The following feedback consists of comments taken from surveys given to parents at the end of dance camps and 10 week sessions. There are also a few notes and emails. This website does not have the capability to offer rated reviews by customers. You can read and post reviews on our Google Places Page, Angie's List, and post and read recommendations at the Better Business Bureau, or on our FaceBook Page (when they offer a recommendations...FB is a little unpredictable).
Cinderella Dance Camp 2013 Survey Comments
Something my child or I loved about camp was...
"Watching professional ballet (student). Health snacks (mom)."
"She liked the movie, snack, crafts, coloring & dancing."
"The movie and the crafts as well as learning new moves!"
"She loved the crafts and of course dancing (and the snack!)"
"Olivia loved acting out parts from Cinderella. She talked a lot about when the prince put her glass slipper on."
"Making and dancing with all of the crafts she made."
"All of it! :)"
"The small group."
"Selah loved twirling and doing butterflies. She liked the movie.She loved the crafts."
Something my child or I think could have been better about camp was...
"None, she says she loved all of it!"
"Nothing we love it!"
"It may be nice for the parents to know what they are doing each day to be able to talk to the girls about it more."
Response from PDW: Great idea! After this comment was turned in, a mid-week email was sent out to parents of campers highlighting each day's activities and focus. Next year we plan to provide daily highlights for parents of campers. During the school year, weekly dance concepts and monthly objectives are always posted on the bulletin board.
"She loved everything about it :)"
"Had a great time. Thank you!"
"The time could have been a little earlier because my daughter is hungry and tired by noon."
Response from PDW: Agreed. The studio space is used by multiple organizations, and sometimes a compromise has to be reached regarding class times. The preference is for morning camps to be done by 11:30 am."
"She loved it all. It was very well organized and well done!"
Any other comments:
"She has had a lot of fun! Thank you!"
"We love the camp, the girls were always excited to get up and go!"
"We loved your class - Thx!"
"Claire has been in ballet before, but she really enjoyed this camp. It was a great summer activity."
"Loved it. She learned a lot while having fun. Thanks."
"Enjoyed how they were introduced to dance moves and terms."
"Thank you so much!"
Notes & Emails From 2012-2103 School Year:
"Thank you so much for making dance so much fun for Whitney. She absolutely loves it. you do an incredible job with the kids. Thanks for investing your time with them!"
"I am using the opportunity to thank you for today! Being in the room permitted me to observe how you handle the kids and all I can say is that I admire your approach! I loved the way you change the activities and draw the little girls into the activities. Your patience is endless, but my biggest surprise was to see you encourage them to recognize letters and asking them to repeat the concepts. Well, enough about my impressions! Maleena was so excited and she had so much fun. While I was changing her she told me that she wants to come to Dance all the time. She could not wait to share her experience with her Mom and Dad, so we had to call them on the phone as soon as we left the studio. Once again, thank you for working with her!"
Fall, Winter & Spring 2012-2013 Survey Comments:
Something my child or I think was great....
"Everything! I loved seeing her excitement while showing all she learned!"
"She loved learning new moves and exercises and I loved how she would sing the songs and rhymes while she danced at home!"
"We like everything in every single class."
"Talking time and music used. Liking that Paige (assistant) is there to help and follow."
"The option to make her own dance."
"The kindness and relaxed atmosphere that allowed Bella to feel as though she belonged."
"Meeting new friends. Getting her used to performing. I liked how you never let a child go unless mom is here. She liked the color sheets too."
"Coloring sheets. Stories that they act out. Fairy taps. Props used. Being able to earn a star."
"Learning new and fun things. Nice teachers."
"She loved the class."
"Cynthia loved the twirls. I love the learning they are doing."
"The teacher was great."
"The teacher! Tiina!! Class size! Parent time. Videos. Share time. Location. No recital."
"She enjoys the props! She loves the songs and rhymes you do to warm up. I know she also enjoyed the small class size, although it is not the "norm," she loved all the extra one-on-one! Also, the videos were a hit!"
"Free dancing, learning basic steps."
"We love the class but I love that I can leave."
"The balance and grace she is showing since taking ballet class here."
"All of the different songs and type of music."
"She really began to grow."
"My child loved flamingo passe and all dancing. I really appreciate and like how even though she has trouble walking and balancing, she is able to do everything in the class and feels included! Thank you!"
"Kyli loves talking and dancing, also being a 'Princess Flamingo!' Mommy loves that dance class is about fun and learning, not competition!"
"The class themes and topics through the sessions are a great way to incorporate different learning processes."
"Miss Tiina's patience was wonderful!"
"Learning new dances and new moves."
"Myra looked forward to it every week!"
"The fun and new friends that she made!"
Something my child or I think was not so great...
"Everything was wonderful!"
"Crying kids and parents in the room. Thank you for fixing that!"
Response from PDW: In one class this spring we had a few new 3 year olds who were not comfortable being left in a classroom situation. Typically in this situation, a caregiver is allowed to sit in the studio once to help their child become acclimated. In this case, however, we let it go on too long with too many students, and it became clear that it was not helping anyone. Caregivers were notified that students would need to choose to come in alone or not come in to class. All of the caregivers thanked us for laying down that rule, and most children chose to continue class and did enjoy themselves. We do apologize for the situation in that class, and recognize that with very young children there is sometimes a readiness issue in which it is best to take a break and try again after a few months of maturation.
"Nothing! Everything was great!"
"I honestly don't have any complaints."
"Love everything about class."
"Lack of viewing space for parents."
"Hard to change; if you moved, you'd have room for us to sit and watch, or have Grandma come. Not complaining!"
Response from PDW: Thanks for your input and understanding. We understand that the waiting area is not ideal as space comes at a premium in this location. Parents and visitors are always welcome to check on their child in through the viewing window or glass door. Many studios do not allow any view of class on a regular basis, so we have done what we can to allow a glimpse of what's going on in class. Out of town guests may sit in on a class; just let us know ahead of time that they will be coming.
"I really cannot think of anything except the lack of space between classes."
"I think it would be best to have 5-10 minutes between classes for flow and so they get the full hour class."
Response from PDW: We understand that flow in the hallways has been a problem this year. We will experiment with some alternative entrance/exit plans in the fall to see if we can alleviate some of that congestion. There was a 5 minute break between classes in 2012-2103. Unfortunately, that break will go away starting in the fall of 2013. The studio schedule (which includes organizations other than Pure Dance Works) just does not allow the extra time. It is fairly common for classes to run back to back at dance studios. We wish it could be different too!"
"Make ups difficult - not a lot to choose from. Maybe a make up class 1 day at the end for all."
"Response from PDW: We are sorry that you found the makeup classes difficult to use. We agree that as a smaller studio, there are not a ton of options to choose from. When students miss class due to illness, vacation, etc, they are welcome to attend a make up class in their own age group, or an age group one year older or younger than their own. This leaves students 1-3 choices a week other than their regularly scheduled class. In the event of a studio-cancelled class, makeups are offered for the affected classe(s)."
She loved it all! Thank you!"
"We have no complaints!"
Response from PDW: We are taking this comment to mean that the child did not enjoy listening and using self control. (The same parent also added a comment: "I really like all the focus on control...") A big part of what we do in class is teach kids proper classroom behavior...respecting the teacher, other students and the studio space. While children may not always enjoy being required to listen and exercise self control, parents often thank us for making these things a major part of our teaching. Usually after a 10 week session, a student who had a hard time with these things at first has learned to maintain control to some extent, and after 30 weeks in the program, it is rarely an issue."
"There is nothing!"
"Time of day -- difficult for 2 working parents."
Response from PDW: This particular class began at 4:10 on Tuesdays. This has been a common comment heard from parents. In response, our 2013-2014 schedule offers classes beginning at 5 pm and 6 pm M, Tu, W & F! Saturday morning classes will also be available!"
"The children that didn't get stars at the end of the [class] got talked to at eye level and a, 'We'll try better next time,' with a high five. While the kids that did great didn't get that one on one attention-just their name called and a, 'Good job.' It's like rewarding bad behavior. Daughter didn't think she did a good job because of this week after week."
Response from PDW: This is a valid concern, and since this comment in the was submitted in the fall of 2012, particular attention to mentioning something positive each child did in class has been implemented . We apologize that your daughter did not feel like she did a good job with out some intentional one-on-one affirmation each week. For some background, here is why we moved to the "This is why you lost your star, I know you can do it next time, high five!" model for kids who lost their stars. When a teacher says, "These students kept their stars today (and then lists the names)," students who did not hear their name would sometimes leave crying, and parent feedback told us that they did not always know why they lost their star. Therefore, we are very careful to let students know exactly what they did to warrant the loss of their star, and also to encourage them to avoid that particular behavior in the next class. We never want anyone leaving feeling badly, so we always reassure those who "got in trouble" with encouragement and a high five. Stars mean a lot to some kids, and to others it is not that big of a deal. At the end of the day, we want everyone to understand that we love and accept them in every class.
"Thank you so much for your patience and for working with Maleena! We got off to a rough start, but everything worked out. She has said she wants to continue so we'll be back!"
"Thank you, Miss Tiina!"
"Appreciated your easy with communication if there were any changes in class times, and how prompt you are. I hope we can keep doing this through the next several years!"
"Can't wait for fall. :) She's always talking about Miss Tiina and the girls."
"Sophie just enjoys ballet a lot."
"Very great program."
"Bella and I have truly enjoyed her dance experience and can't wait to be back."
"We loved this class and are looking forward to Cinderella Camp. Thanks!"
"As a parent of a beginning, young dancer, I loved the structure of the class (and strict rules), but also loved the laid back (no huge recital) approach. Perfect introductory class for her. You incorporated a ton of concepts...she learned a lot. Would recommend to a friend for sure."
"This has been a great learning experience."
"She loves the class and the girls in it."
"Thank you for all you do!"
"We will be back."
"My daughter really improved this session! She loves to practice at home and is becoming more graceful every week. Her balance is REALLY improving! Thanks so much Miss Tiina!! We're having a great experience at your studio!"
"Thank you for making this a fun experience for everyone."
"I would be very interested in a class for her for next year. She really loves it."
"I've really liked all the focus on control and using the body for dance."
"She really enjoyed the year! Thank you."
"Thanks for everything!"
"Thank you so much! Kaylee loved the dance class :)."
Cinderella Dance Camp 2011 Survey Comments
You are a fabulous dance teacher with lots of great ideas. The class did not look boring at all. (A) refreshing change... -A.B.
My girls both have had a fun, unique, and creative experience in the dance camps this summer! They haven't stopped raving about how much they have loved the Cinderella Dance Camp. The instructor really knows how to mix teaching the techniques and elements of ballet with an enjoyable experience for the children that she teaches! -M.F.
Wonderful experience! My daughter attended the 3-4 year old Cinderella Dance Camp this summer. She had a great time and learned something new every day. She is still using the props she made and brought home to dance around the house. The instructor carefully planned out each day's instruction with dance elements while keeping in mind the abilities and characteristics of preschool aged children. I would highly recommend Pure Dance Works. -S.T.
(My daughter) had fun and learned about dance, friendship, and following directions! -B.G.
(Cinderella Dance Camp) was fun, she enjoyed learning skills-she felt empowered. -I.H.
(The primary reason I brought my child to dance camp was) your love and graciousness toward every child you teach. Your love shines through! -N.S.