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
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
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.
Kameron’s dance career began as a toddler in her mother’s studio. She became the youngest member of DANCE est Joie, Inc. competing at the age of six. In 1996, she was named Miss Starmaker and in 1997 was Regional Grand Champion Female and placed Second Overall High Score Soloist in the Nation with Dance Caravan. Kameron studied on Scholarship in Los Angeles with Tremaine Dance Center and on scholarship with The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood. She has attended the Texas Christian University Summer Ballet Intensive, Localmotion Modern Dance Intensive, and Summer Intensive at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She
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
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
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.
Shurelle began dancing at the age of three years old in Pratt, Kansas. She moved to Northwest Arkansas at the age of 13. Shurelle has trained at Broadway Dance Center and was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Summer Intensive where she spent two weeks of her summer training and taking part in a performance at the end of the intensive. After high school, Shurelle auditioned for the University of Nevada – Las Vegas’ National Champion “Rebel Girls” College Dance Team, made the team, and moved to Las Vegas where she continued her dance training at The Rock Center for Dance. Shurelle had the amazing opportunity
Ashley is a student with GDDS and a member of DANCE est Joie, Inc. She began her training with the Pat Riddle School of Dance in Colleyville, Texas. She continued her studies with Kristi Glaze Dance, Flourish Arts, Cherry Creek Dance in Denver, Colorado, Dancemakers, Inc., and Tremaine Dance. She attended the Oklahoma City University Dance Teacher Training School in 2015. Ashley is currently studying to be a web designer.
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