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 Riles, Owner, and Licensed Kindermusik 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 

Mrs Charla Barnes was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. She began her music education at age 7 with private piano lessons. By age 12, she was the primary accompanist for both school and church choirs. She continued her education at Gulf Coast State College, majoring in piano performance. A pianist and songwriter, Mrs. Charla has more than 30 years teaching experience. It is her joy to impart a love of music to her students.
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.
 

      

 


Mr. Sean Williams earned a Jazz performance degree in college and studied at Florida State. He also studied Jazz Guitar with Rich Zellon, Jim Hall, and Pat Martino. He was with Walt Disney’s Kids of the Kingdom Band for 2 years. He has been a sideman and has done several studio sessions. Currently, his focus has been on composing for all forms of media, his Jazz band TR4.0, and worship at Grace Church in Longwood, Florida.

Mr. Sean teaches acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and ukulele. 

 
Ms. Jen is an early childhood educator currently studying at the University of Central Florida.  She is a recognized CDA, and has specializations in preschool education. Since childhood, she has had a love for music and has participated in various choral groups and ensembles throughout the years. Because of her love for music and children, she decided to become a Kindermusik Educator. We are very happy that she has joined the team of committed educators at Joyful Music and Dance Studios.