Teachers

Nicole Hicken, Director

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Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, Acro, Leaps & Turns, BTJ Combo, Kinder BTJ Combo, Competition Team

Nicole's passion for dance began at the age of three.  Coming from a dancing family, she was inspired by her Grandmother and mother to pursue dancing all throughout her childhood.  Over the years Nicole studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, clogging and hip hop.  In 2011 she began teaching dance and discovered a wonderful and rewarding experience.  With a background in education, Nicole understands the developmental progression of children.  Her experiences with teaching include: swim team coach, lifeguard training, preschool education, childcare training and substitute teaching for GIPS and GINW.  Nicole has choreographed for the Grand Island Little Theater's production of Chicago (2016) and Clue the musical (2018).  Nicole served as head coach for the Grand Island Central Catholic Lady Crusader Dance Team, while under her direction they won four state championships.  She began the dance studio dream when she was 13, with a small studio in her basement.   With the love and support of her husband, two boys and family; her dream became a reality.

Sarah Koch

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Tiny Tots, PreK Combo, BTJ Combo

Sarah has taught dance with Studio N for the past 3 years. She has always had a love of dance ever since she was young. Her passion for dance was reignited watching her oldest daughter dance at Studio N. Our family has been a part of the Studio N family since Gracyn was 18 months old when she started in the Tiny Tots Class. Since then Sarah has helped our littlest dancer find their passion for dance by teaching Tiny Tots,  Pre-K 3's BT Combo & Pre-K 4's BT Combo. Sarah is originally from Lemoyne, Nebraska, She grew up on Lake McConaughy, and moved to Grand Island with her husband Brandon in 2016. Brandon is a Sprayer Technician with Simpson Farm Enterprises, and they are parents to two beautiful girls Gracyn and Addelyn as well as two labs, Pippi and Maggie. Sarah and her family love spending time together outdoors, especially at the lake.

Lauren Klein

Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Competition Team

Lauren began dancing at the age of three years old. She began competing in jazz, lyrical, and tap at the age of eight. She also trained in ballet and pointe. She danced until the age of 19 when she went to college. She spent her middle school and high school years traveling for many competitions and attending dance camps.  Lauren has a doctorate in nursing practice and works as a nurse practitioner in Grand Island. She looks forward to being back in the dance studio teaching jazz, lyrical, and leaps and turns. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and their three kids. She looks forward to another great season teaching at Studio N!

Lexi Long

Jazz, Hip Hop, Competition Team

Lexi has been dancing since the age of 3.  She was apart of the Northwest Dance Team for 4 years and served as a captain her senior year.  Lexi choreographs for area dance teams and assists with the competition team. Lexi grew up in Grand Island and is currently studying at UNK to become a nurse. 

Jessica Hancock

Ballroom

Jessica has taught American Standard Ballroom Dancing in Tucson, Arizona for 5 years until she moved back to Nebraska where she taught at a Ballroom Studio in Omaha.  Jessica works full time in the Howard County Sheriff Office as the Office Manager.  Jessica took some time off from teaching since her two children were born and she has started teaching ballroom again in 2017.

Steph Myers

Clogging

(coming soon)

Tayla Vieth

Pom, Mini Team Assistant Coach

Tayla began dancing at the age of six years old.  Tayla's been apart of the Studio N family since the start of the studio in 2017.  Tayla competed on the competition team for three years and worked as a class assistant for four year.  This season Tayla will be teaching our Pom class and assist coaching the Competition Mini Team.  Tayla attends Northwest High School and is a member of the GINW Varsity Cheer Team. Tayla enjoys spending time with her family and her puppy Olaf.