PITTSBURG — Gracie Spencer has been dancing since she was nine and has now landed her dream job at the Pittsburg Family YMCA.

The YMCA named Spencer as its new Director of the YMCA’s Academy of Dance.

“She is a tremendous individual with a large knowledge of dance,” YMCA Executive Director Jack Bache said. “We look forward to her taking the program to the next level.”

The YMCA has a variety of programs available for children, one of which is the Academy of Dance. The academy teaches dance from clogging to ballet for children up to the age of 18.

Spencer started dancing at the YMCA in the combo classes where she learned tap, jazz and ballet. In middle school, she danced in the All Stars group and in eighth grade made the company team.

After high school she switched roles and became an instructor at the YMCA while going to college at Pittsburg State University.

She did not originally plan to be a dance director, entering college as a communication student, emphasizing in broadcasting with a minor in dance — in the end her heart brought her back to dance.

“If you would have asked me what I wanted to do three years ago I would have said a news anchor for CNN or something,” she said.

In college she was on the Crimson and Gold dance team and became a captain in her junior year, which helped her learn how to instruct dancers closer to her age.

“The experiences I had at the Y and PSU came together and will help me do my best to give the dancers the best program they deserve,” Spencer said.

She said she is ready to take on this new role, and looking forward to the upcoming year.
“I’m really excited,” Spencer said. “This is a dream come true, it’s going to be an amazing year.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.