About


  
 
Welcome to Joyful Music and Dance Studios,
the Ultimate Environment for children where
JOY is our first name.

Experience how your child will explore the whimsical sounds and magic of music, bonding with their family members and peers, while learning, laughing and growing.  Classes at our studio stimulate and strengthen your child's cognitive, emotional, social, language, and physical development. Our caring licensed educators nurture and accelerate your child's development through our music and movement programs.

At Joyful Music and Dance Studios, we’re Different and the Difference Benefits Your Child; where you’re not just a customer, you’re Family. From Kindermusik for infants and toddlers to the Dance Academy and Instrument Lessons for your elementary, middle or high schooler, every step of the way Joyful Music and Dance is there for your family. Your child’s life will be filled with the Joy of Dance, Mastery of Musical Instruments, the Creativity of Artistic Expression and the ongoing impact an early introduction to music provides. 

We are proud to offer:
 
The Dance Academy
Kindermusik
Art Classes
Piano Lessons
Guitar Lessons 
Voice Lessons
Handwriting without Tears
 
 
Erica DeVuyst,  owner, and Licensed Kindermusik, and Handwriting Without Tears Educator holds an AA Degree from Valencia.  She has been a member of various chorus groups including her high school ensemble and church choirs.  Erica has held management positions in such companies as, "Life Tigers" and "Build a Bear". When asked, "What is one of the things that brings you the greatest joy in life?" she would say, without hesitation that it is the time she gets to spend playing and laughing with children. Erica has a great love for all children and a special place in her heart for orphans.  She has been on three humanitarian trips to work with orphans in Romania and Russia.  You can read the full story of how Erica became part of Joyful Music and Dance Studios by clicking the link to the right.
 
Ms. Erica currently teaches Kindermusik and Handwriting Without Tears.

 Read Erica's story
about the studio 

 
ShawnKevia "Ms. Kevi" Stafford

Professional dancer & choreographer professionally trained in various genres, including ballet, jazz, tumbling and acro, hip hop and tap. ShawnKevia has been dancing for 23yrs & teaching for 17. Her passion shines through to weather any storm. She's a strong believer that someone's dream is her job. "Everyone has the talent. I just help bring it out." -Ms. Kevi

Miss Naiya Stephens

Professional dancer & model mainly known for her technique. Naiya currently trains at Just D.A.N.C.E. School of the Arts and has traveled around the world using her gift. Naiya believes that every talent should have a chance, as she did 5 years ago.

 


Miss Wise
studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She has 37 years of experience teaching music. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She enjoys teaching young children and has experience teaching piano to beginners as well as advanced students.
She will be teaching students at our studio on our grand piano. We are so excited to have Miss Wise on our team at Joyful Music and Dance Studios.
 

      

Hello, my name is Tamara Ellison

I am beyond delighted to be joining your dance family. I started my dance training at the age of 6 at Carolyn’s school of dance there is where I got my feet moving with the beautiful sounds of tap. I stayed with them for two years and I transitioned over to Art from the Heart, in Orlando, FL.  AFTH is where I started my ballet training and was lucky enough to be invited to join one of their companies after my first year of training with them. I also trained in the styles of lyrical, contemporary, jazz, modern, pointe, and I even continued with my tap training. I have worked in my church choreographing liturgical and mime dances as well.  I taught at All- Star dance company for the past three years as a recreational and competition team teacher.  While there, I taught ballet, jazz, and pom pom.  It may sound cliché but one of my favorite ballet pieces is the Nutcracker, my favorite jazz piece is “Let’s have a Kiki” by Sonya Tayeh. I hope that my passion for the wonderful world of dance shines bright into the hearts of your beloved children. 


Hi! My name is Amanda James.

I’m a singer, teacher, and choral director from Sanford, FL. I grew up in Central Florida and attended Lyman High School, where I served as the Choir President and Director’s Assistant. After high school, I attended Stetson University where I majored in Music Education, focusing on Vocal Music Education. During my time at Stetson, I served as an Assistant to Stetson’s Choir Directors, sang in both the Stetson Women’s Chorale and Stetson’s Concert Choir, and performed in several operas with Stetson’s Opera Theatre. Following my Senior Recital at Stetson, I traveled to Bulgaria where I performed as one of the lead roles in W.A. Mozart’s.
 
After graduating from Stetson in the Fall of 2013, I taught as the interim Choral Director at University High School in Orange City and now I’m the full time choral director at Deltona High School in Deltona. During that time, I’ve more than doubled the size of my program, have directed several successful concerts and full musical productions, and have given my students several performance opportunities outside of school,including trips to Disney and even Honolulu, Hawaii for the 75th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade.
Teaching and performing are my two biggest passions. Music speaks in a way that nothing else can. I look forward to meeting all of you and to working with passionate and bright young students!

Brian Hayes

Brian has over 15 years experience as a private
music instructor in the Greater Orlando area, teaching students of all ages. He specializes in all styles and levels of guitar, in addition to piano and a variety of other fretted instruments including bass guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Brian received his degree from Seminole State College as a classical guitar major with a piano minor, where he received extensive training in music theory with an emphasis on four-part writing in the style of J.S. Bach. Brian later went on to study flamenco guitar with the great flamenco guitarist, Juan Serrano, followed by a study of jazz at Valencia Community College. He's published two of his own guitar teaching methods in addition to many arrangements for solo guitar. Brian regularly performs as a classical guitarist both in concert and at a variety of special functions throughout the state of Florida.