Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our Teachers

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Amy Hoggard

Amy began dancing when she was 6 years old; first taking classes at her neighborhood studios and then with the modern dance company at her high school. Amy had the amazing opportunity to spend a summer in New York City with her high school dance company. While there she took classes from the Martha Graham Studio, the Nikolai Lewis Studio, and the Merce Cunningham Studio. After high school, Amy spent three years studying dance at Utah Valley State College and performing in the dance company Syrnergy. She has also taken several classes and workshops offered at RDT, UVU and BYU since attending college. Amy has had many opportunities to choreograph; some of which have been for local elementary schools and community groups. Besides dancing, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.

Sarah Pecht
Ballet/Jazz /Lyrical/Contemporary

Sarah has been dancing since she was three years old. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Character, Hip Hop, Tumbling and Modern. She has studied at the Christiansen School of Dance, Utah Dance Center, BYU Summer Ballet Intensives, Ballet West Conservatory, and Southern Utah University. She received a Bachelor’s degree from SUU in Dance Education and Health Education with a Secondary Licensure in the spring of 2008.
Sarah has had many opportunities to teach dance, something she is very grateful for. While attending SUU she was able to be a part of the faculty at OnStage Dance Studio in Cedar City, Utah as the head Ballet instructor. She has had the incredible opportunity to teach at Thomas Jefferson Jr. High School in the Granite School District as a full-time Dance Teacher overseeing the Dance I and II classes in addition to the JJHS Dance Company. She will be starting her 3rd year there this fall. Sarah has choreographed many routines and solos for companies and studios throughout the state of Utah. She is so excited to be starting her 2nd year at Wasatch Arts Center. She loves the atmosphere, faculty, and most of all the students. She is so thrilled to work with these students to help them expand their knowledge, ability, technique, love and enjoyment of dance!

Brenna Kennedy

Brenna grew up in Utah where she started her training at Academy of Ballet Arts, then continued her dance education with Ballet West Academy where she was given many opportunities; including workshops with The State Ballet School of Berlin and contracts as an aspirant with Ballet West. Other training includes programs with Aspen Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, and City Ballet of San Diego. She received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the Ballet Department at the University of Utah.

Ariel Stephan
Jazz and Contemporary
Ariel has been dancing since age three with the BYU Children’s Creative Dance Program where she learned the techniques of Virginia Tanner and became learned in various modern techniques. She had many opportunities to perform yearly including a performance in Light of the World, in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. She continued her education with the Children’s Dance program until high school where she joined the drill team and dance company. After high school she went on to Southern Utah University. She trained in modern and ballet and also completed courses in creative movement for children, improvisation, dance composition, American character ballet and principles of choreography. She was given the opportunity to perform and choreograph in various student concerts and faculty concerts. She has also worked with various artists including Peter Chu, Susan Hadley, Joanie Smith from Shapiro and Smith Company. Ariel also attended the American College Dance Festival for three years and performed in the Gala. Her piece D’Press was selected for ACDF and was performed in the Gala. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a BS in Dance Performance. She was the assistant drill team coach for Pleasant Grove High School. Ariel continues to dance professional and teach.

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