Miss April Owner, Director, Instructor Ballet 1,2,3 - Jazz 1,2,3 - Modern 2,3- Technique/Conditioning - Tiny Tot- GSMD Competition Team
Grace Studio of Motion and Dance is owned and operated by April Grace - a native of Southwest Virginia and a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelors Degree in Dance. While in attendance at Radford University Grace studied Choreography, Dance Production, Improvisational Dance, Pilates, Creative Dance for Children, Dance Education, Dance History and Acting. Her technique experience includes Modern, Ballet and Jazz dance. Performance experience includes rolls in Fall Dance Fest, Dancing on the Edge, Student Choreography Showcase, Choreographic Studies Showcase and “danabella Dance Works.” Grace also served as Assistant Stage Manager for productions produced by RU’s Department of Dance; other backstage rolls included lighting, music and curtain. Grace has over sixteen years experience teaching dance, gymnastics and creative movement in dance studios, gyms, gymnastics training centers and master classes as far as Colorado. Grace was also the choreographer for "Bye Bye Birdie' in 2013, "Anything Goes" in 2014, "Guys and Dolls" in 2016 and "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2017 for Abingdon High School. Grace has also choreographed "Beauty and the Beast" for Theatre Bristol in 2017. Grace Studio of Motion and Dance opened in September 2011. As director, Grace is eager to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the community. Grace has also earned her Pilates instruction certification from AAAI/ISMA.
Miss Kelli Hip Hop 1,2,3 and Lyrical 1 and Adult Hip Hop
Kelli Slagle has been with GSMD since 2011. Kelli has been dancing for 18 years, with experience in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. She discovered her passion for Hip Hop when she was 13. A couple of years later she began competing and studying Lyrical. Kelli has won several gold metals in Hip Hop at various competitions including; Maytrix, Smokey Mountain and Encore... just to name a few. Miss Kelli is also a choreographer for the GSMD competition team.
Miss Kathy Tap 1
Kathy Gibian Tap danced from the time she was 4 years old through college. During her professional career she took and taught various tap classes. Since retiring from the William King Museum she has been taking adult Tap classes. She is very excited to share her love of tap with GSMD students! Kathy is a professional artist and teacher.
Miss Avery Pre-K Ballet and Jazz Pre-K Hip Hop Assistant
Avery is a Sophomore at Abingdon High School and has been a student at GSMD for six years. She served as the student assistant for Pre-K Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop in 2015/2016 and as the lead teacher in 2016/2017. Avery studies Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. She is also a member of the dance competition team and won first place overall in 2016 for her lyrical solo.
Miss Madison Pre-K Hip Hop Pre-K Ballet and Jazz assistant
Madison is a Junior at Abingdon High School. She has been a student at GSMD for six years, and has danced for 15 years. Madison is excited to serve as the Pre-K Hip Hop lead teacher for the second year in 2017. Madison is a member of the competition team and studies Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop.
Miss Sophie Student Assistant
Sophie has been with GSMD since 2011. She studies Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. Sophie has served as the student assistant for the Pre-K and Level 1 classes for two years. Sophie is also a member of the GSMD competition team.