Dear prospective Art of Dance customer, My Daughter and I, absolutely love the Art of Dance Academy and its entire staff. My daughter has been in Miss Mary's class for a little over a year now and loves her to bits. Miss Mary is patient and provides excellent feedback and instruction to the chldren . The receptionists are equally as wonderful and communicate well with parents. Miss Monique Vermont is passionate about dance which is evident as it has spread like a contagion to her wonderful Dance instructors. The communication is optimal with verbal reminders, emails and monthly newsletters to keep you infrormed of everything you need to know. They also have a wonderful observation window so you can watch your child's progress. They even cheer and applaud the children when they are dismissed from class...what positive reinforcement!:) I was impressed with the venue and set up of the Nutcraker 2011 recital. My child was taken care of and put at ease before she went on stage (for the first time). I had tried another dance academy before and was extremely unsatisfied to say the least. I signed my daughter up for a summer session at Golden Slippers off Lynnahaven road. It was her first time in dance (she was 4) and she was a little nervous. The front desk staff never greeted you and even talked about other parents in a negative and loud manner. There was no oberservation window so I could not watch the level of instruction or my daughter's progress. And her dance intructor (who's name i can't even remember, that how terrible she was) would not talk to any of the parents, she would give the students little sheets of paper with notices to give to the parents... rude! Golden Slippers is slightly cheaper but you get what you pay for; a rude staff, no communication, no observation window and a front desk staff that will talk about you in front of other parents...the least professional environment I have ever been in. I left the Golden Slippers and found the Art of Dance Academy on the web. I read great reviews and called them up. Miss Monique was extremely personable, professional and made an appointment promptly. She took us on a tour of the Academy and won over my daughter right away. The point of this lengthy review...The Art of Dance Academy is AMAZING. I can't imagine my daughter going anywhere else. And Mee305, you might want to have someone edit your future reviews if you want anyone to take your reviews seriously...because I do not. Sincerely, A happy parent and supporter of the Art of Dance Academy
Art of Dance Academy is fabulous! When we moved here a year ago from the west coast my daughter was 2. We didn't know anyone in the area and I wanted to enroll her in dance classes. After doing my research I found out that Art of Dance is the BEST in Hampton Roads. After a year of taking classes (we started in Tiny Tots, Pre-Discovery then DiscoveryI and her first performance this Spring as well as Princess camp in July) I can say that signing my daughter up with this studio is the best thing I did all year. Ms Monique and Ms Mary helped with the transition of the move by being so very nurturing and kind to my daughter while providing her with a structured and professional dance curriculum and instruction. My daughter thinks of them as family and wishes she could go to dance class every day of the week. I even catch her playing in her room with her dolls pretending she is Ms Mary and teaching them ballet. As a parent it warms my heart watching Ms Mary and Ms Monique be positive role models in my daugher's life. Teaching her not only ballet but good self conifidence. My daughter loves the smiles and hugs they welcome her with each class just as much as the structured curriculum. She loves making artowork for them and talks about them at home very often. Ms Mary is very special to my daughter and I love watching the nurturing and positive interaction they have during class. I love the dance studio because it is a structured and positive environment. As a past elementary school teacher the structure is very important to me. Ms Monique is always willing to help with any questions and is readily available to assist in anything a parent or student needs. Most recently my daughter attended the Princess Dance/Music/Art summer camp. It was even more wonderful than I anticipated. Each day she came home with several fun crafts to match the theme of the day, learned to play a different instrument and practiced a dance for the most adorable dance recital at the end of the week. She keeps asking if she can go back to Princess Camp and is bummed she has to wait till next summer for the next one. The SPring recital was not only adorable but very professional. I was very impressed with all the different performances, costumes, teachers, and the venue. We look forward to more performances to come. If I could I would rate 10 stars!!! Art of Dance Academy is not just a very professional dance studio but their teachers are helping my daughter come out of her shell and have positive self esteem, confidence and discipline. The positive character traits they are instilling in my daughter through the arts will not only last while we are stationed here but stay with her through all her journeys in life!
My daughter started at this academy when she was 2 years old, and is now 5 years old. She was an extremely shy little girl, and has BLOSSOMED beatifully!!! She has performed in 3 Nutcracker performances, and 2 spring recitals, AND has had 2 solos. She yells YAY!!! everytime we tell her she has dance that day (she now goes twice a week). She enjoys showing us what she learned that day, and dances everywhere she goes now, rather than walking. She absolutely LOVES Miss Monique and Miss Mary. And I'm wondering if maybe somebody in one of these other reviews is actually talking about the correct studio, because I have NEVER heard Miss Mary raise her voice, and she has been with my daughter's class since Miss Mary started with this studio. I did notice when she asks, NICELY and QUIETLY, for the girls to settle down, they immediately do as she asks....there is obvious MUTUAL respect there. I am AMAZED at the organization of the pictures, dress rehearsals, and recitals at this studio. Everything always goes so SMOOTHLY. The attention to detail to the costumes, hair, and makeup, does not go unnoticed at picture and recital time. I, myself, have been at OTHER dance studios during pictures and recitals times, and have witnessed the chaos, and have felt for the parents who have to spend HOURS waiting in line for solo pictures, just to be pulled out for the group picture, then go back in line and wait again for the solo pictures again. And the recitals........ let's just say I LOVE the way Miss Monique does her recitals, the children don't have to spend ALL day at the theater and be exhausted by the time for their performance. Miss Monique has been nothing but respectful and loving to my daughter and family. Any concerns I have had, she always addresses immediately, and she bends over backwards to work with my family. Yes, this studio is slightly more expensive then the other dance studios in the area, but honestly, after seeing the other schools' dance recitals, you get what you pay for. If you want a REAL, QUALITY, dance education, you should bring your child to Art of Dance Academy. If you are just looking for a &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;rec center&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;, extracurricular activity for your child, than this isn't the studio for your child.