“Landrum School of the Performing Arts is the only choice for me and my family. My oldest daughter started when I noticed a naturally affinity for dance at the age of two. As a result of watching all the fun her big sister was having, my sixteen month old asked to join as well.
So, five years later I have had nothing but amazing experiences watching my children grow at this school. From the beginning, I was impressed with the instructors because teaching a class of two year old children and keeping their attention for an hour is no easy feat. Not only were the children happy to go but at the end of the year, when I saw my babies get on a stage in a theater filled with hundreds of people, not only did they perform, but they stole the show! And what a show it was! It was akin to a Broadway Musical.
Since then, it has been year after year of beautiful experiences for me and my entire family. My children have made best friends at this school, as have I. They have learned the basics of dance and have moved on to begin training on the competition team. I never thought that we would be at this stage, since when I joined I was only interested in exposing them to a physical and social activity. Now I see that there is so much more to it than that, I see that they are truly learning the principles of dance and have been taught by some of the industry’s best and most dedicated.
Annette Vallone is the owner and former Rockette. She has taken her dedication, discipline and passion for the performing arts and transposed it onto our children. Her love for her life’s work is apparent and infectious. It is no wonder the children all walk into Landrum with a smile on their faces, when they are greeted by this great lady.
Yet, it is not her dancing abilities and adherence to technique that wow me, its the kindness and encouragement that she offers that make this a wonderful place to be. Yes, the children are trained and that takes discipline and hard work, and even though competition is a cut throat environment, Annette manages to keep the children grounded and encouraged.
She is more interested in having the children strive to better themselves than churning out winners (even though they do win.) For a child to know that their teachers want them to achieve personal growth and accomplishment is inspiring. Most importantly, it is obvious that she loves these children and sees the potential in them.
She has the ability to draw it out, hone it and perfect it and does it in a place where they feel at home. I guess my children are not the only ones that love her though, because her entire staff are former students. That speaks volumes.
How can you measure the value of what the children gain as a result of coming to Landrum when they are performing at various benefits throughout the year? To see my children becoming aware of community spirit and giving of themselves are values that are ingrained in the Landrum ethos.
This is not the typical dance school and it is the reason why I would never go anywhere else. To have the older dancers mentoring the younger ones and teach them the meaning of team spirit is beauty in its purest form.
Ultimately, every parent makes their decision about what they want for their children. If you are looking for a great after school activity, then Landrum offers that in spades. If you are looking for something more, that extra mile, then there is no other choice, in my opinion.
You can always sign up for a dance class, but here you are getting much much more. With the new additions such as acting and singing, the school is light years ahead. For me, though, the reason why I have chosen Landrum is the results I have witnessed in my children which are immeasurable by conventional standards. Watching confidence bloom in my children, seeing their passion, their discipline, their hard work and sportsmanship are beyond a doubt the reason why!
Thank you Landrum!”