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Gretchen G.

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Review for Out on a Limb Dance Company & School, St Paul, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about Out on a Limb Dance Company from a former student of mine at the U of M. She had mentioned that she was a dancer, and I bemoaned the fact that I could not find a dance school that didn't overemphasize competition and/or the more egregious beauty pageant aspects of dance. My older daughter had been at two studios already and really just wanted to learn to dance, not simply learn ONE specific dance for a specific show and then spend hundreds of dollars on costumes and shoes for the occasion. Out on a Limb focuses on dance skills and dance performance as cooperation, not as competition. The instructors offer instruction to all the students wherever they are in their dance process, with whatever bodies they have for dancing (and stage acrobatics!) It is a healthy and nurturing environment for dancers. Both of my daughters dance there, both in weekly classes, as well as the more public ballet the school mounts every spring (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, March 1,2,3, 2012. Don't miss it!) I have been privileged enough to be able to offer my skills in costume design and production for a few shows, and it has been very rewarding for me as well as my children. This dance school is such an asset to our community!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the phenomenal progress in dance and acro that my children are enjoying, as well as the great friends they have made. I have been able to offer my time and talents in costume design and production and it is a life-affirming experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them an unlimited budget!

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

no changes necessary

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have made many friends, and I am learning to manage others' volunteer time and talents as effectively as I can.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

busy but gratified!

Role:  Volunteer & I teach courses at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.