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.
Jessi Harrop, Instructor
Jessi began dancing soon after she learned how to walk, and has had a passion and love for dance ever since. She danced competitively, as well as on a performing company for most of her dance career. Jessi taught creative movement and ballet when she was in high school, and since graduating has dreamed of the day that she would be able to be back in the studio. While Jessi has been trained in many styles of dance, she most enjoys ballet and contemporary. Jessi is thankful for this opportunity to connect with children once again through her love and passion for dance, and can’t wait to learn and grow alongside her students this season!
Katarina Dabney, Instructor
Katarina has had a passion for performing arts ever since she could walk. She became a studio dancer in 1998 and has been dancing ever since. At her home studio in the west end, she has studied in many styles of dance such as: hip hop, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, and even musical theatre. Her nickname growing up as a dancer was "Hot N Spicy"! She started teaching at her home studio in 2012 and has loved it ever since. She got accepted into Henrico High School's Center for the Arts program studying dance and musical theatre in 2009 and graduated in 2013. She has traveled to New York City several times to Ripley Grier Studios for many acting, dancing, and singing classes. Seeing several shows on Broadway just made her want to be on Broadway even more! Katarina will be graduating from J. Sargeant Reynolds in May of 2017 with an Associates in Social Science. Her love for performing arts has put her through many concerts, showcases, recitals, and competitions. Katarina wants to fulfill her long life dream which is to own her own studio. She wants to show off her creative mindset and choreography. She loves working with children and even has several years experience working with special needs children. She wants to share her passion and knowledge of dance with everyone and anyone who is willing to learn. Katarina is so grateful to be working at Grace Arts where she can help every dancer become the best they can be. Stay fierce and fabulous!
Emily Gerber, Instructor
Emily’s love for the performing arts began at a young age when she starred as a princess in her elementary school’s first grade play. She has developed an immense love for everything theatre since then - acting, singing, directing, playwriting - you name it, Emily loves it! She has experience acting in high school and on semi-professional level in the Richmond area. She also served as her high school’s Thespian Troupe president where she learned the ins and outs of managing theatre as a community and business. She currently is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is working toward a double major in English and Creative Advertising. In the future, she hopes to perform in more local productions and have one of her plays that she’s written published!
Savannah Spradlin, Instructor
Savannah has had a strong passion for dance and music from the time she could walk and talk. She has trained in jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical/contemporary, and ballet throughout most of her middle/high school years at local dance studios. She was also part of the Dogwood Dance Project Youth Ensemble, performing all around RVA. She enjoyed being involved in the dance team for two years at her high school, show choir, and playing "Mr. Mistoffelees" in the musical CATS. Savannah also got the opportunity to audition for the Governors School of Performing Arts. In this new part of her life, she is excited for this opportunity to teach young children about dance and to share this beautiful form of art with our community.
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
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.