THE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE INC

Rating: 4.95 stars   83 reviews

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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
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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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I would like to thank Dario and Craig for having me (Niki Lin) as the 2011 Resident Artist, producing a 20+ year retrospective called Year of the Dragon in January 2012. CCD has also sponsored Orlando City Soccer "City Girls" for the 2011 and 2012 season. I recently saw Dario's Unplugged Solo show in May 2012 and was genuinely entertained by his diverse and raw emotional performance. He is truly an inspiration!

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Contemporary Dance has provided rehearsal space for our dance team for nearly 2 years. They have been more than accommodating to our requests and we can not be more appreciative of what they have offered our dancers, as well as the dance community. The instructors encourage all levels of dancers to the best of their abilities. They provide a sound knowledge base of not only dance technique but a true understanding of the history of dance. CCD opens it's doors to all areas of dance and embraces the diversity of the Orlando community. Thank you CCD!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Contemporary Dance is a culturally diverse, unique organization which provides top class dance instruction and entertainment all ages can enjoy. CCD's community outreach in schools is to be commended. The Center is also very supportive of various other start up dance companies. There are truly wonderful people running this organization.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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5 people found this review helpful

My experience with The Center for Contemporary Dance has been completely positive. They are welcoming and passionate about their mission in the community and their dance. I actually hired them to present a professional Alvin Ailey modern dance show for a convention that booked through my company and they were amazing. It was exciting to watch them and interact with them at the event. I've additionally sent people to their studio and they have reported back how impressed they were at how they were treated. They said it was clear that the staff cared about them and the children showed a renewed spark of interest in their dance that hadn't been there before. They are very open and willing to embrace other dance professionals in the community and offer opportunities when they arise.

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

I've met with Craig and spoken with him at length about their organization and what they have to offer. When in the studio I really felt the positive energy. I experienced first hand their Alvin Ailey mondern dance choreography for an event I booked.

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

I've really enjoyed talking with Craig and the dancers. Being around positive and passionate people in the dance world is a great feeling.

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

I've only met the staff and dancers and as I said I've extremely impressed the the atmosphere they have created in and out of the studio.

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

Do even more to expand awareness and share dance experience with not only Orlanodo but world wide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am the Fine Arts chair at a Trinity Prep School in Winter Park, Florida. We are located right down the road from The Center for Contemporary Dance. Over the years of knowing and working with Craig and Dario, I have been both impressed by their artistic vision and blown away by the outreach that they do in the community. I also work with a group called the Jeremiah Project; it is an arts based program that targets at risk youth. While working with a local Boys and Girls club I met a young man who demonstrated talent and desire to learn to dance. I contacted Dario immediately, knowing that he would be someone who would find the means to scholarship this young man so that he could fulfill his dream of becoming a choreographer.

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

Create more of an outreach for kids not exposed to the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Our dance company, Yow Dance, recently began the application process for residency at The Center for Contemporary Dance. Long before this we were well aware of both Craig Johnson and Dario Moore, the two key role players at "The Center". Their reputation in our community is well known, not only in the dance community, but in the art and philanthropy communities especially, as is evidenced by the broad support they get from the well respected organization United Arts. As I have gotten to know the two gentlemen better, have seen them in action, and can now see first hand how their commitment to dance and the city of Orlando is most directly reflected by The Center for Contemporary Dance, I can see the dramatic impact on our community. Their mission to Produce, Encourage, Cultivate, and Reach is firmly in place and making a difference. Just last week I saw a performance put on by one of the companies that partner with The Center and can see with clarity that the dance organizations that call The Center home are well selected to carry forward the mission even more!

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

their kindness to help our organization.

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

see it expand and become more prevelant in the community than it already is greatly intergrated.

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

their willingness to help individuals and fellow organizations grow.

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

accomodating, passionate, and supportive of The Center for Contemporary Dance's mission.

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

change the world, not just the immediate Orlando vicinity.

Ways to make it better...

... this would be difficult to improve on. So much is being done well already.

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

additional funding but not for lack of qualification or talent in applying for it through grants.

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

this is a very special and well respected organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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