Faith Price, Founder/Director
After transforming from a gymnast to a dancer and accumulating several years of performing experience through her local studio's company program where she received training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Tumbling, Miss Faith went on to audition for and join the MHS Lancer Dancers, the William & Mary Dance Team, and Pointe Blank Dance Company. Afterwards, Miss Faith got the opportunity to be the dance program coordinator at her local YMCA and fell in love with getting to teach mini ballerinas. She primarily works with the preschool, ballet, and contemporary students, however loves all styles of dance (especially, as most of the kids know, sassy jazz!) and feels blessed to be able to teach the most wonderful kids in the world! Miss Faith began Grace Arts because her two main passions in life are children and dancing, and she is unbelievably thankful for the opportunity to not only run a business, but be the leader of one big ol' dancing family!
Amy Sabet, Instructor (seasonal)
Amy found a love for creative movement as a young girl. She harnessed that passion upon enrollment in dance classes as she entered third grade. She danced with her local studio’s company for many years with much hard work and commitment. Inevitably, those years of discipline allowed Amy to experience the joys of performing and sharing the art of dance with others. While disciplined in many variations of dance, Amy particularly delights in the style of jazz. Amy is excited about sharing her love of dance, and the confidence developed in dance with her students at Grace Arts.
Jasmine Shaw, Instructor (Substitute)
Jasmine Shaw was born and raised in Richmond, VA and began dancing upon her entrance in high school. She attended Henrico High School and was a participant in their specialty center, Center for the Arts, where she studied dance under the direction of Victoria Fink. During her time in the program her love for dance heightened and she decided to further her study in college. In 2011, she furthered her education with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance at James Madison University (JMU). While at JMU she performed in various works by students, faculty, and guest artists such as Xan Burley and Alex Springer and was a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. In 2013, to continue her dance training, she attended a summer dance intensive, American Dance Festival (ADF). During the summer 2014, Jasmine traveled to London, England where she saw over forty performances and studied modern dance technique with instructors from the Laban Center. While at JMU she discovered a passion for choreography. She choreographed many pieces that were featured in numerous concerts and student works. Upon graduation from James Madison University in 2015 she has returned home to Richmond. She currently works for UPS while still actively choreographing and dancing. Jasmine aspires to own her own dance company to fulfill her love for choreography and her creative mindset. She is overjoyed at the opportunity to join the Grace Arts family and share her passion to enrich the lives of others.
Gabrielle (Bri) Lopez
Sydney Judge, Instructor
Sydney, from Suffolk, Virginia has been dancing ever since she was 3 years old. She started with the standard ballet and tap class but quickly developed a love for the art and began to expand her horizons. At the age of 11 she joined the “Excel” Program at her studio exposing her to a variety of dance styles, such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop, which lead her to making her studios competitive dance team at the age of 13. With that team, she has done multiple conventions and competitions as well as master classes from performers of the Lion King. Her love for dance only continued to grow as she began teaching children how to dance at the age of 16. Since she has graduated high school and left her childhood studio, she is now studying Psychology at VCU with a dance minor. She continues to grow her knowledge on the dance world by occasionally working dance competitions with her former dance teacher. She is excited to continue teaching children the art she fell in love with at such a young age.
Breanna Ford, Instructor
Breanna knew she loved performing when she started taking dance classes at her local studio. What started out as recreational dance classes in 4th grade quickly grew into something more. While in high school, she served as dance captain for two nationally ranked show choir groups, starred as a background actress in local movies, and played lead roles in theatre productions. Throughout her time in show choir, Breanna won numerous Outstanding Performer awards, and received opportunities to perform with and learn from award-winning celebrities. Breanna furthered her performance skills through additional singing lessons and recreational dance classes. Additionally, Breanna teaches choreography to Chesterfield County middle schoolers, all while studying Health Science and Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and sassy-jazz. Breanna never misses a chance to exclaim how blessed she feels to teach children and call Grace Arts “home!”
Staisha Perry, Instructor
Staisha Perry is a Professional Dancer from New York City. Staisha started her formal dance training at 3 years old in New York, NY at Bonnii’s Dance Showcase. Here she studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hop-Hop, Modern, Lyrical and Contemporary. At age 4 she auditioned and was accepted into the Bonnii’s Dance Showcase Company, where she started to dance competitively . To further her talent she decided to study African Dance at the Dijoniba Dance & Drum Centre in New York City. Staisha started feel the joy, creativity, and power in dance brought her. As life would have it she moved to Virginia, she captured that joy once again with the Beth Elliot Dance Company. While dancing professionally with the company; during her college years; she was apart of several showcases performances, and so much more. Her aspirations to improve her abilities begin to take shape. One of her fondest experiences was being selected to go to Hawaii and train along with Beth and other company members. Currently, Staisha is a professional dancer for the Arena Football League (AFL) & Minor Football League (MFL) where she continues to train and find her creative space.
Gabrielle Lopez, Instructor
Gabrielle (Bri) Lopez has been dancing since she could walk. She started dancing in Woodbridge Virginia when she was 3 years old, and continued to fall in love with dance during her 14 years as a Linda’s Ballet Workshop loyal student. Throughout her time at LBW, Gabrielle trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and pointe and she started assistant teaching during her middle school years. When Gabrielle was in high school, she devoted more of her time to musical theatre. She took on opportunities being dance captain of her school’s musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as a soloist and choreographer for the production of Oliver. Now, Gabrielle attends Virginia Commonwealth University and enjoys taking dance classes through their dance department. Being a student reminds Gabrielle of her love of dance, and she feels blessed to share this love with her students.