I started training at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts at 8 years old after my family moved to Peachtree City, GA. Now, 21 years later, I am incredibly grateful and blessed that my parents chose to enroll me at GAD under the Direction of Sherri Davis! This school provided me with the immense knowledge, training, encouragement, and inspiration needed for me to continue a successful and prosperous career in the arts! Because of the incredible dance education that I received from GAD, I have auditioned for and been accepted to highly noted, professional training programs, schools, and companies across the nation, danced professionally for the past 10 years, directed and choreographed a variety of projects in the fine arts and entertainment industries, and been able to pass along the joy of dance to another generation as a teacher, choreographer, and mentor. The studio is professional, the staff is exceptional, the performances are amazing and unmatched, and the overall organization and customer service provided is better than any other performing arts school in the area. My life as a dancer and performing artist would never be what it is now had I not been a part of this fabulous dance studio. I strongly recommend GAD & the Performing Arts to any parent looking to enroll their child in dance because I think every aspiring artist should have the same ability to thrive in the arts like I did!
Posted: 9/04/2012 • Link to this review
After taking the time to visit other dance schools and see some of their performances we decided that Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts was the best all around. The high quality of their performances alone stand out. You can clearly see what a difference their professional staff can do with students from 3 yr old and up to professional level. Tuition is very competitive to other local schools & delivers a positive and professional curriculum that gets results. Love the fact that both the Newnan and Peachtree City locations are maintained by the same professional staff . I especially love that after witnessing several impatient parents over the years try to bully their way around that Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts did not compromise their high standards to provide a safe and positive learning environment for any student. The staff truly gets to know your child & what they need in order to fulfill their dreams of being a professional dancer. In the 10 plus years we have been here we love the fact that GAD does NOT indulge in gossip or other negative non-sense. GAD staff is in the business of building character & strong dancers. They know that little dreams are in their hands. My girls continue to grow into beautiful dancers and amaze me at how much they can do now that they have teachers who show them so much love and strength and never let them give up. Looking forward to this years performances!!!
Posted: 9/04/2012 • Link to this review
Being new to the area growing up, I was enrolled in Georgia Academy because my friend also attended. This place completely screwed up my self esteem and confidence. The director told me to go on a diet at 14, even though I was wearing a size 0. You will never get the parts you want because they are continuously given to the teachers who are older than most of the mothers and not exactly "fit" for the costumes. The director will tell you what she wants you to hear to get you out of her face. Don't waste your time at this crazy, offensive, problematic, expensive dance studio. Believe me, there are many more in this city that actually care about your child.
Posted: 12/23/2010 • Last edited: 9/04/2012 • Link to this review
My daughter went here a few years ago. After 2 years of overpriced classes and hours of volunteer time, I realized my money was more important than my daughter. I changed dance companies and my daughter has flourished the way I knew she could. I strongly encourage anyone looking to enroll your children in dance to check out the many fine studios Peachtree City has to offer.
Posted: 9/26/2010 • Last edited: 9/04/2012 • Link to this review
Expect to pay at least $60 per costume for the recital, and then on top of that $15 per ticket. Yes, even the parents have to buy tickets. And if you have more than one child, chances are they will end up in more than one show and you'll be buying twice the number of tickets. Tuition starts at $50 (but has gone up every year) and soars to prices over $200 per month depending on what classes your child takes. You are expected to pay a $30 registration fee per child every single year. There is NO room for parents to sit inside, and the parking is even worse. The building is insanely crowded, and nearly impossible to get in and out of. As for the staff, they range from very professional and polite (they have some wonderful early childhood teachers) to uppity and extremely rude.
Posted: 4/15/2010 • Link to this review
My daughter took at Georgia Academy of Dance for a while and not only did they ruin her self confidence, they were rude and encouraged her to quit dancing. The staff plays favorites with the children's parents who donate the most money and they are discouraging and give extremely rude and harsh feedback. It wasn't out of place for my daughter to come home crying and she was not a small child. After changing studios, she improved greatly and actually went on to dance professionally so I would not recommend this studio to anyone who wants their daughter to love dance or be happy at all.
Posted: 3/05/2010 • Link to this review
Georgia Academy of Dance has been my primary source of dance training for the 18 years that I have been dancing. I went on to get my B.F.A. in Dance and am now auditioning for professional companies. I have performed, trained and taught at many different schools in many different states and countries and I have never seen another studio that provides such a cohesive and quality program. I am always complimented on my training when I go to take class in a new place and I have never seen another studio that enables students to participate in such a beautiful and professional production at the end of the year. Speaking as someone who has worked backstage and onstage for this studio, I can say that every effort is made to give each student a positive training and performing experience whether they are dancing the lead or it is their first time on stage.
Posted: 3/03/2010 • Link to this review
My daughter dances here and I have been very pleased. She is not a company dancer, but she still receives excellent instruction and technique. The teachers take each class seriously and do not waste my money playing around in class. My daughter does not want to make the time committment of the "company" dancers, but decided to keep dancing through high school. She is in classes with company dancers which tells me they are evaluating her abililty and not just placing due to age or company affiliation. I highly recommend this studio.
Posted: 3/02/2010 • Link to this review
Georgia Academy of Dance's reputaion of exceptional dance education led me to enroll my daughter several years ago. The professional staff has far exceeded my expectations! They have provided her with a solid foundation, followed by training that is progressive, challenging AND fun. This nurturing environment has given her a positive view of structure and discipline, which has benefited her in school and other areas of her life. My only regret in switching her to this studio is that I did not do it sooner!
Posted: 2/20/2010 • Link to this review
Teachers and staff are dedicated professionals and want the best out of your child. GAD has given my child self-esteem, a sense of belonging, and skills that will last a lifetime. This school is not "pricey" at all....the rates are the same or better than other schools in the area, but the quality of instruction is beyond comparison. Whether your child wants to dance in company or just take classes, any student of GAD has the opportunity to excel. In the process, they will develop respect for the art, which sadly, is lacking in so many other studios. Costumes, music, and all aspects of the dress code are respectful to the dancer and the audience. The people who give GAD negative feedback are the ones who make excuses for their children when they don't put their "all" into what they do.
Posted: 2/13/2010 • Link to this review
While this studio puts on a great face, many of their staff members are unprofessional and are unable to handle things with a professional and appropriate manner. Many families who attend this studio or have in the past will tell you the same, especially about the director/owner and how unapproachable and rude she is. They also on MORE THAN ONE OCCASION have DISCRIMINATED against children with DISABILITIES. Is this the type of environment you want for your child? While the previous review sounds great, realize who it was written by- a TEACHER at the studio who of course will tell you what you WANT to hear, but of course is nowhere near the actual truth. They are a UNPROFESSIONAL, RUDE, and DISCRIMINATORY business.
Posted: 11/06/2009 • Link to this review
I have been at GAD & the Performing Arts for the past 16 years as a student, a teacher, and a professional dancer. GAD & the Performing Arts has provided me with the training and discipline to achieve the highest level of opportunities in the dance world. My 16 years of experience at GAD & the Performing Arts have been loving, passionate, and educational- the directors and teachers provide the best professional training, while caring for the students well-being! Any person who provides a poor review of GAD & the Performing Arts is more than likely upset that their child wasn't placed in the class THEY wanted them to be in OR the parents wanted their child to be put on pointe TOO soon, etc. Thus, the same disgruntled parents take their child out of GAD & the Performing Arts and place them in a studio where #1 the staff does NOT care enough about the student to tell them "you need more technique and strength"-- because let's be honest, this kind of studio is all about getting their numbers up and satisfying the star-struck desires of the parent #2 does not have the professional background to train the student properly and #3 does not have the experience to help their students obtain the best opportunities in the performing arts. I have seen this kind of situation occur many, many times over the years, both as a student, dancer, and teacher. I highly recommend GAD & the Performing Arts to any parent whose child wants be educated and build self-esteem!!
Posted: 3/04/2009 • Last edited: 11/06/2009 • Link to this review
Only join if you want your child discouraged, belittled, and disappointed. My daughter regressed as a dancer and her spirit was broken. Amazing how people you don't even know will tell you they left because of the treatment of their children/dancers.
Posted: 9/08/2008 • Last edited: 11/06/2009 • Link to this review
Dancers aren't all provided equal opportunities here. If you aren't already at company level you won't get good attention in class. They pick favorites. I attended for 5 years then transferred to another studio nearby. I have had a much better experience since my change.
Posted: 8/12/2008 • Link to this review