About Us

Tiffany Okerson, Owner/Creative Director

  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 perform 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, Marcus Alpert, Alex Wong, and Denise Wall.   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 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).  Other notable credits include Telethon of Stars, Symphony Sing-Off, commercial appearances for Frank Farmer Chevrolet, voiceovers for Bristol Broadcasting, a choreographer for 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 backup singer for Mr. Terry Mike Jeffrey and tours with his band part-time in his renowned Elvis tribute shows.
 

This year marks Tiffany's thirteenth year of teaching dance and eighth year of teaching voice and theatre.  She resides in Paducah with her husband Trent and their four-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.    

Amber Taylor

Miss Amber is the Dramatic Arts teacher at TRF.  She 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 (SEMO) 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 Stanislavsky, her love for he stage reaches far beyond textbook verbatim.  Amber is a strong advocate for the arts and believes that they are a major necessity in the lives of 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 of four faith-based presentations underwritten by the Carson-Myre Charitable  Foundation and co-sponsored by Lourdes Hospital) at the Carson Center.  She currently resides in Paducah, KY with her husband Eric, daughter Ealyn and son Euriah.  She is proud to be a part of the TRF family and is extremely thankful to her Heavenly Father for His goodness.

     

Christy Bowkamp

Miss Christy is the Level III Dance, Pre-Pointe and Jumps & Turns teacher at TRF.  She 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 throughout 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 High Schools.  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.  Christy was Choreographer for 2015's Miss Murray State pageant.  She graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is working toward a Master's in Business Administration.  She currently resides in Paducah, KY, working in the accounting department at Paducah & Louisville Railway.  Christy is excited to be continuing her passion for dance by teaching the students of TRF! 

    

Jordan Williams

Miss Jordan is TRF's Dance II and Hip Hop instructor, as well as an assistant for many other aspects of our program, including the Rhythmic Youth Performance Team.  She began dancing at the age of eight, adding voice, dramatic arts and creative writing to her repertoire in more recent years.  Her passion for the Arts dates back to as early as she can remember.  In her teens, Jordan began dancing competitively, having trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Modern, also taking part in extra technique classes and local workshops.  Jordan has had the privilege of performing at events such as Dancing with Our Stars, The Lion's Club Telethon of Stars, Sympohny Sing-Off for Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Stomp Towards a Cure, and more.  She has worked with the McCracken Co. 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 at Market House Theater's "Thrill the World" event.  She has trained with world-renowned master teacher Marcus Alpert and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Alex Wong.  You can currently see Jordan performing professionally at the Badgett Playhouse in The Sounds of Memphis.  Homeschooled throughout her primary years, Jordan resides with her family in Paducah, KY where she studies at WKCTC, working to obtain her Associates Degree in the Arts.  She is thrilled to now be teaching and choreographing for the students of TRF, having grown up training with the school since the beginning.  She plans to continue dancing throughout her adult years and as a part of her career.          

Caitie Easter

Miss Caitie is TRF's Pre-K and Dance I teacher, as well as an assistant for many other aspects of our program, including the Rhythmic Youth Performance Team.  She was born in Matthews, NC and moved with her family to Metropolis, IL at the age of 2.  She began dancing a year later, 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 continued to take most of the classes offered at TRF.  Caitie has a tremendous love for the performing arts.  She has been singing with the youth band at her church - First Baptist Metropolis - since the age of 12 and is curently the lead singer.  She was also a Rhythmic Youth team member for four years.  She has performed for various local events like Stomp Towards a Cure, The Lion's Club Telethon of Stars and most recently Dancing with Our Stars.  She has performed in Market House Theater's production of Annie's Kids.  She has also worked with the McCracken Co. Public Library's "Musical Story Time" program in The Cat and the Fiddler.  She has also trained with highly regarded Teacher/Choreographer Marcus Alpert and Alex Wong, a So You Think You Can Dance finalist.  She also had the pleasure of being invited to compete in the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest in Memphis, TN in both singing and dancing.  Most recently, Caitie received the special award of "Emotional Commitment" at Creation Dance Champs Competition 2017 in Louisville, KY.  She also placed 2nd overall in her age division for her solo "The Hill".               

Jonah Lampley

Bio to come shortly.  

Emily Swinford

Bio to come shortly. 

Michele Easter

Miss Michele is the administrative assistant at TRF and she is darn fabulous at it.  She as born and raised in Weddington, NC (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 Cliff moved to Metropolis, IL in 2002.  Cliff works as Minister in Youth and Families at First Baptist Church of Metropolis.  Michele is a stay-at-home mom, who has homeschooed her three daughters Kenzie, Caitie and Reagan.  Both Caitie and Reagan have been very active students at TRF since 2011, and Caite now teaches for the school.  Michele recently added to her resume as she obtained the impressive position of District Manager for Driveline Retail Merchandising.