Review: Dance Connection
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J Hastings

Chicago, IL

#62 Feb 14, 2012
While I wasn't there and don't know the tone used, I have to take the side of the school on this. Part of what a quality dance school does is not only teach dance technique, but proper discipline and behavior in the classroom. Granted, not every child in a dance school will become a professional dancer or move onto more advanced classes, but the discipline should be started young. I admit I'm biased as when I started dance training it was expected to be hard and you were expected to behave and parents didn't complain to teachers because they enforced discipline in the classroom (I sound like an old lady!)
A child who keeps saying 'teacher, teacher,teacher' over and over should be corrected (reminded gently, again I wasn't there)that they need to raise their hand and wait to be called on, or whatever the standard procedure for asking questions is at that particular studio. I realize the child is three, and should only be gently admonished at this age, but still, in the name of discipline something needed to be said.
Your review of this studio actually makes me think I'd WANT to send my child there, especially if they showed interested in dancing more seriously later. Dance connection obviously thinks classroom etiquette and discipline important. If I were a parent of another child in that class I'd be annoyed if another child kept hollering 'teacher, teacher' over and over, disrupting class and taking attention. Sulking and refusing to participate for the rest of class is not acceptable either. There's a ton of studios out there that will take your money and smile and say how wonderful your child is doing without teaching them anything. I have had students of those studios come through my auditions in my role as a theatrical choreographer and frankly, I can't use them, even if they have danced for years. Even if they had decent technique, the have no idea how to behave properly in rehearsal.
I'd much rather go to Dance Connection where I KNOW my child gets a quality dance education with all the discipline that goes with it.Even if they didn't dance later in life, the discipline skills they learn will serve them well in any profession. While I haven't taken from Janine, I have taken classes from Elizabeth and she is good teacher and gives an excellent class!
Kelsie E

Chico, CA

#63 May 1, 2012
I've grown up around the Dance Connection. Started dancing there when I was 3 years old and continued on until I reached high school. I got too busy and it was a bit of a drive for me. The Dance Connection is a well ran dance school. The teachers are friendly and they know what they are doing. To add, many of their students have continued dancing and majored in dance in college. It's very much a family feel.
And to the woman who thinks Janie yelled at her daughter. I am sorry but I kinda just have to laugh. Janie is one of the nicest women I have ever met and I know she truly cares about each of her students. She loves what she does. This I know because I've been around her my entire life. I'm family and she's never yelled at me. I've seen her be stern and I swear that woman does it in one of the nicest ways- I've never quite understood it :)
I would definitely recommend the Dance Connection for your children!
Patricia Davis

Stockton, CA

#64 Mar 6, 2013
I don't know the person these women are referring to, but Janie LaBarthe is the most loving teacher of dancers I can imagine. I've danced with her almost 20 years as an adult tap dancer, and watched her in all kinds of circumstances. I am not recognizing these interchanges. I am a retired teacher myself although not of pre-schoolers, and I always find it amazing that she has the patience to teach the little ones after our adult class. I would never hostage and did enroll my son in tap when he was small with Elizabeth as his teacher. I unhesitatingly recommend the wonderful staff at Dance COnnection.
dancerfor12years andquit

San Francisco, CA

#65 Jun 20, 2015
Dancer for 13yrs wrote:
To whoever you are, you don't even get it. Whoever hates D.C. are fools. You don't even understand.
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i danced at dance connection for 12 years with my bestfriend. it was great until lindsey left. i was verbally abused and harrassed by a teacher that was one of my favorites when i was 8. i dont know what happened and i was completely dedicated to my friday class even though i played basketball at the same time. when my teacher had bad time managment skills and didnt finish the dance she scheduled extra practices. when i told her i couldnt make them because i have made a commitment to basketball everyday but friday, the day of my classes, she started getting very rude to me telling me i needed to get serious about dance, but i was keeping my commitment to both of my activities and i wasnt on the dance team. it got so unbarable in the class that i wanted to quit before the recital but let my mom talk me into finishing the season for my "team" but the team was snotty then you could ever imagine for teenaged girls. after the dance was not finished a week before recital another extra class came up and the teacher asked if anyone couldnt be there and i raised my hand for the class was on a sunday and i was going to be out of town with my family. my teacher then told me she wouldnt have the class if everyone couldnt be there and she tried to get my family to cancel plans that they've had for months. after that they still had the practice but i did not attend and the teacher said we would have one more practice on a tuesday because the dance still did not look good. i told her i had prior commitments to basketball and could not be there because i was a starter on my bball team and had already decided i was going to quit dance and tuesday was not my commited dance day. she then embarrassed me infront of the class saying sometimes you need to make choices in life and youre is dance or basketball and i said basketball and the conversation ended right there. my best friend stuck it out for another year and things got worse for her. she was told she was not good enough for a class that was no more advanced then the one she was in with me and was put in a 7th grade class when she was a junior in hs. the teacher then lied about talking to the owner about it when she tried to get into a better class. it wouldve been perfectly fine with the owner who is a sweetheart btw. well my best friend quit a season after me and we are embarrassed we ever went there and stood through all the verbal abuse and harrassment from our teacher. go to show stoppers

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