Staff

*Jerica Di Cesare (JD)

Dance La Vie’ Academy Owner

(See About DLA)

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*Connie Burton (CB)

Connie is the founding artistic director of Rocky Mountain Ballet and Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet. A native of Utah, Connie began her professional ballet training with Willam F. Christensen at the University of Utah and with Ballet West, performing locally and nationally in solo roles such as Merlitons and Spanish in The Nutcracker, Spring in Cinderella, and in Octet, Swan Lake, and principal in Pas de Dix.

Connie joined the ballet faculty of Brigham Young University in 1977, where her choreographic credits include Tandelei (Faure), Sleeping Beauty, Ballet for Farce, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Love and Passion (Faure), Popcorn, Ameno (Enigma, re-mix by Dj Quicksilver), Eppur Si Muove (Enigma), Sweet Lullaby (Deep Forestand Enigma). While at the University she was principal teacher and co-director of BYU’s Youth Artists ballet program.In 1995, Connie opened the Rocky Mountain Ballet School of Classical Ballet, now Rocky Mountain Ballet, with its resident company, Rocky Mountain Repertory Ballet. At RMB, Dance La Vie’, and The Dance Club, she continues to train young dancers with her commitment to professional quality and discipline.She masterfully balances her classes with the elements of hard work, creativity and music, instilling in her students a love, respect and her undying passion for the art of ballet.

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*Madi Hacking (MH)

Madi Hacking has a deep passion for dance and choreography, with training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theater, Polynesian, Indian, Irish, and Country Swing dance styles, to name a few. She was the Director and principal teacher of Shining Stars Dance Company for 6 years, providing instruction and fun through summer camps for children ages 2-15. Additional teaching credits include work with Ballet Austin’s Creative Movement program, James Bowie High School Silver Stars, and 3 Austin-area middle school dance teams, as well as private lessons and master classes. Madi’s choreography has won awards at State Dance Championships for both ensemble and solo pieces, and she herself has had the pleasure of working under/with Thayne Jasperson and Kherington Payne of So You Think You Can Dance, Desmond Richardson – co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Kilgore College Rangerettes – the world’s first collegiate drill team, Lane Napper at Broadway Dance Center in New York, and members of Odyssey Dance Theatre. She is currently studying Dance and English Teaching at Brigham Young University.

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*Erika Cox (EC)

Erika Cox grew up dancing at American Expression of Dance in Sandy, Utah. In high school, she was on Alta’s Dance Company for all three years and served in the position of a choreographer where she had the opportunity have crafting various pieces for the team. She was a member of the BYU Cougarettes for 3 years and was captain for 2 of those years. She is excited to enter her second year as Cougarettes assistant coach and enjoys serving the National-championship team. Erika has choreographed for dance studios all over Utah and has also been working for Precision Dance Camps as an instructor. Her Dance La Vie’ competition team “Company Prep” has gone an entire season undefeated and achieved multiple specialty awards such as Judges Choice Award. Erika is currently majoring in exercise and wellness and her biggest love is choreographing and teaching.

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*Elizabeth Golding (EG)

Elizabeth Anne Harrison Grew up in Provo, Utah and attended Provo High School.  She was a three-year member of their Dance Company and served as Vice President for 2 years and President as a Senior. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and hasn’t stopped since! She grew up dancing in many different styles: tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, and contemporary from various studios including Heart ‘N Soul and The Pointe Academy.  Her competitive dance years won her numerous titles in Advanced categories including, but not limited to: Overall Champion, High Point Winner, Best Choreography, and Best Technique.  When she was a junior in high school, she had the opportunity to dance with the renowned Odyssey2 Company for a year. While she was on the company, she had various chances to perform with the professional Odyssey Dance Theater in their production of Thriller and Redux nutcracker.  Currently, Lizzy is dancing with the National Championship Utah Valley Dance Team. They are currently 2017 Collegiate National Champions and also won the Grand Champion Battle against other talented schools such as San Diego and Brigham Young University.  She is attending UVU as a full time student studying Humanities while teaching dance classes around the Valley. In her time off, she enjoys doing anything outdoors and hanging out with her fiance! She loves teaching and dancing and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else!

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*Adriane Skousen (AS)

Adriane Skousen is accomplished in multiple styles of dance and has taught dance in local dance studios such as ConfiDance, American Leadership Academy and at Orem High School.    She is a gifted  choreographer, but also has received acclaim for her artwork and  photography, receiving the  title of All-State Artist and the coveted “You Were Framed”  award.   Her photography has been featured  in the Springville Museum of Art and in the Barns and Noble book store.   Adriane  is also a gifted writer, artist, decorator, actress and model.    Adriane graduated in ’08 with honors in Dance, English and Photography.
Adriane says “Dance has brought me a lot of great times and memories.  It has also kept me out of trouble and has taught me a number of life lessons I feel are very important for a person to learn.  If it weren’t for dance, I wouldn’t be the person I am today!  I want to teach young ones  that dance can be such a great expression of oneself and we need to cherish it!”

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*Camille Whatcott (CW)

Camille Whatcott is an incredible student and leader in both the home, school, and dance setting.  She has obtained scholarships from various conventions including: Jump, Nuvo, and Nexus.  She was selected for a Ballet West summer intensive showing promising potential and dedication.  She choreographed a Nationals High Point routine and has won numerous overall high point awards for her performances over the past 4 years from competitions including Dance America, World Class Dance Nationals, Solo Championship, GottaMove, and Will Dance For Kids Project. She won artistic creativity at Nationals and top 5 workshop attendee for Summer Slam dance camp.  She has taken dance classes to broaden her experiences in New York (Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, Steps On Broadway), Idaho (Nexus Convention), and LA (Millennium Dance, The Edge).  Her team and her solos have won multiple 1st place awards over the past few years and many specialty awards such as: Judges Choice, Best Choreography, High Point, and Top Studio.
She has been Dance La Vie’ Competitor President for 3 years and finds many ways each year to excel and grow in her position.  She is able to work with all types of dancers/peers and stay on top of the needs of her team and other competitors.  She has taught multiple dance classes and camps over the last few years and assisted DLA owner Jerica for 3 years, refining her leadership skills.
Camille has been on the Timpview Dance Company as an active member and choreographer and enjoys being involved in her school programs and participating in the opportunities they offer such as The Shakespeare Festival.  She is a member of the National Honors Society, a Lifeguard with CPR/First-Aid certifications, the most requested swim-instructor, a fabulous and dependable Dance La Vie’ staff member, and an oldest child of 5 that strives to help with family and sibling responsibilities.  She hopes to be a 2nd grade teacher one day and continue to spread her love for learning.
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*Bailey Johsnon (BJ)
 
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 *Deon Thomas (DT)
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Guest Instructors/Choreographers:
*Kayla Bagshaw
*Carlson Fillmore
*Kirra Cook
*Summer Telesco
*Kami Reiser
*Olivia Ogden
*Hillary Ivie
*Leeza Stephens

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