American Ballet School

★★★☆☆
  • 1316 Edenhurst Ave

    Cary, NC 27513

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  • 919-460-0097

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My first ballet class, my first pointe class, and my first jazz class was at the American Ballet School of Apex. Now, after going on to obtain degrees in dance and musical theatre from Elon University (Burlington, NC), I am a professional dancer, singer, and actress. I can't imagine how I would have gotten the chance to fulfill my dream of being an entertainer for a living if it hadn't been for the guidance, wisdom, and experience of Karen Vollrath and her team of instructors.

Attending the dance school from 1998 until 2003, I received attentive, individual, nurturing training in the art of dance and performing. This is something that is in my opinion, necessary and yet hard to find, especially from schools bloated in size and class numbers. Karen and her team take the time to recognize individual strengths and potential, and in doing so cultivate each students' unique abilities in dance and performing arts. The American Ballet School is a place where it is possibly for each student to achieve the level of excellence in dance that they choose, whether that is to simply dance for recreation, physical exuberance, and extracurricular activity, or to progress to a higher collegiate or professional level of dance and performance.

The American Ballet School produces 2 to 3 professional-quality performances per year; opportunities which are essential to the effective cultivation of the art of dance.

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★★★★★

My first ballet class, my first pointe class, and my first jazz class was at the American Ballet School of Apex. Now, after going on to obtain degrees in dance and musical theatre from Elon University (Burlington, NC), I am a professional dancer, singer, and actress. I can't imagine how I would have gotten the chance to fulfill my dream of being an entertainer for a living if it hadn't been for the guidance, wisdom, and experience of Karen Vollrath and her team of instructors.

Attending the dance school from 1998 until 2003, I received attentive, individual, nurturing training in the art of dance and performing. This is something that is in my opinion, necessary and yet hard to find, especially from schools bloated in size and class numbers. Karen and her team take the time to recognize individual strengths and potential, and in doing so cultivate each students' unique abilities in dance and performing arts. The American Ballet School is a place where it is possibly for each student to achieve the level of excellence in dance that they choose, whether that is to simply dance for recreation, physical exuberance, and extracurricular activity, or to progress to a higher collegiate or professional level of dance and performance.

The American Ballet School produces 2 to 3 professional-quality performances per year; opportunities which are essential to the effective cultivation of the art of dance.

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This studio is amazing! My daughter loves her classes, and I am very impressed with the quality of the instruction. We have been taking classes for several years now, and I am always surprised at the creativity and professionalism at recitals. There's always something new to look forward to!

Class sizes are small, which ensure 1-1 time and lots of 'dance' time during classes. (I was shocked at a different studio nearby that we attended and the class sizes were huge, students were ignored, and they barely got time to learn skills since there were so many students!) The director is challenging, kind, and pushes her students to try their best. There's always a fine line between pushing students on skills they are not ready for, yet encouraging them to find that one notch above comfort; and the teachers there have found it. I'm thoroughly impressed with the entire staff!

I enjoy watching all the students, and my daughter has grown into a beautiful dancer due to her instruction. Sign up now!

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★★★★★

This studio is amazing! My daughter loves her classes, and I am very impressed with the quality of the instruction. We have been taking classes for several years now, and I am always surprised at the creativity and professionalism at recitals. There's always something new to look forward to!

Class sizes are small, which ensure 1-1 time and lots of 'dance' time during classes. (I was shocked at a different studio nearby that we attended and the class sizes were huge, students were ignored, and they barely got time to learn skills since there were so many students!) The director is challenging, kind, and pushes her students to try their best. There's always a fine line between pushing students on skills they are not ready for, yet encouraging them to find that one notch above comfort; and the teachers there have found it. I'm thoroughly impressed with the entire staff!

I enjoy watching all the students, and my daughter has grown into a beautiful dancer due to her instruction. Sign up now!

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I've been going to this school for years and i really enjoy it. Yes it is true that the teacher there is strict but she makes you work! i have been dancing there for 5 years. i also really like how the classes are smaller and you learn alot more. when i was a cary ballet conservatory, the classes were alot bigger. and they tought you thing wrong. i really like it here!

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★★★★★

I've been going to this school for years and i really enjoy it. Yes it is true that the teacher there is strict but she makes you work! i have been dancing there for 5 years. i also really like how the classes are smaller and you learn alot more. when i was a cary ballet conservatory, the classes were alot bigger. and they tought you thing wrong. i really like it here!

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Worst dance school ever the owner is horrible and smashes dreams she says i cant do things than i proved wrong by attending pittsburgh ballet theatre dont go here go to cary ballet conservatory wonderful school right down the road

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst dance school ever the owner is horrible and smashes dreams she says i cant do things than i proved wrong by attending pittsburgh ballet theatre dont go here go to cary ballet conservatory wonderful school right down the road

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My two girls, 9 and 13 are very into ballet and jazz. They tried a class at this school when we moved here last year. We were mortified!
Fortunately, after several similar experiences, we found our way to the wonderful conservatory in Cary where my girls have blossomed!
We went to see one of our neighbors (9 years old) in her recital with this school. It was very, very bad. She said she just picked the closest place to her house and they convinced her that the small class size was a good thing; rather than the truth: that no one wants to go there. She has since changed over to the conservatory and is now doing very well. Thank goodness!
It is hard to understand how any parent could take their children there, when Cary has one of the finest conservatories in the country, just a few minutes away. Please don't make the same mistake my neighbor did!

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★☆☆☆☆

My two girls, 9 and 13 are very into ballet and jazz. They tried a class at this school when we moved here last year. We were mortified!
Fortunately, after several similar experiences, we found our way to the wonderful conservatory in Cary where my girls have blossomed!
We went to see one of our neighbors (9 years old) in her recital with this school. It was very, very bad. She said she just picked the closest place to her house and they convinced her that the small class size was a good thing; rather than the truth: that no one wants to go there. She has since changed over to the conservatory and is now doing very well. Thank goodness!
It is hard to understand how any parent could take their children there, when Cary has one of the finest conservatories in the country, just a few minutes away. Please don't make the same mistake my neighbor did!

Cons: very poor instruction

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My daughter took classes here, and loved every second of it. Her teacher was very skilled, great with the kids, patient, kind, and really encouraging. They have a decent selection of class times, and the cost of the classes is very reasonable. I'm glad we took her there!

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★★★★☆

My daughter took classes here, and loved every second of it. Her teacher was very skilled, great with the kids, patient, kind, and really encouraging. They have a decent selection of class times, and the cost of the classes is very reasonable. I'm glad we took her there!

Pros: great teachers, nice program, classes easy to make up, priced reasonably

Cons: somewhat limited parking

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this is by far the worst ballet school i have ever taken classes at. I have been accepted to numerous summer programs and the director of this school said that i could never do the things that i have.

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★☆☆☆☆

this is by far the worst ballet school i have ever taken classes at. I have been accepted to numerous summer programs and the director of this school said that i could never do the things that i have.

 

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