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.



Congratulations to the 2020-2021 DANCE est Joie company members:

Kamryn Adams, Bentley Andres, Holland Berryman, Reese Bone,
Madelyn Buchanan, Sheridyn Buchanan, Marlee Cagle, Klara Collins, Aniston Cox,
Gianna DeWitt, Taylin Erwin, Ella Harmon, Jenna Hawley, Ava Huddleston, Trey Hudlow
Clara Hurst, Evie Johnston, Christian Lowe, Josie Martin, Alexandra Matlock,
Adisen McEvoy-Blackburn, Maeli McMahen, Stephanie Raggio, Sydney Rincon,
Madeline Ruckman, Veda Schaffer, June Schnellenberger, Allison Smith, Hadley Thessing,
Kennedy Weedon, Sophia Weidner, Avery Whittington, Ellie Wilkinson, Tara Young

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 participation at Hollywood Dance Jamz in Branson, Missouri:

Maeli “Otherside”- Platinum
Aniston “Love Yourself” – High Gold, 1st Overall Teen Jazz Solo 
Ava “Get Up” – Gold
Marlee “You Got It In You” – High Gold
Tara “Fabulous Baby” – High Gold, 3rd Overall Senior Musical Theater Solo 
Back In Your Heart-  Platinum
Klara “Blue Suede Shoes” – That’s My jam, 1st Overall Junior Tap Solo, Overall Junior Solo 
Madeline “Friend Like Me” – High Gold
Hair Up – High Gold
Every Heart – Platinum 
Freedom – Platinum 
Teach Me How To Shimmy – High gold
Bop To The Top – Platinum, Overall Junior Small Group 
Circle Up – Platinum 
Sara Dreams – That’s My Jam, 2nd Overall Intermediate Duet/Trio, Judge’s Choice Award from Cat 
Down With The Sickness – Platinum, 2nd Overall Intermediate Small group, 4th Overall Intermediate Group, Judge’s Choice Award from Annie
Disco Inferno – Platinum 
Idontwannabeyouanymore – Platinum 
All Shook Up – Platinum
Taylin “Let’s Go” – High gold, 1st Overall Intermediate Hip Hop Solo
Avery “No Bad News” – Platinum, 1st Overall Intermediate Tap Solo, 2nd Overall Intermediate Solo 
Gianna “Hope” – High Gold
Levels – High Gold 
Comin’ Home Baby – Platinum, 1st Overall Senior Jazz Small Group, 4th Overall Senior Small Group 
Sparkling Diamonds – High Gold, 1st Overall Senior Musical Theater Small Group 
Wicked Game – Platinum, 3rd Overall Senior Small Group, Best Costume 
Someone In The Crowd – High Gold 

Special recognition and scholarships were awarded to many dancers for their presentation during convention classes and auditions:

Clara – HDJ Regional Scholarship 
Josie – Style Scholarship and Go 2 Talent Agency Audition Scholarship 
Evie – Go 2 Talent Agency Audition Scholarship 
Aniston – Go 2 Talent Agency Audition Scholarship 
Sophia – Go 2 Talent Agency Audition Scholarship 
Ellie – HDJ Regional Scholarship 
Gianna – HDJ National Scholarship 
Christian – HDJ National Scholarship 
Bentley – HDJ National Scholarship
Marlee – HDJ national Scholarship  
Avery – I Am The Jam Scholarship