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Our Staff

Tiffany Okerson
Owner/Director/Instructor

Miss Tiffany grew up in central Arkansas, Destin, FL and Memphis, TN. She began singing and dancing at five years old and choreographing by age 13.  What pushed her to start taking performing seriously was being accepted into Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Memphis, TN.  There, she studied extensively in all dance styles for three years under the direction of James Farris and had the opportunity to dance for Mid-South Youth Talent, galas, parades, fundraisers, and other events across the Memphis area.  Tiffany has trained under dance dynamos Stacy Tookie, Sonya Tayeh, Mark Meismer, Ray Leeper, Kim McSwain, Mandy Moore, Denise Wall, Marcus Albert and Alex Wong.   In 2013, she received her certification in Ballet and Jazz from the Southern Association of Dance Masters.  Tiffany also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Union University where she studied voice for three years.   

In her high school/college years, Tiffany was invited to sing and dance for Mid-South Youth Talent Contest in Memphis, TN 3 different times (the largest youth talent competition in the world, and where both Elvis Presley and Justin Timberlake got their start!) She was also an entertainer at Libertyland in Memphis when she was just 17 years old.  In 2001, she toured Germany with the Union University Singers. In 2005, she was a National Semifinalist for Gospel Music Channel’s show Gospel Dream, where she sang for Zomba Gospel's President, Max Siegel. Since then, she has been a worship leader through church and sang for various local events including Dancing With Our Stars for three consecutive years.  She has been privileged to sing with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, home to veteran musician and mother Jojo Jefferies.  She has enjoyed leads in such musicals as Footloose (Urleen), Fame (Serena), and Market House Theatre's Anything Goes (Hope) and The Wizard of Oz (Glinda, dance company).  Other notable credits include Telethon of Stars, PSO's Symphony Sing-Off, commercial appearances for Frank Farmer Chevrolet, voiceovers for Bristol Broadcasting, a choreographer for the Miss Illinois pageant for three consecutive years and a back-up dancer in Weird Al Yankovich's Mandatory Fun Tour.  Tiffany has been a singer/dancer at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, KY since 2010.  She has been a part of such shows as Fabulous 50’s, The Big Band Show, Variety: Music, Memories & More, Variety: Christmas Spectacular, Big Band Christmas, Country Sweethearts, The Super 60's Show, The 70's Show and The Sounds of Memphis.  Tiffany says she feels blessed to have worked with such a professional cast of musicians, singers and dancers, incomparable to a vast majority of venues throughout the country.  She is proud to now be a back-up singer for Mr. Terry Mike Jeffrey and tours with his band part-time in his renowned Elvis tribute shows. 

This year marks Tiffany's twelfth year of teaching dance and seventh year of teaching voice and theatre.  She resides in Paducah with her husband Trent and their three-year old son Hansen.  She is especially thankful to Trent for his continuous support, belief, patience and sacrifice with helping bring the TRF dream to life and to God for His love, grace, and for making "all things possible". Jeremiah 29:11 - which says "For I know the plans I have for you.  Plans to prosper and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future." - will continue to be at the heart of why TRF exists today.                  
  




Christy Bowkamp
Pre-Teen & Teen Ballet

Miss Christy started dancing when she was just 4 years old at Gotta Dance Studio in Lexington, KY, training in all styles, including Pointe, which she began at the age of 12. She danced all the way through her childhood, keeping her Ballet training at the forefront. With the constant support of her parents, she joined the competition team when she was in grade school and competed all the way through high school. She was also a member of the dance team at Tates Creek Middle and Tates Creek High School. Christy attended Murray State University and was a member of the Racer Girls Dance Team, where she was Co-Captain her junior year and Captain her senior year, acting as "coach" and choreographing all of the routines. Along with Racer Girls, she also joined Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and won "Best Choreography" for their 2014 performance in Murray State's All Campus Sing competition. She recently finished choreography for the 2015 "Miss Murray State" pageant. Christy graduated from Murray State with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is working toward a Masters of Business Administration. She currently resides in Paducah, KY working in the accounting department at Paducah & Louisville Railway. Christy is excited to continue in her passion for dance by teaching the students of TRF! 












Jordan Williams

Dance II, Hip Hop


Miss Jordan has been dancing since the age of eight, adding Voice, Dramatic Arts and Creative Writing to her repertoire; her passion for the Arts dating back to the absolute earliest that she can remember. At the peak of her teens, she began dancing competitively, having trained in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, as well as other styles, extra technique classes, and participating in local workshops while already dabbling into her own choreography. Jordan has had the privilege of performing at events such as “Dancing With Our Stars”, “Telethon of Stars”, “Symphony Sing-Off”, “Stomp Towards a Cure”, and other organized performances and fundraising events around the Paducah area. She has worked with the McCracken County Public Library in their program “Musical Story Time” with their presentation of “The Cat and the Fiddler”, and was chosen to be a guest teacher for Market House Theater’s “Thrill the World” event. She has trained with world renowned master teacher Marcus Albert and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Alex Wong. Homeschooled throughout her primary years, Jordan resides with her family in Paducah, KY and continues to train at TRF, rolling into her 13th year of dance as she studies at WKTCT for her Associates Degree in the Arts.  Jordan plans to continue dancing throughout her future and career. She is overwhelmed with excitement to be on staff at TRF and is always ready to further share her love for dance with her students!





Caitie Easter
Pre-K, Dance I

Caitie was born in Matthews, NC and moved with her family to Metropolis, Illinois at the age of 2.  She began dancing at the age of 3 but took a few years off to pursue softball, cheerleading and soccer.  She started back at the age of 12, when TRF first began, in the musical theater program.  The following year, she began taking more technique-based dance classes and continues to take most classes that the studio offers.  Caitie has a tremendous love for the performing arts.  She has been singing with the youth band at church since she was 12 and is currently the lead singer.  She has also been on the Rhythmic Youth performance team for the last 4 years.  She has performed in various events in our area such as "Stomping Towards the Cure" and the "Telethon of Stars".  She has performed at Market House Theater in Annie's Kids.  She has also worked with the McCracken County Library's Musical Story Time program in The Cat and the Fiddler.  She has also trained with world renowned master teacher Marcus Albert and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Alex Wong.  She also had the pleasure of being invited to compete at the Mid-South Youth Talent Competition in Memphis, TN in both singing and dancing.

Caitie has been homeschooled all of her life.  She started college early @ Shawnee Community College this fall with a full scholarship for Choir.  She plans to continue dancing and pursue her career in the arts.  She is thrilled to be teaching this year at TRF.


         
                                                                                                                      
Amber Dawn Taylor
Dramatic Arts

Miss Amber began her acting career at the age of 8 in Southern California.  She has performed in T.V. commercials, radio ads and on stage in both leading roles and chorus in over 25 plays and musicals in four states.  Amber has performed with Market House Theater in The Miracle Worker, Beehive - The 60's Musical, as well as having assisted April Cochran with the 'Footlights' program in 2004.
  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Acting and Directing with a Minor in Music from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010.  While there, she trained under NYC's well known vocal instructor Judith Farris and performed in Carousel under the direction of critically acclaimed director/choreographer Dennis Courtney.  Amber enjoys working behind the stage just as much as being in the center of it, and has operated as an Assistant Costumer at SEMO and also served as Hair and Makeup Designer for their production of Rumors.

Amber has directed more than 15 productions, taught several acting workshops, camps and classes.  While Amber's professional interests focus on the acting techniques of Uta Hagen and Constantin Stanislavski, her love for the stage reaches far beyond textbook verbatim.  Amber is a strong advocate for the Arts and believes that they are a major necessity in the life of all young people.

In addition to Theater, Amber is also a part-time photographer with her own label: New Dawning Photography.  She is also a Volunteer Coordinator for the Carson Center as well as Public Relations for "The Myre Series" (The Myre Series consists of 4 faith-based presentations underwritten by the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation Trust and co-sponsored by Lourdes Hospital) at the Carson Center.  She currently resides in Paducah, KY with her husband Eric, daughter Ealyn, and a "lil peanut" to be named soon!  She is so excited and proud to be a part of the TRF family and is extremely thankful to her Heavenly Father for His goodness.  



Patt Lynch
Piano & Voice

Mr. Patt grew up in Paducah, attending the city school system. His college years were spent at WKCTC, University of Louisville & Murray State University. Patt graduated from MSU with a degree in Music Education, a major in piano & minors in voice & organ. Masters work, also at MSU.
Patt taught music at Clark Elementary in the Paducah City School system for 27 years. Currently, he teaches piano & voice privately, & plays piano / keyboard for various venues in the area.
Patt has had many years of involvement as music director for productions at Market House Theatre as well as past music direction at WKCTC. He sings in the Paducah Symphony Chorus & the choir at First Christian Church. Patt is substitute pianist for United Church of Paducah & First Christian Church.
Patt is an avid gardener, volunteers at the Community Kitchen & has long been active in local historic preservation. A resident of midtown Jefferson Street, he is often seen walking his dogs, Isaac & Vic.









Josh Cornelius 

Guitar
(Bio to come soon.)


Michele Easter
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Miss Michele is the "communicator" within the school, and all staff and families agree - she is excellent at it!  She was born and raised in Weddington, North Carolina (a suburb of Charlotte).  She graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor's Degree in English with a Minor in Business Administration.  She worked in accounting and was an office manager for various homebuilders in the Charlotte area.  She and her husband Ciff moved to Metropolis, IL in 2002.  Cliff works as Minister of Youth and Families at First Baptist Church of Metropolis and Michele is now a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to their 3 daughters Kenzie, Caitie and Reagan.  Both Caitie and Reagan are very active students at TRF. 
              


Teacher Contact Info


Miss Michele - trfpaducah@gmail.com
Miss Tiffany - artsigirl1@yahoo.com
Miss Amber - newdawningphotography@gmail.com
Miss Christy - cbowkamp@gmail.com
Miss Jordan - raindrops96@comcast.net
Miss Caitie - caitlyn@metrofbc.com
Mr. Patt - patt.lynch@icloud.com
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