I can’t say enough wonderful things about both Andrea and The Academy. Andrea fosters an encouraging, supportive, and inclusive environment in her classes, allowing her students to build not only their dance skills, but also their self confidence and grace. Andrea is a wonderfully warm and caring teacher, and her love for her students and for The Academy could not be more clear. I’m truly grateful for the many years I spent with Andrea and would wholeheartedly recommend classes at The Academy to students of all ages.
I love everything about The Academy of Expressive Dance, from our amazingly talented and patient teacher to my awesome "dance mates" all of whom have a great sense of fun and humour!!!
The Academy was like a second home to me for about 14 years of my life growing up; I'm pretty sure I was there more than I was home through my high school years. Going to dance class was always my favourite part of each day because of the amazing people I was surrounded by in all of my classes. Andrea was always so supportive of helping me reach my goals, both in dance class and in my life in general. To this day I still use the confidence that Andrea taught me through dance, and I constantly use the mindset that I was taught as dancer, which was that falling is okay as long you get back up, dust yourself off, and keep trying it until you get it right. I will always treasure my memories of dancing at Andrea's because she gave me the chance to learn about myself, and taught me to use my emotions to fuel me to move forward and to go that extra step further than I ever thought I was capable of.
There are many reasons I chose The Academy of Expressive dance: You could sense that this wasn't just about dance, it was about working together as a team and never giving up. It wasn't about being the best in the class, it was about feeling good and encouraging your peers to keep trying and not to give up. It wasn't about being thin and a stereotypical "ballerina", it was about being comfortable with who you are and knowing that no matter your size, you can dance. I knew that sending my daughter here would give her courage, self confidence, and it would show her that we are capable of doing things that may seem scary, but empowers us in the end. Each year has absolutely blown my mind. The dedication that Andrea puts towards her shows and the dances is extraordinary. She goes above and beyond to put forward a fantastic show. From the story lines, the hand made costumes, the music.....everyone leaves blown away each year. Everyone I have spoken to after shows have stated they have never seen a dance studio with such a passion for details. It is a phenomenal place and we look forward to dancing every year.
I was never into dance growing up; however, I found myself the parent of a little girl who loved to twirl and spin around the house and needed her energy focused from leaping off of the couch and spinning into walls to more controlled, yet still enjoyable for her. We found that with Andrea! After 8 years with The Academy of Expressive Dance, my daughter understands that a great deal of effort goes into each class but knows that Andrea makes sure that each child has a great time dancing.