Meet Our Staff

Ryne Franklin Gammon (Webmaster/Technical Director/Director of Company Operations) has been with The Meredith Gravely School of Dance since 2015 as Technical Director and Lighting Designer. Ryne began his work in Technical Direction in 2012 as the In-House Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Union Street Theatre in Downtown Danville. There, Ryne learned all about how to use the power of lighting design to create a special layer to the art of theatre and dance. He has designed “The Lion King, Jr.”, “Grease”, “Willy Wonka”, and many more locally in Danville and the surrounding area.

Ryne began as Light Board Operator for The Meredith Gravely School of Dance in 2013 when he was a student at George Washington High School. There, he found his love for dance and lighting design and was able to expand when asked to come on as the Lighting Designer in 2015. In 2016, he became the Lighting Designer for The Meredith Gravely Dance Company, as well as for the South Boston show. In 2019, Ryne began working extensively with The Meredith Gravely Dance Company, the studio’s competitive performing group, as the Director of Company Operations providing Operational and Technical Support to the dance company. In 2021, Ryne began managing our new Parent Portal and Online Registration Portal.

Ryne is also a 5th Grade Teacher at Kentuck Elementary School in Pittsylvania County. If you have questions about registration or website, you can contact him at

Callia Richardson (Receptionist/Backstage Coordinator) and Mark Richardson (Dance Dad Extraordinaire/Head Usher) have been an intricate part of The Meredith Gravely School of Dance since 1999 when they enrolled their daughter Maggie in beginner Ballet. Being very involved parents, they both volunteered consistently throughout the years.

Callia always volunteered during recital week, eventually becoming  Co-Backstage Coordinator in 2014. Callia also accepted the job of Receptionist at the Downtown Studio in 2014. 

She loves seeing the girls every day and talking with the parents on the porch. Callia takes her job very seriously, helping the smaller dancers get in and out of the cars safely and making sure all students get to their classes and feel loved and welcome.

Mark was one of the original Dancing Dads and he has been Head Usher during recital week for many years. Throughout the years, he has made dance props, benches and barres for the Ballou Park and Downtown studios and is regularly involved with maintenance at the studio. 

Even though their daughter graduated from The Meredith Gravely School of Dance in 2012, they continue to love and support the studio any way they can.

Carolyn Compton (Costume Manager) began working as the Costume Manager for The Meredith Gravely School of Dance in 2000 under the direction of Mrs. Meredith Gravely.  At the time, she had twin daughters that were students at the studio.  With being a former “dance mom”, Mrs. Compton understands the necessity to balance quality and financial budget to ensure a successful production.  

Mrs. Compton is also currently the Vice President of Corporate and Shareholder Services for American National Bank in Danville.  Many days you will find her running through the aisles of Hobby Lobby on her lunch hour looking for dance accessories or ways to repair a costume or headpiece.   Her love for the students is apparent in the way she interacts with each of them and goes above and beyond to make things just right. 

Mrs. Compton is married to Marlon Compton and together they have two daughters and five grandchildren.  

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