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Laura King is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she was a member of the nationally recognized Linn-Mar Varsity Pom squad. After completing her degree in Marketing, she went on to coach and choreograph for the Towson University’s 18x National Champion dance team. Laura is a renowned choreographer producing over 40 national champion routines at the high school and collegiate level. Laura is also the founder and owner of Inferno Dance, a dance competition company that goes beyond the competition floor to provide an educational and encouraging space for young artists. After experiencing several years of success in expanding the artistry of young dancers, Laura decided to bring her perspective on creativity and artistry to the dance team industry she knows and loves. Laura co-founded Dance Team Union to provide an opportunity for dance teams to not only be athletic but to also have the freedom to be creative.

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At Dance Team Union, the dancers, coaches, and fans are center-stage.

Take a look behind the curtain to see the team who makes everything possible!

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meet our leaders

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meet our staff

Tori is from the Chicagoland area and began dancing at the age of five.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management and a Master's degree in social work. While in school, she founded and directed a student-run dance company at Missouri State University. After graduation, she was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleading Team for two seasons.  Tori is the Event Coordinator for our regional competitions and our summer training camps and loves creating special and memorable experiences for our DTU dancers and coaches.

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Sara (Evans) Heptig is an Olathe, Kansas native and began dancing at the age of three.  She was the head coach of the Olathe North Eaglette Dance Team for fourteen years and is currently the head coach of the Kansas State University Classy Cats.  She is also the founder and director of the O.N.E. Love Movement which brings dancers together in a non- competitive environment.  Sara is the Manager of Camp and Competition Sales for Dance Team Union and is honored to have the opportunity to work with coaches and dancers across the country.

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Tara is from Mt. Olive, New Jersey and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her dance training began when she was 10 years old, competing at Theater Dance Center. Tara continued her dance career at Towson University as a member of the Towson University Dance Team earning a National Champion title. After graduating in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and marketing, Tara started full-time at Dance Team Union as our Marketing Coordinator. She enjoys the opportunity to work alongside individuals who share her same passion of dance and is constantly inspired by the teams she encounters at DTU events. 

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Lizzie is from the Indianapolis area and has a background in cheer and gymnastics. She started gymnastics at the age of 5 and competed until she was in high school when she transitioned to competitive cheerleading. She continued her cheer career at West Virginia University on their competitive cheer team. During her time at WVU, she studied Strategic Communications and PR and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She is excited to work at DTU helping create a unique experience for athletes and coaches.

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Zoya Coty was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. Her dance education began at the age of 3 as a student of a local studio called Body Language Dance Company in Jenison, MI. Her love of dance continued through her youth and into her college years as she became a member of the Laker Dance Team at Grand Valley State University. After 4 years at university, Zoya earned a degree in event planning while participating on a team that won 4 national dance championships. Upon graduation, she was able to continue her passion of dance as an event planner for Dance Team Union where she is eager to make a difference in the dance world by encouraging other young aspiring athletes.

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Joining Dance Team Union as the Marketing and Event Coordinator, Kayla is thrilled to continue to grow with the dance world! With a focus area in social media marketing, Kayla earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Tennessee Tech University, while being a member of the Golden Girls Dance Team for four years. Before then, she trained extensively at Arts In Motion for 16 years in all styles of dance. She says she is so fortunate to be able to combine her profession and passion at DTU!

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Abby Jo was born and raised in Houston, TX where she trained with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. She was a part of a national/international award-winning High School Dance/Drill Team, the Kingwood Fillies. Abby Jo went on to receive a scholarship to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Point Park University. After graduating, Abby Jo went on to intern with Broadway Dance Center and EdgePAC in Los Angeles. Abby Jo teaches and choreographs for studios all over the U.S. She also has Judged for the Miss Dance/Drill Team TX/USA, Crowd Pleasers and Groove dance competitions.  Abby Jo now resides in Denver, CO as Ponderosa High School’s Head Varsity Poms coach! Abby looks forward to making connections with College Dance Team coaches across the nation and helping create the best experiences for your team at camp and nationals. 

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Hannah Bohn has over 27 years of dance experience, receiving training in various styles. In 2011, Hannah competed with the Miss America Organization for the title of Miss Illinois. Although Hannah thoroughly enjoyed her years of performing, she has always had a deep-rooted passion for choreography. Hannah was a Camp Instructor for DTU and she emceed DTU’s National Competition in Orlando, as well as toured with several Regional Competitions. Hannah has developed an immense passion and belief in DTU and is thrilled to now be the Illinois and Wisconsin Liaison! She's excited to represent such a fantastic company, and can't wait to build relationships with teams in the Midwest area! 

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Over the past 25 years, Lindsey has worked in all areas of the cheerleading industry as a choreographer, judge, and coach. She is entering her 18th year as the Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD. Lindsey has been a competition consultant for the Independent Schools Competition in Maryland and has organized multiple Invitational Competitions for youth group and school teams. Lindsey is excited to be working with DTU on the College Classic event!

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Audrey is from Southern Indiana and started taking dance classes at the age of 4. She attended Floyd Central High School and was a member of the Dazzlers dance team for four years, and then went on to be a Louisville Ladybird at the University of Louisville where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her time on these teams, she earned multiple national titles while dancing, coaching, and choreographing. After graduating, Audrey continued her dance career through coaching and choreographing until Dance Team Union was founded. She then found her place as the first employee of DTU and has since been planning memorable experiences for dance teams across the U.S. Audrey is a proud member of the Dance Team Union family.

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Mandy Callahan comes to us from Nashville, TN where she resides with her two daughters. Mandy began dancing at the age of 2 and has carried a passion for performing and teaching throughout her life. She's choreographed for multiple studios all over the US and Coached both dance team and cheer from Junior High to Collegiate levels. Most recently she was Head Coach of Vanderbilt University dance team and assisted Coach the Brentwood Academy Dance Team. Currently teaching ages 2-18 at ROOTS Dance Academy Mandy continues to Coach and train with several schools in the TN area. The highlight of her career was being named a member of the United States Dance Ambassadors. With the Ambassadors, she was given the honor to go on world tours performing in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, England, and Italy. In addition to her major accomplishments, Mandy has served on staff with organizations such as Dance Team Union, Universal Dance Association/National Dance Association, Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, and Dance Masters Inc. 

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Jennifer was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Chasing the sunshine, she attended University of Arizona to begin studying her career in finance. After graduating, she quickly discovered her passion for operations and start-ups and worked in the solar industry while earning her Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Now, as the Director of Business Operations for Dance Team Union, Jennifer enjoys working with such a passionate team who doesn’t shy away from hard work. While dance has never been her main pursuit, she admires the tenacity and artistry required by the athletes. In her free time, Jennifer likes to travel to stay active visiting new cities, try new restaurants, and hang with her pomapoo, Boss.

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Katana is from Austin, TX and started dancing at the age of three. She trained at MUV Dance and Fitness where she was exposed to all styles of dance and was given the opportunity to be a professional cheerleader for a minor league football team. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University where she was a part of the Texas Tech Pom Squad. She was previously the assistant coach for the Anoka Dance Team in Anoka, Minnesota and is currently the assistant coach and choreographer for the East Ridge Dance Team in Clermont, FL. You may recognize her as she was part of the DTU Camp Crew the past two summers! She is so excited to continue working with all of the amazing coaches and dancers that are a part of the DTU community as the Registration Specialist!  

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