Brasstown Dance school OVER PRICED, O...

Brasstown Dance school OVER PRICED, OVER RATED, OVER IT

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Historical researcher

Buffalo, NY

#1 May 15, 2009
If you are looking for a dance class for your children, I would look past Brasstown Dance School. My daughter was enrolled there this past year and it has been nothing but disappointment after disappointment. Just want to save another mother the heartache of signing up there.

1. You are not allowed to watch your child. They have a small waiting area where the parents are sitting together, then the children go into a closed door room where the parents ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GO INTO! at the beginning of the year, they allow you to see your child on a VERY SMALL video screen. Then they turn it off after December because they say that the recital is a Big surprise for the parents. Well if you have a 3 year old, trust me the recital day is going to be a big surprise no matter what they do. That really made me mad, because I want to see how my daughter is doing and it should not be a big deal. There is no sound on the video, so you have no idea what is going on.

2. The cost of this place is outrageous! One class that lasts 30 minutes is $42.00 per month. They stay right on schedule too. Not a minute longer. You are in a contract where you pay $420 a class and there is no backing out of it even if your 3 year old doesn't like it. THey give you one free class at the beginning to see if they are going to like it.- Then they tell you how well your child is doing and you have to take their word because you can't see what is going on!

3. Doesn't every parent want to see their child at the dance recital and also the rest of the family? Well if you want to see them at the dance recital it is going to cost your family a lot of money. They are charging $12 a ticket to see your child. They give you 2 free tickets for yourself and spouse, but do not allow siblings in without payment. At $12 per ticket, it is robbery! I have never paid that much to see a dance recital. It is hard to invite people to the show then say, well if you want to see her you have to pay $12 for her 30 seconds on the stage! That is rediculous.

4. In addition to the cost of the class, you pay at least $65 dollars for their costume they wear at the recital. I understand the costumes have to be made and should not be free, but those costumes are not worth $65.

5. The recital!!! This is where it is really crazy. The owner tells you up to the point of the rehearsal that you will be able to see your child in the dress rehearsal. You are supposed to walk your child to the stage with a group, then go through another door to go into the seating area of the auditorium so that you can see them do their little dance. Well the owner ( Susan Vardeman) decided right after we dropped our children off that she didn't want us to see their performance, so she LOCKED all the doors to the auditorium so we could not enter. WHY? What is the point of that? We deserved to see what we were paying for? Not only that, but what about the safety of our children? If there would have been an emergency and all the doors are locked there is no way they could have gottn out of there. When someone asked about, she said. oh I changed my mind about it.

I don't feel good about airing this kind of information about on a company, but I feel that it should be known what is going on at this dance school. I want mothers to be aware so that they may not experience the same heartache as the mothers in our class have experienced. It is really sad to know that something that we put our child into to have fun and socialize with other toddlers and be kids turned into this. I hope other mothers will use this information when making a decision about dance classes. I have been honest about this review and I hope to help another mother not have to go through the heartache that many of the mothers in this school have went through. I am not trying to bash anyone or say anything to intentionally hurt anyone, this is my personal experience.

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#2 May 16, 2009
Having put two daughters through several years of dance classes and attending many recitals, I can tell you that it is expensive, but the cost you quoted seem to be no higher than there were nearly ten years ago.
I'm afraid I can't quite grasp the "heartache" that you experienced.
I had very good experiences with that dance studio where my daughters are concerned. I wonder whether parents' expectations are too high for toddlers taking dance lessons and being in recitals.
A Thought

Lexington, KY

#3 May 16, 2009
Historical researcher wrote:
If you are looking for a dance class for your children, I would look past Brasstown Dance School. My daughter was enrolled there this past year and it has been nothing but disappointment after disappointment. Just want to save another mother the heartache of signing up there.
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Your child maybe ready for dance class...but you are not. I treasure the years of dance I took when I was young. Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is expensive to run the business. Have YOU ever dealt with a group of children AND their parents? Try it...you will see that you don't need a bunch of over-critical parents watching what you do and what others in the group are doing. If you have a 3 yr old in dance class, let her have FUN and let Ms. Vardeman do her job. I know her and I would trust her with my children.
Miss Anne

Dawsonville, GA

#4 May 16, 2009
I have often wondered how "Mountain Classic Dance' a non profit dance company morphed into Brasstown Dance school a Susan Vardeman owned dance company?
Amethyst

Adel, GA

#5 May 16, 2009
Miss Anne wrote:
I have often wondered how "Mountain Classic Dance' a non profit dance company morphed into Brasstown Dance school a Susan Vardeman owned dance company?
Miss Anne, Did I work with you at YHC? Did I bring you "stuff" to type-set in NC? I have been wondering where you were...what happened to you. If you are Anne that I know...please reply.

mb
chasity brown

Dawsonville, GA

#6 May 16, 2009
i am a mother at brasstown dance school and have the misfortune of also being in this same class. this mother was ready for dance school and my child was also. if they do a good job they are not praised. and when someone gives you misinformation or keeps changing their minds that is the same as lying. i run a business also and i do deal with mothers and children and i also taught bible school last year and had to deal with mothers and children there. if you are told the right thing, then things will go smoothly. the expense is a little extreme for a three year old and i wouldnt mind paying if the experience was worth it. i have a huge family in this area and we all go to each thing and support each other. i DO NOT LIKE THE LOCKING OUT PARENTS OR NOT ABLE TO WATCH TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. we have checked, and blairsville school of dance is cheaper, more kid appropiate for this age group and you get two 1 hour classes for the price of a 1 day a week 30 minute class. they also dont offer anything but creative movement at this dance school, were the other one offers clogging, hip hop, ballet and tap. so if i was a mother choosing again and knowing what i know now, i would have went with blairsville school of dance or gymnastics in blairsville.
Dance mom

Pendergrass, GA

#7 May 16, 2009
If you want your daughter to be a half-way good dancer, then take them right on over to Blairsville. If you want your daughter to have fun and become a wonderful dancer go to Brasstown Dance taught by dancers who really care.
georgia gal

Jefferson, GA

#8 May 16, 2009
HR, did it occur to you that you sound small and petty by complaining (or perhaps you are bragging )that you pay $45.00 for a dance class when there are people that cannot even buy groceries right now? Shame on you !

“Southern Style”

Since: May 09

Murfreesboro, TN

#9 May 16, 2009
Dont forget the $80 in gas to fill up her Suburban
chasity brown

Paintsville, KY

#10 May 16, 2009
these children did make friends that i feel they will have for years and my child is three and i have my priorities in order, it is for her to have a good time and not be a great dancer til she old enough to grow up and decide if she wants to be. it is more social interaction for a child of this age, i have never agreed with the mother screaming in the stands at the ball game. that is the whole point of let us have a fun time and dont make it stressful. as to the money aspect of this, i have some family members that couldnt attend tonight cause they dont have enough money to pay their housements all the time. so they had to not see the recital because of the expense. seems alittle extreme to me. but then i have never cared much for money as these people do and more about my blessed family all getting to be together for these events...in the event they arent here one day so we can remember when we were
dancer mom

Pendergrass, GA

#11 May 16, 2009
chasity brown wrote:
these children did make friends that i feel they will have for years and my child is three and i have my priorities in order, it is for her to have a good time and not be a great dancer til she old enough to grow up and decide if she wants to be. it is more social interaction for a child of this age, i have never agreed with the mother screaming in the stands at the ball game. that is the whole point of let us have a fun time and dont make it stressful. as to the money aspect of this, i have some family members that couldnt attend tonight cause they dont have enough money to pay their housements all the time. so they had to not see the recital because of the expense. seems alittle extreme to me. but then i have never cared much for money as these people do and more about my blessed family all getting to be together for these events...in the event they arent here one day so we can remember when we were
If you don't like where your child is dancing, please just take her out and quit bitching about it. The Brasstown Dance studio is NOT going to go out business if you take your child elsewhere. Just stop complaining if you don't like it.

Since: Aug 07

Location hidden

#12 May 17, 2009
chasity brown wrote:
these children did make friends that i feel they will have for years and my child is three and i have my priorities in order, it is for her to have a good time and not be a great dancer til she old enough to grow up and decide if she wants to be. it is more social interaction for a child of this age, i have never agreed with the mother screaming in the stands at the ball game. that is the whole point of let us have a fun time and dont make it stressful. as to the money aspect of this, i have some family members that couldnt attend tonight cause they dont have enough money to pay their housements all the time. so they had to not see the recital because of the expense. seems alittle extreme to me. but then i have never cared much for money as these people do and more about my blessed family all getting to be together for these events...in the event they arent here one day so we can remember when we were
Good to hear that your child enjoyed the classes. The kids learn about following direction, working in a group and of course the fitness part of dance is great.
There will be other recitals for the family to attend and I hope they will be able to do so. Be patient, it gets better and better each year.
Historical researcher

Texarkana, TX

#13 May 17, 2009
georgia gal wrote:
HR, did it occur to you that you sound small and petty by complaining (or perhaps you are bragging )that you pay $45.00 for a dance class when there are people that cannot even buy groceries right now? Shame on you !
That is exactly my point about the whole dance recital being so expensive in this economy. My entire family was very excited to see my daughter dance on the big stage. Unfortunately, that did not happen because it was way too expensive for the entire family to go. I am sure it is not petty to a lot of people and I know that lots of families had to miss out on the opportunity to see their sibling/friend & relative. I don't mean to sound small, Like everyone on here posting, I have an opinion about something and I think other mothers should know what to expect when placing their child at Brasstown. I am happy that other people have had a good experiences for the sake of their child. I really wish I could say the same, but unfortunately that is not the case. It is not the case for me and not the case for many other mothers that attended this year. I hope that next year my daughter has a good experience with a whole lot of new faces and new friends. Someone said that my daughter is ready for classes, but I am not. That is so true. I may not be ready, but I know that when I am ready... it will not be at Brasstown.
NY Dancer

Texarkana, TX

#14 May 17, 2009
dancer mom wrote:
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If you don't like where your child is dancing, please just take her out and quit bitching about it. The Brasstown Dance studio is NOT going to go out business if you take your child elsewhere. Just stop complaining if you don't like it.
Excuse me, but I am looking to find a dance studio for my son and daughter, I want to hear before I waste my money! I would rather hear from these locals and people that have expereinced it than waste my money and put my kids in a place like this! I don't understand the locked door thing. Seems to me if you don't let the parents watch you are hiding something. Ever hear of 2 way mirror? Hello! ESPECIALLY FOR 3 year olds. I would have never left my child if that was the case. Someone please explain the viewing area issue. I want to understand the reasoning behind that!

“Southern Style”

Since: May 09

Tyngsboro, MA

#15 May 17, 2009
NY Dancer wrote:
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Excuse me, but I am looking to find a dance studio for my son and daughter, I want to hear before I waste my money! I would rather hear from these locals and people that have expereinced it than waste my money and put my kids in a place like this! I don't understand the locked door thing. Seems to me if you don't let the parents watch you are hiding something. Ever hear of 2 way mirror? Hello! ESPECIALLY FOR 3 year olds. I would have never left my child if that was the case. Someone please explain the viewing area issue. I want to understand the reasoning behind that!
yea! thats a good place for a young boy to be... danceing..maybe he will be a high school cheerleader to.
noname

Homer, GA

#16 May 17, 2009
chasity brown wrote:
i am a mother at brasstown dance school and have the misfortune of also being in this same class. this mother was ready for dance school and my child was also. if they do a good job they are not praised. and when someone gives you misinformation or keeps changing their minds that is the same as lying. i run a business also and i do deal with mothers and children and i also taught bible school last year and had to deal with mothers and children there. if you are told the right thing, then things will go smoothly. the expense is a little extreme for a three year old and i wouldnt mind paying if the experience was worth it. i have a huge family in this area and we all go to each thing and support each other. i DO NOT LIKE THE LOCKING OUT PARENTS OR NOT ABLE TO WATCH TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. we have checked, and blairsville school of dance is cheaper, more kid appropiate for this age group and you get two 1 hour classes for the price of a 1 day a week 30 minute class. they also dont offer anything but creative movement at this dance school, were the other one offers clogging, hip hop, ballet and tap. so if i was a mother choosing again and knowing what i know now, i would have went with blairsville school of dance or gymnastics in blairsville.
Don't let the door hit you in the but on the way out
Kids Kan

Monsey, NY

#17 May 17, 2009
I understand the parents of the 3 years concerns but I also understand the process of putting on such a production as a recital. The recital was held at the Clegg Auditorium and it was an awesome experience for the youngsters. One problem with using such a facility is the capability for communication. The teachers were upstairs on the stage while the young dancers were housed downstairs (2 floors down) in the dressing room. The mothers waited patiently with the girls who were having a great time playing, socializing, reading books etc. If the director had to make a change in the plan or her mind as stated earlier, it was not cleary communicated to the parents simply because she could not be everywhere. In the brochure that was handed out to the parents explaining the expectations of recital week and the big event, all areas were covered as well as the need for all to be patient and let the teachers do their jobs after all the dance company has put on several recitals at Clegg and they know the ends and outs.

I throughly enjoyed the recital and was wowed by the talent of all the students especially the Fusion dance team. I am not interested in my child receiving more than 30 minutes of instruction. For her age that is appropriate. I do not wish to be present during instruction. I understand that children do better (in most cases) without their parents around and further more need away time in order to become more independent and confident in themselves. I got from this past dance season exactly what I expected for my 3 year old. A chance to dance, work in a team, become a better listener and most importantly, be exposed to the arts through dance and movement.
Georgia Dancer

Homer, GA

#18 May 17, 2009
NY Dancer wrote:
<quoted text>
Excuse me, but I am looking to find a dance studio for my son and daughter, I want to hear before I waste my money! I would rather hear from these locals and people that have expereinced it than waste my money and put my kids in a place like this! I don't understand the locked door thing. Seems to me if you don't let the parents watch you are hiding something. Ever hear of 2 way mirror? Hello! ESPECIALLY FOR 3 year olds. I would have never left my child if that was the case. Someone please explain the viewing area issue. I want to understand the reasoning behind that!
Viewing at any Dance studios is necessary so that teachers can teach and the children can learn without knowing they can run to mom crying,etc. The waiting room at Brasstown is small and a 2-way mirror is a good idea. But I doubt the annoying mothers who have posted would watch due to their irritating yakking. Which was the only probably I had with the viewing.
Amethyst

Adel, GA

#19 May 17, 2009
Does anyone know how to contact Miss Anne from Brasstown Dance Co.? I am a old friend who wants to contact her.
Amethyst

Adel, GA

#20 May 17, 2009
Miss Anne was the teacher at Mountain Classic Dance in Young Harris many years ago...can anyone tell me how to contact her?
Thanks!

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