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.
Dance Avenue otherwise known as DA is one of the most upbeat dance studio's I have dance at during my whole life. The studio is family oriented; they welcome all who enter the studio with open arms. I have danced there for many years, not to mention I drive 45 minutes there and back. Recently I have taken sick, and with being ill; the studio has stayed in touch with. With sending me with cards, emails, and other was one could be supporteds. So in return I have supported them.. I have recently received a certificate to have any studio of my choice, along with 50 or more fellow friends/dancer be taught a 2-hour class by the Broadway Musical “Billie Elliot” and TV assistant Choreographer of SMASH “Ryan Kasprzak”.... I chose Dance Avenue because to me they are a true meaning of what I call “family with love”.. Dance Avenue supports people all ages, love unconditionally, and know how to have fun and at the same time be professional at the job. If you or anyone else is every looking for a studio with family values “Dance Avenue” is your family... DA I love you and I am forever grateful for your support... I have danced at this studio in my adult life, and dancing there allows my inner child to dance like no-one is judging. They even allow adults on the stage for recitals, now that's AWESOME.... Yes, the crowd usually screams for more.... Were just that good... Try it out, you wont regret it.. Sherry H
This is the best dance studio downriver....hands down! My girls have danced there for several years after attending other studios, and we love it here. This is a true dance family! The instructors care about your children, not only as students, but as CHILDREN!! The nurture as well as teach the art and love of dance. The other reviews talk of shorter recitals and the little ones having to wait, but having attended two other studios recitals this year, the caliber of our recital was definitely worth the time and money spent. And none of the recitals that I attended had all of the little ones lined up at the beginning so they could be done first, they were always spread out within the recital. The LADIES that operate Dance Avenue do not deserve the bashing that they are receiving here. Nothing is stated that if there are large classes (the largest preschool class was 17), there are trained classroom assistants to aide the students. This is a teacher/student ratio of 1:6. A studio with 8-10 students and 1 teacher would be considered a larger class than Dance Avenue. And the redo at the recital was due to a child missing their cue and being off the stage completely, not &amp;quot;messing up and getting a redo.&amp;quot; I thought that showed compassion to that family that spent money to watch their child dance in the recital, just as she had to watch hers.
At Dance Avenue we take pride in our company, our instructors, our students and our families. Our goal is to educate disciplined, confident and outgoing dancers and to provide them with the skills to achieve a brighter future.Our highly experienced and professionally trained instructors are dedicated to teaching the education that accompanies the skilled artistry of dance. At Dance Avenue we specialize in teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary dance styles. Classes are available for dancers, ages three through adult, at beginning through advanced levels. Dance Avenue offers a state of the art facility, with two spacious dance rooms; beautifully painted and air conditioned with sprung-board hardwood dance floors and superior sound systems. Our award winning and nationally renowned Competitive Dance Team offers dedicated dancers the chance to take their technical training to a more professional level, with additional performance opportunities offered.
I've been to a lot of dance recitals downriver, & I am thrilled that my daughter dances here. The shows are very entertaining & upbeat, & the dancers are technically superior to anyone else I've seen in the area. As for the owners, I couldn't ask for sweeter, friendlier or classier role models for my daughter. They choose tasteful music and costumes! I'm not one to typically write online reviews, but after reading the comment below, I felt I needed to let everyone know what a great place this is. Try it out. You'll be happy you did!
It's like Family there!!! My daughter is going on her 6th year there and we wouldn't go anywhere else. She tried a community center dance class once and it almost ruined her love of dance. I am soooo glad we found Dance Avenue. They are professional, motivating, fun, family oriented and extremely talented!
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