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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Augusta LaFarlette

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 six years ago. He strives to encourage his students to open up and feel the music. Gathering attention with his show-shopping mohawk, Franco 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

Franco Baleto

Allison Thompson

Rebecca began her dance career at the age of three and continued for 15 years with Dorothy Taylor and Ballet Westside. As a Senior Company member, Rebecca danced and competed in various dance competitions throughout the USA and performed on the Tomorrowland Stage in Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom. Rebecca has performed many corp and solo roles in “The Nutcracker.” She is administrator and choreographer for DANCE est Joie, Inc. Her training includes classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater with such accomplished teachers as Joe Tremaine, Doug Caudwell, Darryl Retter, Barry YoungBlood, and

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, Missouri. 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 Theater, Mayor’s Honors for the Performing Arts, and the Miss University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Pageant. She is a licensed cosmetologist at the Brow Bar.

Madysn Casteel

Jami began training as a gymnast in 1987 at the Gymnastics Academy of Rockford, Illinois. She grew into an elite gymnast, winning awards with GAR from the age of 10 to 16. Jami trained as a dancer with the Rockford Dance Company in Ballet, Ballroom and Middle Eastern Dance, under the acclaimed national competitor Amarise. She was a member of the Rockford Lutheran High School Dance Team and performed for the semi-pro basketball team Rockford Lightening. Jami moved to Tucson, Arizona and continued to train with Gymnastics World. Jami began teaching for the studio and competing with DANCE est Joie, Inc, as well, as becoming a choreographer

Jami Estep

Andrea Knight enrolled with GDDS at the age of four and became a member of DANCE est Joie, Inc. She performed in Western Arkansas Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for 13 years, dancing the lead role of “Clara” for two years. She was a member of the Northeastern State University Pom Squad in 1999-2000 and the Ballet/Modern group, GoVertigo Dance Company. Andrea attended Oklahoma University and was accepted to the Ballet Pedagogy program under Mary Margaret Holt. She attended Antelope Valley Ballet, Lorraine Canford Summer Intensives, the Regional Dance America in Corpus Christi, Texas and Oklahoma City

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 Universal Dance Association All-Stars. She was the 1998 Oklahoma Junior Miss. She is associated with numerous conventions and competitions and attended the Musicworks Dance teacher training school. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Robbi is a teacher and Cheer Coach at Sallisaw High School.

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

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.