Leesville's Premier Dance Studio
Leesville's Premier Dance Studio
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.
**SOME DATES OR TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
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 closed) December 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 closed) April 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
During the regular dance year, our office will be open Monday-Friday 2-6 PM. Our receptionist, Mrs. Shirley, will be happy to help you in any way she 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.
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.
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.