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Karen

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#21
Aug 12, 2012
 
Oliva's without a doubt!
jaz

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#22
Aug 12, 2012
 
When does olivias start to register for the fall
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#23
Aug 12, 2012
 
jaz wrote:
When does olivias start to register for the fall
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She has it on her answering machine
Heather

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#24
Aug 12, 2012
 
My daughter loves Oliva Dodds!!
This will be her 3rd year and she is so excited to start in the fall
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#25
Aug 13, 2012
 
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I would choose michelles, she is much more laid back and down to earth. Olivas to strict and thinks highly of herself like shes to good for anyone.
She is laid back for sure.
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#26
Oct 13, 2012
 
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At michelle's they can start at 2 years old if they are potty trained.
it's is 3 yrs old and has to be potty trained
Competition Dance Mom

Lake Charles, LA

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#27
Oct 29, 2012
 
They are very different dance studios. And in a small town, it's a positive thing. Olivas is all about technique and is very strict. my friends daughters were put on their knees for talking. She does not offer Hip Hop classes and is more classical. Michelles is definitely more laid back and upbeat. The girls never have to stand at the barre or hear classical music. Michelle does have a recital every year but it is not even close to the expense parents pay to be in one of olivas recitals. And yes, I do know what I'm talking about. I talk to parents all the time and I never hear anyone switching from Michelle's to Olivas. It's always the other way around. This is Eunice, and most parents are not expecting professional dancers at the end of 15 years of dance. Alice Pucheu is an exception and she graduated from Michelles Studio of Dance. I went to Olivas when I was young(for 10 years) and did not have fun and that's why my daughters attend Michelle's. They love dance, gym, and competition and they are taught by Michelle, Haley, and Lainey. The only ones who have occasional student teachers are the preschool age students.
Jenn

Paige, TX

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#28
Oct 30, 2012
 
Competition Dance Mom wrote:
They are very different dance studios. And in a small town, it's a positive thing. Olivas is all about technique and is very strict. my friends daughters were put on their knees for talking. She does not offer Hip Hop classes and is more classical. Michelles is definitely more laid back and upbeat. The girls never have to stand at the barre or hear classical music. Michelle does have a recital every year but it is not even close to the expense parents pay to be in one of olivas recitals. And yes, I do know what I'm talking about. I talk to parents all the time and I never hear anyone switching from Michelle's to Olivas. It's always the other way around. This is Eunice, and most parents are not expecting professional dancers at the end of 15 years of dance. Alice Pucheu is an exception and she graduated from Michelles Studio of Dance. I went to Olivas when I was young(for 10 years) and did not have fun and that's why my daughters attend Michelle's. They love dance, gym, and competition and they are taught by Michelle, Haley, and Lainey. The only ones who have occasional student teachers are the preschool age students.
Oliva does discipline the kids, but only if they need to be. It's just like in school, they are there to learn, if they are talking and cutting up, they will be corrected. Will they be put on their knees? No!
Girls don't switch from Michelle's to Oliva's because they would be lost at Oliva's and do not have proper technique.
Even the moms of kids who go to Michelle's laugh and say its a joke and their girls just play...but they are having fun. There needs to be a mixture of fun and learning, and that's what Oliva's provides.
Competition Dance Mom

Lake Charles, LA

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#29
Oct 30, 2012
 
I have 3 different friends with 7 daughters between them, ages 8-12 and every one of them were put in their knees for talking while waiting in line for their turn on the mat. Every one of those girls are now serious dancers at Michelle's. Dancing is an extracurricular activity and should be fun and not be compared to school. Michelle's students lack technique and skills??? Really?? Check out the awards they won this past weekend at the Tramaine Dance Convention in Houston. They must be doing something correct. Senior & Teen Teams both won numerous awards. Some moms may just have daughters that want to play while they are in class and that is fine when they are younger, but do not underestimate Michelle's dancers. They can compete any day with Olivas on the competitve stage.
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Dallas, TX

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#30
Oct 30, 2012
 
Competition Dance Mom wrote:
I have 3 different friends with 7 daughters between them, ages 8-12 and every one of them were put in their knees for talking while waiting in line for their turn on the mat. Every one of those girls are now serious dancers at Michelle's. Dancing is an extracurricular activity and should be fun and not be compared to school. Michelle's students lack technique and skills??? Really?? Check out the awards they won this past weekend at the Tramaine Dance Convention in Houston. They must be doing something correct. Senior & Teen Teams both won numerous awards. Some moms may just have daughters that want to play while they are in class and that is fine when they are younger, but do not underestimate Michelle's dancers. They can compete any day with Olivas on the competitve stage.
Lmmfao Michelle students compete with oliva's?!?! What are u smoking!!????! Not in a Million years lmfao Michelle has tried to become certified under dance masters of America and she can't get the recommendations from people that are members. Tremaine isnt accredited like dance masters. Tell Michelle to attend some real competitions with her students and see how they place.
Competition Dance Mom

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#31
Oct 30, 2012
 
Does Oliva attend any dance conventions other than the one with members that she has to pay a membership to be a part of? I honestly dont know thats why im asking. Michelle's competition teams compete at Tramaine(who are highly trained and professional- check out their Facebook page), JUMP, Star Power, and other state wide competitions. I have attended dance masters as a dancer at Olivas (3 times) and as a spectator. I would not pay for my daughter to attend one of their convenions. BORING !!!! That is my optional. Some people like all the broadway show tunes(some they did last year bc I saw the video) and classics like music from the sound of music for recital. Everyone is different just like the studios, their instructors, and their students. I am still very good friends with Oliva and her family. But for you to think that our Senior & Teen competition team can't dance, you're ridiculous. Both studios are good at what they do...for us it's lyrical, hip hop, street dancing and y'all it's pointe, tap, and ballet. I guess that's why we never meet up at competitions.
Jenn

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#32
Oct 31, 2012
 
Competition Dance Mom wrote:
Does Oliva attend any dance conventions other than the one with members that she has to pay a membership to be a part of? I honestly dont know thats why im asking. Michelle's competition teams compete at Tramaine(who are highly trained and professional- check out their Facebook page), JUMP, Star Power, and other state wide competitions. I have attended dance masters as a dancer at Olivas (3 times) and as a spectator. I would not pay for my daughter to attend one of their convenions. BORING !!!! That is my optional. Some people like all the broadway show tunes(some they did last year bc I saw the video) and classics like music from the sound of music for recital. Everyone is different just like the studios, their instructors, and their students. I am still very good friends with Oliva and her family. But for you to think that our Senior & Teen competition team can't dance, you're ridiculous. Both studios are good at what they do...for us it's lyrical, hip hop, street dancing and y'all it's pointe, tap, and ballet. I guess that's why we never meet up at competitions.
It's "Tremaine" not "Tramaine"

And you think it's ok for the girls to be talking while the teacher is teaching? Even if its not their turn, they learn by watching the others and listening to the teacher with the other students. That's disrespectful and distracting to the child who's trying to listen to the teacher and take their turn.
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#33
Oct 31, 2012
 
everyone has their own opinion, which is great. but it's stupid to argue over a website. THIS WEBSITE IS FULL OF SHIT!! it causes nothing but trouble and cause strangers to fuss about the craziest stuff. if you wanna know where to bring your child just pick a place a try it out on your own and if you dont like it then switch!! it's the best way to go!!! ONCE AGAIN FUCK THIS WEBSITE AND EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTS IT!!
Jessica

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I am a 14year student of Oliva Dodd's, and now an instructor. I am also a mother of 4....I absolutely love it there ! If u want your child to be involved in quality dance instuction,as well as stucture in the classroom Oliva's is the way to go! We also incoorporate many fun games and way of learning in each class. I have never had any problem with any mom's, are students. People who say our studio is too strict are just ignorate, and have a problem with following rules!!! Yes, we have certain rules such as uniform , and hair must be up and no jewlery worn while in class...But these rules are inforced because this is a professional studio. We have students being called and scouted by broadway productions in New York! We have students being asked to teach in conventions ,we go to real DMA conventions and competions where they bring home multiple scholorships every year! The real question to ask yourself is here, do u want your child to be in a structured envirnment with graduated and trained instructors who truley love and care about each and every student? Are if u just looking for a babysitter and don't care if your child is learning ,only having fun in total chaos ? Oliva Dodd's Studio is a proffesional studio where we all take pride in assureing each student is learning ,as well as having fun!!!
Lying Ho

Opelousas, LA

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Jessica wrote:
I am a 14year student of Oliva Dodd's, and now an instructor. I am also a mother of 4....I absolutely love it there ! If u want your child to be involved in quality dance instuction,as well as stucture in the classroom Oliva's is the way to go! We also incoorporate many fun games and way of learning in each class. I have never had any problem with any mom's, are students. People who say our studio is too strict are just ignorate, and have a problem with following rules!!! Yes, we have certain rules such as uniform , and hair must be up and no jewlery worn while in class...But these rules are inforced because this is a professional studio. We have students being called and scouted by broadway productions in New York! We have students being asked to teach in conventions ,we go to real DMA conventions and competions where they bring home multiple scholorships every year! The real question to ask yourself is here, do u want your child to be in a structured envirnment with graduated and trained instructors who truley love and care about each and every student? Are if u just looking for a babysitter and don't care if your child is learning ,only having fun in total chaos ? Oliva Dodd's Studio is a proffesional studio where we all take pride in assureing each student is learning ,as well as having fun!!!
Oh my! Where to start??
1. Based on your spelling skills and grammar, I have a tough time believing you were ever a student of ANYTHING. Seek more education, I implore you!
2. What is "ignorate"?
3. What is "inforced"?
4. What is "truley"?
Basically, you (NOT U) are NOT educated, NOT professional, and are TRULY a terrible spokesperson for the studio. If you were my employee, you'd be looking for another job now.
honestly

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Lying Ho wrote:
<quoted text>Oh my! Where to start??
1. Based on your spelling skills and grammar, I have a tough time believing you were ever a student of ANYTHING. Seek more education, I implore you!
2. What is "ignorate"?
3. What is "inforced"?
4. What is "truley"?
Basically, you (NOT U) are NOT educated, NOT professional, and are TRULY a terrible spokesperson for the studio. If you were my employee, you'd be looking for another job now.
I was just thinking the same thing!
Dancer

Opelousas, LA

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#37
Dec 10, 2012
 
As said in some of the other comments, by saying Mrs. Oliva is strict and orderly, people assume she is mean and harsh. This is my eleventh year at her studio. I would not trade these years for the world. Anywhere I go and I say I go to Oliva's, I always here all the rumors and basically just CRAP said about my loving dance teacher. It does become redundant after awhile. If you weren't in that class, don't start telling lies about her. If you're choosing Michelle's over Oliva's, you're definitely not looking for technique. For those who say Mrs. Oliva punishes too hard, I have personally seen students smack their teeth, roll their eyes, and yell in inappropriate language to my teacher. Are you saying you wouldn't do something about this? Oh, and what did she do? Send them out the class. No "Slapping with sticks," or "vulgar language in reply." I would love to reckon with the people who start these RUMORS. These students only started doing this because they were didn't want to do anything but disrespect the teacher who was being nothing but nice to them. If you like a certain dance studio, fine. Doesn't matter, but when you attack my dance studio and teacher, that's when I have a problem. Mrs. Oliva is certified by Dance Masters of America. She gets offers for her students to attend workshops with world renound dancers. We just won numerous scholarships over Thanksgiving break at one of these conventions. I would love to see Oliva's and Michelle's go head to head at a competition. Don't go around saying Mrs. Oliva isn't qualified and that her dancers are always off. Have you been to a city performance with the other dance school? Yikes. Mrs. Oliva is one of the most loving, caring, and generous people I know. Learn this for yourself.
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Opelousas, LA

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#38
Dec 10, 2012
 
^ I'm not the name person as the first comment,"dancer."
Alison

Opelousas, LA

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#39
Nov 21, 2013
 
I attended both Oliva's (7 years) and Michelle's (7 years) School of dance. I started at Mrs. Oliva's right before I turned 3 years old and I switched to Michelle's when I was about 10 years old. I attended both for 7 years. I switched to michelle's because all my friends switched to Michelles. I believed they switched because michelle has a recital every year and Oliva's recitals are every other year. Michelle is laid back but I believe she is too laid back. There were some classes where all we did was sit around and talk. Most of the time Michelle was upstairs and a student taught the class. Oliva does actually teach her students for every class and she is much more organized. She made sure that you received a costume if you paid for it. My parents have paid for costumes from Michelle and NEVER received them because they ran out AFTER I paid or sold MY paid for costume to someone else. Both dance schools have their pros and cons. I would pick Oliva for my daughter because I know she would learn good technique over their. Maybe Michelle has changed over the years and maybe she actually teaches, now. I can tell you when I attended Michelle's I felt like it was a waste of time and money because a classmate would teach us. We would spend at least 30 minutes of the class just sitting around. I do not recommend Michelle.
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#40
Nov 21, 2013
 
I also recommend oliva's!! If you want structure and discipline then oliva's is the place to go. Oliva's recital costumes are also very conservative compared to Michelle's! I would never let my daughter wear those costumes or do those booty popping moves as an 8 year old like they do at Michelle's! Also oliva's recital is every other year so you don't have to dish out all that money every year!

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