Tracy received her Bachelor degree in Communications with concentration in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee in 1995. She earned some of her expertise by studying with professionals such as the legendary children’s teacher Al Gilbert, Los Angeles’ Joe Tremaine, Marcea Lane and Broadway Choreographer Thommie Walsh. Tracy has also studied with Nickelodeon’s Ivan Dudyinsky, Opryland productions Choreographer Mallory Graham, Janet Jackson dancer Robert Alvarez, Reba McEntire dancer Terry Lindholm, and the Hoctor family. Tracy completed semi-private study with Richard Croskey and Dr. Gene McCutchen, Dance Department head at the University of Tennessee. Tracy had private instruction with Broadway dancer and choreographer of the show “13” Christopher Gattelli, whose credits include “Guys and Dolls” on Broadway and the famed Mr. Mistoffelees in the touring cast of “Cats”. Tracy’s ballet instructors include Balanchine protégé and New York City Ballet principal Roni Mahler, Broadway Dance Center’s Amy Horowitz, and Jerry Rose of Professional Dance Teacher’s Association. She has studied lyrical with Doug Caldwell of L.A., Jazz with Scott Benson of Access Broadway and Fosse style with Ron Kellum from the cast of “Chicago”. Her most recent training was with Tyler Hayden of “Tap Dogs” and Dance Caravan’s Darrin Contessa.
Tracy’s students & competition teams continue to earn regional & national titles in Junior Miss, Showstopper International, Miss National Pre-Teen and Stars of Tomorrow National Talent Competition. Tracy has produced consecutive regional champions in group, duet/trio, & solo competition. She has had many first place winners in Tremaine Dance Competition, Dance Troupe, Inc, Extreme Dance, Premiere 2000, Cathy Roe, International Dance Championships, Platinum, and Encore competitions.
In 1995 Tracy joined the faculty of Pellissippi State as the Adult Ballet & Tap instructor. In 2003, she became administrator and instructor of the dance program at Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center. Tracy was a judge for Talent Productions, Inc. whose proprietor was the father of Maria Beale Fletcher, Miss America 1965. She has choreographed and coached dance and drama competitions for national fraternities & sororities. Tracy choreographed locally for Proffitt’s Trendsetters runway, was assistant choreographer at the Junior Olympics stadium show with Walt Disney Choreographer Doug Jack, and choreographed and judged for University of Tennessee’s All-Campus Events (ACE). She directed the “Jazz Alive” & “Magnificent Seven” jazz troupes, & the “Fabulous Five” tap troupe. Beginning in 2007, she became the instructor for the dance program for Nanny’s EduCare center.
Tracy’s students have earned scholarships with Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Educators of America, Tap City in NYC, and summer study with Atlanta, Nutmeg and Tulsa Ballet. Her students have been selected for residential apprenticeships at Joffrey, Harid Conservatory, Kirov in D.C. and Boston Ballet. Through her coaching and guidance, Tracy’s students have been selected for Dance Caravan faculty demonstrators across the country, Gil Stroming and Mike Minery’s Slide Tap camp, and trips to the Debbie Allen studio in L.A. Tracy’s students have landed Universal Dance Association Faculty jobs and have earned collegiate dance scholarships at Tennessee Wesleyan, University of Tennessee, MTSU, Georgia Tech, ETSU, Austin Peay, and UNLV.
"Jeannie” Sellars, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, K-12, with certification in Health, Physical Education, and Dance. She received graduate credit in supervision and administration from East Tennessee State University.
Jeannie grew up in dance from the age of four at the Range School of Dance where she experienced numerous opportunities to study at the Broadway Dance Center and other studios in New York City. She was a member of the University of Tennessee Repertory Modern Dance Group. Through her dance career that included stage and television performances and training in teaching, she was selected for the legendary Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes- the original kickline. She has performed at the nationally renowned Barter Theater and was the acro-gymnastics demonstrator for Joe Price of New York City.
Jeannie has been consulted for her teaching experience in issues of Dance Teacher Now magazine and has served as East Tennessee Director of National Dance Week chaired by the late Gregory Hines and Ann Reinking. She has studied with George Balanchine’s protégé, Roni Mahler of the New York City Ballet, Los Angeles’ Joe Tremaine and Doug Caldwell, the late Kit Andree and the late Al Gilbert of Hollywood and New York. Jeannie and Broadway performer and choreographer Christopher Gattelli have partnered in dance and competition judging. Also to her credit is assisting Disney and Miss America choreographer Doug Jack in the Junior Olympic field show at Neyland stadium. Jeannie has served as judge for the renowned Beale Fletcher of Talent Productions, Inc. and Creation Dance Championships. She has judged numerous talent preliminaries for the Miss Tennessee Pageant and has coached contestants for Miss Tennessee in dance, modeling, and oratory. She has collaborated with Marty Dew, formerly of Gaylord Entertainment and Tyler Hayden of “Tap Dogs”. Recently she judged the national Radio City Rockette “High Kick” contest.
Jeannie is a member of Dance Educators of America, a certification necessary for a quality dance school. She is also a member of Professional Dance Teachers Association, Dance Masters of America and is listed in the National Who’s Who in Dance. She is a certified instructor and judge for the National Baton Twirling and Dance Association. Many of her majorette squads have achieved state and national titles in baton twirling and dance twirl.
For over 40 years, Jeannie has been Owner and Director of Dance Center West, Inc. and continues to coach, judge, and direct dance performances and competitions. Through the years Jeannie has had over 6000 students who have benefited from the self-confidence, mental discipline, and self-expression that dance provides. Moreover, many of the first students from years ago are now bringing their little ones to learn from “Miss Jeannie”.
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**What is the age a child can begin a class?
Typically we begin a student at age 3 for an introductory class to ballet, creative, and rhythm. They progress to a Ballet/Tap combo class at ages 4 & 5. We recommend a child to be age 7 before beginning jazz/hip-hop.
**What is the dress code?
Any solid color leotard and tights for all classes are permitted. Check with the instructor or director on the shoe style and color.
**How many students are in a class?
Our large studio can accommodate up to 14 children in a class with one lead teacher and at least one assistant. Most classes, however, have 8-10 students.
**Can I observe the class?
Yes! We have an observation window for parents in our large studio. Parents wait in the lobby area. Often we have the door of the classroom open, depending on the noise in the lobby.
**What is the length of a class?
45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes, depending on level
**What is the length of a session?
Our dance year runs from the second week of August to the end of May. During June and July, we have special events and summer 2-week camps.
**Is there opportunity for private instruction?
Yes. If there is a desire to advance, strengthen skills, catch up, or compete.
**Do you participate in dance competitions?
Yes. 2-3 per year. We have solos, duets/trios, and groups. Summer study is usually required, as well as a separate year-round class. All competition students are required to take one ballet class weekly in addition to a technique class of the genre they are competing in.
**Can my child try a class before we enroll?
Yes, at no charge.
**What is the inclement weather policy?
When Knox County schools dismiss for BAD WEATHER, DCW is also closed.
**When is tuition due?
Tuition is always due the last week of the month for the following month's classes. If payment is received on the 1st or after, a late charge will be added.
**What are the additional costs besides tuition?
Attire, Registration fee, Costumes for Recital, Recital Fee. Optional pictures.
**What qualifications are required of the staff?
Our staff all have college degrees. They have a background of dance education from childhood. Each staff member has extensive training in teaching children dance as well as dance history. Our assistants must be in high school, must be students at our studio for at least four years, and also have a background in dance since their early childhood.
**What are the staff and studio's certifications and accreditations?
Who's Who in Dance, Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Professional Dance Teachers Association, AAHPERD, BMi, ASCAP, and we are incorporated.
**What are the days and times classes meet?
Classes are held Monday through Thursday. There are morning pre-school classes. School-age children's classes run from 3:30-8:30 p.m.
**Do you offer Saturday classes?
Saturdays are reserved for private lessons and competition preparation.
**Can my child eat /drink before & after class?
There is no food allowed in the studio. Bottled water is available for purchase or you may bring your own