If you really don't know how to dance or move, sign up for the beginner's class. It is awesome, you wouldn't feel intimidated or embarrassed because you are not born with groove. The instructors make you feel comfortable you feel fine to learn. A great place for beginner beginner, if you know how to dance, sign up for the master class.
Posted: 5/11/2011 • Link to this review
I've been attending Dance 101 for FIVE YEARS. Does the owner (Ofelia) know me from Adam? Nope. Is she warm and fuzzy? Certainly not. There was a time when I couldn't get there enough to take all the classes I wanted to take. Recently, though, they've had some staff changes and the classes just aren't as good. I have tried the new teachers and they are sometimes good and sometimes suck. That is to be expected...the teachers are just human after all. But when you pay $20 a class you expect a really good class every time. Overall, I'd say the prices are really high and the customer service needs improvement. You can dance at any number of studios in Atlanta, and unless Dance 101 gets its act together, I have a feeling I WILL be from now on, along with a large number of current Dance 101 customers.
Posted: 4/17/2010 • Link to this review
If you value your money, do not go here. They claim to offer a variety of classes, but the schedule changes nearly every week. And for a 'dance' studio, the majority of the classes tend to be fitness classes, not technique ones. The owner is rude and clearly only wants to take your money. They have grossly misrepresented themselves. You can take better classes elsewhere in Atlanta. And you can take less expensive classes at the two world-reknowned studios in NYC. The studio is dirty and over half the light bulbs are out. Why anyone would waste their money here is beyond me.
Posted: 11/15/2009 • Link to this review
I'm a repeat dancer at Dance 101 and enjoy their dance classes. I drive an hour to dance at this studio. Saying this it is not all peach fuzz and flowers at this place. There are defiantly pros and cons. Starting with the pros: Dance 101 has many fun dance classes in different styles (Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Bellydance, Hip Hop, and so on) with interesting music, three good sized studios (the fourth not so much), knowledgeable teachers, classes that will teach you to advance your dance skills no matter your age, and all of this with other adults (no teen ballet prodigy whirling into your space.) The cons: Some of the staff (cough, front desk, cough) is snobby, the classes are high (class cards have limits), distance (high priced class then the toll road hurts the pocketbook), you can be lost amidst the masses (been in one teacher's class for years off and on and I would bet he doesn't know my name or my level), and no performance opportunities for the average student. But I still like Dance 101 and think the dance studio is worth checking out.
Posted: 8/25/2009 • Last edited: 11/30/2009 • Link to this review
This is the best place to de-stress and get in shape. The high energy hip-hop and disco classes burn mega-calories in high energy aerobic exercise. Discover Ballet is a great way to improve my balance and strengthen my core. This studio is better than Happy Hour as a great way to de-stress after work. It's hard to carry stress when you're learning new dance steps!
Posted: 12/21/2008 • Link to this review
this place is amazing. They offer such a wide variety of classes, it's wonderful. Their Staff has always been friendly. I have never taken dance classes before, and they were able to guide me as to which classes were best for me to start with. The only down side for me is that their class cards all have expirations dates, but this was explained to me when I purchased mine, and I did also see it on their website. I have already gone through to class cards that I purchased, so I am definitely getting my money's worth. The energy at the studio is wonderful, and I am always so happy when I leave there, even when I may struggle a little in class. And this definitely beats going to the gym for me. MUCH more fun!!!
Posted: 12/17/2008 • Link to this review
I started going to Dance 101 when my husband bought me a 8-class card. I was not an experienced dancer, but the Discover classes were perfect. My fave classes are Belly Dance and Dancer's Stretch & Conditioning. The "Stretch" class is the most spiritual dance class I have ever done. It is definitely a workout, and I know I will be a little sore the next day, but the music - the moves - it is yoga/pilates/ballet - and you feel graceful and long, even if you can't do the splits. I often feel like crying for joy because coming back to this class feels like greeting a long lost friend. You will leave the room feeling refreshed, energized, and limber. Ahhh!
Posted: 7/11/2008 • Link to this review
The classes are not really instructional. The instructors are not teaching at an absolute beginner level and it is hard to know exactly what they are doing. It is frustrating as sometimes I am just standing there not knowing what is going on. The instructors assume that you already have some level of knowledge of dance, which is not what "discover" implies. They have such a great variety it would be great if they really re-evaluated their levels. Also the classes are not cumulative learning, so they are always based on drop-in type learning. You never really learn a whole dance. You get a feel for the style. It would be nice if they could sell series of classes so you could build on previous skills. They do have so many classes and times that there is always something to pick.
Posted: 1/11/2008 • Last edited: 11/30/2009 • Link to this review
What I posted in 2007: I love this studio! They have a great selection of classes, I always have fun, and I always leave there feeling fabulous. Just buy the 20-pack for $200 so they're $10 a class which is GREAT! Oh - the front desk can be snooty too - but you're there for what - 1 minute? And it's just one girl that's rude. 10/29 UPDATE: I went today because I have 16 classes on my card (AKA $160). They inform me I have no classes left. I'm like yes, I have 16. They say no, it's expired. I thought they were kidding - i've been there so often, they've never told me they expired, they've never told me I have x many months left or it's expiring soon, i've never gotten an email. He's like yeah, it expired in August - we gave you an extra month, too but you didn't come in. I see you WOULD have had 16. Well how kind, I had no idea A) that it expired B) that I was given an "extra month" or C) That when you pre-pay for something at a certain point in time it just ceases to exist. I can't believe they run their studio this way. I really can't. I didn't sign anything saying i agreed to it, I wasn't told 'it expires' or sent an email. He said, "we can't keep up with all of our dancers." Um, it's 2008 - yes you can. You kept up with the $ I paid you and how many classes I have left but you can't do a mail merge and let someone know you're about to rob them of their money? Right... So, needless to say, I won't be returning. I hope I saved some of you who, like me, didn't know....
Posted: 10/08/2007 • Last edited: 8/25/2009 • Link to this review
The studio and instructors are nice but: (1) they are openly bored most of the time; (2) classes are too crowded; (3) schedule is changing all the time; (4) if you do not have any dancing experience you can not follow choreography and there are no benefits; (5) the class fee if increasing all the time, (6) they try to sell you supplements and (7) they cancelled their morning classes. I am disappointed.
Posted: 11/30/2006 • Last edited: 8/25/2009 • Link to this review
Classes here were fun however too many negatives to go back. The instructors are professional and know what they're doing but maybe too well. Beginner classes are really too fast-paced for many and I was lost. It was a good workout though. Early morning classes were great but they got cancelled so now there's no way a working woman can go. I bought a 4-class pass and only took 2 classes before they got cancelled. When I checked on a refund, they were so rude and told me I couldn't get one since I bought the pass. Lousy customer service. I won't be back.
Posted: 8/02/2006 • Last edited: 8/25/2009 • Link to this review
I love Dance 101. I belive the whole purpose of the studio is to allow adults (who are not dance divas) a place to take dance classes and not feel self conscience. I love the instructors and the classes, especially the new discover classes. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Posted: 2/22/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review