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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with many arts providers In the public school system. Many are well intentioned and have excellent staff, but many are either unable to serve a high volume of children or are unable to get the children truly participating on a level that makes funding the programs worthwhile.

CDI is an extraordinary program because it wastes no time getting children fully involved. It serves high volumes of kids and gets them all on their feet and feeling that they have abilities they didn’t know they possessed. Kids develop dance proficiency as well as personal confidence in their bodies and their artistic gifts. The students become excited participants in dance and both boys and girls learn to enthusiastically express themselves and create meaningful dance pieces by using their minds, hearts and bodies.

As a school we continue to support this program year after year because the results are mind-blowing. Kids adore the program and eagerly await dance days. The level of commitment and proficiency they demonstrate when the final pieces are performed is awe inspiring. Furthermore, the program always create pieces with positive and educational messaging so that the kids are realizing dance can be a medium to create not only beautiful pictures but also to express meaning and intention. Pieces, in the past, have explored historical figures, social movements, animal life and science through dance. The staff wisely incorporates a variety of classical, popular, and modern music and accessible choreography to shape pieces that teach and reach every student. It’s a program that lives up to and then always far surpasses its promises and our schools expectations.

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