Meet the Studio Staff
Dr. Ginni Fair
Studio Owner and
Director, Administration and Marketing
Dr. Ginni Fair has been in the business of education for over 20 years. As a college professor and administrator, she has unique experience and understanding of human resources; marketing; instructional sequencing; and social, cognitive, and emotional development of P-12 learners. She is committed to offering affordable, quality dance options for a variety of learners, ensuring that dancers (and their families!) are valued, supported, and empowered. Ginni was a cheerleader for 7 years and competed nationally for the National Cheerleaders Association. She also coached cheerleading at Lexington Traditional Magnet School and Model Middle School for 5 years. Now a "dance mom," Ginni recognizes the importance of quality education, skill progression, and developing young dancers' creativity and confidence. She looks forward to working within the community to support arts education.
Mrs. Domonique Trader Rich
Domonique has always had a passion for the arts. As a young girl she always wanted to be a ballerina. At 4, her parents enrolled her in dance classes where she took tap and ballet. After a year of dancing, her family moved to Florida where she enrolled in gymnastics. Domonique trained in gymnastics for 7 years.
At the age of 11, Domonique began her formal dance training at The Dance Company in Fairfield, Ohio, where she spent the 8 years training under former Miamitown Ballet principal dancer, Michelle Walker-Glenn, and former Disney choreographer, Elizabeth Eckhoff.
Domonique has been teaching for over ten years, beginning as an assistant at 14. At the age of 15, she started to receive her own classes schedule and substitute. In the last 5 years of her time teaching at The Dance Company, she has received awards for creative choreography and execution of technique. She has also spent time learning the administrative aspects of dance under the help of Mark Eckhoff and Kimberly Trader.
Domonique received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a focus in modern at Northern Kentucky University in 2019. During her time there, she was able to train under former American Ballet Theatre dancers and Broadway National Tour stars. She's worked on pieces with Tracey Bonner, and Mercedes Ellington, and has been a featured dancer in works taken to American College Dance Association.
Domonique's goal as a teacher is to help her students build poise, strength, stamina and discipline while learning the fine art of Dance. She wants to encourage and push her dancers and help them grow in leadership and to be the best version of themselves they can be.
Competitive Dance Instructor
Kelly Cirbus grew up in Buffalo, New York, where she started dancing at the age of 3. She studied jazz, tap, ballet and hip-hop at Spezio’s Dance Dynamics and David De Marie Dance Studio. She also attended the Academy of Theatre Arts for 10 years, where she studied Musical Theatre. In 2015, Kelly graduated from Baldwin Wallace University outside of Cleveland, OH, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree studying Communications and Dance. She was a four-year member of the Baldwin Wallace Dance Team and served as co-captain for her last two. After graduation, she taught various styles of dance at the Midwest School of Ballet. In 2017, she professionally danced for the NBA G-League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers and then spent the following two years dancing with the AHL Cleveland Monster Hockey Team. For the past two years, she spent her time as a collegiate dance team coach first at Midway University and then most recently at Northern Kentucky University. Kelly is excited to be a part of the CATS studio and share her love and passion for dance!
Hip Hop Instructor
Makayla grew up in Frankfort, KY, and began dancing at the age of 6 at Capital City Dance Studio. She continued dancing throughout middle and high school, culminating in joining EKU's Dance Team as a freshman. She served as a teacher's assistant at Capital City Dance Studio and was also the captain of her dance team at Franklin County High School her senior year. Makayla is now a junior at EKU studying criminal justice and psychology. Makayla has always loved dancing hip hop and considers it her strongest dance genre. She can't wait to join the staff at Creative Arts and Talent Studio and looks forward to more opportunities for her energy and expertise to serve CATS dancers.
Mimi Doan grew up in Lexington, KY, and started dancing at the age of 11. She began dancing in middle school at Edythe J. Hayes and continued dancing at Henry Clay High School where she served as the dance team captain her senior year. Mimi also danced her freshman and sophomore years on EKU's dance team. This past summer, Mimi had the opportunity to dance in Vegas at Pro Action, where she learned various skills and choreography with pro athlete dancers. Mimi is now a junior at EKU studying health services administration with a concentration in health care management. She is grateful to join the CATS family and is excited to work with the studio's talented dancers.
Miss Karlie Tipton
Youth Dance Instructor
Miss Karlie has always had a passion for dance. It was at the age of 2 that she fell in love with the art. This commitment has led to 14 years of dance with the last seven of those in the form of competitive dancing. She has trained in ballet, tap, musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. This training has resulted in multiple top ten placements. Karlie intends to further her dance education. Growing up in dance has allowed her to show her creative side. She aspires to continue dancing by training to become a dance choreographer. Miss Karlie enjoys helping others find their passion for dance by teaching children the basics; bringing out their individual creativity; and choreographing dances that not only push her students to be the best they can be but also help bring out their confidence and joy in the art form. Miss Karlie's dancers know how to rock the stage!
Miss Jenna Fair
Youth Dance Instructor
Miss Jenna has been dancing for 10 years and has been doing competitive dance for 6 years. She was on her middle school dance team at Farristown Middle School. After entering high school, she decided to focus on her studio and competitive dance. Her inspiration came from her sister's (Miss Kenedee's) dancing and how much she enjoyed it. Jenna's interest in performance grew so much that she also joined Spotlight Acting School and has been in 5 shows since, loving her role as a dancer and actress at the same time. She has taken classes in all styles of dancing: Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, Tumbling, Contemporary, and Lyrical. Her competitive group and solo dances have garnered top scores and she and her teammates have gotten special awards for many years. From a young age, Jenna wanted to be a school teacher for elementary students. Combining her passion for the arts and her passion for teaching, she has found great joy in teaching dance. She began teaching during 'Dance Summer Camps' and has just completed her first year of dance instruction. Parents and students alike appreciate Jenna's creativity and organization. Helping others has always been one of her main goals, and helping others express their passion for the arts is one of her favorite things. Jenna has extended her own teacher training and is also the student leader for the CATS Ambassador team. Jenna is excited to continue teaching and watching other talented kids express their love for the arts as well.
Miss Kenedee Fair
Youth Dance Instructor
Miss Kenedee has always had a love for the arts and music. From playing the flute and the ukulele, to her passion for dancing, music has always inspired her life. She has been dancing for 12 years and doing competitive dance for 9 years. She was on the Farristown Dance Team in 7th grade and was on the Southern Dance Team in 9th grade. She has also taken classes in many different styles of dance: Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Tumbling, Jazz, and Musical Theatre. Because of her compassion, personalized instruction, and clear teaching style, Kenedee has always worked and bonded extremely well with young students. She has assisted many kids' classes as well as the studio's 'Dance Summer Camps.' Her inner child always seems happy to play a game or two, so she relates to the dancers and makes the most technical aspects of dance class fun and achievable. Recognized by her peers and students as one of last year's "Friendly CAT"s, Kenedee brings positivity and care to her classroom environment. Kenedee's solos and group dances have consistently received top ten awards and she has won multiple convention scholarships as a stand-out dancer. Her future consists of going to college for Dance Education and Music Production and working at the studio. Miss Kenedee is thrilled to give each of her students the personal attention and encouragement that values every little dancer in her care.
Miss Ali has enjoyed teaching our advanced tumbling classes at CATS this year. While her classes are not performing at recital this spring, her teaching skills have enabled our dancers to show off their gymnastics stunts in their dances. Miss Ali is a busy athlete herself, being a member of EKU's cheerleading team. As a cheerleader, she has won national titles at both the high school and collegiate levels.