First year at HFDA and not impressed with the end of the year recital. My daughter has worked hard all year for her end of the year performance only to be diappointed. My disappointment was that pictures were only allowed at parent watch nights and the end of the year rehearsal. You can opt to buy a $55 DVD of the performance, buy $25 bouquet of roses, and over-priced photos only to receive a a ballet pin. No medal, no trophy or even a certificate of completion...just a pin given at the reheasal. I know it isn't important to receive such things, but personal recognition goes a long way. Not to mention...a so-so performance! Did I mention that my daughter was called the wrong name the entire year even after several corrections. Please know that this was not my first ballet experience, so I will say that you must really consider what you want your daughter to learn/earn from this experience. The academy and staff are sweet, but I feel that people need to know there are other dance locations that can offer more.
Posted: 5/13/2012 • Link to this review
We were just waiting for the day when our daughter would be ready to choose an activity to try. She came to us asking to try ballet, and we knew from other friends and neighbors experiences that HFDA was the place to go. This was our first time enrolling in a dance class. The staff was very helpful and took at least 30 minutes to size our daughter and show us different options for shoes and leotards, etc. We've been very happy with our experience so far and look forward to future experiences here.
Posted: 1/04/2010 • Link to this review