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Review for California Dance Institute, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Both of my sons - two very different personalities - took dance classes with CDI - starting in 4th grade at their school, Eagle Rock Elementary, and continuing with after school instruction with the advanced CEL and SWAT troupes through 5th and 7th grades respectively. As a volunteer chaperone at the culminating public performance at the end of the school year, I saw have a broad range of students delighted in having mastered difficult group dance routines. Students who tended toward the more sedentary academic end of the spectrum (my younger son) or the socially outgoing athletic side (my older son) joined in mastering the discipline required to successfully participate in a professional level dance performance. They reveled in the accomplishment. They revised their personal conception of what they thought they were capable of achieving. And all of this success was not accidental, It was patiently brought about by the high expectations and the consistently high level professional dance instruction of all the CDI staffers - respectful and never condescending.

Role:  Volunteer