JoAnn Fryrear – JoAnn has owned and operated the dance studio in the Louisville area for over 66 years, and in her current location for 25+ years. She has choreographed for Clarksville Little Theater, Mummers and Minstrels, Kentucky’s Junior Miss, Miss Louisville and Miss Kentucky pageants, Southeast Christian Church Easter Pageant, and various local high school musicals. She taught on the faculties of various national dance conventions, including NADAA (National Association of Dance & Affiliated Artists), Dance Masters of America, and Dance Olympus. As a teen, JoAnn danced in the first Louisville Ballet production of The Nutcracker as the cherry blossom fairy, and in numerous musicals in the Iroquois Amphitheater. Her former students dance professionally in New York, teach in college dance departments, and operate their own dance studios. JoAnn is currently teaching adult tap dancing, tap therapy to people having balance issues, and those who have suffered a stroke. She is ecstatic with the JFSOD artistic staff who work with our students of all ages and the office staff who deal with the non-dance issues.
Jessica Bizianes- Jessica is the daughter of Ms. Lynn and granddaughter of Ms. JoAnn, so she has been at the studio her entire life. She danced there 15 years, from the age of three until she graduated high school, and still loves a good dance party to this day! Jessica is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with an elementary education degree and in August, 2019, she received of her Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from the University of the Cumberlands. Jessica is a 4th Grade Reading/Literacy Specialist at Freedom Elementary in Bullitt County and she teaches REFIT at the studio.
Lynn Fryrear Bizianes – - Lynn danced at JoAnn Fryrear School of Dance for 18 years and also danced with Tommi Choate. She earned a BS in Biology from Centre College in 1987. She returned to the dance studio after the birth of her first child in 1992 and is in her 27th year of teaching dance at the studio. As an instructor, Lynn continues her dance education by participating in dance workshops including Musicworks, DMI, Dance Olympus, Dance Caravan, and Debbie Dee Tap Intensive. Lynn has had the pleasure of working with many students over the years, all of whom have left a lasting impression. She is now teaching the grandchildren of her friends and children of her early dancers! Lynn would like to welcome everyone back for another great year!
Jill Brown - Jill is delighted to join the JoAnn Fryrear School of Dance as a REFIT instructor. As a little girl, Jill danced as a student in Mrs. Lynn’s class and loves the opportunity to be back at the studio. Despite only spending a few years of her youth in dance lessons, Jill picked dance back up via salsa lessons in 2013. Since then, Jill has become a Zumba instructor and is currently a REFIT instructor. When she’s not teaching a REFIT class, Jill can be found teaching sixth graders at Portland Christian School.
Lily Carpenter -
Taylor Clements-Smith - Taylor began her dance training in Novi, Michigan when she was three years old. After moving to Kentucky, she studied dance at several studios before finding JFSOD where she spent six years training in ballet, tap and jazz techniques. Throughout high school, Taylor transitioned from being an assistant teacher to a co-teacher. She assisted Lavelle Smith and Eddie Garcia at the Lavelle Smith Dance Camp for three consecutive years. Taylor attended the University of Kentucky, majoring in journalism and minoring in dance. At UK, she studied modern, jazz, ballet improvisation, choreography and dance history. In 2015, Taylor co-choreographed "Five Steps from a Picnic," which was selected to be shown at the 2015 American College Dance Festival. Taylor has been teaching at JFSOD since 2011 and is thrilled to continue to spread her love of movement to help educate the next generation of dancers. We are excited to have Taylor back with her enthusiasm and joy of dance.
Addy Faulkner -
Sarah Goud - Sarah, a Louisville native, trained in gymnastics and was the Kentucky State Gymnastics Champion at age 9. She attended University of Louisville Dance Academy and summers at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. Sarah danced with Louisville Ballet under the direction of Alun Jones and Helen Starr. She performed Soloist and Principal roles in many classical ballets, including Fascinating Rhythm in Who Cares?, Alice in Wonderland and Kitri in the full-length Don Quixote. Sarah’s repertoire also includes works by David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor and George Balanchine. She was featured in Louisville Magazine and Pointe Magazine in 2001. Sarah became a Principal Guest Artist in 2003, dancing and teaching nationally and internationally ever since. Sarah and her husband David have substitute taught at JFSOD for years and we are thrilled to have her working with our dancers, sharing her love for ballet and the joy it brings!
Anna Greene - Anna has been a part of the JFSOD family since she was 4 years old. As a dance veteran at JFSOD, she has been proficiently trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and modern. She also has experience dancing alongside her high school dance team in both jazz and hip hop, as well as her university’s sorority coach. Anna has choreographed various performances for teams of 30-60 participants. She has been a teacher for JFSOD for two years during high school, and due to her degree completion at Western Kentucky University, has returned to the JFSOD team to teach classes of 4-10 year olds as she finishes her Speech Pathology Master's. Her passion for teaching and learning dance is ever-growing and never goes unnoticed by her students! We are delighted to have her back to share her passion for dance!!
Emily Hilbrecht -
Kathy Sawyer Holtgrave - Kathy began her training with the Academy of Tidewater Ballet in Norfolk, VA. She attended and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and continued her training with the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. She danced with the Joffrey Concert Group, the San Antonio Ballet and the Louisville Ballet. During her sixteen year career with the Louisville Ballet, rising to the rank of principal dancer under the direction of Alun Jones and Helen Starr, Kathy performed lead roles in works of such renowned choreographers as Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Eugene Loring and Antony Tudor. She has danced title roles in most of the major classical ballets, including Coppelia, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Since retiring from the stage in 2001, Kathy has focused on teaching and coaching dancers of all ages both locally and nationally. We are excited to have Kathy share her love of dance with everyone who knows her and appreciate the commitment she has shown at JFSOD as one of our dance family!
Denise Humphrey - Denise grew up dancing in Northern Kentucky at Mulcahy Dance Studio, from the age of 3. As a teen and young adult, she also performed with several dance teams both in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, as well as in national events, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the King Kamehameha parade in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from college, she taught dance at Gotta Dance Studio in Lexington, Kentucky. She took some time off from teaching to be at home with her children, Parker, Nathan, and Anna Claire, but is excited to be back sharing her love of dance with students at the Jo Ann Fryrear School of Dance. She is also a certified REFIT® instructor and enjoys the challenge of staying in shape and helping others do the same, no matter what age or fitness level they happen to be in! We are overjoyed to have Denise and Anna Claire in the JFSOD family.
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Regan Nichols - Regan is a Lexington, KY native who grew up dancing at Diana Evans School of Dance and SCAPA, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, as a ballet major. She studied Communications at UK and taught for both Diana Evans and SCAPA until she moved to Chicago, where she continued her training at River North and Visceral Dance. Regan moved to Louisville 6 years ago and works as a VP Group Director at Scoppechio, a local advertising agency. Her specialties include hip-hop, jazz, and tap. She's excited to join the JoAnn Fryrear family and we are excited to have her teaching our dancers and sharing her love of dance!
Patricia Reid -
Lauren Bizianes Roy - Lauren has been a part of the JoAnn Fryrear School of Dance since birth. She started dancing at the age of three and began her teaching career at 16. Lauren's passion for dance motivated her to pursue a variety of professional education and training. She is a 2011 alumna of the Governor's School for the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Communication Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2015. She continues to expand her dance portfolio and practice through annual dance conventions like DanceMakers, Inc., and Music Works. Lauren loves the enthusiasm and passion her students bring to the studio and looks forward to their continued growth.
Beth Fryrear Kinney - Business Manager. Beth danced with her Mom for 15 years has a double BA degree from DePauw University in Classical Harp Performance and Music Business along with a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville. After practicing law for over 15 years, Beth took over the business management of the studio in 2002.
Sharon Graham - Sharon worked many years in the Prosecutor's Office. She loves working at the studio with all the dancers, moms and siblings. She is a great addition to the office staff, especially her smiling face and engaging personality. Sharon works Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Brent Fryrear - Web Master. Brent, danced with his Mom for 20 years and has taught Boy’s tap at the studio. He now works Friday afternoons and Saturdays in addition to managing the web site.