Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio

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Sugar Land Mom

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I have a rant of sorts. We are the parents of a young dancer who was attending the Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio in Sugar Land. It is the most unprofessional and unfriendly environment that makes the parent feel like an open bank account for their taking. Ann Moody herself is NOT friendly, never makes it a point to event try talking with the parents of her students except when it suites her financially. I think my daughter felt this too. She all of sudden wanted to quit. Not to mention she was not crazy about her teacher who talked really loud and to them like they are stupid. My daughter may be young but she is not stupid. The parent room is never comfortable. It's extremely loud and always hot. We all sit around for the hour our children are danicng sweating our own butts off. Not too mention, the older girls are far from ready for any sort of competition. Watching their recital, I knew, if my daughter chose dance as her hobby we would have to find a better place. A place where the people at least act like they enjoy life instead of walking around like they have a stick up their you know whats. Needless to say, I have researched other places and it is obvious to me that she runs it soley as a business and not as something she truly enjoys. The unprofessionalism and atmosphere alone is enough to make anyone want to quit. Anyways...my advice to parents and dancers alike...if you are serious about dancing and want a shcool that will help you make it to the top, skip this school all together. Try a real dance academy with dance teachers that actually perform outside of the recital. You might actually get your money's worth that way!
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I have been taking my child to AMSDS for many years, and have nothing but praise for Ann and her staff. The school is "NOT" a competetive dance studio, and they make that clear on their website. We have been to many dance workshops and compettions, and frankly i am appalled at what these other studios are teaching the kids. Ann Sill has been in this business for 37 years, so she must be doing something right. I would rather sink my money into a dance school where i know my child is learning more than "how to get to the top"or bump and grind. The majority of the children who take dance are there because they like to dance, the others are because their parents make them. I have sat in the lobby of AMSDS for many years and have heard just about everything there is to hear out of parents. It's no wonder Ann does not "chit chat" with every parent, the parents are usually the biggest problem. I think she keeps it hot, in the lobby, to eliminate the weak and undedicated.

Go Miss Ann!!!!!!!! You are doing a great job.
Proud AMSDS Mom

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I completely disagree with Sugar Land Mom, but what this boils down to is a point of view of what you would like to see in a studio. Having been a dancer for 20 years myself, I was a tad taken back at the competition dancers of today, but to each his/her own. It is accurate to say that there are many studios to choose from, and it's obvious that AMSDS is not a fit for SL Mom - which is fine, but doesn't warrant SL Mom's stab at the fine young dancers at the studio who work very hard. A majority of young dancers will never become professional dancers - which is OKAY. They enjoy themselves and are doing something good for their physical being. We have been with AMSDS for 6 years, and the staff has become more like family than anything that was described in the post. It's not just about "my child" receiving awards or being number one - it's about the groups learning to work together as a team, knowing that sometimes you could be chosen to lead but not always. It's about the students learning that you don't have to wear booty shorts and dance like an MTV music video to receive recognition. Ms. Ann teaches traditional dance, which is what I pay for her to do. I don't pay her to tell me what I want to hear, I pay her to run a dance studio and teach our children technical dance skills, with the added bonus of her exhibiting strong moral decisions on how our children are presenting themselves. As far as the cost - the studio is completely up front about the costs, and if one is taken aback, it's due to lack of attention. I can also state here that there are many, many extra-curricular activities that cost this much and more - dance is just what we have chosen. Finally, the temperature of the studio is to keep the dancer's muscles warm so that they don't injure themselves - complaining about that is relative to complaining about having an indoor swim school keep the A/C on for the kids to freeze when they get out of the pool, just so the parents are comfortable. Is this about the parents? Hmm.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a non-competitive dance school in the area, this one is the best. If you are making a decision based upon SL Mom, then you're taking one opinion out of thousands of happy moms, students and former students...after 37 years in business, Ms. Ann must be doing something right...which is teaching an art to the students and not cowing down to disgruntled and unreasonable parents. For that, and for those students who work so very hard and flourish in their love of dance, I am proud.
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This is my only complaint : Ms. Ann is really unfriendly!
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It's about time that Ms. Ann starts to get friendly and approachable. She's scaring away not only the parents but the students as well.
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Umm I under stand u don't like me but boo ya needs ta stop talkin bad girl
Sugar Land Mom wrote:
I have a rant of sorts. We are the parents of a young dancer who was attending the Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio in Sugar Land. It is the most unprofessional and unfriendly environment that makes the parent feel like an open bank account for their taking. Ann Moody herself is NOT friendly, never makes it a point to event try talking with the parents of her students except when it suites her financially. I think my daughter felt this too. She all of sudden wanted to quit. Not to mention she was not crazy about her teacher who talked really loud and to them like they are stupid. My daughter may be young but she is not stupid. The parent room is never comfortable. It's extremely loud and always hot. We all sit around for the hour our children are danicng sweating our own butts off. Not too mention, the older girls are far from ready for any sort of competition. Watching their recital, I knew, if my daughter chose dance as her hobby we would have to find a better place. A place where the people at least act like they enjoy life instead of walking around like they have a stick up their you know whats. Needless to say, I have researched other places and it is obvious to me that she runs it soley as a business and not as something she truly enjoys. The unprofessionalism and atmosphere alone is enough to make anyone want to quit. Anyways...my advice to parents and dancers alike...if you are serious about dancing and want a shcool that will help you make it to the top, skip this school all together. Try a real dance academy with dance teachers that actually perform outside of the recital. You might actually get your money's worth that way!
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Aug 20, 2012
 
i love this studio! i never ever wanna leave! All the teachers are very very nice and always are there when you need help! Dance is what gets me up and keeps me going! The teachers are great at explaining and making sure you understand! i could not have asked for a better studio! This studio has helped me in various ways! i have came out of my shell, i push myself harder than i ever did before, and it pushed me to try new things! i am very proud to be a amsds dancer and i am very very happy to have amazing teachers! amsds is the worlds best studio! Don't know what i would do without it! <3
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Aug 21, 2012
 
this studio is amazing, we are on entitled to are own opinion but this is studio is great and that's a fact! Mrs. Ann is very nice and very helpful! i honestly love this studio! i would never go to another! i love this studio and the teachers! Not only do we work hard but are teachers work hard too! they work hard to make sure we understand and they do very good at it!

I LOVE AMSDS!!!

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