"I have enjoyed Joy of Dance and what they have to offer in so many ways. Not only do they take their job seriously, but they make sure the kiddos are having fun while learning. Being a new Principal I was looking for an activity for my school that my kids could grow and learn from. Joy of Dance is that. Communication is key when it comes to running any kind of business and Joy of Dance is always on top of that. Our families love Joy of Dance and I am starting to see just why. Thank you, Joy of Dance, for making memories with our kiddos that will honestly last a lifetime."

Tysean Tucker

Principal – Chesterbrook Academy Preschool at Fairlakes

“The students that are enrolled in the program absolutely love participating each Monday. They love to go back to class and show their friends each position or move they learn. I am very impressed with the knowledge these ladies have retained over the weeks and have heard excellent feedback from the families.”

Lacie Russell

Business Manager; LePort School Aldie

“Joy of Dance is fantastic! Students are happily learning dance in a comfortable environment while they are engaged in physical development, concept building, and acquiring a variety of fun dance techniques. The uniforms are adorable, the recitals are priceless and the parents are very satisfied!”

Amy L. Henneberg

Academy Director; La Petite Academy

“Personally, I had the privilege of studying with Marilyn as a dance student. Later, I pursued her expertise in the field of dance education. After in depth research, I sought to implement her program in my dance studio of 600 students, DanceWorks Conservatory in Leawood, KS. Her program is unrivaled in this area. Fortunately, ‘Joy of Dance’ is a program that can leave the dance studio and be just as effective ‘on the road’. Marilyn’s quality of instruction is unparalleled. I am in awe of her abilities.”

Loren Whittaker

Former Adjunct Professor University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Dance

Years ago, in 2009, you advised me, as I turned an unused hallway in our basement into a ‘dance room.’ My daughter Katrina Rakusan was six, and enrolled in Joy of Dance at Westgate Child Care Center. I wanted a space where she could show me what she’d learned to tap. You pointed me toward a Rosco dance surface. Her instructor also suggested, “Watch her. Come to shows. Let her know you love seeing her dance. The rest will come.”

Katrina is now a high school senior. Last spring, her dance studio closed due to COVID and her school’s Color Guard abruptly ceased rehearsals. Missing dance, she auditioned at the Kintz-Mejia Academy of Ballet, via Zoom. Despite our dance room’s low ceiling, she has managed to do barre work for Ms. Linda Kintz several times a week. Their focus on technique has been one of the best parts of her ’new normal.’ As she heads off to college, she hopes to continue taking ballet technique lessons, as her schedule permits.

I wish to thank you — for fostering her joy in dance!

Chris Stuebner

Joy of Dance Parent