11.9.31 - 12.12.08

Joan Martin, founder of Dance Arts Center of McKinney & Lewisville, developed them into one of the finest dance programs in the area. She danced professionally with her cousin Bill Miller on television and in numerous shows throughout the southwest. Joan was a kind and caring teacher and was loved by her many students and instructors. She was tremendously proud of the students and instructors that form the "Joan Martin Dancers" since 1953 in McKinney and 1974 in Lewisville.






LouAnn is a talented dance instructor who loves working with children as well as adults.

LouAnn studied dance at the university of North Texas and the SMU Dance Department. She has taken Master Dance classes taught by Buster Cooper and has studied ballet under Jacqueline Forscher at the Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet. LouAnn believes that children are our most important assets. Parents should expose them early to the arts and we at the DANCE ARTS CENTER believe that each student should receive the best training available at an affordable price.


After working many years for General Electric Co. and owning his own delivery service he retired to help run our dance schools. He especially enjoys helping with the pre-schoolers. His kind heart and easy going manner earn him a special place with the students, instructors and parents. He and LouAnn teach the Country Western Couples Class. He was a devoted and loving husband to Joan for over 57 years.



Wendy started her dance training at the age of 2 and has loved taking classes all her life.  She excels in tap, ballet & Hip Hop.  She has progressed into a fine dance instructor.  She received her Masters Degree from Texas Woman’s University and is currently on the faculty at Quad C.  We are proud to have her.



Kris started her dance training with Joan at the age of 3 and started her student assistant teaching at twelve with LouAnn.  She has grown into a highly qualified teacher and has a true love for children.  She received her degree from the University of North Texas in child development.  She was also a member of the McKinney Marquettes, serving as captain her senior year.


Shannon started her dance training with Joan at the age of 3 and has been with the school every since.  She received her degree in education from Texas Woman’s’ University and  is currently teaching first grade in Anna Texas.  She is a very popular instructor with the kids at Dance Arts Center.



Nicole started her dance training at the age of 3 with us and we are pleased to have her on our staff.  She is excellent with children and incorporates kindness and patience into her teaching skills.  She always has a smile on her face.


  Joan Martin
  We wanted to thank everyone for all their prayers and loving thoughts for Joan. She left us Friday, December 12 th to join God and all her friends and family in Heaven. She loved every day of the 56 years she spent teaching dance to the students in the McKinney area and knowing all the family members and the people of McKinney. We miss her more than we can say.
With Love,
Perry & LouAnn
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