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Why I Drive an Hour Each Way for My Daughter to Take Dance Lessons

This testimonial is awesome! We wanted to share with our readers at JackrabbitDance to share how impactful testimonials are. Driving an hour each way is a big time commitment, but parents are willing to go the extra mile for their children. 


Angela Floyd and the staff at AFS are the reason our 5 yr old daughter, Ellie, is in her fourth year of dance. When Ellie was born at 27 weeks gestation, my husband and I were worried she would not be able to participate in dance. By the grace of God, she is very fortunate to have no physical/mental delays.

My journey to find a dance studio began when Ellie turned 18 months old. I figured out very quickly that, when one lives in a rural area, studio choices are very slim. I managed to locate a few studios within about 20 minutes of our home, but I did not want to settle out of convenience. After much research, I decided to make the 1 hour drive to try AFS.

Let’s just say that the last few years have been a learning experience. Both Angela and the staff are second to none. When my “new dance mom anxiety” kicked in, I struggled with bringing Ellie each week. I am pretty sure I, unnecessarily, stressed myself to the max the first year as I watched and over-analyzed everything. Some family members suggested that maybe Ellie was too young to dance. That was not the case for the staff at AFS.

I remember Ellie crying the first 3 classes. The fourth class was no different except that Angela was in the studio. Angela walked Ellie out to the lobby. She wanted to show Ellie that I was there and that I could see her on the monitor. Angela, patiently, waited for Ellie to calm down and then, together, they walked back to class.

The staff is very encouraging. I cannot sing enough praises about their professionalism. The ladies at the front desk are always ready to answer any questions I may have. More importantly, if they don’t know the answer, they ask someone and get back to me. The teachers are very good with small children. Ms. Chandler has assisted in Ellie’s previous classes. So, when Ellie found out Ms. Chandler was going to be her teacher this year, she was very excited. Ellie and I love AFS. We plan on staying for a long time. It is well worth the drive. – Keri Cochran

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