The Joy of Dance professional staff is dedicated to providing quality training to the dance student in a Godly atmosphere. The School focuses on training young dancers in excellence to use their gifts and talents to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Joy of Dance Ballet School is divided into Lower and Upper schools to maintain a level of consistency and training in excellence.

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Our Instructors

The Joy of Dance instruction team is comprised of a wide variety of dance professionals. With backgrounds ranging from certified Checchetti instructors to those using dance to spread the Gospel of Jesus across the globe, the love of both the Christ Jesus and the beauty of dance is prevalent.

Mindy Blanton

Mindy has been the owner of The Joy of Dance since 1999. She is a certified Instructor through the Checchetti Council of America. The Royal Academy of Dancing and Stott Pilates. She has been dancing since the age of 5.

Tasha Irwin

Tahsa Irwin began dancing at the age of 9 under the instruction of Carrie Mertin at The Joy of Dance School of the Arts. She has trained at Ballet Magnificat's teacher's seminars and continues dancing in The Joy of Dance Touring Company. Traveling to Sao Paulo, Brazil last summer, she used ballet to spread teh Gospel to kids in the slums, working alongside of Restoration Ministries. For four years, she has traveled to London, also using dance as a tool to spread the Good News of Jesus to Gujarati, for Indians dance is a language! Her passion is Jesus and He is the foundation and reason she continues to train and instruct girls in the excellence of ballet. "I have just one desire now, to live a life of reckless abandonment to Christ and I am putting all my strength and energy into it... and maybe... He will send me into a place where Christ's name is unknown." ~Ed McCully

Laura Yoder

The Lord has allowed dance to be a major part of my life and has taught me to use it to worship Him. I started dancing with The Joy of Dance when I was ten years old. Even at a young age, I knew that I did not want to dance to bring attention to myself, for for the glory of our King. The Lord grew that in me and allowed me to dance in an environment that encouraged my walk with Him. I began teaching when I was in high school, and continued dancing with The Joy of Dance until I left for Belhaven University, where I received my BA in Dance in 2009. It is a joy to be able to teach excellenece in techniques, while having teh opportunity to be Christ's hand and feet to His children. My heart is to contune to dance and to teach students what I have learned in dance, and trhough it bring honoro to my Savior.

Danielle Loewen

Danielle Irwin begand dancing with They Joy of Dance School of the Arts in 1997 under Carrie Martin and Mindy Blanton. She was given the opportunity to student teach at a young age and began teaching in 2003. God opened the door for DAnielle to move to Jackson, MS in 2007 and she danced in their trainee company for two years. In the fall of 2009, she moved back to the Northwest and was hired as Artistic Director and Instructor at The Joy of Dance. She gives glory to God for the opportunity to minister in Battle Ground these past years and is excited to see God move in new ways in the lives of the students.

Cassandra Shipps

Cassandra Shipps began her training with The Joy of Dance at the age of 10 and was a Teacher Trainee for two years. Auditioning and becoming a member of The Joy of Dance Touring Company came soon after she began her Teacher Training. In the summer of 2011 Cassie attended Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive in Jackson, Mississippi and in 2013 had the opportunity to participate in Paradosi Chritian Ballet Company's first Summer Dance Intensive in Seattle, Washington. Throughout her years of training at The Joy of Dance, Cassie's passion for using the art of dance to worship our Creator has continued to grow! It is in Him that she is able to dance and her desire is to continue to use this gift as a tool to worship Christ Jesus and to share the Good News with those who do no know. "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, hold and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship" Romans 12:1

Macy Rohner

Macy Rohner began her training with the The Joy of Dance at the age of 6. She was a Teacher Trainee for 5 years under 3 different Joy of Dance instructors. Dance has been a huge part in Macy's walk with Christ, as new opportunities to share the love of Jesus through dance have been revealed. Macy's passion for Christ has not only been revealed through dance, but she also takes a role in her school as a "Christian Students United" leader. Her goal is to bring hearts to Christ through the art of dance, and walking out the calling God has placed on her life. "...for the joy of the Lord is your strength." -Nehemiah 8:10

Christina Wilder

Christina Wilder was born and raised in the local Vancouver area. In her early years she trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, Pilates and character dances. In middle school she continued training in the Portland/Tigard area focusing on ballet and pointe and completed her intermediate Royal Academy of Dancing Examination. A car accident changed the focus of training herself, to training others at the age of 17. She completed a 3yr teachers course with the Royal Academy of Dancing and took courses internationally as well as all over the United States. She also studied and took courses in: child development , psychology, anatomy, pre-school dance, dance history, injury prevention, dance as worship, Vaganova syllabus, and Cecchetti syllabus. Working with Joy of Dance opened a new world of dance to Miss Christina. This introduced her to Ballet Magnificat company and dance as a worship. She worked with Joy of Dance founder Carrie Martin in the late 90's, she training her senior students for Royal Academy of Dancing exams.

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