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Best Dance School

Patti’s All-American Gymnastics

Location: 1530 Joliet St., Dyer

Patti Komara is proud of the reputation her facility has, and credits her success to her hard-working staff, their friendly nature and their attention to detail.

“We have been in business 48 years, and pride ourselves on our cleanliness, friendliness and attention to detail,” she says. “We figure out what the customer needs and wants and are there for them.”

Patti’s All-American Gymnastics employs 44 people and serves 1,500 students in all of their gymnastics, dance, swim and preschool programs. Roughly 450 of those students are enrolled in the dance program at Patti’s, she says.

While other dance schools might focus on competition performances, Komara prides herself in being a performance school, with recitals around the holidays and in the spring.

“We start at age 2 with a Mom and Me class,” she says. Many who start at such a young age stay and continue their dance education through Patti’s.

She also credits their success to long-time teacher Robin Arvanitis, who has been with the school for more than 20 years.

“She is phenomenal,” Komara says.


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