My love for dance began at the age of 4 when my mother enrolled me in ballet. I received the majority of my classic ballet training from the directors of Anaheim Ballet, as well as with former Moscow Ballet principals: Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. With a solid foundation I then trained in jazz and hip hop dance in high school and later discovered a new style of dance that really got me excited…
It was my freshman year in college that I discovered ballroom dance and fell in love. After taking Latin Ballroom 101, I couldn’t get enough! I was already a dance major, so as I enrolled in ballroom and social dance classes I felt inspired to switch my emphasis from ballet to ballroom, and in 2005 I graduated with a B.A. degree from Brigham Young University. It was in school that I learned how to teach ballroom dance, and I completed my medals exams in the 90th percentile. I also was able to take a private lesson with Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars! In addition, I had an amazing experience performing with the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company.
After college, I started teaching ballroom dance in San Diego at a local studio, and in 2011 I decided to start my own business. During this time, I was training with Marcus Johnson, American Rhythm Champion. (I had a blast competing with him in Las Vegas!)Lastly, in June, 2013 I moved to Salt Lake City, eager to help Utahns learn how to dance.
I have helped hundreds of students learn to dance, and choreographed countless wedding dances. One of the highlights of my job is seeing photographs and videos couples send after the wedding. I love being a part of someone’s special day!
When I am not teaching, I am looking for ways to serve the community. I have taught church groups, children at the YMCA, high school dance teams, senior centers, and charity events. Please feel free to contact me with opportunities!
You can find me checking out various studios taking ballet, salsa, hip hop, tap, ballroom, and any other class with the word ‘dance’ in it. Follow me on facebook to keep tabs on me!