A Note From Mrs. Missy
Growing up in the Northeast Louisiana community, I have been blessed with a lifetime of opportunities to grow as a person and develop as an artist. There are so many wonderful people in my past that opened doors to create the opportunities that have contributed to the passion and knowledge I hold for dance, and my desire to share it with others.
I am truly grateful to the North Louisiana Community and the impact it has had on my life. Therefore, I have committed my life to the young people in our area that will secure the future for their successors and ensure their continued enrichment and appreciation of the culture and arts in North Louisiana.
In short, I am paying it forward - and I truly believe this is God's plan for my life.
- Missy Crain
Owner-Operator Missy Crain
Missy Crain has been training dancers in North Louisiana for nearly three decades. Missy Crain's passion for dance began at the early age of nine. She knew from her very first class that dance would be her way of life.
Mrs. Crain's early training began with the Twin City Ballet under the direction of Madame Cecelia Kelly and Linda Ford. Her years with the company enabled her to study under some of the world's finest ballet instructors, including Robert Joffrey, Richard Englund, and David Howard. As a principal dancer, she danced leading roles such as Cinderella, Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Odette in Swan Lake.
Mrs. Crain began teaching while still performing, and she found her teacher's heart. Sharing her love for dance would become a life-long commitment for Mrs. Crain. Missy Crain School of Dance was founded in 1984 in Monroe, LA. Soon after, she expanded the school into Oak Grove, Ruston and Calhoun.
In addition to teaching, Mrs. Crain has choreographed for many organizations, including Twin City Ballet, Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, and the Southern Association of Dance Masters. In 1984, she received the Emerging Choreographer's Award for her first work entitled "Reflections. In February of this year, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council awarded Missy Crain its prestigious "Artist of the Year Award" for her choreographic works.