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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407-695-8366
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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2013

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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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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.

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

I realized that I had developed and that it didn’t matter that I hadn’t started dancing when I was in second grade. The Center had helped me fill in the gaps of time lost and helped shaped me into the dancer that I’ve previously lacked the confidence to be.

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

I couldn't ask for a better studio.

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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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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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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

learning how to dance.

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

truly professional and they have a passion for dance. They do not care who you are and they treat everyone with dignity and respect and want to give each and everyone the gift of dance.

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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11 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Relocate to a facility with adequate space and equipment, hire permanent dance instructors, and present more performances; all of which will help improve the overall quality of the program and increase the number of classes offered and students served.

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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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.

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

change the lives and grow the worlds of many Central Floridians!

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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