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apdaisamazing

Des Moines, IA

#46 Mar 17, 2009
This is all stupid. You ovbiously dont know the stuido and amy as well as you think you do. If you spent any time in the studio you would know amy cares about her dancers more than anything and gives everyone what they deserve. If you have a problem you should have taken it up with all of the people you bashed personally. I am friends with marisa and she is at the studio every day from open to close and helps everyone. She worked very hard for her spots in those dances. You just need to rethink what you say before you say them. a very loving dancer.

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Dancer14

Colfax, IA

#47 Mar 18, 2009
You don't judge dance studios till you have tried it out. Everyone teaches different.
ilovedance

United States

#48 Mar 18, 2009
whats your point

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ilovedance

United States

#49 Mar 18, 2009
i just want to know im not agenst you just want to know

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dancer

Norwalk, IA

#51 May 1, 2009
Terrible Studio wrote:
This dance studio is not worthy enough of a rating. The dance instruction is poor, she is NOT College backed. She was hardly ever there to teach dance, and the students teachers should NOT be teaching. She does not pose as a good teacher looking anorexia. The atmosphere is poor with all the dirt dishing in the studio waiting room about her and work employees. Amy pays more attention to her dance team than her regular students, as the dance team members are very rude and acting goody goody to everyone. I am glad we left at the beginning of the year this year, cause for the past few years I have watched poor excuses be made, and watched past students arrive at the studio and she took her time to talk to them, than the students in the class room. They believe that when they arrive the dancing stops for them, as they believe they are the best dancers Amy has ever had. Last year at recital she let two of the past dancers dance, which I felt took away from the dancers of that year, and the seniors of 2008. My child begged me to remove her. And now we are at a much better place. Also don't trust the employees in the office. They are non worthy. Don't trust talking to anyone in that studio as they all are backstabbing people. And if you are on team you are NOTHING. But then I would not want my child to be on team there, and grow up like the nameless team members I have seen the past three years, and the way they act, and treat others as they are below them. And if you are not in the group of Kacies/Casey's or Marisa you are NOTHING. Amy get a clue... I watched alot of people leave.. Fix the problem or shut down.
ive met crazy dance moms in my time, but you are the craziest. you say your daughter begged you to stop dancing at amys..i wonder why. probably because all you did was complain around her about the studio non-stop. you didnt change studios for your daughters benefit you changed for your own. just because we werent getting 1st place overall at every competiton you decided amys was a horrible place and you needed to leave so you could win, is that really the reason you put your daughter into dance? dance moms forget the real reason we dancers dance. you act like we are professional dancers! we dance to have FUN and to create a second family. amy knows every single name of every dancer becuase she cares about us because we are a family. a true dance studio is like a family. there are problems at every dance studio so i dont know what you're expecting by going to a different studio. and what you said about the whole dishing in the lobby...obviously you were the leader of all that "dishing" that was going on. im glad you left theres probably way less drama without you.

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Janie

Des Moines, IA

#52 May 1, 2009
the only reason you all wrote bad things about the studio was to start more drama you obviously have already created at the studio...hate to break it to you but nobody at the studio has even talked about this, you got no where other than throwing a ridiculous temper tantrum. my studio is my family including my teachers who have created amazing dancers with some dancing outside of the studio in either colleges or becoming professional dancers. and really "she died"? middle school/high school girls from other studios start rumors like that...that shows a lot about you. as for the stupid favorites thing that happened like 3 years ago..its ridiculous. how could she have favorites when all the kids were on the same team, dancing in the same dances, and im pretty sure every dancer on the senior team at the time was in a small group, at least 1 large group, and production. this year has been drama free! probably because all the moms who were "dishing in the lobby" are gone. all the dancers at APDA know none of the teachers are playing "favorites" and care about every single one of us.

FYI our studio is doing amazing this year. in fact one of our small groups received 1st overall in omaha and won the dance off. and our production has received 1st overall at both the competitions we have attended. PLUS all our dancers are having FUN and it's a DRAMA FREE environment at the studio...isnt that what really matters?

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Dancer

Des Moines, IA

#53 Jun 15, 2009
I have been a dancer at APDA for nine years and I'm not on team but my class has all of the team girls that are my age in it. Amy cares about us all equally but when there are feature parts in our dances ALL of the girls who are in them are on team. And yes, some of the team girls can be stuck up but Amy doesn't have very much control over that. ALL of the staff are extermly nice to all of us.
Worst Studio Ever

Ankeny, IA

#54 Aug 2, 2009
Okay, All Amy cares about is her daughter Teddi, Teddi is the studio brat. Nobody can stand her. I was on team and I am so glad i quit. I was in a dance with Teddi a while back and all she did was ignore me. I hate how Amy is never in the classes she is in the hospital, talking or even just sitting in the office. She can talk for a long time. Yes she cares about all the dancers but the dancers are not her customers the parents are. And I was told recently that they do not except checks anymore. What is up with that? She needs to keep the parents satisfied. If you are on team. Or not... Just Quit. The 15th year anniversary of the studio was the Worst recital. Yeah now shes up on her feet. But how does anyone know that she will be open next Month. Why should anyone pay here? So glad i quit. And a lot of the dancers have. If Teddi and Treyor are going to dance they should go to a different studio. Just because they are Amy's kids does not give Amy the right to put them center stage, give Teddi a solo when she doesn't deserve it, let her kids leave class when ever they want, have them in so many dances a year and always give them features in dances. Amy, yes we understand that you are the owner but you say that you have to pay the same fees as everyone else and you don't. You don't have to pay tuition, you get discounts at dance stores because you give them more business, you get discounts at costumes and competitions, and you don't have to pay recital fees. And you give Ashton discounts because she is Teddi's best friend. So what if she is Teddi's Best Friend. All dancers at APDA should be treated equally. Teddi, Ashton and Treyor should never get special treatment. If you get discounts at dance it should be for like 10 bucks off tuition for teaching or something like that. Not full free costumes it is ridiculous. Ashton's dad is a farmer and sources say crops aren't selling good this year so if she isn't getting discounts then how can she pay for recital fees, competition fees, costume fees, tuition fees, and make-up for about 33 dances in the past 2 years. Amy don't give your daughter's best friends discounts. It's bad. And if you keep on doing it more people will find out and leave your studio and then you wouldn't have to have dances on separate days at recital when you have people pay for both days. if your dancing there...Leave.

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RaveyBaby

Ankeny, IA

#55 Aug 3, 2009
Really?? Worst Studio Ever? Teddi is an AMAZING girl with a great personality. Yes Amy calls Teddi "The studio brat" but she just jokes around with it. And everyone loves Teddi. And if she ignores you, shes probably not ignoring you she just isn't talking to you. Man up and talk to her. Amy isn't in classes a lot but if you haven't noticed it's called "AMY PEEL Dance Avenue" she has a lot to do. And Amy hasn't been in the hospital for a while now. She does talk a lot BUT... everything she says she means and she is so thoughtful. And Worst Studio Ever... You Quit! How would you know that she doesn't satisfy the parents. The parents and her are close. They don't except checks anymore. And my mom is one that is mad at that but you know what she deals with it because she knows how much i care about Amy and how much Amy cares about others. Who is your source?? It must not be any one on team because everyone on the team loves her a lot. She is up on her feet now and will be for a long time. Teddi deserves a solo. She is such an amazing dancer her solo this year got high gold TWICE and an Elite Top First (platinum). They don't leave class whenever they want they always ask. Amy doesn't have to pay for tuition or stuff like that but if you don't realize she has to pay for the studio's rent, electricity, and all the stuff that makes APDA look like a home to everyone. How do you know that Ashton gets discounts? How does your source know? If you don't dance there don't put these things on the net unless you know for sure. Ashton deserves every dance she gets same with Teddi. Amy doesn't give hand-outs. I came across this blog a while back and I hated it. And today i decided to see who has wrote new entries. Worst Studio Ever, You don't know Amy or anyone else at the studio. Don't Judge Amy or the studio. Give her a break her sister died a couple months ago and EVERYONE at the studio is tryed to make Amy , Teddi, Treyor, Linda, Tiegen and Ted feel better. APDA is my family and always will be. I know i can laugh when i am there. ILOVEAPDA!!<3:)

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Julie Vujnovich

United States

#56 Aug 13, 2009
To the Worst Dance Studio Ever:
Well, child, Amy is a parent and when you are a parent, your children come first. I love Teddi.'Nobody can stand her' would be a completely false statement. Were you really that selfish about Amy not being in the studio when she was in the hospital? It's sad that you have no sympathy for a person who was ill for such a long time. Amy talks to the parents because she is a sociable person.'Just sitting in the office?' Um wrong again, sister. She's always working. Her day never stops when she is at the studio and even when she's at home she's working. Thinking of costumes, choreography, the dancers, the parents. Her life is consumed by dance and she has been and will continue to be extremely successful. I liked your little comment about being on team, that you should quit but don't back up any sort of reasoning for it, you just move on to complain about a recital, again not backing up your complaints. I love every show APDA has ever put on. It's always a crowd pleaser and entertaining to all who watches. Why would Amy's own kids go to another studio when their mother owns one? That makes no sense. I'm pretty sure since it is AMY PEEL Dance Avenue, Amy's kids can be in however many dances they earn a spot in. They work hard like everyone else. You think Teddi can just hold her leg straight up in the air because she was born like that? No. She has been taught by her very own mother. Not many kids get to do what they love and be with their mom at work. I'm also pretty sure that Teddi and Treyor are not the only ones who get to do features. Maybe if you watch other people instead of gawking and exhaling hate upon Amy's kids, you'll see that other dancers have features too. And like Raven said, she has to pay for a lot of other things for the studio to even be in existance. Why would she pay for tuition when it's HER studio? Ask any other dance studio owner and I'll bet they can tell you that they receive discounts as well. Not just Amy Peel. Ashton is an amazing dancer and has worked hard to become that. She also did not just pop out the womb pulling off tours, aerials and back handsprings. Keep in mind she has an extremely long drive just about everyday to come to dance. That takes dedication not only from her but her parents. Oh and FYI, student helpers DO get a discount off of tuition for helping out in teaching classes.
Here's MY review about APDA:
I love APDA and will never forget it. I grew up with Amy and she will always hold a place in my heart as I know I will hers. She has been a person I have looked up to since day one. Dancing at APDA is one of the greatest things in my life and I'm so glad that I had the privelege to be apart of the APDA family. So I wasn't in the front row of every dance, I couldn't tour for days, and I wasn't that awesome at lyrical. But I had more fun dancing on stage than anything else. I'm so sad to have graduated this year because after 16 years of dancing, it's hard to leave Amy and everyone because it was such a big role in my life! I learned so much. I will miss every dancer I have ever met and only hope that I taught them something as well, and have made a lasting impression on them. These young girls and the dance moms are some of my favorite people in the world and I don't know what I would have done this past year without them. At APDA, everyone is there for support 24/7 and will always be there for you whenever you need it. To all my girls, I'm always just a phone call away and can be back home in less than an hour :) I love APDA ! Good luck this year, I'm sure it'll be even better than the last!

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notsocrazydancem om

Geneseo, IL

#57 Aug 29, 2009
Dear Worst Studio Ever - you need to actually know what you're talking about before you open your mouth and the crap falls out. This only makes you look bad, not the studio. Glad your gone, have fun at school, learn something.
MOMNDANCER

Millsboro, DE

#58 Feb 4, 2010
Twirl This wrote:
Amy is a fine dance teacher... its her other instructors hired that are not so good.
I wonder why people say such hurtful things? I wonder if people every put themselves in the shoes of a teacher... so much drama... makes me sick sometimes. then I come here and see all of these nasty comments about dance... I remember watching a show on CNN about moms that were posting bad things on the internet about pageant moms thinking "Im so glad dance is not like that". Guess I was wrong... just goes to show that there are those types of parents out there that live through their childre LIKE children. I really think that if we all took the time to take a long look in the mirror, we would see that there is soooo much more to life than this. My heart is saddened today that too many people were hurt because of one post that was better left to one's self. If you wanted to hurt my feelings, you have. I hope that you got everything wonderful out of it that you were intending to. Will it stop me? No. Will I cease to love what I do? No. Cruel cruel people in the world raising children to be just like them instead of teaching love for everyone, compassion for everyone. There are many sides to a story... why is it your side that HAS to be told? Why can't we accept each other and move on?
weloveUamy

Urbandale, IA

#59 Feb 18, 2010
i danced for amy for 15 years.
best time of my life. i loved every minute of it.
i love u amy.
your amazing. these people dont know anything about u.
i still think of that studio as family:)
Shaun Eilander

United States

#60 Apr 2, 2010
Dear Worst Studio Ever,
I love how you can talk shit behide a freaking computer screen, and probably to other people too. Just not to Amy or anyone elses face. And just an FYI you obviously werent that much of an impact on our great dancing because no one has even noticed that you have left. It doesnt matter who you are everyone that cares about Amy and her studio is still there and supporting her no mattter what happens.
Oh yeah and about the Teddi and Treyor thing. I'm pretty sure they will be way better than you will ever be so maybe you should look in the mirror. You are just mad because you cant do anything they can. and about Ashton. Her Mom works also not just her Dad she has two parents not just one. and Kris works in the office almost everyday of the week. Also its none of your freaking business if she gets dicounts or not you are wasting yourtime talking crap about it if you are already gone. Grow up and be mature...
Seriously I have danced for 7 years and i have been so happy to come to dance everyday since i started. Amy treats everyone with a great amount of respect. Also she isnt jsut a dance teacher she is the owner director, she picks costumes for every dance and she also has to figure out recital and competitions.
You better check yourself before you wreck yourself!!!!!!!!!!Says TREYOR EFFIN WOOD-
Thanks,
Shaun Eilander :)
youre annoying

Ames, IA

#61 Apr 6, 2010
Worst Studio Ever wrote:
Okay, All Amy cares about is her daughter Teddi, Teddi is the studio brat. Nobody can stand her. I was on team and I am so glad i quit. I was in a dance with Teddi a while back and all she did was ignore me. I hate how Amy is never in the classes she is in the hospital, talking or even just sitting in the office. She can talk for a long time. Yes she cares about all the dancers but the dancers are not her customers the parents are. And I was told recently that they do not except checks anymore. What is up with that? She needs to keep the parents satisfied. If you are on team. Or not... Just Quit. The 15th year anniversary of the studio was the Worst recital. Yeah now shes up on her feet. But how does anyone know that she will be open next Month. Why should anyone pay here? So glad i quit. And a lot of the dancers have. If Teddi and Treyor are going to dance they should go to a different studio. Just because they are Amy's kids does not give Amy the right to put them center stage, give Teddi a solo when she doesn't deserve it, let her kids leave class when ever they want, have them in so many dances a year and always give them features in dances. Amy, yes we understand that you are the owner but you say that you have to pay the same fees as everyone else and you don't. You don't have to pay tuition, you get discounts at dance stores because you give them more business, you get discounts at costumes and competitions, and you don't have to pay recital fees. And you give Ashton discounts because she is Teddi's best friend. So what if she is Teddi's Best Friend. All dancers at APDA should be treated equally. Teddi, Ashton and Treyor should never get special treatment. If you get discounts at dance it should be for like 10 bucks off tuition for teaching or something like that. Not full free costumes it is ridiculous. Ashton's dad is a farmer and sources say crops aren't selling good this year so if she isn't getting discounts then how can she pay for recital fees, competition fees, costume fees, tuition fees, and make-up for about 33 dances in the past 2 years. Amy don't give your daughter's best friends discounts. It's bad. And if you keep on doing it more people will find out and leave your studio and then you wouldn't have to have dances on separate days at recital when you have people pay for both days. if your dancing there...Leave.
first since you clearly dont know, crops aren't all the income you get on a farm and ashton pays what everyone else does. how would you even know? you dont so stop talking crap.
that is extremely selfish of you to amy saying shes not there for her dancers but rather in the hospital...what did you want her to do come teach while shes trying to fight an infection?
if you hate amys so much why did you come watch our 15th anniversary recital or any recital previous? you are obviously the brat and need to get over yourself and go back to your studio...studio dance isnt going to be the rest of your life so get over it
Jgrubb

Iowa City, IA

#62 Mar 14, 2012
Wow I haven't read this blog in a while, but I am overwhelmed with all the APDA love!!! Amy's family as well as all the dancers will ALWAYS be considered FAMILY to me! I have a lot of fond memories from dancing there that I will cherish for a lifetime :) Here's the thing, there are always people that are unsatisfied in their lives, you can't make everyone happy no matter how much you try. But I find it truly inspiring to see how MUCH Amy has affected SO MANY young girls lives in such a POSITIVE manner. So to everyone that is or was upset about a couple of peoples comments, just let it go. WE know what we have found at APDA is simply amazing and NO ONE can tell us any differently!! <3
jvenema

United States

#63 Jan 12, 2013
I danced at Amy's for 7 years and on team for 5 years. Best years of my life. Period. I'd give anything to get those days back.

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