The Dance Complex

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 536 Mass Ave Cambridge MA 02139 USA

Mission: We support, educate and nurture the movement arts community with open, ongoing classes and the lowest cost in town; no memberships or registration fees.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The dance complex is an amazing community-run safe place where I feel free to try, to fail, to learn, and to grow as a dancer and a person.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This place is a true pillar of the Dance Community in the area. Eighteen Years ago, we held the first Children's Dance Festival (an open, non-competitive, educational, delightful day of dance for youth from different schools, companies, styles) at the Dance Complex. Their offer of free space for the day made it possible to run the festival on a shoestring and not have to charge the participants. This allowed us a wider range of participants and contributed to the longevity of the festival.

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

taking wonderful classes, using rehearsal space

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

A local treasure. One of the greatest community dance centers in the country. Diverse in term so of classes offered, performances, population served. There is something for everyone here. Our lives, our community is enriched because of The Dance Complex!

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

several ways: as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher, and performance artist.

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

Improve the physical space.

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

the feeling of diversity within the building and in the classes and offerings. There are people of all backgrounds and ages dancing together.

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

exceptional

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

make sure the infrastructure was improved. The building needs work. They could also offer assistance to deserving artists to help them produce work.

Ways to make it better...

The building was in better shape.

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

I am not sure.

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

This is an amazing and rare cultural center in the Boston area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am an elder dancer in my 70's and so grateful to the Dance Complex for being there. It has changed my life! So many wonderful dancer/choreographer/teachers work there, e.g. Diane Arvanites, Tommy Neblett, Daniel McCusker,Danny Swain, just to name a few,and there are plentiful opportunities to take classes and excellent classes geared to older dancers, as those taught by Andy Taylor-Blenis and Tommy Neblett. Prometheus Dance Elders Ensemble, a post-professional company of which I am a member, is based there with rehearsals and annual performances. Rozann, Jayne, and Danny keep everything running. The newly renovated space is welcoming.

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

classes, rehearsals, performances.

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

the dancers, the space.

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

welcoming and good at their jobs.

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

Modernize the building, e.g. get new windows that opened and closed easily, get better lighting, pay dancers for rehearsals.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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