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.
I love watching the shows. They're both fun and inspiring to watch.
This school also had an opportunity for me to get back in to dance as an adult, and it was a wonderful experience!
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 have known the people who started this Dance company/school since inception and this is the school wherever everyone can dance and shine. I know several dancers and it is a little village. This is the place you want YOUR child to experience any type of creative movement.
My son has been dancing at OoaL Dance Studios for going on 10 years. Their mission and, more importantly, their execution to bring dance to everyone regardless of age, ability or social status is very impressive. The love and support they offer their students would best be described as a family type atmosphere. Everyone, student and faculty alike, encourages creativity, acceptance, and cooperation. I appreciate everything they have done for my son and believe OoaL has been a major influence in him becoming the thoughtful man he is today.