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Dominic Walsh Dance Theater
February 27, 2010

My best friend is a choreographer and classically trained dancer. I am an athlete and have no dance talent whatsoever; however, I have had the privilege of watching Jenny's "process" since we were in our teens. She has taught me to appreciate beauty in movement and to admire artistic ingenuity even though I don't have a clue as to the names of the steps nor the significance of the performances as I watch them. That being said, every performance of DWDT I attend (and I have been to almost a dozen) evokes an emotional response that I can't put into words, but humbles me in its beauty, originality, and creativity...from the staging to the choreography, it is unlike any experience I have ever had in a theater environment. I describe it to friends as classical ballet and theater meet Cirque du Soleil. It is my hope, that more Houstonians and visitors to our underrated city take the opportunity to attend a DWDT ballet.

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

my education of how artistic individuals create their productions.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase its audience.

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

the open rehearsals where I watch the dancers and Dominic work out the "kinks" from the choreography.

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

the artistic director, the administrative staff, its board members, and its dancers.

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

train more dancers, bring its beautiful performances to even more locations around the world, and enrich Houston's art scene ten-fold.

Ways to make it better...

more of my friends had the time to join me at the performances.

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

raising funds in a difficult nonprofit market as well as conveying the unique and CLASSICAL influence of its performances.

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

everyone who has ANY interest in dance, movement, or the theater scene in Houston should check out one of their free performances at Miller Outdoor Theater. I guarantee once you see a performance, you will be lining up to pay for tickets.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & I'm a consistent donor and volunteer for the Casting Couch performances.