Owner/DirectorMs. Sarah began dancing at the age of three. At age five, she was one of the first students to walk through the doors of Dimensions, when it was opened under the direction of Angel Hilemon and Anna Jones in 1997. Sarah was a member of the very first All Star Performance Team formed at Dimensions. She attended numerous competitions over the years and won several awards for her performances. At age twelve, Sarah attended the New Beginnings workshop, under the direction of Peter Sklar and had the wonderful opportunity of performing on Off-Broadway in New York City.
Ms. Sarah began her teaching career at age fifteen while still taking classes at Dimensions. She continued to dance and teach at Dimensions until the age of eighteen. She graduated from Madison High and attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. While at Catawba, Sarah was a member of Dance Ensemble and performed for the community. After one year at Catawba, Sarah decided to go back home to Mars Hill, where she attended Mars Hill College for one year. At Mars Hill, she continued teaching classes at Dimensions and also participated in the Bailey Mountain Cloggers shows as a guest performer with their dance team.
Upon graduating college at East Tennessee State University, Ms. Sarah had met the love of her life and moved with him to Clayton, GA. Sarah continued to expand her knowledge of dance by teaching and working with Betsy’s School of Dance in Franklin, NC and Tiger, GA. Ms. Sarah choreographed and participated in the end of year productions and also led dancers from Betsy’s to a local competition and won very high awards!
In 2017, Ms. Sarah and her husband welcomed their sweet baby boy, Oaklee to the world! They then decided it was time to bring their family back home to Mars Hill. Coincidently, Ms. Sarah received a phone call from Ms. Angel asking if she wanted to buy Dimensions Studio. Sarah has always loved dancing and giving dance to the community. It was always a dream of hers to be the owner of a dance studio, but Dimensions had and continues to have a very special place in her heart.
Ms. Sarah became owner of Dimensions Studio on June 1, 2018. She loves being able to give back to the community and continue what Dimensions started in 1997.
Fitness InstructorTina Murphy is an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Aerobic Instructor, has been a Certified Zumba Instructor and member of the Zumba Zin Network, and a NETA (National Exercise and Trainers Association) Certified Personal Trainer. She has been in the fitness business since 1979 and with Dimensions since 1998. Her career began at the age of 19 starting out as one of Florida’s first Jazzercise Instructors. Within five years, she had moved on and was privileged to be a part of one of the first groups to be certified by AFAA in 1984 in Miami Florida. Among other accomplishments, she holds the 1987 title of Miss Orlando and was the overall winner of the 1987 Citrus Cup Open, both Central Florida bodybuilding competitions. Tina offers classes for students of all fitness levels and a variety of types of classes. You are sure to find a class suited for your needs. If not, she also offers personalized sessions either on going, or a one timer, to sharpen up your form.
Dance/Clogging InstructorDanielle Buice Plimpton, currently directs the Bailey Mountain Cloggers and the Mars Hill College Dance Team both of Mars Hill College while teaching at Dimensions Studio. Her background in dance includes: ballet/pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, irish, and clogging. She has taught for over 14 years, performed since the age of 5 and has been competiting since the age of 7. She has won various awards including National Champion Duet in 2003, SC State Solo Clogging Champion 2005, and SC State Duo First Place Champion, 2006 just to name a few. Danielle has led the 21 Time National Champion Bailey Mountain Cloggers to many of their titles. Danielle has toured professionally to Omagh and Dublin Ireland, San Jose Costa Rica, Palma Mallorca Spain, and Quebec Canada and has appreared in “Uncle Earl’s” country music video, Streak O Lean Streak O Fat, that aired on CMT. She has been assistant choreographer and a teacher at La Dance Dance Studio in Pickens SC in ballet/pointe, jazz, hip hop, clogging and irish. Danielle graduated from Mars Hill College in 2006 with a B.S. in Fashion/Interior Merchandising & a Minor in Business. She is very passionate about dance, all dance, not just clogging. Even though she went to school for clogging, she believes that with good ballet training (she began at age 7), you can do better with any other form of dance. While at MHC, she also studied funk jazz, hip hop, and Bob Fosse Jazz along with her intensive clogging studies. She has attended workshops with various instructors such as: Blue Print Cru (ABDC), Loren Micheals, Zoey Cruz (Cruz Productions, and First Select), Alex Lord, and several others. Danielle is an excellent teacher and choreographer. Dimensions is fortunate and happy to have Danielle share her passion and love of dance
Dance InstructorBethany Moody recently graduated as a dancer at Dimensions, where she began her dance training more than ten years ago, at the age of six. She danced competitively with the Dimensions All Star Dance Team from 2007-2013. Bethany has performed with Mars Hill College’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers in their Spring Concerts: Under The Big Top, The Wicked Dancer of Oz and most recently in Far From the Railroad. She has dancing experience in ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, clogging, modern, acrobatics, and hip-hop. She was a dancer under the instruction of Joe Barron, former hip-hop teacher at Dimensions Studio, for four years. Bethany has also danced with the Bailey Mountain Hip-Hop Team and performed with them at the 2014 Lion’s Growl at Mars Hill University. She is so happy to be on the teaching staff at Dimensions! Bethany has a love for children and is very eager to share her passion for dance!
Dance InstructorEmily Bassinger began dancing at the age of four at Louisburg School of Dance in Louisburg, North Carolina. She began with ballet and tap and progressed to jazz, lyrical, clogging and pointe. While at Louisburg, she performed at local festivals, competitions, and while in high school, performed at the North Carolina State Fair in the Clogging Competition. Emily graduated from high school in 2008 and continued her education at Mars Hill College where she received a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Spanish. While at Mars Hill she was a member of the 21 time National Champion Team, The Bailey Mountain Cloggers. Emily held the position of Craft Chair her senior year. While on BMC she participated in many competitions, community events/festivals and traveled overseas to Germany. Emily works as the office coordinator for Haw Flether Elementary School in Asheville. She loves being a part of the Dimensions Studio family.
Ruth Van Sickle
Yoga InstructorRuth has been a student of Yoga for many years. She received her certification in 2007 from the Asheville Yoga Center. She has completed her 200 hour and 500 hour teacher training, being certified in Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Kids, Restorative and Pre-Natal Yoga. She previously taught in Weaverville, Haywood County, at the Mars Hill Library and in Johnson City, TN. Ruth has worked with all ages including the very young to the very young at heart. She is excited to bring the benefits of balance, relaxation, and strength offered from Yoga to Dimensions Studio.
Dance Instructor/Office StaffTracey has been a part of Dimensions for over 10 years. She danced as a child and has taken dance classes as an adult. She came to Dimensions as a dance mom, soon became office manager, then began to wear the hat of dance teacher assistant, and now wears the hat of dance teacher. She has experience in daycare and training in the development of children. Being able to combine her love for children and her love of dance to is such a joy for Miss Tracey. She will continue to manage the office as well as teach the Pre-Primary ballet/tap class this season. Dimensions is very thankful and proud to have Miss Tracey on staff.
Taekwondo InstructorBen is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and a Certified Instructor by the American Taekwondo Foundtation. For more info on Ben, please see the Taekwondo Page.
Tai Chi InstructorGinny Goodin is a tai chi, qigong and meditation instructor, personal development coach, and a long-term student of centering practices as a core path to a relaxed, conscious approach to daily life. Tai Chi Chuan was an easy love affair for her, enthralled by the fluidity and gracefulness of the movements, and deeply moved by the centering and peacefulness of the discipline. With 30 years of practice, she has experienced how energy moves through the body and how profoundly we can affect our daily life with this simple yet deep practice. Ginny is a gentle, generous, and spirited woman, a sensitive and caring teacher, who offers warmth, unfailing patience, and deep support. Dimensions is thrilled to have Ginny as apart of our family.
Office StaffTammy has been a part of the Dimensions family for over 10 years. She has two daughters. Abby who dances and assists with classes, and Bethany who dances, as well as, is the Kids Hip Hop teacher. Tammy is willing to help out and assist in whatever aspect of the studio. She works in the office on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Dimensions is very blessed to have Tammy!!
Assistant Dance Instructor/Office StaffTravis has danced with Dimensions for over nine years. He enjoys clogging and musical theater the most! Travis also frequently dances with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill University. He has traveled with BMC to many different places including the Netherlands and Colombia, South America! Travis is also a member of the local clogging group Cole Mountain Cloggers. Travis attends Madison Early College and is a senior this year. Dimensions is very thankful to have Travis as part of our dance family!
Assistant Dance Instructor/Office StaffElizabeth began dancing at Dimensions at the age of two, 18 years ago. She was a member of the All Star Performance Team from 2003-2013. Upon graduating, she attended East Tennessee State University. Elizabeth is now a junior at ESTU studying Health Science, with a concentration in Human Health and aspiring to be a Physician’s Assistant. She has always loved working with children and sharing her passion for dance. She has been a dance instructor, assistant instructor, and office assistant for over 5 years! We are so happy that Elizabeth is part of the Dimensions family.
Hailey began dancing at Dimensions studio at the age of 4. She was a member of the All Star Performance team from 2003-2013. Hailey graduated from Mars Hill University with her Bachelors in Social Work degree. While at Mars Hill University Hailey danced with the Bailey Mountain Cloggers and had opportunities to travel to Poland and the Czech Republic to dance in international folk festivals. After graduating Mars Hill, Hailey attended Columbia University in New York City to complete her Masters in Social Work. While in New York Hailey was able to teach tap and ballet classes to students in the Bronx as part of her internship. Hailey now works at Caring for Children in Asheville, NC providing case management services as part of the PERCS program which helps children in foster care who are experiencing mental health and or placement crises.
Dance InstructorSavannah began her dance training at Dimensions Studio in 2010 where her love for ballet first began. Growing through a diverse repertoire of study under Angel Hilemon, including modern, ballet, and jazz, Savannah realized she wanted to focus her study in classical ballet. In 2015 Miss Savannah was accepted into the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville’s Pre Professional program where she now trains. Savannah has had the opportunity to perform roles such as Clara,Pas de Trois, and the Songbird Fairy in the Nutcracker,Swan Lake,and Sleeping Beauty to name a few. Savannah has also spent summers with Atlanta Ballet,Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat. Recent study includes work with notable alumni including Paul Vasterling, Heather Koenig, Gavin Larsen, and Nick Kepley. Savannah has had the opportunity to be an assistant teacher at Dimensions studio in ballet and pointe since 2013, and is excited to join the faculty to continue working with Dimensions dancers and sharing her passion for the arts.
Dance InstructorTaylor is a student at MHU and also a member of the Bailey Mountain Clogging Team! She has danced for 14 years with Upstate Carolina Dance Center and was a member of the Dance Team at Powdersville High School. She is a double major in Computer Science and Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Web-mastering (Wow!). Taylor is new to Dimensions this year and we are so excited to have her share her love of dance and creativity!!