Devon Burnette began her dance journey with Floyd Ward at age 9 where her interest in the art was soon fostered into a passion. She studied Tap, Clogging, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, competed in various competitions on the east coast and continued dancing through college including Longwood’s Blue Heat Dance team, and Radford’s Clogging Club. Additionally, she began choreographing individual pieces after graduation, and began teaching with Floyd Ward in 2017. Devon received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, with a concentration in Recreation Therapy in 2017, and remarks that she has always felt led to work with people.
Stephie Clement began dancing with Floyd Ward at the age of 3. She started competing at age 7, and continued to be a part of the Tap, Rhythm Tap, Jazz, Clogging, and Hip Hop Ensembles on the elite teams through her senior year of high school. Stephie received countless awards throughout her competition career, including a specialty judges award for rhythm, as well as being recognized several times as a Youth Dance Ambassador for Dance Troupe, Inc. Stephie began choreographing solos and duets for herself and others at the age of 16, and has remained on staff with us as a part time choreographer and substitute teacher ever since. Stephie graduated from James Madison University in December of 2013 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Religious Studies. She also took ballet, modern, and West African dance during her time at JMU. Stephie came on staff with Floyd Ward School of Dance full time in the spring of 2014. Stephie took over the Hip Hop competitive team and has grown the department from one team to one or more teams at each age level. She loves dance, but loves her students more, and enjoys watching them learn and grown in dance and beyond.
Tara Gallimore is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, liturgical, modern, musical theatre, pointe, and hip hop. During her time at FWSOD, Tara was a part of the Jazz and Ballet Ensembles under the instruction of Jill Graybill and Amy Rapp among others. During her time at Floyd Ward, Mrs. Gallimore earned scholarship awards for both ballet and jazz from Floyd Ward School of Dance as well as a continuing education scholarship from Footnotes Dance club. She was also reccomended and earned a position as a summer resident to Virginia’s Governor School of the Arts in 2001 where she was able to continue her studies with many world reknown teachers and choreographers.
She earned a dance department scholarship to continue her studies at Birmingham-Southern College. While earning her degree at BSC, Tara studied under the direction of Mira Popovich, Ruth Henry, Edith Monroe, and Terri Weksler. Tara completed her student teaching under the direction of Mimi Twyman and others at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
After graduation, Mrs. Gallimore moved back to the Roanoke area and accepted a position at Floyd Ward School of dance. She has a passion for inspiring students to do their best and reach for their personal goals. Tara has choreographed many winning numbers for the Floyd Ward Ensembles including judges' choice and choreography awards and has also been given the honor of choreographing a routine for our dancers to perform in Martina McBride's Winter Concert in Roanoke as well as Showstopper's theatre locally.
Jill Graybill, Artistic Director, has been teaching on the faculty at Floyd Ward since 1976. Mrs. Graybill teaches ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and clogging. She is currently the instructor for Bitty Tap, Preteen Tap, Preteen Jazz/Lyrical, and Teen Tap Ensembles. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Westhampton College/ University of Richmond. She trained under Floyd Ward, Frances Wessels, Mildred Harper, and Luis Felicia. Jill has been dancing since the age of four and continued her dance training through college, performing and choreographing for the University of Richmond’s Senior Orchesis. Mrs. Graybill was honored with the Presidential Citation from the Governor’s School of Virginia, recognizing her as one of Virginia’s outstanding educators of 1995. She has choreographed numerous winning routines for Dance Troupe Inc., Dance Makers Inc., Star Talent Productions, Celebration Talent, Boogie Fever, JUMP, WCTE, Ultimate Starz, and Showstopper regional and national competitions.. In 2018, “Ms Jill” was honored to be recognized for her 40 years of service working with dedicated owners, professional teaching staff, and the many talented students of Floyd Ward School of Dance.
Kirsten Hamann began studying dance at Floyd Ward School of Dance at the age of four. During her time at Floyd Ward, Kirsten was a part of the Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Pointe, and Tap Ensembles under the instruction of Jill Graybill, Tara Gallimore, and Misty Keeney. During this time she received a scholarship award in modern dance from Floyd Ward, and was recognized as a Youth Dance Ambassador for Dance Troupe Inc. Kirsten received her Bachelors Degree in Dance with a minor in music from Radford University where she studied under the direction of Margaret Devaney, Danah Bella, Aleksey Plekhanov, and Amy VanKirk among others.
Kayla Huffman Kayla Huffman began dancing at Floyd Ward at the age of 10. She quickly fell in love with dance and began competing on the jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, rhythm tap, ballet, pointe, and specialty clogging teams. Kayla is especially fond of the time she spent as an Angel helper, student teacher, and studio secretary. While in high school, Kayla began choreographing for the studio and other events and was hired as a teacher in 2016. After graduating high school, she was hired to be a background dancer and choreographer for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour. She continues to teach and choreograph while also merging dance into other aspects of her life. With her talent for production and technology she has worked in various roles, but mainly as a technical director for live events. She also enjoys judging for dance competitions on the weekends. While being a busy working professional, Kayla still finds value in education and continues to learn and grow in her industry.
Aimee Peters has been dancing with Floyd Ward since 2002. During her time here, she performed in the styles ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, liturgical, clogging, and hip hop. Aimee began competing with Floyd Ward on the ensemble teams in 2009, and had the honor of being on the ballet, tap, jazz/lyrical, and hip hop teams during those years. Aimee was also an avid student teacher during her time at the studio. After graduating from high school, Aimee began working as a secretary in the Botetourt studio, and an assistant teacher for various classes while obtaining her degree in Heath and Exercise Science from Roanoke College.
is a graduate of Hollins University with a major in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Dance. While attending Hollins, she studied dance abroad in Berlin and Dresden, Germany. She was a part of Hollins dance programs including Fall and Spring Dance Works, ACDA, and traveled with groups to Brooklyn, NY and Chapel Hill, NC for further study and master classes.
Chelsea's love for dance started at the age of 5 as she began all genres including tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz, jazz funk, ballroom, pointe, liturgical, lyrical, modern, clogging and hip hop. While in grade school, she competed on all competitive teams with Floyd Ward School of Dance. She participated in competitive and sideline cheer as well. During college, she began studying with Roanoke Ballet Theatre to further her education and experience. Chelsea has been an instructor with Floyd Ward School of Dance since 2005 teaching competitive and recreational dance. She continues to teach and enjoys watching her students grow, learn and compete.
Chelsea has choreographed routines for dancers performing with Martina McBride, the Virginia Gentlemen's singing group, and local pageants. She also had the pleasure of choreographing for and dancing on stage with “Weird Al Yankovic” in his Mandatory World Tour. In 2020 Chelsea began judging competition dance on the East Coast.
Jenni Vaughn started her dancing journey with Floyd Ward in the mid 1980's with Jill Graybill and then went on to explore other disciplines such as baton & cheerleading. While cheering and working towards her degree in Business Administration at Roanoke College, she trained and became a Ballroom Dance Instructor. Upon graduating, she moved to Naples, FL where she continued to perform and compete both professionally and with her students in the Pro-Am division. She has trained under many leading coaches in the Ballroom world including Julia Gorchakova Powers and Diana McDonald. After returning to Virginia and staying home with her 3 beautiful children, Jenni is happy to be back and to be part of the fusion of our dance worlds.
Our Office Staff Members
Isabel Burnett Vinton Secretary Friday Evening and Saturday Morning
Tammy Burnette- Vinton Secretary Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings
Sheri Deel- Botetourt Secretary Tuesday Evening
Tara Gallimore- Office Manager Monday-Friday Mornings
Madison Treat- Botetourt Secretary Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Evenings