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 be an apprentice this summer. 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 and was a member of the UK Dance Ensemble. She has been an instructor at CCDS for many years, and currently teaches pointe, pre-pointe, and lyrical. She loves watching her students grow and develop as dancers each year. She and her husband have three children, including twin girls who have been her students at CCDS.

Caroline Carter

Tuesdays, West Studio A


Caroline is a graduate of Franklin County High School and Western Kentucky University. She was a student at Capital City Dance Studios for many years and also served as a teaching assistant. Caroline was a member of the Franklin County High School dance team and later became the Head Coach. She continued her dance education by enrolling in dance courses at WKU. Caroline has been teaching at CCDS since 2013. CCDS has been a second home to Caroline and each year, she is excited to instruct a new group of students in what has been a lifelong passion of her own.

Jaime Carter

Mondays & Wednesdays, West Studio A


Jaime has danced at CCDS since she was six, and has taught for the last 21 years. She graduated from Anderson County High School in 2001 and from the University of Kentucky with a 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 18 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 Franklin County High School in 2003. She is a graduate of Georgetown College, and has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Artie 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 eleven 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 USA gymnastics competitive gymnast for 12 years. She holds 3 state All Around titles, numerous individual event titles, and was a 4 time regional qualifier. She is also a professional member of USAG for both women’s artistic and acrobatic gymnastics and is credentialed to coach in both disciplines. Kristen is a graduate of Great Crossing High School in Scott County and is currently attending college to pursue a career working with children.

Emily Goodwin

Thursdays, West Studio B


Emily has been an instructor at CCDS since 2012 working with students age 2-14. Her favorite dance styles are jazz and tap. She has been a dance coach through local schools for over 8 years and is currently the head dance coach at Franklin County High School. 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. “I love watching my students grow and passing along that passion and love for dance in the studio where I grew up. I love being a part of the CCDS family!”

Abigail Hackett

Mondays, East Studio


Abigail joined us as a new teacher in 2019. She 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 to teach and help other teachers. "This dance floor and this studio is my home."

Mandy Meyer

Tuesdays, East Studio


Mandy has been teaching for CCDS for five years. She is a graduate from Franklin County High School. She was a member of the Franklin County Dance Team for three years and danced at CCDS during those years. Mandy has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Teacher Leadership. "I have such a love for teaching and inspiring children of our community. 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 19 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, Andrew, have two daughters, Nora and Natalie. “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 a teacher with the Franklin County Schools’ Virtual Academy. She is a past coach of the WHHS Wolverine Dance Team. She and her husband, Steve, have two children, Shelby and Nicholas.