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 recommended 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 renown teachers and choreographers. She attended Birmingham-Southern College with a dance department scholarship under the direction of Mira Popovich, Ruth Henry, Edith Monroe, and Terri Weksler. Tara completed her student teaching at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Mrs. Gallimore has a passion for inspiring students to do their best and reach for their personal goals. She 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 Showtimer's theatre locally. She currently serves as Floyd Ward’s chapter sponsor of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts as well as co-coordinator for the Angels from Heaven Program for special needs students.
Alexis Goad began dancing at Floyd Ward at age 8. She earned a spot on the Floyd Ward Ensemble shortly afterward, and continued to be a member of the jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and lyrical competition teams until she graduated. Alexis received countless awards and judges specialty awards during her time on the ensembles. Alexis has student taught and served as a substitute instructor for various classes throughout her dance career. Alexis graduated from Patrick Henry High School, and is currently attending Virginia Western to major in radiology. Alexis has such a passion for dance and is so excited to share it with her students. She cannot wait for hip hop classes to begin so she can watch her students learn and grow.
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 is a graduate from Radford University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Vocal Performance. Kirsten began studying dance at an early age. During her time at Floyd Ward, she was a part of the Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Pointe, and Tap Ensembles. 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.
While receiving her degree from Radford University, Kirsten studied under the direction of Margaret Devaney, Danah Bella, and Deborah
McLaughlin among others. Kirsten’s studies focused on choreography and backstage management. During her time in college, she began teaching at Floyd Ward. Since graduating, Kirsten has begun teaching numerous recreational and competitive classes. She has choreographed many winning routines, some earning the title of Judge’s Choice and Best Choreography. In addition to these classes, Kirsten co-coordinates the Angels from Heaven Program.
In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys volunteering as a choreographer for local community theaters and she continues to perform in various
musical theater productions as well as in the Roanoke Symphony Chorus. Kirsten enjoys sharing her love of the arts with all her students!
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.
Chelsea Roark 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.
Alaina Miller has studied dance for 14 years and graduated in 2021 from Floyd Ward’s elite ensemble. She has studied a variety of dance genres including: contemporary, jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and hip hop. As a dance student, Alaina also attended Radford University’s International Summer Intensive program for 3 years. During her time as a competition dancer, Alaina received numerous awards including: Overall Highest Scoring Solo at Turn It Up, Southeast Showdown, and Celebration Talent; All Star Dancer at Showstopper; Technique Award at World Class Talent Experience and Turn It Up; and Dancer of the Year Finalist with Celebration Talent. She also received numerous scholarships: Floyd Ward Modern Dance Scholarship, Break the Floor Productions Nationals Scholarship, 24Seven Non-Stop Dancer Scholarship, and dance scholarship to AMDA College of Performing Arts in NY. Along with recieving numerous awards, she performed in the opening act at Showstopper Nationals, attended master classes at the Dance Awards, and plans to assist the master teachers at the Turn It Up Convention fall 2021. Today, Alaina attends Virginia Western Community College studying visual design and culinary arts. She continues to dance with Mental Health in Motion which aims at providing mental health education, advocacy, and awareness for hospitals, universities, support groups, awareness day events, schools, and arts showcases. Since 2015, Alaina has been a substitute teacher and a student teacher at Floyd Ward. She is a creative, has an eye for detail, and gives instruction in a way kids can understand and apply. At Floyd Ward, she enjoys using her talents to teach, edit music, choreograph dances, and give private lessons.
Riley Tetreault began dancing with Floyd Ward at the age of 3, and she started competing at the age of 8. Throughout her years on the Ensemble, she took part in all styles, including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Clogging, Ballet, Modern, and Hip Hop. She was on the elite teams for many of these styles throughout her high school career, and was on all elite by her senior season. She also had the honor of being a part of the Angels group for 6 years. Riley began choreographing her own solos at age 16 and continued through her last season. She received many awards during her competition career, including a few special awards, as well as category and overall placements. Riley is a student at Roanoke College where she is studying Studio Art. She hopes to continue to pursue dance while in college. Riley has a strong love for dance, and she is excited to share this passion with others by helping younger students grow in their love of dance as well.
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
Cassy Childress Vinton Secretary Tuesday and Wednesday Evening
Sheri Deel- Botetourt Secretary Friday Evening
Tara Gallimore- Office Manager Monday-Friday Mornings
Bre Hodges- Botetourt Secretary Wednesday Evenings
Riley Tetreault- Botetourt Secretary Monday Evening
Jenni Vaughn- Vinton Secretary Monday and Thursday Evenings
Amber White- Botetourt Secretary Tuesday and Thursday Evenings