Floyd Ward School of Dance is home to a family of staff members who are passionate about the education of fundamentals to each of our students regardless of age or level.
Devon Burnette started 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. She is so ecstatic to continue her journey with Floyd Ward as a staff member and looks forward to working with this year’s students.
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 through 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 an others at the age of 16, an 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. She is beyond excited to be on staff for the upcoming season.
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, liturgical, lyrical, modern, 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 an Amy Rapp among others. While earning her degree at BSC, Tara studied under the direction of Mira Popvich, Ruth Henry, Edith Monroe, and Terri Weksler. She received scholarship awards for ballet an jazz from Floyd Ward School of Dance and dance scholarships from the local Footnotes club as well as Birmingham-Southern College. Mrs. Gallimore was accepted as a summer resident to Virginia's Governor's School of the Arts in 2001. Tara completed her student teaching at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She is currently the instructor of the Modern, Bitty Jazz, Bitty Lyrical, Bitty Ballet Prime, Junior and Senior Pointe and Ballet Ensembles. Mrs. Gallimore has choregraphed many winning numbers for the Floyd Ward Ensembles and received specialty and choreography awards. Tara is also the instructor of the Thursday evening Angels from heaven class. She is very excited to get started with a new dance year!
Jill Graybill, Artistic Director, has been teaching on the faculty at Floyd war since 1976. Mrs. Graybill teaches ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and liturgical. She is currently the instructor for Mini Tap, Preteen Tap, Preteen Jazz, and Junior/Senior Tap Prime Ensembles. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Easthampton College/ University of Richmond. She trained under Floyd Ward, Frances Wessles, Milren 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, Incl, Dance Makers Inc., and Showstopper regional and national competitions.
Olivia Hoye began dancing at Floyd Ward at age 9 and has been on ensemble teams since she was 10. She trains in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, and has experience in styles such as modern, hip-hop, and clogging. She travels to countless conventions, learning from working professionals in the industry including Travis Wall, Brian Friedman, and Liz Imperio. During her time competing, she has received scholarships from conventions such as JUMP, Hollywood Vibe, and Velocity, and won awards such as DTI Youth Dance Ambassador and World Class Title Winner. As an alumni of Commercial Dance Intensive, Olivia’s had the honor of training with esteemed choreographers such as Cassidy and Casey Noblett, Adam Cates, and Brian Thomas. She has been a substitute teacher, student teacher, and taught private lessons at Floyd Ward, as well as choreographed duet pieces for competition. She can’t wait for the upcoming season!
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 recieved 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 in dance with a minor in music from Radford University where she studied under the direction of Margaret Devaney, Danah Bella, Aleskey Plekhanov, and Amy VanKirk among others. She is currently the instructor for the mini tap and bitty ballet prime teams and co teaches bitty jazz and mini jazz. She also is the teacher for the Saturday morning Angels from Heaven class. She is looking forward to the upcoming dance year.
Kayla Huffman began dancing at Floyd ward at the age of 10. She had the honor of competing on the jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, pointe, and specialty clogging teams. While competing, Kayla received numerous awards for her dancing such as judge's Choice, Overall Highest Score, and a National overall Award. In 2013, she was picked to be a Youth Dance Ambassador with Dance Troupe Inc. She was also chosen to be a backup dancer for "Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory World Tour in 2015. Kayla has been an Angel helper, student teacher, and a substitute teacher for many years, and has been a secretary in both the Vinton and Botetourt studios. Kayla's first choreographed piece taken to competition received many overall awards as well as a Judge's Choice award for her choreography. Kayla was home-schooled and transferred to a four year college to finish her degree. She cannot wait to start a new dance season with your children.
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. Aimee is excited to get started on choreography for her own classes this year!
Chelsea Roark is a graduate of Hollins University with a major in clinical psychology and a minor in dance. She has studied and performed tap, jazz, lyrical, liturgical, clogging, hip hop, pointe and ballet. While studying at Hollins, she traveled to Germany to study dance abroad in Berlin and Dresden. Soon after graduating high school, Chelsea joined the Floyd Ward staff. Chelsea continues to work with our students choreographing many winning routines. Chelsea is currently the instructor of the Preteen Ballet, Bitty ballet Small, Preteen Jazz, Junior and Senior Jazz, and all Clogging Ensembles. Ms. Roark is ready to being our new dance season!
Tammy Burnett Vinton Secretary (Monday-Thursday)
Shelby Carpenter Botetourt Secretary (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)
Sarah Burnett Vinton Secretary (Friday and Saturday)
Sheri Deel Botetourt Secretary (Wednesday)
Tara Gallimore Main Office