Instructors

Gina Tincher

Founder


Gina opened Capital City Dance Studio in 1969 to bring the love of dance to the children of our community. She was a professional dancer in London, England before moving to Kentucky. Gina is a member of Dance Masters of America and a charter member of the Bluegrass Chapter of DMA. Her love of dance has inspired youngsters throughout the years to experience the grace, beauty and energy of her art.

Laurie Meyer

Owner & Director


Laurie has been dancing since age 5, when her mother, Gina Tincher, opened CCDS in 1969. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School and the University of Kentucky. Laurie is a member of Dance Masters of America (DMA) and a charter member of the Bluegrass Chapter of DMA. She is currently the owner/director of CCDS. "It is a privilege to watch the children and grandchildren of our former students as current students!"

Ryan Allison

Mondays, West Studio A


Ryan has danced for 15 years at Capital City Dance Studio. She is a graduate of The Frankfort Christian Academy and is currently attending Georgetown College, where she is a member of the Georgetown College Dance Team. During a dance intensive held at CCDS, Ryan was selected to attend Phoenix Fire Elites 2019 Dance Intensive in New York City. She was recently invited back to NYC to be an apprentice in the summer of 2021. In her spare time, Ryan enjoys reading, watching movies and Broadway shows. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others and is excited to continue dancing with her Capital City Dance Studio family.

Sarah Bishop

Wednesdays, West Studio B


Sarah has been dancing since age three, when she began classes at CCDS. She is a graduate of Western Hills High School and the University of Kentucky, where she minored in dance. She has been an instructor at CCDS for fifteen years , primarily teaching ballet, pointe, and tap. She loves watching her students grow and develop as dancers each year. She and her husband have three children, including twin girls who are her students at CCDS.

Caroline Carter

Tuesdays, West Studio A


Caroline is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Western Kentucky University. Caroline was a student at Capital City Dance Studios for seven years and also helped as a teaching assistant. She was a member of the FCHS dance team and is now the current coach of this team. She also took dance courses at WKU. Caroline has been teaching at CCDS since 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time spoiling her niece and nephews.

Jaime Carter

Mondays & Wednesdays, West Studio A


Jaime has danced at CCDS since she was six, and has taught for the last 18 years. She graduated from Anderson County High School in 2001 and from the University of Kentucky with BA in Interpersonal Communication in 2005. Jaime is a member of Dance Masters of the Bluegrass and certified by DMA in ballet and jazz. She and her husband, Doug, have been married 15 years and they have four children: A.J., Danica, Joel, and Keren. Jaime’s favorite part of teaching is challenging her students with something new and having them come back the next week having improved or mastered it.

Paige Catron

Wednesdays, West Studio B


Paige began dancing at CCDS at the age of 3. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School, where she was a member of the Flyer Dance Team and served as co-captain her senior year. Paige is currently attending Transylvania University and is a member of the Transy Dance Team. Although Paige has danced in every subject, she has always focused most on ballet and cannot wait to help the ballet program at CCDS!

Artie Eastman

Thursdays, East Studio


Artie was a student of CCDS for twelve years and became an instructor after graduating high school. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Georgetown College, where she earned her Elementary Teaching certificate. Artie has been an instructor at CCDS for fifteen years and loves watching the confidence that students gain through dance. She and her husband have one child, who is also a student at CCDS.

Kayla Fallis

Wednesdays, East Studio


Kayla began dancing at CCDS at the age of three. She danced for fifteen years and was a teaching assistant for seven years. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School where she was a 4-year member of the FCHS Dance Team. She is also a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received her certification in Elementary Education. Kayla coached the FCHS Dance Team for four years after graduating college. She has been an instructor at CCDS for seven years and has worked with students ranging from ages 4-18. She loves watching her students grow as dancers and gain the confidence and passion for something that has meant so much to her throughout her life.

Kristen Fuchs

Thursdays, West Studio B
Saturdays, West Studio A


Kristen danced at CCDS for 16 years beginning at the age of 3. During her time at CCDS she took classes in all genres and was a teaching assistant for 3 years. Along with dance, Kristen was a gymnast. She began gymnastics at the age of 4 and was a USAG competitive gymnast for 12 years. She holds 3 state All Around titles, numerous individual event titles, and was a 4 time regional qualifier. Kristen is a graduate of Great Crossing High School in Scott County and will be attending college in the fall to pursue a career working with children.

Emily Goodwin

Thursdays, West Studio B


Emily has been dancing at CCDS since she was 4. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Eastern Kentucky University for both her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders and Masters of Public Health. She has been a dance coach through local schools for four years and has been an instructor at CCDS for six years. “I love watching my students grow into beautiful, confident dancers that have tons of fun along the way!”

Abigail Hackett

Mondays, East Studio


Abigail is a new teacher for 2019-20. Abigail began dancing at Capital City Dance Studio at the age of 3 and continued for the next 14 years. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Georgetown College. Abigail was a 3-year member of the FCHS Dance Team and a 4-year member of the GC Tiger Dance Team, serving as captain her senior year. She graduated from Georgetown in 2018 with a BA in Communication and Media Studies. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my love of dance with my students at a studio that has been such a huge part of my life!”

Taylor Hackett

Wednesdays, West Studio A


Taylor began dancing at Capital City Dance Studio at the age of 7. Involved in several classes, he quickly figured out that tap, jazz, and lyrical were his forte! Throughout Taylor's high school years, he was involved in several duets and group routines that won awards at the state level. Several years after student teaching both through and after high school, Taylor developed CCDS's first all boy's hip-hop and tap class. Still to this day, the boy's class runs strong! Taylor's passion is just simply to teach his students about the love of dance and to pass along what he has learned over his many years being involved with Capital City Dance Studio. Currently living in Louisville, Taylor commutes to the studio twice a week to teach and help other teachers. "This dance floor and this studio is my home."

Kacey Hulker

Wednesdays, West Studio B


Kacey is a new teacher for 2019-20. Kacey is a graduate of Shelby County High School and Eastern Kentucky University. She is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist in the local area. Kacey was a student at Capital City Dance Studio since the age of 4 and taught Ballet and Tap at Shelby Christian Church. She also took dance courses at Eastern Kentucky University and was a member of their dance team. This is Kacey’s first year of teaching at the studio and she is excited to be back home to share the love and joy of dance that CCDS gave to her.

Mandy Meyer

Tuesdays, East Studio


Mandy started dancing at the age 14. She was a member of the Franklin County Dance Team for three years and danced at CCDS during that same time. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School and the University of Kentucky. She graduated UK with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She is now an elementary school teacher here in Frankfort. This is her second year teaching for CCDS, but she is excited to see where this journey will lead her. "It has brought me such joy watching my students grow over the past year. This opportunity is a blessing and allows me to do two of my favorite things... dance and teach."

Casey Roberts

Tuesdays, East Studio


Casey began dancing at Capital City Dance Studio at the age of three and continued her dance career here for 15 years. She is a graduate of Franklin County High School, where she was a member of the Flyer Dance Team for four years, serving as captain her senior year. "Dancing has always been a huge part of my life. I’m so thankful to be able to continue my love of dance by teaching here."

Lauren Rose

Mondays, East Studio


Lauren Rose began dancing at CCDS at the age of 4 and has been teaching at the studio for the past 15 years. She is a graduate from Franklin County High School and the University of Kentucky. Lauren was a four-year member of the University of Kentucky Varsity Dance Team. She was also an NFL cheerleader with the Cincinnati Bengals. Lauren has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and is passionate about teaching children as her profession as well as sharing her love of dance with the students of Capital City Dance Studio.

Whitney Thomas

Wednesdays, West Studio A


Whitney began her dance career at CCDS when she was three years old. She graduated from Franklin County High School in 2002 and has a BA in Psychology, Masters in Counseling, Masters in School Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the University of Kentucky. Whitney was an Instructor at CCDS for 13 years prior to becoming the Owner and Director of Danville Dance Company in Danville, KY, where she taught classes and trained competitive teams. She recently sold her business in order to spend more time with her husband, Casey, and two sons, Carter and Jackson. Whitney is excited about returning to CCDS and continuing to teach, choreograph, and create with her long-time dance family and students!

Kristie Wooldridge

Mondays, West Studio B


Kristie started dancing at CCDS at age 3. She is a graduate of Western Hills High School and Eastern Kentucky University, and was a four-year member of the WHHS Dance Team and the EKU Dance Team. As a CCDS student Kristie helped as a teaching assistant, and as a teacher, she has taught ages 3 through 14. Kristie and her husband are excited to welcome their first child this summer and look forward to introducing her to dance. “My favorite way to express myself is through dance, and I feel honored to be able to share that passion with our students.”

Stephanie Wooldridge

Tuesdays West Studio B
Thursdays, West Studio A


Stephanie has been with the studio for nearly 45 years as a student, assistant and teacher, having received additional training with the Lexington Ballet Company. She is a graduate of Western Hills and Georgetown College, having earned her National Board Certification for Teachers in 2006. Stephanie is presently teaching math at Western Hills where she serves as co-producer of the Miss WHHS Pageant and a past coach of the Wolverine Dance Team. She and her husband, Steve, have two children, Shelby and Nicholas.