Today we’d like to introduce you to India Demings.
Hi India, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I began my dance journey at the age of 11 years old. My sisters and I received a scholarship from the late Miami-Dade County Commissioner, the Arthur Teele to attend the Inner City’s Children’s Touring Dance Company under the direction of Ms. Florene Litchcut Nichols. There I studied ballet, Tap, modern, Dunham, lindy hop and hip-hop dance techniques. Thereafter, I attended Charles R. Drew Middle School Magnet Dance and then Miami Northwestern Performing and Visual Arts Center for Dance. I graduated in 1998 and got accepted into Bethune Cookman College later becoming a member of the Marching Wildcats Band maintaining a position as a section leader and Captain of the 14 Karat Gold Dancers. After three years of membership, I decided to form my own dance organization on Campus called Essence Performing Arts Dance Group serving as director and choreographer for two years. I graduated from BCC May 2003 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. I then went of to pursue a career with the Department of Juvenile Justice serving as a Sr. Juvenile Detention Officer and Field Training Officer for two years. I then served as a Sr. Juvenile Probation Officer and Department Trainer for eight years. In 2012 after teaching dance throughout Orlando, I decided to leave the Department of Juvenile Justice to pursue my dream to open my own dance studio. I started out with six kids… It was a struggle but with faith, tenacity and perseverance I continued; now Just Dance Too Performing Arts Dance Company has been a successful business for eight years. With a curriculum in ballet, contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Liturgical, tap and hip-hop, students are exposed to the art and are able to advance within the dance and Performing Arts industry with the self-esteem and confidence gained from Just Dance Too.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There were many struggles… struggles to keep up with the rent every month without going up on tuition. Struggles to keep students enrolled. Struggles to maintain my marriage while trying to keep a new business afloat.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Just Dance Too Performing Arts Dance Company?
Just dance too is the sister company to Simone’s Just Dance, Miami, FL. Yeap we are actually sisters. Both companies work hand to hand, focusing on the same mission and vision which is to make the arts accessible to all kids while making sure they are afforded the same opportunities as everyone else. We travel between the studios to ensure both studios are on the same page with training and any performances that are scheduled. Recently, we were invited to perform at Superbowl 2020 in Miami, Fl. We are mentors first. We make sure kids are responsible and accountable. Our goal is to make sure our kids develop the self-esteem and confidence not only to become world-class dancers but productive citizens within our society as well. Our kids go on to dance professionally and they aspire to become dance teachers and mentors.
My vision for Just Dance is to open a bigger studio so that there isn’t a limit on the amount of kids. Also to be able to provide full and partial scholarships to underprivileged youth.
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