This review is coming from a girl that danced here all her life and went through all of the companies and beyond, and also was a teacher for nearly 8 of those years. \r
I will start off by saying that I had many great experiences by going to Anita's Dance Center...but at a high price. All through the years while in grade school through high school I had a blast and was in the magical Anita's land where I was at the best place for dancing and we were the best and everything was perfect. By the time I started teaching and doing a lot of work for Anita, I began to see the true colors of the place more and more. I did more than just teaching for her and I only was being paid 8 dollars and hour. Now considering that class fees were up to 7.50 per student, per hour...that is humiliating as a staff member. After doing some research, I found that the national average for a dance instructor is around 14 dollars an hour. I never got any credit for the many hours of extra work that I did for the studio, performances and recitals. Others, such has her son, who helped, but did not do nearly the amount of work that I did, did recieve credit...for my work. I did let that slide and even defended Anita when family members and people around me would shake their head in disbelief. I was told many empty promises of how I was so valuable that I would be able to make this my career, and that I was highly desired to stay and dance well beyond my highschool years, and that I would recieve financial compensation. That flew out the door.\r
I finally got the nerve to leave, but when you leave it's never easy, because they have a way of making you stay or giving you more false hopes of a future there. So I left abruptly because it was the only way that I could. I thought that Anita and I were close enough that she would understand and maybe even be happy that I was spreading my wings finally at 22 yrs old. That did not happen. Instead I was ridiculed and made an example of to all of the wonderful girls that looked up to me as their instructor and mentor...including relatives of mine. I was called a quitter and a failure and that I must be under the infuence of drugs and that I was in an abusive relationship. Non of this couldn't be more farther from the truth. What happened was that I finally had the wool pulled off from over my eyes and I woke up to all the lies and really poor business conduct. I realized that I along with other teachers and students deserved to be treated better. I never recieved my final paycheck, my recital DVD and I was told that I would never get a good reference from them in the future. They did keep their promise on that one, because I was out of work for nearly 6 months at one point, because every job I was considered for let me go due to the bad and untrue refference Anita gave them.\r
Pros: good dance experiences
Cons: unethical business conduct, high tuition fees, cattyness.