Meet the Staff
Our Talented Team
Our team of instructors is dedicated to teaching you the art, moves and technique that you need to take your dancing to the next level. Whether you’re here for recreational, competitive or pre-professional training, we can help you reach your goals. At Gravity, we use art as a vessel to teach life skills. Confidence, poise, dedication, tenacity and the benefits of hard work. Continue browsing our team profiles below to learn more. Come dance with us at Gravity Dance Company!
Studio Owner/Artistic Director
Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Mini, Jr. & Co-Senior Company Competition Team Director
Assistant Studio Director, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop Team and Co-Senior Co. Competition Team Director
Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical and Tiny Company Competition Team Director
In-house Live drummer, Modern
Meet the Parent Connection Team
Our parent connection team is a committee of dance moms who's sole purpose is to be a liaison between the studio parents and staff, assisting with shows, questions and providing full support. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance mom to Avynn C.
Hello! My name is Anqoinette Crowder-Jones AKA “Q,” proud mother to my 9 year old baby girl Avynn. We joined the Gravity family in June 2021. I’m a graduate from UC Berkeley, with double degrees in psychology and social welfare and a Masters from Cal State Long Beach. Currently, I work as a practicing clinician. I proudly and humbly wear the badge of survivorship as a breast cancer survivor. I provide an array of experiences as a licensed therapist, including but not limited to, my understanding of the beautiful complexities of children, adults and families. In addition, I also understand that it takes collaboration and most importantly, mutual respect to continue to provide the optimal stellar skills and experiences to our children. Being a part of parent connect, it allows me to uphold Gravity’s vision and mission and be an extension that helps support the continuing growth of our children and families. My only intention is to be here for you, here for Gravity! “Let’s Go GDC!”
Dance Mom to Deena B.
Datoya began working with kids and families at 16 years old. It's been 21 years and she continues to do the work as a Mental Health Therapist. She has a Bachelors in Child Development and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her passion is helping people and spreading kindness as well as mental health/Self Care awareness. She is a mother of two 7 & 9 and a year old girls. Her 7 year old Deena is a Dancer and has been with Gravity almost 2 years. They have both loved every moment. She is also the owner of For The PeaPoll LLC, a Self-Care Essential Business and Founder/CEO of Happy PeaPoll, a Mental Health Awareness Non-profit. She is an open book and always willing to talk and help. Datoya is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. She strives to make your experience here at Gravity as wonderful as possible.
Dance Mom to Jade R.
Detra King is the founder of Dotheworkfitness, a fitness company that helps people with their health and wellness. She is a former Track and Field athlete. Detra has been coaching track and field at Long Beach Poly for the past 11 years. She has over 8 CIF titles under her belt 3 as an athlete and 5 as a coach. She is level one certified which qualifies her to develop athletes and adults of all ages. She has worked in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years. Detra holds a degree in Early Childhood Development and is currently finishing her degree in Kinesiology. She is this year's recipient of the live your dream scholarship. Her daughter Jade has been dancing at Gravity for a year now and is a firecracker on the dance floor. She is currently a part of the Mini, Junior, Senior and Hip Hop dance teams. She is a 5 time National Champion. Detra is also a mother of twin boys Jalen and Jorden. Her passion, determination, commitment and leadership skills makes her more than qualified to lead the parent connection team. Please feel free to stop her when you see her to ask questions or voice your concerns. Detra looks forward to supporting you and your dancer in your journey here at Gravity.
Dance Auntie to Alexah G.
Lael has been working with kids for over 11 years. She is currently in the after school field as an Operations and Grant Manager which ensures a safe and supportive environment for staff, students and parents. Lael was in a dance program throughout her high school and college years. She had the opportunity to dance with Ms. Q in college and is honored to be a part of the Gravity family. Her niece Alexah has been with Gravity for 2 years and has strived beyond measures being only 5 years old and competing in competitions as a soloist and placing 6th place in the top ten in her category. Her role in the parent connection committee is to support both dancers and parents with any questions and concerns and support Ms. Q and staff in any way possible. "We are all in this together and I look forward to working with you all throughout the year. GDC What!" - Lael G.
Dance Mom to Raelynn R.
Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in Health & Human Services , CSUDH
Associates of Arts Degree (AA) in Liberal Studies LBCC
Certified ACSI Teacher,
Tutor K-12 in all Subjects for over 17 years
Spiritual Advisor, Youth Counselor, Speaker, And Pastor Advisory Board Member at First Providence M.B.C. Of Long Beach, Ca. Pastor Artis T. Lanier, Jr.,
Business owner and Director of
The Faculty Tutoring
Wife 10 years of Aaron Rainey
Mother to 5 year old daughter RaeLynn Rainey
Mother to 8 year old son Aaron Rainey II.
Previous High School Science Teacher, taught (Biology, Chemistry, Zoology, Anatomy & Physiology) & Associated Student Body Advisor for 8 years at Frederick K. C. Price III. Christian Schools
LaShawnee is happy to be of service to the GDC parents.