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, and as I got older, I trained in jazz, and hip hop dance in high school.
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. While I was teaching, I also trained with Marcus Johnson, American Rhythm Champion, and competed with him in Las Vegas. In 2015, I moved to Utah and have been teaching there 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, 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 knowing that I was a part of such a special time in their lives.
I am a wife and mother of 5 boys, which keeps me very busy! I have a sincere desire to give back to my community, and teaching dance will allow me to do that. If you pick me to be your dance teacher, know that a large portion of your cost will go towards a non-profit organization here in Utah.
This hobby of mine is still a passion after all these years, and you can find me around Salt Lake City taking dance classes such as ballet, salsa, hip hop, African, bachata, swing, burlesque, 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, salsa congresses, festivals, balls, etc. If you know of any, send me a message! All the lessons my clients book with me, result in me being able to dance myself, so I am very grateful for their business.