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Readers' Choice: Fridley's Best Dance Studio

Where's the best place in Fridley to practice those moves you saw on TV? Patch wants to know.

Is there anything more graceful than a body gliding across the dance floor, totally in tune with the music, anticipating every move and transforming the movement of his or her limbs into a work of art?

Well, maybe. But nothing immediately comes to mind.

Unfortunately, most of us aren't both with that kind of grace. But there are lots of experts available to help. 

What's your favorite place in Fridley to learn those cool moves you saw on "Dancing with the Stars?" 

Nominate your favorite studio in the comments below. 

We will take nominations starting this week. Nominations end July 9 and voting will run from July 23 to Aug. 17.

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Melissa T June 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Moore Then Dance all the way!!!
shelley mannella June 22, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Shelley M. Moore Than Dance!! It's not just for kids. They have great classes for us older people also.
Marci Wills June 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Moore than Dance offers singing, dancing and acting for EVERYONE! I am going to learn hip hop & break dancing and I am in my 50's! Fun!
SPdance111 June 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
NMotion Dance Center!
SPdance111 June 22, 2012 at 01:34 PM
As a teacher at NMotion Dance Center I can not stress how proud I am of all of our students for always being so optimistic. We would never condone any negative comments about another studio because we are supportive to anyone and everyone. And may I remind everyone leaving a comment here that The Patch is simply asking for nominations of studios in Fridley. There is absolutely no reason to "bash" any other studio. As for the comment about our studio not teaching our students proper technique, I can guarantee you that comment is completely false. We use a progressive technique that begins with our 3 year olds and is applied to all classes through adult.
Mike Schardin June 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I nominate 'NMotion Dance. Amazing community outreach. Mike Schardin MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce - Board Member
Chris Steller (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Here are the nominees so far, in the order mentioned in the comment stream: 'nMotion Dance Center Next Step Dance Academy Moore Than Dance Just For Kix Nominations are still open for others. We'll start the voting next month.
Angela Burkhardt Bixby June 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Just wanted to specifically say that I agree that negative comments are not necessary. The beauty of the Fridley dance programs is choice. Choice to find something that fits right where you are on your journey as a dancer and an artist. That will look different to each person. A wise dance teacher once told me, "There are enough dancers for all of us." It is so true! :) I do not see this as a competition but a celebration of the rich and vibrant dance community right in our own back yards.
Angela Burkhardt Bixby June 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Angela, I started a dance collaborative two years ago so that dancers from different training centers could perform together. We have danced with Legacy Dance Ensembles out of Chicago at Nationals last year. With less than a week of prep, they performed a duet, trio and a small group. It was an amazing experience! They won the Mini age Grand National cup and scored in top 10 for all three numbers. It has been life changing for my dancers. Just today, I spent an hour talking on video chat with one of the dancers from Chicago. It has made the world a truly smaller place. I would LOVE to do some community events together! So....if you are serious, feel free to contact me through The Next Step Dance Academy facebook page. :)
Chris Steller (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Amen, Angela.
Yasmine Keomanyvong June 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
'nMotion dance center! The teachers there are great and really help you improve on dance and technique. We treat everyone there like a family and no one is there to judge. It's a non-competitive learning environment so all we do is just have fun dancing and making new friends. The best part is recital at the end of the year.
Jacqueline June 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Moore Then Dance, everyone is helpful and friendly and the studio feels like a big family.
Emilie June 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Moore Than Dance! The studio is amazing and everyone is so helpful and supportive.
FDT DANCER June 26, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Even though this isn't a studio I would most definitely say Fridley Dance Team... I mean come on we made it to STATE and this team is really the one representing Fridley as a team and sure does not get enough credit for all they do! But all these studios above are great and there is a dancer from FDT at each of these studios which is pretty cool!
Chris Steller (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thanks for the creative nomination, FDT Dancer! I think we can use a broad definition of "studio" in the interests of including everyone.
floyd anthony mannella July 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Moore Than Dance is run by my sister. My daughter went there and loved it. I may be biased, but I know my sister pours her heart into it, works extremely hard, loves dance and the kids and that shows in her teaching. I highly recommend it.
Krissy Hansen July 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Moore Than Dance is amazing!
DanceMom July 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Moore than Dance and Next Step Dance academy all the way!!!! Professional with lots to offer!
DanceMom July 23, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Are you teachers certified to teach in their specialty areas? If not, where did they receive their technique training? As a professional dancer with a daughter in dance, I want her to receive training even at a recreational level knowing that the instructors have furthered their education in dance beyond basic studio training. I have found that studios get desperate or lazy in their selection of instructors and sometimes the quality of the education decreases. I have heard several times through the grape vine that this may be the case with your studio. It may help if you sent your instructors to an accredited program or even to classes at a more established studio to improve your case.
Rachel Berg July 23, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I have danced with all three dance studios and I think they all have something different to offer. I have now danced professionally and am a Dance major at Loyola University-Chicago and I'd have to say Angela Burkhardt-Bixby from Next Step Dance Academy is the one who made that possible for me. I have been a guest instructor for several summers now at Next Step and I really enjoy the staff, they all really know their stuff. I did dance at N'motion when it was still J&L and I had to leave because it didn't offer the level of training I was looking for. It's not for dancers that are very serious, more of a recreation studio. I have also worked with Angela Manella for years and she is a very talented woman who runs a very professional studio that has a lot to offer in the areas of dance but also singing and acting. I was on the Fridley Dance Team for 5 years as well and have helped out with and attended the state wide Just for Kix camps. Just for Kix is fun and tailored towards dancers that want to be on dance teams in middle school and high school. I would definitely cast my vote for Moore than Dance and Next Step Dance Academy however they are the places to go!
Mary Walus July 31, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Moore than dance!!!! I love that they have classes for EVERYONE .. Young or old, experienced or not ... Acting,singing and of course dancing!! ..even breakdancing!
Brian Michael Flanagan July 31, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Moore Than Dance
Ciara July 31, 2012 at 03:32 AM
'nMotion dance!!!!
Emma July 31, 2012 at 05:06 AM
'nMotion dance! We are all one big family!
Haylee irwin July 31, 2012 at 08:20 PM
The next step dance academy
donetello August 13, 2012 at 04:19 AM
The Next Step Dance Academy by FAR!!!!
donetello August 13, 2012 at 04:21 AM
not true
Lori Fritsche August 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Angela at Moore than Dance has opened her heart, and her studio to include students with disabilities. She is the only studio I know of who offers these special stars classes during the regular dance season and features them at recital. Watching the joy these dancers expressed during their performances was priceless.
Chris bellman August 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I would like to vote for Moore than Dance. It's obvious that Angela puts her heart into seeing that every student succeeds. In addition, she offers many classes to accommodate all ages and genre preferences. And besides Moore than Dance gives dancers and opportunity to showcase their talents in musical productions. I don't know a dance studio that would even close to producing the talented and family oriented atmosphere that Moore than Dance has created.
Pam Reynolds August 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Next Step is the best!

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