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Readers Select WinnerHall of Fame GOLDReaders of City Parent magazine have voted Martha Hicks School of Ballet "Best Dance School".
MHSB was also voted runner up in the category of "Best Ballet School", and also holds a Gold Medal standing after receiving award nominations for 5 years.

I work with many businesses in my profession, and I am consistently impressed and 'blown away' by the kindness, patience and professionalism of every single staff member I have encountered at MHSB, from your stellar instructors, to the administrative staff who bend over backwards to help frazzled parents or crazed toddlers who try to go exploring in the offices and studios! Your staff has helped me enormously, and have given an inestimable level of confidence, passion, and joy to both of my children.

We just wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful dance birthday party. Alex and Geneva had a blast and we think friends did too. You and your staff were terrific and we'd definitely recommend to friends!

Thank you so much for a great party. Your staff was extremely helpful and patient with the girls. I would highly recommend having a birthday party at Martha Hicks.

Martha and staff- I don't know how you are going to top this year's show! Thank you to all [my daughter's] teachers too. The new location was wonderful even though I had thought we would miss the other one.

Thank you for the e-mail. My daughter was not enrolled last year, so I cannot comment, however, the "recital" at the end of summer camp was amazing. I was extremely impressed with the level the girls had achieved in such a short period of time and they all seemed to be having so much fun. The music was varied and entertaining and seemed to be enjoyed by dancers and parents alike. For such a short period of preparation, the high calibre of teaching was very evident. Thanks for the opportunity to comment! Keep up the great work!

I am taking the opportunity of the season of good tidings to congratulate you on the success of the Martha Hicks School of Ballet's Summer School.

[My daughter] had a wonderful experience which included introduction to jazz, theatrical settings and history, costume and make-up, and classes conducted by visiting dance teachers. She looked forward to attending each day, and was much disappointed that the term was only for two weeks.

Congratulations on a fine production today! The artistry, professionalism and sheer joy of the performances was such a pleasure to watch - and certainly more than we expected. I loved your musician who did all those amazingly creative bridges between numbers. I loved seeing so many different body types embracing dance in all its glory (as a mother of two young daughters, I can only hope they carry themselves with as much bravado as they develop into young women). I loved the creative choreography of each number, each different from the next. I loved the costumes - my daughter in the kangaroo outfit was one of those imprinted images I won't forget. I loved seeing the staff strut their stuff. I loved the smooth, organized fashion in which the whole show was put together. (Or at least that's what we the audience saw!)

I am a fan of the arts in this city. I used to work for many years in the entertainment television where I was fortunate to see many, many professional productions as part of my job. This show certainly ranks up with many of them for the enthusiasm and brilliance of all those daughters of proud parents.

Your show was fantastic. I would just like to say thanks to you all for a great afternoon of dance, music and 20th century events. Please count me in for next year's recital.

I just wanted to say thank you very much for spending so much time and effort helping me prepare for the ballet exam. I really appreciate it and I benefited from the time you gave me. You believed in me even when I thought I couldn't do it. Because of this, you have showed me that by believing in myself I can be a much better dancer (with my head up and a pleasant expression on my face!) Thank you so much! It meant a lot to me!

Thanks Martha, you've shaped my dance career. When I dance this up-coming week I will be inspired by your hard work and effort.

I have found your school to be very organized and professional. The time that is spent organizing class schedules, performances and rehearsals is a credit to you and your team.

The structure of classes, that takes into consideration major school holidays plus those Monday public holidays is also commendable, not to mention (but I just have to) the opportunity to do make-up classes is, well, the icing on the cake for me!

The people of Toronto are very lucky to have such an establishment available for their children, this is not something commonplace in the various cities we have lived in.

Just a short note to let you know how impressed we were with the Alice in Wonderland show. We've been 'raving' to everyone we know how professional it was. The costumes were outstanding, the dancing was terrific, and the music was beautiful. Most importantly, however, the warmth and compassion with which you teach the kids every week, came through in their smiling faces!

Thank you for a wonderful evening of dance. The music, video, choreography and costumes were fabulous! I don't know how you do it year after year. The show was a celebration of the past, but also a reflection of hard work and the dedication of your entire school.