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!!!

Emily Rose

Emily Rowe is a 22-year-old from Kaysville, Utah. She is currently a student at Brigham Young University studying Elementary Education and Dance. Emily grew up training in Ballet at Clytie Adams School of Ballet for 11 years. One of her favorite memories as a young girl was dancing in The Nutcracker each winter. It wasn’t until High School that Emily found a love for modern/contemporary dance. As a member of her high school’s modern dance company, she grew to love moving in ways she never had before. Emily has enjoyed diving into a deeper study of dance at BYU. As a member of BYU’s “Kinect” Dance Company, Emily worked with other dancers to create a contemporary dance lecture demonstration that blended math concepts with dance.

The company toured 20 schools across Utah County last spring, performing this show and teaching creative dance lessons to children grades K-6. Emily absolutely loves children and enjoys helping them through dance. She began teaching at Dance La Vie Academy in August 2018 and has been substituting ballet, jazz, & tap classes at DLA for a year and a half. To Emily, dancing is simply FUN. She enjoys throwing “Zumba Parties” with her friends, finding new ways to move, and helping kids learn to love dance.

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!

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