Jessica Wilcox Heaton
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 worked diligently to increase professional dance in Utah County, dedicating countless hours to both the administrative and artistic demands of the company. During her years as company director, Jessica has created 34 major works of choreography, directed 18 shows, and developed the company’s educational outreach programs. Jessica’s choreography has also been commissioned by Studio C, Deseret Book, Mystery Box, and Snow College. Heaton has also volunteered her time with many arts organizations including Artist, Interrupted, Women’s Artistic Leadership Initiative, and Utah Dance Film Festival. When Jessica isn’t in the studio, she likes to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and two children.
Jocelyn Smith is a native to the Wasatch Front. As a dynamic performer with a wide range of expression she has been featured throughout the years in many solos and duets – one of which was a duet representing Utah Valley University at the National American College Dance Festival in Washington, DC. Other highlights include performing with the Penguin Lady Dance Collective, Walt Disney World, multiple freelance projects, and Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company for 6 seasons. She has set work for WCDC, Brine Dance Collective, The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, and numerous high schools and studios. Her piece Remember When… won Utah Metropolitan Ballet’s Choreography Design Competition in 2017. She has recently dived into the world of Dance Film and is eager to expand her projects and collaborate in this new medium.
Heather Nielsen Norton
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.
Assistant to the Director
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.
Company Teacher, Choreographer
Jaclyn Brown is a movement artist residing in Orem, Utah. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance Performance from Utah Valley University, where she is currently an adjunct professor. Jaclyn performed and toured professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre immediately upon graduating from university, with a tenure of seven consecutive seasons from 2014-2021. During her time there, Jaclyn was privileged to work with renowned artists such as Danielle Agami, Nina Watt, Zvi Gotheiner, and Bebe Miller. Jaclyn now functions as a freelance artist, focusing on the balance of a dancer’s life intertwined with family life. She believes in movement as a vehicle for human connection, and explores this theme within her choreographic processes. Her movement vocabulary centers on outward expression of the internal being as a primary motivator, and how the artist emerges in the space after traditional technique.
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, LajaMartin, and many more throughout the northwestern region. A few highlights of her university years include performing in the American College Dance Association National Festival held in Washington DC and the Research Forum Ireland Conference. Lyndi is constantly striving to learn while pushing the envelope and creating new perspectives. Lyndi performed with WCDC for 3 seasons before becoming a Company Teacher for WCDC.
Cainan is a graduate from Wichita State University with a BFA in Dance. While attending WSU, Cainan performed and toured with Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater and Alethia Mime Theater. Additionally he has attended Salt Lake Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, working with choreographers and teachers such as Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Charles Anderson. Cainan performed with WCDC for 2 years before becoming a Company Teacher for WCDC.
Abby Brumbeloe was born in Birmingham, Alabama and trained with Briarwood Ballet and Oklahoma City Ballet Company. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance at Troy University. During her time at Troy University, she had the privilege of working with Daniel Gwirtzman, Dante Puleio, Dominque Angel, Keven Stea, Thang Dao, and James Boyd. Abigail has also performed at Alabama Dance Festival and the DAP Festival in Pietrasanta, Italy.
Kenzie graduated from Wichita State University with a BFA in Dance. During her time there she attended American Dance Festival, Salt Dance Festival and toured to Mexico with Wichita Contemporary Dance Company. This allowed her to work with choreographers such as Darrell Grand Moultrie, Charles Anderson, and Jamie Walker. She also performed with Chandler Dances on stage and in community spaces as well as with Alithea Mime Theater both on stage and as an entertainer for parties. Kenzie continues to perform with Automic Lotus Industries at live events and on film. Since graduation she has guest performed for Raw Focus, JK Studios and Newbrese Dance Project. She continues to freelance as a sword balancer and living statue.
Lauren Halversen graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. While at BYU, she performed with Theatre Ballet, BYU’s top performing ballet company, as well as dancEnsemble. Highlights from her career include performing works by Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, and Eva Stone.
During her studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Christi represented the dance program in performances across Costa Rica, Panama, Canada, New England, and the Midwest 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 graduating, 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 has danced with WCDC since 2017.
Originally from Vernal Utah, McCall received her BA in Dance and a minor in Media Arts in her home state at Brigham Young University. While a student, she taught clogging, and performed with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater and the International Folk Dance Ensemble. She has performed at the Breaking Ground Festival in AZ, the Dumbo Dance Festival in NY, the American College Dance Association in UT and WA, and in Europe at the B12 festival, Impulstanz, and the New Prague Dance Festival. McCall is also heavily involved in the screen dance scene in the intermountain area.
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. Alyssa’s favorite part of dancing is problem solving. She enjoys helping create solutions to movement patterns or partnering. Dance has always been a passion, a release and a joy for her. Along with dancing, Alyssa enjoys being active outdoors, doing projects, spending time with family, and doing hair.
Wasatch II member
Breah Duschl is a dancer from Toledo, Ohio. She recently graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Wright State University. In her time at Wright State she completed a season with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in their second company. Breah has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Ray Mercer and Christian Denice and has studied under a multitude of teachers including Dwight Rhoden and Donald Byrd.
Wasatch II member
Megan started dancing before she could walk, she trained at a studio for 16 years, and was lucky enough to go to a performing arts high school for 3. While Megan was at BYU, she had the privilege of dancing with Ballet Showcase, DancEnsemble, and Contemporary Dance Theatre. As a student Megan was privileged to go on a Europe study abroad where she learned about dance and the impact it has all over the world. Megan just recently graduated from BYU with her BFA in dance, and plans on performing, teaching, and choreographing. Megan plans on returning to graduate school to study Choreography and Dance.
Wasatch II member
Lyndsi grew up in Eagle, Idaho where she has been dancing and performing since she was 10 years old. She has lived all around Utah for the past 8 years since she received her BFA in Dance Performance from Brigham Young University, where she performed with DancEnsemble and Contemporary Dance Theatre. While attending BYU she traveled to China for a dance study abroad where she had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with dance students at Wuxi Culture and Art School and Beijing Minzu University. Lyndsi has also had the privilege to learn from and collaborate with professionals such as Natalie Desch, Daniel Charon, Ihsan Rustem, Sarah Pearson and Patrik Widrig. Since graduating, Lyndsi has been a part of multiple companies and projects around Utah, including Body Logic Dance, Onsite Mobile Dance Series and most recently Salt Pro where she was under the direction of Courtney Mazeika. Lyndsi has a strong belief in movement being a healing for the soul as well as its power to communicate stories, thoughts and ideas that words can not express. Lyndsi is beyond excited and overjoyed to continue her story through movement with Wasatch Contemporary Dance this season.
Wasatch II member
Sasha Rydlizky grew up in Ellsworth, Maine. She graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and minor in Arts Administration, with additional training abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts. She has had the pleasure of performing work by Christina Robson, Lucinda Childs, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Taryn Russel and Kevin Wynn, among others. After working in NYC with collaborators including Chloe London Dance, Michelle Thompson, and Alison Cook Beatty Dance, she recently relocated to Salt Lake City. Currently, she is dancing with Peter Stathas Dance, Oquirrh West Project and Wasatch II, and is a passionate teacher of dance and yoga.