Meet The Team
Our Extraordinary Team
Heart & Sole Dance is dedicated to pursuing and teaching excellence as a way of life. Whatever your goals and level of interest, from the rich social environment to the demanding path of the competitor, Heart & Sole Dance has something to offer, and we promise that your journey will be fun!
Our instructors have trained with the best and bring varied and extensive experience to the studio. From national level competitors to local experts, the standards at Heart & Sole are held higher than other studios and you can expect nothing but top quality and lots of joy in every lesson.
Maren Oslac, Owner & Lead Instructor
Maren is a dancer, educator and entrepreneur. After establishing herself at the top of levels of Swing, Country and Ballroom dance worlds, she opened a physical location to develop and grow the local dance community. Her passion for teaching and her desire to share her love of dance tied with her drive to help people change their lives through the discipline of dance led her to delve deeply into what it takes to truly be excellent in life.
Maren takes the art of teaching dance to a higher level. She specializes in excellence education and is committed to helping people to dance with, and through, life with grace, elegance, joy and intention. Her next adventure is bigger than anything she’s attempted so far!
Eli Wilson, Instructor
Eli began dancing in his mid 20’s and quickly fell in love with the world of dancing. He graduated college with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. There he found his love for teaching by working as a lab instructor for undergraduate courses. As his love for dance grew (and with a spark of inspiration from his first dance instructor) he decided to pursue a career as a ballroom dance instructor.
In the fall of 2017, Eli found the studio and enrolled in the Ballroom Teacher College. Upon graduating, he started teaching ballroom, latin, and country group classes as well as wedding couples. Eli competes in the swing, country, and ballroom circuits. His passion for not only teaching, but dance itself drives him to continue perfecting his technique. You will often find him practicing in the studio between his lessons.
Kat Warner, Instructor
Kat began line dancing for fun at the age of eight. She grew up social dancing country, discovered Lindy Hop during her years at college, then found the world of ballroom and competitive country dancing post college. Dancing was always a part of her life and in her mid twenties she decided to pursue a career of sharing her love and passion of dance with others.
In the early summer of 2016, Kat joined the studio’s dance family. She currently teaches a bit of everything: line dance, swing, ballroom, latin, and country couples. She has a special love for choreography and for coaching wedding couples. She has worked with brides, grooms, fathers, daughters, mothers, sons, and bridal parties. She is passionate about teaching and continues to work towards bettering her dancing and teaching to “practice what she preaches.”
…Our instructors are qualified to work with everyone from raw beginners to advanced dancers and competitors, I wouldn’t have it any other way!”Maren Oslac
The Voice of Heart & Sole
Jo Ann Lewis
Jo Ann Lewis is the friendly voice answering our phone and emails!
She works 100% remotely and she’s the best in the business. She’s been talking to dancers in Louisville, and across the country, for the past 15 years and has customer service down pat. Feel free to call at any time, even if it’s just to talk to a friend!