Durham >Sports & Recreation Instruction > Nina's School Of Dance
5341 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2771236.079955 -78.912965
Neighborhoods: Latta Road
Different isn't accepted – I danced at Nina's for a few years when I moved to the area. I definitely believe I became a better dancer because of her standards at her studio, but she picked favorites and gossiped about others. I felt like I was an outcast compared to the other girls because I was alternative and didn't conform to what people our age did. There were definitely cliques and I felt like they were encouraged. if you have a tough skin then Nina's is for you, but if you believe that you will end up hating dance because of the treatment then this is not the school for you.
Dance – When I danced there was a scale and we had to weigh in front of everyone. I wasn't there to be embarressed. My momma tried to get me to continue & spoke to Nina. It made me feel like everyone is supposed to be thin even though my momma told me we come in all shapes, sizes, and colors ever since I can remember. I saw tears from a lot of dancers. You didn't feel good enough.
Passion and Technique> Playing Nice – I have been dancing for 12 years. The last five have been at Nina's. Having been a dancer at another studio for a good portion of my life, I can attest to why the sweet and play nice approach doesn't always work, we were lazy and my teacher didn't expect enough out of us and therefore I didn't get the best dance training. In 7th grade, I made the decision to come to Nina's and I have to say its been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I love Nina's. I love the friends I have made there, and the family that i know will be with me for the rest of my life. Sure Nina yells some, but she yells because she loves us and expects only the best out of us, which sometimes can only be achieved with a little tough love and criticism. Anyone who has been to dance shows in Durham knows that Nina's is the best and if they say anything bad about us it's out of jealousy and knowing that they don't have enough self confidence to be able to handle the way Nina teaches. Not only have I received the best dance training in Durham, Nina's has taught me to be confident in myself and gives me the opportunity to learn in a real-world setting, preparing me for life in ways I never could've imagined possible. I love Nina's and everyone there, it has been the best experience of my life and I will hate to leave next year when I graduate.
We have been there 4 years!!!! LOVE IT! – My little girl has taken at this studio for 4 years. She started when she was 2. Her self esteem is glowing and she is learning dance techniques. It is so wonderful to see the learning taking place and the heart Nina shows all her kids. She knows their names and their hobbies. She takes extra time to teach and teaches well. She has an unbelievable staff and I absolutely would not take my daughter anywhere else.
Nina's is the Bomb!!! (Amazing) – To be honest with everyone nina's is amazing if you want your kid to play and all that crap take them to a dang playground but if you want your child to learn dance and maybe a little bit of displine too then go to Nina's but nina's is not for playing around but you do have fun. Nina's is a family that is my second family and i would do anything for any of them up there.Many of you obviously were not there long enough to know what nina's is truely about. So QUITTT posting the nasty reviews when you don't have a right idea of what Nina is really about. I've been dancing there for 11 years now and I love it and sure sometimes it gets tough but o well how bout you put on your BIG GIRL PANTIES and GROW UP!!!!! I love NINA'S and i always will no matter what!!1
I LOVE Ninas! – I remember coming to Nina's and as soon as I walked in and saw the girls dance I knew I had to dance there too. My first day I was there I made friends with all the girls. I have been dancing there for at least 12 years now and have loved every minute of it. Nina is so loving and many can back me up when I say she is like a second mom to us. Every year we watch our seniors leave and although we cry (A LOT) we know they will come back to visit. I mean who could stay away from family? Nina and the girls ARE my family!
Best Dance School and Nina is the Bomb – The one thing that is ALWAYS constant at Nina's is she teaches from the heart. She sees a dancer in every child. Does she yell at students NO and if you have said she does you don't listen at all. As loud as some of those classes get with all students talking yes she yells to get there attention, but at ONE student NOT. Does she make students try and stay on them to get it right ABSOLUTELY. One of the sayings that the moms there have, if she doesn't stay on you, then she has given up and the one thing you will never see Nina do is give up. Do some have more potential than others again SURE. Does she build self esteem, there is no one that graduates and leaves that dance school that does not think they can not conquer the world. The dancers at her school in her competition group whether they are 5 or 18 are have a respectful and positive attitude and will work hours to get it right. The little ones look to the older ones and the older ones take care of the smaller ones. They consider themselves family. You may think I'm on a soap box but no one knows better because you see I'm a Nina's Company dancer's mom and those dancers and Nina are my heart. When they take the stage you know you will see the best of the best! If you want your child to learn dance, go to NIna's. If you want your child to go play and have a good time, go to the park!
Too much favortism & yelling – Nina does know dance, but she yells like a unprofessional & doesn't seem to care what it does to the child's self esteem. Too much favortism exhibited at this studio.
Not for Sensitive Children – DOWNSIDE:
This was my first official dance studio when I was 4-6 years old. I HATED IT.
Nina herself taught our jazz/ballet/tap combo class, and she went into a screaming frenzy during nearly every class. If I made a mistake, she screamed at me. If my neighbor made a mistake, she screamed at me. If anyone anywhere made a mistake, she screamed at all of us. I burst into tears a lot.
In short, Nina made me hate dance. When I quit her studio, I never would have believed that I would go on to become a lovely dancer elsewhere, perform professionally, and enjoy dance for the rest of my life. But I was a very sensitive little girl.
I've seen her 'older' girls perform recently, and it seems that this tough-love approach does bring the results on stage. They looked great.
Perhaps this studio is simply better for teen and preteen dancers who need harsh reality-checks to improve and who can handle receiving criticism in front of their peers. If this is your dancer, she can probably excel at Nina's.
Too much yelling – It was said to us by a long-time parent, "Nina is hard on these girls but she really loves everyone of them". If you like this kind of old school approach then Nina's is for you. But if you just want your kid to have fun in a supportive environment then go somewhere else.
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