Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education from Brigham Young University. She was the Artistic Dance Director, Cavette Advisor, Aerobic Instructor and Dance Teacher at American Fork High School. During her time with the Cavettes, she received the Coach of the Year award. Her Cavettes won numerous awards including first time Region Champs. Stephanie’s Dance Company received Superior rating at the High School Dance Festivals and traveled from New York to California participating in professional workshops. Stephanie has been teaching for the past 21 years and has taught at various studios in Utah County, UVSC and BYU for the Dance Department. She was a member of UVSC Synergy Modern Company, UVSC Dance Team, and BYU Dancensemble. She is also the director of one of the local P.A.L.S group in Utah County and a certified ZUMBA instructor. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA).
Corinne began training at Jacqueline’s School of Ballet (1993-2001) and later joined The Dance Conservatory (2001-2008). Graduating with honors, she received her BFA – ballet emphasis from Utah Valley University and was the recipient of the Award of Merit in Dance from UVU College of Fine Arts while attending under a full dance performance scholarship (2009-2012). While at UVU Corinne performed with Repertory Ballet Ensemble (2008-2011) under the direction of Nichole Ortega and Shayla Bott. Performing credits, among others, include principal roles in La Slyphide and Paquita. With Repertory Ballet Ensemble, she participated in the Regional Dance America Festival (2010-2011) and was named Honors Dancer at the festival in Las Vegas, Nevada (2011). In 2011 Corinne was performed with Utah Regional Ballet under professional contract. With this company she enjoyed dancing in works including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire and various contemporary works with professional choreographers. While at UVU, Corinne was educated in the method and practice of ballet theory and technique. From her training and academic work she developed a comprehensive eleven-year ballet curriculum cultivating ballet theory and technique from Cechetti and Vaganova methods, which is the basis for ballet instruction at TDC. In 2016 she also began teaching ballet technique as an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University. Corinne has been teaching and choreographing at TDC since 2003 and loves the professionalism and tenacity of this program in developing beautiful dancers and young women.
Julie received a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah where she also performed and toured with the Performing Dance Company. She was the recipient of the Elizabeth R. Hayes 4 year, full tuition scholarship as well as the prestigious Dee Winterton Award. In 1994, she was the recipient of the first ever Dance Sterling Scholar for the state of Utah. Julie danced professionally with Contemporary DanceWorks, as well as choreographed and performed for the Wasatch Dance Collective. She also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Julie has taught as adjunct faculty in the modern dance department at UVSC, and was the Dance Specialist for Wasatch Elementary. She has also taught at various dance studios throughout Salt Lake and Utah County, and has choreographed for many high school dance companies throughout Utah. She is now the dance teach at American Fork High School.
Seneca has studied extensively in many different styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, ballet, musical theater, and tumbling. Some of Seneca’s dance career highlights include dancing in Disney’s High School Musical 3, performing in the Vibe Performing Arts Productions of “One Night Only”, “Move”, “Evolutions of Dance” and winning the grand prize at Utah’s Highland Fling, “Give Me a Chance, I’ll Show You My Dance.” Seneca has worked as a United Spirit Association staff member where she had the opportunity to travel, perform, and instruct large dance camps and judge competitions. She has also performed and toured internationally with Utah’s Odyssey Dance Theater. Seneca has a passion for teaching. She has taught and choreographed for many dance studios in Utah. Her favorite part of dance is inspiring others to fulfill their dreams and accomplish their goals with courage and motivation.
Amy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Brigham Young University where she performed with dancEnsemble and Contemporary Dance Theatre. While at BYU, Amy was on a performance scholarship through the dance department, and received the Outstanding Performer award in 2016. As the teaching assistant for Kinesiology at BYU she developed a strong understanding and passion for the body. She incorporates this knowledge into all of the classes she teaches, and loves to help others understand how to dance from a functional place. Amy is always looking for new experiences to learn and has performed with Repertory Dance Theater as a guest artist in the masterwork “Missa Brevis”, choreographed by Jose Limon. She also attended San Francisco Conservatory of Dance in summer 2016, learning from professionals with resumes that include San Fancisco Ballet, LINES ballet, and Batsheva. She currently dances professionally for SALT Contemporary Dance where she performs works by world-renowned choreographers. She is excited about both her performance and teaching careers, and loves sharing everything she learns with the eager students at The Dance Conservatory.
Ashley started dancing ballet at the age of four. She received the majority of her training from Sheryl Rowland with Kingwood Dance Theatre in Texas. She danced in the Nutcracker for 10 years and some of her favorite soloist roles she performed were: the Snow Queen, Clara and the Dew Drop Fairy. While dancing with this Honor Status Company, she traveled and performed in different states for Regional Dance America festivals. She attended summer workshops for Austin Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Once graduating from high school Ashley attended Brigham Young University. As a freshman she made the Ballet Showcase Company, which was under the direction of Shani Robison. While dancing with the company they traveled to Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming performing the Snow Queen. Ashley graduated in 2006 with a degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development. Ashley has had ten years of dance teaching experience. Her goal as a ballet instructor is to teach students the correct technique and to encourage their desire and excitement for the art. Ashley currently lives in Eagle Mountain with her husband Brian and their four children.
Candace received her BFA In Dance, Ballet Emphasis with Honors from Utah Valley University in 2012. She attended UVU on a four-year full-tuition academic scholarship and was offered a full-tuition scholarship from the dance department. She also completed a senior honors thesis that explored different aspects of dance training and proposed possible improvements on current training. She trained in dance theory and technique under the qualified faculty at UVU and has worked closely in classes with Mark Borchelt, Shayla Bott, Nichole Ortega, Amy Markgraf-Jacobsen, Angie Banchero-Kelleher, Jackie Colledge, and others. Candace also danced with UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble (RBE) from 2010-2012. With RBE, Candace performed regionally and nationally including performing at Regional Dance America – Pacific in Las Vegas in May 2011. Candace has enjoyed sharing her love of dance through teaching and choreography for over 10 years. She has taught in after-school programs, at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts, and has done guest choreography for local companies and public schools. She especially loves the dancers and faculty at TDC and considers it “home”.
Chantelle LaFontaine fell in love with dance at a young age. She danced at various studios but began training seriously at The Dance Club, where she received training by professionals from around the world. She traveled, competed and performed around the states on the Company Team for 7 years. She then danced and choreographed with Timpview High Schools dance team and is now continuing her training at Brigham Young University. She is currently on DancEnsemble at BYU while taking lots of dance classes. Chantelle is a Dance Education Major and will then continue on to a Masters degree in Dance Therapy. Dance and teaching brings Chantelle the most joy and she loves every second of it!
Chelsea is from Bountiful, Utah. She was both her school’s and regional Dance Sterling Scholar. She later graduated from Brigham Young University in Dance Education, where she received the “Algie Baliff Choreography Award” and the “Director’s Choice Award.” Chelsea has performed and presented with BYU’s elementary outreach company Kinnect, as well as performed with and choreographed for the student-directed dancEnsemble. After graduating, she danced and choreographed for Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company (WCDC). Her advocay for dance education in public schools has taken her throughout the state of Utah and the country. Chelsea has performed at the National Gather of Dance and the Child International (daCi) in Texas and has been selected twice to present at the annual National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conferences. She currently serves as the Elementary Education Representative on the Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO) Board. Chelsea has worked as a full-time Creative Dance Specialist at two elementary schools in the Provo School District through the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) and was recently nominated for the Excellence in Arts Education Award from the Utah State Office of Education. Chelsea finds joy in sharing her passion for dance, and loves cultivating her students as they develop artistry and creative expression.
Crystal was born and raised in California. Crystal started receiving ballet and tap instruction from a young child until college. In high school, Crystal competed as a songleader and choreographed many dances for the Dance Club productions. She graduated from BYU in Elementary Education then taught Math and Reading at Westridge Elementary before deciding to say home and raise her four beautiful daughters. Crystal loves all kinds of dance – tap, ballet, jazz, modern, Hawaiian, and even ballet folkloric (Mexican). She loves teaching the sweet little pre-level classes at TDC. She states, “It has given me the opportunity to combine my love of teaching and dance.”
Dawn started dancing ballet at the age of three and has been involved with dance ever since. She studied at the Classical Ballet Conservatory under the direction of renowned ballet instructor, Sandra Birch Allen. Dawn has danced and performed at Ricks College, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah and performed in several ballets, including “The Nutcracker” and “Stars and Stripes.” Her experience also includes musical performances and ballroom dance competitions. She graduated from BYU with a degree in teaching and began teaching dance in 2001 as the director of the dance company at Juarez Academy in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. She continues to teach, specializing in ballet, and finds enjoyment seeing her students learn to love dance.
Emily has danced on Utah State’s Dance Company, a Pre-Professional Company called The Edge, and the Lone Peak HS Drill Team. She also intensely studied and trained at a private studio focusing on ballet, jazz and contemporary for over 15 years. She has been awarded multiple scholarships at dance conventions. She also received All-State Drill Team, three time Academic All-Region award and Top Corp on her drill team. Emily also choreographs drill teams, studio teams and soloist throughout Utah and Idaho winning high gold and platinum awards. She recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Business from Utah State University. As a dance instructor for the past 6 years, she has found a love of sharing her talents and skills with young girls while motivating them to work hard and reach for excellence. She is also passionate about helping girls realize their inner beauty, strength, and potential.
Jaylee is currently a Senior at Brigham Young University where she is studying Elementary Education. She just finished her third year on the 16-time National Champion BYU Cougarette dance team. Jaylee works with numerous dance/drill teams throughout Utah. She is a guest instructor for many dance camps throughout the West Coast. She recently worked with a team from Kashiwa, Japan in contemporary and technique master classes. Jaylee is a well known choreographer for dance & drill. Before BYU, Jaylee was a member of the Lone Peak HS Drill Team where she competed and won numerous awards with her team and as a soloist. Recognitions include three time Academic All-Region award, All-State Drill Team, Top Corp, Miss Drill Utah 5A, and was the Dance Sterling Scholar recipient. Jaylee looks forward to teaching and working with dancers of all ages.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, with an emphasis in ballet from Utah Valley University. There she performed with UVU’s student company, Repertory Ballet Ensemble. She also took part in the reconstruction of Helen Tamaris’ historical piece Dance for Walt Whitman, which was funded by The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as participated in a pedagogy workshop taught by the renowned ballet educator, Maria Vegh. She has had the opportunity to learn from top-notch ballet educators such as Deborah Hadley, Alan Hineline, Nicholas Ade, and Jacqueline Colledge, as well as many others. Jessica attended Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH program where she had the chance to work with choreographers including: Lucas Crandall, Edgar Zendejas, and Sarah Slipper. She recently participated in a Gaga movement technique workshop taught by former Batsheva dancer, Ron Amit. Jessica won in the pre-professional division at the 2014 Choreography Design Project. She has also choreographed on companies at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, and plans to continue developing her skills as a choreographer.
Krisann began danceing as a child. The majority of her training was completed with The College of Eastern Utah’s Ballet Repretoire and Castle Country Classical Ballet School. Additional training came through multiple master’s classes and summer intensives including those held at Utah State University and Brigham Young University. Art being her other passion, she completed a degree in Fashion Design and Illustration in Long Beach, California. Once back in Utah, she was soon drawn back to the world of dance. Krisann began teaching for TDC in 2007 and has since attended a teacher training on Ballet Pedagogy taught by Maria Vegh. She is committed to continual learning as she teaches young dancers. Krisann loves to share her deep love of expression through dance with her students.
Maddie has been dancing for fourteen years. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip hop. Maddie received most of her training here at The Dance Conservatory. She went on to become a 3-year member of the Lone Peak Drill Team, where she served as Head Captain her senior year. She received the Academic All-Region, as well as the All-Region Drill Award. In the last few years Maddie has studied dance at UVU and BYU. She is currently studying Education at Brigham Young University. She is excited to be back teaching at TDC, where she learned to love dance so much!
Maren has been dancing ballet her entire life. She was trained in classical ballet at the Children’s Ballet Theatre in Salt Lake City under the direction of Stacey Orlob-Richins and Julie Orlob for 15 years, with an additional 10 years of jazz and modern training. She was also a principle dancer and President of the Wasatch Youth Ballet Company for two years and later taught for CBT for four years. Maren was able to travel to New York City and attend workshops at Steps on Broadway as well as take classes from renowned ballet dancers Maria Calegari and Bart Cook. She was on the Dance Company at Salt Lake Community College for one year before she served a full time LDS mission in Alaska, and her choreography has been featured in several student concerts in Salt Lake City. One of her favorite dancing opportunities was being a dancer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert two years ago. Maren is now studying at Utah Valley University and hopes to be able to continue her career in ballet.
Morgan grew up in Sandy, Utah where she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary dance. She was a member of Hillcrest’s Dance Company. She performed with the pre-professional company, Mountain West Ballet where she later became a trainee. Morgan attended the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in New York and was invited to study year round at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Morgan later became a member of Utah Regional Ballet while she was attending Utah Valley University. Currently, Morgan is attending BYU where she continues her ballet training. She loves sharing her passion of ballet with her students.
Myles is currently a student at Brigham Young University, pursuing a BFA in Music Dance Theatre. He trained for many years at Diamond Talent Productions in St George, Utah where he was studying classical ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary styles. In 2009, Myles attended a six-week classical ballet summer intensive program at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, Pensilvania on full scholarship. Currently, Myles is on the Contemporary Dance Theatre Company at Brigham Young University and is very excited for his upcoming European tour with the company.
Natalie graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Dance Education. She has over 20 years of dance experience in ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom and gymnastics training. Natalie competed in dance competitions through high school after which she attended UVU. Natalie has studied with John Corsa, John Allen, Amy Markgraf-Jacobson, Angie Banchero-Kelleher, Monica Campbell, Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Kim Strunk. She was the 2012 recipient of the Hunstman Cancer Institute Scholarship and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, after graduating Magna Kum Laude Natalie was hired at American Fork Junior High school and also performed at Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company in Provo, UT. She continues to teach at American Fork Junior High with over 10 years of teaching experience. She, her husband Chris and their daughter Kendra live in Eagle Mountain.
Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Education, licensed K-12. At BYU, she was a member of the dancEnsemble and Kinnect dance companies, and performed in various concerts and showcases. With Kinnect, she participated in conferences in Denton, Texas (2011) and Copenhagen, Denmark (2015) through Dance and the Child International (daCi). She also served on the Dance Major Student Council as the Dance Education Representative for one year, and then as Dance Major President during her final year. Rachel is a certified Dance Master with Promethean Spark Dance Methodology. She is an activist of Dance/Movement Therapy, and values her studies of Kinesiology and Somatics in relation to dance. Rachel currently works as a Dance Specialist for Nebo School District, and is grateful and thrilled to be a part of the faculty at The Dance Conservatory.
Ruger Memmott is a native of Pleasant Grove UT. Training in multiple styles since the age of 10, he loves the freedom and creativity of contemporary dance. While honing his skills, Ruger received various awards in the competition dance circuit including Nuvo’s teen male Breakout Artist (2011) and 1st runner up Best male Dancer from The Dance Awards 2012 season. He has had the privilege of performing on television and stage in various productions including episodes of Dancing with the Stars and commercials for Intermountain Health Care’s LIVE ad campaign. He has worked with choreographers and industry professionals such as Mandy Moore, Peter Chu, and Teddy Forance and just recently finished the spring season and European tour with Odyssey Dance Theatre. He enjoys performing and choreography as well as teaching and helping students discover and cultivate their movement potential.
Shay Lynn Myers started her dance training with Christopher Fairbanks in San Antonio, Texas, where she got a lead part in the San Antonio Texas Jubilee. Shay has since trained in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, clog, ballroom and hip hop. Shay was selected to be a part of Brigham Young University Idaho Dance Alliance Company from 2010-2012 and toured around Texas and the New England areas. Shay was also a part of BYU-I’s Contemporary Company for 4 years. Along with performing, she had the opportunity to student direct and choreograph several pieces for BYU-I Contemporary and Dance Alliance Companies. Upon graduating from BYU-I with a bachelors in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Dance, Ms. Myers moved to St. George, Utah and began teaching at STARS dance studios. While in St. George Shay was the Artistic Director of a contemporary hiphop company, Moxi. Ms. Myers recently received her 2nd Bachelors at Southern Utah University in Dance Performance and will be attending the University of Utah this fall, where she will be entering into their Screendance Certificate Program. Shay loves to teach, choreograph and watch her students grow. She is very grateful to be working with The Dance Conservatory program, and looks forward to a great first year!
Tanja began her dance career with BYU’s children’s dance program. She continued on through college performing at BYU and choreographing for Dance Ensemble. She has taken workshop and class with Alvin Ailey company, Murrey Lewis, RDT, and Ririe Woodbury. Tanja taught for Balance Dance Company, a children’s dance program, located in Boise Idaho for three years. She also had an opportunity to choreograph for Alpine Community theater’s production of Peter Pan. She danced with Drop Dance Collective in Boise for three years. Tanja loves to dance, and loves to teach children to dance.
Tessa is from Layton, Utah. She began her ballet training with Raymond Van Mason at The School of Imagine Ballet and was a company member of Imagine Ballet Theatre performing the principal role of Mary in the inaugural run of “The Secret Garden” featuring an original score by Kurt Bestor. From there she went on to study with Cristobal Marquez at The Ballet Conservatory of Salt Lake City on a scholarship for its pre-professional program and company. Tessa received a ballet scholarship to Utah Valley University in 2010 and is currently studying for her BFA in ballet, while dancing with their company, Repertory Ballet Ensemble. Throughout Tessa’s years of training she has also found a love for sharing the beautiful art form through teaching. She has taught students from age three to eighteen and looks to continue sharing her passion for dance through training, performing, and teaching.