LAURA PINNICK

Rhythms of Grace was founded by Laura Pinnick in the Spring of 2015.  Born and raised in West Virginia, Laura graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV, in 2003 and from Marshall University in 2006 with a B.A. in Elementary Education.  She relocated to Rock Hill, SC, in June of 2007 to fulfill a teaching job at Chester Park Elementary School of Arts, a public arts school.  While teaching there she developed a curriculum that integrated dance and creative movement with science and math content.  While teaching at Chester Park, Laura wrote and received a grant to provide free dance instruction for low income children before and after school and taught over 130 students in this program weekly.  Laura also continued her education during her time in South Carolina.  She earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Integrated Teaching through the Arts and completed coursework from Winthrop University in dance technique, dance history, and dance education.

Laura was thrilled to return to Beckley in 2010 and to continue her work in arts integration in Raleigh and Fayette Counties.  Laura worked part-time as the Children’s Ministry Director for a large congregation while also working as part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Elementary Dance Pilot Project, and her arts integration residency at Stanaford Elementary School was hailed by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts as an exemplary model for the Arts in Education grant program.  She also continued her education through Dance Masters of America in New York.  In 2016, she completed the 4 year DMA Teacher Training School and graduated from the program by passing examinations in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern.

Laura began teaching dance classes one night each week at the School of Harmony in Beaver, WV, in August 2012.  Rapid growth of the program resulted in Laura’s appointment as the Director of Dance for the School of Harmony, her formation of Rhythms of Grace, LLC, in Spring 2015, and the move to our current larger studio space on Ragland Road in Beckley in August 2017. Laura feels blessed to be able to minister to over 275 families each week as the CEO of Rhythms of Grace.  Laura and her husband, Andrew, have been happily married since the fall of 2017.  They reside in Beckley with their fur baby, a Yorkie-Poo named Kona. 

CEO and EDUCATOR

JULIE BLANKENSHIP

Julie began studying dance at the age of six in Charleston, WV.  She enjoyed teaching dance to students of all ages and had the opportunity to open her own studio, Rhythm Dance Academy, while attending college.  In 2004, Julie moved to Beckley, WV.  When her son, Colton, was born, Julie took some time off from teaching dance.  However, dance remained close to her heart.  She was eager to join the staff in August 2014.  Julie is a graduate from The University of Charleston with a degree in Sports Medicine and Marshall University with a Masters in the Art of Teaching.  In 2019 Julie completed the 4 year Dance Master's of America Teacher Training Program and passed certification examinations in both jazz and modern.  She is currently employed with the Raleigh County Board of Education as a middle school science teacher. 

EDUCATOR- Tiny Tutus through Sapphire Beginning/Intermediate Dancers; All Levels of Jazz and Modern; Twirl

KAITY MOORE

Kaity started dancing at the age of 4 and began student teaching at 10 years old. After dancing for 20 years, she decided to take a break and explore other interests. She worked at Triple S Corporation for 5 years as Safety Director, but decided to become a stay at home mom when she was blessed with a daughter, Jillian.  

She was excited to embrace her love for dance again in August 2014 when she joined the dance staff.  In 2019 Kaity completed the 4 year Dance Master's of America Teacher Training Program and passed certification examinations in both jazz and tap.  Kaity not only teaches but also puts her gifts of organization and care to use by serving as ROG's Connection Coordinator.  

Kaity, her husband Steve, and their daughter live in Shady Spring.

CONNECTION COORDINATOR and EDUCATOR - Tiny Tutus through Sapphire Beginning/Intermediate Dancers; Intermediate Jazz and Tap; All Levels of Hip Hop

ANGELA GRAHAM

Angela was given the opportunity to teach gymnastics when she was just 16 years old. She never dreamed that almost 30 years later, her love of coaching would only grow into a stronger bond that she cannot put into words.  
She is happily married with 6 children. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science, and is employed with Raleigh County Schools.
She has been immensely blessed by our Lord and Savior to be a part of the wonderful, God-serving staff of Rhythms of Grace. Angela is ecstatic to continue her love and passion for gymnastics with the students at ROG.

EDUCATOR - Flip

NICOLE M. H. UNDERWOOD

Nicole M. H. Underwood was born and raised in Shady Spring, WV. She started studying dance at the Beckley Dance Theatre School at the age of four and finished her dance education at the School of Harmony Dance Center under Laura Pinnick. She has been cast in numerous roles throughout her dance education, including Clara (The Nutcracker) and the White Witch (Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). In 2012, she attended the West Virginia Govenor's School for the Arts for dance. Nicole was a founding member of the Shady Spring High School dance team, graduating from Shady Spring High School in 2014. She attended West Virginia University where she earned a Bachelor's (2018) and a Master's (2019) of Science in Civil Engineering. Nicole is a Civil Associate at Michael Baker International in Charleston, WV. Her work includes the design, construction, and inspection of highway bridges. Nicole lives with her loving husband of two years, Benjamin Underwood, and their dog Ellie in Nitro, WV. She is excited to return to her roots in ballet as she teaches our Pulse Ballet classes.

Educator - Royal Rhythms

KAYLA SUTTLE

Kayla started dance classes at the age of 7 and continued to dance until she graduated high school in 2011. Although she didn't start teaching dance until January 2017, she stayed behind the scenes helping with recitals each year. Kayla graduated Concord University in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in education. She teaches Pre-K at Wonderfully Made Preschool and loves teaching her little ones.
Kayla and her husband, Garret, will be married for 2 years in September 2018 and will be expecting their first baby girl, Charlotte.

EDUCATOR - Tiny Tutus and Ruby Dancers

MCKENNA HINDS

McKenna started dancing at the age of 3 and started volunteering with younger children at the age of 10. She graduated from VoTech in 2015 from the Careers in Education program and also graduated from Independence High School in 2015. McKenna attended Concord University and received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree in July of 2018 and is still pursuing an Elementary Education degree with Concord University. She finished up dancing with Rhythms of Grace in 2015 and was blessed with an opportunity to come back and teach in fall of 2017. She currently lives in Crab Orchard, West Virginia.

EDUCATOR - Tiny Tutus through Emerald Step Up

KAYLA PECK

Kayla Peck danced for 10 years while growing up in Raleigh County, WV. She attended Shady Spring High School and participated on the dance team during her time there. Kayla went on to attend West Virginia University where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing. Kayla currently works at Raleigh Medical Center as an RN in Endoscopy. She enjoys spending time with her family, serving at church, and hanging out with her dog Dawson in her free time. She is excited to share her dancing experience with our Step Stone dancers.

Educator - Ruby through Emerald Step Up

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386 Ragland Road

Beckley, WV 25801

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