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Above photo: From the intensely dramatic to the light and funny, Peterson & Dancers encompasses it all. A venue for new talent and mixed abilities that is unique to this area. Always refreshing and inspirational. -Lisa Cantu, audience member


Karen Peterson's twentieth year foresight into the dance community and her inclusive vision at the Excello Dance Space are to be applauded. She is one of the few ground-breaking choreographers nationwide that has embraced "mixed-ability" dance and was recently mentioned in Dance Magazine for her ongoing research into integrated dance. Peterson has presented her work in Spain, Scotland, Italy and Brazil as a cultural ambassador for the State of Florida and has received choreography fellowships from Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and from the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.

Help us to continue this energy. Your 2010 tax deductible donation to the Excello 100 Club will produce events at Excello, commission new dance work and continue our community outreach to medical centers, schools and rehabilitation centers.

For your donation of $100 you will be listed in all Peterson publications programs. With a larger donation you will receive an invitation to post performance receptions.

Sincerely,

Board Members of Peterson and Dancers Inc.

Three Reasons to Donate to
Karen Peterson & Dancers

1. Response from Audience

“It was inspiring to see the fusion of music, dance and mixed ability performers, It was very powerful, and quite an intense experience to see individuals perceived in the general ‘eye’ as disabled create, express and surpass in ability, what many of us are not capable of doing.” ..................................................................Natasha Bravo, therapist, Children’s Creative Therapy

“Creative, refreshing, imaginative” …………………………..…………..Christine Pointer

“Breathtaking, astounding, awesome” …………………………..……………Anonymous

“From the intensely dramatic to the light and funny, Peterson & Dancers encompasses it all. A venue for new talent and mixed abilities that is unique to this area. Always refreshing and inspirational.” ……………………Lisa Cantu, audience member

“Terrific!!! Very well put together, lots of talent, Bravo!” …………..…….....Enrique Mesri

“One of the things I really enjoyed about the performance I saw was the diversity presented. I found it very interesting to watch such a variety of styles, from creative young girls to seasoned dancers. Each of the dances has a way of communication that was uniquely different from the others. It made me realize how personal dancers make their movements. It was a thoroughly enjoyable program!” …...….................Diane De Vries Ashley Managing Director / Partner Zenith Capital Partners

“Inspirational, moving, encouraging” …………………………..……………..Jill Brondolo

“Peterson's work has emotional intelligence and touches places in your heart that only a true artist can go” ……………………………….Mary C.Kane, New York City

2. Response from Parents

“Excellent program. Word needs to get out to the benefit of highly skilled, dance teachers providing the great benefits of movement, music and creativity to kids with special needs.”…………………………………………………….………....Libby Navarrete

“Gabi was extremely happy. She was working as part of a team. Her confidence has improved greatly.” ……………………………………….…Antoinette Bednarczyk

“Please continue to empower my son; your program is a class “A” service to children and young adults with disabilities. Danny has better coordination and the most beautiful outcome of his achievement in your program is that he now dances at all parties!! I was recently at a party with Danny and he asked every lady in our table
to dance with him. Thank you so much!” …………………………………Janet Belltaylor

“Your classes are a great opportunity for children without Medicaid, to take advantage of the quality of therapy dancing provides. The teachers are so professional.” Sandra Garcell

“I truly believe that the dance classes are helping Gabby to maximize her abilities. For example, it relaxes the muscles enabling her to move more smoothly while performing functional activities, including standing, walking, playing (skipping, hopping, running).” ……………………………………………Marguerite Alvarez, R.P.T.

“This is a wonderful program. Gabi has improved socially, emotionally, and physically.” …………………………………………………………Rose Marie Chang (nurse)

“Emilee’s muscle tone seemed to improve – she gained some weight and increased her stamina. I also noticed a change in her classmates. I was so amazed to see her autistic classmates interacting with teachers, students and even other parents!” …….Lori German

“All activities were rewarding for parents and children.” ……………..Maria C. Hoffman

3. Response from Miami-Dade Teachers

“I hope we could do it next year too.”……………Sara Ogliastri, Nautilus Middle School

“This program gave the students a new and wonderful way to express themselves while reinforcing functional skills.”………Natalie Sanz, North Miami Beach Senior

“The students loved her and the program.”…………………..Brownsville Middle School

“These students demonstrate improvement in motor skills as well as social skills. They learned to work cooperatively and enjoy themselves while engaged in the dance activities…….…………............................................................................Isabel Arias, Farah Arab, Vivian De Armas, Lourdes Duckardt Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior

“What a great experience this was. The students looked forward to participating.” ……………………………………………Gail Williams, Booker T. Washington Senior

“I think the impact of this dance will stay with the children for a very long time.” ………………………………………………..Francine Miller, Brownsville Middle School

“My students felt that they were part of something extraordinary. This program has boosted their self esteem and taught them valuable social skills.”………....Maria Bermudez Country Club Middle School

 

Send your check now to:
Karen Peterson and Dancers, 8700B SW 129th Terrace, Miami, FL 33176-5904
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board of directors 2012
Karen Peterson Corash –
President
Cynthia Henley –
Secretary 
Diane de Vries Ashley –
Managing Director / Partner
Sheryl DeGreff 
Abi Watts-Fitzgerald –
Esquire

educational advisory members
Beth Gordon
– Cultural Access Coordinator
Victoria Pace, PHD
Bessie Cardella 

 

“Karen Peterson and Dancers is funded in part by: “the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge, helping bring South Florida together through the arts” by The Children's Trust. The Trust a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners, by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts." Supported in part by: Coldwell Bankers, The Mildred Pallas Levenson Dance Foundation, Miami Salon Group.  Citizens Interested in the Arts, the Whitten Foundation, CEP APAP Travel Award and Power2Give

Please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Karen Peterson at karen@karenpetersondancers.org with any questions or concerns regarding performances or worksh

Excello Dance Space | 8700B SW 129th Terrace, Miami FL 33176 | 305-298-5879 | karen@karenpetersondancers.org