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Patty Tackett - Owner

Patty Tackett is the owner of Dance City Studio, which she founded in 1999. She recieved her Bachelors from the University of Central Arkansas. Patty studied dance under the late Glen Irby of Conway and later taught for Irby studios. She took dance at Kansas University and classes under Gus Giordano. She is a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Lifetime Member of Junior Auxiliary and an Arkansas Delegate for National Dance Week. Patty also serves as the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Choreographer, where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Additionally, she serves as the Miss Arkansas Pageant Princess Director and Choreographer. Recognized as the 2008 "Woman of the Year" for the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Spa City Business Owner of the Year 2008. She and her husband David Tackett have been married since 1977 and they have 3 children, Bryan, Chris and Courtney and one grandchild, Elaine.



Courtney Fose

Courtney Tackett Fose is the daughter of Dance City’s owner, Patty Tackett. She began dancing at age two. Courtney was a member of the very first Ram Dance Team at Lakeside Jr. High (Co-Captain 2000-2001). She was selected as a Universal Dance Association All-Star, performing at the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade. She was a Lakeside Goldduster during the teams’ three year dynasty as State Champions (Captain 2003-2004). In college, Courtney was a Universal Dance Association Instructor, member of the UCA Honeybears Dance Team, and was Miss UCA 2006. 


Sara Runyon

Sara Stathakis Runyon has been involved in dance for a number of years.  Her love for dance started at the early age of four, when she started taking ballet lessons with Melinda Burnette at Gidcomb-Burnette Dance Studio.  She continued dance classes in tap, jazz, ballet and pointe until 1997 when the dance studio closed its doors.  At that time, Sara was a member of the Lakeside Golddusters dance team, where she was later named Captain of her squad.  Sara became a teacher at Dance City during its inaugural year.  She has been a choreographer and instructor at the studio for four years.

Sara received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She is currently a Pre-K teacher with the Lakeside School District. Sara and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their first child, Samantha Grace, in September 2008.