Bender Performing Arts (BPA) is an incredible dance studio. As the mother of 3 dancers, I appreciate the positive family atmosphere created by the owners, Kevin and Meri Bender, and all the amazing teachers. The fees are straight forward and completely transparent. All information regarding the fees and the recital are provided at the beginning of the year. There are no surprise fees and you will never wonder what you are paying for. The office staff is extremely helpful and is always there to answer all questions with a smile. Recital week is run with complete professionalism. Each dance runs seamlessly into the next. The recital is always held at a Paradise Valley School District High School. There are no bad seats in the auditorium and tickets are extremely reasonably priced. There is even the opportunity to see the recital for free with general seating at the dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is run identical to the two other performances, with complete professionalism. The recitals are very organized and have a consistent length of 2 1/2 hours, beginning and ending on time. As a Phoenix native, I began dancing at this studio in 1977. There was no doubt in my mind as to where I would send my 3 daughters to receive a high quality dance education in a caring, family atmosphere.
I found this school when I had to make a u-turn in their parking lot ...I was lost! I danced growing up ..so , I had to go in....my daughter was three at the time.... brought back lots of memories. I even met someone I danced with growing up on the east coast. My daughter is 10 now has worked hard to make the dance company... she loves it! It's not about the competition...it's about having fun...the girls will tell you that. It's about having fun , having experiences you won't have anywhere else & it's about giving back ....they will help teach your children that. The staff is amazing and always upbeat ...oh, did I mention that you learn to dance there too!
My daughter has been taking classes here for a year (she took classes for 4years at another facility) and it has been such a positive and great experience! The front desk staff has been very helpful and professional every time I have asked questions. They stop what they are doing and help with a smile every time! they are also very organized! The teaching staff is professional and my daughter has learned more this year at Bender than she did in 4 years in the other studio! I recommend this studio to anyone!