Intuit Grant ‘Floors’ Dance Teacher in Virginia

Melissa Floyd never envisioned owning and operating her own dance studio. But when the opportunity to help others presented itself, she couldn’t turn away the talented young performers who needed her.

“I was teaching for another studio locally and, unfortunately, there were some parents unhappy with the way things were going,” Floyd recalls. “I had a father come up to me and tell me that, if I didn’t do something on my own, his daughters would probably not ever dance again, because other places were too far for him to commute with the girls, one of whom was 11 and the other about 14.”

So, in 1999, Floyd opened the Shenandoah Academy of Dance, a quaint ballet studio in Buena Vista, Va. “I never wanted to get into the hassle of running a business,” she insists. “But that’s essentially why I did what I did … to make sure those two girls got to dance.”

As it turns out, she says, “the 11-year old went on to earn a degree from Brigham Young University in ballet and now teaches in local studios.”

For more than a decade, Floyd has cultivated her dance studio into a beacon of hope and opportunity for youngsters in the low-income region where Shenandoah is located. “If kids work hard and show promise but they can’t pay, I can’t turn them away,” she says. “It’s not something I’m comfortable doing. In some cases, dancing is all that they have.”

Conversely, Floyd — a nurse by profession — has put all that she has into the studio.

“Right now, I’m not doing as much nursing, because I’m trying to focus more on my business. While I was working full-time, I worked night shifts so that I could sleep during the day and teach in the afternoons and evenings,” she says.

In fact, the only thing working harder than Floyd is her studio’s aging and battered dance floor, upon which some 30 promising students continue to train. “We have been dancing on the same flooring surface since 1999,” Floyd explains in her wish to the Small Business Growing Strong campaign by Intuit. “It would be amazing to be able to replace the floor. A grant of this size would be perfect since my family and I would lay the floor ourselves, leaving just the expenses of the actual materials. Since the studio tuition simply pays the rent, this grant would be a godsend to my students!”

Floyd and her students are doing a happy dance in response to the news that Intuit will provide new flooring at Shenandoah Academy of Dance. “It’s going to expand what I can offer,” Floyd says, clearly eager to give even more to the dancers and the community that she adores.

Intuit’s Small Business Growing Strong campaign is announcing one winner a day through May 24, 2013. Check out the list of current winners, and find out if yours is one of the wishes we’ve granted!

 

About Michael Essany

Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and nationally published author who was recognized by A&E Biography in 2005 as "One of America's Most Remarkable People." Michael currently serves as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company, LLC.
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57 comments
Opas Soap
Opas Soap

Congratulations! This is awesome! Crossing our fingers as well! =)

Noel Silva
Noel Silva

For anyone interested in working from home and making good money...I work from home and love it so I thought I would introduce my Intuitfriends to it! This business does not require you to maintain an inventory, ship or mail anything, OR use the telephone to call prospects!!! If you want information on it, PLEASE ADD ME AS A FRIEND & SHOOT ME A MESSAGE ASKING FOR INFO!!!

Jacque Zirtzman
Jacque Zirtzman

Contratulations from Lifting others Visions Effectively!

Susan Bob Alexander
Susan Bob Alexander

so many wonderful small businesses out there! I thank all the owners who are out there working so hard to make a go of it for all of us. Keep working hard and never give up. Miracles do happen!

Sam Robinson
Sam Robinson

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BelowFive No Cents
BelowFive No Cents

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Debbie Goodrich
Debbie Goodrich

Congratulations on getting a new floor. What an amazing wish come true!

Jen Lawton
Jen Lawton

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Angela Lloyd-Briggs
Angela Lloyd-Briggs

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Kevin Chestnut
Kevin Chestnut

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Kim Zoe Cook-Fallon
Kim Zoe Cook-Fallon

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Erin Seaman Dean
Erin Seaman Dean

Wow congrats!!!! As a former dancer I know how much this means.

Missy Belcher Floyd
Missy Belcher Floyd

Thank you, Intuit! Thank you for generously helping to support the small businesses! Throughout this campaign, I have read some amazing entries … so many out there trying to benefit other people’s lives, animal rights, their communities or just out there trying to make a living for themselves and their families .. so many deserving businesses. I am humbled and honored to be among the chosen winners of this campaign. Thank you, Intuit, for believing in my story. A huge thank you goes to my many friends, family and supporters as I continue to try to improve my own business even beyond this campaign. I am grateful … truly grateful! Mom … nice work on the nightly Rosary! Thank you, again, Intuit. As I stated in my wish … this is truly a God send for my students!