Muskego >Anita's Dance Ctr
Three of my children dance at Anita's.. Three of my children dance at Anita's. They all love it! They are treated with respect, encouraged to work hard, and have a wonderful time. The staff are helpful and professional. The instructors are great. I am happy to recommend Anita's.
WASTE OF TIME & MONEY AT ANITA'S.
My daughter went to Anita's for a year! Not impressed at all. Like all other bad reviews I recommend checking other dance centers. Anita's teach wrong techniques as my daughter was corrected after her first day at another dance center! She will never go back to Anita's!
Beware...Anita's is the most expensive dance center. They are ruid and unorganized. The teachers will say your doing a good job when your doing it wrong!!!
Other dance centers will NOT make you take all these extra classes just to take a certain class. It does not take much to figure out Anita's is a scam!!!
The best dance experience in southeastern Wisconsin.
Anita's is just a really fun place for all dancers, and the performing opportunities they provide are second to none. "Anita's Dance Crew" performs at events with Radio Disney, and their other companies perform throughout the area at local events and even across the country, including Disney parks, the Indy 500, NCAA bowl games, etc.
The kids really enjoy making new friends at the studio and Anita and David bring in teachers from Hollywood for master classes several times a year (including their annual dance convention), giving students a one-of-a-kind experience in learning from the best.
Anita goes out of her way to make sure each student and parent is comfortable with their placement, and the spring Recitals are phenomenal (the older dancers get to have their Recitals at the Pabst Theater), as are the costumes. What's most amazing is the number of parents that volunteer to make these shows happen (mostly backstage), and it makes the whole experience a lot of fun.
The organizational issues they have had in the past (like taking a few days to respond by email/phone) seem to have been cleaned up this year. The entire staff just really loves what they do, and it shows, even if things get to be a little chaotic at times.
The studios are beautiful and the amount of space allows the dance center to put on events that nobody else can!
FYI, The Citysearch profile for Anita's is incorrect - they were founded in 1961 (as Muskego Dance Studio), not 1997. The celebration of their 50th Anniversary is in full-swing.
The best studio and the best value around. Anita's provides a wide selection of classes and small class sizes (there are at least 10 studios on site). There is an emphasis on fun and a family-friendly atmosphere and the teachers are wonderful. Classes are paid weekly and Anita is always available to talk with parents. She even places each student individually. Students come from all over the Milwaukee area and there's a great sense of community within the Dance Center!
My daughter just finished performing in
the Nutcracker. The performances were amazing! We loved the costumes, the choreography and the music. My daughter was so excited to be part of the production. It was another opportunity for the girls to get stage experience. The pre-show was really nice too because it showcased their different capabilities. Really enjoyed the hip-hop pom routine too. It was super showy and well put together.
My daughter is so thrilled with the master classes offered to those in the dance company. She is challenged and so excited to go to dance and comes home and practices nonstop. Her skill and ability have skyrocketed. Its amazing to have teachers come in from LA to teach the kids new choreography and skills. Keep it up!
Horrible Excucse for a Dance Center!.
Anita's has fallen apart over the years. The business plan is not about the kids at all; is all about her "Hollywood productions", treating parents like garbage and taking your money.
From the first day of class when they signed my daughter up for a class that didn't exist through the joke of a dance season, missing DVD videos and no answers from Anita we and other families have had enough and won't be back.
Do not be fooled into wasting your money....
Do not waste your money. Go somewhere else.
I didn't even want to give it one star.
We heard of Anita’s and knew friends of friends that danced here. So when schedules didn’t work with our original dance studio we came here. We waited 2.5 hours to register for classes because they told us we had to meet with Anita so that she could place our child in the correct class. I rolled with it……..we were there anyway. I was given a folder of information on birthday parties at Anita’s and also had a coupon for a free dance class on your birthday. Also a slip that if we referred another dancer to Anita’s we’d receive I think it was $25 or $50 dollars in gift cert. towards Anita’s. They told us we’d get this gift cert in October. After a lot of asking and then being told that Anita or “Dave” was still working on it. We didn’t get it until January!!!!! And then were told we could only use it towards classes. (I’m so embarrassed that I referred friends here in the beginning! I was trying to judge the book by the cover……..bad Idea….The studio is large and seems nice at birds eye view…..it’s the workings of it that are horrible)
I was told that the instructors are adults. We started class and I realized all the instructors were maybe 15 or 16 years of age.
The recital was an embarrassment to the studio. The poor kids in most of the classes had no idea what they were supposed to be doing. I’m not talking 3-5 year old kids, I’m saying children that were 8-9 years old not having a clue how to do their routine. It was a joke. Beautiful backdrops and costumes but the instruction is lacking to say the least. The studio is unorganized. No one ever has an answer to questions and most of the time they don’t answer their phone, you will get voicemail and maybe get a call back 2 days later. Same for email…..you may get an email 2 weeks later.
They have very bad business ethics. I strongly urge you not to waste your money by going here. You’d be better off sending your child to a city rec. dance program. I am not exaggerating. What a waste of time and money………but, now we know……
We will NOT be returning.
the truth. I don't know one person who has left Anita's Dance Center and then later said that they "missed it." I'm mad I wasted so much time at this horrible dance center. Seriously. Look at other studios.
Great place to dance!. fun, great place to dance.
Never Judge a Book by it's Cover, pt. 2.
Dance is supposed to be fun and challanging, but most of the time it became just a chore, until you had a show to do, where you could be on stage and be free. Many of the teachers there are way too young. When I began teaching it was a rule that you had to be an assistant to an older teacher before you had the privalage to to teach. Now because of the expansive facility, anyone that can jump up and down can teach, and that is simply not fair to the students that think they are at a higher level of dance studio, and unfair to the teachers that had to put in the work to earn their right to teach...the instructors that take dance instruction seriously.
I'm writing this review not to bash on Anita or let off some steam. I've been out the studio for nearly 3 years and I am happy teaching elswhere. I just want people to know what happens behind closed doors(and sometimes out in the open) It's a great place if your child just wants to do dance for fun and doesn't want to advance, but if your child is serious about excelling in dance, then this is not the place for them.
It's a high price for a child to be made an example of for being in other extracurricular activities and be in a class when a teacher not much older than them is teaching it. If you should decide to place your child here or if you yourself plan on taking lessons at Anita's Dance Center and happen to make a name for yourself because of your gift of dance...don't plan on leaving smoothly. It's never that you wanted to move on or life was taking you in a different direction, It's always that you were a bad person and they will ruin your good reputation. I know this because I too was told about all the bad girls that went here and they did so many bad things that they had to be kicked out for their behavior. Come to find out that as soon as I left, the same lies were said about me. It wasn't until this that I learned that majority of the girls they made examples of were good, wholesome girls who desreved to leave with thier reputation in tact.
Just because it seems so magical on the outside...their is way too much shadyness going on on the inside. Please don't fall into the same trap that everyone else does.
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