Grace Myles- Director- Tap, Ballet and Jazz
Ms. Gracie, the owner and artistic director of GG's show troupe, has studied dance most of her life with various dance studios, plus at Broadway Dance Center in New York, Rhapsody of Taps in Los Angeles, and at the University of Maryland. Her routines have received numerous Entertainment, Technique and Choreography Awards at national competitions. She is a member of Dance Educators of America, and the International Tap Association. She has three children and has lived in St. Mary's County for 25 years and has taught dance through recreation and parks and 24 years at her current studio, and master classes throughout the eastern U.S. Several of her students have gone on to be in commercials, movies, off broadway shows, including Stomp, The Wizards, and on cruise ships. She has choreographed "Mistletoe Magic", "Anything Goes", "Holly Jolly Christmas", "The Project" plus many award winning top scoring routines for national competitions.
Justin Myles- Tap, Contemporary Modern, Drumming, Body Percussion
Justin is a graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he majored in jazz and ballet/contemporary modern. He has performed in 42nd Street at Toby's Dinner Theater, with Tap Dogs in Reno, NV; and at King's Dominion and Busch Gardens in Virginia. He also performed on the Disney Cruise lines and was dance captain during his tour with Disney. In January 2006 he auditioned, along with hundreds of other hopefuls, and earned a top spot with the highly acclaimed New York City show STOMP. He toured with STOMP for six years, and is now taking a break to teach at the studio, to teach master classes throughout the U.S. and to promote his music career and new cd. He has choreographed many high scoring tap routines at Gracie's studio and continues to teach master classes for Starpower National Talent Competition and all over the United States. He was the recipient of many title and top scoring awards throughout his competitive years. He is looking forward to teaching drum, rhythm and body percussion this year as well as tap and modern/contemporary.
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Lisa Burrows- Hip Hop/Funk
I’ve been dancing since I was two. My mom (Gracie) was my first teacher. I still remember the first song: Zippy De Do Dah. I was my Mom’s teacher assistant during my high school years. I am a CHS graduate of 1991. My hobbies in high school were poms and cheerleading. I’ve studied at CMS in La Plata for Technique/Conditioning of Dance. I have been a teacher and competitive student of Gracie's for 15 years. I have taught at Pax River Naval Air Station for Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Previously I was a coach and teacher for Leonardtown High School's Dance Team. I’ve assisted with the choreography of the Pax River Raider Cheerleaders! I have two children that dance with GG's Show Troupe.
Jennifer Shockly- Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical
Jennifer received her ballet and dance training from Calvert School of Dance, and danced competitively for over 12 years with their show troupe. She has been teaching for 15 years, and has been with Gracie's Guys and Gals for ten years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of ballet and jazz to her students through technique and choreography.
Melanie has been dancing since she was 2 1/2 years. She danced at Gracies for 17 years and competed for 10 years. She has traveled up and down the East Coast competing at various competitions and even danced in Disney World. She has taken tap workshops with various choreographers. She is currently going to college to be a dental hygienist.
Stacy has been dancing at Gracie's Guys and Gals since she was 2 1/2 years old. She competed with GG's show troupe for 12 years. She has won numerous individual awards (technical and entertainment) as well as group awards. She was a student teacher for seven years and has been teaching classes at Gracie's for three years. Stacy is a pre-school teacher at St. Mary's Sunshine Center and is attending the College of Southern Maryland for childhood development.
Tori has received her AA in Psychology and is finishing her Bachelors degree at St.Mary’s College of Maryland. Afterwards, she will be continuing her education to receive her Masters in Trauma Counseling. Tori began dancing at age 2 and became involved in theater arts later on in life. Tori received her ballet training through The Royal Academy of Dance and Modern training through ISTD at Mt.Airy Performing Arts Center. She has completed levels 1-8 of RAD's Graded Ballet Examinations and two levels of their Vocational levels for Pre Professionals. Tori has also competed in competitions such as Prime Time and Thunderstruck.
Jemarc Axinto started out as a hip-hop style freestyle dancer in the summer of 2008. As the years progressed he began exploring choreography, specifically in Lyrical Hip-hop. He has attended a multitude of workshops held by KODACHROME VA, and taken classes from Zoey Cruz, Laura Edwards, Zach Lattimore, Keone and Mari Madrid, Shaun Evaristo, Lyle Beniga and more. He has been a street team member for the second season of Movement Lifestyle's theTOUR and attended their first two conventions in 2012 and 2013. His personal style of dance flows between grooves and hits but most of all he enjoys experimenting in order to find his own voice in his movement. He is the founder and CEO of Dance is COMMUNITY, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together people for the common purpose of pursuing dance training and unity.