Susan Chambers School-Theatre

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Monday: 03:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Tuesday: 03:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Wednesday: 03:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Thursday: 03:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Friday: Closed
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Hey guys! So, this is from a student perspective. I was a company member who had a lead role in a major musical two years ago. Due to illness because of the environment I was in filled with hate and ignorance, I terminated the role. Here is my story.

HORRIBLE! Let me tell you from a student who WAS a star student and was a lead role. Majority of these girls are racist, catty, bratty, unprofessional, and MEAN girls! Never have I EVER experienced SUCH hate for just being who I am. I was NEVER mean or rude to these girls. I admired them, but now . . . they are just mean young girls. HOWEVER, NOT all are mean! Many were nice, but they were young! :/ It's mainly the older girls who are mean.

So, I was a lead role in a show about 2-3 years ago. I got the part fair and square. I naturally have a singing and acting ability. So that is why I recieved it. Right after that, those girls have been saying I was "Too Big, too black, and stupid to get that role". They said "She Can't sing". One even said "Oh, are they going to paint you white?" You want YOUR daughter to ever experience that? being called fat and being MADE FUN OF BECUASE OF THE COLOR OF MY SKIN? The teachers here are NOT bad . . . In fact, Ms. Susan and the vocal coach were my main believers. They always had the best things to say about me. but it's more of the environment rather than the teachers. Because who are you ending up being with the entire time?None the less, its pathetic that just because a 15 year who never had tap lessons has to take it with 9 year olds because there's not enough dance classes.

As well, I remember this little girl who was new, and she just wanted to be the best student. All the little kids, AND the 17 year olds were SO rude to this girl! Explain how a 17 year old, who should be a ROLE MODEL is making fun of a poor 9 year old. Oh, I know why . .. Because she's a "female dog" and acts like shes better than everyone else! GAH! This place is simply a horrible environment.

Well you know what, screw this place! Go to Atlanta ballet. Get professional vocal lessons. Go to Georgia Shakespeare to learn acting. You don't need this stupid place. You want to be a broadway star? Go pursue it! Don't ever let this place bring you down! The world is yours! Don't be at a place where they provide false hopes and dreams, and provide such a "tearing down" environment. Don't listen to if she says "Well, this is how it is in the real world". Trust me! No it's not! When you are in a professional cast or even a theater class . . . You're a FAMILY! Not hating and being rude to each other! Last time I checked, it's 2012 . . . NOT 1962.

They all said I wouldn't succeed . . HA! Well thats funny. I'm in the most advanced performing art classes at my school and going to pursue musical theater for college. And these girls? HA!

So a word of advice . . . Go to a place where you are learning a lot AS WELL as being in a nurturing environment. I'm not saying that you WONT find catty people- That's everywhere. But that should never be the foundation of any performing arts school. Never give up just because you were always in the back of the class . . . Because in reality, you should be the star in the front! :) (which is exactly what happened to me)

But thanks to this place, it makes me more motivated to succeed! :)

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Hey guys! So, this is from a student perspective. I was a company member who had a lead role in a major musical two years ago. Due to illness because of the environment I was in filled with hate and ignorance, I terminated the role. Here is my story.

HORRIBLE! Let me tell you from a student who WAS a star student and was a lead role. Majority of these girls are racist, catty, bratty, unprofessional, and MEAN girls! Never have I EVER experienced SUCH hate for just being who I am. I was NEVER mean or rude to these girls. I admired them, but now . . . they are just mean young girls. HOWEVER, NOT all are mean! Many were nice, but they were young! :/ It's mainly the older girls who are mean.

So, I was a lead role in a show about 2-3 years ago. I got the part fair and square. I naturally have a singing and acting ability. So that is why I recieved it. Right after that, those girls have been saying I was "Too Big, too black, and stupid to get that role". They said "She Can't sing". One even said "Oh, are they going to paint you white?" You want YOUR daughter to ever experience that? being called fat and being MADE FUN OF BECUASE OF THE COLOR OF MY SKIN? The teachers here are NOT bad . . . In fact, Ms. Susan and the vocal coach were my main believers. They always had the best things to say about me. but it's more of the environment rather than the teachers. Because who are you ending up being with the entire time?None the less, its pathetic that just because a 15 year who never had tap lessons has to take it with 9 year olds because there's not enough dance classes.

As well, I remember this little girl who was new, and she just wanted to be the best student. All the little kids, AND the 17 year olds were SO rude to this girl! Explain how a 17 year old, who should be a ROLE MODEL is making fun of a poor 9 year old. Oh, I know why . .. Because she's a "female dog" and acts like shes better than everyone else! GAH! This place is simply a horrible environment.

Well you know what, screw this place! Go to Atlanta ballet. Get professional vocal lessons. Go to Georgia Shakespeare to learn acting. You don't need this stupid place. You want to be a broadway star? Go pursue it! Don't ever let this place bring you down! The world is yours! Don't be at a place where they provide false hopes and dreams, and provide such a "tearing down" environment. Don't listen to if she says "Well, this is how it is in the real world". Trust me! No it's not! When you are in a professional cast or even a theater class . . . You're a FAMILY! Not hating and being rude to each other! Last time I checked, it's 2012 . . . NOT 1962.

They all said I wouldn't succeed . . HA! Well thats funny. I'm in the most advanced performing art classes at my school and going to pursue musical theater for college. And these girls? HA!

So a word of advice . . . Go to a place where you are learning a lot AS WELL as being in a nurturing environment. I'm not saying that you WONT find catty people- That's everywhere. But that should never be the foundation of any performing arts school. Never give up just because you were always in the back of the class . . . Because in reality, you should be the star in the front! :) (which is exactly what happened to me)

But thanks to this place, it makes me more motivated to succeed! :)

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Interesting to read the post by Amy P from a student's perspective. Very similar to my child's experience at this dance school (enrolled for a few years and was a member of their company). It was one of those valuable life lessons learned about individuals and character, and not in a positive way. I recognize that some individuals have natural abilities while others have have to work extra hard to achieve the same proficiency. At this school unless your child is one of those naturally inclined individuals, you will spend a great deal of money and many hours of your time for your child to be in the back, waiting in the wings, or standing in a pose. And all the while your child will question their own abilities and wonder why they work so hard and never attain the goals they want to achieve.

The background of the staff is nothing outstanding or unusual; most every metro Atlanta studio has former or current professional dancers/actors on staff. Their claim of being trained by the best is a bit of a stretch.

My daughter enrolled at another Gwinnett County dance studio and learned that her technique, flexibility, and learned skills were nowhere near what she was capable of. With teachers who took the time to help her with the things she specifically was lacking, she excelled. Every child has the capacity to succeed; they need an environment that encourages them to do so.

The Susan Chambers Dance Company has its own set of issues. You are placed in different levels for different styles of dance. You could be a Junior in Tap, an Intermediate in Ballet, an Apprentice in Jazz, and Junior in Musical Theatre. Good luck trying to figure this one out. And for the most part, age is irrelevant in placement. So you could be 13 years old and in the same company with mostly 9 or 10 year olds. A constant reminder that you're not good enough to be with your peers. And getting placed in a dance piece is arbitrary and up to the whims of the directors. So you could be in 4 or 5 "companies" and never be in any dances (true). At the studio my daughter switched to, there were 4 groups, dividided by age. Simple and straightforward. You pick how many groups you'd like and the director finds a place for you. Which is what you're paying for.

And rules. You are overwhelmed with rules, rules and more rules. Arbitrary, meaningless, and enforced on a whim rules. Micro-managing at its finest. The rules require that you can't miss more than something like 2 company rehearsals a year. Good luck trying to participate in dance or theater in middle or high school. Mandatory attendance at dance conventions, with no guarantee that a dance piece you're in will be "selected" by the director to compete at the convention. If you're "lucky" enough to be selected, entry payment is due immediately. So if your kid is in 6 group pieces, you may end up owing hundreds of dollars in entry fees with no advance notice. Here's a thought: enter every piece you've set. Everyone gets to participate. Ask for payment several months in advance so you can budget for it.

And rules for the parents. Sell dozens of tickets to the winter show. Everyone must be involved in selling flowers. Solicit advertisements for the show program or pay an extra hundred or so dollars. Must participate in golf and tennis tournaments (what? yes, this is true).

Considering the thousands of dollars per year in class tuition and dance company payments, you'd expect correspondence from the director to professional. Excepts from actual emails sent by Susan Chambers to dance company parents and students:

"Rehearsal - Dancers: I can't predict what you remember, so I can't tell you how long the rehearsal is."

And her own words regarding the confusing structure of the company:
" SCDC: Performers, you are aware of your status and were told, however, as a reminder:

PREPRO status must be attained in 4 out of the 5 forms if you are in all companies.(3/4%)
ALL OTHER LEVELS: You must be over half...so if you are half, you take the lower level.

Example: App tap, jazz Sr MTH, ballet = App status
Example: App tap, jazz Sr MTH, Ballet, Hip Hop = Sr status
Example: App tap, jazz, ballet Sr MTH, Hip Hop = App status "

There's a trend among many who attend this dance studio. Enroll, stick around a 2 or 3 years, then go elsewhere. It's been like this since they've been in business. A few will be stay, but it's very few compared with other studios around metro Atlanta. I attribute those who stick around to not knowing that things can be different. Kids can learn dance without all the baggage thrown on them by this studio. And they'll feel happy and passionate about what they're learning at the end of the day, rather than coming home in tears because of yet another rejection or failure.

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Interesting to read the post by Amy P from a student's perspective. Very similar to my child's experience at this dance school (enrolled for a few years and was a member of their company). It was one of those valuable life lessons learned about individuals and character, and not in a positive way. I recognize that some individuals have natural abilities while others have have to work extra hard to achieve the same proficiency. At this school unless your child is one of those naturally inclined individuals, you will spend a great deal of money and many hours of your time for your child to be in the back, waiting in the wings, or standing in a pose. And all the while your child will question their own abilities and wonder why they work so hard and never attain the goals they want to achieve.

The background of the staff is nothing outstanding or unusual; most every metro Atlanta studio has former or current professional dancers/actors on staff. Their claim of being trained by the best is a bit of a stretch.

My daughter enrolled at another Gwinnett County dance studio and learned that her technique, flexibility, and learned skills were nowhere near what she was capable of. With teachers who took the time to help her with the things she specifically was lacking, she excelled. Every child has the capacity to succeed; they need an environment that encourages them to do so.

The Susan Chambers Dance Company has its own set of issues. You are placed in different levels for different styles of dance. You could be a Junior in Tap, an Intermediate in Ballet, an Apprentice in Jazz, and Junior in Musical Theatre. Good luck trying to figure this one out. And for the most part, age is irrelevant in placement. So you could be 13 years old and in the same company with mostly 9 or 10 year olds. A constant reminder that you're not good enough to be with your peers. And getting placed in a dance piece is arbitrary and up to the whims of the directors. So you could be in 4 or 5 "companies" and never be in any dances (true). At the studio my daughter switched to, there were 4 groups, dividided by age. Simple and straightforward. You pick how many groups you'd like and the director finds a place for you. Which is what you're paying for.

And rules. You are overwhelmed with rules, rules and more rules. Arbitrary, meaningless, and enforced on a whim rules. Micro-managing at its finest. The rules require that you can't miss more than something like 2 company rehearsals a year. Good luck trying to participate in dance or theater in middle or high school. Mandatory attendance at dance conventions, with no guarantee that a dance piece you're in will be "selected" by the director to compete at the convention. If you're "lucky" enough to be selected, entry payment is due immediately. So if your kid is in 6 group pieces, you may end up owing hundreds of dollars in entry fees with no advance notice. Here's a thought: enter every piece you've set. Everyone gets to participate. Ask for payment several months in advance so you can budget for it.

And rules for the parents. Sell dozens of tickets to the winter show. Everyone must be involved in selling flowers. Solicit advertisements for the show program or pay an extra hundred or so dollars. Must participate in golf and tennis tournaments (what? yes, this is true).

Considering the thousands of dollars per year in class tuition and dance company payments, you'd expect correspondence from the director to professional. Excepts from actual emails sent by Susan Chambers to dance company parents and students:

"Rehearsal - Dancers: I can't predict what you remember, so I can't tell you how long the rehearsal is."

And her own words regarding the confusing structure of the company:
" SCDC: Performers, you are aware of your status and were told, however, as a reminder:

PREPRO status must be attained in 4 out of the 5 forms if you are in all companies.(3/4%)
ALL OTHER LEVELS: You must be over half...so if you are half, you take the lower level.

Example: App tap, jazz Sr MTH, ballet = App status
Example: App tap, jazz Sr MTH, Ballet, Hip Hop = Sr status
Example: App tap, jazz, ballet Sr MTH, Hip Hop = App status "

There's a trend among many who attend this dance studio. Enroll, stick around a 2 or 3 years, then go elsewhere. It's been like this since they've been in business. A few will be stay, but it's very few compared with other studios around metro Atlanta. I attribute those who stick around to not knowing that things can be different. Kids can learn dance without all the baggage thrown on them by this studio. And they'll feel happy and passionate about what they're learning at the end of the day, rather than coming home in tears because of yet another rejection or failure.

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As a former student, I can personally say that I will never recommend Susan Chambers Dance to any dance student, young or old. I was in the company for a good while and at a young age, and it nearly destroyed my love for performing. If you are not the best and most naturally gifted dancer in the class at a very young age, your experience will be a terrible one in the back of the class and posing on the side of the stage.
This school will ruin your child's love for dance and performing. It was only after I left after many years did I rediscover how much I love the performing arts. There are many other schools in the area with a much healthier environment that are more nurturing to their students' talents and creativity.
Besides all of this, the business itself is poorly run and incredibly disorganized. Rehearsals are often scheduled on a whim, with no clear direction or purpose, and will run hours late. There is no guarantee your child will be onstage, despite the frankly ridiculous amount of money it costs to be in company. The company structure itself is confusing in terms of level and you can be in five categories of company and never be in a dance. I distinctly recall being overjoyed by the fact that I was in a dance at all, and actually dancing. I was about 10 at the time. In retrospect, I realize that this attitude is just wrong. Dance companies and their schools should teach and cultivate a student??s technique and love for dance, not self-loathing and how to deal with constant rejection.
Sign your child up anywhere else, just not here.

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As a former student, I can personally say that I will never recommend Susan Chambers Dance to any dance student, young or old. I was in the company for a good while and at a young age, and it nearly destroyed my love for performing. If you are not the best and most naturally gifted dancer in the class at a very young age, your experience will be a terrible one in the back of the class and posing on the side of the stage.
This school will ruin your child's love for dance and performing. It was only after I left after many years did I rediscover how much I love the performing arts. There are many other schools in the area with a much healthier environment that are more nurturing to their students' talents and creativity.
Besides all of this, the business itself is poorly run and incredibly disorganized. Rehearsals are often scheduled on a whim, with no clear direction or purpose, and will run hours late. There is no guarantee your child will be onstage, despite the frankly ridiculous amount of money it costs to be in company. The company structure itself is confusing in terms of level and you can be in five categories of company and never be in a dance. I distinctly recall being overjoyed by the fact that I was in a dance at all, and actually dancing. I was about 10 at the time. In retrospect, I realize that this attitude is just wrong. Dance companies and their schools should teach and cultivate a student??s technique and love for dance, not self-loathing and how to deal with constant rejection.
Sign your child up anywhere else, just not here.

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We moved 200 miles to attend Susan Chambers. We decided my daughter was not getting the education or exposure where we were and decided to research and move her to Atlanta. My husband stayed where we were and continues working his job to support our decision. And yes, we chose Susan's out of many we visited. It was the right decision for US! I will not say it has been perfect, because nothing in life is perfect; but Susan has been very good to us and my daughter has excelled beyond our expectations! Nope, I don't agree with everything and with some things I completely disagree. Yep, it is expensive and the company fundraising is harsh
(for me personally); we have struggled because of the economy, distance and personal loss and may not even be able to continue in the company after this year - BUT what we have received in training and preparation cannot be defined in terms of money!

Because of the training, preparation & education she has received she has been an extra in two major feature movies, several TV shows, starred in a stage play, been hired as a national choreographer featured on national television, was accepted in the nationally acclaimed Broadway Theatre Project II and is currently a principle in her first feature film in which she gets to act - sing AND dance AND she will be recording her first single! And this is only our fourth year here! Susan Chambers gave her the tools to experience all of this. Yes, of course my daughter wants to be on Broadway! But we are also realistic as to the chances of that happening right away and are pursuing her dreams and career with what is offered us. We chose Susan's because it was the BEST most well-rounded PERFORMING ARTS school for my triple threat daughter! That being said - NO Susan may not be your cup of tea, and maybe you scoff at her wonderfully talented daughter and think their connections are 'hooey'! They are not. We have run across more than one SCSTD alum in our recent adventures to know their connections are REAL and NOT just in Broadway.

They do not claim to be the everything for everyone! Not everyone will have a good experience, that's life people! If you are reading this as a way to decide whether to try SCSTD or not, please go take some classes and decide for yourself. It is DEFINITELY worth a try! And ultimately, find where YOU fit in and do what YOU love - WHERE you love! Form your OWN opinion!

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We moved 200 miles to attend Susan Chambers. We decided my daughter was not getting the education or exposure where we were and decided to research and move her to Atlanta. My husband stayed where we were and continues working his job to support our decision. And yes, we chose Susan's out of many we visited. It was the right decision for US! I will not say it has been perfect, because nothing in life is perfect; but Susan has been very good to us and my daughter has excelled beyond our expectations! Nope, I don't agree with everything and with some things I completely disagree. Yep, it is expensive and the company fundraising is harsh
(for me personally); we have struggled because of the economy, distance and personal loss and may not even be able to continue in the company after this year - BUT what we have received in training and preparation cannot be defined in terms of money!

Because of the training, preparation & education she has received she has been an extra in two major feature movies, several TV shows, starred in a stage play, been hired as a national choreographer featured on national television, was accepted in the nationally acclaimed Broadway Theatre Project II and is currently a principle in her first feature film in which she gets to act - sing AND dance AND she will be recording her first single! And this is only our fourth year here! Susan Chambers gave her the tools to experience all of this. Yes, of course my daughter wants to be on Broadway! But we are also realistic as to the chances of that happening right away and are pursuing her dreams and career with what is offered us. We chose Susan's because it was the BEST most well-rounded PERFORMING ARTS school for my triple threat daughter! That being said - NO Susan may not be your cup of tea, and maybe you scoff at her wonderfully talented daughter and think their connections are 'hooey'! They are not. We have run across more than one SCSTD alum in our recent adventures to know their connections are REAL and NOT just in Broadway.

They do not claim to be the everything for everyone! Not everyone will have a good experience, that's life people! If you are reading this as a way to decide whether to try SCSTD or not, please go take some classes and decide for yourself. It is DEFINITELY worth a try! And ultimately, find where YOU fit in and do what YOU love - WHERE you love! Form your OWN opinion!

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My daughter joined Susan Chambers Dance Studio last year and joined the dance company as well. She has taken dance classes since she was 3 and will be 11 this October. She has learned more and advanced more than any other year since she started taking dance classes. The teaching, direction, and nurturing my daughter has received this past year has been amazing!

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My daughter joined Susan Chambers Dance Studio last year and joined the dance company as well. She has taken dance classes since she was 3 and will be 11 this October. She has learned more and advanced more than any other year since she started taking dance classes. The teaching, direction, and nurturing my daughter has received this past year has been amazing!

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I have two daughters that have taken classes at the Susan Chambers School of Dance for the last 8 years, they started when they were 4 and 6 years old. We started with a few classes a year and this year they joined the Susan Chambers Dance Company. I read some of the other "negative comments"and I was very disappointed that another mother would chose this venue to vent rather than discuss her child's dance education with Susan Chambers. We have had a very positive experience my daughters are thriving since they joined company I cannot tell you how they have progressed in their dance skills and how they are loving this experience. They are at the front of some classes and at the back of some classes depending on what level class they are taking. Susan does take her school seriously but she also loves her students that is why the other comment offends me to take a stab at someones business and not think that if something were to happen to this school all the girls that would miss out on this opportunity to learn from these great teachers.They are all great the jazz teacher, the ballet teacher, the hip hop teacher the musical theatre teacher and lets not forget the tap teachers. I do not know what path my daughters will take later in life but right now they are learning how to dance (great) and they have teachers that take an interest in them even when they are not at the top of their class. They have learned how to balance school and dance school and they are loving every minute of it and that is why I choose this school to send my daughters to. I recommend this school to anyone who has children that want to dance.

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I have two daughters that have taken classes at the Susan Chambers School of Dance for the last 8 years, they started when they were 4 and 6 years old. We started with a few classes a year and this year they joined the Susan Chambers Dance Company. I read some of the other "negative comments"and I was very disappointed that another mother would chose this venue to vent rather than discuss her child's dance education with Susan Chambers. We have had a very positive experience my daughters are thriving since they joined company I cannot tell you how they have progressed in their dance skills and how they are loving this experience. They are at the front of some classes and at the back of some classes depending on what level class they are taking. Susan does take her school seriously but she also loves her students that is why the other comment offends me to take a stab at someones business and not think that if something were to happen to this school all the girls that would miss out on this opportunity to learn from these great teachers.They are all great the jazz teacher, the ballet teacher, the hip hop teacher the musical theatre teacher and lets not forget the tap teachers. I do not know what path my daughters will take later in life but right now they are learning how to dance (great) and they have teachers that take an interest in them even when they are not at the top of their class. They have learned how to balance school and dance school and they are loving every minute of it and that is why I choose this school to send my daughters to. I recommend this school to anyone who has children that want to dance.

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Dear Readers,

At the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance, we want you to know that we take every comment made about our business very seriously. This is Susan Chambers, and I would like to take a moment to address the post written below by Sandy.

This poster is unfortunately misinformed about our business, as we have had several alums perform on Broadway and National Tours, in regional theatre, for professional dance companies, and on cruise ships. They have received scholarships to some of the best local and nationally known programs in the country. Many are also teaching locally and nationally, and some have even opened their own studios. To see a list of the several shows and schools that our alums have performed in or been accepted to: please visit the front page of our web site at www.susanchambersdance.com. Also, we are in the process of updating our web site, and it will have up to date info on our alums. Please check back within the next couple of months for the new release!

Here is just one example of many: Very recently, one of our graduating seniors was accepted into North Carolina School of the Arts and Point Park University Musical Theatre (where only 6 females in the country are accepted into the program). She received the maximum amount of scholarship to both of these fantastic programs, and we are so happy for her. We will keep you updated on her career path!

Also currently one of our young male students is being coached my daugther (former Broadway performer), who was hired by Billy Elliot on Broadway to coach him privately. We will also keep you updated on his career path!

Sandy also mentioned Julliard, and our students do have connections to Julliard, and work with one of their vocal coaches every month. We are so honored to fly down Broadway vocal coach and Julliard coach, Richard Lissemore, every month from NYC to work with any student interested in voice training with a consumate pro. If you are interested, please inquire at the front desk for info on voice lessons with Mr. Lissemore.

Sandy claimed that we are out to make everyone a "broadway star", which is simply untrue. This claim is also unachievable for any performing arts school, and a claim that we would never, ever make to anyone. Our mission statement for thirty years has been to train the total performer, so that by their graduating age, they will have enough technique to go into the field that they so choose--be it: musical theatre, acting, voice, ballet, tap, jazz, or hip-hop--in the areas of performance, teaching, or choreography.

We invite you to visit our web site at www.susanchambersdance.com for mor info, and stop by either of our locations to enjoy a free class.

Thanks for your time and we look foward to seeing you in the studios!

Susan Chambers

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Dear Readers,

At the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance, we want you to know that we take every comment made about our business very seriously. This is Susan Chambers, and I would like to take a moment to address the post written below by Sandy.

This poster is unfortunately misinformed about our business, as we have had several alums perform on Broadway and National Tours, in regional theatre, for professional dance companies, and on cruise ships. They have received scholarships to some of the best local and nationally known programs in the country. Many are also teaching locally and nationally, and some have even opened their own studios. To see a list of the several shows and schools that our alums have performed in or been accepted to: please visit the front page of our web site at www.susanchambersdance.com. Also, we are in the process of updating our web site, and it will have up to date info on our alums. Please check back within the next couple of months for the new release!

Here is just one example of many: Very recently, one of our graduating seniors was accepted into North Carolina School of the Arts and Point Park University Musical Theatre (where only 6 females in the country are accepted into the program). She received the maximum amount of scholarship to both of these fantastic programs, and we are so happy for her. We will keep you updated on her career path!

Also currently one of our young male students is being coached my daugther (former Broadway performer), who was hired by Billy Elliot on Broadway to coach him privately. We will also keep you updated on his career path!

Sandy also mentioned Julliard, and our students do have connections to Julliard, and work with one of their vocal coaches every month. We are so honored to fly down Broadway vocal coach and Julliard coach, Richard Lissemore, every month from NYC to work with any student interested in voice training with a consumate pro. If you are interested, please inquire at the front desk for info on voice lessons with Mr. Lissemore.

Sandy claimed that we are out to make everyone a "broadway star", which is simply untrue. This claim is also unachievable for any performing arts school, and a claim that we would never, ever make to anyone. Our mission statement for thirty years has been to train the total performer, so that by their graduating age, they will have enough technique to go into the field that they so choose--be it: musical theatre, acting, voice, ballet, tap, jazz, or hip-hop--in the areas of performance, teaching, or choreography.

We invite you to visit our web site at www.susanchambersdance.com for mor info, and stop by either of our locations to enjoy a free class.

Thanks for your time and we look foward to seeing you in the studios!

Susan Chambers

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Susan trained my eldest daughter from the age of 8 until her graduation at the age of 18. My daughter is now a senior at the University of Georgia graduating with a BFA in Dance. Susan is currently training my youngest daughter who started with her at the age of 3, she is now 13 years old. My daughters have been given the best possible dance instruction available through the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance, as well as through Susan Chambers Dance Company. The training they have received has also carried over into their everyday lives. The love, the attention, the life lessons knows no bounds in this school.

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Susan trained my eldest daughter from the age of 8 until her graduation at the age of 18. My daughter is now a senior at the University of Georgia graduating with a BFA in Dance. Susan is currently training my youngest daughter who started with her at the age of 3, she is now 13 years old. My daughters have been given the best possible dance instruction available through the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance, as well as through Susan Chambers Dance Company. The training they have received has also carried over into their everyday lives. The love, the attention, the life lessons knows no bounds in this school.

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Updated - 3/2/1011

Dear Readers - Susan Chambers School of Dance representative stated during "Suwanee Day" that they have led many of thier students to fame. While the other dance schools performed on Suwanee Day, Susan Chambers School of dance "bragged" about having close ties to "Broadway." Hopefully, my opinion will shed light to readers that the Susan Chambers School of Dance is full of hot air! Arrogance does not lead to fame!

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It is best to look elsewhere if you are looking for a dance school . If you want your child to have fun and enjoy themselves...look elsewhere. If you want to believe Susan Chambers School of Dance "hype" that they will train your child to become a "broadway star"...you will get a very expensive bad deal . Are there any emerging broadway stars...no. Who are the students that were accepted at Julliard Arts because of Susan Chambers Dance Studio .....none. Who are the students that received dance, acting, or singing scholarships from a university because of Susan Chambers Dance Studio.......none. If you are a parent that likes to "gossip" , or be "pageant mom or dad" or be part of a "sorority or clique "... ...SCDC is the place for you. If you really want your child to be a broadway star...get a great agent , join a reputable theater like Alliance Theater , or get private lessons.

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Updated - 3/2/1011

Dear Readers - Susan Chambers School of Dance representative stated during "Suwanee Day" that they have led many of thier students to fame. While the other dance schools performed on Suwanee Day, Susan Chambers School of dance "bragged" about having close ties to "Broadway." Hopefully, my opinion will shed light to readers that the Susan Chambers School of Dance is full of hot air! Arrogance does not lead to fame!

Originaly comment
It is best to look elsewhere if you are looking for a dance school . If you want your child to have fun and enjoy themselves...look elsewhere. If you want to believe Susan Chambers School of Dance "hype" that they will train your child to become a "broadway star"...you will get a very expensive bad deal . Are there any emerging broadway stars...no. Who are the students that were accepted at Julliard Arts because of Susan Chambers Dance Studio .....none. Who are the students that received dance, acting, or singing scholarships from a university because of Susan Chambers Dance Studio.......none. If you are a parent that likes to "gossip" , or be "pageant mom or dad" or be part of a "sorority or clique "... ...SCDC is the place for you. If you really want your child to be a broadway star...get a great agent , join a reputable theater like Alliance Theater , or get private lessons.

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Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance is not just a dance school, it is a dance experience. Anyone, it doesn't matter if you have ever danced or if you are a pre-professional, can find a class that is right for them. My daughter has danced with Susan Chambers since age 6. She is now 11 years old and takes a variety of classes, about 10 a week. Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance provided my daughter with a wonderful dance experience which led her to realize her passion. She takes ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, tap, and jazz. Susan has given her the opportunity to work with a voice trainer from New York as well as being trained to act by Susan Chambers and Paige Chambers Rutsche. You will not get a more professional dance experience anywhere else in Atlanta. Summer Workshops are a great time to try out classes and find out what your passion might be. My husband and I feel extremely fortunate to have our daughter mentored by Susan Chambers.

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Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance is not just a dance school, it is a dance experience. Anyone, it doesn't matter if you have ever danced or if you are a pre-professional, can find a class that is right for them. My daughter has danced with Susan Chambers since age 6. She is now 11 years old and takes a variety of classes, about 10 a week. Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance provided my daughter with a wonderful dance experience which led her to realize her passion. She takes ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, tap, and jazz. Susan has given her the opportunity to work with a voice trainer from New York as well as being trained to act by Susan Chambers and Paige Chambers Rutsche. You will not get a more professional dance experience anywhere else in Atlanta. Summer Workshops are a great time to try out classes and find out what your passion might be. My husband and I feel extremely fortunate to have our daughter mentored by Susan Chambers.

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This is a great dance school. My daughter has danced here for 12 years, and has been part of their dance company for 9 years. The training she has received has been fabulous. The Susan Chambers Dance Company performed their annual concert at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center last weekend, February 18 and 19. The shows were outstanding as 55 dancers performed to a nearly sold out crowd on both nights.

These shows would not have been successful without the professional choreographers who worked with each of the dancers over the past 6 months. In addition, none of this would have been without the enormous support from all of the SCDC parents who volunteered to support this event. I am honored to have been part of this organization.

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This is a great dance school. My daughter has danced here for 12 years, and has been part of their dance company for 9 years. The training she has received has been fabulous. The Susan Chambers Dance Company performed their annual concert at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center last weekend, February 18 and 19. The shows were outstanding as 55 dancers performed to a nearly sold out crowd on both nights.

These shows would not have been successful without the professional choreographers who worked with each of the dancers over the past 6 months. In addition, none of this would have been without the enormous support from all of the SCDC parents who volunteered to support this event. I am honored to have been part of this organization.

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Horrible school. My daughter has been dancing with other dance studios for many years. Last year I decided to enroll my daughter in Susan Chambers. Worst decision I ever made. I should have known this during the parent meeting in August for "company dancers" was over 2 hours long. This school puts too too much pressure on parents to volunteer or pay up $700.00 extra!!! Who ever heard of paying a fee to volunteer. Moreover, excessive e-mails with threats stating "you are required to volunteer or pay $100.00 per month! Moreover, parents are required to purchase or sell 25 tickets for the performance! In addition, they put stress on the students...as though this ridiculous extra-cirricular activity paid by the parents is more important then school. My daughter was "shunned" because she could not make a Saturday practice, because she had to perform with her highschool's dance company and study for finals!!!. I am so happy I removed my daughter from this pathetic school of dance. THIS illusion of them performing at Gwinnett Center is based on the need for vanity at the cost of the parents money and time! If SCSD is such a reputable company, get endowments from corporations, Rockettes, or Radio City Music to make the show at Gwinnett Center happen without these ridiculous expectations of parents to fund raise ,solicit business ads, and coerced to volunteer (at cost)DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

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Horrible school. My daughter has been dancing with other dance studios for many years. Last year I decided to enroll my daughter in Susan Chambers. Worst decision I ever made. I should have known this during the parent meeting in August for "company dancers" was over 2 hours long. This school puts too too much pressure on parents to volunteer or pay up $700.00 extra!!! Who ever heard of paying a fee to volunteer. Moreover, excessive e-mails with threats stating "you are required to volunteer or pay $100.00 per month! Moreover, parents are required to purchase or sell 25 tickets for the performance! In addition, they put stress on the students...as though this ridiculous extra-cirricular activity paid by the parents is more important then school. My daughter was "shunned" because she could not make a Saturday practice, because she had to perform with her highschool's dance company and study for finals!!!. I am so happy I removed my daughter from this pathetic school of dance. THIS illusion of them performing at Gwinnett Center is based on the need for vanity at the cost of the parents money and time! If SCSD is such a reputable company, get endowments from corporations, Rockettes, or Radio City Music to make the show at Gwinnett Center happen without these ridiculous expectations of parents to fund raise ,solicit business ads, and coerced to volunteer (at cost)DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

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My daughter, along with several of her friends, had finally had enough of Susan Chambers and her poor attitude after studying at Susan Chambers School of Dance for several years. There are several great studios in the Suwanee area. If you're looking for a good studio, look past Susan Chambers. Your child will thank you later, when she/he has superior dance skills and is able to retain her/his love of dance.

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My daughter, along with several of her friends, had finally had enough of Susan Chambers and her poor attitude after studying at Susan Chambers School of Dance for several years. There are several great studios in the Suwanee area. If you're looking for a good studio, look past Susan Chambers. Your child will thank you later, when she/he has superior dance skills and is able to retain her/his love of dance.

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My daughter has been training with Susan since the age of 6. We could not be more thrilled that there is actually a dance studio in the north Atlanta area that provides such top quality training to those interested in Musical Theatre and other dance genres. We have just returned from NYC where my daughter (12 years old) and 2 other dancers took dance classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Our girls danced alongside adult professionals, some of which dance on Broadway. They were complimented repeatedly by the instructors as to how well they dance. By the way, they always started at the back of the class. This is proper etiquette for dancers. They start at the back and move their way up as they improve. The best dancers are always at the front of the class. This goes for all instructors, not just those at Susan Chambers. I don't know about other moms, but I am paying for my daughter to learn and improve, which includes criticism. If your child has a gift for dance and wants to learn, the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance is the place to be.

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My daughter has been training with Susan since the age of 6. We could not be more thrilled that there is actually a dance studio in the north Atlanta area that provides such top quality training to those interested in Musical Theatre and other dance genres. We have just returned from NYC where my daughter (12 years old) and 2 other dancers took dance classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Our girls danced alongside adult professionals, some of which dance on Broadway. They were complimented repeatedly by the instructors as to how well they dance. By the way, they always started at the back of the class. This is proper etiquette for dancers. They start at the back and move their way up as they improve. The best dancers are always at the front of the class. This goes for all instructors, not just those at Susan Chambers. I don't know about other moms, but I am paying for my daughter to learn and improve, which includes criticism. If your child has a gift for dance and wants to learn, the Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance is the place to be.

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My name is Janice and my daughter Ashley currently takes two dance classes and vocal lessons at Susan Chambers Dance. My daughter is mainly a singer and is getting much better at dancing.

I am confused as to the last writer's post, because my daughter is not in the dance company, but takes voice lessons from Richard Lissemore, the Julliard voice teacher who flies in from NYC.

It just not true that Susan Chambers picks only company girls to take voice lessons- Richard himself determines if your child is ready for private voice lessons since voices mature at different ages.

This is a life saver for us, because who would want to waste money on incredible voice lessons if their child was not ready for it. We are on a tight budget since I have three other kids-one who plays Lacrosse in Alpharetta, and the others are involved in cheer/gym.

We are so thankful for Richard, and love it at Susan Chambers. Where else in the Southeast can you get access to NY training? We have not seen anywhere like this.

Good luck with your searching for a school, and be leery of people who do not post their real names, their student's names, and only post anonymously.

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My name is Janice and my daughter Ashley currently takes two dance classes and vocal lessons at Susan Chambers Dance. My daughter is mainly a singer and is getting much better at dancing.

I am confused as to the last writer's post, because my daughter is not in the dance company, but takes voice lessons from Richard Lissemore, the Julliard voice teacher who flies in from NYC.

It just not true that Susan Chambers picks only company girls to take voice lessons- Richard himself determines if your child is ready for private voice lessons since voices mature at different ages.

This is a life saver for us, because who would want to waste money on incredible voice lessons if their child was not ready for it. We are on a tight budget since I have three other kids-one who plays Lacrosse in Alpharetta, and the others are involved in cheer/gym.

We are so thankful for Richard, and love it at Susan Chambers. Where else in the Southeast can you get access to NY training? We have not seen anywhere like this.

Good luck with your searching for a school, and be leery of people who do not post their real names, their student's names, and only post anonymously.

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Yes, Susan Chambers has recruited a voice teacher from NYC and yes, she has a Rockette on staff. However, it amazes me that the last two posters found these two developments to be so positive.

Even though my daughter was considered one of the better vocalists, she was denied access to the NYC voice teacher, on a whim from Susan Chambers. Also, don't kid yourself about having access to this resource if you aren't in the top level of the dance company. Susan makes this resource available only to the few girls that are members of the dance company, and chooses which of those girls will be allowed to take these lessons.

Also, the Rockette who is on staff at this studio was my daughter's least favorite teacher of all. If your daughter wants to become a Rockette, then this exposure to a Rockette might be helpful to your daughter. However, for the students who are interested in "real" broadway performance that includes vocals, dancing and acting, the musical theater classes taught by this Rockette were virtually useless.

Especially if your child is under the age of 12, I would avoid this studio at all costs. As written by other posters, Susan Chambers has absolutely no patience for the younger children. This fact, combined with the rampant favoritism for whichever child is her current "star", leads many younger dancers to experience an unhealthy level of stress.

If you want your child to grow up with a good, well-rounded dance education and a love of dance, don't waste your money at this studio.

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Yes, Susan Chambers has recruited a voice teacher from NYC and yes, she has a Rockette on staff. However, it amazes me that the last two posters found these two developments to be so positive.

Even though my daughter was considered one of the better vocalists, she was denied access to the NYC voice teacher, on a whim from Susan Chambers. Also, don't kid yourself about having access to this resource if you aren't in the top level of the dance company. Susan makes this resource available only to the few girls that are members of the dance company, and chooses which of those girls will be allowed to take these lessons.

Also, the Rockette who is on staff at this studio was my daughter's least favorite teacher of all. If your daughter wants to become a Rockette, then this exposure to a Rockette might be helpful to your daughter. However, for the students who are interested in "real" broadway performance that includes vocals, dancing and acting, the musical theater classes taught by this Rockette were virtually useless.

Especially if your child is under the age of 12, I would avoid this studio at all costs. As written by other posters, Susan Chambers has absolutely no patience for the younger children. This fact, combined with the rampant favoritism for whichever child is her current "star", leads many younger dancers to experience an unhealthy level of stress.

If you want your child to grow up with a good, well-rounded dance education and a love of dance, don't waste your money at this studio.

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just have to rave about my daughter's voice training that she is getting at Susan Chambers Dance.

Her voice teacher flies in from NYC every 5 weeks to teach at Susan Chambers, where he coaches Broadway's biggest stars and teaches at Julliard.

The connection was possible from Susan's daughter, who previously appeared on Broadway and this was her vocal coach in NYC.

Not only is my daughter getting incredible dance training, but also the best vocal training in the country.

We cannot thank you enough!

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just have to rave about my daughter's voice training that she is getting at Susan Chambers Dance.

Her voice teacher flies in from NYC every 5 weeks to teach at Susan Chambers, where he coaches Broadway's biggest stars and teaches at Julliard.

The connection was possible from Susan's daughter, who previously appeared on Broadway and this was her vocal coach in NYC.

Not only is my daughter getting incredible dance training, but also the best vocal training in the country.

We cannot thank you enough!

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My daughter just loves the Rockettes. And her teacher, Miss Carolyn, is a current Rockette!

Kelsey was so excited to go and see her dance teacher perform onstage with the world famous precision troupe.

Kels will never forget seeing Miss Carolyn up on that stage, and she looks forward to taking class every week with her.

Thanks so much!

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My daughter just loves the Rockettes. And her teacher, Miss Carolyn, is a current Rockette!

Kelsey was so excited to go and see her dance teacher perform onstage with the world famous precision troupe.

Kels will never forget seeing Miss Carolyn up on that stage, and she looks forward to taking class every week with her.

Thanks so much!

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I wouldn't put my children in a class with Susan Chambers. Despite her many year teaching experience, she seems incapable of understanding young children. During the first and only two classes my daughter attended, I watched five 4-6 year old little girls burst into tears because of her complete lack of compassion and incessant need to play favorites with the student who perform the best. She is condescending and has little patience for children who don't immediately understand what she is teaching. She attempted to teach quarter turns to 4-6 year olds using fractions. She had the young girls make an imaginary circle in the air and then she attempted to have them imagine splitting the circle into four parts to describe what a quarter is. Obviously - the children were confused. She is a strange woman in my opinion.

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I wouldn't put my children in a class with Susan Chambers. Despite her many year teaching experience, she seems incapable of understanding young children. During the first and only two classes my daughter attended, I watched five 4-6 year old little girls burst into tears because of her complete lack of compassion and incessant need to play favorites with the student who perform the best. She is condescending and has little patience for children who don't immediately understand what she is teaching. She attempted to teach quarter turns to 4-6 year olds using fractions. She had the young girls make an imaginary circle in the air and then she attempted to have them imagine splitting the circle into four parts to describe what a quarter is. Obviously - the children were confused. She is a strange woman in my opinion.

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My daughter Chelsie just started dancing at the age of 17. She is in the Adult/Teen Jazz class in Alpharetta and loves it!

There are others in the class who are really new to dance and she feels right at home here!

Thanks!

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My daughter Chelsie just started dancing at the age of 17. She is in the Adult/Teen Jazz class in Alpharetta and loves it!

There are others in the class who are really new to dance and she feels right at home here!

Thanks!

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My daughter Sarah was 10 years old, and she had been dancing at another studio in the area since she was three years old. I switched because I felt that Sarah was not improving, and there were a lot of teenagers teaching her classes.

I was appalled at what I had been paying for at my previous studio when I saw the tap classes at Susan Chambers where 7 year old's were more advanced than my daughter at 10- I was amazed!

But with a lot of patience and support from the school, Sarah was placed in a perfect class and was right where she needed to be. She has been dancing here for three years and is getting better each year- although I have never danced I can see a big difference.

I just wanted Sarah to get the best opportunity that she could have, and now that she is 13 she is thinking about trying out for the dance company. Definitely try it out! It was worth it for us.

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My daughter Sarah was 10 years old, and she had been dancing at another studio in the area since she was three years old. I switched because I felt that Sarah was not improving, and there were a lot of teenagers teaching her classes.

I was appalled at what I had been paying for at my previous studio when I saw the tap classes at Susan Chambers where 7 year old's were more advanced than my daughter at 10- I was amazed!

But with a lot of patience and support from the school, Sarah was placed in a perfect class and was right where she needed to be. She has been dancing here for three years and is getting better each year- although I have never danced I can see a big difference.

I just wanted Sarah to get the best opportunity that she could have, and now that she is 13 she is thinking about trying out for the dance company. Definitely try it out! It was worth it for us.

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This is not the best dance school if you are an older beginner. My 10 year old was not encerraged and felt fusterated because she always had to stand in the back because they only allow good dancers to be in the front of the class. The teacher would say 'move to the back row' if she cant figure out the steps right away. My daughter would come home crying because she was embarased by it. We moved to another studio after a year and now my daughter loves to dance, specialy tap and hiphop.

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This is not the best dance school if you are an older beginner. My 10 year old was not encerraged and felt fusterated because she always had to stand in the back because they only allow good dancers to be in the front of the class. The teacher would say 'move to the back row' if she cant figure out the steps right away. My daughter would come home crying because she was embarased by it. We moved to another studio after a year and now my daughter loves to dance, specialy tap and hiphop.

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Oh my gosh... It has been an incredible start to the Fall season here at Susan Chambers School f Theatre Dance. We still have spots available in a few of our classes. Stop by at each of our fantastic studios Alpharetta/Lawrenceville.

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Oh my gosh... It has been an incredible start to the Fall season here at Susan Chambers School f Theatre Dance. We still have spots available in a few of our classes. Stop by at each of our fantastic studios Alpharetta/Lawrenceville.

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My daugher was a student at Chambers School of Dance for many years. I was very pleased with the instructors and how they helped my daughter gain new dancing schools. They also put on a lovely recital, which was enjoyable for the whole family. This is a great school for beginning dancers, as well as those who are more advanced.

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My daugher was a student at Chambers School of Dance for many years. I was very pleased with the instructors and how they helped my daughter gain new dancing schools. They also put on a lovely recital, which was enjoyable for the whole family. This is a great school for beginning dancers, as well as those who are more advanced.

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