Dance Avenue is my second home. The two women who run it are the kindest, most respectful women out there. The recital is so organized (it can be a little hectic back stage but let's face it, every recital/show/competition is hectic backstage). The backstage moms are there to help between every quick change. Coming from someone who had at LEAST 2 dances between my numbers, the backstage moms kept me on track and ready to go! :) When my little sister went on stage for hip hop and they called the number again, I was really wondering why they would perform a number twice.. When my sister came off stage, she informed me that one student wasn't on stage in time for the dance.. So instead of telling the kid to suck it up or something like that, they kept it professional, and informed the audience that they would see the dance a second time! The student got their chance on stage, the chance they were waiting for since September. I thought that was so kind of the owners to do. Also, at the end of every recital, they award thousands of dollars in scholarships. It really helps, especially in today's tough times. I received a $450 scholarship last year and it is REALLY going to help with next year's costs. Also, they do a GREAT job with teaching the little ones. I assistant taught with two other girls, and we also had an instructor teaching. On average, I believe there are 15-17 students per class, with 2-3 instructors and a teacher. That's actually very good! They have viewing weeks throughout the year, and when practicing the recital routine, parents are usually invited to watch their children. Personally, I believe that seeing the students a few times a year shows greater improvement.. But that's just me. :) The studio's parking lot is a little snug, but look at how much the studio has grown! I don't think the owners thought their studio was going to become this large! Overall, this place is my second home. I wouldn't want to dance anywhere else.. I love the teachers, owners, and other students as much as my own family. I consider everyone here my second family and I wouldn't trade the feeling I have for the world.
My kids have been dancing at Dance avenue since the day they opened. I wouldnt send them anywhere else. Not because there are no other studios, but because I believe in the integrity of the owners. They're not just here to make money, contrary to some other reviews. They really care about the kids, and since the day they opened the doors, they have been working towards building a better studio FOR the KIDS. Its not just showing up at 5 in the afternoon and working for a few hours, then back home to sleep till 4 the next day and do it again. I have witnessed firsthand the amount of time and energy it takes to get the dances from the beginning steps in september to the final steps on stage in june. I've also seen how crazy it can get in and out of the studio. Yes, its kind of small. Thats because the owners do such a great job that the studio has just kept on growing over the last few years. Yes, there is limited parking in the lot, so alot of parents park on the sidestreets and walk over. I prefer to park across Eureka in the GIANT PARKING LOT that is never full. As for the recital, I've seen others that are shorter, im sure there are others that are cheaper, but again, you get what you pay for. I was there in the audience when they brought the same dance back out again for a second performance. The kid missed the cue and wasnt on stage when they should have been. Other studios might have just said 'oh well, sucks to be you...' but not dance ave. They stopped the entire show, got that kid where they needed to be, and said 'now get out there and dance&quot; Not out of selfishness, but because that kids parents payed to be in that audience too, and how crappy would it be to spend ten months and hundreds of dollars and you never get to see your kid on stage. I saw the same song again and i clapped louder the second time. I never even thought of being so selfish that i would complain about giving that kid another three minutes of my life. So if you need a decent studio that cares about your kids, check out dance avenue. Im not even getting paid to write this.
My kids have danced at Dance Avenue for a few years now. From the quality of dance instruction to the care and attention given to students, I could not ask for a more perfect studio for our family. The instructors are talented, highly-skilled, trained professionals who handle the students at just the right pace, level of study, and compassion. My kids absolutely love each and every one of the teachers, and I can honestly say they love them back. The curriculum and approach of Dance Avenue focuses on the enjoyment of dancing for the students. They understand that the kids must have fun in order to develop their love of dance and continue with it as a lifelong activity or career. This isn't to say they are easy on them either. The balance of fun combined with the structured discipline of dance itself at the Dance Avenue studio is the perfect formula for helping the kids to grow and mature not just on the dance floor, but also in life as well. Every student is treated with respect and love equally as a member of the Dance Avenue family. We are not competition team members, yet we feel just as important to the owners and instructors as anybody else in the building. Because of this open feel, both my wife and I volunteer to help with the recitals. And it is a real pleasure to be part of such a spectacular event. The kids work so hard all year round with their instructors to put on an amazing performance for the audience, and rise to the occasion every year. It makes me happy seeing the kids beam with pride after performing for their families in such a professional, well-choreographed event. That pride comes directly from the camaraderie, teamwork, and care that is generated at Dance Avenue throughout the school year. I highly recommend Dance Avenue to anyone interested in dance instruction for his/her child, from beginning introduction to advanced training and any level in between.