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TESTIMONIALS - The Case for Arts
Through innovative programs like Onstage and Dance at Cloudsplitter, we are proud to play a pro-active, dynamic part in the preparation of young minds for the world of adulthood and the demands of the workforce.  Imaginative learning is based in the arts, the natural medium for the cultivation of children’s ability to think perceptively, question, and analyse situations; and ultimately to imagine, to create, and to innovate. As parents and as teachers, we want to encourage students to be able to imagine a new and better world in which they can achieve their dreams.

What people are saying about Onstage
- Nice to see Rebecca Kelly Ballet continue to make a mark on the community
- Strong program that is great for the community
- A dance project that is very unique and fills a good niche

A very meaningful program to the community I'm proud that we at the Arts Council can support such a wonderful group that is so full of talent and brings such opportunity and great art/dance to so many young people's lives." Athena Roth, Arts Council of Northern Adirondacks

"I attended the Lake Placid Onstage camp in the summer before 6th Grade. It was my first true summer dance intensive. I had never been in such close proximity with professional dancers before, and it was both wonderful and frightening. I took my first real modern and hip hop classes, and ate lunch outside sitting on a gigantic rock with other Interns" (Onstage Intern from Plattsburgh)

"I can remember that first year when I did Kids Co-Motion and I was so upset that I did not get to dance more than once! I am so happy that you all come here in the summer to teach dance."

Having a dance camp in the summer is great. 1) because I can stay in practice for the fall, and 2) because in Onstage, I can dance with a larger group of people. I really like to be challenged in dance. I like to put on performances to make people happy. I love to work on choreographies.

It is great to wake up in the morning and know that I will get up, eat breakfast, and dance! Onstage Student, (Lake Placid)

What people are saying about

From personal experience I can heartily recommend Rebecca and Craig’s Swing Dance Class at Tahawus in the Forks. It’s really fun and not nearly as humiliating or embarrassing as I feared it might be. Just the opposite in fact.  And, an added bonus is being able to watch Rebecca and Craig dance together. It’s like being at a private performance given by two exceptional artists.
Rob Farkas,  Jay News, 7-26-13

We really, really enjoyed swing dance! We would definitely be back for the August session if we were not back to work already in south Florida.  Looking forward to more lessons next summer, could we start in June? We wish you much luck, the evening classes are bound to be a hit with locals who work days.  Have fun!  Shawn & Gilles, July 2013

I am a member of the Hawkeye Conservationists and resident of Silver Lake – we met you and Craig briefly last year when you gave us an impromptu tour of your Tahawus Center. I am so excited to see these classes being offered! I will RSVP if it works into our family vacation week of Aug 12 – perhaps even just as a “drop in” visit one of the nights. Our neighbor’s son attended a science camp at your location last week – it is so incredible for you to offer these wonderful enrichment opportunities to people in the area, old and young. What fun!!!  Anyway, thanks for coming out and speaking with the Hawkeye Conservationist group last Saturday. Sorry I could not be there.  I know this must be a very busy time of year for you. Missy Elfers,  (Silver Lake/ Oakland, NJ) July 2013

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