LAURA PINNICK

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 also 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.  She worked 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 her forming Rhythms of Grace, LLC, in Spring 2015, and moving to a new, larger studio space on Ragland Road in Beckley in August 2017. Laura feels blessed to be able to minister through dance as the owner and director of Rhythms of Grace.  She and her husband, Andrew, have been happily married since the fall of 2017.  They reside in Beckley with their fur baby, Kona. 

DIRECTOR / INSTRUCTOR - Tiny Tutus through Sapphire Beginning/Intermediate Dancers; All Levels of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz

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.  She continues her dance education with Dance Masters of America, as she works toward certification.  She is currently employed with the Raleigh County Board of Education as a middle school science teacher. 

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

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.

Kaity, her husband of 11 years, Steve, and their daughter live in Shady Spring.

INSTRUCTOR - 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.

INSTRUCTOR - Flip

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.

INSTRUCTOR - Tiny Tutus and Ruby Beginning 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.

INSTRUCTOR - Tiny Tutus and Ruby Beginning Dancers

KOURTNEY HUGHES

Kourtney has been dancing since the age of 4 and has loved it ever since! She joined Rhythms of Grace when she was 12 years old, where her skill and passion started to blossom. Her love for dance also carried with her throughout high school while being a part of Woodrow Wilson’s Lassie dance team for all 4 years. Kourtney is now a freshman at Bluefield State College and she is in the Pre-Nursing program working towards her ASN-RN degree. She is honored and excited to be back at Rhythms of Grace to start teaching classes!

INSTRUCTOR

LAUREN RAKES

Lauren Rakes is 16 years old and is entering her junior year at Shady Spring High School. She not only enjoys dancing but is on the cross country team. Lauren has been dancing on and off since she was 3 but began dancing for Rhythms of Grace in 2013. In 2015 she was excited to start assisting the other instructors in teaching the dance classes but in the fall of 2017 she was given the opportunity to begin teaching on her own. After completing high school Lauren aspires to go into the medical field at her dream school, the University of North Carolina.

INSTRUCTOR - Tiny Tutus and Ruby Beginning Dancers

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386 Ragland Road

Beckley, WV 25801

681.207.7092

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