Southern Manners Come to ‘Boro

By Sadie Fowler

Rita and her daughter Abbey Greene helped 10-year-old Grayson prepare for a tween dance in Nashville.

Rita and her daughter Abbey Greene helped 10-year-old Grayson prepare for a tween dance in Nashville.

Southern grace literally made its way home April 11 when a television show chose Murfreesboro as its filming location for an episode.

Southern Grace at Fair Haven in Murfreesboro, which offers an etiquette program geared toward young boys and girls, starred in an episode of “Chrisley Knows Best” on the USA television network.

“Chrisley Knows Best,” which began airing in 2014, is about the family of multimillionaire real estate developer and entrepreneur Todd Chrisley. They are a picture-perfect Southern family with everything money can buy — including real life problems, like learning to dance. On Tuesday evening’s episode, the control freak, type-A dad’s 10-year-old son Grayson needed a quick crash course on the subject before heading to a tween dance in Bell Tower in downtown Nashville.

The Chrisley family is originally from Atlanta, but since the show began airing, they have moved to Nashville, thus some of its episodes showcase familiar locations to Middle Tennessee residents.

See more about the show at www.usanetwork.com/chrisleyknowsbest/episodes

“The show was great,” said Rita Woodard, founder and co-owner Southern Grace. “We were so pleased with everything. It was such a fun experience for us personally, as a family, and a wonderful experience for us professionally.”

According to its website, mysoutherngrace.com, Southern Grace aims to elevate student’s self-esteem by teaching them how to respect themselves and the people around them.

Rita Woodard takes a photo of Southern Grace, her home, as it is appears on her television screen during Tuesday evening’s season finale of “Chrisley Knows Best.”

Rita Woodard takes a photo of Southern Grace, her home, as it is appears on her television screen during Tuesday evening’s season finale of “Chrisley Knows Best.”

Woodard said producers from the reality show contacted her and her daughter Abbey Green, etiquette instructor who co-operates the facility, to participate in the April episode. Producers needed Greene to give Grayson Chrisley lessons before attending his first tween dance.

“The film crew was very kind and cordial,” Woodard said. “They were considerate of my home when they filmed. It was a pleasure to work with the Chrisley family and their staff.”

Southern Grace has been operating in Murfreesboro for nine years. They provide custom classes for the public and other clients, including the Bell Meade Country Club and the Vanderbilt School of Nashville. They serve a variety of clients ranging from Girl Scouts to Montessori schools.

Tuesday evening’s episode, which was actually filmed in February, served as the season finale of “Chrisley Knows Best” and Woodard said they were honored to be selected for the show. She and Abbey both enjoyed watch parties from their homes in Murfreesboro.