The Conservatory was voted best Best Dance Studio or School in Columbia for 2013 by readers of the Free Times. They wrote:
The Columbia Conservatory of Dance, celebrating its 25th year of operation, offers classes from ballet to hip-hop and jazz. And classes are offered for young children to adults. William Starrett, Columbia City Ballet’s executive director, opened the school with Mariclare Miranda, a prima ballerina with City Ballet from 1997 to 2006. If one is pursuing a dance career, a school that feeds into a professional company is a good place to start.