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Gracie's Guys and Gals Dance Studio

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Grace Myles


Grace Myles- Director- Tap, Ballet, and Jazz


Ms. Gracie is the Owner and Artistic Director of GG's Show Troupe for 30 years.  She has studied dance most of her life with various dance studios and has taken master classes at many locations including Broadway Dance Center in NYC and Rhapsody of Taps in Los Angeles.  She also studied dance and Elementary Education at the University of Maryland.  She is a member of Dance Educators of America.  She has judged at several competitions and has taught master classes throughout the United States.  She has choreographed "Mistletoe Magic", "Anything Goes", "The Project", "School House Rock", "Godspell", "Beauty and the Beast", "Mary Poppins", and her own musical "Holly Jolly Christmas".  She is the recipient of many choreography, entertainment, and technique awards and her routines have been in the over-all top scores at many national competitions.  Her students have gone on to be in commercials, movies, have danced with the Wizards and on cruise ships for Disney, and have been in Broadway shows, including Stomp and Tap Dogs.  She has lived in St. Mary's County for 35 years and has three children and four grandchildren.

 

Justin Myles


Justin Myles- Tap, Contemporary Modern, Drumming, Body Percussion


Justin is a graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, where he majored in jazz and ballet.  He has performed at Toby's Dinner Theater, King's Dominion, Busch Gardens, Disney Cruise Lines in Florida, where he was dance captain, toured with off-broadway shows of 'Tap Dogs" and "Stomp", plus he appeared on national TV on the "World of Dance".  He has taught master classes for Starpower National Talent Competition, World Class Talent, and Beyond the Stars, and throughout the United States.  He has been the recipient of choreography, technique and entertainment awards throughout his 20 years of teaching.  He is teaching tap, body percussion and drumming, and is looking forward to many more years of sharing his passion for dance.  On weekends he travels with his band JME (Justin Myles Experience) and with 81 Proof (with Wes Ryce).  Check him out on Facebook, Justin Myles Music, and check out his music on CDBABY.com

 

Lisa Burrows


Lisa Burrows- Hip Hop/Funk


She has been dancing since she was two. Her mom (Gracie) was her first teacher. She can remember the first song: Zippy De Do Dah. She was her Mom’s teacher assistant during her high school years. She is a CHS graduate of 1991. Her hobbies in high school were poms and cheerleading. She has studied at CMS in La Plata for Technique/Conditioning of Dance. She has been a teacher and competitive student of Gracie's for 15 years. She has taught at Pax River Naval Air Station for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. Previously she was a coach and teacher for Leonardtown High School's Dance Team. She has assisted with the choreography of the Pax River Raider Cheerleaders! She has two children that danced with GG's Show Troupe.

 

Jennifer Habbert


Jennifer Habbert- Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical


Miss Jenn has had the honor of teaching at Gracie’s Guys Gals Dance Studio for over 20 years. Throughout her time, she has taught jazz, ballet, and lyrical.  She has also developed a strength and conditioning program, taking lessons learned in her profession as a personal trainer to create a series of strength exercises that assist dancers with core, strength and conditioning.  This helping reduce injury while dancing.   Jennifer trained and danced competitively at Calvert School of Dance and has devoted 35 years in training and/or teaching dance.

 

Michelle Leclerc


Michelle Leclerc


Michelle took dance at Bobbi's Studio of Dance for 15 years, including gymnastics and all disciplines of dance. She competed and performed many shows in the metropolitan area. She was one of the choreographers for Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins at Patuxent High school's musical. She's been a teacher at Gracies Guys and Gals for 7 years. She has two sons, one of which is currently in GG's show troupe. 

 

Audrey Keller


Audrey Keller


Audrey started dancing the age of three at Broadway Bound Dance Academy in Media, PA and hasn’t stopped since. Audrey continued her dance education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a company member and choreographer in two dance groups: Arts House Dance Company and Soundworks Tap Factory. Her junior and senior years, she also served as the Artistic Director of Arts House Dance Company. After graduating in 2015 with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering, she found herself relocating to Maryland to work as a Flight Test Engineer at NAS Patuxent River. As a self-defined “tap dancer”, Audrey looked into local studios immediately fell in love with Gracie’s Guys and Gals (“We tap!”). She has been a teacher at Gracie’s Guys and Gals for 6 years, and has taught tap, jazz, contemporary, technique, hip hop, and ballet.

Brie Pickeral


Brie Pickeral


As a competitive dancer at Calvert School of Dance for 12 years, she competed in contemporary, hip hop, jazz, musical theatre, poms, and tap. She continued to study dance throughout her college career at The Catholic University of America along with completing a dual degree in Secondary Education and English. She was a member of the University Dance Team for 4 years and a captain of the University Dance Team for 2 years while competing in Poms, Jazz, and Hip Hop for both Regional and National college competitions. Including her training, competing and teaching, she has been dancing for 20 years. She has choreographed for high school and college dance teams, competitive and recreational studios and theatre performances. She has been a ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary teacher with Gracie's Guys and Gals Dance Studio for 4 years.

 

Hannah Bailey


Hannah Bailey


Hannah trained at, and was on the competitive show troupe at Gracies for 15 years. She taught Preschool at the Child Development Center at PAX River for three years. Hannah has been teaching Preschool, Combo and Tot classes at Gracies for past three years. Hannah is currently working full time at a private medical practice, Benner Medical Group while attending UMGC to obtain her bachelors degree in business administration. Hannah loves what she does and loves teaching what she loves most!

 

Melanie Downs


Melanie Downs


Melanie was trained in dance at Gracie's Guys and Gals for 14 years. She also trained in Tap Dancing as a pre - professional with the JaM Youth Project. This past summer she spent 2 weeks in intensive training in Hip-Hop In Los Angeles, CA with Hollywood Biz. Most receently, she became a member of Capitol Movement, a professional dance team specializing in Hip-Hop. She has been a student assistant at Gracie's since she was 12 years old assisting in Tap and Hip-Hop. Last year, she started teaching as a teacher in training where she assisted in teaching a Hip-Hop class. Her students loved her!

 

Mary Vallandingham


Mary Vallandingham


Mary has been trained in classical ballet, contemporary, character and jazz. She received her instruction at the Ballet Arts Academy and Ballet Caliente, and spent summers at The Kirov Academy of Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Her repertoire includes variations from leading roles in Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle, and Paquita. She is thankful for the opportunity to impart her passion for dance to the students of Gracie's!

 

Cara Nicole Ervin


Cara Nicole Ervin


A native of Maryland, Cara took her first dance class at the age of three and trained at local dance studios throughout the Baltimore/Washington area.  She was a member of the South River Dance Company and the Anne Arundel Dance Ensemble for four years and was selected as an All-County and All-State during her junior and senior years of high school.  She attended summer training programs at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester.  Cara received her BFA in Dance Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  After graduation, she relocated to Orlando, Florida to pursue career opportunities in commercial dance.  Since moving to Orlando, Cara has performed in numerous dance roles with Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. Including Festival of Fantasy Parade, Main Street Trolley Show, Festival of the Lion King, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Disney, and Superstar Parade at Universal. She has also performed at concert venues in the greater Orlando area as a company member with the Vincent Sanrocco Dance Company, Crawford Jazz Project, and Drapinski Dance Company. Before Covid-19 she was also cast as a dancer for Princess Cruise Lines for their ship the Caribbean Princess. She is excited to be back in the Maryland area and spread her love for dance with everyone who shares the same passion.