WASHINGTON - This year, the Jones-Haywood Dance School celebrates 75-years of excellence.
It was started at a time when African-American dancers had no options to study classical ballet.
Today, the school is thriving and continues to provide a high-quality education to students of all ethnicities.
"It's not only about dance," said artistic director Sandra Fortune-Green. "We are raising children through dance."
The school was founded under the leadership of dance pioneers Doris Jones and Claire Heywood in 1941.
Fortune-Green’s connection to those women and her passion for her students shines through.
"I never want to disappoint her," said Noelle McKoy, a student of the class. "Because even though she may get under my skin sometimes…I know it's love."
The Jones-Haywood Dance School alums, like Brandye Lee, have all benefited from the schools balance of discipline and love.
In addition to ballet and point, the school offers tap and jazz – and classes start for children as young as 4-years-old.
For more on the school click here: http://www.joneshaywood.com/