Floyd Ward School of Dance has brought joy of dance to the valley for nearly 86 years

POSTED: 06:48 AM EST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:34 AM EDT Sep 13, 2013 
VINTON, Va. -

One hometown dance studio has tapped its way through the Great Depression, multiple wars and serious recessions.

For almost 86 years The Floyd Ward School of Dance has brought the joy of dance to the Valley and hopes to do so for the next 86.

Those invested in the studio say it’s stood the test of time for one simple reason.

It's a place where young women learn to appreciate and love the art of dance.

The girls are getting ready for an upcoming performance and they're in good hands. Miss Jill, as they respectfully call this dance veteran, was taught by the woman who the dance studio was named for, and proudly carries on her legacy.

"I moved here in 1973 and started taking classes under Floyd and then after that I became part of her company,” Dance Instructor Jill Graybill said. "She knew that the people could gain a lot of things from the dance itself because it brings music and movement and theatrics."

Floyd's studio has been in business almost 86 years, no small feat, especially for a small town dance studio. Valerie Moses has owned Floyd Ward School of Dance for 13 years and says people keep coming back for good reason.

"It's very simple. The quality of dance and how we treat our people,” Moses said.

Moses says she loves children. She has two of her own and believes it's important to give back. That's why she offers special needs children free dance lessons, something that gives them opportunities they may not get elsewhere.

"We have one on Saturday mornings and one of Thursdays and that was just always a dream of mine and I feel in God's eyes, every child is special,” Moses said.

To the women who teach here, every child IS special. Miss Jill could have taken her talents elsewhere but is so invested in her students and this area.

"As far as the studio it's become kind of a family to me," Graybill said.

And creating a family environment is what Floyd Ward Studio of Dance wants to give young people for another 86 years.

The studio offers classes for all ages and even offers scholarships.

It has three locations throughout the Valley.