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Cassidy Beymer

cassidy@unitedtalentdance.com

Titles: Dance Program Director, Performing Arts Company (PAC) Director, Dance Instructor & Choreographer

Industry Experience:

Cassidy Beymer has over 22 years of dance experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Modern, Hip Hop and Pom. In 2015, Cassidy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management, and completed minors in Dance and Communications. Before transferring to UK, she majored in Dance and was a member of the University Dance Company at Western Kentucky University. 

Growing up in Lexington, some of Cassidy's dance training includes majoring in Contemporary Dance at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA), a member of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Varsity Dance Team, and a member of the Performing Arts Company at United Talent. In the summer of 2010, she was a BRAVO dancer at the Dancewerks National Workshop. Though very different styles, Cassidy has experience in the concert dance, competitive dance, and dance team areas. 

Currently, Cassidy is the Assistant Coach of the Scott County High School Dance Team. She has choreographed winning routines for SCHS and other dance teams throughout Kentucky. During college, Cassidy spent many summers traveling the country as an Instructor for the Universal Dance Association (UDA). Cassidy tested and received her teaching certification through Dance Masters of America in 2013 in the styles of Ballet and Jazz. She is an active member of the Dance Masters of the Bluegrass, Chapter 40. 

Cassidy resides in Nicholasville, KY with her fiancé, Aaron. Cassidy has been teaching at United Talent since 2012, became the PAC Director in 2016 and took over as the Dance Program Director in 2017! She is most proud of how United Talent has grown since she joined the Dance Family in 2009. 

Favorite Quote:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

 


Gina Preston

gina@unitedtalentdance.com

Title: Dance Administrative Assistant

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Gina is originally from Fremont, Ohio, but has lived in Georgia, North Carolina, and back in Ohio before making her home in Georgetown, KY in 2012. She graduated in 2001 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Ecology.

Gina and her husband Jerry were married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kennedi and Karsyn. Kennedi is a ballet, pointe, and jazz dancer with United Talent and a member of the Senior Dance Company of United Fine Arts Academy. She is also on the SCHS Dance Team. Karsyn is a hip-hop dancer with United Talent, is on the RSMS Dance Team, and plays softball as well. Gina is also “mom” to BB, a beagle mix.

Gina began at United Talent in 2018, but feels that it has been a family since enrolling her daughters in 2012. She cannot wait to see what the future holds for UT and UFAA!!

Favorite Quote: The best is yet to come and babe, won't it be fine! – Frank Sinatra 


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Ashley Rickman

Titles: Former Dance Program Director,  Senior Dance Instructor, Performing Arts Company (PAC) Choreographer

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Ashley Rickman has over 30 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 (UDA).

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 3rd 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. Ashley was the United Talent Dance Program Director from 2009-2017. She is excited to still be involved with United Talent in the coming season!

Favorite Quote:  “You’ve gotta Dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, and Live like it’s heaven on earth.”  --William W. Purkey


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Angelica South

angelica@unitedtalentdance.com

Titles: Dance Instructor, Choreographer, & Ballet Production Director

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Angelica South is the Artistic Director and President of the Board of United Fine Arts Academy. She was the artistic director and choreographer of Clara’s Dream (2014, 2015), The Little Match Girl (2016), Stars & Stripes (2017), Snow White (2017) and The Little Prince (2018) and Peter Pan (Fall 2018). Fall 2018 will be her sixth season teaching at United Talent. This is her eighth year teaching dance to kids of all ages, she has been a guest ballet intensive teacher at Studio Dance, Dancer’s Pointe, Fitch’s School of Dance, and Ballet Etc. Dance Institute.  

Angelica is going into her sixth season as a professional dancer with the Lexington Ballet Company. With the company she has performed title roles in: Afternoon of a Faun (The Nymph), The Nutcracker (Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy, Columbine Doll, Dewdrop, Marie, Spanish soloist), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), The Koln Concert, Alice in Wonderland (Alice), The Solider’s Tale (The Princess), and Scheherazade, West Side Story (Maria), Dance Menagerie (Dying Swan), My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), Jungle Book (Kaa). Angelica has danced with Allegro Dance Project (2017) and been a guest dancer with Central Virginia Ballet (2015).

Angelica is originally from Traverse City, Michigan where she trained under the direction of Thomas Morrell at Ballet Etc. Dance Institute. While still in school she performed in the youth companies, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre and West Michigan Youth Ballet. Angelica has attended summer intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, America Ballet Theatre Collegiate Intensive, The Harid Conservatory and the Grand Rapids Ballet. In 2013, Angelica competed in the Youth American Grand Prix regional competition in Indianapolis and received first place in the Pas De Deux category along with an invitation to the finals in New York City. She was accepted into the year-round program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.

Angelica would like to thank all of her family and friends for supporting her in achieving and accomplishing her goals and dreams. She is very thankful for all the opportunities presented to her and is so grateful for all of her students; they bring her joy and so much inspiration every day! 

Favorite Quote: Favorite Quote: “It’s about how smart you accept the difficulties that come your way, because there will be many, but they are there to make you stronger not to push you away from what you love.” -- Maria Kochetkova


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Tess Campbell

Titles: Dance Instructor, PAC Choreographer

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Tess has 19 years of dance experience in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Pom, and Musical Theatre. Originally from Georgetown, KY, Tess danced for Scott County Middle and High School dance teams, as well as the Performing Arts Company at United Talent.

Tess is currently a student at Eastern Kentucky University where she is studying Public Relations with a minor in Apparel design and merchandising. She is the Head Coach for Royal Spring Middle dance team here in Georgetown, and is extremely excited to be a part of the United Talent Dance Staff!!

Favorite Quote:  "We lose ourselves in things we love. We find ourselves there, too.” - Kristin Martz 


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Alex Hernandez

Titles: Dance Instructor & Vision Coach

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Teaching himself hip hop technique such as popping through dance videos on Youtube, Alex joined Lexington Dance Factory in 2011 hoping to expand his knowledge on his new found passion of dance. In 2012/13 he was presented with the opportunity to choreograph the Hip Hop routine for the high school company that eventually went on to finishing 5th over all at Cathy Roe Nationals. The following year he was given the opportunity to choreograph for all competition teams at Lexington Dance Factory. That same year he went on to win the “Entertainment Showdown” with the High School Company for his Hip Hop Choreography and was awarded “Entertainer of the Year”.

Within his short dance career Alex has received numerous achievements through his choreography and opportunities to expand his knowledge in his craft.  Alex has had extensive hip-hop training in major cities such as Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada at “The Pulse” & “Dance Teacher Web Live" dance conventions. He has also been given a additional opportunity to attend the Dance Teachers Web Live conference in Las Vegas on full scholarship.

Alex hopes to always be able to keep learning and growing in his artistry and pass on what he is able to learn to all of his students and peers. Dance has changed his life in more ways than one and that’s why he founded “Movement With Purpose”, a group concentrated on helping others find a passion in what they love with a strong concentration on dance. Alex’s biggest aspiration is to become a traveling choreographer and to hopefully connect and inspire people with passions and ambitions of their own just like he was by many friends, family, and mentors.

Favorite Quote: You'll hear 100 No's before you get that 1 Yes that makes it all worth it” -- Lyle Beniga 


Janie Smith

Titles: Dance Instructor, Vision Coach

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Janie has over 10 years of dance experience including hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, musical theater, ballet, tap, modern, and more. Originally from Georgetown, KY, her training includes being a member of the Performing Arts Company and Vision at United Talent and dancing for the Scott County Middle School and Scott County High School Dance Teams.

She is currently a member of One Love Dance Company in Lexington and a student at Northern Kentucky University where she is majoring in Dance. She also dances for the NKU HipHop Dance Team, ENVY. In 2017 she was a part of the Big3 Pro Dance team, performing at Rupp Arena.

She is more than excited to share her passion and start a new chapter of her journey with United Talent. 

Favorite Quote: “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen


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Gabby Smith

Titles: Dance Instructor

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Gabby Smith is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has over 16 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, and contemporary. At the age of 5, she found her dance home at Dance Theatre of Broward where she eventually ended up assisting and teaching once she was older.

In high school, Gabby competed with the Dance Theatre Extreme Team and competed with her team regionally and nationally in various competitions. With her team, Gabby won various first overall awards at the regional and national level.

Gabby is currently attending Georgetown College where she is studying to obtain her degree in Health Science with a minor in Child Development. She is also currently on her second year with the Georgetown College dance team and is excited to start her journey with United Talent! 

Favorite Quote: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” - Babe Ruth


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Kirsten Kindrick

Title: Dance Instructor

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Kirsten Kindrick is from Georgetown, Kentucky, and has over 14 years of dance experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, and Hip Hop. She began dancing at the age of 4 at Georgetown Parks and Recreation Dance and Gymnastics Studio. There, she became a teacher assistant for a variety of classes, with students of all ages.

In school, Kirsten was a member of both the Scott County Middle and High School Dance Teams, where she performed at many school events and competitions. As a senior, Kirsten was named captain of the Scott County High School Dance Team. Outside of dance team, Kirsten has experience performing as Drum Major and first chair oboe player of the Scott County High School Band, as an actor/dancer for Georgetown Community Theatre and the Scott County Musicals, as well as, a member of the Scott County High School Choir. 

Since graduating from high school as a Senior Elite, Kirsten is currently attending Georgetown College where she is a member of the Tiger Dance Team. Kirsten is very excited to start a great season of dance at United Talent!

Favorite Quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney


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Darby Queen

Title: Dance Instructor

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Darby Queen has 17 years of dance experience in tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary - all at competitive levels. She graduated from Crook County High School in Prineville, OR, where she was also involved with the Crook County Sparkles Dance Team. She studied dance from a young age at High Desert Dance Arts in Oregon and competed all over the state.

New to Kentucky, Darby is very excited to be joining United Talent! Outside of dance, she likes to spend time with her daughter and be outside in the sun.

Favorite Quote: "You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There's never been anyone exactly like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are." - Fred Rodgers


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Kamryn Drumheller

Titles: Dance Instructor 

Industry Experience:

Kamryn Drumheller has over 10 years of dance experience in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Pom.

Kamryn began dancing at United Talent in 2004 and is a current member of the Performing Arts Company. She has been a member of the Scott County High School Dance Team since 8th grade, and is excited for her Senior Year on the team. She has helped SC bring home the AmeriDance Grand Championship Award in 2015, and Kentucky Dance Coach Organization’s (KDCO) State Championship Awards in 2016 and 2017. 

Kamryn began as an Assistant Teacher in 2014 and as a Head Dance Instructor in 2016. She is looking forward to an awesome dance season!

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Taylor Diamond

Title: Dance Instructor

Industry Experience: Taylor Diamond was born in Bethesda Maryland and was raised in Georgetown. She has over 13 years of dance experience in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and musical theater. She began dancing at United Talent in 2007 and has been on the Performing Arts Company for 11 years. 

Taylor has been in multiple ballets with the United Fine Arts Academy (UFAA) including: The Little Match Girl (Twilight, a villager and an angel), Snow White (the Evil Queen, the Witch and a ballroom dancer), The Little Prince (Antoine and a flapper) , and Peter Pan (Captain Hook and Robert Mullins).

Taylor started as an Assistant Teacher in 2014, and as an Head Instructor in 2018. She is extremely excited about the upcoming year!

Quote: “Dance is the hidden language of the body and soul.” - Martha Graham


Kim Vasileva

Title: Dance Instructor

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Kim Vasileva is from Georgetown, Kentucky. She has over 7 years experience of training in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Pom. 

Kim began dancing at United Talent in 2010, and since then has taken recreational classes and was on the Performing Arts Company competition team (PAC) for 4 seasons. Kim is also a senior company member in the non-profit youth ballet company, United Fine Arts Academy, and has participated in a number of productions through UFAA including: Clara’s Dream (Shepherdess), The Little Match Girl (Lady in the Silk Dress, Fire Fairy, and Angel), Snow White (Evil Queen and Witch), The Little Prince (Grownup, Flapper Girl, and The Fox), and Peter Pan (Peter Pan and Pirate). Kim was also a part of the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker in 2013.

She was on the Scott County Middle School Dance Team for two years and has been on the Scott County High School Dance Team for 3 years and counting, and has helped varsity bring home a State Championship her 8th grade year.

This will be Kim’s first year as a dance instructor at UT and is looking forward to an amazing year of teaching the art of dance!!

Favorite Quote: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -The Little Prince

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