It was the year 2000 when Cindy Lescarbeau saw a need for a faith-based training program for young performing artists in her community. She started an after-school program with seven young ballerinas. She named it Dance Divine Ministries. Cindy believed one day this class would become a company offering much more than ballet. At the end of the dance season the dancers and their parents requested the program to continue the next year and so it did.
Thirteen years later Cindy underwent a lifesaving, kidney transplant thanks to her living donor, Erika Treadway. Cindy came out of the surgery with a renewed love for life and passion to make a greater spiritual impact in her community and beyond. One month later her dad passed away due to a heart condition. The mix of emotions this presented were vast. Her broken heart did not want to do anything, yet her new-found health wanted to do everything.
Cindy decided the best solution would be to turn her company into a nonprofit named FREED Performing Arts, Inc. With the help of her close friends this idea became a reality. Cindy chose the name FREED to honor her father and her mother, John and Nancy Freed, for all they taught her about business, generosity and, most importantly, faith in God.
Tomoka Christian Church in Ormond Beach, Florida is the beautiful home for FREED. The performing arts company currently trains close to 100 students ranging in age from 3 through adults in two fully equipped studios on the church campus. FREED instructors are highly trained, professionals who work as a family sharing the same global mission. The company mission is to educate singers, dancers and actors to become professionals that teach the Bible on stage for free in the most creative way possible.
The founder’s creed calls for:
- Spiritual foundation
- Wholesome environment
- Professional staff
- Expectancy of excellence
- Teaching the Bible through the arts