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Welcome to Grassland Dance Academy


GDA is located in the heart of Grassland in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee. 

Our mission is to instill every student with confidence and self-discipline through creative movement using modern teaching techniques and methodologies. We firmly believe that this confidence can help our students excel outside our classes in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, we believe that learning how to move and dance in a young age opens the door to a happy and healthy lifestyle!

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Welcome to Grassland Dance Academy


GDA is located in the heart of Grassland in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee. 

Our mission is to instill every student with confidence and self-discipline through creative movement using modern teaching techniques and methodologies. We firmly believe that this confidence can help our students excel outside our classes in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, we believe that learning how to move and dance in a young age opens the door to a happy and healthy lifestyle!

Journey through dance.

Grassland Dance Academy is dedicated in showing and teaching the youth of today how to make their dreams come true. Guiding them in the direction of reaching for their goals and giving the self-confidence to achieve all they want to achieve through dance and creative movement. Dance gives children a creative outlet to enjoy music, learn coordination, rhythm and most of all brings joy. We will teach proper technique and performance quality. Our goal is to create a disciplined, loving and inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy as they walk through our door.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Dance is the hidden language of the soul
— Martha Graham

Staff


Staff


Maureen Iliadis

Studio Director/Owner

Maureen is the heart and soul of Grassland Dance Academy. Prior to GDA Maureen enjoyed a very successful career as a professional dancer and choreographer.

 

Katie Crockett

Dance Instructor

Katie joins the GDA family from University of Tennessee Chattanooga and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all GDA students. 

You can find more information about our instructors and staff on our instructor page.

 
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
— John F. Kennedy

Dance Classes


Practice makes perfect.

We offer a variety of classes for all ages and tastes. Check our classes page for details and our latest schedule. 

Dance Classes


Practice makes perfect.

We offer a variety of classes for all ages and tastes. Check our classes page for details and our latest schedule. 

Ballet

LEARN THE CLASSICS

Learn grace, poise, and confidence while exploring classic ballet technique. This class is structured as a classical ballet class warm-up, full barre, adagio, petite allegro, and grande allegro.

 

Tap

MASTER THE RHYTHM

Learning how to use the taps with the rhythm of the music with a concentration on combinations and precision.

Jazz

FEEL THE MUSIC

Explore Bob Fosse’s jazz and lyrical jazz through a variety of movement and technique using your body through the lyrics. 

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For our schedule and full listing of classes check our classes page

I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.... In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God.
— Martha Graham