Sandra Hunnicutt Griffin – Tap, Jazz, Ballet, CardioTAPdance®
Sandra Hunnicutt became certified to teach through Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America in 1978, the year after she was crowned Miss Hendersonville. In 1979, as a member of the Carolina Dance Masters was the Miss Dance of the Carolinas pageant coordinator and choreographer. Sandra moved to Las Vegas,NV in 1982 to pursue a career in professional dance. Sandra is the owner and director of Dance Ventures. She is married and lives in Greenville, SC.
While in Las Vegas, Sandra learned to figure skate and her first show – an ice and tap dance production show - was City Lights at the Flamingo Hilton. During her first 5 years at the Flamingo Hilton Sandra put her teaching skills to work and was named to middle management as Dancer’s Line Captain. From there she did backstage tours at the Flamingo Hilton for USA Tours of Las Vegas; a lounge show, C’est Magnifique, at the Dunes Hotel; modeled for Marshall Rousso, was a ring girl for light, welter and heavyweight fights at the Alladin Hotel & Ceasars Palace, a backup tap dancer for Suzanne Somers at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, taught master tap classes at Backstage Studio – including a warm up session for Gregory Hines class – when he was in town and then she entered into another 2 year production show contract with the Hacienda Hotel, Minsky’s, A Salute To Burlesque. After that contract, she returned as middle management to the City Lights show at the Flamingo Hilton as both the Showgirls and Boys Line Captain. She attended UNLV, earned a retail management certification and retired from the stage in 1994.
While still in Las Vegas, Sandra was the Assistant Manager for Sun Shade Boutique at the Fashion Show Mall and then for Sun Gear sunglass boutique. She moved back to Hendersonville, NC in 1995 and worked in sales for WHKP, where she also did a weekly Sunday afternoon radio show, House Detective. Sandra taught Adult Tap and was the Office Manager at Pat’s School of Dance from 1998 until 2008. August, 2012 Sandra taught at the Dance Teacher Web LIVE teachers’ convention in Las Vegas, NV presenting CardioTAPdance on a national level.®
She and Randy Griffin were married in 2004 and moved to Greenville, SC. The Dance Ventures studio is the first to offer cardioTAPdance®, Sandra’s signature tap class for adults.
DANCE VENTURES is looking for independant adult dance instructors who are willing to build thier clientel in exchange for free rent. Please call Sandra for details. 864-271-7701