Spring 2019 Schedule – Jan. 29th – May 24th
Community Adult Classes
Ballet – Mondays – 6:15 p.m.
Taught by Katherine Rane
For those who have an interest in ballet, or if you took a ballet class years ago and need a refresher course, this class will start at the beginning and work through to an intermediate level.
Tap – Wednesdays – 6:00 p.m.
Taught by Becky Reed
Intro to Tap – A class designed for beginners who have always wanted to learn tap for pleasure or for those wanting to become familiar with basic technique for upcoming theatrical auditions. Fun for all!
Musical Theatre Movement / Jazz Dance – Wednesdays – 7:15 p.m.
Taught by Becky Reed
All level beginners encouraged. Basics will be taught that will be an advantage to those who are interested in musical theatre. Learn proper technique or brush up on upcoming auditions.
Modern – Thursdays – 6:00 p.m.
Taught by Jenny Mair
We will explore the fundamentals taught by Modern dance pioneers such as Graham, Limon, Horton, and Cunningham in order to address the full range of motion available to the body and used in contemporary dance. Special emphasis on core strength, spine articulation, and fluid floor work taught in a fun, friendly environment. Students are encouraged to register for the entire session as classwork will build upon itself from week to week. However, drop-ins are always welcome.
Company/ Advanced Adult Dancer Classes
Ballet – Mondays – 7:30 p.m.
Taught by Linda Gudmundson Wilson
Start your week with a ballet barre, stretches and center work. Work on flexibility, strengthening, sculpting, balance and grace in a relaxed and encouraging environment. This class is ideal for the mature adult student who has had experience in ballet. It is also useful to those returning to ballet after an extended break. A broad range of ability and experience is welcome.
Modern – Thursdays – 7:30 p.m.
– Rachel Holman – Jan 31 & Feb 7
– MASTER CLASS – SALT – Feb 21
– Jennie Grimes – Feb 28 & Mar 7
– Kathryn Holman – Mar 21 & Mar 28
– MASTER CLASS – Graham Brown – April 4
– Kathryn Holman – April 11
– Jenny Mair – April 25, May 2, May 9
– Troy McGee – May 16 & May 23
We will explore the fundamentals taught by Modern Dance pioneers such as Graham, Limon, Horton, and Cunningham in order to address the full range of motion available to the body and used in contemporary dance. Special emphasis on core strength, spine articulation, and fluid floor work taught in a fun, friendly environment. Students are encouraged to register for the entire session as classwork will build upon itself from week to week. However, drop-ins are always welcome.
The Electric Theater
68 East Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770
(Use the rear door and go downstairs)
Drop-in classes – $12
Class session – $100
Punch card – 5 punches for $40 ($8 a class!)
Linda Gudmundson Wilson: Company Ballet Instructor
Linda Gudmunson Wilson was allowed to dance with Virginia Tanner at the age of 3. She continued to study all sorts of dance throughout the Salt Lake Valley from many other very notable teachers. She moved to El Paso,Texas where she luckily found her place with the very wonderful Ingeborg Heuser and the UTEP Civic Ballet. She spent all of her high school years focusing on ballet technique and performance. Miss Heuser warned her she would want to teach someday. She returned to SLC to join Ballet West under the direction of Willam Christiansen and later under Bruce Marks. After rising to the rank of soloist she decided to head east. She went on a short stop-over to Minneapolis (mid-west) where she remained until she retired from the stage. There she was a principle dancer with Loyce Houlton’s The Minnesota Dance Theatre and Myron Johnson’s Ballet of the Dolls. Thanks to her husband Deward for pushing her to the dance scene in St. George, Utah. It’s happening!
Katherine Rane: Ballet Instructor
Katherine Dixon Rane began her dance studies doing ballet with the Academy of Nevada Dance Theater in Las Vegas at the age of ten. There she had many opportunities to perform in productions with the professional ballet company, Nevada Dance Theater (now known as Nevada Ballet Theater). As a young girl she was chosen by Nevada Dance Theater’s artistic director to perform solos in roles such as Clara in The Nutcracker.
In high school, she moved to St. George where she studied ballet with Gretchen Rowe at the Ballet Arts of Southern Utah. She auditioned and attended the Walnut Hill School in Boston, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, and the Houston Ballet Academy summer intensive workshops. She was also on her high school drill team for three years where she performed jazz, hip-hop, and modern extensively. She was the team captain her senior year and won first place in many solo dance competitions. She competed her solo jazz dance in the national competition in L.A. and was crowned first place Miss Dance/Drill Team USA and had the opportunity to represent the USA at the Miss Dance/Drill Team International competition in Adelaide, Australia where she also won first place and was given the City of Adelaide Award as well for scoring the highest of any dance number in the entire competition.
Katherine graduated Valedictorian of the Dance Department at Brigham Young University in April 2005. She performed for four years as a principal dancer with the BYU ballet companies on full academic and dance scholarships. While at BYU, she was also invited to teach some of the beginning and intermediate college ballet classes during her senior year.
Katherine has performed and taught dance throughout the country. She danced professionally as a principal artist with Utah Regional Ballet (now known as Utah Metropolitan Ballet) for three seasons where she performed roles in both contemporary and classical repertoire such as the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in Jacqueline Colledge’s The Nutcracker. She joined Saint Paul City Ballet in 2010 and danced for three seasons as a soloist before retiring from her performing career. Katherine has enjoyed teaching ballet as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT and at various studios throughout the Midwest and Western United States. She is happy to be back in the beautiful desert with her husband and three active children.
Becky Reed: Tap and Musical Theatre/Jazz Dance Instructor
Becky Reed has more than 40 years as dance/ fine arts educator; originally from So. California where her dance experience began, she has lived in St. George for the last 27 years. Now retired from WCSD, she earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, certified in Dance Education, Health Education & Physical Education. Recently, she has been appointed as Artistic Director for the St. George Dance Company. Becky has choreographed Brigadoon, Singin’ In the Rain, Best of Broadway, Hello Dolly, Marvelous Wonderettes, and Beauty & the Beast for SGMT, South Pacific for Brigham’s Playhouse and Young Frankenstein for Stage Door.
Jenny Mair – Modern Dance Instructor
Jenny enjoys choreographing and teaching for the vibrant, artistic dance community in St. George. She is thrilled to be teaching and choreographing with St. George Dance Company this season. She brings a refreshingly diverse and eclectic sense as an artist and enjoys experiencing new places and creating new connections through dance.
Jenny received an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has had the opportunity to choreograph, perform, and teach in Greece, Belgium, Italy, France, Tokyo, Hawaii, and Utah. She has participated in the Red Rock Dance Festival, Asian-Pacific Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, and was invited to take company class for three seasons with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Jenny received her BA in Ballet from Brigham Young University, performing and touring four seasons with Theatre Ballet Company, and later with Rocky Mountain Ballet Company.
As well as working with SGDC, Jenny teaches at Dixie State University in the Dance Department and Westside Studio of the Performing Arts. Jenny is currently setting work for the dance program’s upcoming faculty concert, and recently choreographed for DSU Theatre Department, Alice in Wonderland. She choreographs internationally and locally, teaching master classes in ballet and contemporary/modern dance styles. She will be dance faculty this summer, at the three-week summer intensive, in Florence, Italy.
The St. George Dance Company admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, program and activities federally accorded or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs other administered programs.