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Nonprofit Overview

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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been overwhelmed at the wonderful support and care for my son with special needs. I am a single parent living on a teachers income. The classes are made to be very affordable and he dances in the recitals. He was invited to dance with other dancers at the studio for a special holiday dance. Not only has dance helped his balance and gross motor skills, but he has made friends with not only fellow dance class members but other students at the dance studio. The CCD is an inclusive extended family for Jordan and me. The instructor, Dario Moore takes a special interest in each and every student. He has noticed that the contractures in my son's hands are not improving but getting worse during puberty and has offered wonderful suggestions. Craig, who runs the studio is always kind, helpful and cares about each and every student as well as each and every parent. Dario and Craig are a wonderful duo. I am so thankful for the Center for Contemporary Dance. Jeannie Holman, Dance Parent

Beverly26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have loved every event that I have attend at Center for Contemporary Dance Inc and their performances in the community. They offer opportunities for the less fortunate and those with special needs as well. When they performed an African ballet last December the children, teens, pre-professionals, professionals and special needs group all got to perform. The choreography was creative and depicted the movement of each group of animals in a way that enticed the audience and used the skills of the dancers to their advantage. I hope to attend again this year to their expanded version. Plus the performance was age appropriate for the family.

Jennifer485

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This center for dance is a true gem in our community. They live by the philosophy that everyone can experience the magic of dance. The work that they do in the Central Florida area with children and adults in need is amazing. However it is the combination of the high level of professional dance that they also accomplish with all the dancers, that is truly amazing. Instead of just being a training facility for the best and most talented (which they are) they take the time to help all their students, despite obstacles, rise up to be the best and most professional dancers that they can be. They are doing more than dance at the Center for Contemporary Dance, they are creating people with futures and pride in themselves! I recommend that anyone who has a chance to witness these dancers in action should take that opportunity (or join in yourselves).

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Janice C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center For Contemporary Dance has enriched my life through dance. I have found that even as a beginner adult I can enjoy an education in Beginner adult ballet, contemporary and modern that is taught at a pace that advanced students can still find challenging and beginners can learn in a vibrant, fun, comfortable environment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Contemporary Dance is an incredible organization that has provided me, a beginner adult dancer, with the opportunity to bring to life a dream that hadn't otherwise been achievable. I grew up in an area that lacked access to programs and organizations that offered creative outlets such as music and dance. I remember being in the second grade and some members of a ballet school came down to my elementary school and hosted an event that offered student's an opportunity to dance. The stipulation was that only two students would be allowed into the program and would have to be bused from the south side to the north side of Milwaukee. I can remember very clearly feeling I had the day they announced the two students that were selected and my name wasn’t called. I knew at the moment, even at that age, that I'd lost a monumental opportunity. That ended that. There were no other programs available in the low income area I lived in. After that I didn't try to dance until I was 22 years old. Still I felt the drive to become a dancer and I knew that I was born to dance. I tried to dance in college and although the class description indicated that all beginners were welcome, arriving in the class and realizing that I was the only beginner made the experience a little bit difficult. Still, the drive was in me so I danced for that semester and I even did two performances. I remember being ignored in the class while I watched my teachers focus on the more developed and trained dancers. I stopped dancing for a few months after that but was I couldn’t avoid the passion in me to find a school that would help me, at 23 years of age, become a real dancer. My first ballet class at The Center for Dance changed my life. I'd never felt so encouraged and able than when I danced in Dario Moore's classroom. I've never felt that the moments that should have been embarrassing were anything but blocks that I could stand on and reach higher and higher until I reached a dream. The Center for Dance is about finding your soul and connection with your own emotions so that you can let it all spill out onto the dance floor. It is about technique and inspiration uniting to create a masterpiece. It is about the arts. The arts are being wiped away and replaced with technology and shiny things. We have forgotten that the most incredible creation we will ever own are our own bodies and The Center for Contemporary Dance has created an owner’s manual to help us understand it's most difficult and powerful capabilities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.”

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience at Center for Contemporary Dance has been a highlight of my life. Dario Moore has a true gift in Dance. His school provides opportunity to someone like me who thought it was too late to learn how to dance like a professional. Yes, the quality of dance here is very professional. I am 47 and have attended now this wonderful school for two years. I was introduced to it by the fact that Dario was offering his talent at my church by dancing on Pentecost Sunday about the Holy Spirit. I knew I wanted to go where he was. His love for dance was genuine and passionate. I wanted to dance like that. I signed up last semester for all the classes you want for a set fee. I went almost everyday except Sunday. Each and every time I was learning something new and exciting. The people there like Craig Johnson and Dario Moore treat you like family. To them, we are family. That has meant the world to me, too. Central Florida has a treasure right here in Dance and I hope that the school is always successful because it truly blesses our community. I also know they are always reaching out to the community doing lots of things to help it. All the staff there are fantastic teachers and dancers and I consider it an honor to be a part of The Center for Contempory Dance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to know The Center for Contemporary Dance last year through an excellent performance of Colours of Courage celebrating Black History. The performance was artistic, creative and professionally presented. More impressive than the show was the time given by the Cast of performers after the show to talk with the individuals and engage the audience in meaningful dialogue. I followed up this experience with some research into the organization, and now my daughter is a student at the Center. She has made tremendous progress and shows great improvement in her dance form and ability. I am most impressed with the attitude and excitement she now shows for her dance instruction and practices. The Center has been most helpful in providing guidance and support to structure the right dance classes and instruction to nurture my childs growth. My personal encounters with the staff and teachers is always respectful. It is a joy working with this organization which brings professional level cultural experiences to our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park Florida is a model not-for-profit organization that brings dance instruction to our community that is accessible and of the highest quality.