Testimonials

A Love for Ballet...

I chose the Dance Academy because I knew my daughter would be taught the proper techniques of ballet. I felt that was more important than just being on a stage in a glittery costume doing the same dance step over and over. She has learned so much in the few years she has been with the Academy, and has formed a love for ballet that I never knew a 7yr old could! ! ~ R. Rodrigues (parent)

An Inspiring Experience...

I am so grateful to have been a part of an academy that takes the art of dance so seriously. I wish I had found this school earlier in my dance years. Everyone has been so welcoming and they have made my experience at this school an inspiring one. I'll never forget this place. I've learned so much! ~ J. Ferreira (adult student)

A Love of the Arts...

Five years have passed since our daughter started taking summer ballet lessons at The Dance Academy. We had originally signed her up to keep her focused and busy...we never imagined the impact of the training she received then and over the course of the next several years. Kristin is motivated, determined, and focused...all of which is fostered by the classes and instructors at The Dance Academy. Not only is our nine-year-old able to recognize the value of ballet in all styles of dance, but she has developed a love of all the arts and can discuss aspects of technique and artistry in professional work. Her desire to learn and perfect various movements...of which she knows the official names (she is still teaching us the terminology!) can be attributed to the professionally trained staff. Lisa Bibeau and all of the dancers take an active role in training students of all ages and abilities. Performances showcase all levels integrated...it is a delight to watch a beginner ballet student with a level 5 dancer. Not only are audiences entertained, but younger performers are encouraged and inspired by those with more experience. Staff members greet students and families with the utmost respect and enthusiasm. Students are expected to follow routines and guidelines, and they do so because of the professional example modeled by all in the studio. Whether it's ballet, tap, jazz, or summer workshops, we are confident that Kristin is receiving the best training available. Perhaps she will pursue a career with dance, or maybe enjoy it as recreation, or recognize the value of such in others' work. Regardless, The Dance Academy is helping to instill a sense of responsibility and love of the arts in our daughter, and for that we are incredibly thankful. ~ K & G Lavoie (parents)

Always a Joy...

The Dance Academy has given me self-confidence to dance freely. I like how the teachers focus on your mistakes and show and tell you how to fix them. When we do the moves correctly and we've been working on them they congratulate us. Going to each lesson is always a joy because the combinations are different and exciting. Over the past five years, I have also made lots of new friends. In the future, I hope to continue to perform in front of audiences on stage. Thank you Dance Academy! ~ K. Lavoie, age 9 (student)

The Joy of Movement...

The Dance Academy has been a part of my life for 22 years now and has instilled in me a lifelong love of all dance forms. From the age of three and my introduction to the joy of movement, through my intensive ballet training as a teenager, to the present, in which I choose to take classes at the Academy for the pure fun of it, my experience has been extraordinary. But beyond providing an exceptional dance education, The Dance Academy taught me to approach every endeavor with discipline and commitment. The academy staff always offered positive feedback, but never allowed me to settle. I learned to celebrate my accomplishments, yet continue working toward the next goal. My Academy education shaped my work ethic and has served me well beyond the world of dance. ~ R. Stopka (student)

Fierce Determination...

I am writing to commend you on the quality of your beautiful school. As you are aware, our daughter recently began studying at The Dance Academy with the double problems of needing to find a new ballet school that would help prepare her for college dance auditions, while respecting her need to recover from ankle surgery. Although ballet is not her primary goal as a dancer, she has studied in other pre-professional programs, and at the Boston Conservatory summer intensives. Giulia understands that ballet technique informs all other forms of dance, and has always approached her ballet study with fierce determination.

As parents, my husband and I were first impressed with you,the director, personally. You are, competent and professional, and astonishingly, knew exactly about the physical problem our daughter was enduring. You did not insist that we "sign up" right away for a full course load. In fact, you encouraged Giulia to try things out beforehand. We also did encounter the "not invented here" attitude that would have been a real blow to our daughter who needs to keep positive in the face of what she knows are demanding and rigorous days of preparation, and her own physical limitations.

As the director, you have also set the tone for your school. The Dance Academy has an open, non-competitive, yet highly professional atmosphere. From the front desk, to the moms in the halls, and then on to the teachers and into the classroom; the enthusiasm coupled with the focus and dedication of everybody we have met all encourage the wonderful results that are evident in the classroom.

Giulia cannot say enough about the quality of your students, the kindness she has experienced form her classmates, teachers and you personally. It has gone a log way to helping her heal, in body and spirit. As I watch her become stronger and more confident each day, I am grateful that she has found The Dance Academy at this stage of her journey. ~ R. Radosevich (parent)

Self Confidence...

It always amazes me when I watch the students of The Dance Academy perform. It's not just their mastery of dancing but the shear joy they seem to feel about being up on stage performing for family, friends and strangers. There is such a wonderful balance of disipline, fun and an extraordinary self confidence in each and every dancer. ~ M. Paine-Dupont (parent)