Our family moved to the area 3 years ago. My daughter had 2 years of dance experience with a great dance company in our home state. We spent $40/month for one hour a week of tap and ballet compared to $75/month for 45 minutes a week at Darlene's. The recital/costume fee was $120 for 2 gorgeous costumes and included 4 tickets. The recital was properly themed each year (last year it was winter wonderland) and was held in a new theater much nicer than a high school auditorium. If family and friends wanted to attend, ticket prices were a mere $5 for adults and $3 for children. Much more affordable than the $15 per ticket for ages 5 and over. At Darlene's you can expect a $210 recital/costume fee that includes 3 costumes (2 homemade by the room mother and one professionally made from a dance design company) and 2 entry tickets. The recital at Darlene's is worse than bad. There is supposed to be some type of theme for the recital but you wouldn't know it just watching. There are all types of music and genres of dance that it's hard to follow along. She showcases her own children, who are actually very good by giving several solos to each of them. Darlene's children must take lessons elsewhere because they are so talented and it is evident that those same lessons are not available through her own dance company. Behind the scenes is her oldest son who controls the music/lights while she yells at him from the stage. Luckily there are a few good teachers to keep a decent retention of students year after year. Don't even get me started on the shabby shack she calls her studio. The building is practically falling down. For the amount of money she charges, one would think she might update her facilities every now and then. After 3 years, I will be moving my baby girl to a nicer dance studio. I only wish I could take her dance teacher with us. She's the only reason we came back this year. I've had enough of the high fees and the minimal benefits. A BIG THUMBS DOWN!!!
Pros: Convenient Hours, Talented Teachers
Cons: Below average facility, high prices, bad management