Stacy Davis – Executive Director/Owner

Stacy started dancing at the age of 7 and became a competitive dancer at Dance Unlimited. She began teaching at the age of 15 and went on to pursue her love of dance and opened Dance Designs in Okolona in 1993. In 2004 Stacy opened up the Prospect facility where she has developed excellence within those 4 walls. Stacy has studied dance with many of the greats, such as Stepp Stewart, Joe Tremaine, Gus Giodarno, Fik-Shun, Alex Wong, Chehon, Mark Kanemura and many more!  She has also studied in Los Angeles at the Edge Dance Center and attends Titans of Dance convention yearly. Stacy has judged for the prestigious dance competition Applause Talent. She taught a dance program with the Jefferson and Oldham County public school systems. She has choreographed many memorable routines and has been awarded regionally and nationally for her work. She directed and choreographed the entertainment for the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala for 2 consecutive years. Stacy’s love for dance and her community shows through the passion she continues to instill in her students and staff. Stacy’s hard work and focus on giving her students and staff the best facility to educate and grow in has finally come true! Stacy and her husband Tommy are now proud owners of a 16,000 sqft facility in Shepherdsville, Ky. Stacy can not wait to share her love of dance with all of you. Building a foundation of faith, love, and passion for dance with her community is what she lives for.


Ashley Robinson – Director Of Operations

Ashley began her dance career at the age of eight under her aunt, Stacy Davis. She had the amazing experience of being a part of DDDC when the doors first opened in 1993. There she trained under Stacy Davis, Tracie Gray, Tara Chadwell, Artie Harris, Stepp Stewart and many more. She went on to study education in college and is currently pursuing her MBA. Ashley began teaching at the age of 14 and continues to share her knowledge and passion with dancers at our facility. She has extensive training in tap as well as contemporary, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop and continues to study dance via conventions such as Titans of Dance and dance education programs so that she can make sure our dancers are getting the very best. Ashley currently teaches many of our company technique classes, acrobatics, and soloists. While not in the classroom, Ashley is responsible for keeping DDDC running smoothly. The dance world is something she is thrilled to be a part of. It allows her to have an outlet and to share in the growth and development of our dancers. Ashley has a daughter, Averie, who is an Elite Company dancer at DDDC. She is so thankful for the family environment and amazing education provided to her daughter. Ashley also has a son, Aiden, who plays youth football


Sarah Garrett – Asst. Director/Company Choreographer

Sarah has been dancing since the age of three. She began as a competitive dancer in Massachusetts, training extensively in the styles of ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. She took her training a step further when she was selected to work with the Hoctor’s Dance Caravan as a Caravan Kid, traveling nationwide assisting in competition conventions and performing. She has worked with top choreographers such as Greg Sample, Barry Youngblood, Anthony LaCossio, Jerry Rose, and many more and has continued her dance education by attending dance conventions including the widely known “The Edge” Studio and Titans of Dance. Sarah began teaching and choreographing at the age of 17 and has been with Dance Designs Dance Complex Since 2005 as well as previously working with both North Oldham Middle and High School as a dance team coach. Sarah took on the role as the studio’s Assistant Director in 2015. She works to help train our competitive dancers in technique and choreographs for many of our competitive teams. Sarah has received multiple choreography awards at both Regional and National competitions and has helped bring DDDC numerous championships. Dance is something that has always been apart of Sarah and is truly her sense of release and loves to instill that in her students. She holds dear to her heart the relationships she has built with her students and the trust they find within her. She believes that what is learned within studio walls is something students will carry with them long after they leave. In addition to her love for dance, Sarah has a passion for helping others and holds a Masters of Social Work degree. She currently is a social worker for the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office.


Hennessy Wine – Company Choreographer

Hennessy is on the national award-winning collegiate dance team, the Ladybirds, at the University of Louisville. Hennessy returns to DDDC as a choreographer after dancing with us from the age of 8 until she graduated in 2019. Hennessy is currently pursuing a double major in business management and marketing – and she uses those skills to manage our social media. Despite her busy schedule, she maintains an impressive 4.0 GPA. Hennessy began teaching at DDDC when she was 14.  She pushes her dancers to be more than just athletes – she helps them create beautiful and memorable stories. This skill for storytelling has awarded her regional and national choreography awards each season of the past five years. She also recently won the overall artistic excellence in choreography award for a piece she choreographed titled “Behind Closed Doors” (about abuse). This piece was undefeated for the 2020 season at regional competitions. Hennessy loves her job and her students and is so excited to continue sharing her passion with DDDC dancers. The bond created when developing her pieces has made her dancers feel comfortable being vulnerable and pushing themselves beyond where they thought they could.


Hunter Davis – Company Choreographer

Hunter was just nine months old whenever she received her first pair of tap shoes that her grandpa made for her. She started dancing at the age of two and continued her dance career in college. Hunter is a 2020 graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned her BA with a major in dance and a minor in health promotion. Hunter studied under Susie Thiel, Theresa Bautista, Stephanie Harris, Anthony Alterio, as well as guest choreographer Sanjay Saverimuttu. She studied jazz, modern, ballet, choreography, teaching methods, improvisation, dance history. Her Senior Thesis was going to GreenHouse17, a home for domestic violence survivors, and teaching them the art of dance.  While attending the University of Kentucky, Hunter was cast in multiple pieces for UKY dance departments dance concerts. “Louder than words” and “Amplified” are among the pieces she performed in. Hunter received the opportunity to travel to Detroit, Michigan to perform in  Anthony Alterio’s piece, “Full Blown” at the show “Women’s Work” and in Lexington, Kentucky at the show “Voices HEaRd”.  Hunter is the daughter of Stacy Davis and DDDC alumni. While dancing at DDDC, she won numerous regional and national competitions.  She returns to DDDC with incredible knowledge and is currently teaching our ballet program as well as choreography for dancers of all ages. Hunter believes that “Dance is a release. It is a safe zone, an expression, a work of art. Teaching dance is a powerful and engaging force that can set anyone free.” We are beyond excited to have Hunter home.


Instructors


Averie Gabehart

Averie is a member of DDDC’s Elite Company. She teaches technique to many of our younger company dancers and coaches some of our junior company. Averie is passionate about dance and has developed beautifully under our incredible staff. She’s also trained under Ryan Green as a member of Movement Mentors (The Movement Project), Alex Wong, Amy Yakima, and many more. Averie will be heading into the 8th grade. She proudly maintains honor roll in advanced classes while spending 4 days a week at DDDC dancing and teaching. Averie hopes to one day attend the University of Kentucky and double major in dance and business – like her older cousin, Hunter.


Mary Kate Baron

Mary Kate is a member of DDDC’s Elite Company. Mary Kate coaches our mini company team and some of our junior company team. She also teaches many of our recreational dancers. Mary Kate has been a part of DDDC for many years and during her time has been a valued teammate. She’s won countless national championships during her time on our teams. Mary Kate is passionate about sharing her knowledge with our younger dancers and we are so happy to have her!