CCD ‘s mission:to bring dance to everyone, no matter their ability to pay. Scholarships are available to help pay for classes. Outreach to area schools,bringing dance to all the children. Lessons in empowerment, in life’s lessons, to not give up, to be the best you can be, dance is not just art.
Perhaps the dance classes for the “specials” are the best. Whether physically developmentally, or psychologically challenged Dario’s kids grow and prosper. Many are mainstreamed, others supported where they are. Everyone can dance. Everyone can grow through dance. Dario says he “loves his job!”
CCD also is the home to many of the areas’s Dance companies. Dance performances for students or fledgling companies, show dance is art.
Amazing place. A mission to make the world a better place through dance.
BUT CCD IS HURTING! Too much outreach. Too much open door. Not enough full paying dancers. Not enough fundraising. Without more community support, CCD will be no more. What a loss to the community that will be.
What's amazing to me about The Center for Contemporary Dance is the fact that they open up a new and artistic world to all their students, regardless of age, ability, etc. Dario is an inspiration, and has changed my daughter's views of her own abilities and confidence levels. I can safely say that she now has a lifelong appreciation of dance!
This organization is committed to the community. They perform out reach to the homeless, and underserved schools. It is through both classes and performances they make a difference. At the studio are students from all communities and backgrounds. They are learning dance at all levels. Dance is art so there are performances for all, beginners to advanced dancers. Scholarships are available for students who need help paying for classes.
But what makes me so proud, are their classes for those with Down syndrome, those with cystic fibrosis, and those with other movement disorders. Dario Moore is an extraordinary teacher who addresses life lessons while teaching dance. He uses dance to transform his students..
The community is made better by this organization. It is an honor to be associated with them.
I am a choreographer and dancer producing work with my own dance company, formerly based in NYC. When I first moved to Orlando, I was looking for a home for my creative dance work. I was hoping to find a place that is open, inviting, and supportive of dance as an artform, as well as hoping to find a community of dance. CCD has met and exceeded that aspiration in so many ways. Not only do they serve the independent artist like myself; they also serve under-served populations; they provide high quality training for children, youth and adults in dance (and theater) education; their teachers, choreographers and resident artists are exceptional; they provide a supportive environment for creative expression; they serve the greater Orlando area by providing high quality artistic work; and they create a welcoming community of dance lovers.
I'm a long time resident of Orange County and now Seminole County, having worked in both the private and public health sectors since 1988. I've had the privilege and pleasure of attending many dance concerts/events at CCD and knowing the founders as well as others in the dance community of Central Florida. The work that CCD does for the arts, aspiring artists and the community is wonderful! It is critical that this organization continue to get support for all its current and future endeavors given the significant contributions it has made over the years.
Mr.Dario Was an exceptional instructor, he voluntarily helped out my school in a performance we had and we scored a superior thanks to his help!
This is great! Dario volunteered for our show at Evans and we won a superior because of him.
This was an amazing experience for my students! They learned so much!
The instructors at the Center for Contemporary Dance are very engaging. You can tell they love children and really have a passion for dance that they want to share. This organization has come out to our elementary school and taught dance to large classes once or twice a year, and the students love every minute of it! Each time they teach, the students learn something about dance, it's history, or cultural expression through dance. As they dance, students learn a little technique, participate in a little fitness, while immersing themselves in the fun and enjoying the chance for self expression.
The Center for Contemporary Dance is a mission-driven organization that exemplifies excellence in their art and in their management practices. Their work celebrates diversity and builds community. They are a treasure to Central Florida.
The Center for Contemporary Dance is an impeccable dance school that provides an excellent dance education. The teachers are all well respected professionals in the dance world and the standards are very high. We have been extremely happy at CCD since my daughter started there almost one year ago. We have seen a tremendous growth in her abilities and confidence and most of all she enjoys dancing there. The place is very well run, schedules are available at the beginning of the year and changes are communicated in a timely manner.
If you really want to see something beautiful, come on a day when there is a special needs class being taught.
Since my child has been going to the The Center For Contemporary Dance Inc it has been like a breath of fresh air. Little did I know that there was a dance school that not only teach the children ballet, but also make sure that they learn the language of ballet. The staff is not only great, they are also patient towards the children and the parents. Taking the time out to answer each question that we may have. They are genuinely concerned about the progress of the children.
I've been taking classes here all my life, and after being here, going ANYWHERE else just does not feel the same. It's a family, and the instruction provided at this center is beyond comparison.
The Center For Contemporary Dance Inc is a very exceptional company. The environment is very welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds. The staff is very nice and caring of the needs of the students, parents, and guests. I really enjoy taking dance classes at this studio and I inform my friends to come check it out.
I have been overwhelmed at the wonderful support and care for my son with special needs. I am a single parent living on a teachers income. The classes are made to be very affordable and he dances in the recitals. He was invited to dance with other dancers at the studio for a special holiday dance. Not only has dance helped his balance and gross motor skills, but he has made friends with not only fellow dance class members but other students at the dance studio. The CCD is an inclusive extended family for Jordan and me. The instructor, Dario Moore takes a special interest in each and every student. He has noticed that the contractures in my son's hands are not improving but getting worse during puberty and has offered wonderful suggestions. Craig, who runs the studio is always kind, helpful and cares about each and every student as well as each and every parent. Dario and Craig are a wonderful duo. I am so thankful for the Center for Contemporary Dance. Jeannie Holman, Dance Parent
I have loved every event that I have attend at Center for Contemporary Dance Inc and their performances in the community. They offer opportunities for the less fortunate and those with special needs as well. When they performed an African ballet last December the children, teens, pre-professionals, professionals and special needs group all got to perform. The choreography was creative and depicted the movement of each group of animals in a way that enticed the audience and used the skills of the dancers to their advantage. I hope to attend again this year to their expanded version. Plus the performance was age appropriate for the family.
It's pleasure to serve an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of artists, showcasing emerging perspectives in dance and making dance education accessible to special populations. I've worked in the arts for over 30 years and can truly say this organization sets the standard for both excellence in the arts and humanitarian outreach. Proud to be part of such an incredible community!
The Center for Contemporary Dance (CCD) is an exceptional organization that is succeeding at expanding our community's access to outstanding dance education programs. In addition to the organization's place-based programs that reach 300+ students, CCD annually impacts more than 5,000 at risk youth through outreach programs in the public schools, child welfare agencies and youth organizations. The educators are outstanding, mature industry professionals who truly care about each student's experience and growth. Furthermore, CCD has cultivated more than 12 professional dance companies through its Residency Program, giving Central Florida a rich and diverse culture of contemporary dance.
After a friend's kids took dance with CDC for YEARS (and LOVED it), I had the opportunity to book them for a performance at the High School I teach at. My students LOVED it, and we had such a great time I started taking classes! CDC serves kids and adults- even those of us who just need a fun way to get it shape! They're the best!!!
We are thankful for the positive impact CCD continues to have on our children and the community. A safe place for children and adults alike to learn and grow.
This center for dance is a true gem in our community. They live by the philosophy that everyone can experience the magic of dance. The work that they do in the Central Florida area with children and adults in need is amazing. However it is the combination of the high level of professional dance that they also accomplish with all the dancers, that is truly amazing. Instead of just being a training facility for the best and most talented (which they are) they take the time to help all their students, despite obstacles, rise up to be the best and most professional dancers that they can be. They are doing more than dance at the Center for Contemporary Dance, they are creating people with futures and pride in themselves! I recommend that anyone who has a chance to witness these dancers in action should take that opportunity (or join in yourselves).