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deacon green

6 months ago

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?


Nataliya Kuropas

10 months ago

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!



3 years ago

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.


Tamiko H

a year ago

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


Sapphire Heart

4 years ago

I gave this organization 1 stars based off of the professionalism of the first point of contact. One of the administrators Danielle. I called to find out why I was charged $270 before my daughter had even attended one of their classes. She was extremely unprofessional did not give me the slightest understanding. Her resolution to the billing issue was to ask if she wanted me to take my daughter out of the program. I was shocked as to that being her first form of resolution to give any understanding concerning the billing issue. Her professionalism is rated to that of a of a cheap fast food employee. I asked was there someone else I could speak to and she transferred me to someones voicemail. I called back to speak with the front desk. A representative named Asia who appeared to be very concerned with my issue gave me a full understanding. I was charged for.... registration an initial deposit and the first month fee for the class. WONDERFUL!!!!!! Problem resolved with just a little professionalism and understanding! I recommend a new first point of contact. I vote for Asia! Danielle seems to be very harsh. I would not be surprised if that is why ur ratings could possibly be so low. Or that u have lost financially due to the fact she was so readily willing to dismiss my daughter. Due to a minor misunderstanding.

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