"Dance elevates the soul, addresses the spirit, and enchants the human experience."
- Joy MacKinnon
Studio Bulletin Board
Welcome to MacKinnon Dance Academy! We welcome you and your child to our wonderful school. We are entering our 40th year in Ventura County. During this time, hundreds of beautifully trained dancers have gone on to pursue dance or art careers.
MacKinnon Dance Academy has been “turning out” dance students in the City of Oxnard since 1976. During that time, thousands of dancers have experienced the wonder, exhilaration, discipline, and joy of expressing themselves through the art of dance. I am proud to offer the opportunity to study dance to all members of our community. MacKinnon Dance Academy has students of every race, every color, every body-type and every skill level who happily fit in to the total scheme of ‘dance is for all to enjoy’.
Nine years ago we moved from our Wagon Wheel facility to our new home at the Palm’s Shopping Center in Oxnard. Since then we have also expanded our studio space and now occupy 7400 square feet of space in which to train our dancers. My staff of dedicated professionals are completely devoted to instructing their students. They take the time to plan their classes, carefully select their music (age appropriateness is a must at MacKinnon’s) and to bring their enthusiasm and knowledge into the classroom for each class session.
Students as young as three years old begin their dance life at MacKinnon’s, and many continue through high school and often college. Our curriculum includes classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Polynesian (taught by Josie “Kealoha” Ramirez who has been with MacKinnon's for over 20 years), and Scottish Highland Competitive Dancing. We are the only school in Ventura County that offers Scottish Highland Dancing. Joy MacKinnon is accredited by the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dance) and Susie Eskridge is accredited by the SCTA (Scottish Dance Teachers of America).
Many of our students have gone on to pursue careers in dance or dance-related endeavors. Most take their dance training with them to support their excellence in other areas. Dance study produces individuals who also acquire additional attributes in life. For example: enhanced self-esteem, confidence, poise, teamwork and elevated social skills.
Our classes begin and end on time, our staff is friendly and welcoming, our classrooms are bright and comfortable, and our lessons are comprehensive and detailed.
We offer beginning and advanced level classes for both children and adults.
I hope you will visit us soon. Observe our classes, talk with our teachers, and ultimately enroll in MacKinnon Dance Academy. Whether you sign up for fun, or are determined to become a professional dancer – we have a place for you.
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