MEET THE COMPANY


 

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company-36Jessica Wilcox Heaton

Artistic Director

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, 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.

 

 

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company-162Rachel Robison

Associate Director

Madison, Wisconsin

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.

 

 

DSC_0945Heather Nielsen Norton

Associate Director

Lindon, Utah

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 and Yoga Vega. Yoga has always been an avenue for Heather to increase her physical and mental strength as a dancer and athlete.

 

 

Dance - Jessie-13Jessie McCloskey 

Assistant to the Director

Johnstown, Colorado

Jessie received a BA in dance at BYU where she was a member of dancEnsemble for 3 years. She went to Prague with a small group of BYU dancers in 2010 to dance for a national storytelling conference. Jessie has had training from several dance professionals such as 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.

 

 

35553417_10216461114257772_915027367775174656_nElisabeth Allred

Heidelberg, Germany

Elisabeth Allred recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Dance and a BA in German Studies. During her time at BYU, she had the privilege of being a member of BYU’s DancEnsemble, Ballroom Dance Company, and Contemporary Dance Theatre. A few highlights of her studies include performing PEARSON WIDRIG’s Ordinary Festivals and José Limón’s A Choreographic Offering, as well as going on a dance study abroad to China. At the end of her senior year, she was also honored to be awarded BYU’s contemporary dance area Outstanding Performer Award. She is now enjoying her second season dancing with WCDC.

 

 

Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company-74Sara Beach

Springville, Utah

  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.

 

 

29315221_10211860606847506_1146873679122102824_nLyndi Coles

Lyndi is a graduate from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. While attending UVU, Lyndi had many opportunities to represent the dance program while working with various artists such as Andy Noble, Bradley Michaud, Daniel Charon, Natasha Washington, Stephen Koester, Sarah Donohue, Daniel Higgins, LashaMartin, and many more throughout the northwestern region. A few highlights of her years at the university were performing in the American College Dance Association National Festival (ACDA) held in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center in 2015, and the Research Forum Ireland Conference titled UpRising in New York City of that same year. Being a growing artist, Lyndi is constantly striving to learn more while pushing the envelope and creating new perspectives. She loves working in her community through the use of dance to further these explorations and is thrilled to be performing as a member of Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.

 

 

29572209_10156235813146591_7463388163720176112_nChristi Harris

Taber, Alberta, Canada

During her studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Christi represented the dance program in performances across Costa Rica, Panama, Canada, New England, and the Mid-West in a variety of styles from contemporary and ballet to tap and Russian. She taught in the foot works classes during her time in school.  Upon Graduation, Christi worked as an apprentice for Navdhara Indian Dance Theatre in Mumbai, India. She performed their work “Amaara” by Ashley Lobo with the company and had the opportunity to teach technique classes throughout the city during her time in India. Since returning to America, she has been performing as a freelance acrobat for various events in Salt Lake City and is a company member for WCDC.

 

 

Wasatch-111Angela Kowalski

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 loves being a member of Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company. Angela earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2014 and works as a clinical inpatient cardiology pharmacist.

 

 

IMG_20160401_183557Morgan Phillips

Mesa, AZ

Morgan trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she performed works by Ohad Naharin (staged by Bobbi Jene Smith), Alex Ketley, and Courtney Mazeika. She also trained with New Dialect in Nashville, TN where she worked with Banning Bouldin and Navarra Novy-Williams. She has done workshops with LajaMartin, Repertory Dance Theater and Chuck Jones. From 2015-2018, she danced with SALT II as well as apprenticed with SALT. There she performed original works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Katie Sherman, Brendan Duggan, Ching Ching Wong, Gabrielle Lamb, Joni McDonald and various other choreographers.  She is now a freelance dancer in Salt Lake City as well as a new company member of WCDC.

 

 

snow photos-1Alyssa Richardson

Spanish Fork, UT

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.

 

 

JocelynJocelyn Smith

Orem, UT

During her studies at Utah Valley University, Jocelyn represented the dance program in performances across Europe, New York, Florida, and several northwestern states. A highlight of these performances was a duet, Still Life With Flight by Sarah Donohue, which was selected to perform in the National American College Dance Festival in Washington D.C. Her choreography includes The Round Robin Project, a show she choreographed, directed, and produced for the Salt Lake Fringe Festival. She recently won the Metropolitan Ballet Choreography Design Competition with her piece Remember When…. She has performed with and reset pieces for local universities with The Penguin Lady Dance Collective. Jocelyn is currently enjoying her time teaching at Provo High School and being a member of Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company.

 

 

Apprentices:

jonJon Fox

 

Wasatch II:

Amy Call

Claudia Calder

Laycee Houghton-Barnett

Ken Nukaya

Chase Thomas

 

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