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, and is currently an active member of Dance Masters of the Bluegrass. Ashley is entering her 2nd year as the head coach of the Scott County High School Dance Team. She has also choreographed 3 summer musicals for Georgetown Community Theatre including Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Hello Dolly!. 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 Hamlin has over 20 years of dance experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip-Hop and Acro. She graduated from Georgetown College in 2013 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 is the head coach of the Georgetown College Dance Team & the Montgomery County High School Dance Team in Mt. Sterling. She has been at United Talent for the past 6 years, and is looking forward to starting her 7th season!!
Cassidy Beymer has over 18 years of dance experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Modern, Pom and Hip Hop. Originally from Lexington, she is currently attending the University of Kentucky where she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and actively involved on campus. At UK, Cassidy is majoring in Business Management, with minors in Dance and Communication. Cassidy grew up dancing at various studios in the Lexington area and danced on several competitive teams, including the Performing Arts Company at United Talent. She majored in contemporary dance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) and was a member of the Varsity Dance Team at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Cassidy spent multiple summers traveling the country as an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. In 2013, Cassidy received her teaching certification in Ballet and Jazz through Dance Masters of America. This is Cassidy’s 3rd year as an instructor at United Talent and is excited for another season of dance!
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!
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 for another season at United Talent Dance!
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!
Amber Nichols has over 23 years of dance experience in the areas of tap, jazz, musical theater and ballet. Originally from Southern California Amber received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Dance from California State University Long Beach. Amber currently resides in Georgetown Kentucky with her two sons Joey and Logan. Amber is excited to be teaching at United Talent and is looking forward to working with all the dancers!
Jessica Kindrick has over 10 years of dance experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom and Hip Hop. She began dancing at Georgetown Parks and Recreation Dance and Gymnastics. There she attended class and performed in recitals while working as a teacher assistant for many different dance and gymnastic classes with students of varied ages. At Scott County Middle and Scott County High School, Jessica was a member of the dance teams, performing weekly at school athletic functions as well as competitions. During her senior year, she was honored to be named a captain of the High School Team. Jessica has given private dance lessons to a number of students preparing for team tryouts, was a featured dancer in the Georgetown Community Theater’s production of The Wizard of Oz, and assisted with choreography for numbers in the Spring 2014 Scott County High School Musical. After graduating high school as a Valedictorian, Jessica is currently attending Georgetown College where she is studying to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree with a Biology and Chemistry double major. Jessica is looking forward to joining United Talent Dance as a new member of the teaching staff!
I love working with children, it's been a passion for as long as I can remember. I knew that I would someday work with kids, whether it was babysitting, mentoring as a big sister, or coaching. I love helping kids reach their goals, and watching them grow into young adult. In my opinion there's nothing greater than working with someone and helping them find their path to their dreams. Most of my dance experience has been self-taught, until a few years ago when I started dancing with James Lee. I'm experienced in cheer, dance, drama, gymnastics, and art. Dance is the world to me, I couldn't imagine a day without it.
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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