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What's the Best Dance Studio in Hillsborough?

With a variety of places to choose from in town, tell us which one you prefer.

Whether it's beginner lessons for children or teaching adults the art of ballroom dancing or the Tango, Hillsborough offers plenty options for dance studios.

So which one do you prefer?

This week's Readers' Choice features dance studios with various specialties for all ages. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.

Voting in the poll below is open until Friday at 9 a.m. We will announce the winner Friday around noon.

Vote in the poll and be sure to leave a review on your dance studio choice's directory listing.

Editor's note: The winner will be selected on a point system based on poll votes and directory ratings. If there is a tie, a winner will be determined by the amount of positive comments posted on this article and positive reviews received on its directory listing. For full contest rules, click on the PDF attached to this article.

DJ May 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Proper ballet training is essential for any serious dancer. Without it other dance disciplines i.e, modern, lyrical, contemporary, musical theather, cannot be executed properly at the advanced, professional levels.
CMR May 23, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Premiere Dance of Hillsborough is a part of who I am! I have been at PDH for the past 20 years and it is something I will identify with for the rest of my life. Everybody involved with the studio has taught me everything I know. From dancing, to competing, and now teaching. I am lucky enough to now have my own students and teach them things that I grew up learning from my teachers at PDH. My teachers have become my mentors, and my classmates became my life long best friends. It was an experience and chapter of my life that I would not change for anything in the entire world! <3
Hillsborough Parent May 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Lynn Academy of Irish Dance is a Hillsborough dance studio and is not listed. They get my vote!
cooper May 23, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Premiere Dance of Hillsborough gets my vote! The teachers there are by far, the BEST!!! Everyone at Premiere Dance is so good to my daughter and she loves them all! We would never think of dancing anywhere else!
Bob Cibulskis May 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Extremely inappropriate and unprofessional comment. This discussion was intended to describe the positive aspects of the dance studios in Hillsborough, not a flame session. It is nice to see that almost everyone was participating in that spirit, and disappointing that "J" (no real name?) doesn't get it.
eMertz May 23, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Without a doubt Dance Connection is NUMBER 1! I went there my whole life and they're what got me to where I am today! They have an amazingly friendly atmosphere and the teachers are relatable, trustworthy, funny, caring, easy to talk to and overall amazing! Dance Connection is and will always be my home because of the family it created for me but also because of the skills they taught me there that I will carry forever! VOTE FOR DANCE CONNECTION!
Dancer Mom May 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Kathleen Academy of Dance is where I danced long before it was located in Hillsborough and both of my daughters danced there from preschool through high school. I always recommend them to friends in the area and so far no one has been disappointed. However, I'm disappointed that the survey will decide the "best" dance studio in Hillsborough. Best for who? I think "best" is different for everyone. What's best for one student or family isn't always the best for another, teachers included. Obviously, there are many options for dance lessons in Hillsborough and maybe if the survey was about what you're looking for in a dance studio it would help parents and students decide which studio and teachers best for them.
KeepCalmAndDanceOn May 23, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The Dance Connection is a wonderful dance studio. For over 10 years they helped shape the foundation of the dancer, and dance teacher I am today. Not only have they won or placed in countless competitions, toured NJ with the ballet company, or had many summer programs, but truly are attentive to each student while pushing them to be the best they can be. The focus on technique is incomparable to other studios in the area, and the creativity within the teachers and students is phenomenal. In my dance major I am consistently complemented on my technique and understanding of the craft among other things and I have the Dance Connection to thank for this. The Dance Connection is a family and the memories there are ones I will always cherish. I agree with "Dancer Mom"s comment though and that the best is different for everyone. I just know the Dance Connection was the best studio for me and I enjoy seeing them continue to succeed, perform, create, and DANCE! <3
Denis & Iryna May 23, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Our daughter has been at Dance Connection for several years. When we moved away from Hillsborough we tried another school closer to home but after a few weeks it was clear we needed to go back to Dance Connection. Mr. David takes a personal interest in the students development and teaches many of the classes himself. As a six year old, our daughter performed in the Nutcracker and was so excited to be a part of a formal ballet production. She also did the summer camps with weekly shows. Parents and staff are great and we are very thankful for the caring and professional teaching and pleasant environment. This year she added Hip Hop in addition to her ballet lessons. Even more fun! If feels much more like a family than a dance school! I agree with the comment that Hillsborough is fortunate to have many good dance schools. We have found Dance Connection to be the best!
chris curnow May 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Premiere Dance because the teachers are Hotter!!!!!!!!!!!
jennifer taras May 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Premier Dance is the best!
LynneW May 24, 2012 at 02:21 AM
triangle dance is the best!!!! Its a fun environment for the kids and the teachers are wonderful!!! My daughter just started this year and loves it!
Cathy May 24, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Kathleen Academy of Dance has my vote! My daughter received a quality dance education through high school at the studio, and was inspired to continue dancing in college. In addition, I have enjoyed taking an adult tap class taught by Kathleen for several years. Kathleen is an amazing tap dancer, instructor, and a tremendous proponent for the art of tap dancing. Kathleen brings out the best in her students, from the little ones to the adults. I highly recommend Kathleen Academy of Dance.
Samantha Ann May 24, 2012 at 03:10 AM
We are so proud that you have been invited to study with Joffery Ballet next year! We are so glad to be a part of your training! All that hard work really pays off:)
Samantha Ann May 24, 2012 at 03:13 AM
We are so proud of all your hard work and dedication! When dance is in your heart, nothing can stop you:)
Marjorie May 24, 2012 at 03:28 AM
ZsaZsa has a point. I seems that both G&J and Premier are up to something rather fishy. Of course I can't prove it, but when one gets so many votes within such a short time… well, it just doesn't seem right. In fact it actually makes me less likely to trust these schools and more likely to trust one of the others who seem to be playing fair.
Michelle_C May 24, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Thank you Andrea!! I absolutely love the "little ones" They always make my week even more special! Our Dance Moms are the best too!! :-)
Jackelyn K May 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Dance Connection offers small class size, quality teachers and high standard to all dancers. Participating in Nutcraker provides a memoriable experience with life lesson of hard work, team spirit and fun! The studio is safe and family friendly. It is a quality choice for anyone to consider.
Diane Duquette May 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Gandj studios is a ballroom dance studio for people of all ages. Marek and Denisa are award winning professional dance instructors. Children and adults can learn dance to compete or dance socially. Weekend socials are fun and very friendly.
Jeemae May 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Ballet is the foundation of all dance training that's why I would vote for Dance Connection. Their ballet training is something you have to see and try. Their Nutcracker ballet production with New Jersey Youth Ballet company dancers is an amazing experience for the kids. If your kids like to perform in a real theater production together with professional dancers from New York, this is a great opportunity for them. These kids are wonderful to watch on stage, they dance, act, learn scenery and they get to dance with professional dancers, something they'll take with them forever.
LB May 24, 2012 at 03:00 PM
My daughter has been dancing at Premiere Dance of Hillsborough for years, first taking recreation classes and for the past four years on the competition team. All of her experiences have been extremely positive. Not only has she grown as a dancer, but as a person. She has a much stronger sense of self-confidence and knows how to cooperate with and support others. Her fellow team members have become her close friends, and the sense of support felt at recitals and competitions is amazing. I also have been lucky enough to make some of my own close friends with the parents on the team. Premiere's teachers have not only instructed my daughter but have become role models and people she can convide in and trust. Premiere has become a family to us and in 3 years, I know we will both be sad to leave when she graduates high school. (As for the comment on voting being unfair, Premiere has a large number of enthusiastic students who really do believe their school is the best so their way of expressing is voting in this poll).
Alexis Decker May 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Yeah! Go Premiere!
Alexis Decker May 24, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Premiere and G&J aren't up to anything. The only reason they have so many votes is because they both seem to be well loved.
Karen K May 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I have taken my daughter to Kathleen Academy of Dance for four years. We had tried two other dance studios which did not quite work for us. At KAD my daughter has really enjoyed the teachers and made new friends. She has improved her dance skills as the years have gone by and she looks forward to dance classes every week. The dance recitals have been wonderful, happy experiences for our entire family and it's all thanks to Miss Kathleen and her wonderful staff.
Karen K May 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Dancing is such a wonderful and positive activity for girls and boys. I think it heightens their self-esteem as they see improvement and the exercise aspect is very important. I love our studio, Kathleen Academy of Dance, and I think their contribution to dance is fantastic. When I drop off my daughter for class, I see so many enthusiastic kids off to their classes as well. When someone loves to go to dance class as much as these kids do---something is very right!
DJ May 25, 2012 at 01:32 AM
I wish there was a Premiere Dance when my daughter was young and taking dance classes, so grateful that my granddaughters are going to this wonderful studio. They are really learning dance, meaning terminology, technique, discipline, teamwork while having fun and enjoying themselves.
Sam Carinith May 25, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I don't feel it is inappropriate, they are just pointing out pros and cons of some studios. I have heard Kathleen academy is good for tap just as I have also heard it is not the school for those choosing to pursue professional ballet. This forum will serve to be helpful to those looking for different things for their child/self. Maybe if my child wanted to tap we would go there but we heard great things about the well-rounded experience Premiere offers. My child hasn't tapped at Premiere so I can't speak to their tap program. Not a flame, just a comparison. All places can't be great at everything!
Cookies August 03, 2012 at 04:27 AM
AmandaGrace September 26, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Flair Dance Academy! Opened September 1st 2012. Lets get it on the list ;) FlairDanceAcademy.com
Andy Smith June 25, 2013 at 02:05 AM
What about Main Street Dance and Music? You can see details of there studio here: http://www.mainstreetdanceandmusic.com/


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