Studio

We designed our facility with families in mind, creating a comfortable waiting room with wireless internet access, a play area with books and toys for small children, and a full-service specialty coffee shop. Come enjoy espresso made with our signature coffee created exclusively for Dancing For Joy.  We also have a variety of smoothies, shakes and snacks available for purchase. Our 4000 sq. ft. studio space with sprung floors is located near the corner of Bakerview and Hannegan. We are in the Hannegan Square building located behind (south) of the shell gas station and Mcdonalds.. 

Dancing For Joy- Bellingham Campus
4073 Hannegan Road Suite F
Bellingham WA 98226
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Stompingrounds Coffee and Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 7pm 

Registered students can go directly to their class when they arrive at the studio.  Not sure where to go?  Just come to the office located in the lobby.  We’re happy to show you around the studio and point our our restrooms, water fountains, lockers and cubbies where you can store your belongings.  We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Our family friendly waiting areas are equipped with tables and chairs, books, toys, smoothies and snacks for purchase and free wireless internet access.  Our retail space includes a small inventory of dance wear such as ballet shoes, tights, leotards, and bun kits!  We even have a small selection of shoes you can borrow if you forget your own or are just trying out a class for the first time.  Dance attire requirements can be found on our What To Wear page.  

Signing up is easy through our online registration system, Studio Director.  Creating an account allows you to 

  • skip the paperwork
  • view updated schedules
  • enroll in classes 
  • see account balances and make payments online

Studio Director

 

History

The mission of Dancing for Joy is to provide quality dance instruction for every student while encouraging movements and motivations that glorify our Maker. Our goal is to create a positive learning environment for students of all ages and both genders, to develop a deeper appreciation for the performing arts.

Achieving that Mission

  • We are non-competitive yet professional.
  • We provide a healthy and safe outlet for young dancers to expand strengths, work on weaknesses, and build confidence in a loving and encouraging environment.
  • We maintain a high standard of commitment to technique in our classes.
  • We use choreography, music, and costumes that are appropriate.
  • We place an emphasis on using dance as a way to serve God and others.

History


With one student, a beautiful three year-old who loved to dance, DFJ began in April of 1998 under the arts program at Hillcrest Chapel in Bellingham.  By the end of the year, DFJ had fifteen students ranging from ages three to thirteen.  From January through May of 1999 DFJ continued to grow.  The spring session ended with 30 students. 

In July of 1999, Kurt and Maluhia were married, and moved to Seattle for a couple of years to finish Kurt’s education at Seattle Pacific University.  Maluhia danced with a company in Seattle, called Fusion Dance Company, and taught dance classes at Fusion Dance Company and at Rainer Dance Studio.  During her time in Seattle, some DFJ students continued to take lessons at Hillcrest and at other dance schools in Bellingham. 

In January of 2002, Kurt and Maluhia moved back up to Bellingham and the DFJ program began again at Hillcrest Chapel.  The winter session started with 90 students registered while the fall session (September-December 2002), had over 150 students.  This would soon prove to be too many students to continue to dance on carpet at hillcrest chapel.  

As DFJ continued to grow, God led Kurt and Maluhia to venture out into the community, to fulfill a need in bellingham, and they opened up their own dance studio.  They became an official business in December of 2002.  In January 2003, DFJ’s first studio opened, located in the Discovery Park Business Square in a space that was 850 square feet.  After six months, DFJ outgrew that space and relocated to our current location in the Hannegan Square where we nearly tripled our space.  In the fall of 2006, we had over 350 students hours!  DFJ expanded next door to create a third studio, a larger waiting room, office, and staff lounge during the summer of 2007.  Dancing For Joy currently has over 700 student hours and over 400 different students. 

Thank you to friends, family and God almighty for leading and guiding this adventure through the ups and downs of business ownership!

Sweet Water Wells - Building wells in Africa

A huge part of Dancing For Joy is community.  We value it.  Our coffee shop is proof of that!  We have a sit down area where people can enjoy a cup of coffee and share a great conversation. We invite people to be a part of things: like, building wells in Africa, the re-telling of the nativity story through dance at Christmas, and shows that are more than "recitals".  The bottom line is that we care about kids, and who they grow up to be: Artists! Creators! Dancers!  The art of motion is not just for the elite few who can make it as a career - it is for everyone who enjoys dance, and finds joy in dance.  All are welcome to be a part of the giving and artful community of Dancing For Joy.

Thank you to all of the wonderful people that make up Dancing For Joy!  It is not an entity in and of itself, but a larger community of people that make it what it is.  Thank you Teachers, Office Staff, Students, and Parents for your continued involvement and support.  Dancing For Joy would not exist without all of you!

We are dedicated to continue to do what we feel called to at dancing for joy, and making a difference in the world while we do it.  Do what you love to aid what you hate.  We hate that there are so many people in the world without the basic need of clean water.  Millions die per year because of drinking water that is unsanitary.  Over 60% of our bodies are made of water, yet so many people cannot rehydrate themselves with a clean water.  This basic need, has called us as a community to continually raise money to build wells in Africa, clean water wells for communities that are without clean water.  Dancing for Joy has built 2 wells so far and are well into our third well.  GPS coordinates will be available soon, as to the exact locations of the wells we have sponsored in Ethiopia.  If you feel led to participate in this effort financially or in other ways, please donate or ask how you can support the building of these wells at our office.  Thanks.

We raise money: Donating all of our tips from our coffee shop, raising awareness in the community, selling bottled water at our coffee shop, we have a benefit show every March near World Water Day, Special Promotions, Bake Sales, & an on-going donation area at our studio (for every dollar donated, you get to put a blue marble in a Jerry Can - It represents a drop of clean water for people that are without it).

Our partner is Evangeline International: And their program is called sweet water wells.  Every dollar goes directly to building these wells.  No monies are kept for overhead.