4747 Pioneers Blvd, Suite 200  |  Lincoln, NE 68506  | 402.488.9444  |
Tracey Gabelman-Hart
“I love working with the younger
get to be so creative and fun. Then you get to
be more demanding and encouraging to the
older, more serious dancers.”
Tracey began dancing at age four and studied
with a community mentor, Karen McWilliams,
along with many other instructors including with
Ballet West in 1978. She then continued her
education at UNL, majoring in business
administration with a minor in dance. Tracey
has choreographed for many community
productions including Pinewood Bowl, Wesleyan
Swing Choir and the Shim-Sham Senior Tap
Troupe. She married Gary Hart in 1980 and
they opened the studio in 1987. Their daughter,
Aly, joined as co-director in 2012
; and became
director in 2020
. They also have a son, Michael,
works in Lincoln Public Schools as an
instructional coach.
Nicolette Brown has been
dancing since the age of three at
Hart. She was a member of the
Lincoln Southeast Shirettes
Dance Team for two years. She
has traveled to New York City to
attend dance classes and
participated in many dance
conventions. Nicolette was the
head coach for the Lincoln
Lutheran Blue Angels dance team
for 3 years.

Her favorite styles are ballet, jazz,
tap and contemporary. Nicolette
works as an interior designer at
L.O Interiors.
We are very proud of all the amazing instructors at Hart Dance Academy. They are each uniquely talented and offer the perfect fit for dancers of all ages and
levels. We feel so strongly about their talents that we often rotate teachers in certain classes to provide dancers with a broader experience and varied styles.

Our instructors are all college-age or older and are trained with specific curriculums and teaching tools created for the classes and age groups they teach. We love
and appreciate the fact that every student is different and we strive to find the best learning environment to fit their needs. Depending on class sizes, we also
include an assistant teacher in the room (often a high school student) to help with the tiniest dancers or to demonstrate and lead in the older classes.

We value your input and would love to hear from you if you have questions about our staff or teaching methods. Our 2020 Staff includes:
Abbey Spencer has been
dancing since the age of ten. She
was a member of the Lincoln High
Pomalinks Dance Team for three
years and graduated from UNL.
She hopes to be accepted into
UNMC’s College of Dentistry for
dental hygiene soon!

Abbey’s favorite styles of dance
are jazz, ballet, contemporary and
hip-hop. She loves still taking
class herself and watching her
students grow to their potential.
Frannie Calkins has been
dancing at Hart since the age
of three. She was a member of
the Emeralds Dance Team,
and was the co-coach of the
Lincoln Lutheran Blue Angels
dance team. After participating
in dance conventions, as well
as taking master classes from
many different choreographers
and several trips to NYC to
dance, she is truly excited to be
teaching again this year.

She is a psychology graduate
with her masters, working on
her PhD at UNL.
Kate Majorins started dancing at
Hart Dance Academy at age 5
through high school and went on to
study at the UMKC conservatory
where she received her BFA in dance.
She then worked for the Fort Wayne
Dance Collective where she taught
ballet and modern, danced for their
touring company as well as local
modern company (MDT), led classes
for people with special needs, and
worked in a hospital arts program with
patient interaction as a movement
artist in residence. Kate teaches
ballet, pointe, variations and modern,
and helps lead our Repertory
Aly Hart Summerson
“Inspiring dancers to find the same joy in dance
that I feel is amazing. Building relationships with
each dancer and watching them progress is my
favorite part. I feel so lucky to be a dancer and a
Aly has been dancing since age three. She has
trained in ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, tap and
jazz and began teaching all styles in 2001. She
received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting
from UNL in 2005 and worked as a graphic artist
for Talent Plus for 8 years. She was the head
coach for the Lincoln High School dance team
from 2003-2011. Aly is married to Nate
Summerson and they have two daughters, Layla
and Miriam
and one son, Hunter. As director, she
focuses on scheduling,
staff development,
advanced curriculum and leads the Repertory
program in addition to teaching many classes
primarily in contemporary and jazz.
Cassidy Taladay has grown
up dancing at Hart, taking
classes in the styles of ballet,
tap, jazz, and contemporary
throughout the past 18 years.
She loves to teach students of
all ages, including combo,
jazz, and tap dancers. She is
currently a graduate student
in Communication at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cassidy can’t wait to continue
her lifelong journey with Hart
both dancing and teaching
this upcoming year!
Sydney Mickells has been
dancing at Hart since the age of
five, taking classes in ballet, jazz
and contemporary. She was
selected to be included in
Hart’s first repertory group and
has attended dance workshops
in Kansas City and New York.
Sydney works as a special
education teacher in Lincoln
Public Schools and is a
cheerleading coach at Lincoln

She is excited to teach again
this year, and continue to share
her passion for dance with new
and continuing students.
Devony Votava has been
dancing since the age of four,
taking classes in ballet, jazz,
and contemporary. She was a
member of the Lincoln
Southwest Emeralds dance
team for two years. She has
enjoyed attending workshops,
as well as traveling to New York
to take classes. Devony is a
Veterinary Medicine major at

She is excited to teach again
this year, and continue to
share her love of dance with
her students.
Brett Gose has been dancing
at Hart since the age of four,
where she grew up taking
ballet, jazz, contemporary, and
hip hop. She was also a
member of the Lincoln North
Star dance team in high school.
She is currently attending UNL,
where she is majoring in
Advertising & Public Relations.

She is very excited to have the
opportunity to teach where she
grew up, and to share her
passion and love of dance with
her students.
Katelyn Willis has been dancing
at Hart Dance Academy since the
age of five with emphasis in
Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz.
She is a six year member of
Hart's Repertory program which
has provided her with
opportunities such as master
classes and attending Manhattan
Dance Project. She is working
towards her nursing degree at
Nebraska Wesleyan University,
where she is also a member of
the Gold Rush dance team.

She is excited to have the
opportunity to teach and pass her
passion of dancing onto her
Sophie Chleborad has grown up
at Hart Dance Academy. She has
experience in a variety of styles,
including: tap, jazz, contemporary
and ballet. She has traveled to
NYC and participated in several
dance workshops.

Sophie graduated from UNL with
her Bachelors of Science in
Human Sciences and Early
Education. She has a passion for
working with children and families,
and works to create a fun and
inclusive learning environment
with her students. She is happy to
return to the studio, and continue
her love of teaching!
Lauren Sherman has been dancing since the age of six, taking classes in
ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and tap. She’s a member of Hart’s Repertory
program which has given her opportunities to attend Manhattan Dance Project
as well as perform at the Starry Nights event at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. She
is currently a nursing student at Bryan College of Health Sciences.

Lauren’s favorite styles are ballet and pointe, and she is excited to share her
passion with her students!