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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

We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our July birthdays:

1 – Maggie Wade
1 – Will Wade
6 – Avery Lewis
9 – Brynleigh Taylor
10 – Addison Roach
11 – Roscoe Bradbury
11 – Caiden Gilbert
11 – Cecelia Hernandez
15 – Emily Konz
15 – Natalie McPherson
21 – Della Dininger
22 – Mya Walters
23 – Brooklyn Windhorst
24 – Miss Paula
26 – Makayla Warren
28 – Hailey Sparks
31 – Chelsey Houldridge


We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our June birthdays:

4 – Addison Miller
5 – Aliviah Long
8 – Blake LaGrange
8 – Brooklyn Barclay
9 – Addison Demaree
9 – Miss Marigrace
14 – Nolahni Sant’Ana
15 – Elizabeth Gomez
21 – Miss Madeline
23 – Annabelle Fry
24 – Danica Toleos
26 – Annabelle Thatcher
30 – Trenton Jenkins


We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our May birthdays:

2 – Aaliyah Thatcher
4 – Charlie Hebert
4 – Rachel Shepherd
7 – Mackenzie Schick
7 – Aivah Echols
11 – Madylin Gifford
12 – Kalia Snapp
13 – Madison Bialk
16 – Kaylee Woodard
20 – River Roys
22 – Hannah Pierce
22 – Willow Rimmer
26 – Jacob Johnston
31 – Kalie Brown
31 – Tempe Thompson




We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our April birthdays:

1 – Alaina Smoot
4 – Maisa Kent-Doolan
4 – Zander Kent-Doolan
7 – Charley Reagan
9 – Jadyn Basey
12 – Leah Jones
14 – Elle McLaughlin
14 – Aliya Shelley
19 – Lyla Jackson
22 – Gracelynn Hart
24 – Kathryn Tranum
25 – Elizabeth Thatcher
28 – Kloe Coyle



We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our March birthdays:

5 – Eli Sloan
6 – Genevieve Schultz
9 – Olivia Parker
11 – Josie Pratt
12 – Harper Robison
13 – Timmy Faulk
18 – Peyton Johnson
18 – Aryana Merrell
20 – Lydia Harris
21 – Destinee Randell
26 – June Dimiceli
26 – Bradley Toleos
30 – Chloe Huff
31 – Jaycie French