Meet the Dance Teachers & Dance Staff at United Talent!
Ashley Rickman has over 25 years of dance experience in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, & Hip Hop. Originally from Lexington, she graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She was a 4 year member of the University of Kentucky Wildcat Danzers, and spent her summers working dance camps around the country for Universal Dance Association. Ashley was the UDA Territory Manager for Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, & West Virginia for 3 years. She has provided pom, jazz, & hip hop choreography for several Middle & High School dance teams, and is a veteran judge of both the UDA High School & College National Championships in Orlando, Florida. Ashley received her teaching certification through Dance Masters of America in 2004. She is an active member of Dance Masters of the Bluegrass and has been teaching for 13 years at various studios in Central Kentucky. Currently, Ashley resides in Georgetown with her husband Keith, their sons Eli & Emmett, & their yellow lab Joey. She is looking forward to another season as the Artistic Director at United Talent!
Sara Grega has over 19 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop and acro. She is currently attending Georgetown College where she will be graduating in May with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Biology as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish. Sara is originally from Corbin Kentucky where she danced for 16 years at the Gail Frederick's School of Dance and Gymnastics. She was a 4-year member of the Corbin High School Varsity dance team where she competed in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago and California at the National Championships. Sara has been at United Talent for the past 3 years and is excited to start her 4th year with a new opportunity as the Coach for the United Talent Shamrock Dancers, a new All-Star Program at the studio!!! She will also be continuing to teach recreational classes as well as assist with the Performing Arts Company!!
Lauren Case has over 25 years of dance experience in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern and hip hop. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Arts in Arts Administration with an emphasis in dance and currently holds a K-12 dance teaching certification. At UK, Lauren was a member of the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble. Lauren attended Bellarmine University where she obtained a Masters Degree in Education. She has taught dance for over 15 years in professional dance studios, as well as within Kentucky Public Schools. In August of 2012, Lauren was certified in the areas of Jazz & Tap through Dance Masters of America. Lauren is excited to join the United Talent Dance Family!
Jenna Lyon has over 13 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, tap, pom, musical theatre and hip hop. She currently attends Scott County High School. Jenna attended Diana Evans School of Dance for 5 years before moving to United Talent Dance. She has been a part of the United Talent Dance family for the past 8 years. She was also a 3 year member of the Royal Spring dance team winning the Junior High National Championship in both hip hop and pom. Jenna is a member of the Performing Arts Company and the Senior All Star Shamrock Dance Team. She has been an assistant teacher for the past 4 years and is going to be teaching the 3-4 year old classes at the studio this coming season. In addition, she will be the assistant coach of the Youth All Star Shamrock Dance Team. Jenna is looking forward to an awesome 2012-2013 dance season and is excited to be a member of the United Talent teaching staff!
Cassidy Beymer has over 16 years of dance experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Modern, and Hip Hop. From Lexington, she is currently attending the University of Kentucky and is continuing her dance education with a minor in dance. During the summer, she travels the country as an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. Cassidy grew up dancing in the Lexington area and majored in dance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA). This is Cassidy’s first year as a teacher at United Talent, but she was a member of the Performing Arts Company at UTD for two years. She is looking forward to this season of dance with United Talent!
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I have always been on a mission for something bigger than myself and have always known I would teach something to someone, somewhere. I never thought it would be as rewarding of a feeling as it has been. Starting at the age of 14 years old I was assigned my first dance class of ten kids ages five to eight. At first, I thought,” How do I get their attention, and how am I going to teach them what I know.” It didn’t take me more than two class hours to figure that out. The kids quickly realized that I could do everything they wanted to do and that I knew how to teach them to do it. Knowing this made them all ears; and they learned fast because they were doing something they wanted to do and were having fun doing it!
I am an accomplished athlete and experienced coach, with expertise including gymnastics, cheer leading, football, basketball, volleyball, track, and modern dance. My passion is keeping kids motivated while building their skills, self-esteem, and confidence. I believe that the more fun we have learning a skill, the faster we learn! I am looking forward to working with all of the fabulous dancers at United Talent!
Lauren Weaver began dancing at the age of 2. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre, & Pom. As a young dancer, Lauren attended Sue Steele’s Dance Academy in Shelbyville, IN & Center Stage Dance Studio in Elizabethtown, KY, where she assisted and helped manage the studio & boutique. Her teaching experience includes dancers 3-11 yrs old in the genres of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, & Musical Theatre. Currently, Lauren is a member of the Georgetown College Dance Team & Sigma Kappa Sorority. She is majoring in Health Science / Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology, and will attend ECTC’s School of Nursing in 2015 to pursue a career as an RN. Lauren is thrilled to be joining the dance staff at United Talent!
Angelica South is from Traverse City, Michigan, where she studied from age seven with Thomas Morrell at Ballet Etc. Dance Institute. She danced for nine years with Mr. Morrell's Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, performing lead roles for numerous years in his original ballets. She also joined the West Michigan Youth Ballet in Grand Rapids for two seasons, dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, Arabian Lead, Red Queen and Lovebird pas de deux. Angelica has attended summer intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City (twice,) American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Intensive, The Harid Conservatory, Grand Rapids Ballet and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. After the 2012 Bolshoi intensive, she was invited to their full-time school in Moscow. In March 2013, Miss South competed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition in Indianapolis. She and her partner received first place for their pas de deux from La Fille Mal Gardee and were invited to the New York City finals. Angelica is very excited to join the United Talent Dance Family!
Jennifer was born and raised in Somerville, New Jersey. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1990 to attend Bloomsburg University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation, Jennifer married Brock Spigelmyer on August 20, 1994. They lived in Pennsylvania until the summer of 2007. Jennifer and her family moved to Georgetown when her husband accepted a job offer from Lexmark. Jennifer and Brock have three daughters – Catherine, Sarah and Sophia “Sophie”. Jennifer keeps busy being a mom to her daughters and being involved with their activities. Jennifer first became a part of the United Talent family when Catherine joined the Performing Arts Company when they first moved to Georgetown. She then became a part of the United Talent staff as an Office Assistant in December 2008.
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