I was certainly one of those people who was lucky enough to have Out on a Limb fall into my life. Circa 2006, I had recently graduated from high school, and subsequently graduated from 15+ years of time in a competitive dance studio. I wanted to keep dancing, but was not sure how to transition from the "learn a dance", perform it for competition, do the recital, etc. lifestyle. Mix that with starting college, and I wasn't sure if dance was part of my future. OOAL 100% changed how I saw dance. I slowly became a better performer, technician and found the joy that I had long been missing. There is a definite paucity of opportunities for young adults in the Twin Cities outside of majoring in dance, or diving into a contract. I fully appreciate that OOAL has been flexible with me, allowing me to have more or less involvement based on my career, life, injuries and needs without berating or repercussions. This is truly a community that I am so lucky to have. The above doesn't even start to do justice to what OOAL brings to the community at large or the younger people who walk through the doors. Inclusive, nurturing, age-appropriate, flexible, humble, loving, multi generational and creative come to mind.
Out on a Limb is an exceptional dance studio for students of ALL ages and abilities! They have allowed both of my daughters to thrive in a safe, supportive, encouraging, and challenging environment. Both girls have developed into fantastic dancers, but more importantly have been given the chance to learn to choreograph, advocate for themselves, and nurture friendships with others who truly love the art of dance. There is no other dance studio like Out on a Limb!
I have been lucky enough to dance with Out on a Limb (OOAL) for the majority of my life- about 14 years. When I couldn't afford to study dance at any other studio, the incredible staff at limb took me in and provided me with opportunities that have led to where I am today. I am currently a dance major at the University and still come back to OOAL whenever I can.
Limb is not just any studio, it is a community and a family. They do amazing work and there is no other experience equal to their student shows in the winter. Each winter they bring in students from local schools to see our performances for free. A lot of people see these shows as most beneficial to the children seeing them, but I strongly believe that the kids and staff performing on stage are getting just as great of an experience. Being on stage with hundreds of kids yelling, laughing, and cheering you on is unlike anything else.
Excuse my long response, but my love for this company is unparalleled. When I loose sight of my passion for dance or feel uninspired, I can always come back to OOAL and find it again.
First of all, I have been dancing with Out on a Limb for about 10 years now and I would never want to change that. OOAL is not only a place where I can be myself and express who I am, it is also a home and the people there are my family. The teachers at OOAL are teaching me something that I love, and they have made it possible for me to follow my passion where I would not be able to anywhere else. The support and love I have been given from the students, teachers, (and company members), is remarkable. This company will forever be part of my life and forever be in my heart.
We love Out on a Limb! Our son and daughter take tap, jazz, ballet, acro and hip hop classes at OOAL. They have grown so much in their dance and their ability to tell a story through dance. My son says that he loves that the teachers are open to new ideas and that if you make a mistake they help you fix it. My daughter says that the teachers are nice and they teach me many things and if you don't understand something they work with you to help you fix it. We like that OOAL includes everyone at all levels. It is a safe place to explore dance.
OOAL is our dance home! All of the staff and dancers nurture our daughters' positive self-esteem and quest for dance excellence. All dancers experience top-notch dance teaching and superior public dance performances. We are never leaving OOAL!
I have been dancing at Out on a Limb for five years now and when I look back on the years, i don't think there was ever a time where I felt disconnected from the community. Whenever I needed something someone was there to help me and I am very grateful for that. I am also very thankful for OOAL's scholarship program because without it I would not be able to afford my dance training. Lastly thank you to all of the members of the board who made Out on a Limb what it is today!
It began with my 5 year old wanting to take a dance class. We soon learned, that Out on a Limb is more than a place for lessons, they are a family of dancers who seek to bring out the dancer in us all. Dance has become a passion, a driving force for my daughter. And, we are grateful for the tremendous support we've received from her 2nd family at Out on a Limb.
We've been going to Out on a Limb for about 4 years. It was recommended to us by a friend who knew we were unhappy with another studio. The other studio was expensive, there was almost no community building and the teachers, while good, just went from one class to another without any real connection to the parents. Our experience at OOAL was immediately different. It is very much like family. The level of support our daughter gets is phenomenal. The dancers are quite supportive of each other and the older, more experienced dancers do take time to encourage the younger ones. The instructors and staff are so flexible and welcoming; I just can't say enough. In addition to a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, the instructors are top notch; my daughter has learned and progressed so much.
My daughters had such a positive, formative experience while attending classes at Out on a Limb. My older daughter had attended classes at other schools prior, she would become frustrated with the repetition needed to develop discipline and ask to quit. The teachers at Out on a Limb create a learning environment where students support each other to do their best, regardless of difference in ability. This promoted persistence and belief in themselves, crossing over to other areas of their lives.
Out On a Limb provided my sister and I with a loving home and family when life was extremely difficult. They supported us and helped us grow with compassion and creativity. Not only were they accepting of our (literal) poor circumstances, but they also extended their love and support to our father, who had trouble maintaining a job due to mental health issues. They truly encourage a sense of community among all of their dancers and their families. OOAL is a beautiful place full of genuinely kind people!
Out on a Limb is an absolutely affirming and welcoming place for every child and person. I was looking for a dance studio that was low pressure, body affirming, with kind teachers, and a friendly environment, and that is EXACTLY what I found in Out on a Limb. As Amber stated at the recital this spring, Every BODY can dance and they really live and breathe that philosophy. My daughter started at age 3 and she's loved it! Bonus, they even have volunteers that make the costumes for recitals so there are no extra fees. I love that it's a non profit and their goal is to make dance accessible to all. Their mission makes the dance studio a truly beautiful place for everyone!
Out On A Limb Dance Company & School has given my daughter a place to shine and show her true spirit. The staff at OOAL inspire young dancers to not only celebrate dance but to be engaged citizens in their community and to treat each other with kindness and respect. OOAL truly lives the mission that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE can dance. This dance studio makes it possible for every BODY to live to their full potential through dance. I am truly fortunate to have found such a wonderful studio for my young daughter. I will shout it to the world that OOAL is the most amazing dance studio I have ever been a part of and it has become a second family to our family. Thank you OOAL for all you do!
Out on a Limb is a great place for students who want to learn to dance well while also gaining a love of dance. The environment is positive (kid positive, body positive, dancer positive, parent positive) and supportive. The instruction is also thoughtful and well-balanced between the art of dance and the craft of dance. The shows they stage are beautiful and expressive but also allow students of every age a chance to participate. Our family has been connected to OOAL for more than ten years, and the experience has meant a tremendous amount to all of us.
My daughter & granddaughter currently dance with Out On A Limb, and this fall another granddaughter will be joining them. As I have taken my granddaughter to rehearsals, been to recitals & other spectacular performances, I have learned the most beautiful philosophy behind Out On A Limb: That ALL should be given the opportunity to dance!!!
Having always had a love for all things 'dance' this makes my heart happy. At Out On A Limb, it's not about the prettiest tutu, the best photographer, the chachka to purchase or glamorous sets. It's ALL about the girls/boys, women/men and their desire to dance.
Out On A Limb goes out of their way to give everyone a chance to participate by offering free classes on occasion & going into areas that may not have such programs and offering workshops. They also open the performances up to others that may never experience the joy of live shows by performing at alternative venues such as a mall.
As if this was not all enough, I will close with my favorite piece of Out On A Limb, their humility. They do not put on a show of Glitz & Glam. They hold up to the light their DANCERS. By not making it about expensive costumes or training clones to compete, you see & notice each unique & beautiful dancer; their character, their smile, their technique, their beauty & grace.
Affording this gift to all is priceless, & if I'm honest I can barely leave a rehearsal without a tear in my eye, for this kind dedication. Sue Ann Laier
Our son fell in love with dance because of the environment created at Out on A Limb. We were encouraged to join the family by our friends and we continue to encourage our friends to do the same.
I absolutely love the mission of the dance school. My daughter is young and I was looking for some place open and accepting that really cares about the group dynamic of the dancers first. We have had really wonderful teachers and you can tell they put their students and parents first on their priority list.
Wonderful dance school! My daughter started out taking summer classes and loved it so much that she joined the Performing Arts Ensemble that Fall and danced 4 days per week. She has grown so much as a dancer and as a person. OOAL focuses on performance dance, not competition. She has made lifelong friends!
I am a professional dancer in the Twin Cities who has worked in NYC and in regional theaters across the country. I am also a product of Out on a Limb Dance Company. The two pillars of the organization, Kim Martinez and Amber Erling Keeley create an atmosphere of support and excellence that students and families are drawn to. Beyond that, the fundamentals and skills students learn while participating directly relate to the demands of the professional world. I would not be the success I am today without the influence Out on a Limb has had on my life.