San Diego, California
Jessica grew up in sunny San Diego, California. She received her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and a minor in Contemporary Dance from Brigham Young University, where she also performed with Kinnect and dancEnsemble and served as Assistant to the Director under Pat Debenham. In March 2010, Jessica founded Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company and has served as its Owner and Artistic Director since its foundation. Jessica has worked diligently to increase professional dance in Utah County, dedicating countless hours to both the administrative and artistic demands of the company: grant applications, fundraising, networking, collaborating with artists of all kinds, and above all, training adult dancers to reach their greatest potential. During her years as company director Jessica has had the privilege of learning from and collaborating with such professionals as Kate Monson, Linda Smith, Kristen Jeppsen-Groves, John Corsa, Carley Conder, Eric Handman, and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. When Jessica isn’t in the studio with WCDC, she likes to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and two children.
Rachel received her Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Brigham Young University and was awarded the Distinguished Graduating Senior award, as well as the Outstanding Female Performer award. As a freshman, she was fortunate to be chosen as a member of The Dancers’ Company and perform in Caroline Prohosky’s film project, Onward Alone, produced by the LDS Motion Picture Studio. Rachel performed with and choreographed for both dancEnsemble and Contemporary Dance Theatre, enjoyed opportunities to travel and perform throughout Texas, New Mexico, Montana and Wyoming, and has worked with dance professionals such as Leah Cox, Carl Flink, Carley Conder, Bebe Miller, and Andrew Madsen. Upon graduation, Rachel worked as adjunct faculty at BYU teaching beginning and intermediate level contemporary technique classes. Rachel is also a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher and has been with WCDC since 2012.
Heather graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from Utah Valley University. While at UVU, she performed and traveled as a member of Synergy Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She was awarded the Outstanding Student of the Year in 2011 from UVU’s School of the Arts Department. Since graduation, Heather’s choreography was showcased in Ririe Woodbury’s Alumni Concert Momentum in 2011. She was awarded the Sugar Space Artist in Residence Grant and choreographed an evening-length show titled, Gaudi in Motion. Along with Wasatch Contemporary, Heather has been fortunate to be a member of Sugar Space’s Professional Cooperative Dance Company, Co.da. Heather loves performing with WCDC and finds great joy in the challenge of teaching and choreographing! She has been with WCDC since the fall of 2012. Heather is also a certified Yoga Instructor at InBalance Yoga. Yoga has always been an avenue for Heather to increase her physical and mental strength as a dancer and athlete.
Assistant to the Director
Jessie received a BA in dance at BYU where she was a member of dancEnsemble for 3 years. She also went to Prague with a small group of BYU dancers in 2010 to dance for a national conference. Jessie has had training from several dance professionals such as John Corsa, Kim Robards, Jenny Backhaus, Brian Freedman, Wade Robson, Bebe Miller, and Donald McKayle. She has performed with professional companies such as Kim Robard’s Dance in CO and Backhausdance in CA. She has been dancing with WCDC since 2012. Dancing is her passion and she hopes to continue doing so for the rest of her life. When she isn’t dancing, she loves to go on adventures with her husband and two boys.
Sara studied at Brigham Young University where she graduated with a BA in Dance. While there, she had the privilege to work with and perform the repertoire of internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Donald McKayle and Bebe Miller. In 2012, Sara traveled to India with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre to perform and teach throughout the country. Along with India, Sara has also had the opportunity to dance in China and has valued being able to learn more about dance while abroad. She is currently adjunct faculty at BYU and absolutely loves teaching. This is Sara’s 3rd season with Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.
Coli grew up dancing and doing gymnastics. She graduated in 2014 with her BA in Dance Performance from BYU. While there, she danced and choreographed with BYU dancEnsemble for several seasons. She also played the lead role in BYU Young Company’s production of The Nightingale and traveled with them to China. She has taught at Legacy Dance Studio for five years, and now she’s excited to be dancing in her first season with WCDC! Coli lives in Provo with her husband, Stevie and daughter, Madelyn.
St. George, Utah
Claudia was born in El Salvador and grew up in St. George, Utah where she fell in love with dance. She graduated with a B.S is Dance Performance from Brigham Young University. There she had the opportunity to dance and perform with Contemporary dance theater, DanceEnsemble and Ballet Showcase. She earned her associate of science at Dixie State college and had the chance to dance with Dixie State dance company. She is also currently working towards a Yoga Teaching certification. She is thrilled to get to dance and teach with Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.
Kyla is currently finishing up her degree as a Dance Education major at Brigham Young University. She is completing her student teaching at Vista Heights Middle School and graduates in December. While at BYU, Kyla has had the chance to be a part of the Folk Dance back-up team, Kinnect, and dancEnsemble. She was also a member of Contemporary Dance Theater, traveling and performing in Eastern Europe. Last year she was a performer with Young Ambassadors, traveling and performing in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In 2013, Kyla volunteered in Southern India teaching life skills through dance to children from leprosy colonies. Kyla was also a Dance Major Student Representative, president of the Student Dance Education Organization, and an ArtsBridge Scholar. She loves to perform and has a passion for teaching.
Salt Lake City, UT
Angela graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Contemporary Dance. She danced with BYU Dancers’ Company for 3 years and performed and taught contemporary dance in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Midwestern United States. While at BYU, Angela received The Outstanding Female Performer Award and was awarded a dance performance scholarship. Angela performs with Legacy Dance Company in Salt Lake City and is excited to be a new member of Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company. Angela earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2014 and works as a clinical inpatient cardiology pharmacist.
Chelle studied at the University of Utah where she graduated with her BFA in Modern Dance. While there, she was on the Performing Dance Company, a member of the Hip-Hop club, a member of Orchesis, and acted as Senior Representative on the Student Advisory Committee. Chelle has had the privilege of working with dance professionals such as Steve Koester, Shaun Boyle, Eric Handman, Katie Scherman and Kate Wallich. She was invited to perform at the Breaking Ground Dance & Film Festival in Arizona, and was featured on the local news. Chelle has recently choreographed and presented her own works “Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet” and “Evaporating Veil” at the SKOBLU Series, and Shirts and Skins Dance Concert. She has also had the opportunity to work closely with the Utah Dance Film Festival organization and participate in several dance film projects as a dancer and co-director. Chelle is ecstatic to be dancing with WCDC this year and to continue to explore her need for movement.
Claire received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in the Spring of 2016. While there, Claire studied under highly esteemed dance professors such as Eric Handman, Daniel Clifton, Sharee Lane, Steve Koester, Pamela Handman, Shaun Boyle, Juan Carlos Claudio, and Satu Hammasti. Claire danced with The Performing Dance Company, Student Concert Series, Grad Thesis Salon, and the Senior Concert Series. Claire recently released her own choreographic work “Unspecified” in the SKOBLU Series, and “Five Minus One” in the Shirts and Skins Concert Two. In August of 2013, Claire joined the non-prophet organization Promethean Spark where she traveled to Nairobi Kenya to teach life skills through dance to impoverished children. Claire has also danced and worked with artists such as Lesley Telford (Netherlands Dance Theatre), Katie Sherman (Alonzo King LINES), and Kate Wallich (The YC).
Alyssa graduated from Utah Valley University in 2012 with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. She then completed an internship at Dance Place in Washington, D.C. Since returning from a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Alyssa continues to dance and choreograph. This is her second season with Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.
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