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May 15, 2012

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May 15, 2012

I found The Center about 2 years ago, and my life has changed because of it. The Center is a celebration of diversity, community and the arts. Every non-profit should model themselves with the strength of mission that I've seen in this place.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 14, 2012

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May 14, 2012

For the past 8 years, I have had the privilege of being affiliated with The Center for Contemporary Dance. I have had the opportunity to work directly with both co-founders, Dario Moore (Artistic Director) and Craig Johnson (Executive Director), as well as to meet the students/parents who came through CCD's studio doors. Because CCD exists, lives are changed. Each year, CCD serves more than 6,000 people across 5 Central Florida counties. Since its inception, CCD has been involved in dozens of major projects and hundreds of smaller endeavors that engage underserved communities in the arts, and each year, CCD serves over 1,000 children from Title I public schools through performances, lectures/demonstrations and arts education workshops. Because of CCD and the tireless efforts of its Executive Director, Craig, the entire landscape of the arts in Central Florida has been changed. Kudos to Dario and Craig for what they have created and the lives that are positively impacted as a result!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

The Center has numerous programs and in house dance companies that help bring the arts into the community and raise awareness about a variety of issues, but the thing that stands out to me the most is the atmosphere they create. Upon deciding to return to dance after a 12 year hiatus after having danced at various schools for over 10 years, my main concern about returning was the common attitude present in most schools and companies. They tend to be harsh, elitist and unsupportive. To my relief and great surprise, the Center is none of these things. Quite the opposite, it is comprised of a group of people who exhibit an unparalleled level of care and support, both within the realm of dance and in daily life. On one particularly stressful day, I attended a class at the Center after work. As I walked out of the class feeling relaxed and encouraged, the Artistic Director, Dario Moore, asked me how I was doing. I let out a big sign of relief and told him that I felt much better and that class was just what I needed. He replied, "That's why we're here." I didn't need his words to tell me that the mission that they live every day is to be supportive and enrich people's lives; it's something you experience every time you walk through the door or attend a performance. It's undeniable- it's why they're there.

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

rediscovering the joy of dancing and of working together to promote the arts.

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

caring, kind, passionate, supportive and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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