My daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting Ms.Monique Vermont this past September and from the start I realized this is a woman with a true PASSION for Dance. The Art Of Dance Academy is a place that inspires children(and adults) to explore their love for this Art, while giving them the necessary tools to achieve it. I truly enjoy bringing my daughter to her class with Miss Alexis, an instructor who works hard with the children to fulfill a beautiful vision in their winter and spring recitals. From what I have seen in this short time, Ms Monique treats everyone in a fair manner, is very professional when it comes to handling situations, whether financial or personal and is "in control" of her Dance Program. What I am impressed about is her level of integrity and positive nature. Now yes she does correct mistakes in class but it is always done in a nurturing way and not to belittle anyone. Art Of Dance Academy is a place where your child's future will be BRIGHT IN DANCE...not to mention, she has THE BEST recital costumes. So glad to have found them :-)!!!
03/22/2013Inspiration Academy for The Performing Arts
We are relatively new to Inspiration Academy having only been there since November, however, it has been long enough to offer a true assessment of this wonderful studio. I am one that will, both compliment and criticize, a business accurately online to assist others in finding the place that is right for them. And I did take a star away for a reason. This place is definitely right for my family. My daughter is only six and had already experienced a not so enjoyable time at another studio in Virginia Beach, so I was quite reluctant in signing her up for dance anywhere, but her love for dance won that battle. I found Inspiration Academy online first and decided to go see what they offered. From the moment we walked in we were pleased. The friendly greeting and wonderful tour that followed, made my mind up to at least try the free trial period they offer. After the first trial class, I registered my daughter. She was, once again, very happy. Since that first week back in November, my daughter has found her place. She is treated with respect, has already learned so much, and has a number of new friends. The only complaint I have is that there is quite a bit of clutter in the back area of the studio. It appears to be props, decorations, and such, however in a facility that is kept so nice and clean, that area, needs some attention. It really warranted a half star removal but that wasn't an option. Other than that, we have experienced nothing else negative about this studio, and I would recommend it to everyone.
Gosh, where to start? First of all, let it be known that it was Art of Dance that first sparked the flame for my daughter's dancing. We tried another studio before AOD and it was a disaster; my daughter didn't want to dance, but, because of her love for dance outside of lessons we decided to give Art of Dance a shot... I got more back than we have ever put in, a life of dance and a talent that was noticed. Because of Ms. Monique's unparalled ability to motivate children, she has made all-starts and little dancers for life. My daughter not only loved the classes, the recital was pure joy and the entire experience will never be forgotten. Our family is completely broken heart that we have to move away because I know our little girl would flourish if she continued dancing at Art of Dance! In addition, the classes are kept small so the kids can concentrate, the instructors all have wonderful dance backgrounds and the atmosphere is wonderful--we have met so many sweet parents and staff alike. Because of the opportunities and lessons that our little girl has learned at AOD, she is continuing to dance and will I won't be surprised if she continues through competitions, high school and college. Thank you to AOD for instilling this wonderful gift of dance in our daughter!!
10/30/2012Inspiration Academy for The Performing Arts
Simply put, they are the best that Hampton Roads has to offer! My daughter danced for a number of years at different local studios, and though each had a few good things to offer (some had nothing good to offer), none of them had what we were looking for, until we found Inspiration Academy. They are truly a fantastic school, with superb instructors and teaching methods, excellent prices, and owners that really do care and love the students. My child has had so much fun at this studio, and learned leaps and bounds over what she learned else where. Sadly we are a military family and have had to leave the area, but I want to thank Inspiration Academy for everything they have done for us and given to my daughter...Our four years there will be ones we won't soon forget. I absolutely recommend them and if you don't try them out, you might miss out on something incredible. As for any negative comments you may see on the net, it may be personal disgruntlement, because I never saw anything negative or anyone treated unfairly in this school in the four years we were there, and we were there a lot!