Jody Shepherd - Owner/Instructor
Mrs. Jody began dancing at the age of
five with the Bristol Ballet then studied for the next twelve
years with the Academy of Performing Arts in Coeburn, Virginia
and the Wise School of Dance in Wise, Virginia. Jody graduated
from Radford University with a Bachelors Degree in Dance in
1993. While at Radford, she was a four year member of the
Radford Ballet Theatre, three year member of Radford's
Collegiate Dance Team and a varsity cheerleader for one year.
Mrs. Jody opened Dance Etc. Studio in Prestonsburg in 1994.
Jody's experiences include traveling & teaching
dance camps across the Eastern United States as an instructor
for Eastern Dance Association. She was also a member of their
training staff, which included training other EDA Instructors as
well as the EDA Curriculum Staff choreographing dance routines
to be taught at their summer dance camps.
was the former seven year coach of the Prestonsburg Dance Cats
and led them to many awards and honors including several
national championships. She keeps her dance training current by
attending numerous dance conventions and teacher workshops where
she has studied with master teachers such as Mia Michaels, Wade
Robson, Brian Freidman, Art Stone, Joe Tremaine, Jo Rowan and
Mrs. Jody currently instructs weekly classes at the studio as
well as coaching the studio's five Elite All-Star Dance Teams
who have won numerous national titles. She also teaches and
choreographs for other dance teams throughout the area. Jody her
husband, Greg, and their two children, Gregory Chase and Makenna
Kate, reside in Prestonsburg.
Lauren Bowman - Instructor
Miss Lauren, an Inez, Kentucky native, found her love of dance
at the age of three. As a young child, she attended several
dance programs including The Dance Studio in Logan, WV, and Miss
Janís Eastern Kentucky Dance Program. She found her home in 1994
when Dance Etc. Studio of Dance was founded in Prestonsburg.
has experience in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, pom, and lyrical.
While a student at Dance Etc. she served as an assistant
instructor, traveled to numerous dance conventions, and
performed in local events, including The Nutcracker. She
competed as a member of the Elite dance team for 7 years earning
multiple national titles along the way. Lauren is a 2009
graduate of Georgetown College where she was a member of the
Georgetown Tiger Dance Team.
is now a full-time employee at Big Sandy Community & Technical
College as well as a full-time instructor at Dance Etc. In
addition to teaching dance classes, she enjoys coaching the
Rising Stars and Elite Dance Teams, teaching summer camps, being
involved with East Kentucky Dance Under the Stars, attending
dance teacher workshops/conventions, working one-on-one with her
students, and choreographing for local talent. She feels truly
blessed to be teaching at her home studio and sharing the love
of dance with her students. Her goal is to spark joy and
confidence within her students, just as Dance Etc. did for her.
Megan Towles - Instructor
Megan Towles has been studying Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop
for 16 years. She was a member of the DanceEtc Elite teams for
10 years and was a member of the Prestonsburg High School Dance
Cats for 5 years. She has won many awards and honors including
State and National Championships with these teams. Megan has
studied with many dance professionals through workshops across
the country. She has taken classes at Broadway Dance Centerand
Steps on Broadway in NYC. She has also participated in the Just
For Kix Dance Intensive in Minnesota, Excel Dance Workshop with
the stars of "So You Think You Can Dance", Dance Caravan and
many many others.
Megan has performed many lead roles in Dance Etc's "The
Nutcracker" including Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy andSugar Plum
Fairy. She also auditioned and was honored to be chosen as part
of the cast for the Moscow Ballet's "Nutcracker" when their tour
came to Kentucky. And she was chosen as an All American Dancer
and performed in the half time show at the Pro-Bowl in Hawaii.
She also helps dance teams throughout the area with technique
Megan is currently a college junior and plans
to purse a degree in Dance Education. She has been assisting
with classes at Dance Etc for over five years and is very
excited to be instructing her own Hip Hop classes this year. She
has a true passion for dance and loves sharing it with her DE
students. Megan is the daughter of Beth Towles and Tim Towles of
Prestonsburg and big sister to Shelby and Dayne.
Ashton Sizemore - Instructor
Ashton Sizemore found her passion for dancing at the age of five
when she began taking classes at Dance Etc. During her fifteen
years at the studio, Ashton has had the opportunity to take
classes in multiple styles of dance and participate in numerous
workshops. She has attended dance conventions where she was
able to work with many nationally known choreographers.
Ashton was a ten year member of the Dance Etc. All-Star Elite
Teams that earned numerous national titles. She also competed
with the Prestonsburg High School Dance Cats for four years.
While Ashton was on the team, the Dance Cats were named 2011 &
2012 State Grand Champions. She was also the 2012 Recipient of
the Destiny Renee Brewer Dynamic Dancer Award.
Ashton has choreographed for many individuals and
dance teams throughout Eastern Kentucky and is currently the
varsity dance team coach at June Buchanan School. She has been
assisting with dance classes at Dance Etc. and with the Dance
Etc Elite Teams since 2009. Ashton is a current graduate of
Alice Lloyd College with a degree in History.
Jennifer Smith - Instructor
Mrs. Jennifer began her dance training at a young age before
coming to Dance Etc. in 1995 where she is now a part-time dance
instructor. Jennifer has extensive training in Ballet, Tap,
Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and other styles of dance. She also has
received numerous national titles as a former member of the
Prestonsburg Dance Cats and University of Kentucky Wildcat
is an assistant coach for the studio's four Elite Competition
Teams. She also teaches summer dance camps to dance teams
throughout the area and choreographs for many area teams.
Jennifer continually updates her training through dance
conventions and teacher workshops with master teachers from
across the country. Jennifer and her husband Matt reside in
Louisa where Jennifer is a teacher in the Lawrence County School
System. They have two children, Matthew Ryan and Delainey Grace.