Our Team of Instructors

Mrs. Pat Gray
Owner-Director Since 1955
Member of:

Dance Masters of America, Inc.  since 1979

Past President of Dixie Dance Masters of America, Inc.

Past State Chairman - United States Gymnastics 1985-1997

Certified Junior Olympic Optional Judge - 1983-2011

Nationally Safety Certified in Gymnastics since 1985

Educational Director for European Dance & Drama Tour 1978



Excellence in the Arts, Dance Educator for 2003 Award

from Meridian Council for the Arts

Inducted into the Mississippi United States

   Association of Gymnastics Hall of Fame 2003

*Readers Choice "Woman of the Year 2002

*Readers Choice "Best Dance  & Gymnastics Academy 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011



For the first MLT youth production in 1968

Choreographer for MLT Adult Musical Productions until 2012

Choreographer for the International Cinderella Scholarship Finals

Several Jr. Miss Programs

Director of MLT Youth Theatre until 2012



Mother to Mark, Richelle, & Sharon

Grandmother to Taylor, Ashleigh, Alex, Holly and Hunter

Ms. Sharon Howard
Dance Director and Head of Showcase Dance Company

  • 31 years of teaching experience with extensive studying in the Art of Dance
  • Past President of Dixie Dance Master
  • Choreographer of Mississippi State Games Opening Ceremonies for the last 11 years
  • Choreographer of Miss Mississippi Pageant 1994-97
  • Choreographer of Madison County Jr. Miss Program
  • Choreographer of Meridian Little Theatre Adult and Youth Performances until 2012
  • Choreographer of Mrs. Mississippi Scholarship Program
  • Choreographer of Meridian High School Dance Team 2008-2010
  • Choreographer of Mississippi Cinderella Scholarship Program
  • Choreographer of Northwest Jr. High Cheerleaders for 2010
  • Coached and trained gymnasts and cheerleaders to earn College Scholarships
  • Many of my students have been featured Dancers at the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg, which is televised
  • Former students have performed on Broadway in musicals as dancers
  • Former student landed a role in "Bring It On" and "From Justin to Kelly"
  • Former student is a Luvabulls Dance Team Member for the Chicago Bulls - 2011
  • Former students dance for Disney and MGM Studios

Ms. Richelle Gray

  • Head Coach of the Meridian Gymnastics Team 1981-2012
  • Over 31 years of Teaching Experience with extensive studying in gymnastics
  • Professional Women's and Men's gymnastics member 1981-2012
  • Nationally Safety Certified in Gymnastics since 1992
  • MS State Board for MS Gymnastics Association
  • International Board Member of a Scholarship Program 1997-present
  • Attends Educational National workshops, Judges Symposiums, Training Camps, and Master Workshops to further her education
  • Has coached several gymnasts to Regional competitions in which they medaled at the Regional Championships
  • Coached and Qualified many Cheerleaders to receive College Scholarships to MSU, JCJC, Ole Miss, USM, and UWA
  • Taught Compulsory clinics for coaches, judges, and gymnasts
  • Choreographed routines for Cheerleaders, gymnastics, and MLT plays
  • Coached and Qualified Michelle Reeser through the TOPS gymnastics program and was a TOPS National Team member for 2 years and earned a FULL Scholarship for gymnastics to the University of Alabama

Where to Find the Studio

Pat Gray Academy
5014 Poplar Springs Drive
Meridian, MS 39305
Phone: (601)485-4776
Contact Us

Studio Hours

Monday - Thursday

4:00 pm-8:00 pm