Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools and Studios Award Winner: Fusion of Movement

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Fusion of Movement is an award winner for dance schools and studios in 2019.

If you are looking for one center with fitness options for the whole family, look no further than this award-winning company!

Fusion of Movement has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.81 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.11 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top five dance schools and studios in Arizona!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Fusion of Movement is a great place for community! I participate in dance, fitness, and yoga there, and love them all! Sasha and Ben are amazing and passionate owners! I’m so glad I found such an awesome place with a reasonably priced membership to get my sweat on!” – E.K.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Fusion of Movement is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Dance School

We were excited to learn all about Fusion of Movement and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Ben Naasz.

“My wife, Sasha, and I were both working for Pima County and sat down one day to figure out what we wanted to do and what we could be passionate about. She handles the fitness and dancing; I handle the Kenpo and theater. That was eight years ago, and we haven’t looked back… We’re the only studio in the quad cities where you can get such a diverse menu under one roof. We offer dance, Kenpo, fitness, theater, and even JOAD archery. The whole family can come by at say 5:30 pm, and we’ll have something for nearly anyone.”

Building Success And Giving Back To The Community

Fusion of Movement has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Ben how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. Ben said that their reviews are completely organic and that they just focus on doing well by people.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Fusion of Movement has spread the word about who they are and what they do by finding ways to give back to the community, where they do fundraising events for MS and meal trains for their members and their families. Ben said that they have a breast cancer event coming up.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Fusion of Movement has managed to. We asked if Ben could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Good service is always the key. Make sure you’re passionate about what you’re going to do.”


Congratulations to Fusion of Movement for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Ben for taking the time to speak with us!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: School of Breaking

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that School of Breaking is a 2019 award winner for dance schools and studios in Colorado!

If you’re looking for a dance school that can help you learn, develop and thrive as a break dancer, look no further than School of Breaking in Aurora.

School of Breaking has received dozens of reviews with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 96.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five dance schools and studios in all of Colorado!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that got them there:

“I cannot say enough good things about School of Breaking. My son has been dancing here for two and a half years and has grown so much…as a dancer and a person. I love that they welcome everyone with open arms and teach that community, respect and kindness are just as important, if not more, than the dance moves. The instructors are the best mentors and role models, and we feel lucky to be a part of the SOB family!” – Jade M.

Not Your Average Dance School

We wanted to learn what makes this award-winning business tick, so we took a few minutes to talk with Chase Evered, who co-owns School of Breaking with Tommy Talybov and Letoya Garland.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Chase about what it is that makes School of Breaking unique compared to the many other dance schools in Colorado. Chase told us that they teach “breaking,” which is the predominant form of dance in hip hop culture, and is a style of dance that many other schools may not necessarily focus on. They teach toddlers, children, teens and adults this form of dance, and stay authentic to its roots in the South Bronx in the 1970s.

We also asked Chase about the School of Breaking mission and how they work to make the world a better place. Chase shared with us that hip hop gives people a chance to express themselves and is a form of free speech. Hip hop is about peace and love and having fun. Teaching hip hop dance and culture is a tool for building character and educating kids about life. They strive to develop students from the inside out as people and prepare them for life. Hip hop dance training is physically healthy, and it develops self-esteem and confidence in their students. Dance training teaches kids to believe in themselves, to respect themselves and to treat others with that same respect. They want to educate their community and provide a tool for kids to learn discipline and perseverance.

Chase went on to say:

“Hip hop is a community of warriors for peace. It comes from impoverished roots and was built by people who made the best of a bad situation and wanted to create something out of nothing. Hip hop can help people get out of circumstances through the power of their mind unlocked by music and dance.”

Building Success Through Excellent Service

Chase credits School of Breaking’s strong online reputation to the fact that they always strive for consistent, excellent service and to help the youth and educate them on hip hop culture. Everything they do has allowed people to have a fantastic experience at School of Breaking.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, School of Breaking has grown through web development and SEO (search engine optimization), which Tommy handles, and by constantly crafting their storyboard and message.

There are many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Chase’s expert advice for them:

“Work to provide service to others, not to make money. Find a way to give back to your community and better the lives of others around you. Provide a fantastic service at a fair rate, and shoot for providing 10 times the value of your price.”


Congratulations to School of Breaking for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Chase, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend School of Breaking in Aurora. Visit their website today!

Florida’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: Karibe Dance Studio

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Karibe Dance Studio is a 2019 award winner for dance schools and studios in Florida!

From ballet to salsa, Karibe Dance Studio in Miami has dance classes for everyone.

Karibe Dance Studio has received hundreds of reviews with an average rating of 4.91 stars, earning them a fantastic Rating Score™ of 99.07 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five dance schools and studios in all of Florida!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I love being part of the Karibe family! Karibe has become our home; the instructors are more than qualified and passionate. I highly recommend Karibe Dance Studio for everyone; all ages are welcome!! They even have an amazing program for kids!! If you really want to improve your dancing skills and have lots of fun, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Karibe Dance Studio.” – Amileth A.

Not Your Average Dance Studio

We wanted to learn all about Karibe Dance Studio and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the owner, Jose Luis Gutierrez.

The first question we had for Jose was what is it that sets Karibe Dance Studio apart from their competition in Florida. Here’s Jose’s response:

“With us, you are really going to get the proper techniques… And we try to make it fun, but also educational and professional. We have two separate programs, one for adults and one for kids. We do our best to make each person in each program feel like family, welcomed and valued.”

Jose went on to say:

“It’s all about being experienced and educated in the different styles of salsa, and how the different styles are unique. We are original. We’ve been here for 17 years, are very outgoing and have a lot of experience doing what we do, so we are able to teach people quickly how to dance.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Karibe Dance Studio and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Jose had to say:

“Our goal is to teach people how to dance, and we feel that dancing helps you with your mental and physical health. We embrace the family aspect of our business. We accept everyone, no matter what their background is. We try our best to make everyone feel welcomed. We lend a helping hand to our clients/customers, helping them gain more confidence in themselves and be proud of who they are while learning how to dance and have fun…”

Building Success by Being Friendly and Treating Students Like Family

Jose attributes Karibe Dance Studio’s strong online reputation to their commitment to always being friendly and treating their students like family.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Karibe Dance Studio has gotten their name out there through the shows that their students perform in, as well as social media, word of mouth and repeat customers.

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Karibe Dance Studio has. Here’s Jose’s expert advice for them:

“Always try to accomplish honesty, and always try to put the truth out in the open without misinforming others. Offer transparency about the business, and make the customer feel valued. Put the best quality of product and service into the world.”


Congratulations to the team at Karibe Dance Studio for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jose, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Karibe Dance Studio in Miami. Visit their website today!

Florida’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools and Studios Award Winner: Latin Dance Movement

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Latin Dance Movement is an award winner for dance schools and studios in 2019.

If you are looking for an inclusive dance studio for any skill level, look no further than this award-winning company!

Latin Dance Movement has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.99 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 99.88 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and one of the top three dance schools and studios in Florida!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The classes are great. The instructor works at your pace, and before you know it, you are dancing. All the pieces come together, and it is a great feeling. I was so nervous to get my foot in the door, and now, I can’t wait until the next lesson. This place has great vibes and even better people who don’t judge, no matter your skill level. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to learn and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you have zero experience or if you can’t dance. Everyone is welcome.” – S.M.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Latin Dance Movement is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Dance School

We were excited to learn all about Latin Dance Movement and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Hervin.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Latin Dance Movement stand apart from its competitors. Hervin talked about how being an independently owned business means that they are more able to focus on their customers. He said:

“Look at the reviews; they are amazing! We are an independently owned studio, so we really care about our customers. That’s the thing; we’re not a brand, and we’re not a franchise. Nothing like that. Just caring about the customer is what really matters.”

When we asked Hervin about the Latin Dance Movement business mission, he told us about his vision for an inclusive and welcoming place. He said:

“We want to be a place for people to learn how to do the Latin dances, and not only that, but to feel like they have a place that they can belong to and where they feel like they have a family.”

Building Success, Online And Off

Latin Dance Movement has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Hervin how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. He said that they focus on providing good service and that the reviews organically follow.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Latin Dance Movement has spread the word about who they are and what they do by utilizing Facebook.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Latin Dance Movement has managed to. We asked if Hervin could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Get a mentor or coach. Figure out what the best people are doing, and see why they are successful.”


Congratulations to Latin Dance Movement for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Hervin for taking the time to speak with us!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools and Studios Award Winner: Summer’s DanceWorks

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Summer’s DanceWorks is an award winner for dance schools and studios in 2019.

If you are looking for a fantastic dance school in Prescott Valley, look no further than this award-winning company!

Summer’s DanceWorks has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.68 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.75 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top three dance schools and studios in Arizona!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My daughter is doing her second year with Summer, and she absolutely loves it. My youngest just started Mommy and Me, and we are having an amazing time. Thank you, Summer, for such a wonderful experience.” – C.K.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Summer’s DanceWorks is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Dance School

We were excited to learn all about Summer’s DanceWorks and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with Summer Hinton, who co-owns the business with Russ Hausske.

At Summer’s DanceWorks, they offer jazz, contemporary, hip hop, classical styles, and more. They always focus on putting the dancers and their parents first. They do this by practicing excellent communication skills and making sure to listen to everything people have to say, both compliments and concerns.

 

Summer told us that a part of their overall mission is to live out their belief that dance is for everyone.

Building Success And Giving Back

Summer’s DanceWorks has earned a fantastic reputation, so we asked Summer how they have managed to grow their business and get such great reviews. She said that they focus on listening to their dancers and their parents, and on keeping their excellent teachers up to date on the latest dance styles and training. They know how to provide a comforting studio environment while offering instruction to everyone from toddlers to adults.

In addition to building the kind of online reputation that any small business would envy, Summer’s DanceWorks has spread the word about who they are and what they do through word of mouth and by getting referrals from their happy clients. They also do what they can to give back to the community. Summer’s DanceWorks is incredibly community-oriented. They host

events that get new families involved with them and are always on the lookout for different organizations that raise money for various charitable causes. They have even hosted dances for nursing homes and charity organizations.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Summer’s DanceWorks has managed to. We asked if Summer could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Treat everyone fairly. Respect them, and they will respect you even more.”


Congratulations to Summer’s DanceWorks for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Summer for taking the time to speak with us!

Florida’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: Dance Passion of St. Petersburg

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Dance Passion of St. Petersburg is a 2019 award winner for dance schools and studios in Florida!

If you’re looking to learn to dance with happy people in a happy place, look no further than Dance Passion of St. Petersburg.

Dance Passion of St. Petersburg has received dozens of reviews on four verified sites with a perfect average rating of 5.00 stars, earning them an outstanding Rating Score™ of 99.00 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five dance schools and studios in all of Florida!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“My fiancé and I would highly recommend Dance Passion. Neither of us had any prior dancing experience and were definitely beginners in terms of skill level when we took the private classes. The owner, Ivan, was super welcoming, and our instructor, Bryan, was very friendly and patient, and his teaching style put us at ease right away. Even though we had just started learning, within a few weeks, Bryan helped us make significant progress and made us feel a lot more comfortable on the dance floor. And he made every lesson a ton of fun! For any couples looking for a fun date night idea, this was a night that we looked forward to every week, and we hope to take some more classes in the future.” – Anet P.

Not Your Average Dance Studio

Ivan, the owner of Dance Passion of St. Petersburg, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Dance Passion of St. Petersburg apart from the many other dance studios in Florida. Here’s Ivan’s response:

“Our group classes are free. Not everyone can afford to take a private lesson every day, so those group classes are available to them.”

Ivan went on to tell us that he has his own online radio station for his clients to dance with.

We also wanted to know Ivan does what he does at Dance Passion of St. Petersburg and how he and his team work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Ivan had to say:

“I have been in the dance business all of my life. I want to be able to change people’s lives, and my business mission from the beginning has been to create a nice and friendly environment and to be able to give to the people to express themselves. It is very friendly and relaxing. I started dancing 12 years ago in Bulgaria. I opened my first dance studio back in Bulgaria. …I have more than 35 years of dance experience and managing, and Dance Passion was opened about four years ago.”

Building Success by Providing the Best Experience

When we asked Ivan about Dance Passion of St. Petersburg’s secret to such a strong online reputation, he said:

“We try to do everything possible so that people have the best experience. We try to pay attention to the small details. Little by little, people leave reviews because they are happy and had a wonderful experience…”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Dance Passion of St. Petersburg has spread the word about who they are and what they do by being active on social media. Other than that, Ivan simply focuses on taking care of his employees and teachers, and to providing them with a no-pressure environment so that they enjoy coming to work.


Congratulations to the team at Dance Passion of St. Petersburg for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Ivan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Dance Passion of St. Petersburg. Visit their website today!

Hawaii’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: Center Stage Dance Alliance

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Center Stage Dance Alliance is a 2019 award winner for dance studios in Hawaii!

If you’d love to learn how to dance with the help of highly qualified instructors, there’s no better option than Center Stage Dance Alliance in Hilo.

Center Stage Dance Alliance has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.64 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 92.45 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five dance studios in all of Hawaii!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Center Stage is a welcoming, loving environment to whoever steps foot inside! The community is super passionate and very supportive of helping each other grow. It’s a great place to start dancing and to learn as much as possible! I would 100-percent recommend them.” – Daniella R.

Not Your Average Dance Studio

Pam James, Business Director at Center Stage Dance Alliance, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Center Stage Dance Alliance apart from the many other dance studios in Hawaii. Here’s Pam’s response:

“We offer work trade and scholarships; I don’t believe any other dance centers offer scholarships. We insist on taking ballet, so we provide a full bevy of skills. We require that you take a wide variety of dance style classes. We try to balance those things and try to provide training, because dance skills are really life skills in a way. In this fast-paced world, you can learn some things really quickly, and it doesn’t require much detail. Dance is one of those things that you have to really put yourself into.”

Pam went on to say:

“We were established in 2006 as a for-profit company, and we became a non-profit in 2014. We accept all ages, and have students from four years old to 86 years old.”

We also wanted to know why they do what they do at Center Stage Dance Alliance and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Pam had to say:

“We aim to provide quality dance training to the community. We do a couple of shows per year, and we make contacts with the kids and parents and try to solve everyone’s needs.”

Building Success by Offering Great Dance Classes

When we asked Pam about Center Stage Dance Alliance’s secret to such a strong online reputation, she said:

“We offer a variety of great dance classes, and teens have found it to be a safe place to hang out and learn a new skill. We also offer 10 to 12 scholarships a year, depending on need and skill. We do a lot of work trade, so we can offer our classes to those who may not be able to afford them.”

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Center Stage Dance Alliance has spread the word about who they are and what they do mostly through word of mouth. They also get out in their community and do a show in December and May, as well as Student Minds, which is a program that encourages students to take the skills they’ve learned to create something new.

Clearly, Pam knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Pay attention to your customers and clients. Make sure you are providing the services that they want. Do something that you love; it always comes back to that. If you don’t love it, why do you want to push it and promote it?”


Congratulations to the team at Center Stage Dance Alliance for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Pam, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Center Stage Dance Alliance in Hilo. Visit their website today!

Washington, DC’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: Dance Place

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Dance Place is a two-time 2019 award winner in Washington, DC!

Whether you’re looking for dance classes for yourself or your child, Dance Place in Washington, DC has you covered.

Dance Place has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.58 stars, earning them a superb Rating Score™ of 90.84 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the number one dance school in all of Washington, DC!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Dance Place is one of my favorite establishments in DC, period. Their site schedule is diverse and offers something for everyone, and they really focus on local talent, which is special. The classes are also great and quite varied, and the space is good for beginner and intermediate classes.” – D.M.

Not Your Average Dance School

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Dance Place’s Communications Director.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes Dance Place a one-of-a-kind dance school in Washington, DC. Here’s what the Communications Director had to say:

“Dance Place is extremely unique; this is a place where we are not only running adults and kids classes, but we are giving the community an opportunity to get involved with dance. The classes are extremely affordable, and we have different genres of styles. We have after school clubs and ways for teens to be involved with teaching. Building the dance community is something we want to do.”

We also asked the Communications Director what their mission is at Dance Place and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s her response:

“We aim to build a community of arts and support the dance ecosystem as it increases through the whole state. The dance community just wants to see more individuals find a passion. Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high-quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in our Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.”

Building Success Through Customer Service

The Communications Director attributes Dance Place’s strong online reputation to their commitment to customer service and providing great relationships within the community. She added:

“We are a local non-profit that has been around for over 40 years.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Dance Place has gotten their name out there by posting videos on social media, sending emails and handing out flyers. It also helps that they have close ties with their neighborhood.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation Dance Place has. When we asked the Communications Director what advice she has for those business owners, she said:

“Listen to what your audience is really asking for. Your audience is who your customer might be. How are they finding you? What are their needs? And how can you impact their lives in a positive way?”


Congratulations to the team at Dance Place for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Dance Place in Washington, DC. Visit their website today!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: The Dance Art Media Studios

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Dance Art Media (DAM) Studios is an award winner for dance studios in Colorado for the second year in a row!

When it comes to professional dance instruction in Littleton, you won’t find a better option than The DAM Studios.

The DAM Studios has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.82 stars, earning them a tremendous Rating Score™ of 97.17 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five dance studios in all of Colorado!

Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews that helped them win for the second year in a row:

“JP helped choreograph our first dance, and it was a hit! We had never even danced publicly before, but after a few sessions with JP, you’d never know. I knew after the first session that we picked the right place. She was very involved, patient, experienced and, most of all, fun to work with — just an all-around great teacher. You can tell she really loves her job. I would recommend this place to anyone!” – Ethan M.

Maintaining a Strong Online Reputation by Putting Clients First

Jessica Page, the owner of The DAM Studios, sat down with us for a few minutes so that we could catch up about what her team has been up to over the last year.

Winning a Top Rated Local award once is a sign that a company knows how to build a solid online reputation, but as a second-time award winner, The DAM Studios clearly has a lot of insight into also maintaining their online reputation. Jessica told us that it all comes down to putting their clients first:

“We absolutely always put our clients’ needs and interests first — this is how our studio stands out from others. We don’t try to fit our clients into a predetermined program; we fit our syllabus to our clients. The client is always the first and foremost priority in how we conduct business. We always accommodate the individual learning process for each student in the room, accounting for the many different ways that individuals absorb education and training. We are the studio where every body can dance!”

Jessica went on to say:

“We just relocated our studios as well. We have now branched out to become bigger and better with an upgraded facility in a higher-end location. This milestone has been very well-received and has elicited an extremely positive response from our students.”

When asked what makes The DAM Studios stand out, Jessica told us:

“We take great pride in the high level of education and experience of our teaching staff. All of our instructors carry either a college degree in their field, a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or have an extensive amount of teaching experience and dance instruction. I myself have a master’s degree in dance, as well as a secondary emphasis in entrepreneurial business. Each and every staff member who works for our studio is very highly qualified both in education and dance experience. The kids and adults love our teachers. In the classroom, they’re all extraordinarily different and diverse. Each has a specialized area of expertise, as well as their own individual style and flair, if you will, that they share exuberantly with our clients. The diversity of the staff is really what provides a well-rounded educational environment for our dancers.”

Every new year comes with new lessons and challenges, and when we asked what those were for The DAM Studios, Jessica said:

“Everything takes more time and money than you think it will or that you plan for. How have I overcome that? By looking for out-of-the-box fundraising and financing options. I work with an organization, The Colorado Enterprise Fund, a state-based financial group that provides support for startups and small businesses. I’ve been able to have a very, very successful relationship with them in order to keep all my ducks in a row.”

She added:

“Time and money — overcoming them is just a matter of never giving up and being creative in finding ways to conquer challenges, as well as finding folks who are willing to help. I’ve had so many volunteers during the move. It would be lovely if we could recognize the people that have helped us. It’s not just me, and it’s not just my staff — I have families, friends, students, dancers and parents who come to the studio to help us paint walls or lay down Marley floor at 10 o’clock at night because that’s the only time it could be done. I ask for help and try to say thank you as often and as genuinely as I can. We recently held a little dance party to celebrate our recent accomplishments. Overcoming challenges is really just a matter of never giving up, never being afraid to ask for help and not allowing failure to even be an option.”

Jessica also shared The DAM Studios’ biggest accomplishment over the last year with us, which she says has been relocating to a new studio:

“Picking up a whole dance studio and moving it to a new space is a lot of physically hard work. We were able to get classes up and running again in less than 30 days! We decided to relocate and close down, and fewer than 30 days later, we were back to the happy place of teaching dance. It was quite an accomplishment. Literally, there was blood, sweat and tears involved in that feat, and the gratification of conquering that impossible task in such a short period of time was something that I myself take a great deal of pride in.”

Looking Forward with The DAM Studios

Being a part of a small business is not always easy, and that’s why we wanted to know why they do what they do at The DAM Studios. Jessica shared with us that the most rewarding part of being a part of The DAM Studios has been seeing it become successful, as well as seeing the smiling faces of their students and their positive reviews:

“The hard work, often consisting of 14-hour days and eight-day weeks, is well worth it when we see it have the ability to grow and expand. I truly think the most rewarding part is when you have those smiling faces and those positive reviews. A little bit goes a long way when it comes to just a smile, a thank you and a ‘you’re doing a good job…’”

As an award-winning company, we expect big things out of The DAM Studios, and we were excited to find out what comes next. Jessica told us that their goal is to identify themselves as a different kind of dance studio:

“Our motto is, ‘We are the studio where every body can dance.’ We separate ‘every’ and ‘body’ — and there’s a fun pun in there. Currently, we’re offering a variety of classes that are both classical as well as eclectic, and soon we’ll be adding some more unique and unusual classes, like hula hoop classes. We have so many different options as far as the variety of styles of dance that we offer for dancers of every age. We look to create programming that has something for every body.”

It’s clear to us that, as the owner of a second-time award winner, Jessica has learned a lot about growing a successful business and building an online reputation. When we asked what advice she has for business owners who are just starting out, she said:

“Plan for the best and expect the worst. Operate with perseverance. If you’re not cut out for trudging on and never giving up, then small business is probably not the way for you to go. There is always unexpected and unforeseen challenges that can easily ‘take you out at the knees,’ but you’ve got to get back up and keep going. Every day, you wake up and go to work. When you own a small business, you never get a day off. It just doesn’t happen. Make sure that you’re someone cut out for that type of lifestyle. I myself am not married and don’t have children of my own, so my business, my studio and the people in it are my entire life. They are my DAM family. My advice would be to ensure that the required devotion and commitment of being a small business owner is something that suits your specific lifestyle. Without relentless perseverance, you’re going to probably fall behind. You have to be willing to give 110 percent to it.”

Jessica ended our conversation by giving a shoutout to each and every dancer, family and staff member at their studio:

“The one person I want to thank is everybody!”


Congratulations to Jessica and the team at The DAM Studios for a Top Rated Local award winner for the second year in a row.

When you need a dance studio on your side in Littleton, we highly recommend The DAM Studios! Visit their website today.

Oklahoma’s Top Rated Local® Dance Schools & Studios Award Winner: That’s Dancing

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that That’s Dancing is a 2019 award winner for dance schools and studios in Oklahoma!

If you’re looking for the right dance studio for your child, look no further than That’s Dancing in Tulsa.

That’s Dancing has received dozens of reviews on three verified sites with an average rating of 4.94 stars, earning them an extraordinary Rating Score™ of 95.38 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five dance schools and studios in all of Oklahoma!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We love That’s Dancing! Our daughter has danced there since 2013 and has loved every year. It is great instruction, and the focus is on positivity and individuality. The strengths of each student are celebrated and encouraged, which, sad to say, is something one does not always find in the dance world! That’s Dancing is a gem!” – Amanda N.

A One-of-a-Kind Dance Studio’s Secret to a Strong Online Reputation

That’s Dancing has managed to build the kind of reputation any business owner would envy, and to learn a little more about that reputation and this one-of-a-kind business, we sat down with owner and Instructor, Kara Ritchie.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes That’s Dancing unique compared to the many other dance schools and studios in Oklahoma. Kara told us:

“We try to cater to all kids, and we just wrote our first blog on our site that is titled, ‘Everybody Can Dance.’ We try to have a nice balance across the board for everyone, regardless of what level they are at.”

When we asked what the secret is to such a solid online reputation at That’s Dancing, Kara pointed to the fact that they encourage people to leave a review if they like a class or camp they’ve taken.

Making the World a Better Place by Guiding and Encouraging Their Students

We also wanted to know what their mission is at That’s Dancing and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s Kara’s response:

“It is our mission to provide the best dance instruction to all ages in a fun, supportive and caring environment. We hope that, while discovering a love for dance, each student will also gain self-confidence, discipline and self-expression. Whether a student is dancing for fun and exercise or planning to enter dance on a professional level, we will guide and encourage them along the way.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, That’s Dancing has grown through social media and their updated website.

It’s clear that Kara knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s her expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Just stay current, and make sure you make time every week/month to ensure that you have a good online presence.”


Congratulations to the team at That’s Dancing for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner!

We highly recommend That’s Dancing in Tulsa. Visit their Facebook page today!