My love for dance began as a little girl. I trained in classical ballet with the directors of Anaheim Ballet, as well as with the former Moscow Ballet principals: Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky. As I got older and entered High School, I added jazz, and hip hop dancing to my training, while continuing my passion for ballet.
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 studies many forms of dance, and also had a rewarding experience performing with BYU's Ballroom Dance Company.
After college, I started teaching in San Diego at a local studio, and in 2011, I started my own business. While teaching, I trained with Marcus Johnson, American Rhythm Champion, and competed with him in Las Vegas. In 2015, I moved to Utah and have been teaching here ever since.
In addition to teaching dance professionally, I also do service. I've taught church groups, children at the YMCA, high school dance teams, senior citizens, and guests at charity events. Please feel free to contact me with opportunities to teach dance, free of charge.
With over 10 years of teaching experience, I have helped hundreds of students learn to dance, and choreographed countless first dances. 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 knowing that I was a part of such a special time in their lives.
When I am not teaching, you can find me around Salt Lake taking dance classes such as: Ballet, Salsa, Heels, Bachata, Hip Hop, West Coast Swing, Jazz Funk, Lindy Hop, Tango, AfroDance, Burlesque, Country, Blues, Bollywood and any other class with the word "dance" in it. I also seek out special events where there will be dancing, such as masquerades, Latin congresses, festivals, balls, etc. If you know of something cool, send me a message, as I would probably LOVE to attend!
All the lessons my clients book with me, result in me being able to dance myself, and so I am very grateful for their business.