2015/2016 Staff

The Tina Grider School of Dance was established in 1986.  We offer training in tap, pointe, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, lyrical, drill team prep and competitive dance team. 
The school provides students an opportunity to study dance for personal satisfaction in a supportive environment.  Students progress at their own pace to improve physical strength, flexibility, coordination, and body alignment.
The Tina Grider School of Dance also offers four selective Competitive Dance Teams, consisting of Elementary, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior teams.  Members audition for positions on these teams and enter competitions all over East Texas. Our teams have won numerous awards during the past 15 years.
Many other students of the studio also have won awards, joined drill teams and been named drill team officers in the past years.
School instructors include Tina Grider Lyon, director and studio owner.  Grider-Lyon, a former Kilgore Rangerette and Swingster, received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts and Dance.
She was listed in “Who’s Who” in dance at Kilgore College, is a past Board Member of Rangerettes Forever, and taught 13 summers for the Mini-Rangerette Camps.  Grider-Lyon has attended the Al Gilbert and Joe Tremaine Dance Conventions in Dallas, choreographed for Longview Community Theater Musicals, and worked with the Junior League of Longview Charity Ball Shows.  She is also involved as a volunteer with Good Shepherd Hospital Guild as well as many other community organizations.
Devon Churchill Travis is beginning her 14th year as an Instructor for the studio.  She teaches classes in all forms of dance.  She also serves as the Director of the Junior and Senior Competitive Dance Teams.  She is a former Rangerette, Swingster and Dallas Sidekicks Dancer.  She has also worked in the past as a Promotional Coordinator for the Dallas Cowboy organization.  She received her degree from ETBU in kinesiology.
Nicki Patterson is returning as the Ballet Department Director and Instructor.  Nicki served in this position at the studio previously for 15 years.  She taught  English and Psychology at Kilgore High School for the past 11 years.  She also serves as our Office Manager.  She is a former Rangerette Officer and Swingster, and she also served as President of the Rangerette Forever Organization.
Nicole Cates, a twenty-two year student at the studio, will begin her 9th year as the Director and Choreographer of the Elementary and Intermediate Competitive Dance Teams. She also is a former Rangerette, a UTT Patriot Dancer, and graduated from UT Tyler with a degree in education and has taught at Gilmer ISD and is currently teaching at Hallsville ISD.
Misti Irwin will begin her 11th year as an Instructor and as an Assistant Teacher. Misti is skilled in all forms of dance.  She has been a student at the studio for twenty-two years. 
Carli Howard is joining our staff this year as Instructor and Assistant Director of the TNT Dancers..  She is a former student at the studio and was also an Officer for the Kilgore High School High Steppers. She earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Stephen F. Austin.
Sheila Rhinehart returns as Administrative Assistant and Costume Coordinator.
Class Registration is set for 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Aug.16th & 17th at the dance studio, 510 North 5th St. in Longview.  Classes begin on August 22nd.  For information, please call 903-753-2001.
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Tina Grider School of Dance

510 N. Fifth St.
Longview, TX 75601

Phone: 903-753-2001
Email: tinagriderdance@sbcglobal.net

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Tina Grider School Of Dance, Dancing Instruction, Longview, TX