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Megan Adelsberger

Desirae Jaynes

office Manager

Makenzie Mofford

Timbrel Swan


Marli Hughes

Michelle Michelle began dancing at age 8 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Ballet West Academy. She trained at BWA until she was fourteen years old. While at the Academy, she danced for five successive years in the Nutcracker, the final in the featured role of Clara. Additionally, during this time she performed with Ballet West as the featured youth soloist in “Aida” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. At age 14, Michelle moved to Toronto to train at the National Ballet School of Canada. She was the first American dancer ever accepted to the prestigious program. During her four years at the school she toured throughout Canada performing in Toronto, Alberta, Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, and Nova Scotia. She was the focus of school’s  

Comp Team Director

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Makenzie Mofford has been dancing for 17 years. She has trained on competitive studio teams, drill team, a pre-professional company, University of Utah Dance Team, and a professional company called Urban Fairytalez. She has danced all across the United States including New York and Los Angeles and has trained under many distinguished professionals. Makenzie has also had the opportunity to dance in London as a guest performer with Laila Hardman on various occasions. She has worked with Bonnie Story on multiple professional dance jobs including NuSkin and Marriot. Makenzie can’t wait to share her passion for dance with her students and to watch them grow. 


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Michelle Wolfenbarger

guest Instructor

Desirae has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Ballroom. She was trained most of her life at Pulse 31 and has been inspired by many teachers and choreographers throughout the years. She was involved in Odyssey Dance Companies “Thriller” at a young age and attended many competitions and conventions growing up. In high school she was a cheerleader and also choreographer of the Alta Dance Company. Following graduation Desirae spent three years on The Vibe’s professional company while also growing her teaching and choreography experience. She later had the opportunity to travel the world as a dancer on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Marli is from Salt Lake City Utah, and has been dancing since she was 5 years old, and danced at TDP the first year the studio had opened when she was 17. She has training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and other urban styles. She danced competitively with her studio and was on the Cottonwood High School Drill team for 4 years. She danced pre-professionally with Divinity Dance Company for 2 years, and contemporary company "Expansion" for 2 years. She then went on to dance professionally and submit original choreography with all-styles company "Underground Crew", and assisted in directing their 2017 production, "Chain Reaction". She had the opportunity to dance in the original production of "Urban  


Timbrel Swan began dancing at age seven under the direction of Julie Wright-­Leggett and Beverly Hackney. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, ballroom, and hula. During high school she trained with Ballet Idaho under the direction of Toni Pimble. After graduating, Timbrel studied Dance Performance at Brigham Young University where she received her BA of Dance. While at BYU, Timbrel toured and performed with the Ballet Showcase Company under the direction of Suzi Wood and Janalyn Memmott. She had the opportunity to teach ballet at BYU while finishing her degree. She also was a two-­time US Cabaret finalist in the National Dancesport Amateur Competition. After receiving her degree, she moved to New 


Meri Christensen

Meri, originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, received her dance training at Dance Depot where she was trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Meri received numerous awards including: Nuvo Breakout Artist finalist, West Coast Dance Explosion scholarship finalist, LA Dance Magic scholarship finalist, and Hollywood Connection ICON solo scholarship winner. Her training was refined her freshman year of college under the direction of the renowned Emmy-award winning Bonnie Story. During her studies at Brigham Young University, where she just graduated with a major in Exercise Science, Meri danced for three years on the BYU Cougarettes, and served her final year as the Cougarette president. She personally contributed to 

Lexi has been dancing since the age of 3. She began her training at The Winner School and made her way up to their most elite group. When The Dance Project opened, Lexi moved with us and became one of our first students and has been here ever since! She was a 4 year member of the Brighton High Drill Team, andtheir head captain her senior year. She has helped choreograph Pom and Military routines for other drill teams around the state of Utah. Lexi believes that dancing has made her who she is today and she can't wait to share her love of dance and see her students learn, grow and slowly become their best, confident self.

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Marc Cameron

Marc Cameron is a dynamic individual who had no formal dance training until the age of 21, but had a huge passion and desire to achieve. Using this Passion, Marc went on to qualify as an IDTA Jazz teacher, picking up various other genres of dance along the way. His heart, however, lay firmly in his roots as a Hip-Hop dancer and soon he set about choreographing and pushing the boundaries of his dancing potential in Hip Hop as a culture, and as an art. Hip-Hop OG’s would come to the UK, and Marc was always there to learn. This work ethic resulted in choreographing and winning various Jazz championships in the UK for 5 years in a row and major Hip-Hop competitions across the World, with a traveling crew of dancers.

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Jessica grew up training in the styles, ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, pointe and flamenco at Tracy’s and Premier Dance Academy and was on their elite ensemble companies. She continued to dance, teach, and choreograph through high school and college, and was awarded a dance scholarship through the BYU dance department. At BYU, Jessica continued to strengthen her dancing in ballet, tap, and contemporary. She was a six time member and secretary of BYU’s contemporary company, dance Ensemble, as well as a member of the tap company. For two years during her time in school, as a student secretary, she helped organize and teach tap company. For two years during her time in school, as a student secretary, she helped organize

Carlson grew up in Orem, Utah, and attended the Dance Club where she received her extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap. Shortly after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California where she was an instructor and youth director at San Clemente Dance and Performing Arts. Upon her return to Utah in 2014, Carlson furthered her training in hip hop and Latin ballroom while also becoming a member of Bonnie Story’s company, “Expansion”, where she dedicated her time for 2 amazing years. During that time, Bonnie allowed Carlson to dance in her choreography projects such as Alex Boye’s music video “Little Drummer Boy” as well as his concert “An Africanized Christmas”, and a Hallmark movie entitled “My Christmas Love”. From her work with Alex Boye, Carlson was noticed by a local artist, James the Mormon, and

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Patrick Cubbedge began his dancing career training at Elower Sicilia Productions in Thurmont, MD at age 8 under the direction of Linda Sicilia as a company dancer. Until his graduation from high school Patrick was competiting for many regional and national competitions including winning numerous regional and national scholarships. His first big break was the hit movie "CAMP" from 2002 where he showed off his multiple talents by dancing, singing, and acting. Then he began performing with Debbie Allen at the Kennedy Center in D.C. After graduating high school he turned to The University of The Arts studying Ballet under a full scholarship. During college Patrick was exposed to such masters as Scott Jovovich, Zane Booker, Douglas

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Crystal Berry


Jessica Jackson


Carlson Fillmore

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In 1983 a young freshman walked into a dance class at BYU and was instantly attached to the idea of performing. Young Eric, or Rick as his friends called him, would fall in love with ballroom, modern, ballet, jazz, and funk(it’s called hip hop today). Rick practiced hours and hours and hours with his friends and quickly the word got out that BYU had a funk group. Dancing in parades, at parties, at country bars, at the movie theatre, at pizzerias and any place where they were given the time. Soon they were teaching dance classes for kids and adults. 

Crystal Berry began her dancing career at the age of 3 at Jacqueline's School of Ballet. At the age of 8 Crystal had gained a love for dance and decided she wanted to become more versatile. She moved her dance career to The Dance Club, in Orem Utah. At The Dance Club, Crystal trained under the direction of Sheryl Dowling and Allison Thorton, where she trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, contemporary, and tap. Crystal has received many awards and scholarships for her dancing at competitions and conventions through out her life. 

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Megan Adelsberger began her dance training at Elower-Sicilia Productions in Thurmont, Maryland and was a member of their performing arts company for thirteen years. During her summers she continued to develop her artistry at studios in New York City and Los Angeles. Megan attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and spent two years traveling the world while performing on Holland America Cruise Ships. She was a featured dancer in Cultural Soul’s show Movement, artistically directed by Moncell “ill kozby" Durden. She has choreographed and danced in music videos for several underground artists and had her choreography showcased in The Eureka Dance Festival in Washington D.C. Megan can be found on So You 



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Think You Can Dance during Season 6 and 7 of “Vegas Week” and the LA Results Show. She was also on a Nigel Lythgoe Productions T.V. series called A Chance To Dance, where she had the opportunity to study under Michael Nunn and William Trevitt formerly of The Royal Ballet. Megan's latest appearance was in a Hallmark film entitled "Dear Dumb Diary” choreographed by Bonnie Story. She has performed at the Capezio ACE Awards in New York City, Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburgh PA, and spent the past 5 years touring internationally as a company member with Odyssey Dance Threatre. Most recently, Megan was one of five producers to create, direct, choreograph, and perform in Urban Fairytalez’s production of “Who Are You?”. She travels to Haiti and instructs year round for Lovolution, a worldwide movement where love and self worth are brought to awareness through dance. While Megan is not busy performing, she continues to share her passion teaching and choreographing for industrials, workshops, shows, and in studios across the nation including Salt Lake City’s Millennium Dance Complex and Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts.

made an appearance in his music video “Treasure”. Following “Expansion”, Carlson was hired as a cast member of Urban Fiarytalez and danced in their production of “Alice in Wonderland”, entitled “Who Are You”. Carlson’s most recent work includes being principal dancer in a national ad for Younique, and choreographing and dancing for many local artists. Carlson is passionate about teaching and loves to see her students and all those around her succeed. 

Becker, Roni Koresh, Brian Sanders, and many more. After school Patrick moved to Venice, Italy to work with Ismael Ivo and the Arsenale Della Danza being exposed to European Contemporary Ballet. At the same time working with former Forsythe member Francesca Harper, Fernando machado from brazil, and many more. After touring with Arsenale he returned to the states and began working on The Ovation Networks hit TV show A Chance To Dance, produced by Simon and Nigel Lythgoe where he was Introduced to former Royal Ballet Soloists, and founder of the UKs own BalletBoyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. Once the show finished Patrick moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to become a company member of Odyssey Dance Theater under the direction of Derryl Yeager performing such works choreographed by Derryl Yeager, Mia Michaels, Christian Denice, and many more. During his time in utah Patrick has worked in commercials for BudLight, live performances for singer Alex Boye, and many more wonderdul opportunities. After 4 years with Odyssey Patrick now teaches for millennium dance complex, Ballet West, SHOCK THE INTENSIVE, and STAR SYSTEMS NATIONAL convention/competition. Patricks love and passion for dance has allowed him to perform on many stages in countries including Germany, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, and Canada.

and teach at Dance and Children International’s (daCi) day of dance. She has trained from Nina Watt, Graham Brown, Linda Smith, Donald McKayle, Eric Franklin and members from the Paul Taylor, Bill T. Jones, Pilobolus, and Jose Limon companies. In 2013, Jessica was awarded a scholarship and the opportunity to train with Utah’s professional company, RDT under the direction of Linda Smith and Nina Watt for the summer season, and perform in Jose Limon’s Missa Brevis. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness with a minor in dance from Brigham Young University. Jessica loves teaching and performing and seeing all ages learn to move and become more confident in themselves. She is Zumba and aerobics certified and has a strong passion for yoga, running and of course all things dance.

Fairytalez" under the direction of Laila Hardman, Megan Adelsberger and Marc Alexanda. Marli has worked with hundreds of drill team members through "Epic Productions" in Utah and Las Vegas. She has choreographed award winning routines for studios and Drill Teams across the state, and has has a passion for mentoring students through the art and discipline of dance. She is looking forward to teaching the wonderful students at TDP!

performing in Toronto, Alberta, Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, and Nova Scotia. She was the focus of school’s promotional materials and was highlighted in a television feature about the National Ballet School on Canadian Network Television. During this time she also participated in a prestigious summer workshop with the Royal Ballet in London. Following training at the National Ballet School she joined the National Ballet of Canada company as a featured soloist – performing in Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, and Sleeping Beauty.

After retiring from professional dancing she returned home to Utah to attend college and danced at the University of Utah’s Utah Ballet. As an instructor, she has taught at studios in Seattle, Washington DC, and Utah. Michelle went on to complete her college degree from the University of Utah and graduated from Law School at Seattle University. She and her husband Todd have four children and live in Salt Lake City. Michelle is currently a member of the governing board of Ballet West, teaches, works with Special Needs women, and serves in various community capacities.

Her senior year she began teaching and choreographing at various studios. When Crystal is not dancing or teaching she is judging as a member of the UDJA. After graduating from high school Crystal received a full tuition scholarship at the University of Utah in the ballet department. There she trained extensively with the director of Ballet West, Peter Christy; Principal dance of the Joffrey Ballet, Calvin Kitten; Principal dancer of Ballet West, and many more. Crystal has been a high school drill team coach for the Brighton Bengals. Crystal has also been apart of a professional company base out of Salt Lake City, Utah called Divinity for 5 years. Crystal was a member of the Professional contemporary company based out of Dallas, Texas called, 'Soulescape', under the director of Justin Giles. She toured with Justin Giles and the company around the United States teaching and performing. Currently Crystal is a member of the NBA Utah Jazz dancers. She is excited to keep training and to keep teaching throughout the country. 

She since has been a memeber the Divinity Dance Company directed by Krissie Edwards and Urban Fairytalez directed by Laila Hardman and Marc Cameron. She currently enjoys working as a choreographer and company director at The Dance Project SLC.

Desirae has a deep passion and love for dance that is unexplainable and she loves to share it with her students and others. She feels there is always room to learn and grow in dance, which is what makes it so amazing. Desirae feels that being able to dance is such a blessing and that every dancer should take full advantage of every opportunity they have to use their talent. 

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion” -Martha Graham

A friend approached Rick one afternoon at 3 o'clock and said, 'tonight there are tryouts for the BYU BALLROOM DANCE COMPANY and you are going to do it.' Learning just 3 steps for the tryouts Rick was selected as a new member and his performing and competing career was off and running. Rick has performed in 47 different companies in front of royalty, ambassadors, senators, and congressman. While at BYU Rick was a member of the 1992 Blackpool latin formation champions and later that year the team attended the World formation competition in Austria where the Team placed 5th out of 48 teams. Later with his partner, Melissa Jewkes, won the 1993 United States Amateur Latin dance championships. The team experience prepared Rick for ODT(Odyssey Dance Theatre), a professional company in Utah. With Odyssey, Rick performed in THRILLER, TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, SARAH’S LETTER, SLEDGEHAMMER, CLUB CALLOWAY, ROXANNE, THE TRIBE, CHRISTMAS SPECIAL WITH DAVID OSMOND, and MARIAH CAREY SUITE. While with Odyssey Rick landed a featured dancer role in the movie 'Dance With Me' starring Vanessa Williams.

When it comes to teaching Rick Robinson was known as the Godfather of Funk in the state of Utah. With the ability to inspire with quotes and a positive approach to any given situation Rick never saw himself as a great teacher but a teacher who benefitted from great students and did all he could to make sure heI stayed out of there way. The list of students who Rick has taught and have gone on to greatest of their own;

Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Julianne Hough, Jaymz Tuaileva, Jason Celaya, Ashly Delgrosso Costa, Andrea Hale, Chelsie Hightower, Cheryl Burke, Felipe Telona Jr., Brittany Cherry, Jenna Johnson, Tad Gadduang, Thayne Jasperson, Alison Holker, Ryan and Ashleigh Dilello, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Tanisha Belnap, Brooklyn Fullmer, Marcquet Hill, and............

Rick continues to teach students the love of the performing arts and directs and supervises dance companies at THE VIBE in Pleasant Grove, Utah and AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY in Spanish Fork, Utah...LADIES AND GENTLEMAN RICK ROBINSON 

After becoming a member and co-choreographer for the Hip-Hop Britain’s Got Talent finalists, ‘Nemisis’, Marc then went on to set up his own dance school in England. This dance school was one of the premier dance schools in the Midlands of England, performing on famed stages in the West End and traveling through Europe. In addition, he performed with celebrities on The BBC, Channel 4 and in various music videos and shows, including VH1 and MTV.

He has toured in a Michael Jackson tribute act, across England, and has also shown a variety in creativity and skills through acting and singing, in addition to his dancing prowess. Now he not only performs in shows in the States, but he also produces and directs theater shows in Utah with Urban Fairytalez!

Workshops also became a huge part of Marc’s success. He teaches and judges at major dance competitions in many different countries and States, and is also a member of U.D.O. (Utah Urban Dance Organization).

Since moving to Utah, Marc has established himself as a premier Hip-Hop artist and choreographer, sharing his passions with anyone, and everyone he comes into contact with. He has taught as a professor at Pioneer High school, and also teaches at BYU in their first ever Hip-Hop syllabus that qualifies for school credit. Marc also pays special attention to charity work for underprivileged children, outreach programs to schools, and is constantly sharing his love of dance with many studios, homes, companies and teams throughout the United States. He is a founding member of WDFKP’s “Peanut Butter Jamm”, and continues to focus on giving back to the community. While directing The Dance Project SLC, he has also helped develop some of the leading dance organizations and dancers alike. He is an advisor and mentor for U.D.O (Utah Urban Dance Organization), a lead choreographer for Utah’s most authentic Hip-Hop show “They Reminisce”, and is also a founding member/producer of the amazing Urban Fairytalez production!

When not in the studio or dancing, Marc enjoys quality time with his wife, daughter, family and friends, here in the States. He spends a lot of time learning about the culture here, and engages in a variety of activities, from Basketball, to hikes, and movies, to a good night with food and new cuisines…he loves chocolate! 

York City where she trained with many renowned dancers and choreographers at Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center, The Ailey Extension and Steps on Broadway. Since moving back to Utah, Timbrel has taught at several dance studios around the Salt Lake Valley, She loves the energy and passion that comes from teaching beautiful up and coming dancers. 

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Laila has distinguished herself in the field of choreography, teaching and judging for many years. She has choreographed for commercials, televised NFL and NBA half time shows, trade and fashion shows and has been awarded over 30 choreography awards. Laila was also nominated for a Heartland Emmy award for a commercial she choreographed for Starz/Encore. She danced and served as a dance captain for the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders and has choreographed for the Denver Nuggets and Denver Bronco Cheerleaders. She is currently the choreographer for the Boise State Mane Line Dancers. She has been seen on Extreme Makeover UK as part of the “Dream Team” and patented “Air Guitar Aerobics” in Europe. She has judged all over the United States and the United Kingdom.

Laila served as a private dance coach for several Disney Mickey Mouse Club members, most notably Justin Timberlake. Some of her former dancers can be seen on Broadway as well as in music videos, commercials, on NBA and NFL dance teams, and on tour with artists such as Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Laila worked as the Associate Artistic Director for the award winning Starstruck Dance Academy in Denver, Colorado, was the founder of Extreme Dance London as well as London Dance Project located in London, England. She was a teacher for Pineapple studios in London, was a faculty member of the dance convention, Dance Raw and was the former owner and founder of The Dance Project SLC in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. She is currently the owner and director of the professional dance company “Uraban Fairytalez” in Salt Lake City, Utah.

five national titles while dancing with the Cougarettes. Recently, she has danced in a wide range of performance venues including the movie set of Saturday's Warrior, and the annual Nu Skin international global convention. She feels incredibly blessed to pursue her love for dance through teaching and performing. 

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including performances with Mark Ballas & Bonnie Story, opening for Mike Posner, and opening for Train. She has also had many opportunities through UDO to meet and train with dancers like Cyrus Spencer and the Les Twins. Through UDO, she has also been in several music videos, including Moontrance by Lindsey Stirling, and several ScottDW videos including High School Dance Battle. Through battling, performing and hours of training with her crew, she has learned and trained many styles and fundamentals of hip hop such as, Locking, Popping, Breaking, House, New Jack, and Waacking.

Currently, Rylie Tucker is still apart of UDO today, which is now a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the community through the knowledge and uplifting of the hip hop culture. She now is a director on UDO and helps run their "Megacrew" program which consists of more than 20 young dancers in a professional setting. UDO trains these kids in several elements of the hip hop culture including dancing, battling, DJing, and Graffiti. Still dancing, training, and battling, she is very eager and excited to be able to teach at The Dance Project and will love to share her knowledge with as many students as possible. 

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Rylie Tucker began dancing at the young age of three at Studio 1 in Ogden, Utah. She began her training in several styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and Hip Hop. Over her years of training at several different studios including Elite Dance Force and Infinity Dance Studio, she has won several awards and scholarships through solos and group performances at competitions and conventions like Pulse, Hollywood Vibe, and Hollywood Connection. Under the direction of Marc Cameron and Micah Clark, she was able to join Utah Urban Dance Organization (UDO) in 2012, Utah's premier Hip Hop dance crew. Through this crew she was given several performance opportunities including performances with Mark Ballas & Bonnie Story, opening for Mike Posner, and opening for Train. She has also had many opportunities 


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McCall Davis began dancing at the age of 3. She began training at the Children’s Ballet Theatre before moving to the Winner School. She has danced competitively on studio teams and was a member of the Hillcrest Drill Team where she served as a captain. She has danced across the United States and has been awarded numerous scholarships and awards. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary and has taught at various studios around the valley.

She is currently studying Education at the University of Utah, and loves sharing her passion to dance with everyone around her. 

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