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Fall 2020

Community Adult Classes (age 14 & up)

Adult Ballet – Mondays – 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Taught by Katherine Rane
For those who have a new 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.
This class will be held in the basement of the Electric Theatre.

Advanced Ballet – Mondays – 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Taught by Linda Gudmundson
For high intermediate or advanced dancers with ballet experience  (either currently or years ago). This dynamic class will help you strengthen and refine your technique!  Instructor will give options to either modify or challenge yourself further.
This class will be held in the basement of the Electric Theatre.

Intermediate Ballet (Mornings) – Tuesdays & Thrusday – 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Taught by Jenny Mair
An inclusive energetic Adult Ballet Class offered for those seeking to re-enter their former training of ballet.  This class covers the basic ballet skills for a continuation of building into intermediate ballet classwork with engaging combinations.  A great way to reconnect with dance,  regain strength, flexibility, endurance, and muscle tone.
This class will be held in the basement of the Electric Theatre

Dance for Humans – Wednesdays – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Taught by Matti Parker
Dance for Humans – Dance basics, structured imporvisation, great workout, full body movement, connection to music! All the benefits of dance without the stress of learning choreography or being in front of a mirror. Just moving and enjoying moving!
This class will be held in the Electric Theater

Beginning Tap – Wenesdays – 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
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!
This class will be held at The Amarican Cloggers Studio (By Bloomington Walmart)

Intermediate Tap – Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Are you already familiar with tap? Did you take the beginning class? Then attend this class to be challenged! Full routines, complex steps, faster foot movement will be taught here. You’ll exit the class a better tapper.
This class will be held at The Amarican Cloggers Studio (By Bloomington Walmart)

Advanced Tap – Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Are you already familiar with tap? Did you take the beginning class? Then attend this class to be challenged! Full routines, complex steps, faster foot movement will be taught here. You’ll exit the class a better tapper.
This class will be held at The American Cloggers Studio (By Bloomington Walmart)

BEGINNING Contemporary – Thrusday – 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Taught by Rachel Blackford
We will be exploring fundamental movement principles of modern dance in order to address the full range of motion available to the body and used in contemporary dance. All are invited who hope to gain a better understanding of the structure and functionality of our bodies and its capacity for movement, and the joy that comes from moving!
This class will be held in the basement of the Electric Theatre.

ADV Contemporary – Thursdays – 6:45 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Taught by Jennie Jones
This class is only for advanced Dancers. 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.

Intermediate Contemporary – TUESDAY – 6:45 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Taught by Rachel Blackford
We will be exploring fundamental movement principles of modern dance in order to address the full range of motion available to the body and used in contemporary dance. All are invited who hope to gain a better understanding of the structure and functionality of our bodies and its capacity for movement, and the joy that comes from moving!
This class will be held up at the Social Hall. (212 N Main Street)


Location:
The Electric Theater
68 East Tabernacle,  St. George, UT 84770
(Use the rear door and go downstairs)

American Cloggers Studio
2628 Pioneer Road, Suite B, St. George Utah 84790
(By the Bloomington Walmart)

The Social Hall
212 N Main St, St. George, UT 84770
(next to the St. George Opera House)The Social Hall
212 N Main St, St. George, UT 84770
(next to the St. George Opera House)

Drop-in classes – $12
Class session – $60
Punch card – 5 punches for $50 ($10 a class!)

Instructors


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.


Jenny Mair: Modern/Ballet Dance Instructor

Jenny Mair 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.


Rachel Blackford: Contemporary

Rachel is a Utah native who recently completed her modern dance training with an emphasis in education at Utah Valley University, where she excelled as a performer, choreographer, educator, and dance scholar. In her time at UVU she acted as a director’s assistant in her third year on Synergy Dance Company, worked as a dancer with RDT on their 2019 re-staging of Doris Humphrey’s work Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, and has set several works on UVU’s Synergy Dance Company, and Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Her works Exodus et. Catherine Brown and Cries Made Inchoate were selected for adjudication at the Northwestern regional ACDA conferences in 2018 and 2020, and her more recent work was also commissioned to be restaged on UVU’s CDE for their 2020 spring show. Upon graduating Rachel received the dance education award of merit, and was recognized as the overall outstanding student for UVU’s department of dance. She is currently an assistant director for the dance companies at both Crimson Cliffs and Desert Hills high schools, and has enjoyed the opportunity to mentor young dance artists in her community. She recently joined St. George Dance Company for their 2020 season, and is eager to get back into the studio with her fellow company members to continue exploring her dance artistry as a mover, educator, and choreographer.


Matti Parker: Dance For Humans

Matti Parker has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, certifying in both PIYO and Strong. She has lived in Washington for the last 8 years with her husband and four children. As a photographer and pianist, she has always loved creating, and her creativity fuels her approach to fitness. She believes that exercise, like life, doesn’t always need to be so choreographed, and that as we listen to our own intuition, we can use our natural movement to heal, strengthen, and invigorate our bodies.


Megan Nelson: Tap Instructor

Megan Nelson specializes in tap and clogging. Performance credits include: Disney Magic Music Days: Disney World’s 25th-anniversary celebration; the Asparagus Festival in Nienburg Germany; and Ixcarat in Cancun. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre at Diamond Talent Studios in St. George, Utah for more than ten years where she now teaches advanced tap classes. She is the director of the performing clog team, the All American Cloggers, established by Cindy Metcalf in 1983. Megan graduated in April 2015 with a BS degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University. Megan was the winner of the New Jersey Tap Festival Scholarship Contest and studied under the Tony-Award winning tap choreographer Henry LeTang. She has been a guest performer with the Dixie State University Dance Company and a three-time finalist in Dixie’s Got Talent. She hopes to promote rhythm dance in southern Utah and share the joy of tap and clogging with any student whose idea of fun is putting on a pair of tap shoes.


Ashly Barraclough: Tap Instructor

Ashly Barraclough is a junior at Dixie State University studying dance. I have been dancing for 20 years and have a love and a passion for the art of dance. I have studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, improv, and aerial dance. I have taught tap for two years now and absolutely love it! I also love hiking, camping, and watching movies. I love to have fun and create! 


Nondiscriminatory Policy

The St. George Dance Company admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, 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.