#8: Pat Griffin & Brett Taylor

Pat Griffin
Pat Griffin was born in Chicago.   Her career brought her to Atlanta, where she spent 35 years in the mortgage financial industry, working with such companies as Fannie Mae and Wells Fargo.    She is married to Chuck Heery and together they raised two fantastic sons.   In 2012, Pat and Chuck followed their early retirement dream plan and moved to Suches, where they enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Dancing has always been Pat’s joy and passion … just ask anyone who knows her.   She’s a positive person — always smiling, always ready to laugh, always eager for a great time.    Pat is a returning dancer from 2016.   She and her partner were First Runner up in the People’s Choice Award.   Pat recently performed earlier this year in the musical Nunsense at the Blue Ridge Community Theatre as Sister Robert Anne.   

Pat says “I could not be more excited about the prospect of participating in Enotah CASA’s upcoming Dancing with the North Georgia Stars.   I’m especially jazzed about the fact that the event supports the most important cause of all:   children who need and deserve an advocate.


Brett Taylor
Brett Taylor has been dancing for 34 years and has been teaching for 20 years. During that time she has also performed in numerous dinner theater productions at Elaine’s Dinner Theater in Cape May N.J. Brett has also worked on Premier Cruise Lines as a lead dancer, actor, singer as well as the choreographer.

After working professionally for a number of years, she wanted to be a dance teacher and a role model like all of the teachers that she had when she was younger. She opened a dance studio in New Jersey, Rising Stars Performing Arts Company. She loved being the owner and director of her studio, and teaching tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet and pointe. After 3 years at her studio and the birth of her daughter, Brett and her husband Tom decided to move to North Carolina and now she teaches ballet, tap and jazz at Blairsville Dance Project.