Leesville's Premier Dance Studio

(337) 239-6690



Leesville's Premier Dance Studio

(337) 239-6690

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 

Please click on this link to access a PDF with this year's Policies and Procedures.  Place it on your refrigerator or somewhere close to serve as a reference for dates, policies, and expectations.

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Important Dates for the 2018-2019 Dance Year


  • 1st Day of Dance: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

  • Fair/Columbus Day (studio closed): October 4-8, 2018 opens October 9th, 2018

  • Costume Fees Due: October 15th, 2018

  • Fall Cecchetti Exams and Master Classes: October 26-28, 2018

  • Halloween (studio closed): October 31, 2018 classes resume November 1, 2018

  • Thanksgiving Break (studio closed): November 19-23, 2018 studio opens November 26th, 2018

  • Nutcracker Week (studio closed): December 3-7, 2018 studio opens December 10th, 2018

  • West Louisiana Dance Theatre's 5th Annual productions of the timeless Christmas classic Nutcracker *Evening shows are: December 7th at 7pm and December 8th at 7:30pm. Venue is LHS. Tickets available at the door.

  • Christmas Break (studio closedDecember 24th - January 7th, 2019 studio opens January 8th, 2019

  • Mardi Gras Break (studio closed) March 4-5, 2019 studio opens March 6th, 2019

  • Recital Pictures will be scheduled with the dates and location TBA 

  • Easter Break (studio closedApril 15-23, 2019 studio opens April 24th, 2019

  • Spring Cecchetti Exams and Master Classes: TBA

  • Mandatory Recital Rehearsals at LHS: May 24 - May30, 2019

  • Dress Rehearsal: May 31st, 2019

  • Recital: June 1st, 2019


Studio Information

Studio Information


Studio Hours

During the regular dance year, our office will be open Monday-Thursday 2:30-9:00 pm and Friday 3-9pm.  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 12-5 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 June 4th. 


Registration Days

Our registration days are in the month of August. The 2018-2019 dance year registration days will be August 10th and 17th from 3pm-7pm. We have 2 bonus registration days this year on Saturday, August 18th from 10am-2pm and Monday, August 20st from 3pm-7pm.  During this time, we register new dancers, pass out dance schedules, review policies/procedures, and show our classrooms. Remember our Registration Fee is $40.00 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.



Students are permitted 6 unexcused absences from class - which is equivalent to 1 1/2 months of dance. Students who miss more than the allotted classes will not be invited to participate in recital despite the purchase of costumes. Please make every effort to be present. Make up classes are available and can be scheduled through your child's teacher.


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.