Gretchen Jones can be seen just about anywhere on the dance scene in Northeast Louisiana. She is on dance faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe specializing in ballet and tap. In addition to this teaching post, Gretchen is on faculty at the Linda Lavender School of Dance and dually serves the Twin City Ballet Company as Artist in Residence and Associate Artistic Director. Gretchen received her dance training primarily from Linda Ford along with Master Class training from such greats as Russell Sultzbach, Joe Tremaine and Bruce Stegmann.
As a performer with TCB Gretchen has appeared in countless ballets, from classical to modern to Broadway to contemporary. She has been featured in roles such as The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Dew Drop Fairy as well as soloist in original works by modern choreographer Amelie Hunter, Broadway diva Kelli Barclay and the always edgy Joe Istre.
While attending Louisiana Tech University, ultimately earning her Master’s of Science degree, Gretchen was a regular on the LTU stage. Her theatre credits include Anything Goes, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Bye Bye Birdie. She also worked as choreographer with ULM’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar and Ruston Community Theatre’s Once Upon a Mattress. Gretchen has been the recipient of numerous choreography awards, most notably from the industry-leading publication Dance Magazine.
Gretchen has been seen performing at such esteemed events as the International Ballet Competition, Regional Dance America’s National Festival, many regional dance festivals, pageants, charity and other gala events. Her teaching has taken her to various locales, serving as guest teacher in several states including Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas and Florida. Gretchen feels privileged to serve north Louisiana’s artistic community by working with such great students, colleagues and organizations.
Gretchen and her husband, Tram are the proud parents of an adorable yellow lab named Lex. The Joneses are happy to call Ruston their home.