Vicki Gillaspy

Brief info

Vicki L. Gillaspy remains the grand dame of dance at G. Scotten Talent Center, which she and her daughter, Studio Director Alyssa Scotten, founded 20 years ago. Life has indeed been a stage for Vicki, whose passion for dance and the performing arts has been on display since her childhood years as a cast member in the Starlight Musicals productions of Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie andDamn Yankees at the Hilton U. Brown Theater of Butler University. Vicki, who continues with her award-winning choreography for G. Scotten’s Tiny Talent performers and her equally striking costume designs for the GSTC Performing Troupe, began her own dance training as a precocious youngster whose mother was in search of something to absorb her little girl’s unending supply of energy. Dance classes at Butler seemed to fit the bill. In the process, Vicki’s training fueled her admiration of and her involvement in the theatre arts. She grew to become a talented performer and singer, a riveting dancer whose finesse on the floor provided a model for moulding future students, and a fan of Broadway who knew the lyrics and melodies of all the big show tunes. As a teacher and studio owner, Vicki has brought all her talents to bear – her skills as a dancer, choreographer, vocalist and artist; her prowess as a gymnastics champion in high school and as a member of the Indiana State University gymnastics team inducted into the Sycamores’ Athletics Hall of Fame; and, her tumbling and acrobatic skills as a college gymnast and cheerleader. Vicki’s first dance studio in Fishers was in her garage, where she taught neighborhood kids when she wasn’t working as an instructor at Dance Arts in Indianapolis. She later founded and managed The Dance Academy in Fishers, where she taught tap and jazz and developed her first dance competition team. Ten years later, Vicki and daughter Alyssa, fresh from her national and cruise boat tours as a professional dancer and actress, launched G. Scotten Talent Center. Along the way, Vicki served three years as coach of the emerging high school dance club in Fishers, where successor teams are still populated today with dancers who trained at G. Scotten. The history continues.