Jones-Haywood Dance School celebrates 75-years of excellence

- 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.

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