Joy Johnson Is This Week's Hometown Hero

This week's Hometown Hero is dancing her way into our hearts.

Posted: Jan 30, 2021 5:28 PM
Updated: Feb 1, 2021 12:31 PM

This week's Hometown Hero is dancing her way into our hearts.

"I've always loved to dance," says Joy Johnson, Johnson's Dance Studio owner. "It was always a passion I had from a little girl."

Joy Johnson is passionate about the arts, but it's through dancing she has always found to be her spark.

"My mother just took me at four-years-old to dance class, and I had a wonderful teacher in Omaha and then we moved to Indianapolis where I had another wonderful teacher," says Johnson. "I think that's what really sealed it."

For the last 45 years, Johnson has been passing her love onto others.

"I've been teaching for a while, love it," says Johnson. "You know I'm retirement age, but have no desire to retire at this time."

But like many, COVID-19 putting a halt to the dance studio.

"It was like with everyone else," says Johnson. "We've gone through a lot of changes, problem-solving, etcetera."

Performances were postponed and classes are held socially distanced.

But despite the virus, Johnson is making sure those who want to dance are still able to in a safe way.

"They love it," says Johnson. "This is their social time. They are moving. Sometimes they can't even get in, then the music starts and they move, they move."

With each class, student, and performance, it's teachers like Joy Johnson who continue to inspire and bring hope, even when times are tough.

"You know you see them grow up, you see them three, four, five times a week sometimes as they get older," says Johnson. "And every year you see the seniors leave, it was worth it."

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