Charlotte Blume School of Dance offers excellent classical ballet, tap, and contemporary dance training. From here, I went on to perform with a principal dancer from The Joffrey Ballet in regional ballet company performances. Charlotte Blume School of Dance dancers have joined as soloists with Ballet America (where I performed as a soloist in The Nutcracker and Midsummer's Night's Dream) and The Carolina Ballet and as principal dancers with The North Carolina State Ballet. Guest artists who dance with Charlotte Blume School of Dance come from Joffrey Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and The Carolina Ballet. Charlotte Blume School of Dance dancers have been accepted to The North Carolina School for the Arts, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and The Houston Ballet Academy. With the school, I danced in The Spring Festival of Dance, summer performance workshops, tap performances, excerpts from Sleeping Beauty and other ballets, and in by audition full versions of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
4021 Dunn RdEastover, NC 28312
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Regardless of your child's dance goals , you want your child to receive quality, professional training. This school is extremely subjective when it comes to student placement/advancement. There appears to be no clear syllabus or following any particular style of ballet. The teachers differ vastly from one another as to what is correct form, which leads to confusion with students. Communication at the school is poor, one is often hearing things through other parents,even the office staff is in the dark as to what is going on. There is no posted/printed schedule, there are no defined levels (i.e. level 1, level B) just times that one shows up. Ms, Blume, in her 80's, is frequently crabby, aloof, difficult to talk to unless you are offering compliments or praise. If you have concerns or want to discuss your child's progress, forget it. Granted, dancing is said to be its own reward, however, hard work is not always rewarded with advancement, placement is socially based, i.e. age, height, or passage of time, not ability/ talent/motivation. There is a reason other dance studios in town have waiting lists. Dancing is supposed to make someone happy, the students look somber and joyless, not much positivity . The dilapidated building on Morganton is in serious disrepair and shows an obvious lack of pride in its upkeep, uses space heaters in the winter.
Ms. Mitchell and Wei Ni and the true gems at this dance studio, they are the only reasons we still keep sending our child to Charlotte Blume. Both are very approachable , personable, and give you honest feedback about your child's progress. They are different in teaching styles, but encouraging , they want to make your child the best dancer they can become, both have made dance a lifelong career, their passion for dance shows. My daughter has a love of ballet because of these instructors. The only negatives I have encountered have been with the businesses namesake, she is the exact opposite of the above , formidable, difficult, and often indifferent.
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My children were with rejoice this past year and it was not a good experince. Ms. Donna (as the students call her) only features her children in the older students catagory. She is only professional when you agree with her, but heaven forbid if you don't agree then you are talked about to other parents and called names. I didn't like the idea that the costumes were being used from previous years and the class photos were not professionally done. You were not given a chance to review the photos prior to purchase. I have 2 children and paid $20.00 but only received one CD of pictures. The end of the year show was poorly coordinated and I do not understand why we as parents had to pay for the entire month of June when the children were not given lessons for the entire month. There are alot of things that I do not agree with and sense talking to the leader of Rejoice is not goiog to do any good I will just find another place for my children to take lessons. All of this was suppose to have been done in the name of GOD but how can you call yourself a christan on one hand and slander parents on the other hand because those parents do not agree with you? I also feel that if I choose to take mychild out of the program that I should not have to contine to pay when lesons are no being given. I would not recommend this school to anyone and suggest that you take a long hard look at what you are getting yourself into before you sign the contract.