I N F O R M A T I O N  D I R E C T O R Y


Director Email: Stephanie.Braly-Beutjer@hsv-k12.org   
 Phone: 256-428-8018 or 256-428-8000 ext. 2264

Dance Parent Association Email: grissomdance@gmail.com
President: Shannon Currie




Dance Class at Grissom High School is an option for PE credit, fine arts credit, or an elective. In dance class, students will study various dance disciplines, learn the importance of being physically fit; nutrition, anatomy, living a healthy lifestyle, dance history along with executing and creating dance movement. Cardiovascular efficiency, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition are all integral parts of the dance curriculum. Each student brings their own creativity and ingenuity to the program. They are encouraged to release their creative potential and see where it takes them. Modifications for all exercises are discussed and demonstrated. Dance is never perfected. it is a process with each step along the educational process. Repetition, discipline, and a great attitude are key to success. 

Arts in in education is vital. Dance is considered the most difficult of the arts. Dance uses the body as the instrument and movement as the medium. One’s body must be strong and physically fit to execute the movements of dance. Mental and physical discipline is required of dancers on a daily basis. Students who study dance will carry the tools they learn into other areas of their lives. Dance can be a vehicle for understanding life experiences and a unique way of communicating. Dance is a way of expressing oneself through movement. Dance education opens the door for students to look inside and discover inner thoughts and feelings that otherwise may go untapped. Dance is an inclusive activity where all involved learn from one another. Dance enables us to cross cultural boundaries and bring people closer together by learning to work together towards a common goal. This experience helps the students to become more capable, well rounded human beings that can communicate in a variety of ways. It can only enhance a student’s school career and be an asset to them throughout life. Studies show that students involved in the arts score higher on the SAT and ACT


“To sing well and dance well is to be well educated.”

- Plato


“I am blessed to teach your child.”


In all of my teaching experiences I have had the luxury of teaching different disciplines of dance as well as different levels. From the beginner to the professional, there always seems to be a sense of need and desire to understand dance. The beginning dancer is eager and wants to do everything at once. Dance is an intricate art form that takes discipline, determination and diligence. The more advanced dancer continues to refine their technical, artistic and performance skills. Artistic expression from within is difficult to teach. A teacher must inspire and encourage the dancer to search and explore the inner artist. In this type of environment, the dancer will begin to understand that dance is not just steps to music. Dance is an expression of one’s inner strength, perseverance and belief in self. Showing the dancer you believe in their ability to accomplish can inspire them to excel.

My approach to the above is straightforward, providing rigorous training and demanding a high standard of excellence. I require my students to look beyond the steps – to look at why fundamental training is a must, and to see within the structure of dance, discipline is the foundation from which to excel. I require my students to come to class with an open mind and heart. They must be ready to receive information and willing to commit to creating movement with artistry and grace. Not every student will become professional or even continue training and performing. However, every student will learn an appreciation and understanding of the art form that will grow and be passed on to others.

Along with demanding a high standard of excellence and belief in self from my students, I demand the same of myself. My teaching should always remain positive, inspiring and encouraging. Taking time to understand a student’s needs, and getting to know the reason behind why they are dancing can enhance my teaching ability significantly. I must take the time to show the students my passion and love for dance. Teachers must exhibit the same discipline, determination and diligence in teaching that is expected of the student in training. I charge myself to give them the tools to learn and encourage them to use them to succeed.

Dance teachers are not only responsible for training professional dancers. We are responsible for teaching anyone who desires the experience of dance. By instilling appreciation in all students, we create a society that produces and appreciates the beautiful art form of dance and the hard work and discipline it takes to become a dancer.





What is CRUPS? Costume Rental Upkeep and Program Support

The dance program does not receive any financial support from Grissom High School, the City Board of Education, or the State Board of Education. We must raise funds in order to continue to offer quality dance opportunities for our students. In order to continue this program, we ask that each family contribute as follows:


  •  $185.00 for a Beginning (Level 1) GHS dancer

  •  $235.00 for an Intermediate (Level 2) GHS dancer

  •  $360.00 for a Co. 2 (Level 3) Member

  •  $385.00 for an Images (Level 4) member


The Costume Rental Upkeep and Program Support (CRUPS) fees provide the following for each dancer:


  • Rental of costume pieces for all performances. (Does not include tights and shoes) 

  • Grissom Dance T-shirt and Class T-shirt

  • Guest teachers and speakers

  • Professional Headshot for lobby display

  • Fitness equipment for all classes

  • General costs related to running the dance program

  • Two fully produced dance showcases/productions

  • Membership in the Grissom Dance Parent Association

Students will be responsible for their own tights, shoes, make-up, and hair accessories. Dancers will be required to bring their own dance attire to dress out daily. This is a health code ordinance.

The beginning of school is incredible busy for all families. For your convenience your fees may be paid in installments. Payment schedule is below: 

• The first payment is due by Wednesday/Thursday, August 29th and 30th.

• The second payment is due by Wednesday/Thursday , September 26th and 27th.

• The third payment is due by Wednesday/Thursday, October 24th and 25th.


The Dance Parents Association uses CHARMS for communication and payment purposes. Please make sure you have an updated profile and email in WWW.CHARMSOFFICE.COM. Our school code is: GrissomHSDance. Your Password is typically your student’s last name and First initial. It is case sensitive. If you ever have a question or a need, please feel free to contact call Mrs. Braly-Beutjer at Stephanie.Braly-Beutjer@hsv-k12.org or call 428-8018 or contact our Treasurer, Kathleen Myles at grissomdance@gmail.com.



1. NO CASH PLEASE – it can get lost and is hard to track.

2. Make checks/money order out to Grissom Dance Parents Association

3. Please write your dancer’s name, phone number and purpose in the memo section of the check. Place all checks in an envelope with student’s name and purpose of the payment on the front. Please do not combine other payments with CRUPS payment. Example: CRUPS on one check, Poinsettia money on a different check.

5. All payments should be put in the Grissom Dance envelope and place in the lockbox outside Mrs. Braly-Beutjer’s office.

Thank you for your support of the Grissom High School Dance Program !!!




Grissom Dance currently has several fundraising projects. The purpose of our fundraising is to help the student directly and create funds for the dance programs.  Any profits due to the student will be applied directly towards their CRUPS fee and will be posted in their CHARMS account once the sale is completed.  The remainder of the profit will go to the Grissom Dance program to help cover the costs of running the program.  As we progress though the year we will have extra fundraising efforts (Pancakes with Santa & Spirit Nights) that come up to cover unexpected costs or a special project or event.

***Each dancer is responsible for paying the remaining balance of their CRUPS fees after profits are credited. Any profit over amount due will go back to the program, no moneys will be given back to student, but you will earn our everlasting gratitude.***


SaveAround Coupon Books: Tuesday, August 9th - Friday, August 24th; $25 each

This is for all classes and is a great way to put credit in their CHARMS account.  The profit on each book is $10 with the student getting 100% of the profit of their sales to credit their CRUPS fees.  Use this link to promote/showcase the coupon book and take orders:



  • The student will presell coupon books, using the link above.  They turn in the money on August 23rd/24th and coupon books will be available to deliver to the buyers within a few days.


For every 5 books a dancer sells, they will recieve a free book. Sign out sheets will be available in each class.



Poinsettia, Garlands and Wreaths Fundraiser: Monday, October 15th - Wednesday, October 31st

This plant sale is the second fundraiser fof the year and has been quite successful in the past. We will be offering beautiful poinsettia plants, fresh wreaths and garland just in time for the Holidays. Poinsettias come in two sizes - 6” and 8” and 3 colors- Red, White, and Pink to choose from. Their quality is phenomenal and the prices are reasonable: $13.00 for 6 inch and $16.00 for 8 inch. Again, all orders are pre-pay. The dancer is expected to tally up the ordered items and fill in the order sheet correctly. Student’s name must be in the appropriate place on order form. If order form is not filled out completely and correctly, items will not be ordered. Projected delivery date is the week after Thanksgiving. Plants will be delivered to Grissom in the morning and will be available for pick up beginning at 2 pm. You are responsible to pick up your plants and deliver them. WE CANNOT HOLD PLANTS AFTER DELIVERY DATE.

Sale tips: Please check with your church, realtors, doctor or dentist office or any business that might decorate for the Holiday season. If they would like to order several plants, we can offer them a discount price (buying over 10 plants). Prices will be listed on your order form. We can deliver for a $25.00 delivery charge or they can pick them up on the delivery date.


NOTE: For ALL fundraisers we will need several people to help unload, count and sort items as they come off the truck. If you can help with the delivery and distribution, please let us know and be on the look out for volunteer emails with specific dates and times!

Holiday Dance Camp: Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Grissom Dance will host a Holiday Dance Camp on Saturday, December 8th. This will be offered to children K-5th grade. They will learn different styles of dance, some physical fitness do's and don'ts AND have a small performance at the end for their parents. There will be several volunteer opportunities for our Dance Camp. Information will be sent home through Charms and Canvas.


Havoc Hockey Tickets: Tentative

Everyone enjoys a family night full of fun so...why not go to a hockey game? We will be selling Havoc Hockey tickets January and February. If we sell 200 tickets, the program gets $1000. We will distribute order forms in class and then once all orders are received we will have a ticket distribution day when students collect tickets to distribute to their buyers. Last year this fundraiser was a great success and a great way to support our program and community! 

If you have any questions or ideas about fundraising, please contact the Fundraising Chairs Barbara Doucette (bdouce89@gmail.com) and Rebecca Wallace (rwallace@hiwaay.net) 



Lockers for Dancers

Lockers for dancers are provided in our dressing room located in the gym. Dancers will have to share lockers. Each dancer should provide a lock for their locker. Mrs. Braly will keep a confidential record of all lock combinations.

 Please adhere to the following:


• Put your name in all clothes and shoes.

• Bring all personal items to class. 

• Do not leave ANYTHING outside of your locker.

• Pay attention to your belongings when dressing out. 

• Lock your locker when you are done dressing out.

• Grissom Dance is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Headshots for Dancers by Shannon Jackson Photography

Each dancer will have a headshot taken for use in the lobby on our class boards during performances. Shannon Jackson will be photographing the students  on Wednesday, August 29th and Thursday, August 30th.

Shannon will send Mrs. Braly a link and it will be posted on Canvas. The link will allow you to view your child's picture. All orders will be done through Shannon Jackson Photography. Pictures will be delivered to Mrs. Braly and then given to your student.

How to get in touch with Ms. Braly-Beutjer

I try to return all calls and emails the day I receive them. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have a question. 

Phone: 256-428-8018 or 256-428-8000 ext.169

Email: Stephanie.Braly-Beutjer@hsv-k12.org    

Dance Parents Association Board email: grissomdance@gmail.com

“Music is the canvas on which dancer’s paint their movements.”
- Stephanie Braly-Beutjer


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