Ms. Gragg is honored to share her love of dance with the FIM community as Dance Department Chair beginning in 2023, following her long-time mentor Karen Mills Jennings. She was born in Flint, MI, where she began her dance training at the FIM Flint School of Performing Arts at age four. She continued through the Dance Department, participating in Children’s Performance Workshop, Youth Dance Ensemble, The Nutcracker, and Flint Youth Ballet. After graduating from Grand Blanc High School, she received a B.F.A. in Ballet from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed soloist and principal roles, and was named Outstanding Senior for the School of Dance. Ms. Gragg has further developed her love for teaching with education from the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) Teachers Workshop, for which she received a grant from Career Transitions for Dancers, and the ABT National Training Curriculum.
Ms. Gragg has performed professionally with companies including Tulsa Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a featured soloist. Her repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Bronislava Nijinska, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor. From 2014-2021, Ms. Gragg danced with Newport Contemporary Ballet in Rhode Island and became a core faculty member at IMC’s academy. In 2021-22, she joined Boston Ballet School as a full-time faculty member. She returned to Flint and joined the dance faculty at FSPA in 2022, working with the Children’s and Adult Ballet class, and directing Children’s Performance Workshop, Youth Dance, and Adult Ballet Ensembles.