A Brief Background: Starting to Work with Joy of Motion Dance Studio
Sometime in 2015, Amanda first learned about Joy of Motion dance studio and the incomparable Helen Hayes. Amanda was immediately smitten by all she learned. The following year, Amanda enrolled her two daughters in dance classes at Joy of Motion.
In 2018, things got serious. Amanda upgraded her admiration of Joy of Motion to full-blown love for a place that was about to impact her daughters’ dance careers. Amanda’s daughters auditioned for and were accepted into a conservatory dance program at Joy of Motion.
In March 2020, the pandemic began. Simultaneously, loose strings of uncertainty began to unravel, exposing uncomfortable things about Joy of Motion. A series of communications and social media exchanges ultimately broke Amanda’s heart, shattering any hope that Joy of Motion would become a permanent home for her daughters’ dance education.
On August 18, 2020, Amanda received devastating news about Joy of Motion. There was only one way to go: directly to the media. The media was not interested in a story about Joy of Motion. Inspired by rejection, Amanda decided to follow her heart and tell her story in her own words.
As of September 2021, Joy of Motion obtained a new Board of Directors and pledged to make amends for past wrongs. As of September of 2022, Joy of Motion has risen from the ashes and once again opened its doors to new students … though the Socci family is no longer a part of the studio.
There is much to tell in this dramatic story.