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Faculty & Staff

Below is a short Bio of each staff member at Glenda's Dance Center.

Ms. Glenda Langford, Owner / Instructor

Glenda started dancing at the age of three. She has a degree in Modern Dance from the Florida School of the Arts. Along with performing in many productions, plays and musicals, she has won numerous competitions in both dance and cheerleading. She has also been a judge for various dance competitions. In 1989, Glenda performed in NBC’s Grand Opening Special for MGM Studios. Previously working as a dancer for Walt Disney World, most recently, Glenda entertained with many of her students as "guest talent" in Walt Disney World. Glenda trained for 17 years in various studios, colleges and workshops. In 30+ years of teaching, 30 of those have been in St. Cloud. "My dream, when I was a little girl, was to be a dance teacher. I never wanted to be or do anything else. How fortunate I am to be living my dream and grateful I’ve been given the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people." Glenda resides in St. Cloud with her husband, David, and children, Trent, Caleb, Payton, & Anna.


Ms. Kim Matheny, Instructor

Kim started dancing at the age of three. In addition to taking classes locally, she studied one summer at the University of Kentucky. She has competed in various competitions and workshops along the eastern coast. In 1993, Kim performed in the televised half-time show at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kim has performed at Disney parks as "guest talent" for 7 years. She has been with Glenda’s Dance Center since Glenda opened her doors. Kim resides in St. Cloud with her husband, Doug, and their children, Blake and Morgan.


Ms. Payton Raices, Instructor

Payton has been an instructor with Glenda’s Dance Center for 10 years. Payton has been dancing and training in various studios, workshops and conventions for 25+ years. She is also a current choreographer for our LTD Dance Company, where she has won various awards and recognitions. She has entertained at venues such as Disney, Amway, Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center and the Citrus Bowl to name a few. Ms. Payton has graduated from Valencia with a degree in Dance Performance. She was a member of the Valencia Dance Theatre Company, and she was also President of the Valencia Dance Department where she worked with Artists such as Jon Lehrer, Limon Dance Company, Derrick Minter of Alvin Ailey, and Pilobolus.  Ms. Payton has earned her mathematics teaching degree at the University of Central Florida. She now works for FLVS teaching High School Math. Payton resides in St. Cloud with her husband Nico. Ms. Payton looks forward to another year sharing her passion with her students!


Ms. Anna Langford, Instructor

This is Anna's fifth year as an instructor with Glenda's Dance Center.  She has been an assistant teacher for the last 9 years.  Anna has been dancing since the age of 2.  Ms. Anna was a former member of our LTD Dance Company, where she won numerous awards and recognitions.  She entertains at Disney and other venues, as well as trains  in various workshops and conventions.  Ms. Anna participated in the Valencia College Summer Dance Institute for the past 3 years, where she learns from College Professors and gets the opportunity to perform in the College Summer Showcase.  Anna graduated from Valencia with her degree in Dance Performance. She was a member of the Valencia Dance Theatre Company, and she was also President of the Valencia Dance Department. She was selected to choreograph for select concerts at Valencia. Ms. Anna is currently working on Virgin Voyages cruise line as a dancer/hostess. We look forward to her new experience and knowledge in the classroom upon her return.


Ms. Alicia Oppel, Instructor

This is Ms. Alicia's first year as an instructor at Glenda's Dance Center. She has been an assistant teacher for 8 years and has been dancing since the age of three. She was a member of the LTD Dance Company for many years, winning numerous awards and recognitions. She has entertained at Disney and participated in the Valencia Summer Dance Institute program. Ms. Alicia is currently working towards her degree at Valencia College in Baking and Pastry Arts. Ms. Alicia is very excited to join the GDC faculty, and we are very lucky to have her!! We are looking forward to a fantastic first year with her as an instructor!


Teachers Assistants

Ms. Emma Crawley Ms. Abby Dombo Ms. Olivia Gray Ms. Tatum Helstern Ms. Kinsey Lesher

Ms. Jessica Lux Ms. Lina Pepe Ms. Riley Wigand TBA TBA