Rise Dance

Rise Dance

Our Instructors

Grace Ramazzini

Grace Ramazzini is a Tennessee native, where she first discovered her love of dance at the age of 8.

Training in ballet, jazz, and modern, she attended numerous summer intensives with Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and more.

Grace attended Belhaven University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Currently, Grace dances professionally with Houston dance company Ad Deum.

Grace is passionate about the power of dance to tell stories and provide beauty in the world.

As the Dance Director at RISE, Grace sets the dance curriculum and incorporates a blend of Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet methodologies.

Zoe Jones

Zoe first discovered dance at the age of 4 and has been dancing to her own beat ever since.

Originally from San Diego, Zoe moved to Texas to pursue her BA in Dance at Texas Women’s University along with a BA in Childhood Development.

While in California, Zoe taught dance and trained with many professionals at Palomar College. In her training, she has learned how to cater to all types of learners and uses this to her aid when teaching in her classroom.

Zoe is experienced in many genres of dance including Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Cuban style Salsa and Afro-Cuban.

She loves seeing children learn and develop their own unique little personalities. Zoe believes that having fun is an important part of learning and helping her students shine! Ms. Zoe hopes that all of her students learn to fall head over heels in love with dance and the arts.

Kierra McKay

Kierra McKay began her dance journey when joining her high school dance team. With a growing interest in dance, she became co-captain her last year of high school and sought to further her education at Lamar University where she learned the foundation of many forms of dance and found her true passion in performance.

Kierra also attended many conventions and intensives, including Broadway Dance Center in New York City where she worked with many great teachers and choreographers such as Lane Napper, Derek Mitchell, Sean Carmon, Tricia Miranda, Sheila Barker, Yanis and more.

Kierra has worked professionally with Main Street Theater, Queensbury Theater, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Abby Production, Skoolbo, and Dance Houston where she was recently featured in The Nutcracker Party.

She hopes to continue to inspire young people to express themselves constructively through the arts.

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan, a Houston native, began dancing when she was six years old.

After taking 10 years of ballet as well as tap dancing at a local dance studio, she went on to become a member of her high school’s drill team. Having an innate love of dance, she decided in her high school years that she would pursue dance as a major in college.

She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dance as well as a minor in Business. While in college, she trained mainly in ballet, jazz and modern and was also a member of a dance company where she served as an assistant director and choreographer.

Since graduating, she has enjoyed teaching young dancers at studios in the Houston area and is dedicated to continue sharing her passion for dance at RISE.

Our Instructors

Grace Ramazzini

Grace Ramazzini is a Tennessee native, where she first discovered her love of dance at the age of 8.

Training in ballet, jazz, and modern, she attended numerous summer intensives with Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and more.

Grace attended Belhaven University and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Currently, Grace dances professionally with Houston dance company Ad Deum.

Grace is passionate about the power of dance to tell stories and provide beauty in the world.

As the Dance Director at RISE, Grace sets the dance curriculum and incorporates a blend of Vaganova and Cecchetti ballet methodologies.

Kierra McKay

Kierra McKay began her dance journey when joining her high school dance team. With a growing interest in dance, she became co-captain her last year of high school and sought to further her education at Lamar University where she learned the foundation of many forms of dance and found her true passion in performance.

Kierra also attended many conventions and intensives, including Broadway Dance Center in New York City where she worked with many great teachers and choreographers such as Lane Napper, Derek Mitchell, Sean Carmon, Tricia Miranda, Sheila Barker, Yanis and more.

Kierra has worked professionally with Main Street Theater, Queensbury Theater, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Abby Production, Skoolbo, and Dance Houston where she was recently featured in The Nutcracker Party.

She hopes to continue to inspire young people to express themselves constructively through the arts.

Zoe Jones

Zoe first discovered dance at the age of 4 and has been dancing to her own beat ever since.

Originally from San Diego, Zoe moved to Texas to pursue her BA in Dance at Texas Women’s University along with a BA in Childhood Development.

While in California, Zoe taught dance and trained with many professionals at Palomar College. In her training, she has learned how to cater to all types of learners and uses this to her aid when teaching in her classroom.

Zoe is experienced in many genres of dance including Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Cuban style Salsa and Afro-Cuban.

She loves seeing children learn and develop their own unique little personalities. Zoe believes that having fun is an important part of learning and helping her students shine! Ms. Zoe hopes that all of her students learn to fall head over heels in love with dance and the arts.

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan, a Houston native, began dancing when she was six years old.

After taking 10 years of ballet as well as tap dancing at a local dance studio, she went on to become a member of her high school’s drill team. Having an innate love of dance, she decided in her high school years that she would pursue dance as a major in college.

She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dance as well as a minor in Business. While in college, she trained mainly in ballet, jazz and modern and was also a member of a dance company where she served as an assistant director and choreographer.

Since graduating, she has enjoyed teaching young dancers at studios in the Houston area and is dedicated to continue sharing her passion for dance at RISE.

Professional Grade Sprung Dance Floors

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Dance is a beautiful art form that can be used to tell stories and elicit an audience’s emotions. But dance is also a sport that involves dynamic movement, stamina, balance, strength, and flexibility. Dancers are athletes, and just like any other athlete must train on the proper equipment, so must a dancer train on the proper dance floor.

That’s why RISE has invested in a professional grade sprung dance floor, the exact same flooring system used by some of the top ballet schools in the country such as San Francisco Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School in NYC.

Our sprung floors reduce fatigue, prevent injury, and ultimately ensure a long dance career for our students. Investing in sprung floors is an important part of how RISE prioritizes the health and safety of our dancers!

Morning Class Schedule

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Our Facilities

For dancers, open space is a canvas for their art, so we wanted to give our students the biggest canvases possible. We have 3 dance studios:

  • Studio A is 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Studio B is 1,200 sq. ft.
  • Studio C is 600 sq. ft.

All of our studios feature high ceilings, mirrored walls, and in-wall speaker systems. Studios A & B are separated by a floor-to-ceiling acoustical floating partition that allows the studios to open up into one large performance space for recitals and showcases.

Studios A & B hold our ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and combination classes. Studio C holds our tap, toddler & me, and baby & me classes.

Performance Opportunities

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Our unique campus offers multiple spaces to host onsite performances for our students. Dance is meant to be performed, and our goal is to help normalize the experience of performing in front of an audience.

We build confidence in our younger students by starting with smaller, more intimate performances for family and friends. Students then advance to performing for larger audiences.

We offer performance opportunities in our 1,200 sq. ft. studio, 1,500 sq. ft. studio, 2,400 sq. ft. expanded studio space, and our 2,400 sq. ft. outdoor lawn! 

Teaching Methodology

Our program follows our very own RISE Dance Ballet curriculum, featuring a blend of techniques from the Vaganova and Cecchetti methods.

Students are introduced to fundamental positions and terminology along with guidance on coordination, body alignment, and musicality.

Our studio is dedicated to teaching students proper technique while also providing them with a space to have fun and build lasting friendships!