Anita's Dance Ctr

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  • S63w13700 Janesville Rd

    Muskego, WI 53150

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  • 414-427-8600

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In the almost 10 years our daughter has been at Anita's, we have been extremely pleased with the experience, the level of instruction, the performances, and the integrity of Anita, the owner.\r
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We have watched our girl blossom into a

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In the almost 10 years our daughter has been at Anita's, we have been extremely pleased with the experience, the level of instruction, the performances, and the integrity of Anita, the owner.\r
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We have watched our girl blossom into a

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I have three daughters that dance at Anita's Dance Center and we have been at the dance center for thirteen years. When I enrolled my daughters in dance classes it was for the sole purpose of providing them with an extra curricular

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I have three daughters that dance at Anita's Dance Center and we have been at the dance center for thirteen years. When I enrolled my daughters in dance classes it was for the sole purpose of providing them with an extra curricular

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As a high school counselor I work with teenagers everyday.\r
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Many of the older girls that dance at Anitas are also students or former students of mine. Every one of them is academically focused, goal driven and have the highest

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As a high school counselor I work with teenagers everyday.\r
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Many of the older girls that dance at Anitas are also students or former students of mine. Every one of them is academically focused, goal driven and have the highest

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I am a parent of three young girls who not only dance at Anita's studio but learn great life skills while there. I have told many many others of the amazing things the girls get to do while they have been there\r
..ten yrs now. They are

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I am a parent of three young girls who not only dance at Anita's studio but learn great life skills while there. I have told many many others of the amazing things the girls get to do while they have been there\r
..ten yrs now. They are

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My children have danced at Anita's Dance Center for the past 10 years and we have found it to be a wonderful experience. I always feel safe allowing my children to spend time at the center and their performance venues. When I have had a

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My children have danced at Anita's Dance Center for the past 10 years and we have found it to be a wonderful experience. I always feel safe allowing my children to spend time at the center and their performance venues. When I have had a

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Anita's is more than a dance studio.\r
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Turning out great dancers is just one of the benefits. Anita's teaches kids not only how to dance, but teaches their students valuable life lessons and how to be better people. The teachers serve

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Anita's is more than a dance studio.\r
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Turning out great dancers is just one of the benefits. Anita's teaches kids not only how to dance, but teaches their students valuable life lessons and how to be better people. The teachers serve

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Over the years we have attended weekly classes and many dance recitals. Each year the performances at the Recitals are more beautiful and entertaining. It has been a joy to watch all of the girls grow up and become beautiful, graceful and

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Over the years we have attended weekly classes and many dance recitals. Each year the performances at the Recitals are more beautiful and entertaining. It has been a joy to watch all of the girls grow up and become beautiful, graceful and

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Anita's Dance Center provides a wonderful atmosphere for a girl to grow as a dancer and a person. Everyone is encouraged to do their personal best and work together as a team. It all comes together to provide a very exciting and

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Anita's Dance Center provides a wonderful atmosphere for a girl to grow as a dancer and a person. Everyone is encouraged to do their personal best and work together as a team. It all comes together to provide a very exciting and

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Anitas Dance Center is a family centered environment. We as parents are able to participate in the dance activities with our daughters, through the Father-Daughter dances and being a volunteer at the Recitals and other Dance Center

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Anitas Dance Center is a family centered environment. We as parents are able to participate in the dance activities with our daughters, through the Father-Daughter dances and being a volunteer at the Recitals and other Dance Center

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The atmosphere is light and fun for the girls, and the focus is on having fun and being creative. As a mother of three girls I am especially pleased that Anita's dancers come in all different shapes and sizes. I love seeing all different

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The atmosphere is light and fun for the girls, and the focus is on having fun and being creative. As a mother of three girls I am especially pleased that Anita's dancers come in all different shapes and sizes. I love seeing all different

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The level of stupidity and general pettiness in some of these negative reviews is breathtaking. Anita doesn't tolerate "mean girls" or cliques at her studio, as evidenced by a few parents of former students taking to this page to air

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The level of stupidity and general pettiness in some of these negative reviews is breathtaking. Anita doesn't tolerate "mean girls" or cliques at her studio, as evidenced by a few parents of former students taking to this page to air

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I have been with anitas dance center for over 25 years as a dancer and a teacher. The false accusations made on this page are lies and very hurtful. It is clear that someone is deliberately trying to tarnish Anita. Please call the

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I have been with anitas dance center for over 25 years as a dancer and a teacher. The false accusations made on this page are lies and very hurtful. It is clear that someone is deliberately trying to tarnish Anita. Please call the

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To whom this may concern and everyone reading this forum:\r
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Let me start by saying that yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion this is a public forum and you are able to post whatever you please. That being said, I would like

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To whom this may concern and everyone reading this forum:\r
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Let me start by saying that yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion this is a public forum and you are able to post whatever you please. That being said, I would like

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This studio is a scam. They use their high school students as "teachers." None of which have studied dance formally. We went to Anita's for well over 15 years. If you are looking for a dance education for your child, PLEASE CHOOSE

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This studio is a scam. They use their high school students as "teachers." None of which have studied dance formally. We went to Anita's for well over 15 years. If you are looking for a dance education for your child, PLEASE CHOOSE

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My daughter participated in Anita's Princess Dance Camp and LOVED it! We had tears just last night over the fact that it was over for the summer. As a dance teacher and educator myself I had no problem driving the hour each way for her

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My daughter participated in Anita's Princess Dance Camp and LOVED it! We had tears just last night over the fact that it was over for the summer. As a dance teacher and educator myself I had no problem driving the hour each way for her

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I would not recommend this studio for a serious dancer. I agree with hall the other reviews. The staff is young and undertrained, the behind the counter people are RUDE and Anita is VERY unprofessional. She lies, makes fun of dancers,

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I would not recommend this studio for a serious dancer. I agree with hall the other reviews. The staff is young and undertrained, the behind the counter people are RUDE and Anita is VERY unprofessional. She lies, makes fun of dancers,

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Three of my children dance at Anita's. They all love it! They are treated with respect, encouraged to work hard, and have a wonderful time. The staff are helpful and professional. The instructors are great. I am happy to recommend

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Three of my children dance at Anita's. They all love it! They are treated with respect, encouraged to work hard, and have a wonderful time. The staff are helpful and professional. The instructors are great. I am happy to recommend

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My daughter went to Anita's for a year! Not impressed at all. Like all other bad reviews I recommend checking other dance centers. Anita's teach wrong techniques as my daughter was corrected after her first day at another dance center!

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My daughter went to Anita's for a year! Not impressed at all. Like all other bad reviews I recommend checking other dance centers. Anita's teach wrong techniques as my daughter was corrected after her first day at another dance center!

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Anita's is just a really fun place for all dancers, and the performing opportunities they provide are second to none. "Anita's Dance Crew" performs at events with Radio Disney, and their other companies perform throughout the area at local

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Anita's is just a really fun place for all dancers, and the performing opportunities they provide are second to none. "Anita's Dance Crew" performs at events with Radio Disney, and their other companies perform throughout the area at local

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Anita's provides a wide selection of classes and small class sizes (there are at least 10 studios on site). There is an emphasis on fun and a family-friendly atmosphere and the teachers are wonderful. Classes are paid weekly and Anita is

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Anita's provides a wide selection of classes and small class sizes (there are at least 10 studios on site). There is an emphasis on fun and a family-friendly atmosphere and the teachers are wonderful. Classes are paid weekly and Anita is

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My daughter just finished performing in the Nutcracker. The performances were amazing! We loved the costumes, the choreography and the music. My daughter was so excited to be part of the production. It was another opportunity for the girls

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My daughter just finished performing in the Nutcracker. The performances were amazing! We loved the costumes, the choreography and the music. My daughter was so excited to be part of the production. It was another opportunity for the girls

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Anita's has fallen apart over the years. The business plan is not about the kids at all; is all about her "Hollywood productions", treating parents like garbage and taking your money.\r
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From the first day of class when they signed my

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Anita's has fallen apart over the years. The business plan is not about the kids at all; is all about her "Hollywood productions", treating parents like garbage and taking your money.\r
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From the first day of class when they signed my

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Do not waste your money. Go somewhere else.
We heard of Anita??s and knew friends of friends that danced here. So when schedules didn??t work with our original dance studio we came here. We waited 2.5 hours to register for classes because they told us we had to meet with Anita so that she could place our child in the correct class. I rolled with it??..we were there anyway. I was given a folder of information on birthday parties at Anita??s and also had a coupon for a free dance class on your birthday. Also a slip that if we referred another dancer to Anita??s we??d receive I think it was $25 or $50 dollars in gift cert. towards Anita??s. They told us we??d get this gift cert in October. After a lot of asking and then being told that Anita or ??Dave? was still working on it. We didn??t get it until January!!!!! And then were told we could only use it towards classes. (I??m so embarrassed that I referred friends here in the beginning! I was trying to judge the book by the cover??..bad Idea?.The studio is large and seems nice at birds eye view?..it??s the workings of it that are horrible)
I was told that the instructors are adults. We started class and I realized all the instructors were maybe 15 or 16 years of age.
The recital was an embarrassment to the studio. The poor kids in most of the classes had no idea what they were supposed to be doing. I??m not talking 3-5 year old kids, I??m saying children that were 8-9 years old not having a clue how to do their routine. It was a joke. Beautiful backdrops and costumes but the instruction is lacking to say the least. The studio is unorganized. No one ever has an answer to questions and most of the time they don??t answer their phone, you will get voicemail and maybe get a call back 2 days later. Same for email?..you may get an email 2 weeks later.
They have very bad business ethics. I strongly urge you not to waste your money by going here. You??d be better off sending your child to a city rec. dance program. I am not exaggerating. What a waste of time and money???but, now we know??
We will NOT be returning.

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Do not waste your money. Go somewhere else.
We heard of Anita??s and knew friends of friends that danced here. So when schedules didn??t work with our original dance studio we came here. We waited 2.5 hours to register for classes because they told us we had to meet with Anita so that she could place our child in the correct class. I rolled with it??..we were there anyway. I was given a folder of information on birthday parties at Anita??s and also had a coupon for a free dance class on your birthday. Also a slip that if we referred another dancer to Anita??s we??d receive I think it was $25 or $50 dollars in gift cert. towards Anita??s. They told us we??d get this gift cert in October. After a lot of asking and then being told that Anita or ??Dave? was still working on it. We didn??t get it until January!!!!! And then were told we could only use it towards classes. (I??m so embarrassed that I referred friends here in the beginning! I was trying to judge the book by the cover??..bad Idea?.The studio is large and seems nice at birds eye view?..it??s the workings of it that are horrible)
I was told that the instructors are adults. We started class and I realized all the instructors were maybe 15 or 16 years of age.
The recital was an embarrassment to the studio. The poor kids in most of the classes had no idea what they were supposed to be doing. I??m not talking 3-5 year old kids, I??m saying children that were 8-9 years old not having a clue how to do their routine. It was a joke. Beautiful backdrops and costumes but the instruction is lacking to say the least. The studio is unorganized. No one ever has an answer to questions and most of the time they don??t answer their phone, you will get voicemail and maybe get a call back 2 days later. Same for email?..you may get an email 2 weeks later.
They have very bad business ethics. I strongly urge you not to waste your money by going here. You??d be better off sending your child to a city rec. dance program. I am not exaggerating. What a waste of time and money???but, now we know??
We will NOT be returning.

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Do not waste your money. Go somewhere else. \r
I didn't even want to give it one star. \r
We heard of Anitas and knew friends of friends that danced here. So when schedules didnt work with our original dance studio we came here. We

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Do not waste your money. Go somewhere else. \r
I didn't even want to give it one star. \r
We heard of Anitas and knew friends of friends that danced here. So when schedules didnt work with our original dance studio we came here. We

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I am looking to sign my daughter up for dance. I must say that the positive and negative reviews helped my decision. To be honest, I am happy that I read through them, I decided from all the negative reviews and verbal abuse Anitas may have I am not going to take the chance with this dance studio. Thank you all for the reviews, it is great to know our community looks out for one another.

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I am looking to sign my daughter up for dance. I must say that the positive and negative reviews helped my decision. To be honest, I am happy that I read through them, I decided from all the negative reviews and verbal abuse Anitas may have I am not going to take the chance with this dance studio. Thank you all for the reviews, it is great to know our community looks out for one another.

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i think all the one star reviews were VERY harsh. anita's is a great fun place to be. as far as missing lessons- i disagree 100% with some of the other reviews. i have been dancing at anita's for over 7 years and sure, missing lessons isn't always great but i was never yelled at it or embarrassed by it. the teachers are very friendly and help you catch up with what you missed. there is little time to technique but creating the dances for recitals is very fun. overall- i love anitas (: you get to meet a lot of friends and they work you hard!

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i think all the one star reviews were VERY harsh. anita's is a great fun place to be. as far as missing lessons- i disagree 100% with some of the other reviews. i have been dancing at anita's for over 7 years and sure, missing lessons isn't always great but i was never yelled at it or embarrassed by it. the teachers are very friendly and help you catch up with what you missed. there is little time to technique but creating the dances for recitals is very fun. overall- i love anitas (: you get to meet a lot of friends and they work you hard!

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fun, great place to dance.

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fun, great place to dance.

Pros: lots

Cons: none

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This review is coming from a girl that danced here all her life and went through all of the companies and beyond, and also was a teacher for nearly 8 of those years.
I will start off by saying that I had many great experiences by going to Anita's Dance Center...but at a high price. All through the years while in grade school through high school I had a blast and was in the magical Anita's land where I was at the best place for dancing and we were the best and everything was perfect. By the time I started teaching and doing a lot of work for Anita, I began to see the true colors of the place more and more. I did more than just teaching for her and I only was being paid 8 dollars and hour. Now considering that class fees were up to 7.50 per student, per hour...that is humiliating as a staff member. After doing some research, I found that the national average for a dance instructor is around 14 dollars an hour. I never got any credit for the many hours of extra work that I did for the studio, performances and recitals. Others, such has her son, who helped, but did not do nearly the amount of work that I did, did recieve credit...for my work. I did let that slide and even defended Anita when family members and people around me would shake their head in disbelief. I was told many empty promises of how I was so valuable that I would be able to make this my career, and that I was highly desired to stay and dance well beyond my highschool years, and that I would recieve financial compensation. That flew out the door.
I finally got the nerve to leave, but when you leave it's never easy, because they have a way of making you stay or giving you more false hopes of a future there. So I left abruptly because it was the only way that I could. I thought that Anita and I were close enough that she would understand and maybe even be happy that I was spreading my wings finally at 22 yrs old. That did not happen. Instead I was ridiculed and made an example of to all of the wonderful girls that looked up to me as their instructor and mentor...including relatives of mine. I was called a quitter and a failure and that I must be under the infuence of drugs and that I was in an abusive relationship. Non of this couldn't be more farther from the truth. What happened was that I finally had the wool pulled off from over my eyes and I woke up to all the lies and really poor business conduct. I realized that I along with other teachers and students deserved to be treated better. I never recieved my final paycheck, my recital DVD and I was told that I would never get a good reference from them in the future. They did keep their promise on that one, because I was out of work for nearly 6 months at one point, because every job I was considered for let me go due to the bad and untrue refference Anita gave them.

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This review is coming from a girl that danced here all her life and went through all of the companies and beyond, and also was a teacher for nearly 8 of those years.
I will start off by saying that I had many great experiences by going to Anita's Dance Center...but at a high price. All through the years while in grade school through high school I had a blast and was in the magical Anita's land where I was at the best place for dancing and we were the best and everything was perfect. By the time I started teaching and doing a lot of work for Anita, I began to see the true colors of the place more and more. I did more than just teaching for her and I only was being paid 8 dollars and hour. Now considering that class fees were up to 7.50 per student, per hour...that is humiliating as a staff member. After doing some research, I found that the national average for a dance instructor is around 14 dollars an hour. I never got any credit for the many hours of extra work that I did for the studio, performances and recitals. Others, such has her son, who helped, but did not do nearly the amount of work that I did, did recieve credit...for my work. I did let that slide and even defended Anita when family members and people around me would shake their head in disbelief. I was told many empty promises of how I was so valuable that I would be able to make this my career, and that I was highly desired to stay and dance well beyond my highschool years, and that I would recieve financial compensation. That flew out the door.
I finally got the nerve to leave, but when you leave it's never easy, because they have a way of making you stay or giving you more false hopes of a future there. So I left abruptly because it was the only way that I could. I thought that Anita and I were close enough that she would understand and maybe even be happy that I was spreading my wings finally at 22 yrs old. That did not happen. Instead I was ridiculed and made an example of to all of the wonderful girls that looked up to me as their instructor and mentor...including relatives of mine. I was called a quitter and a failure and that I must be under the infuence of drugs and that I was in an abusive relationship. Non of this couldn't be more farther from the truth. What happened was that I finally had the wool pulled off from over my eyes and I woke up to all the lies and really poor business conduct. I realized that I along with other teachers and students deserved to be treated better. I never recieved my final paycheck, my recital DVD and I was told that I would never get a good reference from them in the future. They did keep their promise on that one, because I was out of work for nearly 6 months at one point, because every job I was considered for let me go due to the bad and untrue refference Anita gave them.

Pros: good dance experiences

Cons: unethical business conduct, high tuition fees, cattyness.

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Dance is supposed to be fun and challanging, but most of the time it became just a chore, until you had a show to do, where you could be on stage and be free. Many of the teachers there are way too young. When I began teaching it was a rule that you had to be an assistant to an older teacher before you had the privalage to to teach. Now because of the expansive facility, anyone that can jump up and down can teach, and that is simply not fair to the students that think they are at a higher level of dance studio, and unfair to the teachers that had to put in the work to earn their right to teach...the instructors that take dance instruction seriously.
I'm writing this review not to bash on Anita or let off some steam. I've been out the studio for nearly 3 years and I am happy teaching elswhere. I just want people to know what happens behind closed doors(and sometimes out in the open) It's a great place if your child just wants to do dance for fun and doesn't want to advance, but if your child is serious about excelling in dance, then this is not the place for them.
It's a high price for a child to be made an example of for being in other extracurricular activities and be in a class when a teacher not much older than them is teaching it. If you should decide to place your child here or if you yourself plan on taking lessons at Anita's Dance Center and happen to make a name for yourself because of your gift of dance...don't plan on leaving smoothly. It's never that you wanted to move on or life was taking you in a different direction, It's always that you were a bad person and they will ruin your good reputation. I know this because I too was told about all the bad girls that went here and they did so many bad things that they had to be kicked out for their behavior. Come to find out that as soon as I left, the same lies were said about me. It wasn't until this that I learned that majority of the girls they made examples of were good, wholesome girls who desreved to leave with thier reputation in tact.
Just because it seems so magical on the outside...their is way too much shadyness going on on the inside. Please don't fall into the same trap that everyone else does.

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Dance is supposed to be fun and challanging, but most of the time it became just a chore, until you had a show to do, where you could be on stage and be free. Many of the teachers there are way too young. When I began teaching it was a rule that you had to be an assistant to an older teacher before you had the privalage to to teach. Now because of the expansive facility, anyone that can jump up and down can teach, and that is simply not fair to the students that think they are at a higher level of dance studio, and unfair to the teachers that had to put in the work to earn their right to teach...the instructors that take dance instruction seriously.
I'm writing this review not to bash on Anita or let off some steam. I've been out the studio for nearly 3 years and I am happy teaching elswhere. I just want people to know what happens behind closed doors(and sometimes out in the open) It's a great place if your child just wants to do dance for fun and doesn't want to advance, but if your child is serious about excelling in dance, then this is not the place for them.
It's a high price for a child to be made an example of for being in other extracurricular activities and be in a class when a teacher not much older than them is teaching it. If you should decide to place your child here or if you yourself plan on taking lessons at Anita's Dance Center and happen to make a name for yourself because of your gift of dance...don't plan on leaving smoothly. It's never that you wanted to move on or life was taking you in a different direction, It's always that you were a bad person and they will ruin your good reputation. I know this because I too was told about all the bad girls that went here and they did so many bad things that they had to be kicked out for their behavior. Come to find out that as soon as I left, the same lies were said about me. It wasn't until this that I learned that majority of the girls they made examples of were good, wholesome girls who desreved to leave with thier reputation in tact.
Just because it seems so magical on the outside...their is way too much shadyness going on on the inside. Please don't fall into the same trap that everyone else does.

Pros: friends :)

Cons: empty promises

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I danced at Anita's for 12 years. I was in the kids company, juniors, high juniors, and then dance company. All they do is take your money. When you're younger, it's all fun and games and there's not much pressure. As you get older and higher in the companies, they definitely play favorites. If you don't possess all the skills they want, you're looked down upon and never taught how to do anything correctly by the teachers. It was less bitchy after Julie left, but then Anita majorly took over. Your life had to revolve around dance. She lies to you and your family to keep you in dance just so they can empty your wallet. Everyone talks crap about Anita and the older teachers in dance company, even the captains. Anita literally screams at us if we don't do everything perfectly; it's never good enough for her. They tell the bronze level that they're not allowed to stand in the front of the room because they're not as good as everyone else. Basically, it isn't a healthy environment for kids of any age. There's way too much drama and stress which definitely isn't worth the second mortgage.

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I danced at Anita's for 12 years. I was in the kids company, juniors, high juniors, and then dance company. All they do is take your money. When you're younger, it's all fun and games and there's not much pressure. As you get older and higher in the companies, they definitely play favorites. If you don't possess all the skills they want, you're looked down upon and never taught how to do anything correctly by the teachers. It was less bitchy after Julie left, but then Anita majorly took over. Your life had to revolve around dance. She lies to you and your family to keep you in dance just so they can empty your wallet. Everyone talks crap about Anita and the older teachers in dance company, even the captains. Anita literally screams at us if we don't do everything perfectly; it's never good enough for her. They tell the bronze level that they're not allowed to stand in the front of the room because they're not as good as everyone else. Basically, it isn't a healthy environment for kids of any age. There's way too much drama and stress which definitely isn't worth the second mortgage.

Pros: Meet some good people.

Cons: Waste of money, Fake people, Hypocritical teachers.

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I am a junior company and radio disney dancer. i have been with Anita's since i was two. Anita's teaches you important life skills such as discipline, patience, and respect. the teachers are very experienced and helpful. True they talk like when we are stretching but they are very much NOT inexperienced. Every year the company members get to perform at so many places like summer fest, Festa Italiana, Zoo A La Carte ect. The competition team has won many trophies. Also we take yearly trips to places like Florida, Louisiana, and California to perform on tv. I would highly recommend Anita's to anyone who wants to become a great dancer.

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I am a junior company and radio disney dancer. i have been with Anita's since i was two. Anita's teaches you important life skills such as discipline, patience, and respect. the teachers are very experienced and helpful. True they talk like when we are stretching but they are very much NOT inexperienced. Every year the company members get to perform at so many places like summer fest, Festa Italiana, Zoo A La Carte ect. The competition team has won many trophies. Also we take yearly trips to places like Florida, Louisiana, and California to perform on tv. I would highly recommend Anita's to anyone who wants to become a great dancer.

Pros: shows, the teachers, performances

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Everyone is entitled to her own opinion: therefore, I am entitled to mine. I spent 10 years dancing with Anita's, and while my experience overall was quite favorable, I have to say that the professionalism and training is not all that it is cracked up to be. I spent 2 years on Kids Company, 3 on Junior Company, and 3 on Dance Company. While I will always look fondly upon the memories, I also remember that there was a lot of backstabbing among the faculty. I find it very unprofessional that teachers would talk about students and their families behind their backs to other students: not very Christian in my book. I also taught at Anita's for a year. When I left the studio in 2005, none of the teachers had college educations, and most were 18 or younger! We had no training and no syllabus to follow: there were no standards. It was just not very well organized. Yes,the prices are right in line with those of other studios, I believe that when you consider the lack of training of the faculty, it is not worth the money. I understand that it may not matter when your daughter is three, but it starts to really matter when she gets older.After Anita's, I moved on to study dance in college. That's when I realized how far behind I was. After being on Anita's second highest level of dance company, I was told that I needed to start in Ballet 1 because my technique was not up to snuff. Call it my own problem, but realize that I was put on a team and made to believe my technique was good. After completing my bachelor's degree, I now teach at a studio in the Madison area. It is a world of difference compared to what I experienced at Anita's: professionally trained staff, safe dancing surfaces, and priced almost the same as Anita's.The moral of my story is: do your research, If you are looking for a local studio with good prices for your 3 - 8 year old, look no further than Anita's. However, if your child is serious about dance, keep looking. The Milwaukee area has a vast amount of studios from which to choose, many of them with better credentials.

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Everyone is entitled to her own opinion: therefore, I am entitled to mine. I spent 10 years dancing with Anita's, and while my experience overall was quite favorable, I have to say that the professionalism and training is not all that it is cracked up to be. I spent 2 years on Kids Company, 3 on Junior Company, and 3 on Dance Company. While I will always look fondly upon the memories, I also remember that there was a lot of backstabbing among the faculty. I find it very unprofessional that teachers would talk about students and their families behind their backs to other students: not very Christian in my book. I also taught at Anita's for a year. When I left the studio in 2005, none of the teachers had college educations, and most were 18 or younger! We had no training and no syllabus to follow: there were no standards. It was just not very well organized. Yes,the prices are right in line with those of other studios, I believe that when you consider the lack of training of the faculty, it is not worth the money. I understand that it may not matter when your daughter is three, but it starts to really matter when she gets older.After Anita's, I moved on to study dance in college. That's when I realized how far behind I was. After being on Anita's second highest level of dance company, I was told that I needed to start in Ballet 1 because my technique was not up to snuff. Call it my own problem, but realize that I was put on a team and made to believe my technique was good. After completing my bachelor's degree, I now teach at a studio in the Madison area. It is a world of difference compared to what I experienced at Anita's: professionally trained staff, safe dancing surfaces, and priced almost the same as Anita's.The moral of my story is: do your research, If you are looking for a local studio with good prices for your 3 - 8 year old, look no further than Anita's. However, if your child is serious about dance, keep looking. The Milwaukee area has a vast amount of studios from which to choose, many of them with better credentials.

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so i came to anitas when i moved here first in 3rd grade. although i had been dancing since i was three years old, i did not realize that with this move to a new studio i would ever stop dancing. it was a great expierence at first. i went from kids company, to jounior company, to dance company. it wasnt until dance company did i start to dislike dance. i used to love the attention and the makeup and costumes. coming into high school and trying out for the mcdc was the most nerve racking year of my life. when i was a bronze( this is part of there ladders for the company going from bronze to diamond), it was the hardest year of all. this is the backstage view of anitas dance center. you are not allowed to have any sort of internet profile, if you have a boyfriend you are looked down upon, your whole life needs to be dedicated to dance for if dance is not first, they become furious with you, they say you are doing the worst as in drinking and illegal substances and sexual relationships when most of us girls have more morals then they can imagine. sure tell us that you need to live the best life possible but dont accuse us of anything until we give you a reason.

this is my story: i had missed a weekend of dance, i came back and all the girls were very mean and discusting with me. then my mother needed to talk with anita about missing some shows and anita fully disrespected my mother and talked down to her like she was a two year old. at that point my mom told me that she is no longer going to allow me to go to this dance center where the owner treats and talks to us like we are nothing. as my dad quoted "we are the customers.. we are paying them.. customers always come first!" out of the 14 years of my dancincing carrer, i have never been this upset about dance in my life. and for those people who are looking for the truth... julie parker was the best anitas had. a lil in on the scoop...anita told julie to leave because julie stuck up for us dancers...

concluding... if you are looking for a professional studio that is going to treat you like a customer and you be fully happy with yourself.. choose another studio

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so i came to anitas when i moved here first in 3rd grade. although i had been dancing since i was three years old, i did not realize that with this move to a new studio i would ever stop dancing. it was a great expierence at first. i went from kids company, to jounior company, to dance company. it wasnt until dance company did i start to dislike dance. i used to love the attention and the makeup and costumes. coming into high school and trying out for the mcdc was the most nerve racking year of my life. when i was a bronze( this is part of there ladders for the company going from bronze to diamond), it was the hardest year of all. this is the backstage view of anitas dance center. you are not allowed to have any sort of internet profile, if you have a boyfriend you are looked down upon, your whole life needs to be dedicated to dance for if dance is not first, they become furious with you, they say you are doing the worst as in drinking and illegal substances and sexual relationships when most of us girls have more morals then they can imagine. sure tell us that you need to live the best life possible but dont accuse us of anything until we give you a reason.

this is my story: i had missed a weekend of dance, i came back and all the girls were very mean and discusting with me. then my mother needed to talk with anita about missing some shows and anita fully disrespected my mother and talked down to her like she was a two year old. at that point my mom told me that she is no longer going to allow me to go to this dance center where the owner treats and talks to us like we are nothing. as my dad quoted "we are the customers.. we are paying them.. customers always come first!" out of the 14 years of my dancincing carrer, i have never been this upset about dance in my life. and for those people who are looking for the truth... julie parker was the best anitas had. a lil in on the scoop...anita told julie to leave because julie stuck up for us dancers...

concluding... if you are looking for a professional studio that is going to treat you like a customer and you be fully happy with yourself.. choose another studio

Pros: you will never do as many shows in your life!

Cons: money costs, fake, disrespectfull, disapointing

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I went to Anita's to enroll my 11 year old in a dance class. I talked with my daughter & told her that most of the students will be much younger than her, did you still want to take lessons. Of course the answer was YES. When I was at the studio I asked at the desk about classes for her, the staff was rude to me. Than Anita (at the time I didn't know who she was) told me that my daughter will NEVER become a dancer and I was not a good mom since I didn't have her at her stuido by the age of 3. Needless to say I walked out. In the parking lot another mother stopped me & told me how sorry she felt for me & my daughter. THis mom was pulling her daughter from the Anita's because of Anita's and her staff behaivor. All my daughter wanted to do was learn a few moves to be able to try out for her musical at school. We did find another studio & she is vey happy.

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I went to Anita's to enroll my 11 year old in a dance class. I talked with my daughter & told her that most of the students will be much younger than her, did you still want to take lessons. Of course the answer was YES. When I was at the studio I asked at the desk about classes for her, the staff was rude to me. Than Anita (at the time I didn't know who she was) told me that my daughter will NEVER become a dancer and I was not a good mom since I didn't have her at her stuido by the age of 3. Needless to say I walked out. In the parking lot another mother stopped me & told me how sorry she felt for me & my daughter. THis mom was pulling her daughter from the Anita's because of Anita's and her staff behaivor. All my daughter wanted to do was learn a few moves to be able to try out for her musical at school. We did find another studio & she is vey happy.

Cons: Its a fake

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It is interesting that there are so many extremely positive and extremely negative reviews. Anita does not claim to be the best dance studio and tells all parents to explore their options and find the studio that fits their wants and needs best. She is very upfront about how strict she is (which most parents appreciate) and also about costs. Anitas is not the right studio for everyone - it is the right studio for a well rounded dance education in a safe, nurturing environment. Younger teachers (who are personally trained by Anita) do teach younger students but there are also a great number of older teachers who are well-trained by the best in the dance industry. Dancers from the studio have gone on to dance at top levels in college and beyond. The dancers compete against the best studios in the country and place, proving that the technique taught is not "low quality" or "out-dated". The studio is large, but Anita still knows every dancer and parent by first name. The size of the studio allows for some amazing performing opportunties that no other studio in the area can match. The key to a great dance expierence at Anitas (as in anything) is communication, if you are unhappy about something, tell her and she will personally fix it. As for the negative reviews, I would bet they are from dancers unhappy about their placement (which happens everywhere) or unhappy about how they were treated after breaking Anita's strict rules. Favoritism...if you commit yourself, work hard and are loyal...then sure, you are favored. Teachers are not allowed to pick on students for missing class or messing up in class. Prices have gone up over the past 3 years, but still pale in comparison to other studios. If your a parent looking for a place to take your child to dance...do your homework, ask other parents and come for a tour....it may or may not be the place for you.

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It is interesting that there are so many extremely positive and extremely negative reviews. Anita does not claim to be the best dance studio and tells all parents to explore their options and find the studio that fits their wants and needs best. She is very upfront about how strict she is (which most parents appreciate) and also about costs. Anitas is not the right studio for everyone - it is the right studio for a well rounded dance education in a safe, nurturing environment. Younger teachers (who are personally trained by Anita) do teach younger students but there are also a great number of older teachers who are well-trained by the best in the dance industry. Dancers from the studio have gone on to dance at top levels in college and beyond. The dancers compete against the best studios in the country and place, proving that the technique taught is not "low quality" or "out-dated". The studio is large, but Anita still knows every dancer and parent by first name. The size of the studio allows for some amazing performing opportunties that no other studio in the area can match. The key to a great dance expierence at Anitas (as in anything) is communication, if you are unhappy about something, tell her and she will personally fix it. As for the negative reviews, I would bet they are from dancers unhappy about their placement (which happens everywhere) or unhappy about how they were treated after breaking Anita's strict rules. Favoritism...if you commit yourself, work hard and are loyal...then sure, you are favored. Teachers are not allowed to pick on students for missing class or messing up in class. Prices have gone up over the past 3 years, but still pale in comparison to other studios. If your a parent looking for a place to take your child to dance...do your homework, ask other parents and come for a tour....it may or may not be the place for you.

Pros: awesome recitals, freindly staff

Cons: can get pricey if you do a company

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All these negative comments are really depressing and are actually, hilarious. For the people that dance at anitas, we all know there are fees like any other studio, MALE STAFF DOES NOT ENTER DRESSING ROOMS (first of all, in the past there has been ONE male on the dance studio staff, and staff does NOT change in a dressing room of the opposite gender (and their rooms (if needed to change) are on oppositesides of the stage) or go near dressing rooms), The studio does NOT choose favorites (instead they choose friends), not a christian studio you say? well that's kind of hard to believe considering most neighboring studios put their seven year olds in rhinestoned bras and underwear and have them dancing on stage to 'buttons by the pussycat dolls', dances and routines are classy and fun, EXPLICIT music iS NOT used, highschool students are evaluated before being addded to staff (if their skills match an appropriate class even if they are close in age, they will be put to teach that class, they are most definately appropriately evaluated before being assigned to teach a class) i dont know where else to go other than that if you are looking for strict technique, cruel teachers dont attend anita's. Anita's is for the "performing, wanting to have fun, looking for good experience and life lessons" person and or family. Anita and David are there to give and help, not to hurt. Anitas is a great place, HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

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All these negative comments are really depressing and are actually, hilarious. For the people that dance at anitas, we all know there are fees like any other studio, MALE STAFF DOES NOT ENTER DRESSING ROOMS (first of all, in the past there has been ONE male on the dance studio staff, and staff does NOT change in a dressing room of the opposite gender (and their rooms (if needed to change) are on oppositesides of the stage) or go near dressing rooms), The studio does NOT choose favorites (instead they choose friends), not a christian studio you say? well that's kind of hard to believe considering most neighboring studios put their seven year olds in rhinestoned bras and underwear and have them dancing on stage to 'buttons by the pussycat dolls', dances and routines are classy and fun, EXPLICIT music iS NOT used, highschool students are evaluated before being addded to staff (if their skills match an appropriate class even if they are close in age, they will be put to teach that class, they are most definately appropriately evaluated before being assigned to teach a class) i dont know where else to go other than that if you are looking for strict technique, cruel teachers dont attend anita's. Anita's is for the "performing, wanting to have fun, looking for good experience and life lessons" person and or family. Anita and David are there to give and help, not to hurt. Anitas is a great place, HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

Pros: excellent place for dance education

Cons: none

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If you love beautiful costumes and recital backdrops, you will find this at Anita's. If your child is honestly interested in learning proper techniques, you will want to consider other options. My daughter took dance at Anita's for 7 years (the last two on pointe). I had been noticing that as the center grew, the instructors were becoming younger and less experienced. My daughter would tell me that her instructors would spend half of the time just talking instead of teaching. When we went to another studio, I saw my teenage daughter get very upset. She loves to dance and after experiencing 2 ballet classes and a jazz class at her new studio, she informed me that she feels that she just wasted her time at Anita's. She is now in the beginning level of ballet/jazz at her new studio. She needs to relearn the improper techniques that were never corrected at Anitas. Her current instructors are all professional dancers, not 18 year olds whose only experience has been Anitas. Please, I have nothing personally against Anita, I just want the best for my daughter and unfortunately I wish I would have had this information 7 years ago. My daughter would be much more happy.

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If you love beautiful costumes and recital backdrops, you will find this at Anita's. If your child is honestly interested in learning proper techniques, you will want to consider other options. My daughter took dance at Anita's for 7 years (the last two on pointe). I had been noticing that as the center grew, the instructors were becoming younger and less experienced. My daughter would tell me that her instructors would spend half of the time just talking instead of teaching. When we went to another studio, I saw my teenage daughter get very upset. She loves to dance and after experiencing 2 ballet classes and a jazz class at her new studio, she informed me that she feels that she just wasted her time at Anita's. She is now in the beginning level of ballet/jazz at her new studio. She needs to relearn the improper techniques that were never corrected at Anitas. Her current instructors are all professional dancers, not 18 year olds whose only experience has been Anitas. Please, I have nothing personally against Anita, I just want the best for my daughter and unfortunately I wish I would have had this information 7 years ago. My daughter would be much more happy.

Pros: Great costumes, Puts on the Nutcracker every other year

Cons: Many Inexperienced teachers, some very non professional, Not taught proper techniques

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Although there are some individuals who critisize Anita's on this website, I must say that over the past 13 years I have been completely satisfied with my dance experience. I apprieciate the helpful staff and the endless amounts of performing opportunities at hand. Here you learn more than just dance, you are taught responsibility, solid work ethic, and self apprieciation. Although it becomes much more time consuming if you dance in one of the companies, you create friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime as well as countless memories. In class, you continuously work on flexibility and performing skills including new routines approximately every 6 weeks. The facility is easy to drive to and is very well maintained. Anita's is appropriate for any age/level dancer and has a vast variety of classes to choose from. The dance center is very flexible when it comes to your families needs and is willing to make accomidations if need be. They also have a fully stocked dance store as well as a snack hut. With something new happening everytime you enter through the doors, Anita's is a great place to send your child to learn the craft of dance. I highly recomend it to any dancer or family intrested; it will definitly be worth your while.

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Although there are some individuals who critisize Anita's on this website, I must say that over the past 13 years I have been completely satisfied with my dance experience. I apprieciate the helpful staff and the endless amounts of performing opportunities at hand. Here you learn more than just dance, you are taught responsibility, solid work ethic, and self apprieciation. Although it becomes much more time consuming if you dance in one of the companies, you create friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime as well as countless memories. In class, you continuously work on flexibility and performing skills including new routines approximately every 6 weeks. The facility is easy to drive to and is very well maintained. Anita's is appropriate for any age/level dancer and has a vast variety of classes to choose from. The dance center is very flexible when it comes to your families needs and is willing to make accomidations if need be. They also have a fully stocked dance store as well as a snack hut. With something new happening everytime you enter through the doors, Anita's is a great place to send your child to learn the craft of dance. I highly recomend it to any dancer or family intrested; it will definitly be worth your while.

Pros: classes, shows, facilites

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Well, there is nothing good about Anita's Dance center. First of all, Anita and David Olsen claims to be christians....NOT TRUE! If you were a christian that there is no way that you would talk behind peoples back, let you staff be rude to parents and children, and when problems arise, you just ignore people. Anita and David are ver good about telling people how great THEY are and what high morals and standards they have...but when you have to continually tell people how good you are...its just a cover for how bad you really are!! I've seen Anita and well as her staff and selected parents, lie about students and other parents...the staff behind the desk are rude and lie about others in the studio....The majority of her teachers are older high shool students....how is that highly trained professional dancers. When my daughter finally left the studio and went to another studio with Highly trained teachers, they had to correct my daughters dancing...My daughters technique was wrong....As for the Radio DisneyDancers.....that was the worst performances I have ever seen or been a part of....If you are going to represent Disney...then the students should be dancing clean, and neat with a high level of technique...NO SO!! Did you know that Radio Disney PAID the studio for having the children perform....the studio had a sign contract and was paid for the dancers everytime they performed...I know for a fact the my daughter wasn't paid, and that's why theose stupid Disney t shirts were kept under such lock and key...where you couldnt take them home....I call radio disney to find out all the info. Anita and David are very bad people, if youare still in the studio, read between the lines, watch how the staff treats the customers and most of all dont let those fake smiles fool you....Anita's dance center is a business and Anita and David livelyhood...they need you and they willtell you just what you want to here...but beware!!!

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Well, there is nothing good about Anita's Dance center. First of all, Anita and David Olsen claims to be christians....NOT TRUE! If you were a christian that there is no way that you would talk behind peoples back, let you staff be rude to parents and children, and when problems arise, you just ignore people. Anita and David are ver good about telling people how great THEY are and what high morals and standards they have...but when you have to continually tell people how good you are...its just a cover for how bad you really are!! I've seen Anita and well as her staff and selected parents, lie about students and other parents...the staff behind the desk are rude and lie about others in the studio....The majority of her teachers are older high shool students....how is that highly trained professional dancers. When my daughter finally left the studio and went to another studio with Highly trained teachers, they had to correct my daughters dancing...My daughters technique was wrong....As for the Radio DisneyDancers.....that was the worst performances I have ever seen or been a part of....If you are going to represent Disney...then the students should be dancing clean, and neat with a high level of technique...NO SO!! Did you know that Radio Disney PAID the studio for having the children perform....the studio had a sign contract and was paid for the dancers everytime they performed...I know for a fact the my daughter wasn't paid, and that's why theose stupid Disney t shirts were kept under such lock and key...where you couldnt take them home....I call radio disney to find out all the info. Anita and David are very bad people, if youare still in the studio, read between the lines, watch how the staff treats the customers and most of all dont let those fake smiles fool you....Anita's dance center is a business and Anita and David livelyhood...they need you and they willtell you just what you want to here...but beware!!!

Pros: nothing

Cons: rude staff, liars, not professional trained staff and self proclaimed christans..NOT

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I danced at Anita's for eight years. At first i loved it. It was so much fun and i was in the same class as my friends. But, when i got in the kid's company, the junior company, and the high junior company i got busy with my school, church, family, and friends. I missed dance because i was sick and got embarrassed in front of the whole company because i missed one class and i got yelled at in front my whole class for not doing a step right which is not very professional. Some of the teachers at Anita's are not the nicest people. i do not recommend Anita's for someone who is looking for a dance studio....

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I danced at Anita's for eight years. At first i loved it. It was so much fun and i was in the same class as my friends. But, when i got in the kid's company, the junior company, and the high junior company i got busy with my school, church, family, and friends. I missed dance because i was sick and got embarrassed in front of the whole company because i missed one class and i got yelled at in front my whole class for not doing a step right which is not very professional. Some of the teachers at Anita's are not the nicest people. i do not recommend Anita's for someone who is looking for a dance studio....

Pros: none

Cons: unfriendly staff

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so it really is a great studio. i am a dancer there and have been for a while now. it is ggreat the competition team is amazing they get so many firsts and secondss and they aren't cocky about it at all. i mean the studio isn't super stressing on technique and everythingg but they give everyone a chance and you are placed by levels one you get into the company's. to be honest i have looked at other studios and have had times where i hated anita's but looking at these other studio's they didn't compare. i mean eatherr they were terrible or they were very scandolous dances.For example the girlss would be dancing way to seductive for their age and there costumes there would be like nothingg there. so i could never leave anita's they are great. and they are definitly raising the bar for technique and abilty a lot. and yes they are picking favorites there but you learn to deal with it or focus and dance and become a favorite. just do you rbest and give it your all and you will deffinitly succeed at Anita's.

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so it really is a great studio. i am a dancer there and have been for a while now. it is ggreat the competition team is amazing they get so many firsts and secondss and they aren't cocky about it at all. i mean the studio isn't super stressing on technique and everythingg but they give everyone a chance and you are placed by levels one you get into the company's. to be honest i have looked at other studios and have had times where i hated anita's but looking at these other studio's they didn't compare. i mean eatherr they were terrible or they were very scandolous dances.For example the girlss would be dancing way to seductive for their age and there costumes there would be like nothingg there. so i could never leave anita's they are great. and they are definitly raising the bar for technique and abilty a lot. and yes they are picking favorites there but you learn to deal with it or focus and dance and become a favorite. just do you rbest and give it your all and you will deffinitly succeed at Anita's.

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Anita's is a wonderful place for dancer's of any age. They offer current dancing techniques with Christian values. Our family cannot say enough about the Anita, Julie Parker, and the entire staff. We love Anita's Dance Center and reccommend it to any one looking for any type of dance fun and/or education!

Anita's is very affordable compared to other area studios and if your child is in regular classes (not company) the costumes, shoes, etc. are not expensive at all.

After reading several negative reviews, I have this to say: First of all, some of the reviews are written by disgruntled dancers who did not make the dance company or the level of dance company they felt they deserved. This has nothing to do with Anita's Dance Center - it's no different than making varsity or JV - you are placed at your level and your dedication has alot to do with that. Like any team. Like any team, dancers are told before making Dance Company that they will be required to practice long hours and will be held accountable for their attendance. They are not surprised with this info, they know it right up front - but many of the negative reviewers felt it didn't apply to them. Also, like any team, you do have stars - there are always certain ones who excel at a level higher than the others and they are rightfully showcased. But every one in dance company has plenty of opportunities to show off their abilities. Because they do not possess the talent, had little determination/work ethic, poor attendance, and or didn't get their way, they are bad mouthing Anita's and doing a disservice to the parents looking for a good studio for their kids.

Further - if you make dance company, yes - you will need to buy many outfits, etc. - but this is an optional company that you audition for. No one is ever surprised by this. The staff if up front about this long before you ever get to Dance Company level. You make the choice to have these expenses. Regular classes are right in line with our area studios costs.

What a shame that dancers who have spent many fun years of their lives dancing at Anita's, suddenly turn on them. Reviews such as those should not be allowed because they are done out of anger or jealousy. ANITA'S IS AN AMAZING PLACE FOR DANCE!

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Anita's is a wonderful place for dancer's of any age. They offer current dancing techniques with Christian values. Our family cannot say enough about the Anita, Julie Parker, and the entire staff. We love Anita's Dance Center and reccommend it to any one looking for any type of dance fun and/or education!

Anita's is very affordable compared to other area studios and if your child is in regular classes (not company) the costumes, shoes, etc. are not expensive at all.

After reading several negative reviews, I have this to say: First of all, some of the reviews are written by disgruntled dancers who did not make the dance company or the level of dance company they felt they deserved. This has nothing to do with Anita's Dance Center - it's no different than making varsity or JV - you are placed at your level and your dedication has alot to do with that. Like any team. Like any team, dancers are told before making Dance Company that they will be required to practice long hours and will be held accountable for their attendance. They are not surprised with this info, they know it right up front - but many of the negative reviewers felt it didn't apply to them. Also, like any team, you do have stars - there are always certain ones who excel at a level higher than the others and they are rightfully showcased. But every one in dance company has plenty of opportunities to show off their abilities. Because they do not possess the talent, had little determination/work ethic, poor attendance, and or didn't get their way, they are bad mouthing Anita's and doing a disservice to the parents looking for a good studio for their kids.

Further - if you make dance company, yes - you will need to buy many outfits, etc. - but this is an optional company that you audition for. No one is ever surprised by this. The staff if up front about this long before you ever get to Dance Company level. You make the choice to have these expenses. Regular classes are right in line with our area studios costs.

What a shame that dancers who have spent many fun years of their lives dancing at Anita's, suddenly turn on them. Reviews such as those should not be allowed because they are done out of anger or jealousy. ANITA'S IS AN AMAZING PLACE FOR DANCE!

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The facility is beautiful, the costumes and recitals will make your student feel like a star, and there is a wealth of opportunity for advancement. However, the people on this site who say that nothing is wrong with the studio are not looking at the situation from all sides. Take it from someone who has spent a great deal of her life there and now works in the industry: there are so many dance educators out there who will take much better care of your kids. I promise.

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The Short:

The facility is beautiful, the costumes and recitals will make your student feel like a star, and there is a wealth of opportunity for advancement. However, the people on this site who say that nothing is wrong with the studio are not looking at the situation from all sides. Take it from someone who has spent a great deal of her life there and now works in the industry: there are so many dance educators out there who will take much better care of your kids. I promise.

Pros: Beautiful Facility, Show-Stopping Recitals

Cons: Large Classes, Inexperienced Teachers, Inappropriate Behavior, Lack of Professionalism

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Like any business, Anita's isn't perfect, however, I haven't come across any business that is. I have been involved with the studio for numerous years, and I'll admit I've checked out other studios as well. Yet when it came down to it Anita's was what suited me. It may not suite all people looking for that perfect technique, but it IS PERFECT for anyone that just wants to dance. Not many girls would last at other studios demanding that perfect technique because of their ability or learning ability or social skills, but EVERYONE gets the chance to dance at Anita's no matter who they are.

I know people who dance at other studios that claim to be better and I've seen their recitals and frankly I saw little difference between them and Anita's. And if you look at the other reviews here on the site, they are from past company members and teachers, however, they just represent the few negative opinions out of the thousands of girls that have taken classes there. It is important to remember the facts: 1. These girls chose to take company classes that require a specific time, ability, and behavior commitment, that often requires more money to participate. 2. There are hundreds of other girls at the studio that aren't in the companies that go there. 3. You pay weekly not counting absences (with a registration fee in August) and costumes have never gone over $70 per costume for at large students which is the average for a decent costume ANYWHERE you may go.

It is also important to remember when going into an atmosphere such as dance, acting, singing, or athletics there are competitive people, parents and children. And when these stage-moms and dads get involved, there is going to be a lot of drama and negatives no matter who their kid is because they only want "THE BEST" because their child is "THE BEST" no matter what.

Kids need to be kids, if they enjoy what they are doing in a friendly atmosphere they will enjoy the studio.

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★★★★☆

Like any business, Anita's isn't perfect, however, I haven't come across any business that is. I have been involved with the studio for numerous years, and I'll admit I've checked out other studios as well. Yet when it came down to it Anita's was what suited me. It may not suite all people looking for that perfect technique, but it IS PERFECT for anyone that just wants to dance. Not many girls would last at other studios demanding that perfect technique because of their ability or learning ability or social skills, but EVERYONE gets the chance to dance at Anita's no matter who they are.

I know people who dance at other studios that claim to be better and I've seen their recitals and frankly I saw little difference between them and Anita's. And if you look at the other reviews here on the site, they are from past company members and teachers, however, they just represent the few negative opinions out of the thousands of girls that have taken classes there. It is important to remember the facts: 1. These girls chose to take company classes that require a specific time, ability, and behavior commitment, that often requires more money to participate. 2. There are hundreds of other girls at the studio that aren't in the companies that go there. 3. You pay weekly not counting absences (with a registration fee in August) and costumes have never gone over $70 per costume for at large students which is the average for a decent costume ANYWHERE you may go.

It is also important to remember when going into an atmosphere such as dance, acting, singing, or athletics there are competitive people, parents and children. And when these stage-moms and dads get involved, there is going to be a lot of drama and negatives no matter who their kid is because they only want "THE BEST" because their child is "THE BEST" no matter what.

Kids need to be kids, if they enjoy what they are doing in a friendly atmosphere they will enjoy the studio.

Pros: Location, varieties of opportunity, staff.

Cons: Competitive parents

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now in many reviews, it is said that the classes are expensive along with the shoes.The shoes are the price of an average pair of shoes so take away a pair of sandals and there's a pair of ballet shoes for you. Once again it is all choices.The older you get, and the higher you excel, yes it may becomemore expensive because you are there more often.I am proud to say i am a member of the Dance Company and yes, its a huge committment, but ifyou really love dance, hen it should be no problem.Everything at Anitas IS professional.You are treated with respect as much as people say there is drama and rudeness.I would like you to tell me one place that doen't have drama. Im sorry, it is not the teachers fault nor Anitas for any drama between the girls/boys.They bring it up to the table becasue they are teenagers.Goodness.The teachers and instructors try to nip it in the butt and keep drama out, but its not easy.Theydo the very best they can. It is not tolerated.They know when you truly love dance and WANT to be there. Its not favorites, its called NOTICING those who care. I have not just grown as a dancer, but as a person. They teach you how to be independent and take care of yourself.Being there a lot keeps me away from trouble.Anitas is my home away from home. I feel happy when i am there and comfortable.and about myspace. it is completely reasonable to keep a great reputation by not putting pictures from dance on a myspace page. they just dont want any dancer getting hurt, which makes complete sense.You are allowed to have a boyfriend if you are a girl and a girlfriend if you are a boy.They just ask to keep personal life and dance separate(very professional) and to clear things up, you do NOT pay for missed classes.I am guessing that the people didn't know what they were doing for so long and just payed anyways(which goes into your money for costumes, so they NEVER ripped you off) I hope this helps many people out. I love Anita's and I woudl nto go anywhere else. Thanks

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★★★★★

now in many reviews, it is said that the classes are expensive along with the shoes.The shoes are the price of an average pair of shoes so take away a pair of sandals and there's a pair of ballet shoes for you. Once again it is all choices.The older you get, and the higher you excel, yes it may becomemore expensive because you are there more often.I am proud to say i am a member of the Dance Company and yes, its a huge committment, but ifyou really love dance, hen it should be no problem.Everything at Anitas IS professional.You are treated with respect as much as people say there is drama and rudeness.I would like you to tell me one place that doen't have drama. Im sorry, it is not the teachers fault nor Anitas for any drama between the girls/boys.They bring it up to the table becasue they are teenagers.Goodness.The teachers and instructors try to nip it in the butt and keep drama out, but its not easy.Theydo the very best they can. It is not tolerated.They know when you truly love dance and WANT to be there. Its not favorites, its called NOTICING those who care. I have not just grown as a dancer, but as a person. They teach you how to be independent and take care of yourself.Being there a lot keeps me away from trouble.Anitas is my home away from home. I feel happy when i am there and comfortable.and about myspace. it is completely reasonable to keep a great reputation by not putting pictures from dance on a myspace page. they just dont want any dancer getting hurt, which makes complete sense.You are allowed to have a boyfriend if you are a girl and a girlfriend if you are a boy.They just ask to keep personal life and dance separate(very professional) and to clear things up, you do NOT pay for missed classes.I am guessing that the people didn't know what they were doing for so long and just payed anyways(which goes into your money for costumes, so they NEVER ripped you off) I hope this helps many people out. I love Anita's and I woudl nto go anywhere else. Thanks

Pros: great classes, people, shows, instruction, home away from home, prices

Cons: none what so ever

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So i have read all of the reviews for Anitas Dance Center and I have to say that i am completely awe-struck and baffled about how many negative reviews the studio has. I suggest reading all of the reviews before reading this one. If you did already, i bet you noticed how the positive review and negative reviews totally contradict eachother, so I am here to set the tone and get everything straight. First of all, I am going to say that this is my 13th year dancing at the studio and staying there that long means there must be and most definately is something great about it. Anitas Dance Center is a place designed for those who are strongly interested in dance such as getting to higher levels and being professional, but also for those who just like to dance for fun. When i was reading other reviews, i found it interesting how many people did not like the amount of money being spent on shoes, costumes, and classes and that their child wasn't getting proper dance instruction. It is all about choices. Would you rahter have 2 expensive costumes that look decent on stage or have 10 cheap costumes with no quality that fall apart?..and honestly, the costumes truly aren't too expensive. It was said in a previous review about having four costumes and dances in a Christmas show... im sorry but that is an incorrect statement. There is no class with four dances in one single show besides the competition team and Dance Company. And Anita's understands that soem costumes are expensive, so they re-use them. The dance instruction is absolutely fabulous. Teachers DO know what they are doing and are definately old enough to teach. There are no bogus ruitines put together the night before shows. And for those who complain about having to be dedicated::: there is no point in your life that should be just a party without working hard. You cannot go through life by not working to get farther and achieving goals. I understand this is a long review, but please read the next one that i posted

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★★★★★

So i have read all of the reviews for Anitas Dance Center and I have to say that i am completely awe-struck and baffled about how many negative reviews the studio has. I suggest reading all of the reviews before reading this one. If you did already, i bet you noticed how the positive review and negative reviews totally contradict eachother, so I am here to set the tone and get everything straight. First of all, I am going to say that this is my 13th year dancing at the studio and staying there that long means there must be and most definately is something great about it. Anitas Dance Center is a place designed for those who are strongly interested in dance such as getting to higher levels and being professional, but also for those who just like to dance for fun. When i was reading other reviews, i found it interesting how many people did not like the amount of money being spent on shoes, costumes, and classes and that their child wasn't getting proper dance instruction. It is all about choices. Would you rahter have 2 expensive costumes that look decent on stage or have 10 cheap costumes with no quality that fall apart?..and honestly, the costumes truly aren't too expensive. It was said in a previous review about having four costumes and dances in a Christmas show... im sorry but that is an incorrect statement. There is no class with four dances in one single show besides the competition team and Dance Company. And Anita's understands that soem costumes are expensive, so they re-use them. The dance instruction is absolutely fabulous. Teachers DO know what they are doing and are definately old enough to teach. There are no bogus ruitines put together the night before shows. And for those who complain about having to be dedicated::: there is no point in your life that should be just a party without working hard. You cannot go through life by not working to get farther and achieving goals. I understand this is a long review, but please read the next one that i posted

Pros: great people, dancing, instruction, classes,shows... everthing

Cons: absolutely none.

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I absolutly LOVE anitas. Don't listen to all the rude reviews. Honestly its the best place i've ever been compared to Arabeque and Young dance academy. people were extremely mean to me there and everyone is so nice at anitas

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★★★★★

I absolutly LOVE anitas. Don't listen to all the rude reviews. Honestly its the best place i've ever been compared to Arabeque and Young dance academy. people were extremely mean to me there and everyone is so nice at anitas

Pros: amazing teachers, dances, shows, and everything is amazing

Cons: only go 3 days a week... wish i went more. lol

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This is one of the best studios I have ever danced at. I started at the park and rec dance group because i didn't think that i was going to continue but I did since I was at the top of their class. They reccomened me for being in the kids company at Anita's Dance Center. I am glad that they did because now I have a lot of friends there. I am happily placed with my friends in the High Junior Company this year we have awsome dances and there is a very friendly staff. Also, if you need help witha step they are willing to stay after and break it down to help you. They are very nice there when you walk in they know who you are you just arn't some random person. I have been very pleased with my overall progress with my dancing since i have joined there.

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★★★★★

This is one of the best studios I have ever danced at. I started at the park and rec dance group because i didn't think that i was going to continue but I did since I was at the top of their class. They reccomened me for being in the kids company at Anita's Dance Center. I am glad that they did because now I have a lot of friends there. I am happily placed with my friends in the High Junior Company this year we have awsome dances and there is a very friendly staff. Also, if you need help witha step they are willing to stay after and break it down to help you. They are very nice there when you walk in they know who you are you just arn't some random person. I have been very pleased with my overall progress with my dancing since i have joined there.

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I enrolled my 17 year old daughter into Anita's a couple months ago and I was very dissapointed. I had switched dance studios because Anita's was a christian studio, but i felt as if it wasn't at all. The staff there has harrassed me and my husband, played favorites with the girls and made rude comments about her dancing in front of class and to other parents. I don't understand how a studio can portray themselves as christians if these are the actions they are making. I'm not here to list all the things that they have done, but other mothers have also taken there daughters our of Anita's because of these problems and other situations that have occured. Also the male staff has been known to go into the dressing rooms and where the girs change, which was very uncomfortable for my daughter. She had mentioned it to Mrs. Anita but she refused to believe her and called her a liar and then announced it to her class.
I do not recommend this studio, and I would suggest finding a different location to send your child if he/she is attending Anita's.

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★☆☆☆☆

I enrolled my 17 year old daughter into Anita's a couple months ago and I was very dissapointed. I had switched dance studios because Anita's was a christian studio, but i felt as if it wasn't at all. The staff there has harrassed me and my husband, played favorites with the girls and made rude comments about her dancing in front of class and to other parents. I don't understand how a studio can portray themselves as christians if these are the actions they are making. I'm not here to list all the things that they have done, but other mothers have also taken there daughters our of Anita's because of these problems and other situations that have occured. Also the male staff has been known to go into the dressing rooms and where the girs change, which was very uncomfortable for my daughter. She had mentioned it to Mrs. Anita but she refused to believe her and called her a liar and then announced it to her class.
I do not recommend this studio, and I would suggest finding a different location to send your child if he/she is attending Anita's.

Pros: Assortment of classes.

Cons: Impolite and inconsiderate staff.

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I enrolled my young child in anita's dance center a few years back, and she seemed to enjoy the classes. I promptly payed for the weekly classes, shoes, and (rather expensive) costumes. At the time, I believed my daughter was recieving quality dance instruction. Once the first dance rehearsal came around, I watched from the audience as my young daughter's class stood on stage having no idea what they were doing. I was appalled that I had invested so much money into Anita's only to see my daughter being humiliated on stage. Afterwards, myself and a few other parents went to speak with the staff about our children's dance, or lack thereof. Rather than taking responsibility for their studio they verbally insulted the dance teacher, which I felt was unprofessional. My daughter has since left Anita's and is now at another studio, her dancing has matured greatly, and we couldn't be happier. I am sure the experience with this studio differs from family to family. However, coming from a parent, I would be wary of where you place your child.

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★☆☆☆☆

I enrolled my young child in anita's dance center a few years back, and she seemed to enjoy the classes. I promptly payed for the weekly classes, shoes, and (rather expensive) costumes. At the time, I believed my daughter was recieving quality dance instruction. Once the first dance rehearsal came around, I watched from the audience as my young daughter's class stood on stage having no idea what they were doing. I was appalled that I had invested so much money into Anita's only to see my daughter being humiliated on stage. Afterwards, myself and a few other parents went to speak with the staff about our children's dance, or lack thereof. Rather than taking responsibility for their studio they verbally insulted the dance teacher, which I felt was unprofessional. My daughter has since left Anita's and is now at another studio, her dancing has matured greatly, and we couldn't be happier. I am sure the experience with this studio differs from family to family. However, coming from a parent, I would be wary of where you place your child.

 

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