Jennifer Spears

Cindy - I am so thankful for you for being a wonderful influence in the life of my daughter, Cristina. From the beginning, you have been caring and encouraging, making her feel loved, important and successful while challenging her to think, work harder and improve. The best thing about you is you expect excellence and not perfection which should be the attitude of any teacher. You see the various strengths and weaknesses of each child, capitalizing on those strengths while giving guidance and encouragement to improve the weak areas. Cristina loves “Miss Cindy” with all her heart and I know each of your students feel that very same way.


As a former student of 13 years, and a former teacher, and now a mother of two daughters who are students of Heart of America Dance Center, I can speak from a background of long experience. As a Ballet Teacher, Cindy Monaco instructed and nurtured me to reach my full potential. I learned discipline and perfect posture and poise and grace that I have carried with me always. Her incredible ability to choreograph to each students' strengths and her efforts to earn respect from her students and their parents never waivers. Heart of America Dance Center is a haven for students to learn and develop skills beyond dancing.

Carrie Behm

Cindy: Thanks as always for creating an atmosphere at your studio that my daughter thrives in.

Alison Miller

We have loved HADC from the minute we set foot in the door almost two years ago. The technical training is outstanding and the teachers exemplify a passion, patience and love for sharing dance with children of all ages. Being new to the KC area we are so grateful to have found a home at Heart of America Dance Center and we are excited for what the future holds for our girls as they continue to learn and grow.

Julie Lee

Heart of America is more than a studio where my girls are able to learn the fundamentals of dance. It's a nurturing family who support my growing girls in life. Through the lessons taught at HADC and the priceless experiences, my girls are becoming a better version of themselves. I am forever grateful for what began as a recreational activity, but blossomed into a passion for the performing arts. HADC is our home away from home!

Dr. Mary Duryea and Dr. Ed Kraemer

Our two girls have "grown up" at HADC, having attended since its initial opening. Not only have they learned excellent dance skills, but they've had great adult role models and peer relationships. I believe the poise, self-confidence, ability to perform in public, and the value of working hard for a goal are important life skills they have learned. In addition, I love the physical setting at HADC in beautiful downtown Lee's Summit. Cindy and her wonderful staff are like extended family and I highly recommend HADC for anyone interested in the world of dance for their child... Dr. Mary Duryea and Dr. Ed Kraemer, parents of Kelsey and Tessa

Riana Jones

Four years ago I started searching for a dance studio to enroll my daughter in for fun. The moment Vienna entered class at Heart of America she knew she wanted to be a Ballerina. Her love of dance has rapidly grown over the past four years. She started dancing for fun and movement, now she dances competitively and cannot get enough!! What we love about Heart of America is all the different opportunities...Recreational Dance, Dance Team, and Heart of America Youth Ballet. There's something for all ages and stages of dance. I also appreciate that we've never felt pressured to "do it all" we've done it our way, and always felt supported! The staff has been so caring and welcoming to our family. I know when I drop off my daughters they are safe, loved and having a blast! I also appreciate how organized newsletters and recital/competition information is presented to parents. I alway know what's going on and where to find upcoming events. We've built a family here and can't imagine life without this dance studio, these families, and the training my girls are getting will help them excel in all areas of life! There's something extra special about this studio, we feel blessed to be apart of it all!
(Vienna-7 years, Marlowe-4 years)