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Review for Dance Innovations Performance Foundation Inc, Chatham, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My affiliation with Dance Innovations Performance Foundation (DIPF) began as a foundation dancer and now includes my participation on the DIPF Board. A major mission of the Foundation is dance (and the arts) community outreach. “Dancing thru the Ages” is an educational, interactive assembly which teaches students the evolution of dance in America and relates it to historical events and timelines that are being taught in school. Children are very receptive to the performances and enjoy the interactive nature of the presentations. In addition DIPF awards performing and visual arts scholarships to students who, because of special needs or special circumstances, would not be able to attend the program(s) of their choice. These scholarships have included instruction in dance, instrumental music, voice, acting, and visual arts, as well as provide supplemental funding such as dancewear/shoes, books, and/or college tuition. Perhaps the most rewarding event of the year is the scholarship awards banquet during which a number of the scholarship recipients perform and receive their awards. It is gratifying to see the sense of pride and accomplishment these students exhibit, feelings they most likely do not have the opportunity to experience frequently in their daily lives. DIPF outreach has evolved to include sponsorship tickets to handicapped students and a family member to attend DIPF sponsored performances such as “The Nutcracker.” Although these students cannot show their joy and appreciation in a traditional sense, it is easy to witness the excitement which spreads throughout their bodies. It is evident how profoundly dance can reach the human soul. It is a privilege to be a member of the DIPF Board and a foundation dancer. My experience has far exceeded my expectations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

experiencing how the foundation efforts have impacted children with physical and/or emotional disabilities.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

enrich the lives of all children and their families who struggle with disabilities and those who are experiencing difficult circumstances in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & In addition to being a Foundation dancer, I assist planning in Foundation efforts such as benefit performances and review and approval of art scholarship applications.