My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for California Dance Institute, Santa Monica, CA, USA
I am a 4th grade teacher at a public school in Northeast Los Angeles. The California Dance Institute has been a key part of our school's arts curriculum for about 15 years. I've had the good fortune to work with CDI directly for the last 6 years.
First and foremost, CDI is an incredible performing arts program! It is also so much more. It builds character and self-esteem, develops creativity and imagination, and gives students exposure to multiple genres of music and dance. It is, also, a weekly, rigorous physical workout.
Throughout the instructional year, culminating in the spring with an immense stage production , all of the students who participate have the experience of putting together a professional quality theatrical production. It is a truly unique program.
Because the entire 4th grade has this experience every year, it has become a tradition that students (and their families) look forward to, and one they will all remember for the rest of their lives.