Founder, Artistic Director
Born and raised in New Jersey, Matt has studied and performed the art of tap dance, mentored by Mike Minery, since the age of ten. Matt made his professional industry debut at the age of twelve when he became the youngest ever principal dancer for the New Jersey Tap Ensemble, under the direction of Deborah Mitchell. As a member of NJTE, Matt learned the tradition and roots of rhythm tap dance. He also learned to experience the joy of using tap dance as a tool for educating and raising arts awareness amongst school children and in their communities. At the age of 16, Matt became an original company member of Mike Minery’s Tapaholics. With the Tapaholics, Matt performed for six years touring nationally with the company. Matt has also been an assistant choreographer for the tap convention Slide, tap instructor for SHOCK the Intensive, and regularly tours the country teaching master classes for tap festivals and dance studios. Matt moved to Little Rock and founded Untapped in 2012, and since living here, he has also co-founded the state's only tap dance festival, Little Rock Tap Festival. On Untapped, Matt says: "I have gathered all the variables that made both NJTE and Tapaholics great and combined them together into one idea of my own. Untapped will educate the community about the roots of tap dance as well as showcase our progressive and modern style of rhythm tap. The people I have select to be members of this company are not only talented dancers and educators, but also great colleagues and friends. Without our friendship, our company would not have the drive and positive energy to achieve our goals and share our passion with the community."
Company Member; Company Manager
Savannah Boyce began her dance training at the young age of two, and her love for the art of dance continues to grow with each passing year. She began working as a dance instructor at age sixteen, and has trained in the styles of rhythm tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Savannah grew up dancing competitively, acting in commercials, and performing in theatrical productions. She spent the summer of 2011 in Los Angeles, CA training under entertainment industry professionals at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Savannah has gained experience at countless dance intensives, conventions, and festivals across the country, and has also worked as a traveling convention assistant. Savannah has been a company member of Untapped since it was founded in 2012, manages the company's nonprofit work in the community, and is the director of the Untapped Youth Ensemble. With Untapped, she has choreographed, taught, and performed all across her home state as well as with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Savannah also is proud to be co-founder and co-director of Little Rock Tap Festival. Little Rock Tap Festival is the only tap dance festival in the state of Arkansas, annually bringing in dancers and master teachers from all over the country for an incredible week of tap dance education. Savannah is passionate about her work with Untapped, and continues to work to make Untapped a fixture in Arkansas' arts community.
Brett is a native of Schaumburg, IL, and grew up training in tap under Donna Johnson and Ashley DeForrest. He trained in all forms of dance in the dance program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brett's natural physical abilities, skilled improvisations, and all around dance experience make him a fantastic tap dancer and addition to Untapped. Brett is active-duty Air Force, currently stationed in Little Rock.
Sydney began tap dancing at the age of five years old in Maumelle, Arkansas. Sydney grew up training at several dance studios in the state, and under Latisha Daniel. Sydney currently lives in Little Rock, where she is a dance instructor at Dance Dynamics, judges for dance competitions on the regional and national level, and continues her dance and teaching career with Untapped.
Lauren has been dancing since the age of six, and is trained in tap, jazz, and hip hop. She danced competitively for 11 years, and was a student teacher and assistant in her dance studio for many years. Lauran grew in to her tap abilities in high school under the direction of Latisha Daniel at Dance Dynamics in Little Rock. Lauran recently graduated from the University of Central Arkansas where she performed with the UCA HoneyBears Dance Team for three years. Lauran continues her dance career teaching tap, jazz, and hip hop at Dance Dynamics, and performing and teaching with Untapped.
Michael is a Little Rock native and has been dancing since the age of ten. Michael, primarily an Irish Dancer, has toured nationally and internationally with Irish Dance troupes since 2012. Michael currently attends the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While pursuing a Biology degree at UALR, his passion for percussive dancing led him to enroll in a university tap class. After taking that tap class, he decided to add a dance minor to his degree plan and broadened his performance dance horizons. Michael is excited to be a part of a professional company composed of dancers from such unique dance backgrounds and walks of life.
Hannah began her training in tap dance at the young age of three under Andrea Strube of Centre Stage Dance Academy. She continued training and performing with Centre Stage until graduating high school in 2016. Hannah is a graduate of North Little Rock High School, and was heavily involved with the incredible dance program and Dance Troupe, both directed by Christen Pitts. Hannah met and began working with the Untapped Company Members in their first-ever school workshop. She continued learning and falling in love with the style of rhythm tap in each of Untapped's many workshops and concert choreography sessions at NLRHS. Hannah was a member of the Untapped Youth Ensemble in its 2015-2016 season, and participated in countless workshops before successfully auditioning for Untapped's professional company in 2016. Hannah currently attends the University of Central Arkansas and is a member of the UCA HoneyBears Dance Team.
Haley Harmon Ashford is a 2016 honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and was a member of the esteemed Donaghey Scholar's Program. Haley began her dance training at the age of two, training at dance schools in Virginia, Texas, and Arkansas, as well as at dance conventions across the nation. Haley has an extensive training and performance history. She was twice invited to be part of a national production number with OKLA Dance Connection, was a Top NDA All-American Dancer, and was recruited to work for the National Dance Alliance as an instructor for high school dance teams across the country. Most recently she had the honor of dancing with the DanceMaker’s Inc. faculty, which allowed her to share the stage with Katherine McCormick, star of the movie Fame and the popular TV show, So You Think Can Dance. Haley began her teaching career as a teaching assistant at age 13. She went on to receive her dance instructor certification from the Ann Lacey School of American Dance Arts and Management at Oklahoma City University. Over the past decade, Haley has been providing award-winning choreography to numerous dance studio competition teams and soloists around Arkansas. She has also provided award-winning choreography for the Conway High School and Russellville High School Varsity Dance Teams, to perform at regional and state competitions. Haley resides in Conway, Arkansas where she is proud to serve as co-founder, lead teacher, and choreographer at Stage Door Dance Arts.
Anna Kimmell is an actor, educator, and artist raised in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Music Theatre, she has performed in touring and regional companies throughout the United States including NC's Flat Rock Playhouse, RI's Theatre by the Sea, CO's Lake Dillon Theatre, FL's Show Palace, GA's Georgia Shakespeare and Theatre of the Stars, and on The Wizard of OZ National Tour, to name a few. Anna has taught all over the country, specializing in music theatre, art, acting, and dance curriculums for students of all ages. From 2013-2016, Anna served as the Director of Education at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA and in August 2016, Anna began as the Director of Education at Arkansas Repertory Theatre where she is spearheading the development of a new, year-round Education Department for youth and adults. Recent projects include teaching as an adjunct professor at Hollins University, performing in The Rep's annual Saints and Sinners gala, developing new scripts for young audiences, implementing theatre enrichment workshops to at-risk students throughout the City of Little Rock, choreographing for The Rep’s production of The School for Lies, and exploring Arkansas with her wonderful boyfriend Micah and her goofy dog, Leon.
Ryan began dancing at the age of three, after he could not sit still through his sister’s dance recital. He grew up taking classes in various styles but tap and hip hop became his primary focus beginning in junior high. He was a member of his dance studio's team, traveling to regional and national dance competitions across the country. Ryan attended Harding University with focus in biology and minor emphasis in art and humanities. While in college, Ryan began working as an instructor for his home dance studio. Over the past few years, he has been able to choreograph for recitals, competitions, pageants, local fundraising events, and festivals. Now as a member of Untapped, Ryan looks forward to continued growth as a tap dancer and instructor.
Taryn began her tap dancing journey at the young age of three. She grew up training at several dance studios in the state. Taryn continued her love of rhythm tap as an Untapped Youth Ensemble member in 2015-2016 season before successfully auditioning for Untapped’s professional company in 2018. Taryn currently attends Ouachita Baptist University and is a summer dance instructor at The Studio by Lauren in Conway, Arkansas.
Abby is a Central Arkansas native and has been tap dancing for the better part of her life. She embraces many styles of dance but found a particular passion with tap dance. In addition to competing with the Rock City Dance Company for seven years, she has performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and with Untapped’s Youth Ensemble. Abby now teaches tap classes in Northwest Arkansas where she attends the University of Arkansas. She studies mathematics and geology in the Fulbright Honors College.