I am passionate about my family, word games and puzzles, and dancing. I love dance because it teaches valuable life lessons on and off the stage. My greatest joys are being a wife and mother and seeing my students progress and find their own passion.

Teaching Experience

Dance Instructor · 2012-Present

The Dance Conservatory, UT

  • Taught beginning/intermediate ballet company levels through first year pointe with dancers ages 6-15 to prepare for higher company levels.
  • Taught beginning ballet for high school age and adult students.
  • Taught beginning ballet and combo ballet and jazz for dancers ages 5-7.

  • Attended lectures by Alexandre Munz at BYU to learn and incorporate his S.A.F.E. method of holistic dance training into classes at TDC.

Private Instructor · 2012-Present

The Dance Conservatory, UT

  • Helped several students improve confidence, technique, and overall performance through private lessons.

  • Worked closely with parents to understand students' needs.

Guest/Substitute Teacher · 2009-Present

Various Locations, UT

  • Substituted several beginning ballet and level 2 ballet classes at Utah Valley University.

  • Taught adult ballet at Creative Edge Dance.

Dance Instructor · 2012-2013

On Broadway Academy, UT

  • Took over company level ballet classes near end of the season as well as substituted dance classes throughout the year.

  • Taught pointe audition class for local film production through On Broadway.

Dance Instructor · 2012-2013

Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts, UT

  • Assisted beginning ballet class and substituted for all other ballet levels. Helped with questions, student focus and etiquette, and technique refinement.

Dance Instructor · 2005-2008

Academy of Ballet, UT

  • Taught and assisted several ballet and jazz classes.

  • Provided ballet and tap classes at a local day care/preschool.

Other Related Experience

Audition Judge · 2012-2013

Mountain West Ballet, UT

  • Judged dance auditions for two seasons of Nutcracker performances by Mountain West Ballet non-profit organization.

Dance Training Research · 2011-2012

Utah Valley University, UT

  • Surveyed over 60 students in dance department to evaluate areas of effective and non-effective training at the university level.
  • Completed written thesis of results of research and presented proposed suggestions for improvement to Honors program panel.

Assistant Costumer · 2011

Utah Valley University, UT

  • Spent a semester assisting costume mistress Amber Wade with measuring dancers, cleaning costumes, mending, and organizing use and storage of costumes.

Choreography Experience

Student Performances · 2012-Present

The Dance Conservatory, UT

  • Choreographed over 7 new works for intermediate level ballet and jazz dancers in various shows including Carnival of the Animals, Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan.

Senior Capstone · 2012

Utah Valley University, UT

  • Choreographed original piece on pre-professional company Repertory Ballet Ensemble. Designed lighting and costumes.

Ballet Utah and Athena Dance Companies · 2008

Academy of Ballet, UT

  • Choreographed original lyrical piece.

Performing Experience

Repertory Ballet Ensemble · 2010-2012

Utah Valley University, UT

  • Performed in various classical adaptations and original choreography including Paquita (corps), Sleeping Beauty (soloist, corps), and contemporary works by Shayla Bott, Monica Campbell, and student and guest choreographers.

  • Performed in Las Vegas for Regional Dance America Pacific Festival 2011.

  • Performed in collaborative work with Repertory Dance Theater.

Ballet Utah Company · 2005-2008

Academy of Ballet, UT

  • Performed in various excerpts and full length ballets including Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Songbird Fairy, Fairy of Golden Vine), Paquita (soloist), Swan Lake (soloist), Firebird, Giselle (Giselle, corps), Hansel and Gretel, Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Nutcracker (Clara, Chinese, Flutes).

  • Performed in annual show Pioneer Legacy for 3 seasons.


Utah Valley University, UT · 2012

BFA Dance, Ballet Emphasis with Honors

  • Completed honors research thesis about dance training in the collegiate setting and the benefits and possible improvements to be made.
  • Worked as a research assistant in the IRI Department, and as a freshman orientation leader to help improve students' experiences.

  • Danced with pre-professional ballet company Repertory Ballet Ensemble for 2 seasons under Mark Borchelt and Shayla Bott.

  • Took master classes with Deborah Hadley and Alan Heinline and regular classes with Jackie Colledge (Utah Regional Ballet), Monica Campbell (former Diavolo assistant director), Angie Banchero-Kelleher (former RDT dancer), and various others.

  • Experienced in modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet, music for ballet class, advanced pointe, knowledge of advanced ballet technique/methods/ vocabulary, choreography, improvisation, dance history, production and lighting design.

  • Maintained full academic scholarship and was offered additional scholarship from dance department. 3.86 GPA, and Dean's list 8 semesters.