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).
This is a great studio for any age. They have great and unique teachers, classes and students. In half a year I have improved so much in ballet and it's all thanks to my wonderful teacher mr. Dario. This studies has become a family to me.
The Center for Contemporary Dance has been such a wonderful experience for my granddaughter. She has learned so much from her teachers and we are very thankful to have found them. Thank you, CCD!
The dancers were strong, beautiful, and inspiring. My fourth and fifth grade students had a better appreciation for the arts after performing in our school's first year dance showcase (grades K-5). We will be continuing next year with the dance program.
The dancers were amazing! It was a wonderful opportunity for the 6th grade students at our school. They were engaged and asked great questions after the performance.
My experience with The Center For Contemporary Dance has been Awesome! Darrio Moore has provided educational, energetic, memorable and exciting lessons. My students were exposed and enlighten the experience was so great I decided to enroll as a student at The Center For Contemporary Dance. I feel rejuvenated! Thank you Craig Johnson and Darrio Moore for providing excellent services to title 1 schools, youth and adults. You are exactly what was needed to enhance our lives.
I greatly enjoy working to serve this organization. In my 3 years volunteering for The Center for Contemporary Dance, I have seen the company produce exceptional works of art, witnessed young people learning and growing through dance and been an active part of outreach efforts that brought quality arts education programs to at-risk youth in the public school setting. The leaders, staff and faculty are outstanding professionals and, more importantly, are incredible human beings who truly care about impacting the community through dance. We are fortunate to have The Center for Contemporary Dance in our community--they care about the cultural future of Central Florida and are doing remarkable things to sustain the future of dance in our area. Thank you!
The Center for Contemporary Dance has helped me build more confidence in myself and has introduced me to people who truly want nothing but the best for me.
The center for contemporary dance has done so much for me. When I came to them I was very unsure of what I wanted. They gave me direction and a path to follow while I still figure out where my life will lead me. They accept all ages( thank god!!) and they have a level for every dancer whether your a beginner or an advanced dancer. They will push you beyond what you can do but they will challenge you and will encourage you to do more than what you think( in your mind) you can do. It's a great place for parents to bring their kids to if their child exhibit interests in dance. In the short time I've been here not only have I grown as a dancer I've seen other dancers; both young and old , beginner and advanced; grow in strength and in professionalism.
The Center for Contemporary Dance (CCD) of Winter Park, FL offers a plethora of opportunities and exposure to children, youth and adults in the performing arts. CCD is a dance school of exceptional quality and high standards requiring only the best from each of its students. I became familiar with CCD a few years back when my granddaughter earned the opportunity to dance with the company as an apprentice. She first attended CCD to learn the Horton Technique in dance. Her experiences while taking that class prompted her desire to return again and again. She performed in "Sacred Slave Stories" where she not only gained an appreciation for history but where she learned how to tell a story through movement. I cannot applaud the Center for Contemporary enough. This is a non-profit that exceeds the expectations of many and one that provides a community service par excellence.
As a "dance grandmom" and a retired elementary school principal, I attended many of the performances that were held at Title I schools throughout Orange County, FL. Students at these schools rarely get the opportunity to learn of and to enjoy performing arts and especially through dance. Live performances of any kind are a first for most of them. The students were initially in awe and then totally engaged once the performance started. I realized then, that CCD offered a service to these students that they would remember for a life time.
An exceptional organization dedicated to high quality dance education with a visionary eye on the future of dance in America.
CCD has been an amazing place for our whole family. Both of my children, my mother and I have all taken and enjoyed classes at CCD. My daughter loves to dance hours every week and loves to explore all the offerings while I always felt confident that the faculty and staff are interested in helping her develop her strength and confidence as much as her dancing.
I am so happy and grateful to have found a place where we are welcomed, educated and challenged in the best ways possible.
CCD is a wonderful fit for our family— with their large menu of class offerings they are able to cater to the specific needs of my children-- one, who is a recreational dancer and the other more serious minded. The kiddos adore the faculty and consider the studio lobby their ‘living room’. We truly value the stellar dance education they are receiving and the studios’ holistic teaching approach of ‘person, artist, dancer.'
I am a teacher at Trinity Preparatory School. Dario comes over to my Comparative Religions class and teaches the students about African Dance - history, symbols, patterns and movement. He does more than just teach theory and dance. The students have amazing conversations about the roles of members of tribes in their society and then transfer that to understanding their personal importance/worth and the role they play and will play in society. Dario reads the students and reaches them where they are. I never cease to be amazed at the quality and depth of his teaching. I am honored to hand over my classes to him.
An example of how his lessons impact students: This summer I gave an assignment to the class to come up with a way to teach the basic stories of Judaism. They could use any medium they wanted (including electronic media). I had two male students (who are not dancers and until this class had never danced) choreograph a dance to tell the story of Judaism. They then taught the class the dance. Those students will never forget that lesson!
Edited: I apologize that my original candid statement was taken in a way I did not intend. The CCD has increased its prices, but the teachers are worth it if you are are able to invest or budget. I would LOVE to take more at this quality studio, but can't afford to. I will continue to take 1 hr. class--Contemporary Dance at CCD for $70 a month & it's a good deal. In the future, I would may take an 1 hr. course in ballet. I stand corrected by the original response. Thank you CCD for your care to respond & nice to hear there are hour sessions in ballet. I don't mean to offend the organization or be critical. The classes are still worth the money & I am glad to hear most welcome the changes.
Whether a review is positive or not, we take all comments seriously. We welcome the opportunity to respond to your opinion. We are very proud of our dance center and its exceptional standards. The recent tuition increase is reflective of the value of our offerings; our new pricing structure is comparable with industry standards for high-quality dance centers across the nation. While we realize other local dance centers charge less per class, our detailed research also shows that the level of service offered by our faculty and staff exceeds what is typically found in Central Florida, including some of the larger schools. We believe in a very personal, customized level of student support based on the idea that every student matters; I'm sure you have experienced this in class, time and time again. Students pay for more than a standard dance class at CCD; they are investing in a faculty and curriculum that prioritizes the individual's progress--you, the person, matters to us. While I’m sure you will be met with competence at other dance centers, you will be guaranteed excellence at CCD. Here’s a few more facts that separate CCD from other dance centers: 1. Classes are conducted by mature, industry professionals with a degree in dance or a 10-year minimum in dance education. 2. All staff members are background-checked and certified in both first aid and CPR. 3. Classes are conducted in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education with lesson plans and curriculum goals. 4. Year-end assessments include Meet the Faculty Day where questions are answered and class recommendation are received. 5. A culturally diverse environment that welcomes students of all backgrounds, ages, levels and abilities. 6. An attentive, professional administrative team available to assist guests during all teaching hours, every day. 7. A recognized Florida cultural organization with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and United Arts of Central Florida. 8. Partner of the Orange County Arts Education Center with awards from the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. 9. Studio culture is not built on the personality of the directors, but upon the provision of high-quality experiences in dance education. 10. Pre-Professional and Residency Programs support the future of professional dance and provide opportunities for aspiring dancers. If you had brought your feedback to the administration, you would have discovered that there are actually several 1-hour ballet classes on the upcoming fall schedule. I’m sorry we didn't have a chance to make these recommendations for you, but we will be happy to do so at any time. We do understand that tough choices may be faced by some of our students in order to continue their studies at CCD. Thankfully the vast majority of our guests support the recent tuition increase because they understand the value of the organization’s services and far-reaching impact in our community. I hope there is a way for you to continue learning from a team dedicated to giving you their very best. We remain grateful for your review since it affords us an additional opportunity to underscore what we are about. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts! Best wishes, Craig W. Johnson, Executive Director
This school is by far the best dance studio in all of Florida. The faculty is is amazing, the instructors all like family are constantly advising students in different ways they can become better both as a dancer and as an individual. Through the arts I personally have become more confident and encouraged to continue my passion by dancing for my university however, if I had the option I would chose to further my dance education at The Center for Contemporary Dance. My experience has been nothing but pleasant and I plan on returning during breaks.
My daughter is young, but she already loves dance and music. CCD is a great place for her love to be developed. The teachers and staff are kind, generous with their time, and knowledgeable. They expect a lot from the kids and help them achieve the goals. They foster a great feeling of community.
I am a liturgical dance (praise dance for those that know the term) at a church. Be prepared to WORK HARD. It's sooo worth it. I have taken beginner lessons at other dance studios in central Florida & teachers were not breaking down the skills. My desire was to find a progressive school for an adult learner. I grew tired of the same jazz class or ballet basic for adults with the same old steps each week. At other schools, my growth felt stunted and/or I felt ignorant. The CCD teachers push me (in a good way). I love the ability to purchase class hours, pay as you go, or purchase a semester. I actually see other adults like me taking lessons too. Plus, all the teachers give the adult body proper warm up (my body is older and needs that greatly). The studio is a hidden away from the from the road, so give yourself extra time coming the first time. You will sweat and be sore if this is the first time dancing "hard core" in a while or ever. CCD does not play around. It seems to take the art of dance and teaching seriously no matter your age.
CCD- Great teachers, great staff, professional instruction and performances in a non threatening, caring environment.
Every day it is my honor and privilege to teach the students at The Center for Contemporary Dance. A little over one year ago I found CCD online when I was searching for quality dance studios in the Orlando area. I was preparing to move from out of state, and I was nervous about finding my new dance home. From the very first time I entered CCD and spoke with Craig, I knew it was THE place for me. Through CCD I am able to teach a diverse group of students-- from ages two to forty and older. It is so rewarding to be able to teach and choreograph here. As one of the only studios in Orlando offering non-competitive dance training, we are able to focus our efforts on technical and artistic development. We also provide mentorship for our students who are preparing for college and beyond. What we do at CCD is more than just teaching dance steps-- we aim to enrich the lives of all our students and families through the art of dance. Through CCD I also have been able to continue my dance studies on a professional level so that I am constantly growing, challenging and advancing in my career. I have met a wealth of people at our school who refer to the center as "home" or "family." This lets me know we have something really special here in Winter Park. In addition to teaching Creative Movement, Ballet and Contemporary dance, I also have the unique experience of teaching dance for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This holds a special place in my heart because I have a family member who has Autism. It is both challenging and rewarding to serve this special needs population. We at CCD are community-oriented citizens who believe that dance is for EVERYONE, and we celebrate our diversity of shape, size, age, ethnicity and background. It's been my pleasure to continue learning and growing through this center as I teach, choreograph and perform within this great community.
The Center is such a wonderful place to dance and express yourself. I came to the studio 3 years ago for a summer intensive and although I was awfully nervous and afraid I wouldn't fit in, That changed as soon as I stepped into the studio and felt the warm embracing family of CCD. I improved my technique so much as well as learning more about myself in the context of dance and life in just three weeks! Since that summer, I have been attending the school full time and I love it, with every class I see improvement in an area I before had trouble with and over the years this has really cultivated my technique and overall love of dance. The Center offers many classes in different dance forms to help you really be the diverse dancer that you need to be in the ever changing dance scene of the world. Being in the Pre-Pro program has also helped me grow as an individual artist by doing solos, learning to choreograph and embrace my inner voice and image. All in all I would tell anyone and everyone to come to this studio. If not for the warm and insightful faculty, then for the amazing growth mentally, physically, and emotionally you will gain to help you with your life in dance and your life as it is.
CCD has develope my technique so much in just a year that I have been there! They are kind and caring and willing to give you the extra push you need to be your best. The entire atsmosphere of the studio is very friendly with no competitive nature at all in the midst of it. Their prices are reasonable and they work with you on payments which is a plus during these times where cash is low. I love the Center and will continue to go there for years on!
I've been to my fair share of dance studios and never have I encountered one that I cherish as much as the Center for Contemporary Dance. I've learned a lot about dance at CCD, but I've also learned about myself, ways to work better with others, and ways to move forward and achieve my goals. My favorite part is that regardless of the age, shape, size, or background of the student, every single one has the opportunity to grow and does. The faculty members are inspiring and genuine when they teach students. They always go out of the way to help give any student the extra push he or she might need. It's an atmosphere unlike any other studio I've been to. It truly becomes a home away from home and a second family. I would recommend it for anyone from the recreational dancer to the aspiring professional dancer.
I am so grateful to have stumbled into Center for Contemporary Dance. I'm a lifelong dance fan who finally in late adulthood and probably the worst shape of my life, decided to make a first venture into the dance world. I couldn't have found a more nourishing, nurturing, special place to take this journey. Craig, Dario, Jennia and Jere'...my very first teacher all have earned a special place in my heart. The studio, its leadership, and its faculty have changed my life and I will be forever thankful. My fellow students younger and older are encouraging, inspirational and beautiful inside and out. Don't get me wrong, although I have big love for these people, this hasn't been easy for me. Every class I am mentally and physically challenged; I am humbled and beyond sore, thinking I may actually die at any moment, but the feeling of accomplishment during the class or afterwards...even a micro-sized improvement, feels so much better than sitting on the sidelines my entire life. CCD has a wide range of classes and also hosts classes for students with special needs. The tuition is a good deal and there are frequent specials to take advantage of. The parking is convenient too.
The Center For Contemporary Dance has enriched my life through dance. I have found that even as a beginner adult I can enjoy an education in Beginner adult ballet, contemporary and modern that is taught at a pace that advanced students can still find challenging and beginners can learn in a vibrant, fun, comfortable environment.
The Center for Contemporary Dance is an incredible organization that has provided me, a beginner adult dancer, with the opportunity to bring to life a dream that hadn't otherwise been achievable. I grew up in an area that lacked access to programs and organizations that offered creative outlets such as music and dance. I remember being in the second grade and some members of a ballet school came down to my elementary school and hosted an event that offered student's an opportunity to dance. The stipulation was that only two students would be allowed into the program and would have to be bused from the south side to the north side of Milwaukee. I can remember very clearly feeling I had the day they announced the two students that were selected and my name wasn’t called. I knew at the moment, even at that age, that I'd lost a monumental opportunity. That ended that. There were no other programs available in the low income area I lived in. After that I didn't try to dance until I was 22 years old. Still I felt the drive to become a dancer and I knew that I was born to dance. I tried to dance in college and although the class description indicated that all beginners were welcome, arriving in the class and realizing that I was the only beginner made the experience a little bit difficult. Still, the drive was in me so I danced for that semester and I even did two performances. I remember being ignored in the class while I watched my teachers focus on the more developed and trained dancers. I stopped dancing for a few months after that but was I couldn’t avoid the passion in me to find a school that would help me, at 23 years of age, become a real dancer. My first ballet class at The Center for Dance changed my life. I'd never felt so encouraged and able than when I danced in Dario Moore's classroom. I've never felt that the moments that should have been embarrassing were anything but blocks that I could stand on and reach higher and higher until I reached a dream. The Center for Dance is about finding your soul and connection with your own emotions so that you can let it all spill out onto the dance floor. It is about technique and inspiration uniting to create a masterpiece. It is about the arts. The arts are being wiped away and replaced with technology and shiny things. We have forgotten that the most incredible creation we will ever own are our own bodies and The Center for Contemporary Dance has created an owner’s manual to help us understand it's most difficult and powerful capabilities.
This is my daughter's 5th year taking ballet, but her 3rd school. We are so pleased with CCD, she has learned far more about the technical aspects of ballet since beginning classes there, than in her entire dancing career! I love the fact that they are non-profit as well. Her instructor is so patient and everyone in the studio is friendly - whether you're a newbie or have attended for a while. Thank you to The Center for Contemporary Dance, Inc., for giving my daughter an opportunity to develop her skills in such an encouraging environment.
I personally heard many of my students excitedly talking about what they saw on stage. This material, which is often a little dry and dusty, was given life and relevance by the dancers of the Center for Contemporary Dance. What a fantastic experience!
Dance was suggested to us as a creative outlet for our children. We struggled for quite a while looking for the right fit and somewhere we could afford. We are really happy to have found CCD.
We really appreciate the staff and the way they interact and encourage the children. They have a great way of showing the children they are expected to behave and yet do it in a loving and kind manner. It is obvious that they want the children to learn and will take the extra time to explain and demonstrate when a child doesn't catch on right away. The staff's love of dance and for the children is evident in the way they teach and interact with the children.
CCD is helping our children gain confidence in themselves. The diversity of the staff and students has also been wonderful for our children.
The performance that The Center for Contemporary Dance brought to our school was a great experience for our students and teachers. I appreciated the explaination of the different dance movements that the students would see- that helped them understand why the dancers were dancing these movements according to the story. It was evident through their faces during and after the presentation that our students were deeply engaged. I look forward to seeing CCD come back to our school in the future.
The performance that The Center for Contemporary Dance brought to our school was an engaging and powerful experience for our students. The dialogue before and after the presentation was very age appropriate and relevant to the curriculum. The students left with curiosities that will lead to ongoing studies. This presentation and performance was truly an amazing enhancement to the curriculum.
The Center for Contemporary Dance came to our Middle School, and share Sacred Slave Stories with our middle school students. The students were captivated by not only the dancing, but the stories they told. Students truly found the experience rewarding, and really appreciated the questions/answer session afterward with the Artistic Director/choreographer. Our students have not had a lot of exposure to the arts, and the Center for Contemporary Dance was gracious enough to travel all the way out to our school so we could impact the most students possible. This was most of our students first time ever seeing a live performance of dance, and they LOVED it!!
The Center For Contrmporary Dance Inc. came to my school and performed for my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The students were so engaged you could hear a pin drop. The performance helped our student bridge a gap between the printed story of slavery and the heavy emotion of slavery. Students today are very visual and this opened their eyes to a deeper level of understanding. The students had such deep questions after the performance. It was priceless!
This performance, by far, exceeded my expectations. Every student who viewed the performance was captivated by it. Some, including myself, were even moved to tears! I highly recommend continuing to fund this project as it not only teaches students historical information, but it exposes them to forms of art they have never seen or may never get to see on their own. Thank you for letting us be a part of it!! -Erin Braden, Killarney Elementary, 4th grade teacher
Today, our school had the privilege of seeing The Sacred Slave Stories performed by the Center for Contemporary Dance. The performance was one of the most inspiring and emotional performances I have ever seen. The dancers were fabulous. The interpretation of the slave narratives was extremely beneficial for the students. There is no way that I could ever come close to teaching my students about slavery in such a meaningful way. The performance was thought-provoking. The question and answer session after the show was necessary and important since it gave the students the opportunity to ask questions and to share their thoughts.
The man who organized the performance for us today, Craig Johnson, was so easy to work with. He literally responded to my initial email in minutes and had us booked for the show within hours. The male dancer (I forget his name, I’m sorry) who opened and closed the show and did the question/answer sessions was fabulous. He had great control over the audience, which can be tough with 160 fifth graders. The dancers were remarkable! I could not take my eyes off of the children who danced! Absolutely fabulous!
I thought it was important to share this information with you since you are directly connected to the performance we saw today. I appreciate the opportunity you provided our students and teachers with today.
5th Grade Teacher
This was a great program to our fifth grade students. They seemed to understand what slavery was all about and enjoyed the dance aspect of the lesson. The program held their attention and offered plenty of opportuity for questions and ideas to be shared. They especially enjoyed the idea that children could perform as well. For this, they were able to relate more to the program.
I am a man rapidly approaching 60 years old, and have suffered multiple serious injuries over the course of my life, resulting in many corrective surgeries and courses of rehabilitation. These however had left me with many areas of chronic pain which I had accepted as being as permanent as the scars I had also collected. Then one Saturday morning I accompanied my wife to CCD to watch her in a stretch class given by Dario Moore. Thinking it may do me some good,the following Saturday I joined in.This led me to take a course of intensive and personalised 'one on one' sessions with Dario. His tutoring skill and expertise in muscle use and movement has transformed how I use my body. The severe aches and pains are gone or are receeding rapidly, and my posture and walk has changed and improved as I utilise the various techniques he has taught me. I am not now nor have I ever been a dancer, but I could not recommend this dance school more highly, using myself as an example of very positive results.
I would like to thank Dario and Craig for having me (Niki Lin) as the 2011 Resident Artist, producing a 20+ year retrospective called Year of the Dragon in January 2012. CCD has also sponsored Orlando City Soccer "City Girls" for the 2011 and 2012 season. I recently saw Dario's Unplugged Solo show in May 2012 and was genuinely entertained by his diverse and raw emotional performance. He is truly an inspiration!
The Center for Contemporary Dance has provided rehearsal space for our dance team for nearly 2 years. They have been more than accommodating to our requests and we can not be more appreciative of what they have offered our dancers, as well as the dance community. The instructors encourage all levels of dancers to the best of their abilities. They provide a sound knowledge base of not only dance technique but a true understanding of the history of dance. CCD opens it's doors to all areas of dance and embraces the diversity of the Orlando community. Thank you CCD!
The Center for Contemporary Dance is a culturally diverse, unique organization which provides top class dance instruction and entertainment all ages can enjoy. CCD's community outreach in schools is to be commended. The Center is also very supportive of various other start up dance companies. There are truly wonderful people running this organization.
As an adult interested in dance it is often difficult to find a studio that caters to anyone over the age of 18 who is not pursuing a professional career in dance. I did a search on the internet and found the CCD. Not only did they cater to all ages but they offered African Dance which is hard to come by in this area. The instructors are tough but encouraging and the prices are affordable. I love being able to take real dance lessons at the age of 26, improve my technique and even venture out into other styles of dance. Before I found the CCD I thought my only outlet for dance would be an occasional Zumba or ballroom class but that is not the case. The CCD affords people of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to show case their talents via the Spring and Fall concerts. The Executive and Creative Directors also give students and teachers the opportunity to participate in productions beyond being on stage, offering a different perspective and a better understanding of what is required to have successful show. In addition to constantly evolving as a dancer I also have fun at the CCD.
It is with great pleasure that I share my son's story with you regarding The Center For Contemporary Dance. This training facility and program has to be one of the greatest in the world. It is because of the quality of technique, the integrity of the faculty, and the overall care that everyone associated with the business gives to its students, that my son is a success. Although he has danced for under two years, he was accepted to three college BFA programs and will attend George Mason University in the fall. This could never have happened without The Center For Contemporary Dance. I am forever grateful! Betty Rodriques
From the first day we walked into the Center for Contemporary Dance, we felt welcomed. Mr. Craig, ever present at the front desk, always has words of encouragement and a smile for the students and parents alike. Our daughter, Faryn, loves CCD! Her skills have grown leaps and bounds under the instruction of Miss. Jere'. Miss. Jere' shows love to each student, and they in turn love her! CCD offers a wide selection of classes in a fun loving environment. As a matter of fact, Daniel, our 11yr old, started the Hip Hop class on Friday! Mr. Craig and Mr. Dario offer a wonderful program for ALL! Thank you! Joy Hughley
Two summers ago, we were looking for a new dance studio for our children. We spent 3 years at a classical ballet school and the environment seemed to stifle our son's love of dance and creativity. Our daughter never seemed happy after class. A friend suggested we try the summer camp at CCD and we met Mr. Craig Johnson and Mr. Dario Moore. CCD welcomed my family with open and caring arms. Both of our children have grown by leaps and bounds in their technique and artistry. Their instructors push them, but only as far as they feel appropriate. We no longer feel like they are part of a machine. They are a part of something much greater and more fluid. Their roles change and they adapt readily. This is a skill most adults are unable to master and they are learning and applying it now. My husband and I feel the value of the service CCD provides is immeasurable. He started taking classes at CCD too. They have a formula that works and our wish is they will be able to continue their work for many years to come.
My daughter has attended The Center for Contemporary Dance for awhile now and has improved greatly! She loves going to dance and loves her teacher, Ms. Jere. I am very thankful to have found a dance school who not only teaches great dance and discipline, but also truly cares for the improvement and well being of their students.
Family environment and the staff treats you with respect. This organization has allowed me to live out one of my dreams.
CCD is not just a school for dance, but it's a family of individuals pushing you to accomplish more than you can think in life. I'm currently in my late 30s. I was just interested in improving my dance technique. This school has showed me the importance of knowing my body and what I am capable of doing with it. The atmosphere is non-competitive and encourages learning. They treat each person who enters the CCD with respect. The faculty is professional, but they will challenge you physically and mentally. CCD has demonstrated that it's a business in the aspect of it's commitment, consistency, and effective communication. They do what they say and if they're not able to, they address it immediately with a back-up plan. I'm amazed by the talent and the spirit of excellence that makes you love this place and what they do for the community.