RRC Staff

Tamsyn Simon, CCI

Owner/Director

From sitting on a blanket as a toddler watching her grandparent's clogging class to attending barn dances and jam sessions to dancing around while her pawpaw played the Jew's harp, the Ozarks culture is undeniably in her blood. Clogging is part of that culture and something she's passionate about passing along to the next generation.

Tamsyn spent much of her youth clogging with the Cedar Bluff Hoedowners, a competitive team in Southwest Missouri under the direction of Pat Skinner Boshe. Pat was the driving force in her desire to share her love of clogging and one day become a Director as well.

When it came time to take a break from the competitive scene, Tamsyn danced with different teams and took every opportunity to learn from other instructors. At the age of 16 she accepted a teaching position at a local dance studio and 20-plus years later, she's still going!

Tamsyn enjoys getting to know each member and genuinely cares about their experience. She prides herself on providing fun, challenging classes where members are encouraged and supported. She has crafted a true community within the studio.

 

Her mission is to preserve America's Folk Dance through whole dance education - not just teaching movements, but its history as well, connecting members to the clogging community, and empowering them to become part of the evolution.

 

In addition to clogging, Tamsyn has studied various other forms of dance, took acting and voice lessons during a brief stint in theater, and had a successful career in pageantry.  She's a firm believer in "never stop learning" and continues participating in workshops and seminars.

Tamsyn is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two daughters. She currently serves as President of the Junior Auxiliary of Harrison, Director of the Crawdad Days Festival Pageant, Youth Talent Contest coordinator for the Boone County and Northwest Arkansas District fairs, and helps with Sunday School at her church.

Affiliations

  • Certified Clogging Instructor - The National Clogging Leaders Organization, Inc.

  • Member: C.L.O.G. - The National Clogging Organization

  • Member: Arkansas Clogging Council

  • YPAD Safety & Wellness Certification - Youth Protection Advocates in Dance Learn More

  • Stewards of Children Certification - Darkness to Light

  • Adult/Child/Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Certification - American Red Cross

  • BMI, ASCAP, & SESAC Licenses

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Dakyn Clark

Class Assistant

Competition Team Assistant

Front Desk

Music and dance have always been apart of her life from the time she was little, all the way up to adulthood. From watching different dance events to dancing around her house, it seemed like she was always finding ways to move around.

 

Dakyn started out at the age of 5 at Elite Dance Studio of Berryville, Arkansas. There she participated in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop . She started clogging under the direction of Tamsyn Simon in 2007. Her clogging journey has included numerous performances  and brought her to the competition arena. Dakyn is happy to share her stories and experiences with anyone that will listen.

 

In addition to clogging, Dakyn enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing piano and guitar, and reading. She hopes to continue her dance career, and to keep sharing her passion of clogging.

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Amy Minefee

Beginner Jumpstart

Amy grew up in Kentucky until her junior year of high school, after which her family moved to Kansas City. After graduating high school, she became somewhat of a gypsy, living and traveling throughout the U.S, Mexico and Central America. She ended up in Houston TX, where she met and married her husband. Family ties and job opportunity brought her family to Harrison, AR where she currently lives with her husband and son. 

 

Music, rhythm and movement have been an integral part of Amy’s life for as long as she can remember. Her earliest memories involve church music and her mom playing the piano, accordion or guitar as accompaniment. She took piano lessons for many years and currently plays the organ for her church congregational singing. While in school she participated in every sport that was available to her. This love of movement led her to the fitness world as a young adult. She became a Zumba instructor, as well as teaching Barre Classes, Balletone and Aqua Aerobics. 

 

Amy discovered the world of clogging under the direction of Tamsyn Simon in 2018. She has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to grow as a dancer and improve her skills through weekly classes and dancing on the competition team, as well as attending workshops when available.  


Currently, Amy is the owner of Decadent Freedom, a cottage business that specializes in allergy friendly desserts and treats.

 

She is excited and grateful for the opportunity to also teach clogging! Her goal is to introduce new cloggers to the joy of this dance, and to support each person while encouraging them throughout the learning process.

Affiliations

  • Stewards of Children Certification - Darkness to Light

  • Adult/Child/Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Certification - American Red Cross