Leesville's Premier Dance Studio

(337) 239-6690



Leesville's Premier Dance Studio

(337) 239-6690




JKDC Stars present: JKDC in lights

The Joan Kathey Dance Center Stars invites you to join us for this year's recital: JKDC In Lights. The Junior show begins at 2pm and the Senior show begins at 6pm on Saturday June 3rd in the LHS Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 11. Children 2 and under get in for free! If you would like to purchase a ticket for both performances the adult price is $20 and for children 3-11 the price is $10. If you have any questions, contact the studio and we will get back with you as soon as possible. Check out our Facebook page for up to the minute announcements and information. We look forward to seeing you there!!!


Welcome to Our Dance Family...


Joan Kathey Dance Center STARS has been a prominent member of the Leesville area for nearly 50 years. Nestled next to our sister community, Fort Polk, we have touched the lives of young dancers around the world.

Here at JKDC STARS we pride ourselves in providing our young dancers with the skills, expertise, and knowledge of multiple forms of dance which will enable them to be their personal best. We strive to provide them with a professional experience through an excellent teaching staff and instill in them a sense of self worth and self efficacy. 

We are affiliated with the Cecchetti Council of America. For more information regarding this national council please visit 


Important Dates for the 2016-2017 Dance Year


  • West Louisiana Dance Theatre Intensive:  August 8-26, 2016

  • 1st Day of Dance: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

  • Fair Day (studio closed): October 6-7, 2016 opens October 10th, 2016

  • Fall Cecchetti Exams and Master Classes: October 28-30, 2016

  • West Louisiana Dance Theatre "Nutcracker" rehearsals: November 5th, 12th, 19th-22nd

  • Thanksgiving Break (studio closed): November 21-25 studio opens November 28th, 2016

  • Nutcracker Week (studio closed): December 5-9 studio opens December 12th, 2016

  • West Louisiana Dance Theatre's 4th Annual productions of the timeless Christmas classic Nutcracker *Field trip shows: Thursday, December 8th - Friday, December 9th. Call (337) 424-8772 for more field trip information. *Evening shows are: December 9th at 7pm and December 10th at 7:30pm. Venue is LHS. Tickets available at the door.

  • Christmas Break (studio closedDecember 19-30, 2016 studio opens January 2nd, 2017

  • Mardi Gras Break (studio closed) February 27-28 studio opens March 1st, 2017

  • Recital Pictures will be scheduled on weekends in March and April at Hodges Gardens State Park

  • Easter Break (studio closedApril 14-21 studio opens April 24th, 2017

  • Spring Cecchetti Exams and Master Classes: April 2017

  • Mandatory Recital Rehearsals at LHS: May 25 - June 1, 2017

  • Dress Rehearsal: June 2nd, 2017

  • Recital: June 3rd, 2017


Studio Information

Studio Information


Studio Hours

During the regular dance year, our office will be open Monday-Thursday 2:30-9:30 pm and Friday 2:30-6pm.  Our receptionists, Mrs. April and Mrs. Shirley, will be happy to help you in any way they can.  The office is a "mad house" the first month- please be patient with our staff.

Our summer hours are Monday-Thursday 3-5 PM.  Mrs. Sandy will be in the office at this time to register students for the Fall Session and to answer any questions you might have.  These hours begin July 6th. 


Registration Days

Our registration days are in the month of August. The 2015-2016 dance year registration days will be August 15th and 22nd from  9AM-4PM. We have a bonus registration day this year on Thursday, August 27th from 3-7PM.  During this time, we register new dancers, pass out dance schedules, review policies/procedures, and show our classrooms. Remember our Registration Fee is $35.00 and this is due upon enrollment.  



Upon enrollment you will be asked to sign a contract stating you understand the dates for Recital Practices and Recital and giving us permission to use your child's photograph on this website and our Facebook page. If you do not wish for your child to participate in recital or for his/her picture to appear on the web please let us know.  We aim to please our parents and want everyone involved to have a happy experience.



If a student is going to be absent from dance class we ask that the parent or dancer call the studio to let the teacher know.  This is especially helpful during recital time when teachers need every student to be in every class for choreography.  


Bad Weather

We will use our own discretion as to whether or not the studio will be closed when Vernon Parish Schools are closed due to weather. We will post our closing on the studio Facebook page "Joan Kathey Dance Center Stars" and announce it on KJAE's radio station. There will also be a voice message on our answering machine. Please check any of the locations when you have a school weather day. The studio is unable to make up classes for weather days.