If you are reading reviews for potential dance studios first decide what it is you are looking for in a studio. No matter how many reviews you read understand that ALL studios will have pros and cons. TDC really does provide ALL students no matter the level a chance to perform. They have some really special people as part of their office staff who promote a positive environment. TDC will expose your child to conventions, competitions, local performances, and multiple studio bonding activities. Other than the younger classes or specialty classes there are little to no recreation classes to dance for fun, therefore if you choose TDC most likely your child will be exposed to competition and it is a great place to get your feet wet. If your child really desires to be part of a really competitive dance studio and is an advance level dancer or would like to be this studio may not be the best fit. This is a smaller studio which routines primarily compete in beginner and intermediate levels of competition. While nothing is wrong with competing in these levels as they are for students who are NEW to the dance world who take few hours a week in dance. The amount of time and money you are going to spend to compete at this level at TDC may become questionable over time if true competition is your first priority. Most of the choreography is done by one person (the owner) therefore multiple routines have the same moves that are recycled quite frequently. Another con is that the teaching staff has a very high turnover therefore the chance to build student teacher relationships that truly promotes growth over time is minimal. Additionally other than one staff member who works there part time, the teaching staff nice as they are, have little dance education credentials. Dance bios are essentially résumés so read them and decide if you are OK with paying an instructor to teach your child and being responsible for your child’s dance education. While previously traveling and performing with professional dance companies and/ or a degree in dance education does not automatically make you a good instructor, it may assist with bringing something a little extra to a very expensive time consuming extracurricular activity. Overall the studio has great potential, good parents, good kids and good intentions. The studio is a great way to be a part of an extended family and offers many opportunities to see your child on the dance stage, however if exposing your dancer to a truly dance technique focused dance education by multiple qualified experienced staff with innovative choreography in ALL genres of dance this studio may fall short of your expectations.
My daughter has been dancing at The Dance Company for the last four years. The amount of growth I’ve seen in her during that time has been beyond remarkable and it’s truly due to the dedication of the teachers and staff at TDC. My daughter was given a chance to “shine” that she may not have received at other studios and as a result has developed a passion/love and ability for dance that even has me in awe. Ms. Charyl (the owner) has a special skill for identifying the unique strengths in each of her students and bringing them out so that each child gets the chance to push themselves beyond even what they think is possible . Under her direction not only has my daughter become a skilled dancer but I’ve seen her develop a self confidence and dedication that carries over into other areas of her life as well. The staff at TDC also treats the kids as their family – it’s one of the few places that I can drop my child off and know that she will be watched after and protected as if I was there. From Grams (Ms. Charyl’s mom), to the front office staff to the dance instructors to the students – my daughter truly does feel like she has an extended family. Ms. Charyl even arranges outing for the kids to get together and bond outside of the studio. As a result, my daughter has friendships with other dancers she has bonded with that I know will last a lifetime. Ms. Charyl also requires the kids to show the same commitment to academics as well. Kids can’t participate in the competition teams unless they are maintaining their grades in school and she even has them bring in their report cards!!! All in all – I couldn’t ask for a better dance studio to send my daughter to (as evidenced by this book of a review – smile).
My daughter has danced at Miller Street for seven years. She started out at the Providence studio in Charlotte taking regular classes, but eventually wanted to dance competitively. She joined the Competition Team at the Baxter Village location in Ft. Mill, S.C. three years ago and absolutely loves it. Miller Street is so much more than a dance studio - it is a safe and nurturing place where our daughter has learned many valuable life lessons: acts of service, a love for her community and those in need, the importance of honesty, integrity, hard work, perseverance, teamwork, respect, personal responsibility, patience, and having a positive attitude. While our daughter has learned to dance from some of the best instructors in the business, she has also made friends and grown to love being a part of the competition team. Miller Street Dance Academy has become her home away from home. The teachers and staff are highly professional, and the studio is well-maintained. In the words of my husband, the studio is managed like a well-oiled machine. Students and parents are expected to behave kindly toward one another - gossip simply is not tolerated. This expectation creates a wonderful, inviting environment where dancers and their families truly feel welcome and part of a team. Our Competition Team has received various awards, but one of the proudest moments for me as a parent, was the award the team received for good sportsmanship this year at Nationals! My daughter loves being a part of this amazing dance studio, and as a Mom, I am so thankful that I can entrust her to such amazing and talented dance professionals! I highly recommend Miller Street Dance Academy and just can't say enough great things about them!