Faculty

Vibeke Bodensteiner

Vibeke Bodensteiner

Co-Owner

Artistic Director

Vibeke earned her Bachelor degree in Ballet Instruction in 1995 from Ballettpedagogstudiet i Bodo, one of Norway's national ballet universities, where she was trained extensively in the British RAD System and the Russian Vaganova style. Born and raised in Norway, she studied under former Kirov Ballet soloist, Maria Lavreniouk. Ms. Bodensteiner performed and toured in Europe with BIB while earning her degree, working with such renowned choreographers as Leith Symington, Toini Kristensen and Aleksander Mesa from Den Norske Operaballetten.

Vibeke has directed Ballet programs at dance studios since moving to The United States in 1995 and has developed the Vaganova based ballet curriculum for Wasatch Dance Center.

Vibeke teamed up with Ciara Murano Steele in 1998 and opened Wasatch Dance Center, where she serves as the Ballet Director. She also co-founded WDC Preschool in 2005, developing the curriculum with her two daughters Thea and Julia as great inspiration.
Vibeke's students have earned many honors, including performances with Ballet West, Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes and as Finalists at National and International ballet competitions.

Ciara Steele

Ciara Murano-Steele

Co-Owner Artistic Director

Ciara began her dance training at an early age in Utah and studied all genres of dance. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1998 in Dance and Health Education.  Ciara was a member of the Brigham Young University Cheer Squad and had several National Television appearances.

She began her teaching career in 1993 in Utah and shortly after began traveling and teaching and choreographing for the United Spirit Association and for private studios.  In 1995 began teaching at Independence High School and originated their dance program and dance company.  In 1998 Ciara moved to Pleasant Grove High School, as there Dance Director, Vikettes Drill Team Advisor and Orchesis Dance Company Director.  She won several Region and National Drill Team titles while at PGHS.  In 2003 Ciara moved to Park City High School developing and building their dance program. 

Choreography is a passion for Ciara.  She has had the opportunity to choreograph for the Down Under Bowl in Australia in 1998 and 2000, MTV music video, Blues Traveler “Canadian Rose”, Dell commercial, The 2002 Winter Olympics Soldier Hollow Venue and The FIS Ski World Championships in Obersdorf, Germany.  She also travels to The Dance Center of Spokane throughout the year to choreograph for their companies and soloists.
    
In 1998 Ciara Steele and Vibeke Bodensteiner joined forces to create Wasatch Dance Center and WDC Preschool.  Ciara has developed an entire jazz curriculum for WDC dancers ages 5-18.  Her curriculum is taught in several studios throughout the Western U.S.  
Ciara is a co-founder of Basic Dance Training and Epic Dance Weekend. All of these programs including WDC give her the opportunity to inspire both dancers, directors and share her love of dance.

Christina grew up dancing & training all in Utah. She became a member of Salt Lake City’s Odyssey Dance Theatre in 1998 and is currently an assistant artistic director for the company. She was a principal dancer in High School Musical 3 and Hallmark Channel’s 12 Days of Christmas. She has performed professionally and taught all around the United States including New York, L.A., Las Vegas, Detroit, and Chicago as well as in Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, and Japan. She directed and danced for a performance group during the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2005 World Ski Championships in Germany. She has been teaching and directing studio dance
companies for over fifteen years. Christina has received prestigious choreography awards and was a Capezio ACE Choreography Award Finalist. She enjoys choreographing & leading rehearsals for private studios, pre-professional & professional dance companies, and ballet academies. She has judged for Starbound National Talent Competition. Christina is also a yoga instructor and loves any opportunity to help dancers strengthen their
bodies and souls. Christina is currently enjoying aerial arts training and was honored to perform as an aerialist/dancer in Hale Centre Theatre’s recent production of The Wizard of Oz and this coming winter in Seussical the Musical.

Debbie Chappell

Debbie began taking dance at age 3 training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Drill and Cheer. At the age of 8 she was chosen as a member of the Salt Lake City Stars Competitive Drill team but after 2 years she decided she wanted to focus her time on her Ballet, tap and Jazz training. Debbie was on the Olympus High School Dance Company for 3 years and was a Cheerleader for 2 years.

After graduation, she began teaching Children's dance while she was attending the University ofUtah where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Marketing.

After moving to the Heber Valley in 1999 with her husband Blake, Debbie took a break from teaching while she started her family. She now has 3 beautiful daughters. Debbie has always loved working with children and has enjoyed teaching at Wasatch Dance since 2008. 

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Madison Cheal

Bio to come.

Trisha began her training at the age of 3  under the direction of Moveta Cardon, she then continued to train at Tueller School of Dance, Utah State and University of Utah.  She has trained extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. 

Trisha has 27 years of teaching experience in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, creative movement and jungle gym.  She has taught at Dance Arts,  The Dance Company, Park City High School, Park City Recreation, Wasatch High School  and Wasatch Dance Center.  She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree from University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science with a dance emphasis.  She has taught at Wasatch Dance Center for the past 15 years and is currently  the director of the Starlights team.  Trisha feels so fortunate to be able to do what she loves each week as she shares her love of dance with others.

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Courtney Christensen

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Jamie Giles

 Jamie developed a love for dance at a very young age.  She began her training at Dance Showcase Company at the age of three where she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and tumbling.  She continued her training and was also a member of the Orchesis Dance Company at Pleasant Grove High School for three years.  During this time she competed and performed in many places throughout the United States.   She went on to be a member of the UVSC dance team.  Jamie finds great joy spending time with children and decided she wanted to share her love of dance with them.  She trained specifically to teach the younger children under the direction of Janet Holdaway at Dance Showcase Company.   After a few years of training she became the director of the children’s program at Dance Showcase Company where she taught for 12 years.   Jamie then moved to Heber and began teaching at Wasatch Dance Center where she has taught for the last 6 years.  Jamie enjoys building self-esteem and making every child feel successful. 

Shaely Giles

Bio come.

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Jake Hanks

Jake has been involved with cheer, gymnastics, and tumbling for over 15 years as a coach, choreographer and athlete. Jake is a level 5 certified USASF cheer coach and USAG certified Gymnastics Coach. Jake coaches at USA Gymnastics World and Utah Extreme Cheer. He cheered with the Weber State University Spirit squad for 3 years winning a USA National Collegiate Championship and was named an NCAA All-American in 2014. He has been a member of the Utah Jazz stunt team for each of the last 4 years

Kim Jensen

Kim began her tap training at the age of 3 under the direction of Janet Gray.  At the age of 8 she began her training in ballet and jazz.  As a dancer was able to train under many wonderful tap teachers including Eddie Brown.  She performed as a dancer in an anti-drug music video at the age of 11.  When she was 13, she performed in the Ballet West production of “The Nutcracker.”  Kim was a member of the Olympus High Drill Team for 2 years and served as an officer her junior year. She was also on dance company all through High School and was an officer her senior year.  She started teaching dance right after High School and taught at The Winner School for 5 years.  After moving out of Utah for 3 years she and her husband settled in the Heber Valley in 2006.  She has been teaching tap at Wasatch Dance Center since 2008.

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Elise Kelson

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Amy began her training at the age of 10 at Wasatch Dance Center under the direction of Ciara Murano-Steele, Vibeke Bodensteiner and Christina Bluth. She trained extensively in various styles of dance including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-hop, and Tap. She received solo and group recognition at the regional and national competition level and was selected to perform as a youth artist with Odyssey Dance Theater and Ballet West. Amy has performed work by choreographers Mandy Moore, Jason Parsons, and Christian Denice and has performed in Germany and across the United States.

Amy began challenging and inspiring up and coming dancers at the age of 16. In her 10 years of directing and choreographing She has received numerous choreography awards including, “Outstanding Choreographer” from the Youth America Grand Prix, international ballet competition. She has guest taught at schools, workshops and studios throughout Utah, and in Washington.

With enthusiastic attention to detail, Amy works to develop the technical ability and poise of her students in a supportive, disciplined environment. She encourages every dancer to explore their individual artistry and is passionate about helping her students reach their full potential.

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Anna McMaster

Anna has a love for theater and performing that began when she was a little girl. She has studied at Rebecca Glade Vocal Studio (Salt Lake City, UT) and under the direction of Barry Bonous (Provo, UT). She was the Vocal Performance Sterling Scholar at Wasatch High School and won a talent award as Miss Wasatch County 2017. She has a music minor from Brigham Young University where she performed in singing groups that sang back-up for Gladys Knight and David Archuleta. Anna has studied ballet, was a captain of the WHS cheerleading team, and trained in ballet and jazz at BYU. She has appeared in many theatrical and musical productions around the community. Anna also teaches in the Wasatch Dance Center Preschool and has extensive experience working with children.She loves being a part of the WDC family!

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Mindy McMaster

Mindy is grateful to keep her love of dance alive through teaching and choreography. She began dancing with Janet Gray and trained ballet with Mikal Casalino, at The School of Creative Arts, SLC, UT. A highlight of dancing as a youth was participating in Ballet West's Nutcracker for several years. Mindy was a cheerleader and participated in theater in high school and college. She discovered Ballroom dancing in college and joined the U of U Ballroom Dance Team where she competed in International Standard and Latin competitions. Mindy Graduated from the University of Utah in Exercise Physiology and Chemistry. She is a Pilates instructor and Choreographer primarily for Musical Theater.

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Sage Moritz

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Hailey Nielson

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Jess Norris

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Rachel Perry

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Alison Russell

Alison has a great love of dance in all forms. She has trained at Academy of Ballet West (Salt Lake City, UT), Ballet Studio by the Sea (Malibu, CA), Janet Gray Studios (Salt Lake City, UT) and the University of Utah Ballet Department (Salt Lake City, UT). She has performed with Ballet West, Oakland Ballet and the University of Utah’s Ballet and Modern Dance departments.

She has taught ballet and jazz for the past four years at Wasatch Dance Center and has been a director for Petite Ballet Company and Sparkles. She also directs the Adaptive Dance Program at WDC.

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McCall Scott

McCall holds a wealth of experience in the Performing Arts. Dancing and performing have been a major part of her life since the age of 3. She has trained and performed all over the Western United States learning from masters such as Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine, Wade Robson & Rire Woodbury. McCall has danced in many commercials, conventions and fashion shows. She is New York City Ballet Certified and has been teaching dance for over 15 years from Southern Utah to Las Vegas, where she taught at the prestigious Bunker Dance Center and now in Heber. Whether it’s jazz, contemporary, tap, musical theater or cheer, McCall’s choreography has won numerous first place awards throughout regional, state and national competitions.

While living in Cedar, McCall was successful as a dance team coach on both the High School and College level. As the head coach at Cedar High School, her drill team earned several Region & State Championship titles. She worked for 6 years as Head Coach of the SUU Waukeenyans. McCall has earned pageant experience by serving on the Board of Directors for both the Miss Southern Utah & the Miss Iron County Pageants.

McCall moved to Heber years 6 ago with her husband Jaren, sons Cooper & Porter and daughter Harper, and has continued her involvement in dance and cheer. She currently teaches at Wasatch Dance Center as Director of the Club program, and in 2018 was hired as the Head Coach of the Wasatch High Drill Team (Waspettes). She & her husband own & run a CrossFit gym (CrossFit Vapor) in Heber & enjoy staying active in their spare time.

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McKelle Stephens

McKelle has been dancing from very early on, but began training extensively at age 11 in many styles under the direction of Ciara Steele, Vibeke Bodensteiner, Christina Bluth, and Amy Martinez at Wasatch Dance Center. Competing nationally; being a member of Odyssey Dance Theater’s Youth Thriller cast; and performing roles such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in WDC’s Nutcracker were just a few things she was able to accomplish. Using the many amazing opportunities she experienced and awards she received while dancing at WDC, McKelle was honored to be named Wasatch High School Dance Sterling Scholar and was also awarded Regional Dance Sterling Scholar in 2014.

After graduating high school, she continued her dance career as a member of Utah State University’s Aggiette dance team for 3 years. USU’s dance team gave her the opportunity to choreograph routines, perform at sporting events, and hold leadership positions while obtaining her Bachelor degree in Human Movement Science. Since graduating in 2017 McKelle and her husband have moved and travelled to many places, but she has always felt that Wasatch County is where her heart belongs.

Although McKelle loves to teach in many ways, she has found that teaching dance is where her passion is. Having the opportunity to teach a variety of styles and ages since graduating high school (including 3 years at Dance Illusions in Logan, Utah and a year at Wasatch Dance Center) has brought so much joy for her. Hard work has always been important to McKelle and striving to help young dancers push themselves to be their best is something she hopes to inspire in every dancer she is blessed to teach. Being back in Utah this fall, with her new baby girl, is something she is so looking forward to and she can’t wait to get back to work.

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Addie Taylor

Addie Taylor

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Joni Taylor

Joni Taylor

Joni performed with Orchesis Dance Theatre at Weber State University, while also attending the Nursing program.  She graduated with an Associate of Science in Nursing, and worked as a Pediatric and Mother/Baby Registered Nurse for 8 years in Utah and Colorado.  She also studied Dance at Weber State for 2 years, and was accepted to the University of Utah Modern Dance Department to pursue a BFA.  After the birth of her first daughter, she left the University setting to focus on her family, her teaching, and working as an RN.  She continues to attend Master classes, Conventions, and teacher education, as well as Nursing Continuing education hours each year.

For the past 10 years, Joni has loved being part of the Wasatch Dance Center and WDC Preschool family.  She has found a wonderful place to be a positive part of many children’s lives as she shares her joy of communicating through dance and the arts.  “I feel a great need to express many emotions of life through music and dance.”

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Nicole Walton

Nicole was fortunate enough to train at Wasatch Dance Center during her high school years. Her first love is ballet in which she was able to have wonderful teachers at WDC, but she also loves all the genres dance provides. After high school she went to Brigham Young University - Idaho where she was able to dance and perform on a Contemporary Team and dive into the Modern world a little bit more. Nicole graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in Photography. Nicole was over the dance program at South Summit High School for the last ten years; which included teaching and coaching Beginning Dance, Dance Company, and the Drill Team. She was able to help lead the Drill Team to five 2nd place finishes at the State Competition in both 2A and 3A divisions. With her family growing and priorities changing, a little, she sadly finished at South Summit High School but is now excited to be an Assistant Drill Coach at Wasatch High School. Nicole has been teaching at Wasatch Dance Center for 18 years. She has taught the little ballerinas to hip hop, younger competitive teams to jazz and ballet. She has loved being a part of the WDC faculty and could not be more proud of the owners and what they have done to make it such a strong, united, fun studio to teach at and atmosphere to be in. She loves working with children of all ages and helping them gain their own passion and confidence through dance.

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Lisa Wark

Lisa was introduced to Pilates almost 20 years ago after a knee injury. It was recommended by her physical therapist as a way to heal and strengthen her knee, while giving her a great workout that could be modified to accommodate her injury. His recommendation completely changed her life – she was hooked! Lisa trained at a classical studio located in Huntington Long Island 4 times a week. Lisa was encouraged by the studio owner to start her Pilates Certification.

Lisa started her comprehensive classical Pilates Training with Power Pilates in NYC. Lisa chose this program as it was designed and run by Bob Liekens who trained under Roman Kryanowska. Beyond the healing of her knee, Pilates reenergized Lisa’s active lifestyle. The results were a healthier and stronger core, leading directly to improved performance in the physical activities Lisa loved: skiing, hiking and biking.

As an aspiring instructor, Lisa taught at Hotel Park City, as well as the Red Ledges as well as opening her studio 5 years ago. The Pilates Studio Utah located in Heber.Lisa provides a relaxed, safe environment for her clients. In her sessions, she strives to give them not only a challenging workout, but a fun and fresh one as well. Lisa stays current with her techniques by continuing her education with Balanced Body Education and regular visits, as a student, to other studios in cities like New York , Chicago and LA. Her goal is to share the same life-changing benefits she has enjoyed; a leaner, stronger, more flexible body that will improve your everyday life. Lisa strongly believe that Pilates is a long term lifestyle for everyone.

Joni has been expressing herself through dance for most of her life.  She has trained and enjoyed many styles of dance from a young age.  Taking advantage of learning and choreography experiences in the studio, convention, and University settings have given her a well-rounded training and outlook on the Dance industry.  Joni was able to travel to learn as well as perform. She has been teaching various styles of dance for over 20 years, and continues to find joy in sharing her love of this art form.  

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Giuliana Willis

Giuliana started her ballet training with Jacueline P Colledge school of ballet. While dancing with Utah    Regional Ballet Company, Giuliana found her love for choreography in the 10th grade. She has had several of her works chosen to be performed at the Pacific Northwest Regional Dance Festival. She has won scholarships for summer choreography workshops.
After High School, Giuliana continued to dance at the University of Utah on the Willam F. Christensen scholarship. She was also honored to be able to perform in the original Willam F. Christensen’s Coppelia right before he passed away. She also danced with the Character Ensemble on scholarship, working with Richard Waco. Giuliana was able to continue her love of choreography while at the U and graduated with her BFA. Giuliana also played violin in the University of Utah Orchestra.

After receiving her BFA Giuliana continued to dance. She danced with the newly formed professional company URB. She has worked with numerous artists and choreographers. Giuliana really enjoyed the contemporary pieces she was in. She has been able to perform many in pas de deux rolls and solo rolls in many wonderful classic    ballets    including: The    Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Swan lake, Hansel and Gretel, and The Legend of Timpanogos. She also taught the Company at URB, taught ballet at UVU and loved working    with the college students.

Giuliana is married to Max and they have 4 children. Giuliana lives in Midway and loves teaching at Wasatch Dance Center and is amazed at all the talented students. When Giuliana is not    at the studio she likes to cook, travel, decorate, and spend time with her family.
Giuliana enjoys being part of the WDC family. She enjoys teaching, choreographing, directing companies and being one of the director for the Nutcracker.

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Karla Willis

Karla began her artistic gymnastics at the age of 6 and competed in New England and nationally for many years. Shortly after moving to Utah, she began teaching tumbling at Wasatch Dance Center. She is certified in Module 1 from Acrobatic Arts. Karla believes that each student has unique abilities that should be developed into a style that they can showcase in their dances.  She enjoys instructing students of all ages tumbling & acrobatic skills that can be incorporated into all forms of dance -- from Hip-Hop to Ballet. Karla enjoys the arts, the outdoors, and traveling with her family.

Guest Choreographers

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Lauren Adams was featured in the original musical Falco in Vienna Austria.  She was also a member of IV Dance Company, and Jason Parsons’ Parsons Dance Project, with which she performed in The New York/Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea. Most recently she performed at the Festival Des Arts in Montreal with ASH Contemporary Dance Company.  Her choreography has been showcased in Terpsichoreal in Los Angeles, as well as in festivals in Prague, Czech Republic, and Tropea, Italy. Her work has also been presented at the 2004 Jazz Dance World Congress, as well as The 25th Anniversary Gala of the Jackson International Ballet Competition. In NYC, she has been a contributing Choreographer for Broadway Underground, Pushing Progress and several DRA events including: Fire Island Dance Festival, and Dancing at the Crossroads. Lauren was also the founding Senior Music Editor of movmnt magazine.  She conceived, choreographed, and produced the show Moving Still, presented at the Harry De Jur Playhouse in NYC. A photography book of the same name was inspired by the show, and published by e-maprod shortly thereafter. Lauren has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and The Juilliard School in NYC. Choreographed for WDC: "Walked on Wood" (2015) and "About Today" (2014)

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Megan Cranney started dancing at the age of 7, and has trained extensively in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip-hop. She has been part of national award winning competitive dance teams and has received individual recognition for solo performances including a national titleholder for New York City Dance Alliance. She danced in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics medals plaza ceremonies and was a featured dancer in the opening cast of One Man’s Dream II for Tokyo Disneyland. While living in New York, she trained, assisted many choreographers and performed with a variety of dance projects through Broadway Dance Center. She is also a part of the Cirque de Soleil database for contemporary and hip-hop dancers. Throughout her dance training and career she has had the brilliant opportunity to perform in the choreographic works of Omar and Jennifer Olivas, Wilson Dominques, Mike Esperanza, Jason Parson, Charlotte Boyd Christensen, Bonnie Story, Derryl Yeager, Jason Celaya, Alex Magno, Amy Markgraf-Jacobson, Angela Banchero-Kellar, Doris Trujillo, Joey Dowling, Dee Caspary, Ray Leaper, Tavaris Wilson, Andy Blankenbuehler, Dave Carter, Justin Giles, Liz Imperio and Michelle Assaf.
 
Megan received performance scholarships to University of Arizona, Utah Valley University, Diavolo Dance Theater and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. She graduated with her B.F.A. in Dance with a performing emphasis from Utah Valley University. Academically she enjoys studying anatomy/physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and her research of the evolution of strength in the female dancer’s body was chosen to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. She has a strong passion for physical fitness and began competing in triathlons and running races in the summer of 2009. She became a certified personal trainer with International Sports Science Association  and apprenticed through Boston Sports Club in Massachusetts. For over 10 years, Megan has taught and choreographed for dance studios, camps, and conventions across the US. She currently is teaching dance conditioning for Utah Valley University and contemporary for Brigham Young University’s Dance Department. Her teaching repertoire includes jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, ballet, hip-hop, conditioning and nutrition. She continues to develop and research methods of training in order to condition dancers to become artistic, technical and physically balanced performers. Megan is passionate about performing, her students and most of all, being a wife and mother of two vivacious little boys. Choreographed for WDC: "Mother" (2014)

Christian Denice grew up dancing in Westlake Village, CA. Upon graduating high school, he began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah under the direction of Derryl Yeager. Christian spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL under the direction of Frank Chaves. He has worked with and performed works by Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Lauri Stallings, Roni Koresh, and Frank Chaves to name a few. He has guest performed with the Montgomery Ballet (Alabama), Greensboro Ballet (North Carolina), and Company E (Washington, DC). Christian is currently dancing in Montreal, Quebec for BJM Danse (Formerly Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal). In addition to dancing, Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. He has had the honor of creating works on such companies as Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, Expansions Dance Company, as well as creating project based works of his own. Christian choreographed for WDC: "Delicate" (2015) and "Clarity" (2014)

 Justin Giles is frequently described as one of the the most sought after choreographers in the world. Contemporary master teacher, Justin Giles, began his training at the Southern Strutt dance studio in South Carolina, under the direction of his mother, Nancy Giles. His attention to detail and sense of musicality have been described as breathtaking and thought provoking. At a young age, Justin was a winner on Star Search as well as Destination Stardom in Hawaii, two of the most prestigious competitions in America at the time. His commercial credits include work for Reebok and Fox TV just to name a few. Commonly referred to as a gifted dance educator, he has had the privilege of helping train some of the industries leading celebrity dancers, including Season One "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Nick Lazzarini and second runner up Melody Lacayanga, among countless others. Justin also had the pleasure of traveling to Korea where he worked with Poz Dance Theatre, and performed along side their company in Seoul. Soon after, Justin introduced his work with the premier of his own company "SoulEscape" in Dallas. He has toured the US with countless A-List dance conventions including LA Dance Magic and Nuvo and is on guest faculty with Adrenaline Dance Conventions, iHollywood Convention and the popular in10sive workshops. A highly in-demand master teacher, his award-winning choreography can be seen on hundreds of dance studios and professional companies nationwide and abroad. Justin has choreographed for WDC: "Laura" (2015)

Chris Jacobsen’ passion for dance began at the tender age of 11. Stepping into his first dance class, he felt himself come alive. A connection with the art was created that has guided him through life since that moment. His journey to self-discovery continued with dance education at San Francisco’s prestigious School of the Arts where he studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Afro-Haitian.

Chris has choreographed for WDC: "Let Your Love Walk In" (2013)

 

Alesa Jarvie

Alesa Jarvie has been involved in the dance industry for over 25 years. She began her training at the age of 7. and  trained at the Dance Club, Rocky Mountain Theater Ballet, and The Youth Artists Ballet program.Growing up Alesa's teachers were Kira Cook, Sheryl Dowling, Cassie Jensen, and Janalyn Memmott. She also had the privileged to work with well known choreographers such as, Mia Michaels, Dee Caspery, Desmond Richardson, and Ray Leaper to name a few.

She became a teacher at the age of 17 and choreographed her first piece for her 16 year old friend, who ended up as a finalist for the highly acclaimed Sr. Female Outstanding Dancer at NYCDA. At 18 she became a member of Odyssey Dance Theater and became enthralled with choreography! 

Throughout the last 15 years she has set choreography in many genres including; contemporary, ballet, jazz, character, lyrical, and hip-hop. Her choreography has won numerous awards, and been featured in different shows around the country. Highlights include the highly acclaimed New York City Dance Alliance National Critics choice award, and many high point awards from various competitions. Her work was featured on the hit reality TV show The Breaking Point.

Recently, she noticed a lack of information for dancers and decided to start a new community on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ADancersCornerForInspiration  This page is devoted to motivating, educating and spotlighting dancers.  She is in love with this project and have put her heart into it!  She is also a motivational speaker for dancers and studios which is her dream job!
Above all She loves to teach and inspire. She believes she was given the gift of dance and teaching because she brings balance to the dance world.  She believes in helping dancers understand their talent, and to learn to appreciate who they are and what their bodies can do. She believes that life is beautiful, and that dance can express that beauty in all of its various forms, be it love, happiness, pain, struggle or perseverance.  I am a dance teacher who motivates and inspires throughout my classes. I strive to be original, fresh, and memorable. She feels passionate that every dancer she teaches should leave with an appreciation for their body, their ability, and their art form. Alesa choreographed for WDC: "Birds Night Out" (2014)

Kayla Kalbfleisch has been a main dancer on America’s Got Talent, Glee, Vegas, The
85th Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Jersey Boys, and Ted 2. She has
danced for Calle 13 on the Latin Grammy Awards, Rihanna on American Idol,
and Cher in her “Woman’s World” music video and “Dressed to Kill” concert
video. She has been honored to work with the company Shaping Sound from
the beginning, having been involved in their performances on All the Right
Moves and Dancing with the Stars.

Kayla has also been a contributing choreographer on a L’Oreal commercial,
So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars. She has assisted
many choreographers such as Ray Leeper, Liz Imperio, Spencer Liff, Travis
Wall, and Stacey Tookey. She has also taught in Australia and all around
the United States for various dance conventions.

Kayla has choreographed for WDC: "Burnin' " (2015)

Caroline Lewis-Jones, from South Carolina, has been dancing for over 27 years. At the age of 18 she moved to New York City where she performed for six years. Her credits include the VMA’s with NSYNC, the Latin Grammy Awards, WNBA National Commercial, a French Energy Commercial, Disney Industrials, Britany Spears “Me Against the Music” video, MTV’s Body Rock Fitness Video, and more. Although successful as a commercial dancer, her true passion lies within contemporary company work, where she has had the opportunity to work for Mia Michaels Company R.A.W, Dee Caspary’s IV Dance Company, Notario Dance Company, Rhapsody and Company, A.S.H Contemporary, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape. In 2001 she traveled to Seoul, Korea where she performed for Jason Parson’s and POZ Dance Theatre. In July 2010, Caroline performed with Sonya Tayeh from “So You Think You Can Dance” with her company in Chicago. She also choreographs for studios around the country, and teaches for Adrenaline Dance Convention and The Sessions. In December 2007, Caroline choreographed and performed a one-woman show, called Finding My Way. It was about the loss of her mother and her life currently without her. It is her greatest accomplishment  yet. Caroline also founded Unbound Dance Company in Columbia, South Carolina. Her goal as Artistic Director of UNBOUND is to inspire and give dancers over 18 years old a new outlet to perform. She wants to show Columbia a new way of moving with No Boundaries. Caroline also has a deep passion for inspiring kids around the country to eat healthier and fuel their bodies correctly for optimum performance. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and sees an overall lack of nutrition and body strength in dancers today. She works with individuals, families, athletes, and non-athletes, to guide them to a life full of health, simplicity, vitality, and confidence within themselves. Her mission in life is to encourage those around her to eat more Whole Foods to prevent disease and in turn, they will Dance Stronger Caroline has choreographed for WDC: "Help the People" (2014)

Leo Morimune's extensive training began at the age of 8 on a full scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet (under the direction of Helgi Tomasson) and continued for 10 years. Leo studied ballet, jazz, modern, blues, Afro Haitian, and choreography under the direction of Elvia Marta at the School of the Arts San Francisco. His training was also with the Dance Company of SF, under the direction of Chris Jacobsen, where he studied contemporary, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and jazz and studied backup dancing at Push Entertainment under the direction of Denise Lee. Leo has choreographed for WDC: "Bad Love" (2015) and "A Reason" (2015)

Stephanie Saland was born in Brooklyn, and entered The School of American Ballet just before her 15th birthday. Three years later she was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet for the remarkable Stravinsky Festival. In a 21 year career with City Ballet, she was showcased in leading roles under Balanchine’s direction, as well as principal roles in Jerome Robbins’ repertoire. She has been equally inspired and informed through other non-ballet sources including Gyrotonics, Pilates, and Zeena Romett floor barre. The influences of having been treated in of a variety of modalities including cranial-sacral, physical therapy, network chiropractic, soma and Aston Patterning also plays out into her classes. In Seattle, the classes in Body Balancing with Mark Kane and Qi Gong with Marc Heusner sustain and feed insights. Another critical resource in instruction comes from Eva Nemeth and Sustainable Movement. Stephanie is a frequent guest teacher at WDC Summer Intensives.

Mikey Trasoras serves as Co-owner and Director of In Studio Dance.  He is also faculty at the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts, his alma mater. Some of Mikey’s choreography credits include the sizzle reel for Hawaiian Style, Sarah Jaffe’s music video “Glorified High”, Ivivva Athletica YouTube video promotions, Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing season 5 kickoff in Hollywood, and for Texas’ premiere collegiate dance team The Apache Belles. Mikey’s students have appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition, X-Factor, The Grammy’s, Glee, and Dancing with the Stars just to name a few.
 
Like his freestyle dancing, Mikey’s choreography is intricate and stylistically innovative. His keen musical ear and captivating artistic expression of lyrics elevate Mikey as a hip hop artist. Mikey is passionate about teaching and enjoys touring the country. He teaches all levels and expects his students to learn something new each session and you’ll find that his youthful playfulness makes his classes lighthearted and fun. Mikey has choreographed for WDC: So Close" (2015)

.Hannah Wintrode is a Seattle based choreographer, dancer and teacher, known for her hard hitting, clear and flavorful style of hip hop. She has trained and taught all over the county, starting her career in New York City where she had the opportunity to study at Broadway Dance Center and perform throughout the area. She then resided in Los Angeles, CA where she taught at the world renowned Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle. She co-directed the all girl hip hop crew, Katalyst, performing in shows all across California including World of Dance, Hip Hop International and Posers. Hannah has performed with artists such as Kimberly Cole, Jeremy Lin and Herb Albert and has danced in company industrials in LA as well as on the television show “Homeward Bound". Now rooted in Seattle, she teaches weekly at the prestigious Westlake Dance Center. Her live performances include Bumbershoot Festival and T-Mobile Live Performance in addition to the many shows she has performed in with Seattle based crews, BoomKatz, Potion and Cruz Control. She most recently was a dancer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made Asia Tour, and you can see her work as a choreographer and featured dancer in their “Dance Off” and “Brad Pitt’s Cousin" music videos. Hannah is the Creator and Director of The Westsiders Company, an intense training program for dancers of all disciplines and backgrounds. This 18 week program is constructed to give dancers the opportunity to perform, explore in different styles of dance taught by Hannah as well as guest master teachers, grow in their craft and create a community of warmth, positivity and encouragement. As a master teacher and choreographer, Hannah travels throughout the country to share her love, knowledge and passion for dance.

Hannah has choreographed for WDC: (2015)

Shauna Zambelli-Oliverio was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where she trained at Suzettes Masters of Dance. Shauna continued her training at the Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys California. Some of Shauna’s professional dance credits include, Fox network’s Ally McBeal and The Tracey Ullman Show, Microsoft Industrial for Xbox, Casino Windsor Show Time Lounge, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the one and only Odyssey Dance Theatre, where she spent the last 5 years performing and touring. Shauna also found her love for musical theatre by joining the casts of “Chicago” where she played Liz at the Baldwin Theatre, “Cabaret” at Avon Players where she played Rosie and “Cats” at Tuacahn where she played Etcetera. As much as she loves performing, her heart is also stolen by the students she teaches. Shauna founded an in-studio dance intensive called Rapture Dance Intensive in 2006 that she travels with. She also just recently started to teach on the convention circuit with Fall of Fame. Shauna loves to teach and choreograph for kids of all levels and ages and enjoys giving back for all that she has been blessed with. This Summer Shauna is proud to announce the creation of Rapture Dance Project. A project based company she will be performing with and heading out. Shauna will be creating her first show with Rapture Dance Project called City Lights, which debuts July 27th, 2012. Shauna has choreographed solos and productions for WDC: "Diamonds" (2015) and "XR2" (2014) and "Be Italian" (2013)