After nine months of wasting our time at the local rec center, we decided to pay a little extra (about twice the amount of the rec center) and enroll our daughter at Belliston. She is five years old and loves to dance, but she simply wasn't learning anything in her class at the rec center. We wanted a place with more structure and repetition. Belliston has a closed-door policy, which is great because the rec center lets all the parents sit in at EVERY lesson on their iPhones while their other kids sit there, bored and wiggly; it was all very distracting - and Belliston doesn't let that happen, which is GREAT. They also have a dress code, which at the pre-ballet level is loosely followed, but at least there is uniformity.
In the five months that our kindergartner has been enrolled at Belliston, we have seen a dramatic improvement in her self-confidence, coordination, and of course, dance. We have had total strangers tell us she has the "carriage of a ballet dancer or ice skater", which indicates she is demonstrating excellent posture. Her teachers are sweet and friendly, and recently wrote a wonderful recommendation for our daughter to attend a local arts school. The owners are also friendly and welcoming, and they remember our daughter's name as well as our faces. They have three performances a year - Nutcracker; Dance with the Sugarplum Fairy; and the Spring Performance. They have summer workshops and even a pointe conditioning class which involves a swimming pool. We have yet to encounter rudeness or cattiness. All of the parents I have met are very easy to get along with - and they come from all walks of life! Highly recommend this place if you or your child is truly interested in dance.