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Language of Dance Center, Inc

Deepen Your Dance

aka LODC   |   Stevens Point, WI   |  www.lodcusa.org
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Language of Dance Center, Inc

EIN: 06-1489819


Mission

Our Mission, at the Language of Dance Center, is to empower educators, artists, researchers, and other professionals in their study and use of Motif Notation. We make dance experiences available to people of all ages, genders, cultural background, and abilities through the use of the inclusive Language of Dance Approach.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Susan Gingrasso

Main address

4308 Heffron Street

Stevens Point, WI 54481 USA

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EIN

06-1489819

Subject area info

Arts services

Performing arts

Education

Dance

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Academics

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Language of Dance Foundations Part 1 and Part 2

Each of these professional development courses for dance artists and dance/arts educators introduces the Movement Alphabet ©1983 and motif notation, as applied to educational, creative or community settings, or as a tool to facilitate understanding with clients. By the end of the course, you present an application of how you will integrate these literacy tools into your practice. Each part can be taken as a discrete entity. Participants are awarded certificates on the successful completion of each Foundations course.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers
Academics

Developed for remote learning, these courses have both asynchronous and synchronous direct instruction, homework, mentoring, and final project preparation/group work. Each of these professional development courses for dance artists and dance/arts educators introduces the Movement Alphabet ©1983 and motif notation, as applied to educational, creative or community settings, or as a tool to facilitate understanding with clients. By the end of the course, you present an application of how you will integrate these literacy tools into your practice. Each part can be taken as a discrete entity. Participants are awarded certificates on the successful completion of each Foundations course.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers
Academics

Comprehensive education in the Language of Dance Approach offered through 3 stages of certification. These courses sequentially and substantively explore the full scope and depth of the Language of Dance framework as presented in Your Move. Each stage of certification progresses in depth of theory and application to creatively cultivate and pedagogically integrate dance literacy into the teaching and learning of dance.
Module A: REVIEW and EXTENSION into new specifics in concept families, Body Key and Standard Key, Beginning level readings. Start project.
Module B: (Online course module) DEEPENING and Learning Specifics: Numerous intermediate LOD concepts and Intermediate level readings. Continue developing project.
Module C: (Advanced material and final projects) Numerous advanced LOD concepts, as well as Constant Cross Key and Stance Key, Intro to Labanotation, Advanced level readings. Sharing of final project.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Academics

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Language of Dance Center, Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Language of Dance Center, Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Susan Gingrasso

Susan Gingrasso, MA, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Language of Dance® Certification Specialist and Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Theatre & Dance Department where she brought the dance program to state and national prominence through her vision and leadership. She used LOD and LMA to teach technique, history, movement theory and analysis, composition and pedagogy. Gingrasso has taught LOD courses since 2004 after she completed her Stage 3: LOD Applications course. As Executive Director for the Language of Dance Center, Susan helps administer the organization, secure locations for Foundations courses, design and teach course curricula, and expand ways to invite dance educators into the amazing world of Dance Literacy through the LOD Movement Alphabet and Motif notation. She submits quarterly articles for the Wisconsin Dance Council and the California Dance Education Association about using LOD in practice.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/11/2024
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Board co-chair

Shana Habel

LAUSD

Term: 2022 - 2025


Board co-chair

Allegra Romita

New York University

Term: 2022 - 2025

ANN GUEST

Corazon Tierra

Cory-Jeanne Houck-Cox

Nicolas Leichter

Leah Bass-Baylis

Rick Southerland

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/11/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.