My love for dance began at the age of 4. I was trained in classical ballet with the directors of Anaheim Ballet, as well as with former Moscow Ballet principals: Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. I have over 12 years experience in ballet. As I got older, I also trained in jazz, and hip hop dance.
It was my freshman year in college that I discovered ballroom dance and fell in love! I graduated with a B.A. degree from Brigham Young University in dance with an emphasis in Ballroom. Fun fact: it was in college that I was able to take a private lesson with Karina Smirnoff from Dancing with the Stars! I also had an amazing experience performing with the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company.
After college, I started teaching in San Diego at a local studio, and in 2011, I started my own business. I trained with Marcus Johnson, American Rhythm Champion, and competed with him in Las Vegas.
I have helped hundreds of students learn to dance, and choreographed countless first dances, and I am the most experienced wedding dance instructor in Utah. One of the highlights of my job is seeing the photographs and videos my clients send me after the wedding is over. I love being a part of their special memories.
I am a wife and mother of 5 boys, which keeps me very busy! After almost ten years of running my own business, I am semi-retiring. I am still teaching, but will be doing it less, and as a hobby. My goals are to teach for fun, raise money for charity, and to support my own dancing.
I do service! I've taught church groups, children at the YMCA, high school dance teams, seniors, and guests at charity events. Please feel free to contact me with opportunities to teach dance free of charge.
You can also find me around Salt Lake City taking dance classes: ballet, salsa, hip hop, African, swing, and any other class with the word ‘dance’ in it. I also have a weak spot for themed dance events, such as masquerades, balls, salsa congresses, festivals, swing dances, milongas, and any event where there will be dancing. You can check my facebook page to learn about past and future events. Follow me, and maybe I can see you at some of these amazing dance opportunities in Utah!