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Recent Dance Studio Reviews in Runnells

  • A
    Brekke Dance Center
    You can't beat the quality of education here! This is a long standing studio in Des Moines for over 30 years and has been open for 6 years in Grimes! The dancers learn proper dance education, discipline, but most importantly - how to have fun! This studio is not only into the development of dancers but young adults. As an alumni - it was the best second family you could ask for. We were encouraged to not only bring our passion for dance but for being better as individuals. This encouragement is the reason why our alumnus go on to do amazing things, not only in the dance world, but in the community they are in.
    - Courtney G.
  • A
    Lind Dance School
    Classes are held in a humble converted ranch style home but the instruction is anything but humble. Mary Joyce is known for the quality of the form of her dancers. She has small class sizes and students get a lot of individual attention. And it is not just the "star" kids that show particular promise that receive attention, or those whose parents have deep pockets. She gives equal attention to all of the kids as long as they are there to learn. This all results in an atmosphere that is non-competitive among the dancers and the parents - everyone is supportive and encouraging to each other. Her recitals are what recitals should be - focused on the dancers, rather than the production - but she still manages to produce a quality show each year, usually at the Norwalk High School auditorium. I've experienced the big Civic Center recitals with other dance schools where the kids are secondary to producing a show and they turned me off of those dance schools. Another refreshing thing is that Mary Joyce does not try to make money off of the costumes for the recital - most other dance schools count on a large profit from costume sales. She always is mindful of the expense to parents and involves the kids in choosing the costumes for their numbers and still manages to obtain beautiful costumes for a decent price.
    - Martha E M.
  • A
    CHARLEE'S ELITE SCHOOL-DANCE
    Excellent and helpful staff, information available on website, incredibly professional, lots of classes available, viewing windows available, can join competition team through audition only, plenty of opportunities to see improvement of your dancer before recital, an opportunity to see quality of other dancers at annual Barefoot Theater, and Charlee's students can DANCE!  Store is well stocked with apparel, shoes and accessories.   The ONLY negative is parking can be an issue due to location, but so is the Mall.
    - Kristy A.
  • A
    LEONDARDS DANCE STUDIO
    There's nobody better at getting beginners out on the dance floor. Not only are they great teachers, but very entertaining. A totally fun experience.
    - Dale R.
  • C
    CHARLEE'S ELITE SCHOOL-DANCE
    Customer of this studio for 4 years and in those years: Dance instruction was fine. We spent over $4000.00 at this studio (and attached Elite Shop for dance apparel/shoes/accessories) with no billing problems or disputes. Monthly tuition, costume fees, accessories, and SHOES. Expensive, I might add?but anything for our little girl?right? In the Fall of 2013 signed up for easier ?autopay? feature allowing bills to be deducted from preauthorized credit card. Recital Costume fees are generally paid in Oct, Nov and Dec. I have done this the past 4 years, well aware of the this and always pay on time. This fall, however, I didn?t pay those, because I assumed they were going to ?autopay? and charge my credit card, (I didn?t know when that would happen?we didn?t have costume so it didn?t matter). I saw the notices around the studio etc?and knew I was taken care of so I didn?t worry much about it. On Dec. 12 2013 Charlee?s office staff notified me that costume payment was past-due, so I asked why they didn?t charge my credit-card. I didn?t even know costumes were in until my daughter told me that everyone had them but her. They told me they couldn?t charge my credit card for costumes, because I hadn?t ?checked that box.? (FYI I received that reply on DEC 20) and on that same day, studio closed for 2 weeks for holiday break. When business resumed, on the week of Jan 6, my husband paid $230 for costumes for recital and I told him NOT to pay additional $30 in late fees until I was able to talk to business manager. I was sure that this miscommunication could be resolved and we could request waiver of late fees due to misunderstanding on my behalf. Emails go back and forth, 2 calls were not returned. Through email to office staff and Charlee, the owner, I explained the oversight and assumption that this costume payment was supposed to be charged to credit card and I did not want to an ADDITIONAL $30 on top of the costume fee ($230) because that seemed excessive. I asked for waiver and consideration of long term relationship with *no billing problems/disputes,* and Charlee, (owner) flat out refused and said my daughter would NOT receive costume until late fees were paid. I was livid, and I told her we wouldn?t spend another dime in the establishment. Classes for February had not begun so we didn?t go back. Find out today, (Feb 13th, 2014) that they have now charged us for FEBRUARY tuition. Immediately sent office an email demanding refund of both Feb. tuition ($117) and $230 costume fee, as we still have NOT seen the costumes that we paid $230 for!!! Daugher really doesn?t need them, because she doesn?t attend dance here anymore, but that?s not the point, we aren?t just giving the studio our hard earned money for nothing. On top of dance, the owner runs a shop where you can buy shoes, tights, leotards, accessories. You will pay premium prices for the top of the line shoes required by the studio. The owner is very strict about attire and shoes and while this might be considered structure and good practice, it is interesting that there isn't even a bulletin board posted in the business so parents can buy/sell/trade used shoes, little dancers often outgrow them before they have much wear. I spent about $300 this fall in shoes (REQUIRED) names, colors and brands, and I didn't shop elsewhere because I didn't mind supporting our local shop, but I assure you they can be bought for less money outside of this shop. THe recitals also have the requirement of costume jewelry, ($52.00) which can only be purchased at this shop. Have to say after reviewing my experiences I am so glad we left this studio. As a first time "dance mom" no one told me what to expect and I thought this was the norm. I am finding it is NOT the norm to require all of these additional purchases and that is likely because the owner of this studio owns a store as well. Food for thought. Going in with some knowledge is better than not. I learned the hard way.
    - Marlana S.
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