Our Faculty

Jennifer Grinwis

Nan’s oldest daughter, Jennifer, has been here from the very beginning! Our owner and director attended the 1989 NC Governor’s School in dance and participated in the Guilford County Junior Miss Scholarship Program in 1990 winning scholarships for her dance performance. She studied dance at UNC-G, and continues to further her training by enrolling in conventions and seminars. Other experience includes being a homeschooling mom to 4 children. Jennifer’s dance teaching experience spans 22 years.

Lauren Stroud

Nan herself taught Lauren at our Yadkinville studio for fifteen years. She has her BA in dance from UNC-G. In high school and beyond, Lauren composed choreography, performed it, and won awards with her cheerleading team and show choir. At a competition in Atlanta, she was named All-Star dancer. This is Lauren’s 17th year teaching with Nan’s. When not dancing, her 4 children keep her busy.


 I’ve been dancing for 20 years and 9 of those years I trained at Nan’s! I got my degree in Dance Studies from Appalachian State in 2015. I performed for Horn in the West in Boone, NC for the summers of 2014 and 2015. I’ve also performed small festivals over the past few years. My passion is performing and creating new work. I’ve been teaching dance since I graduated and I love every second of it. Currently in my dance life, I teach and I take classes and go to conventions as often as I can and I am continually looking for opportunities to perform! I love teaching at Nan’s and I am excited to see what the future brings.

Ashley Simmons

A dancer here at Nan’s since age three, Ashley has experienced many dance genres. She recently graduated from UNC-G majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Dance. She has many years of classroom management under her belt through helping at her church all her life and her full time position as a 4th grade teacher at Greensboro Academy. This year is Ashley’s 6th year as a Nan’s instructor.

Lauren Reel

Lauren has been teaching since age 18 and dancing since age 3. Like our other instructors, she has years of experience with children in a classroom setting. She was a dancer and choreographer for the Greensboro Revolution Arena Football League dance team. Her strengths include ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop plus being a great mother to her son! Certified in Early Childhood Education, she leads our preschool program with enthusiasm. She started with us in 2010.

Christine Stevens

Christine Bowen Stevens received her dance training from Duke University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. She holds a BA in Dance and MFA in Dance and Choreography from UNCG, and has toured, performed, and choreographed in various venues throughout the US. Christine has been teaching with Nan’s since 2003. When she is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her three kids and is always excited to share her passion for dance with the next generation.

Melissa Xayavong

Melissa grew up in Greensboro and is raising a family of her own. She attended Cindy Gill’s School of Dance for fourteen years. She has experience choreographing for and performing with a dance team at college football bowl games. Melissa has also danced in Los Angeles and New York. She is known for her kid friendly choreography in recital routines. This will be Melissa’s 17th year teaching with us, and she does a phenomenal job as our office manager!

Kayla McBane

Kayla started dancing with Jennifer at the Yadkinville studio when she was 3 years old. Now in her final year of a degree in kinesiology with a minor in dance at UNC-G, she is ready to share her knowledge. Through volunteering at church and training with us, she has experience with children of all ages. This is her 4th year teaching at Nan’s.



Rebecca Ray

Rebecca Ray has danced since she was four years old through graduating high school in 2018. She started her dance journey at a studio in Elkin, NC called Dance Upstairs and  was on a traveling competition team. The last two years of high school she transferred to Nan’s School of Dance in Yadkinville where she also competed and was taught by Lauren Stroud. She is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro and currently pursues her masters in public affairs. She has enjoyed teaching young children at Nan’s since fall 2017. She says, “I didn’t expect to continue my dance journey, but it has been a pleasure sharing my passion with children.”