My daughter is now in her second year and I am so very thankful to have found the Monmouth Academy of Ballet. The love and attention that is poured into these kids is nothing short of beautiful. We had tried a few different dance studios before we found MAB and they all felt rather cold and impersonal. My daughter knew she wanted to do ballet but she needed a teacher who truly believed in sharing the art of dance to help her open up and tap that spark she felt. We found that in Miss Ellen. The atmosphere is warm, the children are smiling and confident and the staff is loving and nurturing toward every student. Not only do they live, breathe and believe in the art they are sharing but they believe in our children and their ability to grow on every level.
I would recommend MAB because I think the priorities are what I am looking for. The focus is ballet instruction and the children. It is not about “the show”. I like how willing you are to work with families to provide a ballet program that fits their needs. You do not push the Royal Academy – but support it when it is selected. You show great patience with these young girls – you are firm but not “mean”. You have taught my daughter respect and accountability.
I was thrilled to have Claire interested in ballet again after something turned her off of it. She has thrived in your studio. She still gets her sillies out – but it has been such a joy to see her take this work seriously and really want to do well. This has all been her choice. She has worked hard and I know it is because she does not want to disappoint you. I am so happy that she can feel a sense of pride in what she has accomplished. She went through a nervous period – but you worked through it with her and helped her confidence. I really appreciate you taking time to focus on her. I love that fact that you are serious about the teaching of ballet – and not about the showiness of a recital. I want Claire to learn ballet – and have the chance to be on stage and perform – but to do so at a level appropriate for her age. Thank you for keeping it appropriate!