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Durham Ballet Theatre


608 N Duke St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 680-4363
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Photo of Mari Monster Mari Monster
Jan 19, 2015 5

This is an email I sent to the studio recently. I thought it important to post it here, as a previous review deals with a teacher being very different. Is every teacher at any school perfect? No. But Legacy works hard to hire the kind of teachers I am talking about and to respond to problems with teachers when those complaints are brought to them."As I sat in the lobby listening to Faith teach aerial this week, it hit me that I have let you know when I was unhappy with a teacher but not so much when I was happy. I know how much it means to me when I get positive feedback at work and wanted to share that feeling. Faith and Melinda are fantastic teachers and I wanted to make sure to let you know. Listening to Faith teach aerial to the youth is so pleasant. She encourages the students and delivers constructive criticism in such a positive way. Faith does not ignore mistakes and pushes the students to do their best and to keep working to improve their technique and artistry. This is not as easy a task as it seems and takes a delicate hand. E said one of the things she really likes about Faith is that she never makes it sound like she's disappointed in E. On talking more about this, I figured out that when teachers act disappointed with her, E feels like they think she's doing things wrong on purpose or isn't trying. Faith always seems to assume that the students are doing their best at the moment, but keeps pushing them to do better and to keep trying. She does not let bad technique go, but she does not treat it as if the student isn't trying. Another thing she really likes about Faith's teaching is that she always has a plan for the class. It is clear that Faith plans ahead and considers what she feels the students need to work on. She gives free time in each class, but does not make the whole class "free time". One more thing that E pointed out that she likes about Faith's teaching is that she uses the class time effectively. At times other teachers have spent quite a bit of time trying to find a particular video of a move and ended up having very little actual instruction time left. While it is helpful to see a video of a move, this works best if you have it tagged ahead of time so you can get to it right away. E loves how Faith doesn't waste any of their class, so she gets the most out of class. Teaching children, preteens and teens is not an easy thing and takes a special person. Faith is clearly one of those people! Having Melinda as a teacher for this past year has been a great experience me. She is always encouraging, even though sometimes it seems like I'll never get some of the elements of aerial, like hand and arm strength! Melinda points out the different strengths of all her students and encourages us to keep working on our challenges. It would have been so easy for her to not use me in the aerial showcase because I can't reliably do a footlock in the air. Instead she modified the piece in such a way that I was able to participate on my level. This really meant a lot to me! And all the positive feedback I got from her, Eileen, Faith, Blythe and the two of you was very encouraging. Melinda has a group of 5 students now who are at 5 very different places in our aerial experience/abilities, yet she keeps all of us challenged and learning. This takes quite a bit of work and planning. It is clear that she puts lot of time and thought into her teaching."And again,This evening I was reminded of what a great teacher Blythe is and wanted to add my kudos to her! She is another teacher who pushes her students to improve in positive ways. She seems to be equally fantastic at teaching adults as well as youth That is an amazing skill in and of itself. I am not surprised that she works so well with the youth, as that is what she does for a living. However I am impressed that she is just as good teaching adults and can work with both in the same class setting. Once again, I feel very lucky to have such amazing, dedicated, talented teachers."Respectfully,Mari Nealson"

Photo of Tiffany Clark Tiffany Clark
Nov 29, 2019 5

The only studio in the Durham area (and those surrounding, let's be real) that not only offers rigorous, professional-quality training but also like....aren't jerks about it? No cliques, no snide teachers, no berating the students for anything whatsoever, simply encouraging and pushing everyone to do their very best every day. I'm 26, and just started my dance training about a year and a half ago in the recreational adult ballet classes, but have since been allowed to move to the student division classes and study along with the pre-teens I'm in class with. I love it more than literally anything I've ever done, and I'm so grateful to be taken so seriously as an adult -- even though I'll never be able to go professional, even though I'm "old", even though I've still got a bit of catching up to do. This place is magic, and I can't say thank you enough!!

Photo of Dancing Queen Dancing Queen
Feb 16, 2020 4

This place is literally amazing!!!!! If your child is thinking about going here they’re definitely making the right decision.!!!.!!! But there is a large amount of vape in the air and atmosphere do not the best for young lungs.

Photo of Dancing Queen Dancing Queen
May 19, 2019 5

This place is literally amazing!!!!! If your child is thinking about going here they’re definitely making the right decision.!!!.!!!

Photo of Zoe Litaker Zoe Litaker
Jul 12, 2018 5

I have taken the beginning ballet classes for a year or two and Boleyn has been really great! She’s super knowledgeable about anatomy and physiology which has helped me understand how to dance safely. I would highly recommended taking classes here!

Photo of Clare Woods Clare Woods
May 29, 2018 5

Love this studio - nice options for adult dancers!

Photo of Elena M Elena M
May 17, 2017 5

Great teachers, quality instruction and friendly environment. We enjoyed to be a part of the annual show at Carolina Theater.