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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Dance, Education, Parent & Teacher Groups

Mission: To produce the Next Generation of concert dancers and musical theater artists.

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

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61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Heather158

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.'

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Thank You!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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centerfordance 07/23/2013

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

Mistie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

 Dancelight1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.