Truly, I am shocked at some of these reviews. We have had nothing but a supportive experience. I am not necessarily a helicopter mom, but I am a protective mom. From experience, this studio respects parent concerns, addresses them promptly and professionally (no matter what they are), and follows up. I have met several leaders, managers, directors, the academy experience manager and they are such a pleasure. Each and every one of them. Any time I had a question about my daughter, they found an answer. All these comments about money, I mean, can you really put a price on that? Access to your child? Healthy body positivity in a world that can go astray so quickly? Phone numbers and emails for people to check on your child's progress and well-being? A portal with 24/7 access? If this is what you want, then Charlotte Ballet is for you. If it comes down to money and you can compromise the rest then I totally get it. Again, I'm surprised at anything less than 5 stars.
I wanted to enroll my daughter in ballet classes to teach her discipline, strengthen her body and mind, and to promote flexibility. I was(am) willing to pay the $600+ that is charged annually for this service. As I was filling out the registration form, I had to agree that the academy would have the right to film and photograph my child and use her likeness. ??? I called and asked if there was an option to pay money for dance lessons that did not include my child's likeness being publicly shown. I was told that it doesn't happen that often, and that was the only way to be in the academy. Odd that parents can't pay money for dance lessons without someone photographing and filming their child. Makes me suspicious of an organization with that type of policy. In the year 2017, most parents are aware of the threat of child predators. Why would I pay to have someone exploit my child's likeness? The short answer: I won't. It might be a great academy other than that, but my family and I will never know. Edit: I appreciate the response from the owner, although it is 4 years late. The owner states the company will not use pictures of a child at the parents request. This must be a change in policy. I say this because I SPECIFICALLY asked when I called 4 years ago. So, good on the Academy for changing their policy years later. Possibly they had a recent issue?
We have tried two other dance schools closer to home before Charlotte Ballet Academy (CBA), as CBA's main location is 50min+ commute for us. Growing up, I danced semi-professionally, so I could immediately see the VERY significant difference in the level of training at CBA for teachers and students. Ms. Veronica at Beginning Ballet is wonderful, and so is her assistant. They work together with much kindness, encouragement and professionalism toward their students. My daughter's love for ballet has continued to blossom -- she is completely mesmerized by her teachers, as well as the grace and beauty of the older dancers. We are grateful to have a ballet school of this caliber in Charlotte!
We have been involved in dance since 2008. This is the best experience we have had for the intermediate to advanced dance levels. The instructors are tough and require a lot from the dancers, but they are very kind and encouraging. They have brought out so much in my daughter. We drive an hour to attend this Academy and have never regretted making the switch. We have had wonderful experiences with the other dance families. They welcomed us with open arms. There were some poor reviews regarding Danielle. I too found Danielle to appear curt initially. However, after a year at the Academy, I have discovered she just has a style that is direct. She has been very patient with all my "first year" questions - and there have been a lot. Lastly, to address the concern about using likenesses. It an Academy that large with that many moving parts, there is no way to single out a few kids and be sure they never appear in anything. I have been part of very small studios where it is still nearly impossible. Unless the studio never documents anything or does no advertising, I don't see how they could ever promise that.
I purchased Nutcracker ticket back in July 2021. In September of 2021, they came out with the new COVID protocol an requiring the vaccines or negative test. I decided to cancel the ticket but they are not responding with my request. When I called, they are saying that this has been the protocol for a long time and there's nothing they can do. So, either I pay extra money to have the test done (since I can't get vaccines for medical reasons), or lose the money for the tickets. They are very uncooperative and unprofessional. Will never attend their event