Yes. Must agree. There is darkness in this organization, and an approach that is not particularly democratic. There is a lot of kneeling there, but it is money that is being worshipped, as opposed to... great instruction for the betterment of all students. Management is extremely prideful, and non-communicative. We have found far better dance instruction (forget about RISPA’s vocal, or drama coaching… it is immaterial) for our children in the North Fulton/Forsyth area, and wonder why we settled, and put up with what we did for as long as we did there.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
RISPA is an amazing performing arts school best suited for those who are passionate about dance. The instructors are wonderful. However, it is not a place for someone interested in just having fun as... it is a pricey high-end studio. In addition to monthly fees, a $130 recital costume fee is assessed.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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Yes. Must agree. There is darkness in this organization, and an approach that is not particularly democratic. There is a lot of kneeling there, but it is money that is being worshipped, as opposed to great instruction for the betterment of all students. Management is extremely prideful, and non-communicative. We have found far better dance instruction (forget about RISPA’s vocal, or drama coaching… it is immaterial) for our children in the North Fulton/Forsyth area, and wonder why we settled, and put up with what we did for as long as we did there.
Posted: 9/20/2012 • Link to this review
RISPA is an amazing performing arts school best suited for those who are passionate about dance. The instructors are wonderful. However, it is not a place for someone interested in just having fun as it is a pricey high-end studio. In addition to monthly fees, a $130 recital costume fee is assessed.
Posted: 5/04/2012 • Last edited: 5/25/2012 • Link to this review
Our family is about to begin our second year at RISPA. We have two children who attend, and I can't begin to tell you how much they learned this past year. They are both in several of the company classes and have not only learned a great deal, but they have had several performance opportunities so that they can utilize the skills they have learned. Not only have they learned a lot, it is a fun and nurturing environment for the kids. My children both consider it to be their second home!
Posted: 8/07/2009 • Link to this review
They get THE JOB DONE my Daughter LOVES RISPA and She is not only a better dancer but a better PERFORMER.I mean call me Crazy But If im paying Hundreds of dollars a year for my child to dance then i want to know the truth not that she is a such a SWEET GIRL,They Have some of the best Company Kids and the Most talented kids(they have the trophy's to prove it!)They are asked to perform all over Alpharetta and you can see some of the Kids in SEVERAL Music videos!There company kids get to record in a Muli Million Doller studio with a Grammy award winning writer and producer.My daughter takes Voice and hip-hop with Mr.Bryce who is indeed a RISING STAR and a great Assest to There Wonderful Team of Teachers. RISPA Turns Dancer into Performers.so Come to RISPA WHEN YOU ARE SERIOUS! GO RISPA
Posted: 7/07/2009 • Link to this review
Renaissance International has been "home" to my daughter for the past two years. This great group of people recognizes talent and encourages the students to go beyond their comfort zone! This studio offers many forms of dance,as well as musical theatre and voice! They thrive on the performing arts and are eager to give the students unlimited opportunities to show off their talents at community events as well as competitions for company members. These students work hard and have so much fun while doing so! So many friendships have evolved out of the class time spent together. RISPA has been a blessing to my daughter and our family! Way to go RISPA! Thanks for the memories and for the new ones you are giving to us each and every day!
Posted: 5/27/2009 • Link to this review
My two daughters have attended the Triple Threat camp for three years. They have enjoyed every moment and look forward to returning this summer. We would not miss it! Great value for the experience for kids who do not dance full time but love the overall theatre experience. I also want to say the new studio is fabulous and the Christmas Show we attended was outstanding. Keep up the great work. C. Smith
Posted: 2/20/2009 • Last edited: 4/18/2009 • Link to this review
This establishment seemed, at one time, to be a fine healthy place. This has changed and frankly I would not ever allow my child or anyone in my family to set foot there! An insidious darkness has overcoming the management and any once fair handling of the children is now overcome by favoritism and greed. My family was victim to this illness and it is unbelievable to me that these people can so offhandedly use the word love to describe their care for children and then lie about a child and break the child's heart. My daughter feels betrayed by the Louchieys as well she should... please ask them why she worked so hard and was treated so shabbily. You can do much better elsewhere! I will be amazed if this honest assessment remains on this site for long. I speak the truth here but somehow these RISPA folks have a way of having truth removed from Kudzu.com...
Posted: 1/07/2009 • Last edited: 5/25/2011 • Link to this review
I am a student at RISPA and have recently seen a change for the worst in the dance studio that I once loved and considered a second home. Since RISPA has grown I have noticed a lot of people change, mainly the instructors, RISPA parents and finally the owners. Last year I thought that Mr. Danny was a nice guy who I could look up to. That all changed this year. I have heard him gossip and say nasty things about students and their parents. I used to feel very comfortable every day that I went to RISPA but now the more that I go the more I want to leave. RISPA seems to have a problem with keeping their teachers and I always see and hear about teachers being fired and others being hired. Since August 2008 many students that had been with RISPA since near the beginning left or were even ASKED to leave by Mr. Danny or Mrs. Georgina. There have been times when I have felt ambushed when entering the studio if I wasn't there for class one day, even though I called in so they would know. There have been times where my family and I have wanted to remind them that we are paying to attend the school not the other way around. I would never recommend this school to anyone I know.
Posted: 12/09/2008 • Last edited: 5/25/2011 • Link to this review
If my daughter could, she would be there 7 days a week. She's having a blast in a loving environment and learning so much. There are so many opportunities for dancing, acting and singing! We've gone to 3 dance schools and we've found the right one! Love it!
Posted: 10/22/2008 • Last edited: 2/09/2009 • Link to this review
My youngest daughter attended RISPA for one year before we moved to the Chicago suburbs. Georgina and Danny are WONDERFUL, and it is so apparent that they care about their students, as do their instructors! We are looking for a new studio in the Chicago suburbs, the one we ended up at last year was just average. We wish we could come back to RISPA!! We miss you guys!
Posted: 9/05/2008 • Last edited: 2/09/2009 • Link to this review
My girls have danced at RISPA for over a year now and I agree that RISPA has had some serious growing pains (like all new, small businesses), but they are learning quickly and improving their customer service and organization. We have attended North Atlanta Dance Academy, Fleetwood and Susan Chambers and in every studio there were mix ups and miscommunication - it's going to happen where ever you go, but Danny and Georgina have taken huge steps to correct the issues of last year. The children receive great instruction and lots of encouragement. My girls have really blossomed with RISPA! If RISPA improves this much in one year, I can't wait to see what they accomplish this coming year!
Posted: 8/15/2008 • Last edited: 8/18/2008 • Link to this review
For dance, singing, acting...this is the place. The management of RISPA believe its more than just teaching classes in the arts--they're creating well rounded people in the process. The shows are professional, the companies divine, and the teachers top notch. Here its not about pushing kids to accomplish it's about helping them find their wings to soar.
Posted: 8/07/2008 • Last edited: 12/24/2008 • Link to this review
I had a bad experience with this dance studio because my father payed for a tap class up front-somewhere around a thousand dollars. Then, my dad shows up on the date of the class beginning, and nobody was there. Not even other dancers. He called the company and they said that they did not get enough people to start the class, and nobody bothered to notify him! It was a disappointment. They didn't give all the money back, either.
Posted: 8/04/2008 • Last edited: 11/04/2008 • Link to this review
Danny&Georgina put their heart and sole into this studio. It amazes me that parents can be as demanding in expectations as they are(as a parent-I've witnessed unacceptable demands from fellow parents).The studio has clearly had growing pains-but when you look at the confidence/self esteem that develops in so many of these young performers as a results of Georgina & other staffers (like James)-its well worth working with them thru the newness.Be patient/get involved&you'd be amazed at what it could do for your child.Afterall-that's what these experiences should be about.
Posted: 7/30/2008 • Last edited: 8/05/2008 • Link to this review