Meet Our Team!


Ainsley Thompson

 

Choreography:
Miss KY Pageant, Ms. KY Pageant, Mummers & Minstrels, Iroquois Park Players,
Show Choir-Male High School, Miss Virginia Pageant, Derby City Junior Miss
Pageant and Coca-Cola Safety Kids.

Performances:
Hello Dolly (Ermengarde), Fiddle on the Roof (Chava), American Turners Gymnastic
Team, Friendship Ambassador to Poland, and Dance Captain for Iroquois Park
Players (10 yrs)

Studied:
Dance, voice and gymnastics in Louisville, New York, Chicago, and Virginia.
All members attend summer seminars, performing arts conventions, and study
with the leading dance teachers to bring you the latest dance styles and teaching techniques.

Our students have performed on Broadway, Disney World, Opryland, Kings Island,
The Disney Cruise Ship, in Ballet Companies and Champion Dance Teams.


Becky Cosman

 

Choreography:
Miss KY Pageant, Ms. KY Pageant, Mummers & Minstrels, Iroquois Park Players,
Show Choir-Male High School, Miss Virginia Pageant, Derby City Junior Miss
Pageant and Coca-Cola Safety Kids.

Performances:
Hello Dolly (Ermengarde), Fiddle on the Roof (Chava), American Turners Gymnastic
Team, Friendship Ambassador to Poland, and Dance Captain for Iroquois Park
Players (10 yrs)

Studied:
Dance, voice and gymnastics in Louisville, New York, Chicago, and Virginia.
All members attend summer seminars, performing arts conventions, and study
with the leading dance teachers to bring you the latest dance styles and teaching techniques.

Our students have performed on Broadway, Disney World, Opryland, Kings Island,
The Disney Cruise Ship, in Ballet Companies and Champion Dance Teams.




Sheryl Knight

Sheryl is the former Captain and Head Choreographer of the University of Louisville Ladybirds Dance Team from1990-1995. Sheryl has over 25 years of dance experience in Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Sheryl is a former Universal Dance Association (UDA) instructor and choreographer. She worked for UDA for 8 years, traveling the country teaching both high school and college dance camps. Sheryl has also been a Master Hip Hop Instructor for the National Dance Alliance (NDA). Sheryl is a Professional choreographer who has choreographed over 60 national championship and world championship routines. Her choreography has helped clinch championships for a number of teams on the Junior High, High School, College, and Studio All-Star levels. She has choreographed for the Phoenix Mercury co-ed Hip Hop team, a division of the Phoenix Suns NBA Team. She has also danced for Arena Football teams, as well as the European Basketball League in Florence, Italy. Sheryl continues to travel the country teaching master classes and training in all styles of dance. Sheryl is currently the Head Coach of the 11-time National Champion University of Louisville Ladybird Dance Team!


Amber Cosman-Chapa

 

Amber has over 28 years of dance experience. She started her dance journey at Dance Unlimited almost before she could walk. Her mother, Becky Cosman, is one of the owners. Amber has competed in numerous local and national competitions. She was crowned Ms. Pre-Teen Kentucky and went on to compete at the Ms. Pre-Teen USA pageant in LA. She was awarded Best Eyes, Best State Costume and was also offered a chance to compete on Star Search. Unfortunately, the show ended before she got her chance. She was 1st Runner-Up at the KY State Fair Coca-Cola Classic Talent Competition twice. Once as a tap soloist and once with a tap group. Amber has studied dance all over the country and lived in NYC for 5 years. During that time, she studied dance at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan. She was lucky enough to be able to study under many of the choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance including Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Sonya Tayeh, Brian Friedman, and Andy Blankenbeuhler. After studying there for 2 years, she was given her own class to teach in the BDC Childrenʼs Program and also asked to assist a few of the main teachers on staff. She trained in all styles of dance but specializes in lyrical, modern, tap and contemporary. Amber was one of the CO-directors of Rileydance, a modern/ contemporary dance company and also a member of Tracie Stanfieldʼs Synthesis Dance Project. A contemporary lyrical concert dance company based in NYC. While in NYC, Amber also modeled for Wilhelmina Modeling Agency and was signed with Bloch Talent Agency. She appeared in magazines and on shows like the View on ABC (Chico’s Model), MTV Wannabe: Britney Spears on MTV(Britney Spears #2), and the Oxygen Channel’s Alanis Morrissette Live Concert. Amber has more recently been featured as the dance instructor of one of the contestants on an episode of Toddler’s and Tiara’s, Season 6. She currently choreographs for middle school and high school dance teams and is the coach of the multiple National Champion Tiny and Mini All-Star dance teams here at DU. 


Taylor "T.T." Thompson

 

Taylor is a 3 time National Champion Coach/Choreographer, 3 time National Champion dancer and a Dance Worlds Silver Medalist!  Taylor's dance journey began 27 years ago at Dance Unlimited, where he competed on successful company and all star teams.  After high school Taylor danced for the 20 time National Champion University of Louisville Dance Team.  In 2012 he moved to New York City Taylor found his love for creating dance and music and started pursing choreography and music production.  In 2015, after relocating back to Louisville, he founded In Your Parents Basement Productions which has grown to be one of the largest dance team music production companies in the United States.  Most recently he founded the company Access Choreography which is set to launch in 2020.  Taylor is currently one of the coaches for the 24 time National Champion program Dance Unlimited and also the head coach of the 2 time National Champion Bellarmine University Dance Team.  


Vontoya Johnson

 

Vontoya started dancing at age 7 for Dance Unlimited and joined the competition team at age 8. She began her classical ballet training at age 9 with the U of L Dance Academy and she joined their dance company in 1998. She had several lead roles throughout her time with that company.

Vontoya began assistant teaching at age 13 for Dance Unlimited while being a member of The Company at Dance Unlimited. For high school Vontoya was accepted in The Youth Performing Art School (YPAS) where she was exposed to new styles such as contemporary, modern and ballroom.

Through the YPAS Dance program she was able to perform with some prestigious companies such as Le Ballet Jazz Montreal, Pilobulus, the Harlem Dance Theatre, and Art Art Barking Dog. During her sophomore year of high school she was accepted in the Ailey School's Summer Intensive in New York City and the following year she attended the Governor's School for the Arts summer program.

During her senior year she received dance scholarships to attend Stephens College in Missouri, California State University at Long Beach, NYU/Tisch and an academic scholarship to attend Columbia University's Pre-Med program.