Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio is an amazing place with a positive, non-competitive, atmosphere. I would know having taken 7 years of dance instruction, as well as theater workshops and voice lessons at this one-of-a-kind studio. The owner, Robin, is very competent in the performing arts and knows what she is talking about. She is also very supportive of her students' endeavors outside of Leaping Lizards and encourages them to hang up flyers for that shows they might be in on the studio bulletin board. I have noticed a negative comment concerning Miss Cecily on this review website. It is very true that Cecily has expectations of her students, but this does not mean she would purposely ruin a student's self esteem. She tries to encourage them by pushing them to aim for the stars. I'm going to be honest, I have had problems with her teaching style in the past. However, I talked to her about it in a civilized, calm fashion and haven't had a problem ever since. She is a perfectly reasonable person and an excellent dance teacher. I have noticed my own dance ability improve a lot since I've started taking her ballet class. The best part about Leaping Lizards is that everyone treats each other like family. All of the students and staff are very friendly towards one another. Leaping Lizards has friendly and talented teachers, nice facilities, and students that are accepting and welcoming, what more could you ask for?
Do not listen to these other comments about PDC I have been dancing there for 16years and have competed for 13 years, what I have seen is the kids that get "overlooked" don't work half as hard as the kids that are "favorites" when I was young I didn't get squat because all I did was joke around and no care but when I actually tried I got put into awesome things! And so what if you don't have a "dancers" body I can promise you I don't, they don't care as long as you put in the effort and dedication!!! And about reusing routines so what! Our old ones still bet your news ones, yeah, the director gets mad cuz obviously we didn't do our best and she pushes us because she knows we have more talent than what we showed on the stage!! This is the best studio around you just have to put fourth the effort and the dedication.
No matter what level you are at when you begin, by the end of one class you can learn a lot. I have been taking from leaping lizards for 7 years. I absolutely love all of my teachers, they each have a unique way of teaching but are all very kind and great at what they do. I currently take from Miss Cecily. Cecily is one of those teachers that you think about even after class. During the school day I look forward to going to her class. Cecily is very good at explaining everything multiple times, she creates a fun and care free learning environment. I've learned so much with Cecily over the past 3 years, she is not the easiest teacher, but that doesn't mean she isn't the nicest. She pushes me in the right direction, she works me hard, but at the end of the day when I'm laying on the couch and I look down at my 6 pack it's all worth it.