Meet our Instructors

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Addison Daniel Rose

Addison began his dance training while studying on scholarship in Rock Springs, Wyoming at Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC). It was during his courses in dance with Nathan Balsar that he discovered a love for dancing. At WWCC Addison enjoyed performing as a member of the Desert Dance Theatre. In 2012 Addison received his Associate of Fine Arts in Musical Theater, with an emphasis in Dance. Shortly after receiving his degree from WWCC he was admitted into the Ballet Program at Utah Valley University (UVU). While at UVU he was fortunate to be a member of the Repertory Ballet Ensemble for two years.

Addison’s repertoire includes classical pieces such as Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, and La Bayadere, as well as contemporary works by Heather Gray, Mark Borchelt, and Carley Conder. In 2016 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, with an emphasis in Ballet. Throughout his education, Addison has had many opportunities to develop his technique and style. It was during a course in Ballet Pedagogy that he discovered his love for teaching. As part of his senior capstone project, Addison was tasked with choreographing a piece for InSight: A New Perspective. it was through these experiences that Addison realized his passion for teaching, and is now working to pass that same love for ballet on to others.

Cortney Blair

Cortney has been in love with dance for over twenty-five years. She has engaged with many genera, including stage and musical theater, competitive baton twirling, acrobatic arts, competitive dance, cheerleading, and of course her passions jazz and contemporary. Her training is extensive. She is classically trained in Cicchetti from the Lancaster School of Ballet in Pennsylvania.

While living in NYC she majored in contemporary and jazz under Shelia Barker at Broadway Dance Center. She holds Module 1 and 2 certifications from Acrobatic Arts, and most recently she completed a 300-hr Yoga Alliance certification. Cortney, however, is foremost a teacher. In more than fifteen years of teaching, she has developed her own style and technique, centered around four wholistic concepts. Have fun, be inspired, work hard and grow from the experience.

When not teaching, Cortney spends most of her time with her dogs, family, and friends. She also is an avid rock climber and enjoys hitting the slopes on a powder day.

Sierra Lawrence

Sierra has been dancing since the age of 5 and ever since then it has been her passion. She has had over 17 years of training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, lyrical, and contemporary. She also has had numerous performance opportunities which include performing at the Barceló Maya Beach Resort in Cancun Mexico, Utah Jazz Halftime, ABC Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, Shut Up and Dance with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Art with Heart (a benefit concert for Shriners Hospital), numerous roles in Rocky Mountain Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker and Coppelia, with Mountain West Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppelia and most recently being selected to perform as a Stadium of Fire Specialty Dancer under the direction of Lauralyn Kofford. She has also had the chance to train and take class from numerous dance professionals which include, but are not limited to Travis Wall, Eddy Moody, Nick Lazzarini, DJ Guthrie, Kurtis Sprung, Will Thomas, Allison Holker, Stephan “tWitch” Boss, Nappytabs, Christian Vincent, Ayodele Casel, Joey Dowling, Mandy Moore, Jackie Ford, Mollee Gray, Andy Pellick, Liz Imperio, Kent Boyd, Josh Killacky, Brian and Scott Nicholson, Yanis Marshall and Albert Blaise Cattafi. The highlight of her training was touring with LA Dance Magic Convention where she was selected as a company member for two years where she has been able to train, assist the convention staff in workshop classes and perform under the direction of Jackie Sleight and Dave Carter.

She is currently attending Utah Valley University, where she will be studying nursing. Being so busy with school she is so grateful for the opportunity to teach and continue to share her passion for dance. She looks forward to teaching every day, as it is the highlight of her week. She loves to have fun with her students and make classes a really positive experience. Dance is LIFE!

Myranda Scherschlight

Myranda is from Columbus Ohio but has spent most of her life in Midvale, Utah where she has been dancing for 17 years. She is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. She is currently attending Utah Valley University where she is studying Physical Education and Health. Myranda is a current member of the 2018 National Champion Utah Valley Dance Team. She will be a returning third-year officer for the UVU Dance team. While in high school Myranda participated in the Miss Drill Pageant for four years and was crowned Miss Teen Drill Utah 2013 as a freshman.

Myranda was a member of Hillcrest Drill for 4 years and was the head captain her senior year leading her team to the 2016 4A State Title. She is now continuing her passion and love for drill by being part of the coaching staff for the State and National Championship Drill Team at Hillcrest High School. Myranda is so excited for this upcoming season!!!

Elizabeth Crandall

Elizabeth Crandall is a dancer, choreographer and arts administrator from Provo, Utah. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a BFA in modern dance with a minor in Theatre Arts from Utah Valley University. She began dancing in high school, taking school classes as well as attending Legacy Dance Studio, dancing on both her high school and studio dance company. She was selected as Provo High School’s Dance Sterling Scholar, which included a full year scholarship award. Elizabeth has been seen many times on stage in both musical theater and dance performances. Recent theater credits include A Christmas Carol (Hale Center Theater Orem), Big River (SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater) and Brigadoon (SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater) as Jeanie McLaren, the featured ballet soloist. Her dance credits include UVU’s Diverge and two years on UVU’s Synergy Dance Company. Choreography credits include Cultivating Dust (UVU Humanities Symposium), Chaplin’s Trio (Choreography Club at UVU), and a variety of junior musicals at the Hale Center Theater Orem.  She recently attended the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Musical Theater Dance Intensive where she studied under Broadway dancers including Julie Pappas-Smith, Michelle Chasse, Kyle Brown and Larry Sousa. Elizabeth loves performing and is excited for her up-and-coming career!


Kilynn was born and raised here in Provo, Utah. At the young age of 5 she began dancing. She practiced all styles of dance. Ballroom, modern, jazz, hip hop, pointe, tap and more. Hip Hop has always been her favorite. Kilynn danced 6 or 7 days a week and would dance in the Stadium of Fire every year. You could always find her practicing or choreographing dances when she was not in class. Kilynn began teaching the younger children as a way to help her pay for her tuition. Not only did she fall in love with these kids but she had the opportunity to watch many of them grow into amazing dancers. Kilynn loved the competition and choreographed several of her own solos. When she was in High School she took a break from the competition teams to dance with Provo High’s Dance Company as well as cheering on the Varsity Cheer squad. Once she graduated she realized just how much she missed dancing with DLA and came back to perform in Thriller. Kilynn is a DLA Alumni and very excited to be back in the studio assisting the young girls again!
Dance has always been a great way to deal with lifes trials and Kilynn feels it is an art that she wants to help these kids learn.

Mackenzie Saunooke 

Born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona where Mackenzie started dancing at the age of 4. There she trained in the styles jazz, contemporary, hip-hip, tap and Pom. Ever since a young age she has been on a part of the competition team at her studio and danced for many competitions. At these competitions has won numerous scholarships and awards. At the age of 16 Mackenzie was accepted into Ballet Arizona’s Summer Program, where she worked on her ballet technique and knowledge on ballet. She got to work with ballet choreographers from all over the world. In 2018 she was accepted onto the Utah Valley Dance Team. Where her and her team won 1st at UDA nationals and also won Gold at ICU worlds. Mackenzie has enjoyed choreographing group and solo routines for studios.Mackenzie is excited to be apart of the DLA family and can’t wait to watch all the students grow throughout the year. 

Alonso O’Brien

Alonso is originally from Santiago, Chile and trained in Hip-Hop. His dance education has come from professional studios and workshops from across the world such as Millenium, 1 Million Studio, and Center Stage Performing Arts. He has been dancing and teaching since 2013 with teaching experience from The Dance Club, UVU, The Dance Conservatory, Center stage, COPA and more. He also has created his own workshop masterclasses such as the Winter F.W.D (Friends Who Dance) Workshop. Dance has given him the opportunity to travel the world and tour as a performer in countries such as China, South Korea, and Chile, dancing along with the American Dance Troupe and collaborating in music videos with choreographers across the globe. “From all the experience I’ve received I still believe that being a student will always come first, and from there on I hope I can teach and improve lives through dance” – Alonso O’Brien

Audrey Higley

This is Audrey’s second year teaching dance after graduating from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a BA in Dance. There she studied ballet, contemporary, and other dance forms including tap, Polynesian, jazz, and hip-hop. She performed on Ballet Showcase twice and once with Theatre Ballet. She received her early dance education from Ceyhun Ozsoy and at Ballet Austin Academy in Austin, Texas. Above all, Audrey believes everyone can dance and can gain valuable life skills from taking dance classes. She is super excited to be joining DLA!

Nicole Dugdale

Nicole grew up in Texas and Missouri, where she was a competitive gymnast for seven years. She studied ballet and jazz throughout high school, as well as participating in theater and music performances. She attended BYU on scholarship and graduated in 2014 with her BA in Dance Performance. While at BYU, she performed and choreographed with DancEnsemble. She studied modern, contemporary, ballet, and jazz and had the opportunity to TA all levels of jazz classes at BYU. She also starred in The Nightingale, a children’s play that toured in China and throughout Utah. Nicole also enjoys performing and choreographing professionally with Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company. She has been teaching dance to all ages for eight years and has been awarded Teacher of the Year and multiple Best Choreography awards. She loves being a mom to her two little girls as well as teaching and mentoring young dancers.

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