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.
Wonderful school with caring instructors and a very laid-back atmosphere, which allows students to focus on dance, movement, and creativity.
Like a lot of smart kids, my daughter sometimes gets discouraged when she doesn't immediately excel at something new. The teachers at The Center for Contemporary Dance have taught her to love the process, even when it isn't easy right away, and to keep striving for her best. After a tough elementary ballet class, she told me, with a big grin on her face, "I'm not great at leaps on my left side yet, but I'll keep trying. My teacher says, 'Dance is discipline,' so I can't give up."
My daughter transferred to CCD from a competition studio last summer after completing the Summer Intensives. We learned that she was behind her peers in "general technique" and excelled in "Artistry". She cried many nights during the first few weeks of the fall term, but she did not give up. She now attends class six (6) days a week and has excelled to become one of the top dancers in and above her age group. Her confidence has increased and she is now cheorographing her own works. My shy little girl is gone, woooo hoooo. She is a beautiful dancer with a strong point of view. Her latest work was motivated by "moving barriers and overcoming insecurities". She now articulate the history of dance. Define and demonstrate the various dance techniques. The FAILED the first written exam she was given during FALL 2011 and ACED the latest exam given SPRING 2012, scoring over 100% by correctly answering the extra credit questions. We love The Center for Contemporary Dance and plan on attending as long as we can. By the way my daughter is 10.
CCD is by far more than just a dance studio it is a second home for anyone that loves the art of dance. The instructors take the time to understand each student’s needs and works with them to not only develop the technique but the fundamentals of life and how the arts can be a basis for which to strive in any life event. They are a wonderful asset to the community bringing awareness to the importance of the arts as well as access to be involved to thousands of children that would not have access to it with out them. I would highly recommend this studio.
At the beginning of this year, my daughter was ready to stop taking dance lessons. She had not found a studio where she felt both challenged and at home. Since she began studying at CCD, dance has become her favorite activity. She is challenged and motivated. She has set dance goals for herself -- for the next few months, for high school, college, and beyond. The changes have been noticeable -- her dancing has improved, but so has her poise, her confidence, her strength, and her physique. She adores all of the faculty and is happy and comfortable with the other students. This has been a wonderful experience for her. I would highly recommend this studio to others.
This nonprofit dance organization does an incredible job bringing many forms of dance into the community in many different facets. The provide many different forms of dance in concert to watch and for young to old dancers to perform. I am a returning 'older' ballerina that hasn't been able to find the right place for me to dance until I discovered Center for Contemporary Dance. They have SO many different ages that are made to feel welcome with open arms. The CCD has so many different types and levels of classes that also gives more dancers opportunities to not only fit in, but to choose what style dance the dancer likes best. Being over 40 and little overweight, I was concerned about the above issues, my age & weight. The staff at CCD put me immediately at ease and I was able to focus on dancing instead of my insecurities. I felt from day one that I was welcome with open arms. As an older student I even have the opportunity to perform which I had given up on. Having the hope to possibly perform again gives me so much happiness! I am too busy now, but the dream of it gives me a skip in my step daily. I am so thankful that this organization is established in my area. The CCD definitely gives back to the community as well as enhancing it by just having its doors open to the very young and old as well as for the handicapped. I am sure the CCD is a shining star among non-profit organizations!
My daughter is an elementary ballet student at CCD. We first came in for a free class during Arts Fest and, when we returned a few months later to sign up for classes, the person working the desk welcomed us back and called us both by name. I knew then that this was a special place that would care for my daughter's individual needs.
I love sitting in on classes now and then. The young students clearly adore their teachers, but the teachers don't give empty praise. They are kind but firm and expect every student to do her or his best. My daughter is learning to express herself, but she's also learning discipline and the value of hard practice. I love that she's learning these lessons in a diverse, welcoming and nurturing environment.
My daughter have been dancing for 10 years (since age 4), she lives to dance, so she was devasted when I told her I could not afford dance classes anymore, and had to pull her from her Dance School because I lost my job. My Good friend told me about CCD, her daughter attend and invite us to a recital. We were very impress, Craig and Dario gave my daughter an audition and like her, but I could not afford the tuition, so she couldn't attend. For weeks she came home from school and lock herself in her room, it really hurts me to see her this way. Then Craig call and offered her a scholarship, she came home sore and hurting from her first dance class, but happy. She gave me a big hug, told me she love me and thank me for butting her back in a Dance School. The THANKS goes to CCD and the Give Kids the Art Scholarship Program, for bringing my happy dancer back to life. I am also very impress with the The Director and the dance instructors, Jere, Dario and Josan, they are all so professional, good and caring. Thanks a Bunch
Both directors Craig and Dario have played a vital role in the development of my daughter's artistic development. They work more as mentors than simply teachers. They show concern about her personal growth as an individual as well as a dancer. I have received emails following up on observations during class as well as personal one on one conversations on what they would like to incorporate in her curriculum to take her to the next level. My daughter has gone to other schools but none has EVER given the personal touch that I've received at The Center. Giving Kids the Arts has allowed my daughter to grow in self-esteem and dance skills. Thanks for all that you guys do for the youth that enter your program.
From my first contact with Craig at Center for Contemporary Dance, I knew this was the place for my daughter to further her dance studies. Craig spent about 20 minutes on the phone with me making sure I understood how they work and getting my daughter set up for her first class. It's obvious that Craig and the instructors at CCD do it for the love of dance and the children and not for the money. This was recently proven again when I went through a rough time and was unsure if my daughter would be able to attend classes, when I informed Craig that my daughter may have to miss some classes, he promptly responded with a scholarship for her for 10 classes. A company that is driven by profits and not the love of the sport would have said they were sorry to hear that and they'll see us when we have the money again; not CCD. I am so thankful for CCD and their wonderful staff. My daughter wakes up every morning asking if it's 'dance day!' Thank you for giving my daughter something to look forward to every week!
I happen to be a young dance student at a performing arts school in which Mr.Dario Moore is a continuous Guest Artist that visits and offers the best master classes you will ever take. Since freshman year I have always looked forward for his classes at my school because in his class I can actually enjoy dancing. Due to the fact that at the end of every school year I would be ready to end my career as a dance student until I would take that one class that would transform my whole idea of dance, I persuaded my father to take me to the Center for Contemporary Dance this summer. We walked in, and were nicely greeted by Mr.Craig who graciously took the time to discuss my goals concerning dance and how he and the faculty are willing to help. This rarely/never happens at quality dance institutions. I've never had the combination of quality dance training and the care and support that you receive at the center. The Center for Contemporary dance is over all a quantitative as well as qualitative place. There are many programs out there today that try to install good morals and ideals, in the youth of today, before they enter society. Based upon my 3 weeks a the Center this summer I have learned just as much about being a better person than dance and fitness. I've been invited to many prestigious dance academies and programs around America but none of those programs will ever compare to what My family and I received at The Center for Contemporary Dance this summer.
I love the Center for Contemporary Dance! Both of my daughters have been attending for at least two years (maybe 3?) and always enjoy every one of their classes. The classes are diverse, challenging, and always fun. Dario Moore and Jere James are very passionate about dance and sharing that gift with their students. The instructors challenge my daughters to dance to their full potential without frustration. This experience allows my girls to build technique and well as build self confidence. Craig Johnson is incredibly professional and organized. He is ALWAYS efficient with communications and information about the studio. All aspects of The Center are FIVE STAR! We don't feel like clients, we feel like family. A truly professional studio that is fun, educational, and challenging.
I am a parent of a dance student and a student myself. I absolutely love the Center for Contemporary Dance. It is through their philosophy of dance education, educating the dance student through the artisitc process, that I have seen my daughter become more confident, focused and developing a sense of self. For myself, the center has re-energized my love for the art of dance and has encouraged me to continue my exploration of the art form through the choreographic process.
Just connecting with dance after many years, I was attending another dance studio for adult hip-hop and a friend of mine came in and said that he had just finished his tap class. My ears perked up and I had to know where he was taking! (good tap classes are hard to find). He said it was just down the street at the Center for Contemporary Dance. I looked it up online, printed the class schedule and called the center immediately. I talked to Craig, my new buddy, and he was so friendly and welcoming that I knew I had found the right place to continue what I love the most, TAP! Over the past year, I have explored many other genres of dance at the Center including ballet, contemporary, modern, a ballet workout class, a stretch and flex class and I LOVE their hip-hop. So I just go there for everything now! It has been the one thing that I find myself thinking about all day and anticipating for myself. Going to the Center allows me to clear my mind and doesn't allow me to think of anything else. I physically feel leaner, stronger and more graceful in every way. I feel supported and loved there and never judged; always encouraged. Thank you, Craig and Dario and all of the fabulous teachers at the Center for helping me find the fun and reward in dancing; for pushing me to always be my best and excepting me when I'm not! :)
My family has been going to The Center for Contemporary Dance for nine months. We take the following classes every week: Creative Movement on Thursdays and Hip-Hop on Saturdays. TCFCD has become a part of our family life and we enjoy so many positive benefits from our association with them. The primary benefit has come from the absolute genius of Dario Moore in his work with children. He is a gifted communicator and takes what could be simple dance class to a whole new level. My children have learned a great deal about themselves and their impact on others through interacting with Dario. My daughter takes the Creative Movement class on Thursdays, and is one of about 10 little girls ages 5-9 who have grown each week as Mr. Moore leads them through group sharing activities and individual discipline exercises, all while teaching them the language and techniques of dance. He corrects the children as needed and praises them when the deserve it. It does not seem like one hour a week is much, but after nine months, the cummulative impact this has had on my daughter's social awareness is enormous. My son and I take Hip-Hop class together on Saturdays with Miss Nicki. I am not very graceful, and at first, I hated going (because I can't dance). But, Nicki has made a completely comfortable environment where I have never felt judged or ridiculous. At the age of 37, I have learned how to better control my body through movement and my son has seen his mother enjoy exercise. I love going now, and the time with my son is priceless. I don't know of any other place where a mom and young son can dance Hip-Hop together and actually learn without feeling patronized. It is a wonderful atmosphere. Every time we walk through the door, we see Craig Johnson, the Center's Executive Director. Craig has always been incredibly patient as we worked through deciding which classes were right for us. He also acts as a great source of information, letting us know about area and Center events that may interest our family. We have attended several of these events and have never been disappointed. He makes it very easy to communicate with the Center whenever we have a question. When he is not out in the community on behalf of the Center, he is at the Center. The same can be said for Dario. I don't know when they sleep or how they sustain the passion they have for bringing the arts to Central Florida, but thank God they do. We have tried so many outlets for our children, only to be disappointed time and time again. With TCFCD, I am thrilled to see them become the best people they are capable of being. In short, TCFCD is welcoming and genuine. Not only has my family felt welcome, but I have seen each and every person who has walked through their door embraced and encouraged to express who they are in an environment that honestly cares about the arts. Craig and Dario's dedication to the community is visible in the numerous times they are working outside of the Center (Apopka, Osceola). Because of our involvement with the Center, my family has a found interest in the performing arts which will last through my children's adult lives.
For me, the Center has provided a warm, diverse, inclusive community where I and my family can explore and learn – about other cultures, about dance, about the creative process and about history. We regularly take their dance classes that have increased our confidence and our overall health and fitness levels. The dance program has enabled us to explore a variety of instructors – and all skill levels are welcomed and respected. We have enjoyed and treasured a range of outstanding dance performances, including performances by students and emerging artists, performances focused on an individual choreographer (e.g., Katherine Dunham), and performances celebrating stories (e.g., Makulu and Colors of Courage). The Center works tirelessly to reach out to young audiences, underrepresented populations and our public schools through their arts education programs.