Cori Brown has been a dancer since she was a child growing up in Arizona. When she was 18 years old, she was on the NBA’s Phoenix Suns dance team. She moved to Dallas and fulfilled a goal of becoming a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, a title she held for two seasons.

When she and her husband Gabriel Brown opened Keller’s Grace of Dance in 2014, another goal was achieved.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to have a studio because I love teaching and I love children,” Brown said.

Based on her vast dance studio experience, Brown was determined to offer something she found lacking.

“We are Christian based; in everything we do, we try to honor the Lord,” she said. “It was important to me to have a place where we could provide dance instruction in a safe environment where it is age appropriate, keeping their costumes modest and providing a fun atmosphere.”

The teachers pray before every class and they take part in Christian-based competition. They chose the business name based on their beliefs. Grace of Dance’s acronym is God.

When hiring dance instructors, Brown selects those who exhibit a talent for dance, have a dance background and are technically trained.

Students can start dancing at Keller’s Grace of Dance as 2-year-olds and can continue learning until they are adults. The Two-Tu Cute class was recently added to allow 2-year-olds the opportunity to attend a 30-minute class where they will dip their toes into the world of dance via a ballet and creative movement class. Every year a different class is offered for adults. In 2023, tap dancing will be the focus of the evening classes for adults.

“A lot of them are looking to get fit and have fun,” Brown said of the adult dance students. “Some have dance experience, and some are beginners; we encourage all levels with adult classes.”

In between the classes for 2-year-olds and adults, the options are diverse and divided by ages. The studio offers ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, cheer, tumble, and lyrical praise and worship.

To accommodate the increased number of students, the business expanded in 2016. A new building behind the current location could be opened by August 2023.