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February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Living in the suburbs of Boston, my students and I continue to feel the positive effect that the Dance Complex brings to Eastern Massachusetts. As an organization, it supports start up entities, like the Children's Dance Festival and emerging teachers and choreographers making a reliable home-base environment from which many artists have been launched. The Dance Complex houses many entrenched programs (classes, companies and performances) for the community to reconnect and leave inspired. Furthermore, the Dance Complex has served as a role model for other cooperatives to grow, here and around the country.

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

my involvement with the launching years of the Children's Dance Festival.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010
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February 23, 2010
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As a dancer of nearly 30 years (beginning with "the Joy of Movement") at the Dance Complex, I can sincerely state that it provides the most accessible space in the entire Boston/Cambridge conglomerate. Parking is easy, shear number of studios, and wide variety of dance genres are appealing aspects that keep my attendance high, year after year. I also think it is marvelous that the DC has grown to include world dance, such as Senegalese, Haitian, Flamenco, and Kathak.

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

dance practice, rehearsal, performance

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

continuous involvement for 30 years

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

respectful, courteous, knowledgeable

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

fix the top floor studio!!!!! Also, build a proper 200 - 300 seat performance space

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Every time I walk into the Dance Complex, I feel happy. The place isn't fancy, but it's filled with people who know how to find joy in their lives. There's a great community spirit; the classes are first rate. Everyone is welcome. The spirit is democratic. It restores my faith in humanity and in my city.

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

many ways. In my mid fifties, I returned to dancing and it's changed my life.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 23, 2010

As someone who was a teacher and student of the Joy of Movement Center for nearly 5 years, I was thrilled when arrangements were made for The Dance Complex to take over that location and keep the art of dance alive in Cambridge. Not an easy task for many reasons. The Dance Complex continues, all these years later, to offer a quality dance education, maintain an historic building (not cheap) and bring culture and opportunities to the area. Top quality, reasonably priced, The Dance Complex is a viable presence in the community and attracts students from all over. With continued funding and support, they could improve their theater, keep the building in prime condition worthy of its designation as an historic building and be a home for artists from all over the country. It is a special place!

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

taking classes.

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

helpful, kind, caring, informed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 23, 2010

There is no place in Cambridge or the surrounding vicinity that offers the combination of community center, cultural base, and site for incredibly varied dance instruction like the Dance Complex, all with the welcoming attitude and positive reinforcement that's what dance classes in a public setting should be all about. When I worked there as a accompanist a few years ago I was constantly amazed at how many new and different kinds of classes cropped up on a regular basis, and also at the kinds of people who showed up to take them: there was always a core of regulars, and likewise always a 'new crowd', folks who came out of curiosity and sometimes stayed for longer than they ever thought they would. Of course it seems like more of everything is always needed: more volunteers, more money, more infrastructural support. There's a regular performance series of sorts but it would be great to see it somewhat expanded and better publicized, something that could be a real showcase of area dancers/choreographers and musicians. Obviously this is neither easy to organize nor free, but it would build up the Dance Complex's local cultural capital to an even great level.

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

seeing it draw in from the surrounding community curious amateurs and local professionals alike.

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

its sense of welcoming openness.

Ways to make it better...

there were more budget for maintaining pianos in the building.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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February 23, 2010

I have used and been associated with the Dance Complex for many years, now. Not only is it an excellent, in-city performance space, it is the most community oriented arts center I have ever seen. The cross-section of visitors and users is at least as varied as the city of Cambridge where the Complex sits. The diversity of programs -- let's think of dance as the world -- is just that: every type of dance. This center benefits so many people, not just dancers. There are collaborations between dancers, musicians, light and sound technicians, and even enthusiastic audience-goers. The Dance Complex is one of the strongest contributors to the arts in the Boston area.

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

its truly general nature. The complex is always full of every type of person and artist.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 6, 2009
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October 6, 2009
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It has an unreal offering of classes, all excellent and open to the public. Classes are ongoing and not expensive and there's are no hidden costs. No pre-reg or memebership. It's mosltly run by volunteers and everyone is warm and welcoming.

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and I'm impresses

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

How much fun it is and how open and not pretencious.

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

amazing.

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

Really fix the old parts of the building, make the theater updated and offer free classes and scholarships forever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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