Rock School West

★★★★☆
  • 1510 Paoli Pike

    West Chester, PA 19380

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  • 610-431-4321

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Genna, you aren't alone in your experience. After being at the school for over a year, I was shocked to find my daughter doing cartwheels and handstands in the back of a ballet class. What was even more surprising is that the women teaching the class, Mrs. Brown, completely ignored my daughter and when I tried to talk to her after class to express my disappointment about the lack of discipline in the class, she refused to speak with me. To make matters worse, when I went to Nicole Harmon, the school director, she was more concerned that I had broken their rule about parents observing a class session than she was about establishing the appropriate level of discipline in the classroom. While the Rock School West may have at one point been a wonderful dance school, today they are a factory that ignores all but the best students.

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★★☆☆☆

Genna, you aren't alone in your experience. After being at the school for over a year, I was shocked to find my daughter doing cartwheels and handstands in the back of a ballet class. What was even more surprising is that the women teaching the class, Mrs. Brown, completely ignored my daughter and when I tried to talk to her after class to express my disappointment about the lack of discipline in the class, she refused to speak with me. To make matters worse, when I went to Nicole Harmon, the school director, she was more concerned that I had broken their rule about parents observing a class session than she was about establishing the appropriate level of discipline in the classroom. While the Rock School West may have at one point been a wonderful dance school, today they are a factory that ignores all but the best students.

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While this school produces amazing dancers, I would not recommend sending your child there. I enrolled in the Rock School after moving and to say that I felt unwelcomed would be an understatement. If you or your child is a good dancer but not a prodigy, expect to be in the back of all of the dances and to receive minimal feedback. The students that are really good often make fun of the students who struggle with the harder steps. I was in a large hip hop class where the teacher only ever focused on the students that she has had for numerous years. After a year in that class, I am fairly certain that the instructor did not know my name. I called the school several times with question and was told that I would receive a call back but never did because they do not care about you if you are not a member of the company. In short, if your child is young then I would recommend this school because she or he would get a great dance education and make great friends, but if you are past a certain age, expect to be ignored, made fun of, and put in the back row.

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While this school produces amazing dancers, I would not recommend sending your child there. I enrolled in the Rock School after moving and to say that I felt unwelcomed would be an understatement. If you or your child is a good dancer but not a prodigy, expect to be in the back of all of the dances and to receive minimal feedback. The students that are really good often make fun of the students who struggle with the harder steps. I was in a large hip hop class where the teacher only ever focused on the students that she has had for numerous years. After a year in that class, I am fairly certain that the instructor did not know my name. I called the school several times with question and was told that I would receive a call back but never did because they do not care about you if you are not a member of the company. In short, if your child is young then I would recommend this school because she or he would get a great dance education and make great friends, but if you are past a certain age, expect to be ignored, made fun of, and put in the back row.

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the best dance training in the philadelphia area...large studio with 4 large dance spaces. great staff and my dughter loved dancing there

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the best dance training in the philadelphia area...large studio with 4 large dance spaces. great staff and my dughter loved dancing there

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Arguably the best ballet and jazz training in the Philly suburbs. Nice studios, and teachers with solid professional dance experience. Outstanding students may be accepted into the Rock Academic Program Alliance and sent for training at the downtown Philly location. This was formerly know as the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

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Arguably the best ballet and jazz training in the Philly suburbs. Nice studios, and teachers with solid professional dance experience. Outstanding students may be accepted into the Rock Academic Program Alliance and sent for training at the downtown Philly location. This was formerly know as the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

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