The McGowan family moved to San Tan Valley in 2014 and fell in love with the small community feel. When it came time to find a dance studio for their daughter however, options were limited, and they weren't finding what they were looking for. That's when Mindy McGowan decided it was time to open a studio of her own where she could bring in top-notch instructors to provide a supportive environment for students to thrive in life and dance.
Mindy first started teaching dance twenty years ago, and while it has always been her number one passion, Mindy received her Bachelor's degree from Arizona Christian University in Youth Ministry with plans for a career in counseling teenagers. Life has taken different turns over the years, but with the opening of Freedom Danceworks, a new premier dance studio at Ocotillo & Kenworthy, Mindy is hoping she can still impact the lives of her dance students.
"Creating a safe space for kids and teens to be free to be themselves, where every student who walks through the doors feels known and valued," says Mindy, "is when true freedom happens!"
Freedom Danceworks has moved into their new studio at 40779 N. Kenworthy Rd in San Tan Valley and is thrilled to already have more than 50 students enrolled in ballet, hip hop, tumbling, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, and tap. "We've been blown away by the support of our community in this endeavor," says Mindy. "We really do live in the best community with the best neighbors!"
The new studio is offering both a Recreational Program for beginning levels (ages 2 and up) and a Mastery Program for advanced students. Adults also have a chance to choose from more than 15 dance and fitness classes, including yoga and pilates.
This Saturday, March 23rd, Freedom Danceworks will be celebrating their Grand Opening with a "Fun Fair" from 11am-2pm. They will have games, bounce houses, food trucks, a petting zoo, and studio tours. The whole family is invited to attend. Entry and activities are free.
Interested in classes? Freedom Danceworks always offers a free trial class, and if you register by March 31st, you will save 50% off April tuition. You can find more information at their website: www.freedomdanceaz.com.