Company Teachers

Jaclyn Brown

Company Teacher

Jaclyn Brown resides in Orem, Utah where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance Performance from Utah Valley University (2014). Upon graduating, Jaclyn performed and toured professionally as a Dance Artist with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) for seven consecutive seasons (2014-2021). During her time with RDT, Jaclyn worked under the direction of renowned artists such as Nina Watt, Zvi Gotheiner, Danielle Agami, and Bebe Miller. Afterwards, Jaclyn attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Performance and Choreography (2023). While in grad school, her choreographic work “Resonate” was nominated to perform in the North-Central Region closing gala at the American College Dance Association Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska. Simultaneously, Jaclyn also began working with Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company as a Company Teacher,
choreographer, and performer. Jaclyn’s interests lie in striking a balance between the life of a dance artist and the life of a mother with a family. Her most recent evening-length work MATRIARCH (2023) explored embodied research on the topic of maternity in dance, probing how the experiences of motherhood challenge expectations of how a dancer should look or behave, while celebrating the art form through which she finds solace. Jaclyn currently teaches all levels of Contemporary and Modern Dance Technique Forms as Adjunct Faculty at Brigham Young University.

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Lyndi Coles

Company Teacher

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. 

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Rachel Robison

Head Company Teacher

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.

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Heather Nielsen Norton

Company Teacher

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.

Shani Robison

Company Teacher

Shani Robison earned her B.A. in Dance in 1995 and her M.A. in Dance with a Performance and Choreography emphasis in 1999 from Brigham Young University. Shani is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Chrysalis Ballet and teaches and choreographs for professional dance companies and schools throughout Utah. Shani was a tenured full-time professor of ballet in the BYU Department of Dance for 19 years where she directed the BYU ballet program for 9 years, directed both ballet companies for a total of 15 years, and taught all levels of ballet technique, pointe, and variations; additionally instructing academic courses such as Dance History and Introduction to Dance. Shani is certified in Stott Pilates Reformer and Mat for all levels, American Ballet Theatre’s National Curriculum Pre-Primary through Levels 5, and Progressing Ballet Technique. 

Shani is currently professional faculty at Central Utah Ballet and Lifehouse Academy of the Arts. Additionally, Shani has been professional faculty and/or taught intensives/master classes at these and other dance schools throughout Utah such as Imagine Ballet Theatre, Utah Dance Institute, Ballet West Academy, Odyssey Dance Utah, The Dance Club, Center Stage, The Pointe Academy, and the Rocky Mountain School of Classical Ballet. Outside of Utah she has taught master classes at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Creative Arts Center in Helena, Montana; Regional Dance America, Pacific Region Festivals; American College Dance Festivals, Northwest Region; Ballet Idaho; College of Southern Idaho; and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Throughout her career, Shani has choreographed 4 original ballet productions and restaged 2 iconic full-length classical ballets as well as restaged excerpts and sections from at least 5 other classical ballets. Shani has also choreographed 30 contemporary ballet works, 13 classical/neoclassical ballet works, 4 opera productions, and 2 musical theatre productions. For her contemporary ballet choreography Shani has received international, national, and regional recognition, with her works selected and performed at the Florence Dance Festival, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, American College Dance Association Festival (ACDA), and the Utah Metropolitan Ballet’s Professional Division of the Choreographic Design Project. In 2023, Shani’s newest work “Fractured” was recognized as a finalist in the Online International Dance Competition and won the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival. As the award for winning that festival, Shani created a fully produced concert of her work in October 2023 at the Peery Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah. 

In addition to creative works, Shani has presented ballet pedagogical and historical research internationally and nationally at conferences in Austria, Greece, Toronto, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Utah.  She is a professional member and former President and Treasurer of CORPS de Ballet, International, and was a professional member of both the National Dance Education Organization and Utah Dance Education Organization.