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.