That's Dancing Dance Studio

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Meet Our Wonderful Staff

Sharon Carruthers

Teaching dance has been my dream since I put on my first pair of tap and ballet shoes at the age of four.  I danced my whole childhood and began assisting during my high school years.  After graduating from St. Gabriel in 1979 and Mercy Academy in 1983, I began studying Psychology at Bellarmine University.  I graduated from the University of Louisville with a BA in Psychology and then again in 1988 with a BA in Communications.  I continued to teach dance part time as I explored other professions, including managing a restaurant and working at WAVE Television.  But my dance dream never died.  I opened Thatís Dancing in February of 1991 with only a handful of students.  I moved to this current location in June of 1999 after Ďoutgrowingí the first studio.

 I have the best Ďdance husbandí and Ďdance dadí in Barry who helps out in every way he can.  Our three daughters, Kaci, Kaylee and Kenzie, love dance as well (thank goodness!).  I have the best job in town!  I love to dance and I love to teach.  I take great pride in all of my students and my teachers.  Many of my teachers have been with me since they were toddlers themselves! 

Owning Thatís Dancing carries with it an unbelievable amount of work, but because of such wonderful teachers and staff, helpful parents, and eager students, my job is very rewarding.  I hope that Thatís Dancing will forever be a Ďhappy danceí in your childís life.

 

Robin Heckman

I am very proud to be the ballet director here at Thatís Dancing.  I have been teaching here for over 11 years.  I have danced professionally and taught throughout the U.S., and have chosen this studio to pursue my teaching career.  I enjoy working with Sharon and the other instructors here.  I especially love the students!  I have watched the dancerís appreciation of ballet grow over the years and I am very proud of the technical and artistic accomplishments. 

 I am originally from Hollywood, FL., where I began my ballet training.  I joined the Louisville Ballet in 1986 where I danced professionally for 15 years.  I have been married for 13 years to Steve Heckman and have three beautiful children, Savannah, Stevie and Jake.  I look forward to another rewarding year at Thatís Dancing.

Janet French

I am very excited to be a ballet instructor here at That's Dancing!  I have been teaching here for four years, however I have had over 19 years of teaching experience.  I have taught in several U.S. cities, including choreography for Park Tudor School and IUPUI in Indianapolis.  I am gad I have chosen That's Dancing for pursing my teaching career because it is a studio that nurtures the arts and allows the students the opportunity to do composition.  I began dancing at Jordan School of Dance in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received my Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Butler University.  I have performed at several shows and performances, including being a guest soloist with the Children's Ballet and with the Evansville Dance Theater and the Indianapolis Opera Company.  I choreographed several scenes in That's Dancing's performance of Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Lion King. I look forward to another rewarding and fun year with your children.

Misty Hodges

I am the Jazz and Hip Hop teacher at That's Dancing!  I am also a full-time Personal Trainer at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center.  I was married in 2006 to my wonderful husband, Kenny.  I LOVE to dance, but most of all I love teaching your children!  Dance has been a part of my life in many different ways.  I took ballet, tap and jazz for five years in a studio setting.  In high school, I was a member of the Jazz Choir Production team and a member of the Dance Team.  After reaching the college level, I danced at the University of Kentucky.  When I moved to Louisville, I joined the Louisville Fire Arena Football Dance Team and danced with the semi-pro basketball team, the Kentucky Colonels.

 Brittany Patton

That's Dancing has been a part of me for as long as I can remember.  At the age of 4, I began dancing as one of Sharon's very first students (and I liked it so much that I never left!)  Since then, I have had over 16 years of studio dance training.  In my 'prime' dancing years, I was several main characters including Maria in The Sound of Music, an 'ugly stepsister' in Cinderella, Cogsworth the Clock in Beauty and the Beast, and Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story.  After graduating from Assumption in 2004, I continued to teach dance while studying psychology at Bellarmine.  I have a BA in Psychology and a BA in Sociology from the Bellarmine. I have carried my love of dance with me from childhood to adulthood.  As a child, I used to love dance class with Ms. Sharon and the rest of my 'dance friends.'  Through competition, I began to appreciate dance as a form of art that requires much skill and training.  Now, as an adult, I find joy and fulfillment in teaching and choreography.  I have been teaching for 8 years, and love it more with each passing year.  I look forward to another great year teaching your children!

 

Rachel Krebs

I have been dancing at Thatís Dancing since 1992.  I have been an instructor since 2002 and for many years before that I was an assistant for many classes.  I have taught many age and ability levels.  From three year olds to adults!  During the years when I was a student here, I had many main character roles in our ballet productions.  My most known role was that of Buzz Lightyear in our Ballet Production of Toy Story.  I have also performed in Walt Disney World twice and as half time entertainment at a University of Louisville football game.

In my life outside of dance, I currently am working a a Physical Therapy Aide with Frazier Rehabilitation and will be attending JCCís Physical Therapy Assistant Program starting in the fall of 2009.  I am a 2008 graduate of Bellarmine University.  I am also a 2004 Assumption High School and a 2000 St. Gabriel Alumni.  I am very excited to be teaching another year and hope this is a very productive, fun-filled year!

 Emily Lewellen

I am so excited to take on this challenge of instructing your children in all forms of dance.  I was a competitive dancer for 15 years, and this is my fifth year as an instructor.  I attend the University of Louisville as a senior, Communication major.  I have taught children ages three to 13, and have also had experience choreographing award winning solos and assisting with classes for many years.  In the past, I danced many main character roles in the production ballets at the end of the season.  I was Rex in Toy Story, the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and Ursula in my final ballet, the Little Mermaid.

 I canít wait to pass my love of dance to the new generation of Thatís Dancing and incorporate my ideas and creations with the classic technique I was taught as a new student.  I hope you and your child are as excited as I am!  I canít wait to see you in class!!

Amy Woods

I am 20 years old and I have been dancing for 17 years here at That's Dancing.  I have been teaching for six years.  I really enjoy being around the kids all of the time.  I currently attend the University of Louisville with a double major in Business Management and Marketing.  I graduated from Assumption High School in the spring of 2007.  Some of my main parts in our ballets include Michael in Peter Pan, Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, an ugly stepsister in Cinderella, and most recently Belle in The Beauty and the Beast.  I will be teaching throughout my years at the University of Louisville because I cannot see my life without That's Dancing!

Lauren Burkhardt

Hi, my name is Lauren Burkhardt.  I am 19 years old and a sophomore at the University of Louisville.  I danced at That's Dancing for 13 years.  I have been teaching for five years and assisting for about eight.  In previous ballets, I have been Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, The Evil Step-mother in Cinderella, The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan in Peter Pan.  I am really excited and have lots of new ideas for this year.  I want my students to have fun and be comfortable in class, but I also want them to learn a lot.  I am so excited to be able to pass my knowledge and love for dance on to the next generation of That's Dancing dancers.

"Dance for yourself, if someone understands good.  If not then no matter, go right on doing what you love."  ~Lois Hurst

Crystal Patrick

I am a sophomore at UofK and a varsity dancer on the UofK Dance Team.  I graduated from the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS), where we studied ballet and modern dance. I danced at That's Dancing for 15 years.  I danced competitively for 12 years.  I am interested in many different varieties of dance.  I love tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and ballet.  In 2001, I enjoyed the opportunity to dance with The Louisville Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker.  I was cast as a soldier and polichinelle.  I love to dance, so that was a great opportunity for me to see the professional side of dancing. 

I have been a teacher at That's Dancing for three years.  I was also an assistant teacher prior to that for three years.  I enjoy teaching, especially at That's Dancing, because it is a great atmosphere to do what I love to do and to share my love and enthusiasm of dance with new, young dancers.

Rachelle McKinley

Hi, my name is Rachelle McKinley. I am a senior at Assumption High School and I have been dancing at That's Dancing since I was four years old. This is my second year teaching and I have been assisting with classes for the last five years. I love to dance and my favorite type of dance is tap. In our past ballets I have many main characters.  My favorites include one of the Darling children in Peter Pan, the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast, and Timon in The Lion King.  I am very excited about the upcoming year at the studio and look forward to teaching in the fall. 

Colleen Nalley

My name is Colleen Nalley and I am 17 years old.  I am a 2006 graduate of St. Gabriel School and am a member of Assumption High Schoolís class of 2010.  I have been dancing since the age of three and started competing at Thatís Dancing when I was seven years old.  I have trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, and hip-hop.  Tap is my favorite style of dance and I have performed tap solos for the past six years.  I recently played the role of Young Simba in our ballet production of ĎThe Lion Kingí.  In 2007, I was Chip in ĎBeauty and the Beastí, and in 2008, Michael Darling in ĎPeter Paní.  This will be my 6th year of assisting classes and my 2nd year of teaching at Thatís Dancing.  This will also be my second year as a coach of St. Gabrielís dance team.  I enjoy teaching all ages and genres of dance and love being around children.  I anticipate attending UK or UL next year with the hopes of making one of their dance teams or Western Kentucky University to obtain a BA degree in dance.  I come to love dance more each day and cannot imagine doing anything but dancing in the future. I look forward to meeting and teaching your children throughout the year.

 

Elizabeth Edrington

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Edrington.  I am a Junior at Louisville Male High School and I have been dancing at Thatís Dancing since I was 3 years old.  This is my third year of teaching and I have been assisting with classes for about 6 years.  Thatís Dancing is pretty much my second home.  I love dancing here and I wouldnít trade it for anything!  I know that youíre going to love it just as much as I do!  I am so excited about teaching this fall.  I canít wait to get started!

Madeline Conkin

Hello, my name is Madeline Ashley Conkin.  Iíve been dancing at Thatís Dancing for 13 years.  I take ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe and hip hop classes.  I love helping and teaching little girls because it also helps myself grow not only as a teacher, but as a dancer.  In the ballets, Iíve been a poppy flower in Wizard of Oz, Tritonís Sea Horse in the Little Mermaid, Gus in Cinderella, Belleís father in Beauty and the Beast, and Wendy in Peter Pan.  Iíve been helping for 3 years and this is my second year teaching.  I am very excited, and canít wait to start.  I love dance so much!  Thatís Dancing has been my second home.  I love everything about this studio and I hope everyone who walks into this studio feels the same way I do.

MORE TO COME:  Marissa, Katie, Kathleen

Teacher Assistants 2009-2010

RILEY FERGUSON

My name is Riley Ferguson.  I have been dancing at Thatís Dancing for 9 years.  This is my third year at Meredith-Dunn School and I am in the 7th grade.   That's Dancing is like my home away from home.  My favorite type of dance is lyrical.  I like dancing because it is fun and great exercise!  I love the teachers, especially Ms. Sharon.  One day I hope to be a great dance teacher like her.

 

HOLLY KIRWAN

Hi, Iím Holly Kirwan.  I am in the 8th grade.  I am very passionate about dance and teaching dance.  I am going into the eighth year here at Thatís Dancing.  I have been in quite a few of the competitive classes here since my second year.  I have had the following roles in the latest ballets; Beauty and the Beast Ė Lead Flower and Be our Guest Chorus; Peter Pan Ė Lead Toy Soldier - Lead Mermaid and Life Dancer.  It is an enjoyment to help teach younger students learn to dance.

 

ZOE KNIGHT

Hi!  My name is Zoe Knight and I am a sophomore at Mercy Academy.  I am in the Art and Drama Club.  This is my 12th year of dancing at Thatís Dancing.  In those 12 years, I have had several main parts.  My first main part was in the Wizard of Oz.  I was a lead munchkin and Glendaís Magic Dust.  Since then, I have been a sea treasure in The Little Mermaid, the librarian and lead snow in Beauty and the Beast, a lead pixie and lead mermaid in Peter Pan and a Life Dancer and Hyena in The Lion King.  I have also been in the Ballet Production for three years.  This is my second year as an assistant teacher.  I look forward to teaching your kids!

 

SAVANNAH STALLCUP     

My name is Savannah and I am 12 years old.  I have been dancing for seven years.  I have been a lead character for 3 years.  I have performed three duets and one solo.  I enjoy being an assistant teacher.  It is a lot of fun to teach the little kids because I think they are so cute and funny.  They are always so full of joy and happiness.

 

SARAH STEPHENS  

I love dance!  It is one of the many important things of my life.  I have danced for seven years and six at Thatís Dancing.  I have been in a competitive class for five years.  My favorite kind of dance is tap and jazz.  I have had Ms. Sharon for all the time that I have been at Thatís Dancing.  All I can say is THATíS DANCING is the BEST!

 

KACI CARRUTHERS

Hi, my name is Kaci.  I am 12 years old.  I have been dancing for 10 years.  I love it!  I am in the 7th grade.  I have been a lead character for 3 years and it is so much fun.  I have learned so many things since I have been dancing.  I especially love the little kids.  They are so adorable.  I love talking to them.  It is always so much fun at the studio.

 

HANNAH JENNINGS

My name is Hannah Jennings.  Iím 12 years old and in the 7th grade at JCTMS.  This is my 10th year at Thatís Dancing.  I take tap, jazz, ballet and Lyrical.  Tap is my favorite type of dance.  This is my third year as a teacher assistant.  I enjoy teaching the younger kids.  They are so cute and hope that they enjoy dance as much as I do!

 

MADISON CLARK

Hi, my name is Madison and I have been dancing for 9 years.  I am 13 years old and I go to St. Michael School.  I LOVE to dance and I especially love to help with classes.  My favorite type of dance is jazz.  I love that I get to dance with my friends and I hope to be a great dance teacher one day.  See you in class!

JESSICA KANERVIKO

 Hi, my name is Jessica and I love to dance.  I am 13 years old and am an 8th grader at St. Michael.  I have 3 siblings, two of which dance here at That's Dancing.  This year I am participating in The Louisville Ballet's Production of The Nutcracker as a soldier.  I love to help with classes, and one day hope to be a great teacher like Ms. Sharon. 

STEPHANIE LOSSMAN

My name is Stephanie Lossman and I am 11 years old.   I am currently in the 6th grade at Westport Middle School.  I have been dancing with Thatís Dancing since 2001 and I love it.  I am in Senior Prep Rockettes, Jazz and Lyrical.  What I love most about Thatís Dancing is the Ballet that they have on recital each year.  You get to try out for main characters and it is a lot of fun and it makes you feel like a star.  I love teaching younger children dance steps.  It makes me feel good and I can help teach them what I have learned at Thatís Dancing.  And, I also love all the hugs I get from them.  I am looking forward to another year at Thatís Dancing.