August 12, 2009
As a 54-year-old adult and non-professional dancer it was my privilege to participate in Inlet Dance Theatre's Summer Intensive Dance (SDI) Program for 2.5 weeks this past summer. The stretching, exercise, demonstrations, instructions and choreography add up to huge lessons in dance, and more importantly, in life. The commitment of and guidance from the troupe are outstanding. Inlet provides the opportunity to step into the daily routines of a dancer's life with the expectation that students of all ages commit and participate fully. Each troupe member readily answered questions on technique through personal conversation as well as classes taught. Having students dance in pubic arenas (Tower City, Cain Park) allows the summer program to be real while encouraging each to become a viable participant within the community. The dedication of each member of the troupe is exemplified by their multiple hours each day of practice and teaching; necessity demands that each also supplement their income with part-time work. The demands on the troupe are many, yet each focuses and strives to reach that next level of professionalism; their talents are huge. Inlet Dance Theatre stays connected to many of the arts and school organizations in the area, teaching about dance through community and individual participation. Performances by troupe members are coupled with encouraging audience members to share their feelings about the performance through a guided conversation with Bill Wade, artistic director; he explains and teaches so that the audience may broaden its curiosity, understanding and interest. As many arts organizations struggle to stay viable within communities through performances and public service, and as many schools are cutting their arts and music programs, it is important that funding become more readily available so that community members of all ages may enjoy and grow within the arts program provided by Inlet. I will dance again with Inlet in the 2010 SDI program, after which I have offered to volunteer in the office or as needed. Your financial support can allow Inlet Dance Theatre an avenue to continue its valuable community involvement.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
attending performances and participating in the Summer Dance Intensive Program.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
professional and personable.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:General Member of the Public & I participated in Inlet Dance Theatre's Summer Intensive Dance (SDI) Program for 2.5 weeks this past summer.