Torie Gray specializes in teaching classical and rhythm tap styles in addition to contemporary clogging. She co-directs the Cleveland Tap Repertory, a pre-professional tap company based in Akron, Ohio. She is also an elite member of the Detroit Tap Repertory for which she has performed nationally. She will be traveling to Germany this December to represent the USA in the world tap championships as a member of the American Tap Company. Torie continually strives to learn and attends multiple tap festivals, residencies, and labs throughout the country every year. She also has a passion for special needs. She went to the University of Akron to study psychology and dance. She is currently an in-home ABA behavior therapist for children with autism spectrum disorders. She is opening two dance classes for non-traditional populations this year which will provide same-cost access to the arts for children with special needs. Torie emphasizes strong technique alongside music theory and history in her classes and hopes to instill a great love for the art form that she is fortunate enough to enjoy.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada