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Christi Gray Hall was a certified member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters and has owned and operated a studio for 30 years.  She has studied tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and baton for many years.  She has studied with Morat School of Dance, Charles Kelley, Henry LeTang, Savion Glover, Frank Hatchett, Don Farnsworth all from NYC, Al Gilbert, Joe Tremaine, and Doug Caldwell all from Los Angeles.  Other studies include Acting at Theatre Memphis, Rhodes College, University of Memphis, and Playhouse on the Square.

Theatre work includes productions at Bartlett Theatre, Circuit Playhouse, and Theatre Memphis.  She is currently choreographing “Bye Bye Birdie” at Theatre Memphis. She recently performed in and was the assistant choreographer for “Cabaret”  She also performed in “Crazy For You” (2011), “La Cage Aux Folles” (2010) and “Curtains” (2009). She also was co-choreographer for “Oklahoma” (2008) and “West Side Story” (2008).  She played Daphne in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (2007), Jennyanydots in “Cats”, (2006), Phyllis in “42nd Street” (2002), and Judy in “A Chorus Line” (1999) at Theatre Memphis.  Her movie and television credits include the movie “Great Balls of Fire” (1988); three episodes of the television show “Elvis” (1990), commercials for Milwaukee Beer and Ford Motor Company, and numerous telethons.

Christi won six college scholarships and over 600 trophies in Modeling and Talent competitions.  She performed as Feature Twirler with the Memphis State Marching Band for four years and as Golden Girl for her senior year.  She received a BBA from Memphis State.  She is happily married to Jon Hall and they have two children, Austin and Carly.



Laura Miller Connolly is a member of National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) and United States Twirling Association (USTA).  She has studied with Penny Janowski, Sharon Campbell, Carole Lozano, Elaine Sabino, and various other renowned twirling coaches.  She has studied dance at Sunshine Dance Studio and Turning Point Dance Academy in Miami and Broadway Dance Center in New York.   She was a dance and baton instructor and counselor at Penny Janowski’s Leadership and Auxiliary Camp.   Laura has performed with Gloria Estefan, Greater Miami Opera Company, and Miami Choral Society.  She has twirled in many parades including Jr. Orange Bowl, King Orange Bowl, Disney’s Magic Music Days, and Paris Millenium.

She is a member of the education associations STEA and NAEYC.  Laura received her degree at the University of Memphis in Early Childhood Education.  Laura was a feature twirler on college scholarship with the University of Memphis.  This is her 14th year at Bartlett Dance Factory.  She has a master’s degree and is a kindergarten teacher at St. Francis.  Miss Laura is married to Chad Connolly and has a beautiful new daughter, Carrington Rose. 



Carole Gray was a charter member of Southern Association of Dance Masters.  She owned and operated Morat School of Dance and Variety Arts Workshop for many years.  Her students have won numerous awards both locally and nationally.  Several of her students were three-time winners on the earlier version of Star Search – “The Ted Mack Amateur Hour”.  She has taught jazz, tap, and baton, but her specialty is acrobatics which she will be teaching again this year at BDF.  










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