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.
Eliana Avery, Instructor
Ellie has been dancing ever since she could walk. At her home studio in Northern Virginia, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and musical theater. Her love for performing drove her to begin competing in middle school. Competitions and conventions exposed her to a wide variety of choreographic styles and teaching techniques from renowned artists, and gave her performance opportunities where she won scholarships in tap, contemporary and jazz. She began her teaching career at her home studio when she was in high school, and fell in love with working with kids. She currently studies Communication Arts at VCU and is unbelievably excited to instill the love of dance in kids 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
Kate Poms, Instructor
Kate began dancing at age 3 and hasn't stopped since! She began teaching dance in middle school and fell in love with it. Kate danced competitively and worked on shows throughout middle and high school. She recently graduated from VCU with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in theatre performance. While she is trained in many styles of dance, her favorite is ballet and lyrical. Kate mostly teaches the younger dancers and the theatre classes here at Grace Arts. She is very excited to help the Grace Arts students find the magic of performing arts this season!
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.