3400 ROGERS AVE. SUITE #128 | FORT SMITH, AR 72903 | 479-783-7748

 DANCE est Joie, Inc.

Celebrating 34 Years of Dance 1986 – 2020

The mission of DANCE est Joie, Inc. is to provide opportunities for the gifted dancer seeking a professional career and through public service to educate the community in the dance arts. DANCE est Joie is a sole-supporting, not for profit company and receives no grants or federal funds. Organizing the first ever “Dance-A-Thon” the two time event raised over $14,000.00 for the neonatal unit at Mercy hospital. By giving back to the community DANCE est Joie is reaching it goal.

Auditions for 2021-2022 DANCE est Joie, Inc competition and performance companies will take place on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. A required audition preparation class will take on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. All audition events will take place in person at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio. If necessary, a virtual audition option will be provided. An open studio opportunity with take place at GDDS on Wednesday, June 2nd. Dancers auditioning for DANCE est Joie, Inc. are welcome to utilize the studios at GDDS for their audition preparations. A GDDS staff member will be present to oversee this event, but will not be providing instruction, feedback or assistance to dancers. Dancers are not required to attend our open studio event. Formal auditions are closed to guests and observers. The audition schedule is detailed below: 

Audition Preparation Classes: Tuesday, June 1st
Dancers will learn two combinations for their audition.

*5:00-6:45 (dancers ages 6-11)
*7:00-8:45 (dancers ages 12+)

Open Studio Opportunity: Wednesday, June 2nd

4:00-7:00 Open studio opportunity for dancers auditioning for the 2021-2022 DANCE est Joie, Inc. Competition and Performance Teams

Auditions for DANCE est Joie, Inc. Competition and Performance Teams: Thursday, June 3rd 

*5:00-6:30 (dancers ages 6-11)
*6:30-8:00 (dancers ages 12+)

*Audition group is based off of the dancer’s age as of January 1st, 2022. The audition group does not determine the group they will perform with throughout the season. Dancers will be grouped into competition dances based on their audition performances.*


The cost of the preparation class is $15.00 per dancer. Acceptable payment methods are listed below:

Venmo: @DANCEestJoie_Inc_GDDS
PayPal: danceestjoie.inc@yahoo.com (select friends and family only)
Check payable to Rebecca Bean

Cash is not an acceptable form of payment. Payment is due by Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

Register for 2021-2022 DANCE est Joie, Inc auditions by completing the DANCE est Joie, Inc. Audition Information Form and Audition Agreement and Waiver.
To complete each document, go to “Files” and select “Make a copy”

For more information about DANCE est Joie, Inc. auditions, expectations and commitments, please view the attached handbook. 

Congratulations to all of our dance competition team dancers in group performances, solos, duets and trios for your outstanding execution and representation of DANCE est JOIE, Inc. and Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio in your performances at our recent participations.

HDJ Regional Scholarship:

Clara, Ellie, Gianna, Christian, Bentley, and Marlee 

Dancemakers, Inc. in Branson, Missouri February 26th-28th, 2021

  • Blue Suede Shoes – Second Place
  • Friend Like Me – Second place
  • Hope – First place
  • No Bad News – First Place
  • Let’s Go – Second Place
  • Love Yourself – Second Place
  • Get Up – Second Place
  • Otherside – Second Place
  • You Got It In You – Second Place
  • Fabulous Baby – Second Place
  • Comin’ Home Baby – High First Place
  • All Shook Up – First Place, Preteen Musical Theater Group High Score
  • Back In Your Heart – First Place
  • Sparkling Diamonds – High First Place
  • Every Heart – Second Place, Junior Lyrical Duo/Trio High Score
  • Circle Up – First Place
  • Wicked Game – High First Place
  • Freedom – First Place
  • Sara Dreams – First Place
  • Disco Inferno – First Place
  • Someone In The Crowd – First Place, Senior Musical Theater Duo/Trio High Score
  • idontwannabeyouanymore – First Place
  • Levels – Second Place
  • Teach Me How To Shimmy – Second Place
  • Bop To The Top – Second Place, Junior Musical Theater High Score
  • Hair Up – Second Place
  • 6th Runner Up Junior Solo – Klara Collins
  • Freedom – Junior Duo/Trio Judges’ Pick
  • Back In Your Heart – Junior Group Judges’ Pick
  • Disco Inferno – Preteen Duo/Trio Judges’ Pick
  • All Shook Up – Preteen Group Judges’ Pick
  • Levels – Teen Duo/Trio Judges’ Pick
  • Wicked Game – Senior Group Directors’ Pick 

Ava Huddleston – Courage Scholarship
Holland Berryman – Nationals Scholarship

Talent On Parade in Fort Smith, Arkansas April 15th-18th

  • Blue Suede Shoes – Double Diamond, Musicality Award,  Tap Category Cup, 1st Place Overall Intermediate Soloist Age 9-10

  • Friend Like Me – Diamond

  • Let’s Go – Diamond

  • No Bad News – Double Diamond, Tap Category Cup, 1st Place Overall Competitive Soloist age 11-12

  • Hope – Diamond 

  • You Got It In You – Diamond

  • Otherside – Double Diamond, 9th Place Overall Competitive Soloist Age 15-16

  • Get Up – Diamond

  • Love Yourself – Diamond 

  • Someone In The Crowd – Diamond

  • Levels – Diamond, 10th Place Overall Competitive Duo/Trio Age 13-14

  • Fabulous Baby – Diamond, 10th Place Overall Competitive Soloist Age 17-19

  • Every Heart – Diamond

  • Idontwannabeyouanymore-  Diamond, 5th Place Overall Competitive Duo/Trio Age 9-12

  • Freedom – Diamond

  • Sara Dreams – Diamond, 4th Place Overall Competitive Duo/Trio Age 9-12

  • Disco Inferno – Diamond, 3rd Place Overall Competitive Duo/Trio Age 9-12

  • Jungle – Diamond 

  • Teach Me How To Shimmy – Diamond 

  • Hair Up – Diamond

  • Circle Up – Diamond, 5th Place Overall Competitive Small Group Age 11-12

  • Down With The Sickness – Diamond,

  • All Shook Up – Diamond, 4th Place Overall Competitive Small Group Age 11-12

  • Bop To The Top – Diamond, Judge’s Choice “Camera Ready Award”, 8th Place Overall Intermediate Small Group Age 9-10

  • Back In Your Heart – Diamond, Dance Directive Master Class ($900 value), 10th Place Overall Intermediate Small Group Age 9-10

  • Wicked Game – Diamond, Judge’s Choice “Artistry Award”

  • Comin’ Home Baby – Diamond 

  • Sparkling Diamonds – Diamond 

In addition, Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio (DANCE est Joie, Inc) was honored to receive the Sportsmanship Award, selected by the Talent On Parade staff.

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