Guest Instructors










Instructor & Choreographer


Kim Root is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Louisville, KY. She has performed with The Pat Graney Company in Seattle, WA and with Pooh Kaye/Eccentric Motions in New York and with many independent choreographers.


Kim came of age as a dancer in New York City studying at the studios of Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham and studying with choreographers and teachers like Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown, Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein, Susan Rethorst, Tere O’Connor and many others. Kim has also spent many years exploring improvisation, both as a tool for creative process, as a performance form and as contact improvisation. Kim has a B.A. in Dance from Hunter College and an M.F.A. in Dance/Choreography from The Ohio State University.


She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT from 2003-2009 where she taught Modern Dance Technique at all levels, Dance Composition, Repertory and Dance and Technology and advised student projects. Pilates, yoga and other somatic practices have deeply influenced her dance work as well. 

Kim Root










Instructor & Choreographer

Zahara has over ten years experience

in bellydance instruction and performance and has been seen at a variety of tri-state events (Cincinnati Witches Ball, Newport on the Levee, Carnival Noir, Cincinnati Zoo, Andy's Mediterranean, etc.).  She frequently performs with local world-music favorites Mayan Ruins, and teaches bellydance fusion in the Greater Cincinnati area.  She's known for her relaxed teaching style, and has been a featured instructor outside Cincinnati (Dayton, Louisville, etc.).


Emily Schuhmann

Yoga Instructor

Summer 2019 Notice:

Emily Schuhmann was a blessing to HDT! We are sad to see you go, and while so happy for your new career adventures! Congratulations!


Emily Schuhmann has been teaching creativity, flow, and expressive movement from swing dance, to art, and now yoga since the early 2000’s. Students of all levels can expect traditional as well as more playful approaches to Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin styles of yoga blended with guided meditation. Emily holds an MFA in contemporary theories and metalsmithing/jewelry design; she studied and completed her 200hr YTC at Yog Peeth in Rishikesh, India. A seasoned teacher: Emily’s taught at U of L, Bellarmine University, and Indiana University in addition to swing dance events all over the Midwest. In her spare time she sews, draws, sculpts, writes, dances, gardens, and is a voracious reader. She loves drawing similarities across disciplines for her students and especially enjoys sneaking in references to the stories from the Bhagavadgita and other yogic texts to give historical or inspirational context to her classes. 

Quetzal Velasco 

Quetzal has been in ballet classes since the age of 3 and dancing on her own long before that. She has taken classes in many dance forms including modern, jazz, tap and contemporary, as well as participated in many social dance events such as contra, swing and blues. 

Quetzal has studied several of the ballet techniques and has started to choreograph dances of her own. 

She is excited to be continuing her assistant and teaching career with Horizons Dance  Theatre. Having started assisting classes at the age of 12, she loves teaching and sharing the art of ballet to all ages and levels. 










Instructor & Owner for

Simply Transforming, LLC


Ivey Samake is a Certified Medical

Qi Gong Instructor and is affiliated with Zen Wellness Center in Sun City, Arizona, an organization that has over 30 years of experience.


The organization developed a unique Qi Gong wellness program that is easy to learn and practice, get results as soon you begin to practice, requires little time, and everyone can do it.


Ivey received her Bachelor degree from the University of Louisville in the field of education and an Associate degree in Business from the University of Indiana Southeast. She trained for ten years in an Arthur Murray dance studio during which time she created a unique self-enrichment movement program based on ballroom fundamentals. 


Ivey currently serves as Treasurer for the Kentucky Holistic Nursing Association and volunteers for various charitable community service programs. She focuses her educational training and interest on health and wellness holistic teachings, promoting the advancement and raising the awareness of better self-care and well-being.
Ivey Samake BA, AS, CMQGI 
Simply Transforming, LLC Owner 

Ivey Samake
Amberly M. Simpson

Instructor & Choreographer

Amberly is a dancer, aerialist, and choreographer currently living in Louisville, KY. Before moving to Louisville, she attended Purdue University where she received a minor in Dance, as well as Bachelors degrees in Psychological Sciences and Creative Writing. During this time, she trained and performed with the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company (2011-2015) where she traveled and performed in multiple American College Dance Association Festivals (2013-2015), the American Dance Festival (2013), two TED Talks (2013, 2015), and the Prague Quadrennial (2015), as well as co-directing a production for Obsessive-Compulsive Dance (2014). She later attended Bellarmine University (2015-2017) where she received her Master of the Arts in Teaching for English Language Arts, and is now the full-time Dance teacher at Noe Middle School.  Additional performance and choreography credits include Voices HEaRD (2017, 2018), Fund for the Arts Opening Night at Churchill Downs (2017, 2018), Blackbird Dance Theatre (2015-2016), the Allegro Dance Project (2016-2018), and the 6th No Borders Project (2018). She has been a choreographer and performer for Suspend Productions since 2016, including directing/choreographing her first evening-length work, "Only weeds will rise in winter" (2018).

Amberly recently started also working at Dancensations! 

Somalia Price

Somalia Price was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  At five years old she was introduced to the dancing world. Her first dance class was of course Ballet.  Three years later, Somalia began Tap and then Hip-Hop that third year. When Somalia was in school, she joined every dance team the school had to offer.  She has been studying Ballet, Jazz, inspirational dancing in church, Hip Hop in after school programs, Majorette stands, to learning African-dance skills. Somalia has always had the "Heart of a Dancer."  Somalia started to take class and studied under Lanita Joseph, who is known now as " Sugar Brown," in her early adult years. While being under her training, Somalia had the opportunity to not only learn about the dance styles Afro-Caribbean, Modern, Jazz, Majorette, and Burlesque dancing; she also started her teaching career as well.  Somalia has a background in early childhood education.  She absolutely loves teaching dance.  The youngest child she has taught is two years old.  Now, Somalia lives in Louisville, Kentucky.  She is learning Latin dance styles, choreographing, performing, and growing as an educated dancer and teacher.  She has performed in Americana Performance Benefit hosted by Horizons Dance Theatre.  She has been in an eleven woman dance that was choreographed by Rachel Bucio Grote, and Katie Kasari, and performed at the third annual Louisville Dance Series performance on March 31, 2019 in the Eifler Theatre.  She enjoys teaching children's dance classes at Horizons Dance Theatre, and looks forward to where and how her dance career continues to unfold in Louisville, KY, and wherever else it may take her.

Bieje Chapman










Instructor & Performer


Bieje Chapman is based in NYC & was born & raised in Louisville, KY.  Some of Bieje’s training started right here with The Louisville Ballet School, The Youth Performing Arts High School & The Southeast Players Theatre. Bieje went on to study at the Colorado Ballet School, CT Dance Theatre, The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, The Singers Forum NYC, NYVocal Coaching & gained her National Certification with the NADTA.  Some of Bieje’s performance & teaching credits are: Ballet Arts at NY City Center, The Colorado Shakespeare Fest, WHAS TV, The KY Derby Fest, Manhattan Opera Rep, The Woodbury Ballet, Albano Ballet, Ogunquit Playhouse Hello Dolly starring Sally Struthers/ Cinderella starring Leslie Uggams and was a featured vocalist for the Andy Anselmo Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Regis Philbin.  A fateful spinal injury which sidelined Bieje for 6yrs has led Bieje back to the stage and ballet studio with a new & more joyful outlook & is the inspiration for her new show Awakening Artist on YouTube: Artists Connecting To Their Divine Creative Gifts & Heart Centered Dance Instruction.


Bieje wants to share the message to all artists to  “Love Your Body, Love Each Other, & Love What You Do!”

Tim Kelty

Instructor & Choreographer


The music of the ‘60’s, 70’s, & ‘80’s provided an evocative soundscape for Tim’s dance experiences ranging from Disco in the 4th grade at the Beechmont Community Center, to Polka at Octoberfest, to the freeform madness at high school mixers. Tim studied ballet, jazz and tap as part of his theater degree at WKU, and trained as a ballroom dancer/instructor while working as an actor in St Paul, MN. Shortly after Tim moved home to Louisville in the mid ‘90’s, Swing dance made a massive resurgence across America, and as that tapered off in the early 2000’s, Latin dances exploded into the social dance scene. During this same period, Tim has had the pleasure of working with two programs run through the Kentucky Center for the Arts – Arts Reach and, currently, Arts in Healing. Both underscore the power of arts experiences to help us connect with ourselves in the present moment. Tim calls his business Life-Dance because his mission is to help his students connect more deeply with themselves, with each other and with the joy and richness that can bring to their lives.

Linsey Gessner

Actress, Instructor & Choreographer

Throughout the past seven years, Linsey Gessner has visited classrooms and facilitated acting camps throughout the Louisville & New Albany areas. She has great success with motivating and guiding actors who need assistance with auditions or performance anxiety. She creates a safe and comfortable environment for self development and artistic exploration. Linsey is able to adapt her practices for all ages and has worked with kids as young as 3 years old, as well as adults. You will find that she works wonderfully at managing large groups as well as, accommodating those who need individual attention.

When using art therapy and life coaching strategies Linsey has found her practices assist in performance & audition preparation as well as public speaking situations, and behavior modification. Linsey uses breathing activities, articulation warm-ups, yoga stretches and positive affirmation activities to enhance the experience. The outcome of her teachings result in healthy, self aware, confident individuals; who feel worthy and prepared for success.

Ms. Gessner has found that students of all ages who identify with self esteem or sensory differences benefit from her techniques. She has helped many young people on the Neuro diversity spectrum (such as ADHD or Autism) and accommodates them with mindfulness, compassion and direction. She has numerous strategies and customizes on command in order to assist the over active mind and central nervous system.

If you are interested in enriching a child's life with more physical awareness, vocal clarity, and focused imagination strategies, Linsey Gessner is the perfect person to help!

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