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Daily Inspiration: Meet Isha Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Isha Williams.

Hi Isha, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Ice Studios School of Dance began as an exercise class for children and adults as of August 2008 with only 11 students. Now fast forward to 13 years later, we are now teaching over 100 youth per month in teaching a variety of dance classes and providing healthy snacks to over 100 families per week. Our program offers affordable dance classes, performances for the community, work-study programs, and scholarships for students in need.

The educational component of our program consists of college prep classes, financial classes, free youth mentorship services, and Health and Nutrition Fitness workshops. ICE STUDIOS provides a creative space using dance, theatre, and physical fitness with inspired themes, music, and curriculum for youth ages 2 to 18. We strive to condition the bodies and minds of young people to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We spend over 80 hours each month creating a Legacy to make a significant difference in helping youth become healthy young adults. We also offer outreach dance programs to In-school and Afterschool programs, churches, and community centers.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Ice Studios School of Dance was a long time coming; it took us nine years to be able to hire extra staff members, find good workers and our biggest challenge of most is getting the funding. We have done a great job and sustaining ourselves for the last 13 years but still need help in finding board members, funding, paying for a full-time director and administrative time, lastly, affording a building we can grow into.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Some of the work that I have done are: Does Graphic Design, Mentorship Program for High School Students (College prep), Songwriter and Singer (Started a singing group back in 2007 called I. AM). Used to be a Youth Program associate for 12 years and Youth Educator 4 yours for the University of Missouri Jackson county 4-H.

Places I have taught at: Chameleon Arts Youth Center, Tajazz School of Dance, Citizens of the World Dance Club, Westridge Middle School- Dance Club, Belvedere Elementary School- Dance club, African Center College Prep School- Dance Club, Martin City Elementary Dance Club, Theater of imagination, Providence School of the Arts and City in Motion Dance Studio.

I specialize in Choreographing, Songwriting, Mentoring, Youth Programing, Graphic Design, Teaching entrepreneurship, Show productions. What am I known for? Starting my own dance studio and mentoring youth. I most proud of starting my own dance studio and becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

What matters most to you? Why?
What matters to me the most is making the students I teach become healthy young adults and gain opportunities, resources and knowledge that I never had at their age. I did not have a mentor growing up and I want to make sure when I come across a talented student or a child in need that they get everything they need to be successful.

Pricing:

  • Donating to program to help a student in need. $350 covers for one full semester of classes one student or $175 for a half semester.
  • Private Dance Lessons. 1 student $35 hour (the more students the less per hour)
  • Re-Branding- Starts at $35 an hour
  • Dance Classes Start at $27 per month

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Image Credits
Christine Hines

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