Le Rose Dance Academy was established in the Fall of 1995. Amanda Purlee Nixon purchased the studio from her lifelong dance teacher, Verna Purdy Cross. Verna owned her studio, Verna's School of Dance, for 30+ years. She started her studio in an upstairs room of her home on Jefferson Street. At the age of 3 years, Amanda took her first tap class from Verna in that very room. Throughout the years Verna's business grew and she moved her studio to a remolded auto garage on Hamilton Avenue and changed the name to Dance Institute. Verna was the only studio in the Franklin area teaching Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hula, Belly Dancing, and Floor Gymnastics to dancers age 3 - Adult. Verna's choreography won her numerous awards regionally and nationally.
Verna's studio continued to grow, and she moved her studio to downtown Franklin upstairs in the Historic Wigwam Mineola Tribe building (currently holds a candy shop, candle, and studio apartments). At this location, she obtained over 6,000sq feet and had a full-size gymnastics facility and three dance rooms. By this time Amanda was ready to be a student-teacher alongside Verna. She danced 4 nights a week and all day on Saturdays. Amanda continued to train at master classes around the state of Indiana, as well as compete and attend conventions. At the age of 16, she taught her very own class and has not stopped since then! Verna continued to teach and win several honors and awards.
When the time came Verna sold the studio to Amanda and taught for her for 10 years. Amanda stayed in this location for 3 years. She changed the name to Le Rose Dance Academy and then moved to a new building on Commerce Drive in 1998. Amanda continues to teach dancers age 2 - Adult and has followed Verna's footsteps in winning several choreography, regional and national awards.