Nichole Ortega began her classical ballet training in 1975 with Sandra Allen. From 1984 to 1990, she continued her training with Jacqueline P. Colledge, as a member and soloist with the Utah Regional Ballet Company. Nichole completed her undergraduate degree in Health Education and Dance Education at Brigham Young University, and earned a Master of Arts in Dance, from California State University, Long Beach. For ten years, Nichole acted as a secondary dance educator, developing the dance program and Dance Company at Payson High School in Payson, Utah. Currently, Nichole is in her eleventh year at Utah Valley University where she is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance. She teaches Ballet, Dance Education, and other core courses and is currently a co-director for Repertory Ballet Ensemble. Nichole is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, was President of the Utah Dance Education Organization from 2008-2010, and is currently the Past President of the Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. She served two years as the Secondary Endorsement Dance Representative for the Utah State Office of Education and has choreographed for Synergy Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, Utah Regional Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet II, Boise State College, and Scera Shell Outdoor Theater. She was awarded an NEA grant, along with Angela Banchero-Kelleher and Kim Strunk, to re-stage Dance for Walt Whitman by Helen Tamaris, and another NEA grant along with Doris Trujillor and Monica Campbell for the project "Celebrated Voices". Nichole has been published twice in The Academy Journal and once in The Journal of the International Arts in Society, and has shared her research at several conferences, including her most recent presentation at the International Arts in Society Conference in Berlin, Germany. She was also awarded the UVU Presidential Fellowship for her research, "Dance Loops" along with Barton Poulson.
Elaine Miner has been with the UVU Dance Department since June, 2002. Prior to relocating to Utah, Elaine was employed for 12 years as an Administrative Assistant at a major hospital in upstate New York. She holds an AS degree in Elementary Education from Adirondack Community College, located in New York State.
Brianna began her professional career at Utah Valley University in 2010 with Prospective Student Services as the Transfer Coordinator. She enjoyed helping students make the connection to a four-year degree and find the program that best fits their needs and interests. She decided she wanted to be more involved with helping students achieve their educational, personal, and career goals, so she pursued a Master's of Science in Academic Advising through Kansas State University. She joined the School of the Arts Academic Advisement Center in March 2014 and is excited to be working with the immensely talented students found within. Brianna is married with a daughter and two cats. Time allowing, she enjoys reading, dancing, and Netflix marathons.
Ms. Colledge is held in high esteem by her peers and other well-known professionals throughout the United States, Europe and to the local arts community. After her retirement from professional dancing with Ballet West and desiring to give her students more education and performance opportunity, she organized Utah Youth Ballet in 1981. In 1984, the name was changed to facilitate the artistic growth of the company and became Utah Regional Ballet. Another milestone was reached when the professional wing of the company was established in 1999, contracting ten full-time dancers. This created a need for Utah Regional Ballet II, which separated the professional from the vocational dancers. URB II provides the training ground for talented young dancers to develop into seasoned professionals. The Utah Regional Ballet Professional Company is the in resident company of Utah Valley University where, in 1994, Ms. Colledge helped established a ballet program on campus. Many of our graduates are working professionally in the dance field. Ms. Colledge served on the National Board of Regional Dance America from 1995-1999 and is presently serving on the RDA/Pacific Board of Directors. She is currently program coordinator for Ballet in the Dance Department at Utah Valley University where she developed the curriculum for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Ballet Performance.
Mark Borchelt (Associate Professor) joined the dance faculty of Utah Valley University, following his tenure as Director of Dance at the Interlochen Arts Academy. After a notable performing career he taught on faculty at the University of Utah from which he also holds a BS Degree in Psychology and an MFA in Ballet. He also served on faculty at Southern Methodist University and Cornish College of the Arts. A distinguished pedagogue, consultant, and master teacher, Mr. Borchelt has taught and lectured internationally. His choreography has been produced with acclaim in both professional and academic venues. During the summer he is a faculty member for the Project Zero Classroom and Arts and Passion Driven Learning at Harvard University.
Heather began her early training with Jacqueline School of Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge, then later studying on full schollarship at The San Francisco Ballet School. She performed many roles with the company in productions such as: Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. In 1993 Heather was asked to become a member of Het National Ballet in Amsterdam, Holland. During her professional career she worked with artists such as: Hans Van Mannen, William Forsythe, and Rudi van Danzig. Performing Principal and, Soloist roles in both Contemporary and Classical Repertoire. Some full lengths include: Giselle, Swan Lake , La Bayadere. Also Included in her performing was a wide range of Balanchine works. Dark angel in Serenade, Violin Concerto (Principal Pas de deux,) Symphony in C, Diamonds, Kammermuziek, to name a few. Heather Joined Ballet West as a Soloist in 1998, under direction of Jonas Kage, dancing Principal roles. One of the Highlights of her career was dancing in Wiliam Forsythes, Artifact. Later Heather was Chosen to attend the Alonzo King Lines Ballet , where she was offered a contract with the company and invited to tour Africa and Asia. Recently Heather has found a passion for choreography. She has choreographed works for many companies across the United States. Her most recent projects include; Ballet West II, Long Beach Ballet, Utah Valley University, Ballet and Modern department, and University of Utah Ballet department.In 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, her works won high Honors at the Regional Dance America Festival, and have been selected for the National Choreographic Plan. Heather has also been selected as an outstanding choreographer for the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet competitions in 2009 and 2010 and 2012. She is currently Co Directing the Utah Regional Ballet II Pre-Professional Company, and is on faculty with Utah Valley University.
Justine Sheedy-Kramer received her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah Ballet Department, with emphases in Teaching, Choreography, Performance, and Character Dance. She also studied and performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Utah Contemporary Ballet, Exit 12 Dance Company, Ballet Theatre Company, and CONNetic Dance. Justine toured nationally and internationally with Character Dance Ensemble and Eastern Artists, including performances as both a dancer and choreographer in Beijing, London, Los Angeles, New York City, St. Petersburg, and Vancouver. She is currently a Lecturer at Utah Valley University, where she teaches Ballet, Pointe, Character Dance, Senior Capstone, and Music for Ballet Dancers. Her variety of teaching and choreographic experience includes staging the full-length productions of Coppélia and Don Quixote for Saint Mary’s Hall; establishing collaborative projects between the Department of Ballet and School of Music at the University of Utah; and partnering with the Turnaround Arts initiative as part of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.
Paul Winkelman, Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of the Arts and the Program Coordinator and Artistic Director of the UVU Ballroom Dance Company. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Education and a minor in dance and a Master’s degree in Theatre and Film. He trained with National Champions such as Lee & Linda Wakefield, Ron Montez, Liz Curtiz, Roy Mavor, Vernon Brock, Brian & Susan Puttock, and Shirley Ballis. He is a five-time member of the United States Formation Championship Ballroom Team, a two-time United States National American Style Ballroom Dance Champion and United States Theatre Arts Champion. He danced with the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, winning two-time Blackpool Formation Championships. He has performed throughout the United States and competed in 15 countries, including England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Thailand.
Paul has many distinguished accomplishments, including Assistant Choreographer for the Emmy Award winning 2002 Salt Lake City Opening and Closing Olympic Ceremonies and the 2004 Athens Greece Opening and Closing Olympic Ceremonies; Assistant Choreographer for a Major League All Star Baseball Preshow; Segment Choreographer for Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah; Assistant Choreographer for High School Musical 3 the Movie; Field Director for the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII Preshow and Halftime with Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Producer/Director of the Power In You program for Utah’s First Lady, Mary Kay Huntsman; Field Coordinator for the dedication of the Real Stadium/David Archuleta Concert; Consultant Segment Choreographer on the Elvis Cirque production in Las Vegas; and Choreographer for the Utah professional premiere of the Broadway Musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has also been a producer, director, and choreographer for numerous musical and dinner theatres.
He has been a director/choreographer for the United States National Pre-teen, Junior and Youth Ballroom Formation Teams and choreographed for a dance team that represented the United States at the British Formation Championships, placing first at the event. He does choreography for numerous schools and private studios throughout the United States. He has volunteered his time as the producer/director and choreographer for Celebrating Children and Youth: U.S. & China in a special production in three venues in China in 2011 and directed the UVU Ballroom Dance Company in 2013 when they represented the United States at the China Ninth International Folk Art Festival in Yichang and Beijing, China. In 2014, he again directed the UVU Ballroom Dance Team’s tour to China to represent the United States at a dance festival in Beijing.
Paul was named the Utah Dance Educator of the Year in 2001, Southwest United States Dance Educator of the Year in 2001, and runner up to the United States Dance Educator of the Year in 2001. He received Utah’s Best In State for Education Administration and was the recipient of the 2014 Star Award for his contribution to the Arts in Utah in the category of Dance. He has served on the Executive Board of AAU Dance, as well as a judge for AAU events.
Chris Witt, Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of the Arts, studied ballroom dance at Brigham Young University where he received his MA in Dance. He trained with National Champions such as Lee and Linda Wakefield, Victor Veyrasset and Heather Smith, and World Champions Marcus and Karen Hilton.
At Brigham Young University, he competed and performed with the Ballroom Dance Company both nationally and internationally. Chris is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Prior to joining the faculty at UVU, Chris directed the ballroom dance program at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California, directing their formation team to three undefeated collegiate national titles.
Chris teaches and choreographs at UVU, as well as other local schools and studios. He especially enjoys working with young people in grades K-12. He often judges at ballroom dance competitions across Utah. In 2010, Chris led the UVU Ballroom Dance Backup Tour Team to its first National Collegiate title.
Adjunct Professor Tara Boyd began dancing at the age of 3 in creative dance movement and quickly added all other forms of dancing. By high school, she was a member of her local Dance Company, Drill Team, BYU Youth A Ballroom Team, and a competitor on a national level with her ballroom partner. Together, they won Youth Latin, Standard, and 10-Dance awards around the nation.
At the age of 16, after winning the Youth Standard National Title and placing 3rd in Youth Latin, they became the U.S. National representatives at the World Ballroom Championships for Youth Standard in Slovenia, and shortly after competed in the prestigious Blackpool competition on the coast of England. She continued her dance career by going to BYU as a member/choreographer of the 8-time NCAA National Champion Cougarettes. Later, as a member of the National Champion BYU Ballroom Dance Tour Team, she performed in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mongolia, Eastern Russia, and South Africa.
Tara graduated from BYU earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballroom Dance. She then moved to the New York area to enjoy a professional career as a competitor and finalist in Pro Rising-Star Latin and to teach at Battista Dance Studio in Hackensack, NJ. Upon returning to Utah she met her husband Brian Boyd and began instructing at UVU. There she taught many classes including Jazz 1, Hip Hop 1, Latin and Standard Ballroom and American Style Technique classes. Tara is the director of the Advanced Back-up Ballroom Team.
Tara choreographs performance pieces for the UVU Tour Team. She choreographed and helped train the team for their winning performance on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, earning them the Dancing With The Stars Collegiate Championship Title and the prestigious Mirror Ball Trophy. She also has choreographed and coached their Latin Medley when they competed in Blackpool, England. Tara does choreography for many of the local high schools, studios, beauty pageants, and So You Think You Can Dance competitors.
Tara judges at many of the local Ballroom Dance Competitions and has earned her Licentiate Degree in both International Latin and Standard with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance based in London, England.
Adjunct Professor Ashleigh Di Lello is best known for being a finalist on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Shortly after, Ashleigh and her husband/professional partner became the star couple of the Broadway Show, Burn the Floor on the West End in London. Later they were the show’s headliners for the U.S. Broadway tour. She is also known for her guest performances on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and FOX’s BONES.
As a Dancesport competitor, Ashleigh has trained extensively with top coaches from all over the world and has won many titles including being a three-time Amateur Latin Champion and a United States Amateur Latin Finalist. These titles were achieved while studying political science and history at Brigham Young University, from which she graduated with her bachelor’s degree cum laude.
In addition to her awards and titles, Ashleigh has choreographed extensively for the past ten years. Her work has been used by FOX's Bones and So You Think You Can Dance, ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and the hit movie What to Expect When You're Expecting, She has also worked with competitive dance teams, professional dance/theater companies, and Royal Caribbean International. Ashleigh has taught and performed ballroom dancing in over 40 countries.
Adjunct Professor RyanDi Lello is a Season 6 finalist and Season 9 All-Star from the hit FOX television show,So You Think You Can Dance. He and his wife Ashleigh are known for being the first and only married couple to both be voted all the way to the finale. They soon after became the star couple of the Broadway showBurn the Floor.Ryanis known for hisguest appearances on many popular programs including ABC’s Dancing with the Stars,Drop Dead Diva,The Ellen Degeneres ShowandBones.
He choreographed and appeared in the Hollywood movie, What To Expect When You're Expectingwith Cameron Diaz and is a Season 3 champion of the Spanish TV version ofDancing with the Stars. As a DanceSport competitor, Ryan has been trained by the top Latin and ballroom coaches in the world and has won local, national, and international titles including the World Latin Formation Championships as a member of the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Tour Team. At BYU, Ryan studied business and public relations and graduated with his bachelor's degree in 2007.
Ryan alsohas extensive experience as a choreographer. His work has been used by Hollywood films, ABC’sDancing with the Stars, FOX’sSo You Think You Can Dance, EstrellaTV'sMi Sueno Es Bailar, Royal Caribbean International, competitive dance teams and professional theater companies. His work has taken him to over 40 countries around the world.
Adjunct Professor Kristen Hawkins started taking Ballroom dance lessons to avoid high school PE classes, and she was hooked. She went on to be a member the Ricks College Ballroom Dance Touring Team, and a featured dancer on the BYU Ballroom Dance Touring Team. Kristen was on the Latin Team that won first place at the British Formation National Championships in Blackpool, England, and placed in the World National Latin Championships in Belgium. She enjoyed traveling through Europe and Asia while on the team, but came back to Utah to get married and raise a family.
Kristen has four advanced certifications in Ballroom and Latin from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She has been a two-time Senior I USA Dance National Latin Championships Finalist and a 2nd place USA Dance National Ten-Dance Finalist. She was also a recipient of the UVU Faculty Senate Excellence Award for Adjunct Faculty for 2012.
Kristen has been working at UVU since 1996, teaching ballroom classes in Latin, American, and Ballroom styling at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels. She also enjoyed teaching the Social Dance Teaching Methods class for several years. Kristen started and was the Director of an Elementary and Junior High Ballroom program at a Renaissance Academy from 2006-2014. She has judged and scrutineered at Ballroom competitions in the area. Her ballroom team from the charter school has auditioned and subsequently performed at Disneyland three times.
Adjunct Professor Shayla Kennington participated on many of BYU’s dance teams, including two years with the world-renowned Ballroom Tour Team. During those two years, she was able to participate in three National Formation Championships, as well as tour around the United States, Hong Kong, and China.
Since graduating, Shayla has continued her education and received her Licentiate certification with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in both the Latin American and Ballroom styles. She has also been the ballroom director at Timpanogos High School for the last five years, where her team has won five national titles. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University for the last two years.
Adjunct Professor Lori Hicks is a long-time ballroom instructor and coach. She recently joined the Ballroom Dance Faculty at UVU. She has 20 plus years of experience in the ballroom field, including owning and operating Regency Ballroom Studio in Lomita, California and The Golden State Challenge Dance Championships in Costa Mesa, California.
Lori is a former US Professional Latin Finalist, US Professional Rising Star Latin Champion, and US Amateur Latin Champion. She started dancing as a youth in ballet and Jazz styles, and won the title of Miss Pacific Northwest in individual competition. While at Brigham Young University she danced two years as a Cougarette, and then was introduced to Ballroom dancing… and she was hooked!
Lori toured with the BYU Ballroom Dance Company for three years, traveling to the South Pacific, the Eastern United States, and Blackpool, England. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Professional Dance and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her professional dance career. She represented the United States at the World Amateur Championships in Oslo, Norway; Santiago, Chile; and Moscow, Russia.
As a professional competitor, she trained extensively in England with Collin James, Jason Gilkison, Peta Roby, Mic Styllianos, and Lorna Lee. She has competed professionally all over the United States and throughout the world with great success. She has done demonstrations and workshop seminars in the United States, Australia, and England.
Her philosophy is that dance should be expressive and make the audience feel something. She also believes that ballroom dancing is for anyone!
Adjunct Professor, Todd has been an adjunct member of the Ballroom faculty since 2000. Prior to being at UVU he taught ballroom classes at BYU for 5 years. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Statistical Sciences from BYU and currently works full-time as the Manager of Global Marketing Research at Nu Skin Enterprises in Provo, Utah.While getting his degree, he was a member of the Utah Valley State College Ballroom Company and also the BYU Ballroom Dance Company where he was a member of the 1998 Blackpool Championship formation team and 4-time US Formation Championships.
He had trained with National Champions such as Lee and Linda Wakefield, Victor Veyrasset and Heather Smith. Todd has also been a team director at the High School and College level Directing the team at Timpanogos High School and also backup teams at UVU and BYU. He has choreographed ballroom medleys and other routines for several high schools and studios. He and his wife Alison competed in both Amateur Ballroom and Latin divisions with a particular enjoyment for the Ballroom style.
He is a member of the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dancing. Todd has remained active in the world of Dancesport, primarily as a scrutineer at local competitions. He has also served as competition organizer, music director, emcee and judge at many events both locally and across the US and Mexico and at all levels from Elementary school events to the US Dancesport Championships.
Monica Campbell danced nationally and internationally with Diavolo Dance Theater from 1999-2006. Additionally, she acted as the rehearsal director from 2002-2004 and associate artistic director from 2004-2006. Other professional credits include dancing with Molissa Fenley and Dancers at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, Malashock Dance & Company and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company. Campbell went on to complete an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2009. While there, she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, as well as a Graduate Research Fellowship for her work Tabula Rasa that premiered in Fall ’09.
Campbell has shown her choreography in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Idaho as well as Cordoba and Madrid, Spain. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Utah Valley University’s Department of Dance where she has set new works on Synergy Dance Company, Repertory Ballet Ensemble and Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Her new company, Monica Campbell & Dancers was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival and premiered an evening of her work in November, 2012. Most recently, she was the Associate Choreographer for Diavolo Dance Theater’s new work Fluid Infinities that premiered in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl in September, 2013.
Amy began her love for moving and dancing as a child with Brigham Young University’s Young Children’s and Teen’s Creative Dance Program. That love for creating, exploring, and learning has guided her throughout her life as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and scholar. Her choreography has been performed at several (6) American College Dance Festivals Gala Performances and has been an alternate for the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It has been showcased in festivals such as, ConderDance Choreographer Showcase at the Tempe Arts Center for the Arts and has won events such as Utah Regional Ballet’s Choreographer’s Showcase. Her works have been commissioned by UVU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble, BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater, UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, USU’s Danceworks, BYUI, and has toured throughout the United States, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, South America, Philippians, and Asia. Amy’s research focus is on training and conditioning the dancer of today, mentoring student choreography, creating innovative new works, and training future dance educators. Amy has taught dance workshops and presentations for the Utah State Office of Education, UVU Art in Education Conference, UDEO, NDEO, daCi, Utah school districts, and is a member of the Utah State of Education Curriculum Writing Team for Dance. Projects include bringing dance to elementary education students through classes and lecture / performances throughout Utah. She has participated with colleagues at USU in developing a distance education course “Movement Exploration for Elementary Distance Education” funded by an Innovation Grant. She has authored and created lesson plans and DVD’s for Elementary Dance Education funded by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation. Amy is active in the Utah Dance Education Organization, the National Dance Education Organization, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and Dance and dance and the Child International where she serves as a board member at large. Amy holds a B.S. in Dance Education from Utah State University where she received the Marie Eccles Caine Scholarship, the Outstanding Talent Award, and Outstanding Student Teacher Award.
She has a MA from Brigham Young University where she performed/taught and toured internationally with the Dancers’ Company, and a MFA from the University of Utah where she was a member of Performing Dance Company and was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Amy is currently the Dance Education Program Coordinator at UVU, the former Artistic Director of Synergy Dance Company, and currently the co- artistic director of Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Amy teaches modern dance technique, dance kinesiology, modern dance teaching methods, dance orientation, and dance conditioning. Amy’s loves include hers two rambunctious and inquisitive little men, yard work, vacations, reading, food, her constant attempt to stay in shape, movies, and discovering the little joys in life’s journey.
Angela Banchero-Kelleher has had a professional career spanning over twenty years, including 15 years with Repertory Dance Theatre, and continues to perform both as a guest with RDT and as a member of DeyoDance. Professional companies include River Street Dance Theater in Montana and other Universities, including University of Wyoming and University of South Florida, have produced her choreography.
Kathie Debenham is a Professor of Dance at UVU where she founded the Dance department and has served as Dean of the School of the Arts (interim) and as Associate Academic Vice President. As a master artist-educator Kathie taught in the BYU Dance Department, co-directed the Young DanceMakers for more than 20 years, and taught residencies for the Utah Arts Council. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and has presented, published and performed nationally and internationally.
Sarah Donohue is a Lecturer of Dance at Utah Valley University. Sarah began her formal training and dance education at the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After moving back to Colorado and teaching all levels and genres of dance for two years, Sarah came to Salt Lake City to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. During graduate school, Sarah completed the Integrated Movement Studies Program to become a Certified Laban Movement Analyst. She has performed, taught and choreographed throughout the country, including Arts Across Nebraska, Montana Dance Arts Association, De Sales University, The University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Utah State University, and Weber State College. Sarah danced professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre for five years where she taught workshops, choreographed, and performed the work of Isadora Duncan, Michio Ito, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, John Butler, Yvonne Rainer, Merce Cunningham, Zvi Gotheiner, and others. Along with colleague Aaron Wood, Sarah co-directs and choreographs for My Turkey Sandwich, a dance theatre company founded in 2008. My Turkey Sandwich has produced three evening-length performances and set work on Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Utah Valley University. Sarah is currently a member of The Penguin Lady Collective.
Originally from Connecticut Doris Hudson de Trujillo, earned her B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and her M.A. in Dance from Brigham Young University. She performed internationally as a member of the Ririe-Woodury Dance Company during the company’s most prolific NEA touring seasons. Doris has presented her choreography, research, and workshops throughout the United States, South Africa, Scotland, and Spain as an independent artist/ teacher and as the director of her own company, Hudson-Trujillo & Company. Her choreographic works have been featured in New York at the American Dance Guild Performance Festival, the Ririe-Woodbury’s Detour Concert, Equilibrium Concert and Momentum Concerts, the Utah Arts Festival, the Houston Dance Gallery Festival, as well as at the Conservatorio’s de Danza de Madrid and Cordoba, Spain. As founder and Co-Artistic Director of Contemporary DANCEWORKS, her works were performed throughout the intermountain region supported through Utah Arts Council and Legislative Regional Funding Program Grants. She served as the Dance Consultant to the Utah State Office of Education, from 1995-2010, as President of the Utah Dance Education Organization, and as an artist on the Utah Arts Council Artists in Education Bank. Doris is an Associate Professor at Utah Valley University and specializes in the area of Modern Dance and Dance Education. She was recently the recipient along with Nichole Ortega and Monica Campbell of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant “Celebrated Voices.” She currently teaches courses in Modern Dance Technique, Composition, Choreography, and Student Teaching. In addition, Doris is the Artistic Director of the Senior Capstone Concert.
Heidi Beier started dancing at a young age. She danced with Ballet Northwest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for ten years. She also studied dance for many summers with instructors from around the country at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and her M.F.A. in Dance from Arizona State University. She taught at ASU and at several schools within the Maricopa Community College District. She danced professionally with Instinct Dancecorps and Dulce Dance Company, both based in the Phoenix area. She spent seven years teaching middle and high school students in Gilbert, Arizona. Combining her love for dance and love for photography and video, she collaborated with choreographers to create video for several live dance pieces, one of which was presented at an American College Dance Festival. She also created three Dance for Camera works, all presented in the Phoenix area. Two years ago Heidi and her family moved to Utah. She enjoys traveling, raising her two boys and is excited to be teaching at UVU.
Joseph Blake completed his BFA at the University of Utah in 2003 and promptly became a member of internationally renowned Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company where he remained for ten seasons. He has worked with distinguished choreographers from Utah and abroad, including Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Keith Johnson, Johannes Wieland, Alberto del Saz, Alicia Sanchez and Brook Notary. Joseph has also performed the works of Alwin Nikolais, Wayne McGregor, Doug Varone, Bill T Jones, Carolyn Carlson, Ann Carlson and John Jasperse. Joseph recently returned back from New York City where he performed in several projects as well as guest taught at Hunter College. Currently Joseph is teaching in Utah at the Waterford School, Virginia Tanner Dance and the Allianza Academy. Joseph currently maintains a guest artist position with NOW International/Interdisciplinary Dance Company in Salt Lake City while also reaching out as a free-lance choreographer/teacher with other companies and universities.
Natalie Desch, Juilliard BFA, performed with the Limón Dance Company (1996-2001) before joining Doug Varone and Dancers (2001-2012.) During her time with Varone, she originated roles in over twenty-five works and served as co-rehearsal director (2009-2012.) Natalie has been a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and worked with Varone at several regional opera and theater companies. She has taught at three Limón and ten Varone summer workshops, the Bates Dance Festival (2003, 2010), the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (2009-2011), and was a faculty member at Hunter College in NYC (2005-2012.) Natalie has staged the works of Varone, Limón, and Jiri Kylián on companies and universities, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the United States. In 2008, Natalie earned her yoga certification from YogaWorks NYC, and in 2014 earned her MFA in dance from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is currently on faculty at Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Westminster College.
Rebecca Stahr Jennejohn, a northwest native from Portland, Oregon, spent the last decade in NYC and London where she presented an evening of her own choreography at the Dance New Amsterdam Theater titled, Rush Reflecting where she collaborated with photographer, Ty Lamont Mecham. She has also presented work in NYC at the Dumbo Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam’s WIP series, the FAR Space with a Field Artist Residency grant and in Utah at Salt Lake City’s Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center with support from Repertory Dance Theater’s LINK series. She most recently choreographed for Provo Sites and collaborated with world champion fiddler, Nate Olson. Rebecca holds an MFA from the University of Utah Department of Modern Dance and a BA in modern dance from Brigham Young University where she performed with Performing Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Theater respectively. She performed in works by Stephen Koester, Abby Fiat, Sara Rudner, Bill Evans, Pat Debenham, Raymond Robinson, and Caroline Prohosky, among others. Rebecca traveled to India in 2008 as a U.S. cultural envoy to work with The Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company. There she taught modern dance technique, Pilates, composition and improvisation classes. Rebecca has also performed and taught in Belarus, Ukraine, Austria, New Zealand and Fiji. Rebecca is a certified Stott® Pilates instructor and has taught in NYC at Columbia University, in London at the North London Performing Arts Center, in Washington D.C. at the Body College and at various studios in Oregon and Utah. Rebecca loves exploring the beautiful landscape of Utah's outdoors with her husband and three children.