is not pursuing a professional career in dance. I did a search on the internet and found the CCD. Not only did they cater to all ages but they offered African Dance which is hard to come by in this area. The instructors are tough but encouraging and the prices are affordable. I love being able to take real dance lessons at the age of 26, improve my technique and even venture out into other styles of dance. Before I found the CCD I thought my only outlet for dance would be an occasional Zumba or ballroom class but that is not the case. The CCD affords people of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to show case their talents via the Spring and Fall concerts. The Executive and Creative Directors also give students and teachers the opportunity to participate in productions beyond being on stage, offering a different perspective and a better understanding of what is required to have successful show. In addition to constantly evolving as a dancer I also have fun at the CCD.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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It is with great pleasure that I share my son's story with you regarding The Center For Contemporary Dance. This training facility and program has to be one of the greatest in the world. It is because of the quality of technique, the integrity of the faculty, and the overall care that everyone associated with the business gives to its students, that my son is a success. Although he has danced for under two years, he was accepted to three college BFA programs and will attend George Mason University in the fall. This could never have happened without The Center For Contemporary Dance. I am forever grateful! Betty Rodriques

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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From the first day we walked into the Center for Contemporary Dance, we felt welcomed. Mr. Craig, ever present at the front desk, always has words of encouragement and a smile for the students and parents alike. Our daughter, Faryn, loves CCD! Her skills have grown leaps and bounds under the instruction of Miss. Jere'. Miss. Jere' shows love to each student, and they in turn love her! CCD offers a wide selection of classes in a fun loving environment. As a matter of fact, Daniel, our 11yr old, started the Hip Hop class on Friday! Mr. Craig and Mr. Dario offer a wonderful program for ALL! Thank you! Joy Hughley

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watching our daughter perform. I also took a flexibility class myself under the instruction of Mr. Dario. He explained in detail the reasons our bodies move as they do.

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

a larger studo.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

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Two summers ago, we were looking for a new dance studio for our children. We spent 3 years at a classical ballet school and the environment seemed to stifle our son's love of dance and creativity. Our daughter never seemed happy after class. A friend suggested we try the summer camp at CCD and we met Mr. Craig Johnson and Mr. Dario Moore. CCD welcomed my family with open and caring arms. Both of our children have grown by leaps and bounds in their technique and artistry. Their instructors push them, but only as far as they feel appropriate. We no longer feel like they are part of a machine. They are a part of something much greater and more fluid. Their roles change and they adapt readily. This is a skill most adults are unable to master and they are learning and applying it now. My husband and I feel the value of the service CCD provides is immeasurable. He started taking classes at CCD too. They have a formula that works and our wish is they will be able to continue their work for many years to come.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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My daughter has attended The Center for Contemporary Dance for awhile now and has improved greatly! She loves going to dance and loves her teacher, Ms. Jere. I am very thankful to have found a dance school who not only teaches great dance and discipline, but also truly cares for the improvement and well being of their students.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Family environment and the staff treats you with respect. This organization has allowed me to live out one of my dreams.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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CCD is not just a school for dance, but it's a family of individuals pushing you to accomplish more than you can think in life. I'm currently in my late 30s. I was just interested in improving my dance technique. This school has showed me the importance of knowing my body and what I am capable of doing with it. The atmosphere is non-competitive and encourages learning. They treat each person who enters the CCD with respect. The faculty is professional, but they will challenge you physically and mentally. CCD has demonstrated that it's a business in the aspect of it's commitment, consistency, and effective communication. They do what they say and if they're not able to, they address it immediately with a back-up plan. I'm amazed by the talent and the spirit of excellence that makes you love this place and what they do for the community.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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CCD has provided my daughter with the chance to experience dance in many different aspects. We have tried several diferent studios and my daughter has never taken to any of them. At CCD my daughter fell in love with both the teachers and the students. She is enjoying dancing and gaining life experiences. Thank You CCD!

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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