Mallory Burford, from Richmond, Ky, has been dancing for 13 years. She began her training at age 4. She has been part of Bluegrass Dance Training Center for 8 years, and has been a member of the competition team for 7 years. Mallory has trained in many styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, pom, lyrical, contemporary, and her two favorites, acro and tap!
Outside of BGDTC, Mallory is an honor student at Madison Central High School. She is in many clubs including pep club, central in action, young republicans club, national honors society, and Spanish club. She has been selected to be a member of Youth Leadership Madison County, Superintendent Teen Task Force, and Andy Barr Youth Ambassador Program. She has also been a member of the nationally ranked Madison Central Dance Team for 3 years.
Mallory plans on continuing her dance career after she graduates this season by dancing collegiately.
Tara Howard has been dancing with Bluegrass Dance Training Center for the last ten years, and has been a Junior Assistant for the past three years. She is continuing her dance education in Ballet, Pointe, Acro, and Modern/Contemporary at Bluegrass Dance Training Center this fall.
Tara began twirling under the instruction of Jenni Webb May of Bluegrass Twirling in 2013 and absolutely fell in love with this unique sport. She started competing in 2015 and is the current Kentucky State Women’s Solo, Strut, and Dance Twirl pairs champion. Her competition path to World Trials began this year when she competed at Pretrials in Trenton, OH and qualified to compete at Nationals in Jacksonville, Florida.
Currently Tara is coached by Cindy Harmon, Cincinnati and is a member of team Encore, coached by Machelle Stiehl, Cincinnati.
Tara has been homeschooled for four years through Abeka Academy, Pensacola, where she has made the honor roll the last two years. She also attends a local homeschool co-op in Richmond, Kentucky where she will be to be teaching a baton/dance class in 2019.
Tara is very thankful and excited to share her love of baton twirling with others this dance year.
Angela Thomas began her acro/gymnastics/tumbling training at the age of 8. She trained as a competitive gymnast and cheerleader at Marshall’s Gymnastics in western Kentucky. As a part of competing in floor exercise, ballet and rhythmic dance were integrated into her studies. After years of competition and multiple titles, she retired from competing at the age of 16. However, she was unable to leave the sport that she loved and began to coach throughout high school and her early college years.
At EKU, Angela danced for the EKU dance team under the instruction of Marianne McAdam. Angela graduated from EKU with degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology in 1997. Currently, Angela works as an occupational therapist in a neighboring county school system where she is able to utilize her knowledge within the classroom. She is excited about sharing her knowledge and skills of acro with her students at Bluegrass where her two daughters are currently studying dance.
Alexandra (Alex) Todd Doolin, from Berea, Kentucky did gymnastics for ten years, coached gymnastics for seven years at Excel Gymnastics, and has been teaching acrobatics with Alena Watts for two years at Bluegrass Dance Training Center. Alex graduated for Eastern Kentucky University in the spring of 2015 with a BA in elementary education with a concentration in LBD special education. She is now teaching 5thgrade at Kirksville Elementary in Richmond, Kentucky. Her true passion lies in helping all students reach their maximum potential socially and physically at school and in dance/gymnastics! She is thrilled to be able to work at BGDTC with some fabulous acro students!
Rachel Cobb...Follower if Jesus, Wife of Chad, Mom to Kaylan, Kylee and Khloe, Children’s Minister at FBC Richmond, Music teacher at The Learning Center, and Acro teacher at Bluegrass Dance. Rachel has been a lover of the arts her entire life...singing, acting, cheer, gymnastics, and visual arts have been a part of everything she has done. Rachel knew at a young age that she wanted to work with children and has been blessed over the years to be able to teach gymnastics, cheerleading, music, art, and lead kids in faith development. As a mom, she loves watching her girls’ love of the arts come to life and now is grateful to a part of the Bluegrass family as an acro instructor.