"Knowledge, excellence, passion, honesty, humor, discipline—Carla Mullendore exemplifies all of these qualities and much more. After working with Carla for over two years, I am a much better dancer both mentally and physically. When I returned to dance after a hiatus I was still able to dance and perform, but I had lost the details—technique, vocabulary, strength, and confidence. Carla’s honesty and training assisted me in finding what I had lost, and most of all, I found my confidence. Carla is not only a pro in all genres she is trained in, but she is also a living example of these. She can teach, motivate, demonstrate, and push an individual to new heights. Her knowledge and passion ignites a room, especially when choreographing. Dance artistry and musicality are her instruments when Carla puts a number together. One of her talents is also balancing discipline and humor while honoring dance. Never will you leave her sessions feeling defeated, bored, or unchallenged, and you also leave smiling and laughing. I take everything she says and teaches to heart because of her wealth of experience and knowledge. I find myself going into her sessions wanting to impress her or be selected for her choreography. Although we are close to the same age, she is a mentor, and I want to be half the dancer she is when I grow up. -- Adria B.
"When my daughter Sydney needed a dance solo, we chose Carla for her energetic style, professional choreography, attention to musical detail, style of dance and most importantly, her devotion to
my daughter’s growth as a dancer. While I had a vision for my daughter’s solo, I don’t have the talent or ability to create what I wanted. Watching Carla create a dance for Sydney was like
experiencing my vision come to life. There were steps and movements that I wanted, but Carla took it beyond what I could even imagine in my own head. Watching Sydney’s solo come to life was like
experiencing artistry that I could never have done. It was rewarding every week, as was the preparation for competitions.
The entire solo process was enjoyable from beginning to end. Carla made time for Sydney every week to practice and improve, carried us through the entire season with constant lessons and attention and made changes as Sydney’s dance grew with the season. Carla encouraged Sydney before every competition, yet told her the areas she needed to change in order to improve. Carla took opportunities to praise as well as critique for future success.
Carla dances with so much energy, purpose and grace that I wanted my daughter to train under Carla in hopes her charisma would inspire the same in Sydney. What an awesome talent Carla has in both choreography and her personal dance style. We made a great choice using Carla as our choreographer/teacher and could not have imagined the dance season any other way! Carla has a special style that is dramatic, edgy, exciting, yet graceful. Whatever you want, she can deliver." -- Angie K.
"My 8 y.o. daughter has been blessed with Ms.Carla as her teacher/choreographer for the past three years. Ms.Carla is a talented choreographer with vision and creativity beyond the realms of this earth. Her energy and character though, are what captivates students and parents alike. I saw my daughter grow in technique and stage presence, and her love and excitement for dance was enlarged with Ms. Carla’s encouraging teaching style. This past year, Ms. Carla choreographed my daughters solo and at every competition she was awarded a spot in the top 10. At nationals she received a prestigious award given to only one dancer in the jazz category, called “Excellence in Dance”. Her success this past year can be credited back to Ms. Carla’s superb commitment to dancers. Our family loves Ms. Carla and we look forward to many years of her teaching and skills in our future." -- Tammy M.
"I have worked with Carla Mullendore for the past five years and intend to continue working with her. She has helped me improve in many styles of dance, including jazz, tap, ballet, and
musical theatre. Due to her experience in dance, Carla has been able to provide us with new moves and ways to improve our technique in dance. Instead of always having the same moves or workouts,
Carla provides us with moves that challenge our ability to help us improve. Her experience along with her passion comes out in her class. When I came to a new studio, Carla handed me a bio and
introduced herself in a way that made me want to stay at the studio and work with her. This made her stand out from all the other dance teachers I’ve worked with, because in my twelve years of
dancing, she was the only person who has ever handed me a bio. It’s nice to work with someone while knowing their experience. I immediately chose her to choreograph my solos, and after being
extremely pleased with the choreography and how much
I improved in a year with working with her, I asked her to continue choreographing for me. Her dances have not only won numerous awards, but also challenge us with harder technique and a new style we are not familiar with to expand our knowledge in executing the style.
Along with being an excellent dance teacher, she is also an amazing person. I know that I can talk to her about anything, whether it is dance related or not. She is always there for me and I know she always will be." -- Taylor F.
"My daughter, Taylor, was ten when she started working with Carla Mullendore. When we first met Carla my daughter’s love for dance was waning. Carla greeted us the first day, handed us her bio,
and talked with Taylor about dance. I was impressed. I could tell Carla’s experience and love of dance would definitely make an impression with Taylor. I was also impressed with her handing us her
bio at that first meeting. It was nice to know her background; to often we do not know our dance instructors’ background. Fast forward to five years later, Taylor’s love for dance is strong. Carla
brought a whole new level of dance for Taylor. Carla never failed to challenge Taylor to push more, try harder, and learn new moves. And Taylor’s leaps and turns have improved beyond measure! This is
due to Carla’s leaps and turns class.
Carla’s choreography always challenged Taylor for more than she (Taylor) thought she had, but Carla has always brought out the best of Taylor. Carla has choreographed Taylor’s solos, a trio, and several team numbers. Many of these placed well at competitions. Typically Taylor’s solos placed in the overall category at competitions and normally always took first in category for the age group.
In addition to working on the dance floor with her dancers she also shows that she cares about them as a person and their overall health. I know my daughter is close with Carla; and I know Carla cares about my daughter as more than just a dancer. She knows Taylor’s ambitions and fully supports them." -- Cynthia