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Carson Grannon

Carson Grannon

Carson’s journey with dance began at the age of 2 in Crossett, Arkansas, where she took her first steps onto the dance floor. From ballet to pointe, jazz to hip hop, she immersed herself in various styles, but it was tap that truly captured her heart. Throughout her school years…

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Maeli McMahen

Maeli McMahen

Maeli began dancing at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio at the age of 2. At the age of 7, she joined DANCE est Joie, the studio’s competition team. Maeli became a class assistant at the age of 12, and began teaching at the age of 17 during her senior year of high school…

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Franco Baleto

Franco Baleto

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…

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Whitney Barnett

Whitney Barnett

Mrs. Whitney started dancing when she was just a toddler and has never stopped! She has never met a stranger or a dance floor she didn’t love. Her early years of dance started in Pine Bluff, AR and Plano, TX until her family moved to Fort Smith in 1997. She began dancing at Fort Smith School…

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Rebecca Bean

Rebecca Bean

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 such…

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Madysn Casteel

Madysn Casteel

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…

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Kameron DeWitt-Elkins

Kameron DeWitt-Elkins

Kameron was destined to dance. She made her first stage appearance in June of 1979 in her mother’s dance recital and was born 3 months later. Kameron danced with GDDS for 15 years and was a founding member of DANCE est Joie. She studied in Los Angeles under scholarship…

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Jayci James

Jayci James

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…

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Brianna Lane

Brianna Lane

Brianna danced for 15 years at Pam’s Academy of Dance in McAlester, Ok. She was on McAlester Varsity Pom for 4 years, winning 3 state championships. She also danced on NSU Pom for 2 years and was in GoVertigo Dance Company for 4 years. She taught at…

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Robbi Martin

Robbi Martin

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…

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Kayli Sossamon

Kayli Sossamon

Kayli has her BA in Dance at Lindenwood University, where she trained under Professors Janet Strzelec and Tricia Zweier for 3 1/2 years. She has attended multiple festivals while attending Lindenwood University. Kayli has had the opportunity to perform and take class…

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Alexa Vera

Alexa Vera

Alexa began dancing at Grace DeWitt Dance Studio at 2 years old and danced at various dance studios for 14 years total, competitively dancing for many of those years. She ended up back where she started at Grayce DeWitt Dance Studio where she took…

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Emily Wright

Emily Wright

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…

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Mary Young

Mary Young

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…

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About Grayce DeWitt

My love of dance began at the age of eight with Cecille Skaggs and Elaine Baker. That is when I decided to become a dance teacher. Nellie Jo Bridwell, Linda Irby Hausen and Glen Irby pointed me in the right direction. I traveled to New York City to study with Broadway Dance Center, New York Conservatory Of Dance and STEPS. I continued to train in Los Angeles at the Tremaine Dance Center and EDGE Performing Arts. I traveled to conventions and continued to study, attending Southern Association of Dancemasters “Joyce Newman Teacher Training School”, Musicworks Teacher Training School, and Oklahoma City University’s Dance Teacher Seminar. I have performed with the Fort Smith Civic Ballet, Western Arkansas Dance Theater, Russellville Ballet, Localmotion Modern Dance in Tulsa, and Fort Smith Little Theatre. I was honored to receive the 1998 Mayor’s Honors for the Performing Arts and the 2010 Marjorie Perry Spirit Award From Dancemakers, Inc.

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