Women of Impact: Lenny Montes
Over the years, Lenny brought in some of the most skilled and passionate professionals in the industry to teach Danzone’s Children’s Dance Program. Being a parent herself, she understands the families she serves and works hard to give the children the very best dance instruction and experience.
After setting her roots and opening her studio, Lenny became heavily involved in her community, organizing events, and using her space to help others. She supported the American Cancer Society through her involvement with Relay For Life. Her studio hosted several fundraisers, and food and clothing drives for local organizations like MEND, and El Nido, as well as running programs with GRYD for gang prevention for at-risk youth. She helped with planning and running community events such as the San Fernando Bridal Expo, and the Chile Festival. In 2018 and 2019, after the wildfires devastated nearby cities around San Fernando, she opened Danzone’s doors to receive donations of food and water to those affected, sending them to local organizations to be distributed.
She has also sat on the Board of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce as Secretary and then Vice-President, working alongside committed individuals and local businesses to grow their membership and support the community.
Since opening Danzone more than 15 years ago, Lenny constantly acknowledges that it was family, friends, and the community who turned her dream int a reality. Lenny shares: “This is why Danzone operates the way it does… we serve in a community to bring friends together who end up being our family!” Her advice for future entrepreneurs: “Do some soul searching and invest in self-development. Understand your why. Know who you serve and why you do it. Respect the value you bring into the world. Know your worth and be willing to walk away from a business interaction (and people) that does not align with your core values and does value your time, talent, know how. What is meant for you will always find you when you are ready. Have a good relationship with money.”