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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
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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.
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, 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. Lexi’s specialties include jazz, contemporary and pom. She began her training in ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap 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, and their head captain her senior year. Lexi had the unique opportunity to travel to West End, London, where she guest performed under the direction of Laila Hardman. She has also helped choreograph Pom and Military routines for other drill teams around the state of Utah and Idaho. Lexi graduated from the University of Utah in 3 years with a business degree in Marketing. 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cortney, however, is foremost a teacher. In more than fifteen years of teaching, she has developed her own style and technique, centered around four wholistic concepts. Have fun, be inspired, work hard and grow from the experience.
When not teaching, Cortney spends most of her time with her dogs, family and friends. She also is an avid rock climber and enjoys hitting the slopes on a powder day.
Cortney has been in love with dance for over twenty five years. She has engaged with many genera, including stage and musical theater, competitive baton twirling, acrobatic arts, competitive dance, cheerleading, and of course her passions jazz and contemporary.
Her training is extensive. She is classically trained in Cicchetti from the Lancaster School of Ballet in Pennsylvania. While living in NYC she majored in contemporary and jazz under Shelia Barker at Broadway Dance Center. She holds Module 1 and 2 certifications from Acrobatic Arts, and most recently she completed a 300-hr Yoga Alliance certification.
Dexonna has been dancing since the age of 2 under the direction of Jennie Creer King with Ballet West Academy. She is trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and lyrical. Growing up in Spanish Fork, Utah Dexonna had the incredible opportunity to serve as Miss. Spanish Fork and compete in the Miss Utah pageant, where she took home the Talent and Swim suit award as well as 4th attendant. Dexonna has been teaching and choreographing since the age of 15 and has loved the opportunity to create a dance program for students with special needs. Dexonna has danced in California, Arizona, New Mexico, New York, London and Prague. She loves to travel, especially for humanitarian projects, to places including Vietnam and Mexico. She has won multiple national dance awards and placed top 12 in the prestigious Youth America Grad Prix. Most of all, Dexonna loves to share her passion for dance and mold her students to be the best dancers, artists and people they can be.
Precious Stovall was born in Las Vegas Nevada, and raised in Stansbury Park Utah. She has always had a love and passion for dance and spent most of her free time learning what she could before she could afford lessons at the age of 14. She began training hip hop at Extravadance studio under the amazing Marc Cameron (aka Big Chocolate) and began Breakin under Terry Post aka Bboy Bangkok. From there she joined the crew UDO (Urban Dance Organization ) and continues to teach and train all styles of Hip Hop wherever she can. She has worked with artists such as Yolanda Arrey, Tristan Gray, Alex Boye, Marj Desius, Natalie Keys, Nyesha Meka, Marc Cameron and many more!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chloe has been dancing with a strong focus in ballet all her life. At age 10, she began competitively dancing, finding her dance home at The Dance Project, SLC. Her specialties include ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. Chloe danced and competed on a nationally-recognized drill team in high school, winning Miss Drill Top Ten, and serving as the team’s head captain her senior year. Chloe is studying Finance at the University of Utah. She loves performing at many athletic and community events as part of the University of Utah Dance Team. Chloe started teaching while still in high school and is thrilled at seeing her students grow and succeed. Chloe treasures the many opportunities dance has brought into her life and can’t wait to share her love for dance with her students.
She enjoys attending conventions, classes, and workshops to expand her knowledge. Precious has performed in many shows such as “They Reminisce”, “Urban Fairytalez”, and “The New School.” She is an instructor at The Pointe Academy, Just Dance Studio, and at the HERC (Hip Hop Education Resource Center). She has been involved and participates in various battles, music videos, and programs in order to expand and promote the culture. At the HERC in particular, they work to spread the four elements of Hip Hop’s culture/artistry to everyone! The goal for her is to continue to strengthen her knowledge in all styles and inspire others worldwide through her experiences and movement.
Shelby is a seasoned performer and choreographer. She has trained and worked all over the country including Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. She was titled Dancer of the Year at Hollywood vibe, and Advanced Professional Prodigy at NRG Dance project in 2012. During her freshman year at Brigham Young University she toured as an assistant for NRG Dance Project, working closely with choreographers Jenn Parsley, Will Adams, and Nick Gonzalez. For the rest of her collegiate years she was a member of BYU Ballroom Company and Contemporary Dance Theatre. She toured in China and Europe, and participated in the New Prague Dance Festival where her company won the Grande Prix. After graduating with a Bachelor's
Kalli has been cartwheeling through life for as long as anyone who knows her can remember. She started competing in dance at 7 years old. Jazz, tap and tumbling were always her favorite and strongest classes. Kalli also trained and competed in gymnastics and spent time as cheerleader in high school. In her senior year, she made the switch to dance company to continue her truest passion and to share the love of dance. It was in dance company that Kalli found her untapped love for modern dance and choreography. That led her to be able to dance through college and to connect with so many artists, choreographers and dance professionals.
My years of teaching started at 18 years old teaching Songleading for company United Spirit Association. Teaching camps all over the west coast for 10 years going onto my 11th year. I work with junior high, high school, and have been able to teach college camps over the past 4 years, working with teams such as BYU, Bosie St., GCU, and Texas Tech. I also am a 6th year head instructor. With this company I received 2 awards, Rookie of the year, and Hardest Working. I have also judged many competitions over the west coast with them for many years and also judge at a national level.
While dancing and performing may be among Kalli’s passions, you cannot deny her natural talent working with kids. She is a kid at heart and finds joy in the simple things, and kids love her. Teaching for over 20 years, Kalli gives her whole heart to every student and loves to share her love of dance as they learn to love it too. Her favorite milestone is when her youngest dancers figure out how to skip. When not at the studio, you will probably find Kalli at Target. She also enjoys sunshine, Disney, breakfast, Coca-Cola, Takis and camping with her husband Jeremy and their little dancer Isadora.
I also traveled to London to help out with the New years Day parade where I helped with Choreography. I have had the opportunity being able to assist choreographers such as Tony Gonzales, Diane Bonds, and Carina Olis Clendenin. I also Danced for the Utah Blaze for 2 seasons, doing appearances and performing at games. Along with being able to travel to China and Dancing for the USA Basketball team that was there playing in CBA ( Chinese Basketball Assocition). I am also apart of the dance crew FWD (friends who dance) where we have been given the opportunity to travel to China and perform in many arenas and schools with also doing pop up shows for the public at coffee shops, malls, and streets. I have been teaching dance for the past 6 years at different dance studios around the utah area. Crewsn dance studio, The Dance Project, Jazz Dancer studio, Extravadance, and Aim Dance studio. Where I have choreographed many solos, and dance routines for company members to compete in at competitions and nationals. I also was one of the head coaches of the Brighton High School Cheer team 2015-2018 where we won 1st place in our division in the region Utah region.
Long before her film career, KayCee started shaking up the dance industry at the early age of 2. Not only did she garner herself many distinguished awards and scholarships over the years but she also became an established and sought after choreographer at the age of 15.
KayCee is excited to head up the Elite touring team at TDP. Teaching them Professionalism, Passion, Team Work and continuing to spread her love of Story Telling.
KayCee Stroh is an American born Actress, Singer, Choreographer known world wide for her role as Martha Cox in the High School Musical Disney film franchise. As part of the High School Musical cast, she appeared at several awarding ceremonies (including the Emmy’s, American Music Awards, Teen Choice awards etc.) that gave recognition to her role and the film's success.
She later went on to land a recurring role on the Disney series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, became a contestant on the seventh season of Celebrity Fit Club and continued her Television career, appearing on FX’s popular series The League and Andi Mack!
Degree in Business Management, she began her professional dance career at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Shortly after she joined XY Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company in New York City. After being signed by McDonald Selznick Associates in Los Angeles, California, she decided to move back west to pursue commercial dance. She is currently a choreographer at Millennium Dance Complex, SLC, and a member of the ImmaBeast company. Shelby hopes to inspire artists to recognize their unconditional value and undeniable voice.