On the heels of our “Youth Athletics and Activities” articles, we bring yet another fun and active option. This one is located right inside of the Knightdale Station new home community and gives children a chance to improve strength, coordination, and overall confidence. Located at 405 Knightdale Station Run, this option is the highly acclaimed studio, Heathers Dance Knightdale.

The girls’ at Heathers Dance build confidence…and strength as shown in this group exercise.

Why Choose Dance? Heathers Dance Knightdale has Plenty of Reasons!

Referring to heathersdanceinc.com, they explain the many ways that taking classes with Heathers Dance Knightdale can boost the confidence and spirits of your child. Detailed in the company’s “Mission Statement,”they explain the following.

“Heathers Dance was created for young dancers with the desire to improve their strength, coordination, and grace through dance.” They continue, “This is a studio where creativity, individuality, and self-expression are encouraged.” 

Later in the same statement, Heathers Dance Knightdale further explains their philosophy and how it positively affects the students. “The atmosphere at Heathers Dance is one of energy and excitement and is fully devoted to providing dancers of all ages an encouraging environment where they are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their dance education. We place special emphasis on building self-confidence.”

Mrs. Heather is very hands on in helping the youngsters to learn and feel comfortable in their performing.

How Old is Too Old? And How Young is Too Young to Start my Dancing Journey?

Many kids or parents may wonder “what ages is too early or late to start” when deciding on dance. At Heathers Dance Knightdale, that choice is really up to you and your child. They offer classes for as young as 3 year olds, all the way up to 12th graders.

The classes are broken into respective age groups as necessary. However, outside of a few classes aimed specifically to the 3-5 year olds, most are open for all ages.

Heathers Dance Inc. Knightdale: The “Princess Academy,” More for the “Young-Ins,” and For All Ages

The array of classes available at Heathers Dance Knightdale are almost all comprehendable and offered to all ages other than a few. These would be for the younger dancers (age 3-5) and is called the “The Princess Academy.” 

Both the “Princess Academy,” and the other 3-5 year old exclusive class are explained in detail at the company website. These give an explanation of the class and what the youngsters will take away from each. Below are the official age groups, and specific class descriptions quoted directly from heathersdanceinc.com.

“Individuality and self-expression are both encouraged” at Heathers Dance Inc.

Princess Academy (3-5 year olds)

The Princess Academy is a program for young dancers. This program engages dancers to learn appropriate terminology in a fun and creative way. Princess Academy classes include “Tutu Cuties” (ages 3-4) and “Fairytale Dance” (ages 4-5).

Dancers will receive an introduction to beginning ballet and tap movement. Likewise, students will develop basic fundamental skills, dance terminology, creative movement, and gain flexibility. 

Princess Academy classes are a great way for dancers to try multiple styles while meeting new friends and having fun. A graduation ceremony and personalized certificate will conclude this season. 

Classes from all age groups at Heathers Dance get their critique and individually work with instructors on getting “recital ready.”

Tumble and Twirl (3-5 year olds)

Your dancer will learn tumbling skills on a mat in a safe, structured environment. This class will help your dancer increase strength and flexibility while working on their motor skills from a different perspective!

Ballet Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)

As the foundation of all dance, Ballet emphasizes precision, balance and strong technique. Ballet helps to develop poise, grace, proper alignment and posture, technique, control, and flexibility. Ballet class will include stretching, barre work, class etiquette, ballet technique and ballet choreography.

Tap Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)

Tap is an American dance form. The focus of this dance is energetic rhythm, musicality and strength. This form of dance helps develop coordination in the ankles and feet. Our Tap Classes incorporate “Broadway” and “Rhythm” style tap dancing.

Jazz Class (Kindergarten- Grade 12)

We provide our students with all different forms of jazz. These classes are popular with all ages. Jazz focuses on isolations, flexibility, rhythm, leaps, and turns. Emphasis will focus on proper technique, alignment, and posture. Jazz students benefit from the knowledge of ballet, and we strongly encourage our students to incorporate ballet into their dance schedule.

Ballet, Jazz, and Tap are just a few of the class offerings at Heathers.

Lyrical/Contemporary (Grade 2-Grade 12)

Lyrical/Contemporary is a form of dance that gives students the opportunity for self-expression, while finding a connection to music and choreography. The dancer will explore movement, space, rhythm, and creativity. Dancers will grow their technique as well using their creativity.

Hip-Hop (Grade 3- Grade 12)

Hip-Hop is an upbeat and high-energy class. We encourage beginners and dancers with experience to join! The studio will choose age appropriate music selections for each level. It is a very energetic form of dance that can be choreographed or improvised.

Tumbling (Ages 4 and up)

Tumbling is comprehensive gymnastics training from beginners to advanced, in all aspects of floor tumbling. This includes cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers, handsprings, intricate passes, aerials, and much more. Tumbling classes are great for improving motor skills, flexibility, strength, fitness, and self-esteem.

Boosting confidence and self-esteem through dance is one of the main goals at Heathers Dance Inc.

Progressive Program (Grade 4 and Up)

At Heather’s Dance we strive to nurture and cultivate the next generations’ artist through dance of all genres. The Progressive Program is an invitation only program for those dancers who show desire, ability and commitment and passion in their dance practice. Progressive Program classes meet multiple times a week, require year around training, and our instructors do evaluations are several times a year. This program includes all different styles of dance.

Share in Our Vision and Our Purpose

The Heather’s website also explains the importance of their vision. Not only the importance it carries to them, but alos to you and your child once becoming a part of the Heathers Dance,Inc. Knightdale family.

 “It is important to us at Heathers Dance that all members of our team members share our vision, our purpose and beliefs that encompasses everything we do both in and outside of our classes.” 

It continues to say the following. “Mrs. Heather shares her visions with our instructors, and our office staff members at our studio and it is the driving force behind every interaction with our students and their families.”

They conclude, “We care and love each one of our dancers. We value and appreciate each one of our dancers and their families.”

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After documenting three of the top Knightdale NC Restaurants in our last post, we now move along to the Top 3. In this article, we continue with our rankings based on the scoring and reviews of customers at Trip Advisor.


The delicious New York style pizza at Grand Street Pizza comes in several crust types including Sicilian (shown).

Once again, we excluded any national chain or fast-food restaurants from this listing. Also, in our naming these top three Knightdale NC Restaurants, we only included those eateries receiving a minimum of 20 reviews at Trip Advisor.

“Eating My Way Through the Menu” at iPho Sushi Kitchen and Bar

Located at 4001-H Wide Waters Parkway and featuring Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine is iPho Sushi Kitchen and Bar. Giving a self- description at there own official website (see here), the top-ranked Japanese spot in Knightdale says the following.

“We serve creative sushi and traditional Vietnamese dishes in a fun, social and family-oriented environment.” They continue, “We deliver our sushi items in an elegant eye-catching decoration and presentation and our kitchen traditional items in an individual bowl.”

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In addition to its incredibly fresh, made to order sushi, iPho Sushi Kitchen and Bar makes many great Japanese and Vietnamese dishes.

Not only do the great staff at iPho serve up delicious, fresh sushi and all traditional Japanese favorites, but they also offer up vegetarian and vegan options as well. One woman, who is a regular iPho customer spoke of her love for the array of menu choices offered, starting by saying, “Eating My Way Through the Menu.”

She went on to say, “This place is amazing. My 2019 New Years resolution was to eat all the way through the menu.” Staying true to her resolution, she added this. “I have been here 6 times and I love everything I have ever had.”

Yet another customer that visits Knightdale NC Restaurants from their home off the Carolina coast makes this a stop each time through town. “Amazing!!!… The service was splendid…great genuine smile and so helpful, ” they started. ”
Moving from great service to the great food, the reviewer concludes, “The sushi was just perfect. Please try this amazing place. Wow!”

NY Diner: “The Best Breakfast in K’Dale!!!”

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The classic diner atmosphere, coupled with a great breakfast and traditional diner classic dishes and sandwiches make NY Diner a hit.

When many people think “breakfast,” they think to a simpler time gone by and to a classic diner setting. Well, no need to “think back” any more, just head over to 909 McKnight Drive and the NY Diner. Consequently, just like any classic diner, the number two on our list of Knightdale NC Restaurants has much more than just breakfast, as lunch, dinner and all points between are equally as authentic and delicious.

“A great authentic NY Diner,” one reviewer starts. “We went for breakfast while visiting family. Great menu with lots of options.” This “New Yorker” continued, “Service was attentive and fast and food was delicious. Being from NY it’s hard to find an authentic diner menu; this one is close! We’ll definitely go back.”

Giving more accolades to NY Diner, another reviewer gave a “tip of the cap” to the old style diners.”This place reminds me of the great diners that used to line the US Highways.” He goes on, “Food was very good, service fast and the prices are reasonable. We met some old friends in area and tried it based on other strong recommendations. Very good experience.”

The Top Reviewed of All Knightdale NC Restaurants is Grand Street Pizza


In addition to its pizza and wings, Grand Street Pizza also has delicious strombolis, calzones, sandwiches, and so much more.

“If you love New York style pizza, you will love Grand Street,” boasts one reviewer. This former NY resident who know calls Knightdale home, went further in praising our number one among Knightdale NC restaurants.

“Grand Street Pizza is the truth.” He continued his complimentary tone speaking about the restaurant located at 911 McKnight Drive. “It was a struggle to find good pizza when I move to North Carolina, then I discovered Grand Street Pizza after moving to Knightdale. The food is wonderful, the staff is fabulous. He concludes, “Pizza is one of the few things that I miss about living in New York, and this is a place where I can get my pizza fix.”

As with the previous listing on our Knightdale NC Restaurants listing the appeal of NY Diner is equally as great with local residents. “Awesome food,” starts one 20-year resident of the Raleigh area. “Best pizza in the Triangle. We’ve been here 20 years and I’m glad we found this place.” She concludes, “Most excellent.”

In summary of the number one ranked of our Knightdale NC Restaurants, we fittingly turn to one more customer review. This is from another Knightdale resident, who starts by saying the following. “Great pizza by the pie or by the slice, and other great menu options.” She goes on, “This is one of the few places my whole family will agree upon. Friendly and consistantly great food.”

In conclusion, this reviewer sums up Grand Street by saying it is “no doubt the best pizza in town.”

This wraps up our two part series on Knightdale NC Restaurants. To see more reviews on any and all of those we touched on, visit tripadvisor.com.

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The youngsters in town have many choices in the upcoming year. Whether they enjoy, music or sports or whatever else they prefer, the town parks and recreation department deliver! In the upcoming months alone, there are several great programs and Knightdale Youth Activities that the kids can sign up for.

In this and our next post, we will discuss many of the great Knightdale Youth Activities that your youngsters have the option of trying. 

The Music and Movement program offers children a chance to realize their talents and make some friends in. doing so.

Music and Movement: Getting Creative with Knightdale Youth Activities

Starting on January 7 and running every Tuesday throughout the month will be the Music and Movement program. The classes will be held each week from 10:30- 11:00 a.m. at the Knightdale Recreation Center.

According to the Town of Knightdale website, these fun-filled, and stimulating Knightdale Youth Activities are described as follows.

“A creative atmosphere where your child will interact with their peers through a variety of movement and music-based activities.”

It continues describing the program, stating. “We will do dancing, jumping, basic tumbling, ball and sports activities, parachute, instruments and other fun things that will vary each class to keep your child interested and learning along with our theme.”

The Knightdale Recreation Center is located at 102 Lawson Ridge Road in Knightdale.

Schedule for Knightdale’s Music and Movement Programs

  • Red- Tuesday, January 7th
  • Blue- Tuesday, January 14th
  • Green- Tuesday, January 21st
  • Yellow- Tuesday, January 28th

Knightdale Youth Activities Feature Sports for all Seasons

The sports available for both girls and boys as a part of the Knightdale Youth Activities offer plenty of options as well. Each of these active lifestyles, and of course giving your best effort. Supporting this is a statement from knightdalenc.gov that reads as follows.

“Knightdale Youth Athletics are designed to provide a competitive recreation opportunity that promotes fitness and well-being to participants in a team sports setting. Knightdale Youth Athletic Programs aim to encourage participation, sportsmanship, skill development, and fun.”

Tennis Academy: A Newer Option for the Knightdale Kids

Each Tuesday night through out the winter the Knightdale Tennis Academy will help build and develop the fundamentals of the sport.

Also, this first year that the “Tennis Academy” is offered among Knightdale Youth Activities. Partnering with the Raleigh Tennis association and Try Tennis, the town is excited to add the choices for the kids.

The “Tennis Academy” is a clinic that will build and develop fundamental skills in the attendees. It will feature guest instruction and speakers in addition to hands-on training.

This program will run on Tuesday nights throughout the winter. These following is today; schedule of event

Knightdale Tennis Academy Tuesday Night’s Schedules

(No Clinic on December 17)

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.– Ages 5-10
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.- Ages 11-17
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.– Ages 18 and up

Introducing the Knightdale Volleyball Academy

Likewise, there will be a Knightdale Volleyball Clinic starting this spring.

Another new program for Knightdale Youth Activities is the Volleyball Academy. Described at the official town of Knightdale website as a “skill development clinic including instruction from Raleigh Volleyball Club coaches, players, and guest speakers.

These new programs will begin in April and the clinic will be two nights a week. As noted above, the Knightdale Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with the Raleigh Volleyball Club for this first-ever Volleyball Academy. Registration is from February 1-March 15.

In our second and final post for this series, we will take a look at several other Knightdale Youth Activities. Many of these activities will be taking place at Knightdale Station Park. To see more on the activities and ongoings at Knightdale Station Park, visit knightdalestation.com. For all upcoming Town of Knightdale activities, visit knightdalenc.com.