The Joy of Dance professional staff is dedicated to providing quality training to all dance students in a Godly atmosphere. The School focuses on training young dancers in excellence to use their gifts and talents to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
MEET OUR STAFF
The Joy of Dance instruction team is comprised of a wide variety of dance professionals. With backgrounds ranging from certified instructors to those using dance to spread the Gospel of Jesus across the globe, the love of both Jesus Christ and the beauty of dance is prevalent.
Annie has taught dance for 20 years. She has a passion for dance as worship and discipleship as life. She is a lover of Jesus, God's Word, kids, tea, and good books. She shelters in grace and gratitude.
Instructor, Lower School Director, Media Director
Cassie Gettles began her training with The Joy of Dance in 2007. Throughout her years of training at The Joy of Dance, Cassie's passion for using the art of dance to worship our Creator has continued to grow! It is in Him that she is able to dance and her desire is to continue to use this gift as a tool to worship, train and disciple young women, and to share the Good News with those who do not know.
"Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship" Romans 12:1
Instructor, Administrative Director
Emily rejoined Joy of Dance in 2015 after a long break from dancing - she first danced with JOD when she was 5 years old. She trained as a teacher trainee for a few years before becoming an instructor, and has loved being able to use dance as a way to worship. Throughout her life, God has used the ministry of Joy of Dance to grow her in her faith, and challenge her to glorify His name in all aspects of her live, even her hobbies. Just as she has been blessed and encouraged, Emily hopes to pass that on to others.
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
Instructor, Upper School Director
Laura started dancing with the Joy of Dance when she was 11 and began teaching in high school. She danced with the Touring Company for many years. In 2006, she attended Ballet Magnificat! summer dance intensive. In 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Laura has a passion for dancing to proclaim the gospel and as a form of worship. Her heart is to train up and teach dancers to grow in their technique in a setting that glorifies the Lord.
Amber has been a student at the Joy of Dance for 13 years, and was a part of the Teacher Trainee Program for 4 years. With training in both ballet and contemporary, Amber is excited to pursue her love of dance and Jesus Christ through teaching. She has a passion for dancing and strives to use it to honor, worship, and glorify Christ. Her main goal in teaching is to disciple dancers, and be an example of how they can use the art of dance to worship Jesus Christ!
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
Rose danced as a student at the Joy of Dance studio for seven years. During that time, she was a Teacher Trainee for one year, and was a part of the Joy of Dance Touring Company for two years. Throughout her time dancing, she has been blessed to have seen and known Jesus more through the loving discipleship and purposeful instruction of her teachers. Rose desires to share the sweet joy of dance with any who are willing, and to use the discipline and fellowship of dance to share that joy is rooted in the hope and freedom we have found in Christ alone!
Grace has been dancing at The Joy of Dance since the age of 11, studying both ballet and contemporary. Within that time, she was a Teacher Trainee for 3 years. Grace has known the Lord Jesus as her Savior and Creator since the age of 10. She is very excited to share her love of dancing and the joy of Jesus with the students at The Joy of Dance.
"Praise Him with Timbrel and dancing!" Psalm 150:4a