Faculty

An all-star cast for those just starting their dance training as well as those with exceptional technique and ability. With innovative classes for young children to classes offered to prepare dancers for the professional level, our teachers are highly dedicated in helping each child progress and reach their potential.

Management

Ballet

Jazz

Tap

Hip Hop

Gym

STUDIO DIRECTOR / OWNER

Sheryl Dowling

Sheryl has created and run one of the top studios in the United States for the past 35 years. The Dance Club is a multiple “Best of State” winner and has won countless national titles over the years. Her students, in addition to winning numerous awards while dancing at The Dance Club, have gone on to have incredibly successful college and professional dance careers. The movies Chicago, High School Musical, The Producers, and Teen Beach Movie; Broadway shows Aida, Sweet Charity, Footloose, Wicked, In the Heights, and Sweet Charity; Television shows So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars and A Chance to Dance; Stage Shows like Radio City Rockettes, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Disneyland; Company work with Boston Ballet and Utah Ballet; Cougarettes and Utah Jazz Dancers and colleges such as Julliard, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) and Pace University have reaped the rewards of having former Dance Club students. Sheryl also serves as a founder of “Art With Heart” which has raised over $600,000 to date for the children of Shriners Hospital. She believes in creating a positive environment where children can grow and flourish, where the expectations for the dancers are extremely high and they feel safe to ‘try hard things’ as they travel their dance journey. Creating and cultivating an environment for young artists to grow and succeed and young teachers to develop great gifts of teaching is one of her proudest accomplishments.

STUDIO MANAGER / OWNER

Allison Thornton

Alli has been involved in dance since she was very young, and has danced professionally all over the world. She has danced in shows for Polaris, Novell, and Nu-Skin, and performed in two International World Expositions. Immediately after high school, Alli began a 10 year professional dance career with “Odyssey Dance Theatre.” During her time with Odyssey, Alli spent the first 7 years as a principal dancer/dance captain, and the last 3 years as the Assistant Artistic Director under Derryl Yeager. She cherished the time she spent with Odyssey, and gained tremendous experience as a dancer, choreographer, and director. Alli enjoys choreographing and has earned many regional & national awards for her choreography, including the prestigious National Critics Choice award at NYC Dance Alliance. What she enjoys the most is teaching and helping children learn and grow in an art she loves. Alli uses her many talents at the ‘The Dance Club’ not only as teacher and office manager, but as a partner in the studio with Sheryl Dowling.

BALLET

Connie Burton

Connie is the founding artistic director of Rocky Mountain Ballet and Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet. A native of Utah, Connie began her professional ballet training with Willam F. Christensen at the University of Utah and a soloist with Ballet West, performing locally and nationally in solo roles such as Merlitons and Spanish in The Nutcracker, Spring in Cinderella, and in Octet, Swan Lake, and principal in Pas de Dix. Connie joined the ballet faculty of Brigham Young University in 1977, where her choreographic credits include Tandelei (Faure), Sleeping Beauty, Ballet for Farce, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Love and Passion (Faure), Popcorn, Ameno (Enigma, re-mix by Dj Quicksilver), Eppur Si Muove (Enigma), Sweet Lullaby (Deep Forestand Enigma). While at the University she was principal teacher and co-director of BYU’s Youth Artists ballet program.

In 1995, Connie opened the Rocky Mountain Ballet School of Classical Ballet, now Rocky Mountain Ballet, with its resident company, Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet. At RMB and The Dance Club, she continues to train young dancers with her commitment to professional quality and discipline. She masterfully balances her classes with the elements of hard work, creativity and music, instilling in her students a love, respect and her undying passion for the art of ballet.

BALLET

Sasha Zoumadakis

Sasha came into this world dancing and has never stopped! She began her formal training at the age of 3 at Ballet Etc. in Sandy, Utah under the direction of Barbara Nesi Olsen, where her passion for ballet took flight. At age 12, she moved to the Casalino School of Creative Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of Mikal Casalino who trained at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Mikal Casalino is renowned for her impeccable technique and professional level training. Sasha graduated from Casalino School of Creative Arts and continued her studies at Ballet West Conservatory at the University of Utah under the direction of John Hart and Sharee Lane in their pre-professional program. Sasha has performed in more than 20 full length Ballets with solo and title roles. Her repertoire includes, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker to name a few.  After taking a couple of years off to start a family, Sasha returned to Mikal Casalino for a teaching mentorship. She has been teaching ballet for the past 17 years. To her, there is nothing more rewarding than inspiring a love and passion for ballet in young dancers.

BALLET

Rachel Perry

Rachel began training at the age of three and has since trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary. She was able to spend the majority of that time training at The Dance Club and is proud to call it her second home. In 2012 she was awarded Sterling Scholar for dance as well as the National Senior Title Winner at The Event in Las Vegas. Rachel was able to spend 2012-2013 on full scholarship at Utah Valley University training in the ballet program and dancing with their Repertory Ballet Ensemble. Rachel has been able to perform in industrial shows for Doterra, Usana, and Rain. She also had the opportunity to assist Andy Blankenbuehler with the pre-production work for the broadway hit, Hamilton. Currently Rachel is dancing professionally with “Odyssey Dance Theatre” under the direction of Derryl Yeager, and has been since 2013. She has been fortunate to be able to dance all around the country as well as tours in Israel and Europe with Odyssey. Rachel loves to share her passion for dance and the joy that it can bring, she is looking forward to sharing that while teaching here at The Dance Club.

 

BALLET

Jessica Ketchum

Jessica began dancing at the age of three; studying ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and many other world dance forms. She received her ballet training at Linda Fenton Dance Studio, following the curriculum of the the American Ballet Theater. She has also enjoyed studying at various studios and locations including; Ballet West, Mountain West Ballet, Barlow’s Art Conservatory, Synergy Dance, Snow College, BYU, and UVU. Jessica has held roles in Ballet West’s and Mountain West Ballet’s, The Nutcracker, including Spanish, Merliton, and Arabian Princess. Jessica performed in and was president of Hunter High School’s Dance Company. She was also Hunter High School’s Dance Sterling Scholar and continued competing on the state level. She enjoys teaching and has taught ballet at En Pointe School of Ballet, Linda Fenton Dance Studio, and Dance Force. She is currently studying Dance Education at Utah Valley University, and will be guest performing with Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, during the 2018-2019 school year.

 

 

BALLET

Kendra Clyde

Bio to come.

 

 

BALLET

Dayna Marshall

Dayna Marshall grew up in Utah where she trained in ballet, jazz, and tap. As a senior in high school she was accepted into the ballet department at the University of Utah where she received the Willam F. Christensen scholarship. She has performed numerous lead roles with Utah Ballet under the direction of Attila Ficzere and Conrad Ludlow, performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and completed her BFA in Ballet in 2006. Dayna then joined Odyssey Dance Theatre where she toured nationally and internationally from 2008-2014. During her time with Odyssey she won Utah’s 2013 Best Of State Individual Dancer. She has performed choreography from Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, Roni Koresh, Derryl Yeager, Eldon Johnson, Bonnie Story, Christian Denise and many others. She was also a dancer in the Capezio ACE Awards for Christina Bluth (2012).

Dayna has been teaching at dance studios and schools since 2003, teaching/traveling with Rapture Dance Intensive since 2010, and has performed with the Michigan based company Rapture Dance Project. She was a dancer for Glenn Beck’s “Man In The Moon” show (2013), and Discount Dance Supply published some of her images in Peddecord Photo’s 2014 Calendar. Dayna has performed for USANA and NuSkin Global conventions, performed live with world-renowned film score composer Hans Zimmer and his orchestra and modeled for XANGO and Icon Fitness. She is Yoga Alliance E-RYT certified and a certified mUvmethod instructor. Recently, she was the dance model for a sculpture “The Angel" by Benjamin Victor that has traveled the world winning prestigious realist art competitions. While dance has always been her passion, she is also a proud wife to husband, Matt,  and mother to a little girl, Jade.

 

 

 

JAZZ / TURNS

Kirra Cook

Kirra has been teaching and choreographing for 24 years. She has helped her students become National Outstanding Dancers at NYCDA, Featured dancers in New York’s Christmas Spectacular, Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and some have gone on to be Rockettes.

Kirra has see her students join the National Broadway Tours of Footloose, A Funny thing happened on the Way to the Forum, and Sweet Charity. Her Students have also appeared on Broadway in Sweet Charity, Wicked, Aida, and Dance of the Vampires. A few of have also performed with music artists like Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Macy Gray.

Kirra has students that have been featured in the movies Chicago, The Producers, and No Strings Attached. Several of them have been on So You Think You Can Dance, including one all star. One of her students was also a featured choreographer for the popular dance tv show.

In the world of Choreography her work has received countless awards, including Critics Choice , as well as the National choreography award for NYCDA.  Kirra’s choreography has been featured on ESPN, Polaris Fashion Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Good Morning America.

Kirra has a love and passion for helping her students succeed and she is an invaluable asset to The Dance Club.

JAZZ CLUB DIRECTOR

Emily Hoover

Emily began dancing at the age of 3 . She won numerous awards and scholarships as a dancer, as well as a college scholarship to MCC in AZ. She later continued her education at BYU majoring in education. Emily began teaching at the age of 15 and has taught children from 3 yrs to adults. She has taught jazz, ballet, tap, gymnastics, lyrical, turns, and everything in between. Emily has taught at The Dance Club since 1998, and is currently the director of the Jazz Club team. Her choreography has been recognized at various competitions, and she has led her dancers to several national titles. Emily has a passion for teaching and enjoys being a part of her students’ lives. She is a wife and mother to 4 great kids who are the light of her life. She feels very blessed to love what she does and share the art of dance with others.

JAZZ CLUB / TECHNIQUE

Shaundee Bull

Shaundee is an accomplished dancer and choreographer with more than 20 years training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. She has choreographed for the Brigham Young University Cougarettes, National Dance Companies, various musical theatre productions, numerous college and high school dance teams, and dance studios around the country. For four years, she was a member of the8-time NCAA National Champion BYU Cougarettes and was the dance captain and choreographer for three years. At BYU, Shaundee was the recipient of the“Outstanding Choreographer” and “Outstanding Dancer” awards. She has been featured on three national CBS sports shows and in Dance Spirit Magazine. Shaundee has served on the board of directors for the “Utah Dance Judges Association” and has been a certified state adjudicator for 8years. She is the current co-chairman for the BYU Cougarette Alumni Association. Shaundee is thrilled to join the faculty at The Dance Club.

STAR DIRECTOR / FAIRY TALE BALLET/ JAZZ I

Bethany Bayles

Bethany began dancing when she was 3 years old.  She has had training in jazz, ballet, tap and tumbling.  Through her years of dancing she was able to participate in numerous half-time shows, competitions and the 2002 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies.  She has a great gift with young dancers and pursued teaching at an early age.  Her students have won high honors at numerous competitions and her choreography has received awards throughout the state.  Bethany has been teaching for 13 years and loves her job!  What could be better than being with little kids all day?

EXPRESS DIRECTOR / JAZZ

Sydney Poole

Sydney started dancing at The Dance Club at a very young age and enjoyed every minute of her journey from Jazz 1 through Company. She is proud to have had The Dance Club as a second home and is so honored to continue doing what she loves as a teacher. Sydney has trained in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and modern. She graduated from UVU in April 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Dance, emphasis in Modern Performance. While at UVU, Sydney had the opportunity to travel to Spain with UVU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble where she was able to attend modern and ballet classes at some of Spain's most prestigious Dance Conservatory's. She also had the opportunity to teach Jazz classes to the native Spain dancers, which was a great experience in so many ways. Sydney spent 3 seasons dancing for the Utah Flash and enjoyed her time performing and participating in many community events. Some of Sydney's most memorable experiences at The Dance Club include NYC Nationals and participating as a Child of Light at the Medals Ceremonies in Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics. She enjoys spending time with her family, snowboarding, wakeboarding, writing, watching Disney movies, playing in the sunshine, and most of all she LOVES teaching and cherishes every minute she has to share her passion of dance with her wonderful students!

STARBURST DIRECTOR / JAZZ

Kayman Cook

Kayman Cook started dancing at The Dance Club in Orem, Utah at the age of 3. She has studied all styles of dance and also studied gymnastics at All American. She grew up performing and competing locally and nationally. She received a scholarship from Dance Attack, as well as won the Regional Outstanding Dancer for the New York City Dance Alliance. She has won many awards including the prestigious National Critics Choice in New York City at the finale of NYCDA. She has had the privilege of working with top choreographers and dancers from all over the country including: Joey Dowling, Martha Nichols, Dana Wilson, Jacki Ford, Chantelle Aquire, and Andy Pelleck. Kayman is currently studying at the University of Utah and is planning on majoring in Elementary Education. She loves kids and teaching, and is excited to be sharing her passion for dance with her students.

SPECIAL NEEDS / JAZZ

Allison Whitaker

Dance has always been a huge part of Allison's life. She grew up dancing at a studio in Las Vegas where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and tumbling. She also has had the opportunity to participate in many local, regional and national competitions. What Allison has loved most about her countless hours spent in the studio are the different life values and lessons she has learned and instilled in her dancing, as well as in her day to day life. Allison is currently attending BYU where she is studying both Therapuetic Recreation and Spanish. She loves working at The Dance Club and hopes to be a good influence on all the dancers she teaches.

IMPROV

Rachel Perry

Rachel began training at the age of three and has since trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary. She was able to spend the majority of that time training at The Dance Club and is proud to call it her second home. In 2012 she was awarded Sterling Scholar for dance as well as the National Senior Title Winner at The Event in Las Vegas. Rachel was able to spend 2012-2013 on full scholarship at Utah Valley University training in the ballet program and dancing with their Repertory Ballet Ensemble. Rachel has been able to perform in industrial shows for Doterra, Usana, and Rain. She also had the opportunity to assist Andy Blankenbuehler with the pre-production work for the broadway hit, Hamilton. Currently Rachel is dancing professionally with “Odyssey Dance Theatre” under the direction of Derryl Yeager, and has been since 2013. She has been fortunate to be able to dance all around the country as well as tours in Israel and Europe with Odyssey. Rachel loves to share her passion for dance and the joy that it can bring, she is looking forward to sharing that while teaching here at The Dance Club.

JAZZ

Joey Dowling Fakhrieh

 

Bio to come (but we all know Joey :)

JAZZ

Ali Deucher

 

Bio to come

TAP

Chante Stutznegger

Chante Sinclair Stutznegger started teaching dance at the age of 16 and has loved it ever since. She completed her dance training at various studios in Utah as well as the Broadway Dance Center in New York, NY. She loves all dance styles but specializes in tap and hip-hop. In 2005, Chante won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in Power Tap and has taken home many national awards in Power tap and Rhythmic tap. She is currently the Choreographer for Nauvoo Productions, choreographing all of the shows in Nauvoo, IL for the LDS church. She is also the choreographer for Heritage Schools, The Fine Arts director at Maple Lake Academy and dance faculty at Brigham Young University. Chante loves to share her passion for dance with others and enjoys every moment of teaching at The Dance Club

TAP / JAZZ

Emilee Wright

Emilee has always loved to dance and to share her ability with others. She trained at various studios in Utah including The Dance Club, as well as spending time in New York and California to refine her talent. Emilee has a broad background in tap, jazz and ballet along with various world dance forms. She danced with the International Folk Dance Ensemble at Brigham Young University and later graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts. She now teaches jazz, tap and world dance at BYU and has choreographed for their Music, Dance and Theater program. She has been teaching dance for the past ten years and loves to teach all forms. She has also had the opportunity to choreograph for various performing groups, pageants, plays, competitions and festivals throughout the world. Emilee finds no greater pleasure than to teach someone to use their body for such a beautiful art form!

TAP

Alyssa Fotheringham

Alyssa is new to Utah as she just moved from St. Louis Missouri. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and was introduced to many different styles of dance through her years on the competition team at the Professional Dance Center in St. Louis Missouri. During her time dancing she has performed with the professional dance center at The Fabulous Fox Theater, Disneyland in Florida, Universal Studios in Florida, Multiple Parades- St. Louis Thanksgivings Parade and Multiple regional and National dance competitions. At the age of 13 she had to stop dancing with her peers due to unexpected hip surgeries which escalated into 6 hip surgeries. Although this limited her from dancing with her peers, it did not stop her with teaching the passion that she grew for dance. She has been assisting for 6 years in which 3 of those years have been teaching at the Professional Dance Center. She has also coached for high school and college dance teams in Missouri. Although the surgeries have limited her from dancing with her peers, Alyssa has found no greater pleasure than to be able to inspire her dancers to be there best self every day.

 

TAP

Wendi Isaacson

Wendi Isaacson has been teaching and performing for over twenty years.  Her passion for dance grew while attending BYU, dancing with their folk and tap companies and serving as a teaching assistant. In her senior year she was one of three students representing BYU at the National Dance Festival in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with University Honors in English and Dance Teaching.

She was a member of Foot Poetry Tap Ensemble for 7 years.

Wendi later taught dance at the middle and high school level and founded the Dance Makers Studio, becoming an award-winning choreographer.  Wendi is a highly sought-after teacher and is on tap faculty at Brigham Young University, The Dance Club, Center Stage, and Millennium Dance Complex SLC. She is faculty and assistant director for the Utah TapFest, and guest faculty at LV TapFest and Nashville Tap Experiment. Wendi is committed to teaching the highest level of technique, and inspiring her students to achieve personal bests every day.

HIP HOP

Nicole Thorley Quesenberry

 

Bio to come

HIP HOP

Kjandyce Beckmann

 

Bio to come

HIP HOP

Ali Deucher

 

Bio to come

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HIP HOP

Katy Crowley

 

Katy Crowley graduated from BYU in Dance performance in 2015. She has since then been teaching at several different studios and been training in tumbling, hip hop and contemporary. She has performed with the company JUNCTION II and done various film projects in the salt lake area. This is her first year teaching at the dance club and she is excited to be apart of the new hip hop program. She loves teaching and performing.

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IMPORTANT DATES:

 

July 27-30 Jazz I Summer Camp

August 6-8 Summer Dance Attack (Zermatt Resort)

August 17 Fall Class Schedule Begins

PERFORMANCES / COMPETITIONS:

 

Dec 3-5 Art With Heart (all teams required)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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