Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Seeing is believing!
At the Patel Conservatory, we can tell moms that we have the best facilities and the best instructors. But why take our word for it when you can hear it directly from another mom?
“I have nothing but rave reviews for the program and all the teachers,” said Dianna McHugh, whose 5-year-old daughter Kaitlin started in the Dress Up and Dance class and is enrolled in Creative Movement. Both classes are introduction classes for the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet.
“As a parent, I like that [the Patel Conservatory] has a more structured way of teaching dance,” said Dianna. “I know the kids are little, but [the teachers] take it seriously. They talk about ballet as an art form, even at the young age of 3.”
Even though kids are learning proper techniques from the start, they’re having a great time.
“Kaitlin got to dance with the bears and the dolls, it was so fun for the little ones, but at the same time, you can see their progress. And once you get through it, you see the approach is perfect.”
As Dianna put it, what better place to take your kids for classes than a performing arts center? With the Patel Conservatory’s location at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and our exceptional music and dance studios and theaters, students truly feel like they are a part of something greater. They develop an appreciation for and become a part of a cultural community.
For McHugh, who commutes from Westchase, being a part of that performing arts community is priceless. “You can’t compare that to anything else.”
She appreciates the fact that beginners and advanced students alike get the professional experience and exposure that can only be found at the Straz Center.
“You try to explain it to people, but you just don’t understand until you see it,” she said. “Last spring, Kaitlin had her first experience on stage in the Little Mermaid, and we were just blown away.”
Registration is currently open for preschool classes in dance, music and theater. So take it from another mom, and come see for yourself!