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Student Spotlight

Addison Miller

Number of TFAD Classes: 6

This is Addison’s first year on the Talent Factory Company Team, and she has been such a wonderful addition! She has such a bright and positive spirit and smile! Our teachers have loved getting to interact with her more throughout this first month and have already seen tremendous growth! We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes this year! Thank you for being a kind teammate and an eager learner, Addison!

– Talent Factory Staff

We have had an amazing first few weeks of classes for the 2023-24 Season! Our staff has loved getting to know our new students and reconnecting with our returning dancers! Our Talent Factory Company has already begun performing for our community. They performed at the Back to the Fifties Festival last weekend and plan to perform at the Festival of the Turning Leaves this Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 pm. You don’t want to miss our dancer’s performance and all the fun to be had at this amazing festival!

Thank you to all who came to support them and plan to watch them do what they love! We will be posting more of their future performance dates for you all to come out and support!

We appreciate all of our dance parents following our drop-off/pick-up procedures! Your cooperation is helping things go more quickly and keeping your dancer’s safe!

A BIG THANK YOU to our Parent Volunteers; Samantha Cotten, Amy Konz, Christa Parker, and Melissa Smith! You have been a huge help these past few weeks! ❤️

Talent Factory Dancers performed at the Boone County 4th of July Talent Show on July 1st! These dancers came out victorious winning 1st Place with their showstopping routine “The Show Must Go On!” The judges were impressed by their commitment to character and extreme expressiveness! We are so proud of these dancers and all the others acts who performed! They toughed it out in 85 degree weather with numerous costume changes! They were amazing and never cease to amaze us! What an awesome way to end the 2022-23 Season!


Our Trip to Showstopper Dance Championships was An Exciting One!

Lebanon, IN–Jun 19-22, 2023–In the Northern Finals, Talent Factory competed against dozens of dance studios from around the Midwest and area for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest Dance Competition in the Country. Our TOP entries placed as follows:
Simon Peters received 1st place overall in Senior Performance Solo, ”The Show Must Go On” received 2nd place overall in Teen Advanced Production, ”Shake Your Groove Thing” received 3rd place overall in Senior Advanced Large, Emily Konz received 9th place overall in Teen Advanced Solo, ”Home” received 2nd place overall in Senior Advanced Small Group, ”Golden Girls” received 2nd place overall in Mini Performance Small Group, ”Dancing Queens” received 8th place overall in Junior Advanced Duet/Trio, Dorothy Cotten received 4th place overall in Junior Performance Solo, Caiden Gilbert received 6th place overall in Teen Performance Solo, ”Holupwait” received 6th place overall in Senior Advanced Small Group, Madison Maxwell received 8th place overall in Senior Advanced Solo, ”Bonnie And Clyde” received 5th place overall in Teen Advanced Duet/Trio, and Talent Factory received 8 double platinum awards, 19 platinum awards, and 2 gold awards!

We had so much fun as a team at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH! We are so proud of all our Talent Factory Company Dancers! They put in so much hard work this season and it showed! Our team may be small but we are mighty! We would like to congratulate every dancer and studio who took the stage at Nationals! We witnessed so many amazing, creative, breathtaking and magical pieces from studios across the country! Such an inspiring and memorable week with our dance family! Now we are onto our 2023-2024 Season!

Give your child an exciting summer with a variety of summer programs at Talent Factory!

We are excited to announce 7 different camps, classes and workshops for the community in June 2023. Space is limited! Register today!

Your child will receive professional-level instruction. Our No. 1 goal is for your child to have loads of fun, and to create wonderful memories in a safe and positive environment. Campers must be minimum age by June 1, 2023 to register for camps.

NO REGISTRATION FEES are required to register for our summer programming. Participants do not need to be a current TFAD student to enroll (with the exception of the Technique Intensive and the TFAD Competition Prep Camps). These classes are a great choice for those families needing a more flexible summer schedule!


Don’t forget – multi-camp & sibling discounts are available when registering for 3 or more camps. Discounts may not be combined.

We have had an amazing first month in our NEW STUDIO! So much fun has been had by all getting acclimated to our new space! We are loving our 3 amazing dance rooms and student helper area and much needed Staff Office! This space is serving us all so well! Our staff has loved getting to know our new students and reconnecting with our returning dancers! Our Talent Factory Company has already begun performing for our community. They performed at both the Back to the Fifties Festival and Festival of the Turning Leaves this past month. Thank you to all who came to support them and watch them do what they love! We will be posting more of their future performance dates for you all to come out and support! A huge thank you to all of our dance parents for following our new drop-off/pick-up procedures! Your cooperation is helping things go more quickly!

Make sure you hop on over to Facebook and Instagram and like and follow us! We post so many behind the scenes pictures and videos on both of those platforms! You don’t want to miss out!

TALENT FACTORY SPOTLIGHT MOMENT: We were featured in the Boone County Magazine for their October Edition! Check out our article here!


This Saturday, September 17th from 9:15-10:00 am our Talent Factory Competition Team Dancers will be performing at the Back to the Fifties Festival! Come join us at the Boone County Fairgrounds to cheer on the Talent Factory Company and their first performance of the season! Dancers will perform a combination of competition and recital routines for all to enjoy!

Abby Brunty of Crawfordsville (left) is a sixth grader at Granville Wells. Ali Hieston of New Ross is a freshman at Southmont.

If you are on Facebook at all then you’ve probably seen the many dance videos spreading like wildfire of local dancers, dancing away at several recognizable locations including, The Paper of Montgomery County! Talent Factory Arts & Dance (TFAD) look for unique ways to celebrate National Dance Day each year and this year did not disappoint when TFAD launched its “Bust a Movement Challenge.” Owners, Jim and Paula Kochert challenged their dancers to go out and spread happiness through the art of dance. Challenge participants had to take videos of themselves doing a dance move in different locations and post the videos on Facebook and Instagram.

“We decided to do this to get kids out . . . to get our dancers up and moving before dance classes start. This encourages families to get out and plan on how they were going to do this challenge together. Parents had to go with their kids to drive them around at the different locations . . . getting families to interact with one another,” Kochert said.

She spoke as to how social media has become such a huge part of people’s lives and that with this challenge the kids and parents alike get their “social media fix” and everyone can participate at any skill level. The challenge encourages families to interact and spend time together. Kochert said, “Talent Factory is all about family.” This mantra shows in how she and husband Jim run their business. Her children, daughter’s Madeline and Marigrace have both been involved in Talent Factory as well as the couple’s grandchildren.

Dance dad, Courtny Cotten says, “My girls, [Dorothy and Frances] are always excited to go to dance class and always leave there happy. Regardless of skill level, they are taking these young children and molding them into healthy bodies.”

Two Montgomery County participants, Abby Brunty and Ali Hieston recently brought their love of dance to The Paper of Montgomery County. Along with many other locations the young dancers danced in front of our offices inspiring fun and bringing smiles to those around them.

Ali Hieston of New Ross, accepted and conquered the challenge, winning first place in the ‘Bust A Movement Challenge.” Hieston has danced her way through towns such as Lebanon, New Ross, Ladoga, Jamestown, Advance, North Salem, Lizton, Brownsburg and Crawfordsville. She has gotten business owners, employees, and even the local Walnut Township Fire Dept. to dance with her! Hieston is beginning her third year as a member of the Talent Factory Dance Company and took on the challenge on full force. Hieston expressed her excitement at winning the challenge saying, ”Thank you so much to everyone who helped me win this super fun contest! A huge thank you to Talent Factory Arts & Dance for creating this awesome challenge! I’ve had so much fun going around and dancing everywhere! I met other dancers and got some employees to dance with me too!”

Hieston’s mom, Pam Collins writes, “I am so proud of her! We had so much fun with this. Loved the smiles on people’s faces when she was dancing . . . It was awesome when employees and customers joined in!”

Kochert expressed how proud she was of Hieston and of all their participants. Saying, they had no idea when this started just how big it would get!

Talent factory is located in downtown Lebanon and is open to all skill levels and abilities.

Originally published: The Paper of Montgomery County

While dancing is no doubt a fun activity, it is also greatly beneficial for developing children. At Talent Factory we provide our students a comfortable and encouraging environment to express themselves and achieve the highest level of success.
 One of the greatest benefits of any dance class is creative expression. Long hours in a classroom and screen time limits a child’s ability to tap into their imagination.  Additionally, the CDC recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  They break it down between aerobic activity, muscle and bone strengthening – all of which we cover in dance classes.
Four of the greatest benefits we’ve seen children at Talent Factory gain are:
  1.  Physical Fitness.  Dancing is an awesome cardio exercise for kids and helps boost their heart health. All the dances we teach at the Factory, particularly ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, and tap, are perfect opportunities to improve flexibility which aides in muscle growth. And, since our dancers often follow complex routines designed by our instructors, hand-eye and overall body coordination develops strongly.
  2. Socialization.  In addition to the physical benefits, child dancers can also enjoy important mental benefits that will serve as great tools for them throughout their lives. Since our classes are filled with students of similar ages and interests, kids easily make friends. Practicing and performing in dance groups enables dancers to improve their skills in collaboration and teamwork.
  3. Self-Esteem.  Dance is also a great confidence booster. It can help many kids embrace healthy body confidence and acceptance. Since Talent Factory is a performance-based dance studio, we train our dancers to perform in public venues and dancing competitions. With these experiences, students gain self-esteem and learn to overcome fears.
  4. Improved Grades.  In addition to improving coordination, dance routines build children’s memory.  We have seen numerous children at the Factory whose performance has improved in the classroom because they’re flexing their minds doing an activity they love – dancing.  Whether students are memorizing multiplication tables or complex algebraic algorithms, they’re using the same tools they would use to execute a hip hop routine.
Want to learn more about the benefits of dance?  Give us a call at Talent Factory or consider signing up your child for dance classes (link to registration form.) See you at the Factory!

Please see the graphic above, or click here, to view the Group Dance rehearsal schedule for the week of June 4-8. These are mandatory practices for the Recital participation. Students must be in attendance for the group practice, or they will not be in the group dance at Recital. Group Dance rehearsals take the place of regular recreational classes during this week.

Students need to wear recreational class dance wear and their designated dance shoes. Send water with your child’s name on it. Girls – please make sure hair is tied back securely in a bun or ponytail.