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My daughter is going on her 5t...

My daughter is going on her 5th year with Elite,she adores Miss Pati. The recitals are wonderful so well organized, the costumes are always amazing. The ignorance of some parents Miss Pati and Mrs. Lara have a professional studio to run not a daycare. They are not there to discipline BRATY,MISBEHAVED KIDS. The class is one hour long they are having fun learning dance skills if your child needs to interact with other kids, individual attention and proper discipline what you're looking for is a daycare not a professional dance studio. Videotaping and pictures are allowed at dress rehearsal which works out great because I get to enjoy the performance in the evening. My daughter is only seven yet I get so many complements on her dance skills. THANK YOU MISS. PATI !!!!!!!!!!!



I have been dancing at Elite f...

I have been dancing at Elite for 10 years and have nothing but positives to say about this studio, Ms. Pati, Mrs. Lara. Many of these negative reviews who may say they have not seen professionalism and they have been treated negatively are mostly first year or second year parents. Take an opinion from the parents who have been there the longest because they will know the true story and how Ms. Pati does her best to get to know each student personally. If a parent is unhappy with how they are treated why should the child suffer from it. All of the girls and boys i have spoken to absolutely love to come to class and look forward to it every week. An hour long class every week is enough for a young child because they also have to practice at home. It is the parents fault if they get put in the back because they don't cooperate with their child to practice. I have never heard a girl in any classes complain that the classes were too packed. Ms. Pati limits the number of students per class and if your son/ daughter was lucky to be selected to stay in that class you should be grateful. As to the recital, if you cannot spend a Saturday night to watch some very talented boys and girls and to encourage them to do what they love then dance recitals are not the place for you and you should not have gone. If people decide to leave then that shows the type of etiquette and respect they have for the girls and boys of the academy. One of the main reasons as to not let parents videotape and take photos would be very clear if you were in the shoes of one of the dancers. Having flashes and people at the foot of the stage with a camera distracts the dancers and would overall not help with the quality of the show. As for customers looking for academies to send their children to, look at the reviews of the parents and dancers who have been with the academy for the longest time because they have the true story of how Ms. Pati, Mrs. Lara, and the studio are run.



Great job!!!!

My daughters love to dance and have been at Elite for more than 5 yrs. And we have nothing but wonderful things to say about the academy. My daughters have gained so much confidence and enjoy going to their classes. Their instructor Ms. Paty is very professional but at the same time is very loving. She is a great role model for them. The recitals are amazing with gorgeous costumes and wonderful music. Keep up the good work! Thanks for everything Ms. Paty and Mrs. Lara!



My daughter is going on her fo...

My daughter is going on her fourth year with Elite and Miss Patti, she started at 3 yrs. old. From day one my daughter has been very comfortable learning and having Miss Patti as a dance teacher. My daughter's self-confidence has risen threw the roof, and most importantly she has fun in Miss Patti's class and (that's all that matter to me). Miss Patti is very patient and takes the time to learn every students name. The recital's are the best and we look foward to them every year! I look foward to seeing my daughter celebrate 10 yrs. with Elite and Miss Patti!!!








This is my daughters 1st year here and I am very pleased. I have been to other studios and they were very unprofessional, yes there are some strict rules, but its all for the children. I have seen a positive change in my girls, and owe it to Ms. Patti. Awesome recital as well!



5 years and going

My daughter has been dancing with Miss Pati since she was 3 and she loves Miss Pati for everything she has taught her these past 5 years. We have been very happy with Elite and have plans of staying with Elite as long as we can!! Miss Pati is an excellent instructor and role model for the children. Thank you Miss Pati for teaching my daughter the art of dance!

Kristie A.


We've been with elite for the ...

We've been with elite for the last 10 years and every year it gets better. I read the previous reviews and have seen so many stage moms over the years wanting their 5 year olds to be the star of the show! Yes the classes are packed because it is an incredible and fun dance studio for the dancers and the art. The kids have a blast and the end of the year recital has so many classes to perform it has grown to 3 hours. What kind of parent makes plans on the night of their childs recital? If you want to enroll your child please talk to other parents that have their kids enrolled and dont believe the negative reviews on this page. Dance is an art, that involves dedication to the art and if you are a dancer you must practice to perfect your skills not just depend on just the classes. Miss Lara has always been professional and is dedicated to the students. It must be difficult to deal with 50+ sets of parents asking why their kids are not in the front when they did not make sure their kids practiced at home or even get their child to dance class half the year. All I see is a bunch of happy children having fun and learning the art of dance. The recitals are packed with proud family members and the dancers smiling on stage having a great time. You see how proud these talented children are when they come out after the show beaming with excitement after all the hard work they put in over the year. I truely feel sorry for some of those kids with the stage moms putting them down and rushing them out of the once a year recital because they have plans. I am a working mom and I manage to get my child to class all year and the day of the recital I dedicate that time to my child.



I have been dancing for 9 year...

I have been dancing for 9 years at Elite Academy of Dance and I will be joining again next year. Miss. Patti has always treated us with respect, she has been there for us, and helped us with problems, she's like our second mother. She is the one that makes me want to become a dance teacher. Miss. Patti is a great dance teacher and we learn new techniques each time we go to class. Yes we do practice the dances we do for the recital a lot, but practice makes perfect. My family and friends really loved the show and they have been going since I started dance and they said it is always better after year after year. I wouldn't ask for another dance teacher and I will NEVER leave Elite Academy of dance in heart!!!! I love Miss. Patti!!!



5 years and going strong

My children have been dancing at Elite for 5 and 4 years now. They are very happy there and enjoy going to class. They have a good time while learning how to dance. They always have positive and funny stories about class. I plan to enroll them again this coming July.



I cannot BELIEVE someone would...

I cannot BELIEVE someone would call Miss Pati or Mrs. Lara rude! Throughout several years, we have always received nothing but EXCELLENCE: in treatment towards family members, dedication to the students, teaching techniques and wonderful Recitals. We did not have a good experience with my granddaughter's first dance teacher elsewhere, and were fortunate to have found Elite. The name says it all. I guess regarding those that criticize and leave, there's only one comment: good riddance.



I had the worst experience her...

I had the worst experience here!! I thought it seemed like a great place, but changed my opinion after a couple of months. One of the reasons I enrolled my child here was because I believed it was a great way for children to learn discipline while having fun. Unfortunately, after observing Ms. Pati and Ms. Lara for several months and being treated rudely on more than one occasion, I came to the conclusion that they have lost their professionalism and have resorted to treating parents and students like a number. I didn't see warm and caring individuals in these two ladies...just a rude, no nonsense, my way or the highway kind of attitude. There were several incidents that made me come to the decision to take my child out and enroll her elsewhere. If you do decide to enroll your child here, I caution you to take a little closer look and listen to how they act with people. There were several occasions when they were VERY rude to both parents and children. Please consider the kind of people you let influence your children....they may grow up to be just like them!



My girls luv to dance

My oldest daughter has been with Elite for 3 yrs. My youngest one for 2 yrs. They luv going and participating in all events. want to thank you Ms. Pati for taking the time to teach my children responsibilities and how to shake it !!!! they luv your class and I am proud to be a part of their journey there. Keep up the awesome job you do for these kids and do what you do best. :) Again Thanks a bunch for all you do <3



Amazing Dance Studio

My daughter has been with Elite Academy of Dance for 3 years now. I must say I have nothing but praise for this establishment and the director. Ms. Lara is an excellent and talented instructor. She is great with children. She teaches with the perfect balance of discipline and technical merit while still enabling the children to have fun and enjoy their classes. She teaches with the utmost professionalism. Her recitals receive rave reviews. I have seen my daughter blossom under her instruction. She has broken out of her shell, has better coordination, and is able to interact more comfortably with her peers. Not only do children learn to dance but they learn essential social skills. Elite Academy of Dance fosters children to learn that hard work and dedication are essential in life. I have scoped other dance studios around El Paso and I would not take my daughter anywhere else.

-Stephanie Baldonado

Proud Elite Academy of Dance Parent

Can't complain

My daughter has been at this studio for 8 years and she will be starting her 9th this july. It has been the best investment for our daughter because it has taught her to be disciplined in anything that she has done. Ms. Pati Lara has been in her life for almost 9 years now and she is the best instructor my daughter has ever had. The way that she teaches her students is with so much discipline and grace at the same time. I could have not asked for a better instructor for her. She is not only a teacher but a dear friend of my daughters and ours as well. She is very experienced as an instructor as she has been dancing since the age of 3 herself. What more can you ask for she is a living testament to what a well trained dance instructor should be. My daughter would not change her for anyone she loves her dance teacher. I think she will be in her life forever. I always recommend her to parents that want to put their children in dance. My daughter has gone outside of the studio and danced for the Moscow Ballet and it was not becuase of what that instructor showed her it was because of what Ms. Pati has showed her throughout the years. My daughter has accomplished many things in her life and I attribute everything to the discipline she has learned from her dance instructor and the studio. You will never find a more loving, loyal, disciplined and skilled dance instructor for your children or a better studio for that matter. Thank you for all the years Ms. Pati and for all the years to come.



Elite Dancing and lovin' it

I, myself, am an Elite Dancer. I joined 5 years ago and boy was I thrilled. I had stopped dancing in 2nd grade and then rejoined when I was in 3rd. Ms. Pati brings joy to every class as she is a great dancer, instructor, and teacher. She laughs, not at us, but with us. She makes us work very hard, but for our own good. She does everyhting for us, not for her advantage. She makes us laugh and picks great songs. She doesn't discriminate against anyone because of anything. Ms. Pati plays along with our games, such as the new "sign language" we made up. She gives us time to play our 'games' but makes sure we do our best. She will go to any level to make us happy and please the parents. She is an amazing dance teacher, and i wouldn't ask for anything better. I have enjoyed every minute of going to dance and never regret joining. I wouldn't switch to any other dance academy because Elite is the best anyone in El Paso, or anywhere, can ever ask for. I wouldn't leave Elite even if the world depended on it. I couldnt't ask for anything more. Ms. Pati has great prices, great education, and great students. She goes through anything to make us happy. She is the most wonderful dance teacher ever as she is kind, smart, sweet, funny, and she cares more about the students than herself. Ms. Pati accepts each and every kid into her arms like they are her own children. She wouldn't get rid of any of us if she had the chance. She makes each and every day worth while. We make friends at Elite to as Ms. Pati amkes sure everyone treats each other well and watches out for each other. Thanks to Elite, I am able to dance better than I ever could. I am also able to do things that I never thought I could. Ms. Pati also makes sure each students recieves the amount of confidence they need. She makes sure no one rises above the rest. If you are looking for a professional dance studio in El Paso, i would recommend Elite to anyone looking for fun, hard work, nice teacher, etc. I would reccommend Elite to any and everyone looking for the best dance teacher and studio ever!



Not only fun but exceeded my expectations in dance training and level of skill

My daughter has been attending Elite Academy of Dance for 3 years now. I cannot begin to describe the wonderful dance skills she has learned and seeing her develop in an art she truly enjoys is great. Not only is she having fun dancing but she is learning at an age appropriate level. I danced for 12 years, choreographed for 8 and taught dance to children of all ages. In searching for a dance teacher for my daughter I truly had a hard time finding someone who was skilled and had the training necessary to teach children at appropriate age levels. Many dance studios in El Paso usually have teachers whose only experience is their background in dancing on drill teams, pom pom teams, cheerleading squats or other groups. It takes much more than that to teach dance more so to teach children. Patti not only exceeded my expectations in training and level of skill but she also makes dance fun for the children. My daughter loves her ballet and tap class and we love seeing her blossom in dance.

Landavazo Family




I am personally a dancer at Elite academy of dance, i've been in it for ten years now and all those years have been the best! I never would have doubted going for even a second! I would never choose a different dance studio over this one because I love going, being there with my friends, meeting new people and having the best time laughing and dancing with all my friends! I would personally recommend anybody who loves dancing to come to this studio! I thank my mom and dad for having the time to take me! Thank you Ms. Pati for being there for all of us!

Great experience for our daughter

We have been with Elite Dance Academy for 7 years and our daughter has loved every minute of it. Elite provides just the right balance of discipline and fun. We would recommend Elite Dance Academy to anyone.



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I would and have recommended this academy to other friends and family. My daughter started dancing with this academy since she was three years old. She was a very shy introverted child before she started class with Ms Pati. Since starting dance she has blossomed into a outgoing positive child. Not only has she learned the basics of dance, but also discipline, teamwork and being part of a community. The end of year recital has always been a fun exciting time when the kids get to show all the hard work that they have done over the year. I have attended other academies recitals and have found them to be less organized and unprofessional.