“Founded in 1947”
Judith McCarty Hansen
"Miss Kathy" & "Miss Judy"
Studio 2, 1984
The original class of JMSD

 School History

The Judith McCarty School of Dancing is a Texarkana “original”.  The oldest dancing school in the Four States Area grew from the efforts of Judith McCarty Hansen who moved to Texarkana in 1947 and started the first dancing school in the area. 

A gifted teacher and choreographer, "Miss Judy" served as President of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing as well as Chairman of the Board of Examiners.  She was an instructor/ member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters and the Cecchetti Council of America and First President of the Texarkana Community Ballet.  

She wrote the definitive textbook on Tap Dancing, “Technique and Theory of Tap Dancing", which served as the textbook for the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing for many years.

In her 55 years of teaching, she produced professional dancers and   many teachers received their teaching training from "Miss Judy".The exceptional faculty that she put together continues the unchallenged quality and dedication to dance that "Miss Judy" demanded.

Judith McCarty School of Dancing
2524 New Boston Rd.​ Texarkana, TX 75501  
903-794-5916 or 79DANCE
"Miss Judy" circa 1938
Larkin Parker &
Miss Judy
Sunni Cranfill &
Miss Judy
Miss Judy at TATD