Our Mission is to provide quality professional training and performing opportunities for ANY child who wants to dance.
From A Few Of Our Parents
Mindy, you and your studio of teachers and helpers are truly a blessing! I can't wait to watch my daughter continue to grow in dance and life lessons with you! Thank you!Michelle Ratliff Jones
We love Mindy and the environment she creates in her studio! We drive from Boyle County and it is well worth the drive!Kelley Vock Lassiter
My girls have grown up with Miss Mindy. Poise, grace, self-confidence, friendships and true dance talent are but a few of what they have learned from her.Susan Lackney
I have two daughters who have danced in Mindy's studio. Jillian (graduating this coming May from West Jessamine) started when she was in elementary school, and Madeline (a 6th grader at West Middle) started when she was in Kindergarten. I never imagined, even in my wildest dreams, that I would become a "dance dad."
Twice a year, my home is "glitter-bombed" from the girls' dresses for the Nutcracker and Spring Recital performances. But I don't mind, because I get to see how they've grown and developed as dancers when they take the stage. And some of the photographs taken over the years are nothing less than magical.
Mindy's studio is NOTHING like what I expected when my wife suggested our daughter take up ballet to "keep her active and keep her busy." There are all kinds of girls, all shapes and sizes, all kinds of abilities - EVERYONE is welcomed. There's no obsessing about a particular "body type" or how you look - but, rather, the kind of person you are. Older girls help lead the classes for younger ones, they help keep the studio clean - in other words, there's chores...just like at home.
A few years ago, they were "short" parents in the party scene (you dress up in Dickensonian clothing and do some mild contra dances) - so my wife volunteered us. At first, I was reluctant - but now it's become a tradition (and I see how much the parents miss it, whose children graduate and move on).
Everybody talks about how inactive kids are these days - and while sports is one, clear way to get kids moving, dance is another. I can tell you my daughters have come home from rehearsals good and tired.
Mindy (and others at the studio) has become what I like to call a "third, strong voice" for my daughters. As it turns out, Hillary Clinton was right after all - it really does take a "village" (meaning ALL of us TOGETHER) to raise kids, and my kids need good, strong voices inspiring them to be the best version of themselves and pointing them (in the same direction) as their mother and I do.
I would hazard to guess that Mindy's studio is one of Nicholasville's many surprises. I don't think, coming in, you would expect something like it here...in Kentucky...in NICHOLASVILLE. And yet, here it is...flourishing with several hundred dancers (which the community sees now every Halloween for "Thriller").
My two daughters who dance for "Miss Mindy" couldn't be more different: one is quiet and introverted, the other can't wait to take the stage and loves to be the life of the party. Both have flourished at the studio. Both have learned important skills (caring for others, hard work, mastering something, etc.). And both wouldn't trade it for anything.
I am so GLAD you opened your studio in Nicholasville. You teach dance, yes. But you teach so much more than that. You know what true beauty is (and no, it has nothing to do with the size or shape), you know how to help girls believe in themselves and care for one another - and you expect them to do so. You DON'T do dance competitions - not because you don't want girls to get better - but because you want them to do so in healthy ways. THANK YOU for sticking with it. Most folks, when things get hard, just tap out or walk away. Thanks for hanging in there.
Thanks, Miss Mindy. :)Max VanderpoolLead Pastor, Generations Community Church
Almost 18 years ago I signed my 2 year old daughter up for dance at Mindy’s Jessamine School of Classical Dance. Her younger sister, Tarenne, who has Down syndrome would sit on my lap in the lobby as her big sister participated in the class. During this time I was very active on Down syndrome support boards online. A lady told a story of trying to sign her daughter who had Down syndrome up for dance classes in their community. She was met with, “we don’t have classes for kids with special needs”. The next week as the dancers came out at the end of class I hesitantly pulled Mindy aside and asked her if Tarenne would be able to take classes there. She looked at me like it was such a strange question and emphatically said, “Of course she can! I can’t wait to have her in class!”. When I explained why I was sheepish in asking she was just as upset as I was that someone would discriminate against kids who are different. A few months later she added to her brochures, “For every girl who wants to dance”.
All 4 of my daughters have danced for Mindy over the years, but Tarenne has stuck with it for 16 years! JSCD has become her home and her refuge. It is a place where she is welcome and loved…. And she knows it! She is free to be herself while in the dance studio. Mindy has inadvertently acted as Tarenne’s psychologist, physical therapist, speech therapist and educator. Tarenne is now a confident, independent 19 year old and our family knows that her successes are in a large part due to Mindy’s role in her life.Nicole T. MaherSelf Advocacy Project Coordinator, Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities