Jill Linn Smith
(Team: Chris Massie & Gaye Jolly)
Jill is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama but calls East Tennessee her home. She moved to TN 21 years ago to perform as a singer/dancer/actress at Dollywood. She has also been a performer at the Louise Mandrell Theater, Black Bear Jamboree, Southern Nights Theater, Glascow Comedy Theater, Smith Family Theater, the Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge. She is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and currently works for The Spining Group, a production company in Knoxville. You may have seen Jill not only in shows but also in commercials, ads, and brochures for local venues. She is the State Director for the Tennessee and North Carolina Cinderella Scholarship Pageant. In her 15 years of directing, she has over 20 international overall winners. Jill resides in Pigeon Forge with her 8-year old son McCoy and wishes all of the contestants the best of luck!
(Team: Mike Comer & Jaclyn Kile)
Michael is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but calls Pigeon Forge, Tennessee his home. Entertainment and Tourism have been an integral part of his life and for the past twenty plus years, Michael pursued two diverse career paths in Entertainment and Marketing.
Performance highlights; The Dollywood Entertainment Park, Music Mansion Theater, Miracle Theater, Black Bear Jamboree and the Louise Mandrell Theater. Contract projects included; producer, director, writer and choreographer for shows ranging from regional theater to national tours such as; Blackbear Jamboree, Dollywood, Dolly Parton, Louise Mandrell, Goody’s Family Clothing and Veggie Tales Live. Michael enjoys the excitement of entertaining an audience and the magic of live theater.
Michael’s experience in the tourism industry developed within the Marketing & Sales team of The Dollywood Company during the tremendous growth era of Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country. To continue his adventures and expand his portfolio, Michael traveled the globe for seven years as a Cruise Director for Holland America Line, driving the guest experience through world-class entertainment and activities as he journeyed to all seven continents. In 2015, Michael returned to his home town of Pigeon Forge. Michael’s passion for entertainment that creates memories lasting a lifetime and a strong belief in guest excellence are a winning combination in his position as a General Manager/Show Producer for the Smoky Mountain Opry; where he is currently creating his 7th full scale production show for the theater as they prepare for the 2019 season.
(Team: Mike Werner & Donna Huffaker)
Regina Laughlin is currently the Dance Captain at the Smoky Mountain Opry and has been the resident choreographer of the regular and Christmas season shows since 2017. Prior to coming to the Smoky Mountains, Ms. Laughlin could be found performing on the Las Vegas Strip and teaching/directing for Princess Cruises’ onboard production shows. Some of Regina’s other credits include: Anything Goes (Los Angeles), Sweet Charity (Los Angeles), Legends in Concert, Dino’s Christmas Spectacular, Celebrate America, The Promise, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Disneyland Resort and a two- year run with Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Regina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Webster University, St. Louis. In her free time, Regina enjoys traveling the country as a dance competition adjudicator and volunteers with the Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Pageant.
(Team: Kyle Grainger & Elise Collier Massey)
Sierra LaKay Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 in Business Management with a collateral in Human Resources and a minor in Leadership Studies. While at the University, she was on the 5-time National Champion Dance Team, 2 of which she was on the team for and the captain of her senior year. While at UT, she was also privileged to represent the University as a Rugby World Cup cheerleader in Dubai.
While at UT, she was one of the few students to be selected for the Leadership Knoxville Scholars program where she performed a capstone project, met with CEO’s and important public figures in the Knoxville area, and dedicated time to serving her community. Sierra has been asked to speak and lead many conferences such as the Knoxville Mayor’s Luncheon and Alumni dinners.
Sierra currently choreographs for many Varsity level dance teams throughout Tennessee and Kentucky and also helps choreograph for the National Pom Team of Finland. She also works for Varsity Brands in Knoxville, Tennessee where she and coworkers travel around the country hosting Dance and Cheer Competitions.
(Team: David Wear & Marci Claude)
Todd McCall, currently a dancer/ dance captain for the Country Tonite Theater hails from Asheville, N.C. He started his professional dancing career right here in the Smokies at the age of 19 performing at Governors Palace Theater and from there working for Fee/ Hedrick entertainment in the premiere cast of Black Bear Jamboree.
After a few years dancing in Pigeon Forge, Todd had the pleasure of traveling the world visiting over 15 different countries over the course of 6 years performing with companies such as Celebrity Cruise Lines, Gary Musick Productions, Legends In Concert, and Dino Kartsonakis.
Todd is now happy to be back in the Pigeon Forge area which he now calls home! Along with stage shows he has appeared in music videos, tv shows, and feature films.
As well as dancing, Todd loves to see his other creative side come to life with choreographing for pageants and shows. Todd is very excited to be choreographing for this Dancing with the Stars event and hopes you will enjoy it too.
(Team: John Mathews & Courtney Lindbert)
Travis Layman is a graduate of Point Park University, with a B.A. in Jazz Dance. He started dancing at the age of 9 and has been doing so ever since. He has an appreciation for all types of dance, but enjoys partner dancing the most. Travis has performed in multiple shows over the years. His most recent and local, being part of the cast of Smoky Mountain Opry, The Country Tonite Theater and Black Bear Jamboree.
Travis is very honored to be part of this great organization and getting the change to choreograph for a great cause.