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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

Miss Jayci began her dance training at the age of three in her home town of Fort Smith, Arkansas at Grayce Dewitt Dance Studio. She joined the DANCE est Joie company at age 12 and shortly after began training at the pre-professional level at conventions and competing independently around the country. Her training in both Cecchetti and Vaganova ballet methods has given her a strong technical base to bring to her students. She’s received national talent and choreography awards and favors the commercial dance styles. Jayci strives to bring her passion and knowledge for the art of dance to all of her students and is so excited to be a

Jayci Hobson

Miss Emily is an alumni of Alma High School. She is currently attending the University of Arkansas pursuing a degree in Interior Design. She started dancing at GDDS at the age of 7. During her undergraduate dance experience, she competed with DANCE est Joie for 7 years and learned from multiple dance instructors at Dancemakers, Inc., Co. Dance, Tremaine, and more. Emily was a three-year member of the Alma Dance Team and served as captain for two years. As a dance team member, she earned a state title as well as state runner up honors. Emily was named an All State, All Star, and All American dancer, performed in numerous dance shows, dance

Emily Wright

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

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 a licensed

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

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.