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From the street...into the classroom...onto the stage...

we will bring DANCE to your life!

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Dance Classes

All Levels of Experience

Classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater

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DANCE est Joie, Inc.

Competition Dance Team
Honored in regional and national dance competitions as well as receiving numerous awards since 1986.
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Preschool Stars

2.5 yrs. - 5yrs.

Dancers will study the fundamentals of ballet, tap, dance terminology, and basic motor skills.

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The Best Classes and Instructors at your service

To help you achieve your dance goals

When I met Grayce, she gave me the training I needed and led me in the right direction to become a professional dancer. Thank You, Grayce, for giving me the push I needed. Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio will always be my home!

"Dreams do come true at Grayce DeWitt's.......mine did"

 

 

Barry YoungBlood
World-renowned Dancer, Choreographer, Director "Hollywood Dance Jamz"

Barry YoungBlood

After attending the University of Kentucky, I joined my Aunt spending six years as a teacher and choreographer. In 1992, I returned to Lexington and opened Gotta Dance Studio, Inc. As an accredited member of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America, I have developed a unique preschool program and competition team. I know teaching at GDDS contributed to my success and am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with the studio.

Dawn Freeman
Gotta Dance Studio, Inc
Lexington, KY

Dawn Freeman

My dance education at GDDS has enabled me to do many things, from teaching to choreographing to performing. As a classically trained ballet dancer, my move to the Grayce DeWitt Studio allowed me to learn something that I had not learned thus far... how to entertain. You can make a living as a dancer, and Grayce helped me see that was possible!

 

Brooke Gebb
Fine Arts Chair and Dance Director
Pinewood Fine Arts Magnet

Brooke Gebb

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Instructors

Carrie began dancing at the age of five. She has studied ballet, tap, acro, jazz and hip hop. Carrie began assistant teaching at the age of 16. She was a DANCE est Joie company performer for several years. Carrie won TalentFest, AR/OK Fair Talent Competitions, and was the talent winner in multiple local and state pageants. She was a member of the Arkansas Razorback Pom Squad. She has performed in shows with local musician, Don Bailey. She has three sons, Case, Colt Daniel and Cash. She also works at ArcBest as a senior financial analyst.

Carrie Owenby

Franco Baleto has been a street dancer his entire life. Born in Dallas, Texas, Franco grew up break-dancing and competing in talent shows and battles. Following in the footsteps of Barry YoungBlood, Franco began dancing with GDDS seven years ago. He strives to encourage his students to open up and feel the music. The F in Franco stands for fun. He enters a room and never leaves a stranger. He credits his performance with the “American Idols Live” in Branson, Missouri as one of the most inspiring moments of his life. In addition to teaching hip hop and performing, Franco works as a volunteer for the Fort Smith Girls and Boys Club. He also

Franco Baleto

Allison began dancing at age three with Dance Unlimited in Van Buren, Arkansas. She continued dancing into her junior high and high school years, and moved to GDDS at age 16 to continue training. She has won state choreography awards, attended various dance workshops, dance intensives, choreographs for local dance teams, and loves taking class whenever possible. Allison has trained with Desmond Richardson, Denise Wall, Barry Youngblood, Mallory Mills, Jenny Durbin Smith, Anthony Morigerato, Ray Leeper, Tucker Barkley, Kevin Leon, Shannon Atkins, and Frankie Zulferino. She is a three-year member of the UAFS Pom Squad, serving as the team’s

Allison Thompson

Rebecca began her dance training at the age of three with Dorothy Taylor at Ballet Westside in Rogers, AR. She began teaching dance at GDDS in 2007. Her training includes classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater with such accomplished teachers as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caudwell, Darryl Retter, Barry YoungBlood, Mishay Petronelli, Noel Bajandas, Anthony Morigerato, Denise Wall, Stacey Tookey, Doug Shankman, Patricia Dickinson and more. In 2015 she attended the Oklahoma City University Teacher Training Seminar under the direction of Jo Rowan. She is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique

Rebecca Bean

Madysn became a student with GDDS at the age of 15, studying ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She was a member of DANCE est Joie, Inc. for three years, competing in Tulsa, Branson, Bentonville and Joplin. She has studied with Darryl Retter, Janice Barringer, Becca Retter, Keri LaGrand and Barry Youngblood. She has performed with the Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker, Fort Smith Little Theatre, Mayor’s Honors for the Performing Arts, and the Miss UAFS Scholarship Pageant. Madysn placed 2nd runner-up, winning the talent and poise and composure awards in the Miss Vian Jr. Miss Scholarship Program. She is an aesthetician at

Madysn Casteel

Jami began training in 1987 as a gymnast with Gymnastics Academy of Rockford, Illinois. Training into an elite level and earning numerous awards with GAR from ages 10-16. Jami trained as a dancer with the Rockford Ballet Company in ballet, ballroom, and Middle Eastern dance under the acclaimed national competitor, Amarise. She was a member of the Rockford Lutheran Dance Team performing in various dance competitions, special events, and for the semi-pro basketball team Rockford Lighting. Jami moved to Tucson, Arizona, and continued training at Gymnastics World. Jami began teaching at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio in 2007, when she moved to

Jami Estep

Andrea began dancing at the age of three. She enrolled with GDDS at the age of four and became a member of DANCE est Joie, Inc. where she competed in numerous competitions. She performed in Western Arkansas Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for 13 years, dancing the lead role of “Clara” for two years. Andrea was a member of the Northeastern State University Pom Squad in 1999-2000 and the Ballet/Modern group, GoVertigo Dance Company. She attended The University of Oklahoma where she auditioned and was accepted into the Ballet Pedagogy program under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. Andrea has had experience in many various styles of dance

Andrea Knight

Robbi began “dancing with Grayce” at the age of three, and was a DANCE est Joie company performer for seven years. She was a featured dancer in the Barry YoungBlood hip hop video series. Robbi served as a staff member and choreographer for the National Cheerleader Association and National Dance Association. She was Oklahoma’s Junior Miss 1998, and was a National Fitness Winner at America’s Junior Miss. Robbi attended the Musicworks Dance teacher training school in Dallas, TX. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Robbi is a teacher and cheer coach at Sallisaw High School and Sallisaw Middle School. She and her husband Jeff are the

Robbi Martin

Mary’s dance career began at the age of two with Nancy Nicholson and Linda Kent at the Newport School of Dance. She continued training under the direction of Ann Boyce, who specialized in Ballet and Pointe, and The Irby Studio, where she was a member of their dance company. Mary was a Universal Dance Association and National Dance Association All-American and Staff Nominee. While attending the University Of Arkansas, Mary was a dance instructor with the Williams Center before moving to Fort Smith. Mary has choreographed for DANCE est Joie and attended the dance conventions, Dancemaker, Inc., Tremaine, and DANCESHOWCASE USA. Mary graduated

Mary Young

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Who We Are

Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio is a professional dance studio for instruction and performance. All instructors are professionally trained and belong to various dance organizations. All instructors have a love of teaching and want to share the joy of dance with children and adults.

Our Mission

To train dancers in the artistry of dance and through community service educate the public in the dance arts.