That's Dancing

Staff


Director
Instructors
Office Manager


Director
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 entire 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 That’s Dancing in February of 1991 with only a handful of students. I moved to this current location in June of 1999 after ‘outgrowing’ the first studio. I have the best ‘dance husband’ and ‘dance dad’ 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 That’s 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 That’s Dancing will forever be a ‘happy dance’ in your child’s life.
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Instructors
Robin Heckman

I am very proud to be the ballet director here at That’s Dancing. I have been teaching here for over 12 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 dancer’s 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 14 years to Steve Heckman and have three beautiful children, Savannah, Stevie, and Jake. I look forward to another rewarding year at That’s Dancing.
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Ms. Rachel

I have been dancing at That’s Dancing since 1992. I have been an instructor since 2002 and for many years before that I was an assistant for a number of classes. I have taught many age groups 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 Therapist Assistant with First Steps of Louisville and Frazier Rehabilitation. I am a 2011 graduate of JCTC’s PTA program, and a 2008 graduate of Bellarmine University with a BA in Psychology. 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!
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Ms. Amy

I have been with That’s Dancing since 1992, when I began dancing at the age of three. I began teaching in 2004 and love every minute of it. I enjoy teaching and learning from the students each year. I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2016 with a BFA in Graphic Design and in 2011 with a BA in Marketing. I am also a 2007 graduate of Assumption High School. 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 Belle in The Beauty and the Beast. I cannot see my life without That’s Dancing!
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Ms. Crystal

I attend the University of Kentucky and am 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 four 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.
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Ms. Lauren

Hi, my name is Lauren. I attend the University of Louisville. I danced at That’s Dancing for 13 years. I have been teaching for six years and assisting for about nine. 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.
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Ms. Colleen

Hi, I am Colleen Nalley and I am a 2006 graduate of St. Gabriel and a 2010 graduate of Assumption High School. I have been dancing since the age of three and started competing at That’s Dancing when I was seven years old. I have trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop, and pom. Some of my roles in the ballet productions include Young Simba in “The Lion King” and Jessie in “Toy Story 2.” I have been teaching at That’s Dancing for four years now. I enjoy teaching all ages and genres of dance and love being around children. I currently attend Bellarmine University where I study Exercise Science and am on the dance team. I love dancing and cannot imagine doing anything but dancing in the future. I look forward to teaching this year and finding new ways to challenge your children and help them come to love dance more each day!
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Ms. Holly

Hi, I’m Holly. I am very passionate about dance and teaching dance. I am going into my 10th year here at That’s 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: Lead Flower and Be our Guest Chorus, Peter Pan: Lead Toy Soldier, Lead Mermaid, Lion King: Life Dancer, and Toy Story 2: Al. It is an enjoyment to help teach younger students learn to dance.
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Ms. Kaci

Hi, my name is Kaci. I have been dancing for 11 years. I love it! I am in the 9th grade. I have been a lead character for 5 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.
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Ms. Hannah

My name is Hannah. This is my 12th year at That’s 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!
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Ms. Kaylee

I have been dancing for 10 years. My favorite color is blue. Jazz and tap are my favorite types of dance. I love to be with the little kids and help them learn how to dance! I have been a lead character for many years! I have done a solo every year since I was six years old!
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Office Manager
Terri Stallcup

No, I don’t dance! I work in the office with the assistance of Rachel and Lauren. My daughter, Savannah, has danced at That’s Dancing for 10 years and LOVES dance. My other daughter, Sydney, danced for two years and has recently started dancing again. You will see my ‘social butterfly’ socializing around the studio. My son, Cameron, performed at Disney with the studio in 2008. Savannah has been a teaching assistant for 5 years. I have a paralegal degree and worked in that field until my children were born which changed my focus in life. I enjoy working at That’s Dancing and interacting with all the dancers and their families.
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