Juline School Of Dance
1700 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95350
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i thought this school deserved an updated review. this is my little's first year at juline and i have seen nothing but positive things from the instructors, assistants, owner as well as the dancers. i am not a dancer myself, so maybe i am easily persuaded, but my little's love for dance (as well as her technic) as increased over these past few months. the instructors are not afraid of challenging the children, but they are also very sensitive in making sure the children do not feel defeated.
When I was four I saw a JSD recital at Graceda Park. It was kismet. The most advanced dancers, then, traditionally wore white leotards and white skirts. I remember seeing them move gracefully to the music and being inspired to do the same. It was a day I'll never forget. The backdrop of the natural surroundings enhanced the beauty of the day. With people mingling, relaxing and enjoying a day together, it was a true celebration of dance and life. Fortunately, I joined the school and continued to passionately love and study dance intensively for the next fifteen years at JSD and out of town with world renowned master teachers. Thanks to the training at JSD I can say I learned from a former Royal Ballet Company dancer who danced with and performed with Nureyev. I can also say I had a teacher who was a former dancer for Balanchine. I can list many more amazing artists of the dance world, but not without first giving the gratitude that is due to the talented instructors and staff of JSD who first trained me with open, giving hearts…once a dancer…always a dancer. Dance training is more than a dance education and it has helped me in all aspects of life. I've enjoyed watching the studio make positive advancements through the years. When I was expecting my first child I knew that if my child ever wanted to be part of the dance world- JSD would be the dance school of choice. Since then, I've enrolled two baby ballerinas at JSD and I've been nothing but smiles at what I've seen while observing their classes and previewing what is yet to come in others. Best wishes in your search for the right studio for you. As for me…I’ll always find happiness through dance thanks to my years at JSD.
This facility has been a tremendously positive experience for my kids. My daughter's love their teachers and their classmates. They have had plenty of opportunities to perform and get great experience while taking their classes. Juline's offers many great opportunities for the student's to study under guest instructors and builds a great community for the young dancers.
My daughter's have a ""ballet buddy"" (an older dancer) that checks in on them and inspires them to keep up their work.. This organization does a great job of inspiring the young dancers and motivating them to reach for their dreams in dance or otherwise.
I have known many dancer's that have gone through the program and have gone on to professional dance careers (including dancers on Broadway). I have known others that have used what they learned while dancing to go on to great careers as doctors, attorneys, counselors, project managers, and even become great teachers of dance to inspire future generations.
So if you wish to join a family of caring individuals that desire only the best for your kids Juline's is a great place. There are plenty of caring instructors that foster a compassionate and positive environment for your young performer. Some of the instructors there trained under some of the worlds greatest instructors and have brought that experience back to Modesto and the students benefit from it immensely. In my opinion Juline's is the only dance school for my kids.
If you're looking for a dance studio that will provide good training and/or encourage positive self-esteem in your child, you'd be better off saving your time and hard-earned money by heading elsewhere.
Under the management of its original owner, Juline School of Dance was a place where children could thrive - the environment was positive and each child was treated with respect. Good teachers were in residence, and excellent master teachers were brought in to supplement the students' training.
Unfortunately, times have changed. The current owner has done an excellent job of turning the dance studio into a money-making machine - great for the owner, but at the expense of the children. The teachers are home-grown, meaning they have little experience outside the world of Juline School of Dance; their training as both dancers and teachers leaves much to be desired. Attending the annual dance recital in Graceada Park drives that point home.
On the surface the environment appears positive and the right words are spoken (e.g., that positive self-esteem is the main goal). However, words are not actions - I personally observed the owner treating one young child completely differently from the others, even going so far as to ask the child to choose between her best friend and being able to perform (right in front of the child's best friend). This is definitely not the kind of environment I would choose to put my child in, and I would certainly not recommend it for anyone else.