Meet Our Staff

 

 

Jenny Rowley - Owner/Director

Jenny fell in love with dance from the first moment she stepped onto a dance floor. She has been teaching dance for 20+ years. She has extensive training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, cheerleading, and tumbling.  Jenny grew up in Taylorsville, Utah where she trained with Dance Image Productions, Extravadance, Klassix, CDS, and Hunt's Gymnastics.  She was named Outstanding Senior Dancer at Taylorsville High School, where she was a member of the Taylorsville Dance Company, Varsity Cheerleading Squad, and competed as a Taylorsville High School Songleader.

 

Jenny attended college on dance and drill team scholarships, as well as leadership and softball scholarships.  She was named the overall Collegiate Dance Camp All-Star by the United Spirit Association.  In college, she took classes in modern, jazz, ballet, and dance composition.  Jenny performed in the student dance concerts at Southern Utah University.  She was a collegiate drill team member (Snow College Badgerettes and SUU Waukeenyans) for four years, where she served in many different leadership positions, such as:  President, Vice President, Captain, and Head Choreographer.  She also has over four years combined high school and collegiate cheerleading experience where she served as Head Cheerleader. Jenny has a strong passion for the performing arts and has had the privilege of performing at a San Francisco 49ers/Raiders NFL game, several Utah Jazz games, Disneyland, and in a variety of musicals.  She competed in the UCA National Cheerleading Competition and the USA Collegiate National Dance Competition.

 

Jenny has been choreographing for over 20 years.  She studied choreography in college and with the United Spirit Association.  She has choreographed for various high school and collegiate teams, as well as junior high schools, studios, and theatres.  Her choreography has won many awards (including Overall Best Choreography, Overall High Point, Overall Best Team, Most Artistic, and Overall Grand Champions) and has placed at invitational and state drill team competitions.  Her soloist, duet, and trio dancers have had tremendous success receiving many first place awards, High Gold & Platinum awards, and even many Overall High Point winners.  She has choreographed for local theatre productions of Aladdin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once On This Island, Calling All the MonstersThe Little Mermaid, Once Upon a Time Warp, Peter Pan, The Lion King and Shrek.  Jenny is also a former high school drill team coach, where she led her team to great success.  

 

She has been judging dance, cheerleading, and drill team competitions for twelve years.  She has served as a state-certified drill team judge and a member of the Utah Dance Judges Association.  Jenny has served as Assistant Director for many Jr. Drill Team Competitions.  She served as the Head Coordinator for the dance competition for the Utah Summer Games.  Jenny graduated from Snow College and SUU. 

 

Jenny continues her dance training by attending professional dance conventions and workshops throughout the country.  She has had the opportunity to learn and take classes from: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Red Rock Dance Festival, SALT Contemporary Dance, Allison Holker, tWitch, Ivan Koumaev, Alex Wong, Legacy, Eric Little, Dante Puleio, Odyssey Dance Theatre, the United Spirit Association, and the United Dance Association.  She had the amazing opportunity to serve as a Talent Coordinator and local Casting Director for the award-winning dance short film "Where We Begin" in 2014.

 

Jenny has a supportive husband and three beautiful children.  She has lived in Cedar City for eighteen years and loves being the Director of Dance Magic and The Ballet School.  She cares deeply about each dancer and loves to share her passion for dance.  Jenny believes there is nothing better than watching a child discover the joy of dancing.

 

Elisha Church

​Elisha’s dance education started at the age of three; in ballet, tap, and jazz. At age seven, she began taking gymnastics. At age 15 she began studying and performing in theater arts. With her involvement in drama and theater she gained experience in and a love for Broadway style choreography and dancing. Elisha placed 2nd in the state drama competition. Elisha was a member of the American Fork High School Color Guard, as part of the flag/dance corps. As a member of the color guard she was able to gain further training in ballet under the direction of Kellie Benson (former Ballerina with Ballet West) The AFHS color guard competed nationally. As a member of the AFHS Color Guard Elisha had the opportunity to perform at the Rose Bowl Parade, the 2002 winter Olympic bids, Disneyland, and Stadium of Fire. Elisha was flag captain her senior year. She was awarded the Spirit Award her senior year and placed 3rd in state solo/duet competition.  

 

Elisha was offered a leadership scholarship at SUU, a theater scholarship at USU, and a dance scholarship at Snow College. She attended Snow College for her 1st year of college as a dance major. She was selected as the student choreographer for the spring dance concert. Elisha completed her education at SUU, earning a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. She was awarded a scholarship in nutrition, as well as a scholarship from the Miss SUU organization as an attendant to Miss SUU. She completed all upper division ballet and modern dance classes under the direction of Gwen Grimes, Shauna Mendini, Kay Andersen, and Paul Ocampo. Elisha performed in the student and faculty dance concerts at SUU. After graduating from SUU, Elisha attended the University of Utah to complete upper division chemistry courses for graduate school. There she was able to study ballet with teachers from the University of Utah, Ballet Utah, and Ballet West.  

 

Elisha began dancing with Cedar City Junior Ballet in 2003, and continues to perform with CCJB. She has performed the leading role of Swanhilda in Coppelia, lead role in Skaters, Bluebird and Fairy of Song in Sleeping Beauty, and Fairy of Summer & Autumn in Cinderella. She continues her dance education by taking ballet technique classes and attending dance seminars and conferences.  

 

Elisha started teaching ballet in 2003 at Premier Dance Studio in Beaver Utah, under the direction of Amanda Riley. She taught all of the ballet technique classes there. Elisha has been teaching at The Ballet School since 2007. She loves working with the youth and being able to share her passion for ballet/dance/performing. Her goals as a teacher are to build self-confidence in her students, to instill the qualities of dedication, hard work, and commitment in her students, to develop an appreciation for the arts, to help her students recognize and reach their potential as dancers and performers.

Alexandria Staheli

Alex has been dancing for 20+ years.  She is trained in tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary.  She was a four-year member of her high school drill team and was also a member of the Orchesis Dance Company.  She was awarded Academic All-State and was named to the All-State Drill team.  Alex has had many leadership opportunities; she had the honor to serve as Drill Mistress and Dance Company President during her senior year of high school.  She was named the Regional Sterling Scholar for 2009.  She has had the opportunity to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Stadium of Fire.  
 
Alex has been involved with Cinderella Scholarship Program since a very young age and has won many dance awards within the program.  She recently place in the Top 5 at the International Cinderella Pageant.  She won Talent of the Year at America’s Amateur Modeling and Talent Competition.  Alex served as 2nd Attendant to Miss Richfield in 2010.  She has won many first place and queen positions at various dance competitions, as well as solo high point awards on state and national levels.  Alex has been choreographing groups, duets and solos for many years.  She has worked with teachers from New York City Dance Alliance and Odyssey Dance Theatre.
 
Alex graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in Dance Education.  She has performed in the SUU Student and Faculty Dance Concerts and had the opportunity to spend a summer in China working with a professional dance company.  She was one of a few select students invited to work with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company in presenting the works of Alwin Nikolais and performed at Hunter College in New York City in April 2011.  She has danced as the lead role in Cedar City Junior Ballet's production as both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.  Alex also serves as a BDT instructor for dance and drill team camps.
 
Alex has been teaching dance for ten years, and has been a teacher at Dance Magic for over 10 years.  She also teaches dance classes at Southern Utah University and is an Assistant Drill Team Coach.  She loves dancing and teaching.  Alex hopes to share her knowledge and love for dance with your kids!

Ashley Jackson

Ashley has been in love with dancing and performing since the age of three.  At that young age, she began lessons in ballet, gymnastics and clogging, which she continued throughout high school.  She did six years of ballet training at Westside Studio in St. George, where she was awarded the Most Improved Dancer for advancing to pointe within her first year.  While with Westside Studio, she traveled to Chicago to attend the National Association of Dance Masters in 2000 and 2001.

 

While attending high school in Kanab, Utah, she was a four-year member of The Larriettes drill team.  While on the drill team, she helped with choreography for team dances, junior drill team performances and solo dances. She was elected to be the Drill Mistress and President of the drill team her senior year.  She was named to the All-State Drill Team for 2002. She was the Dance Sterling Scholar for her high school that same year.  She also competed in many individual competitions, receiving many awards.

 

After high school, Ashley went on to school at Southern Utah University where she was a member of the Waukeenyans, SUU’s premier drill team. She later attended school at Southern Virginia University where she was a cheerleader and assisted in choreography for sideline and half-time dances.

 

Ashley graduated from SUU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She loves living in Cedar City with her husband and son. This is Ashley's eighth season at Dance Magic.  She loves sharing her passion for dance and loves working as our Office Manager. She believes that dance is a wonderful way for young people to learn discipline, build self-esteem and self confidence.

Nicole Mikkelson

Nicole started gymnastics when she was three years old, and began taking tap and ballet at age six. She started competing in gymnastics at age seven and was a member of several championship teams. She competed Level Eight and was training Level Nine when she was forced to retire due to injuries.

 

After gymnastics, she continued dancing at Linda Fenton’s Dance Studio where she was trained in ballet, pointe, and jazz. Their jazz, lyrical, and her duet routines were undefeated. She also had the opportunity to perform with Ballet West in The Nutcracker. Nicole was also a member of her ninth grade dance company, where she had the opportunity to choreograph several routines.

 

In high school, Nicole was a member of the Hillcrest High School Drill Team, where she was a captain her Junior and Senior years. Hillcrest is one of the top teams in the state, consistently placing in the top two at the State 5A Drill Team Competition.

 

After High School, Nicole made the dance team at Southern Utah University receiving a scholarship. With the Waukeenyans program being cut from the University this past year, Nicole is now one of the Presidents of the new Waukeenyans Dance Club, where she will be in charge of leading the team and choreographing the sideline and halftime dances.

 

Nicole has worked at Xcite dance studio in Salt Lake City and other local studios. She has choreographed several award-winning solos, duets, and team dances. She lives to dance and perform!  She enjoys sharing her love and passion and hopes to instill the same love and passion with other dancers.  

 

She is the Drill Team Coach at Canyon View High School.  She is also the dance teacher at Cedar High School.  Nicole is excited to be returning for her seventh season at Dance Magic!

Suelyn Thomas

Suelyn has been dancing since the age of five. She has been trained in classical ballet, point, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics and musical theater. She has been performing in groups since she started dancing and she began competing in group numbers when she was eight years old. When she was ten she started choreographing and competing solos.

 

At the age of 13, she earned the part of King Rat in the Uintah Basin Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker and "The 80's" solo the year after in their production of Revolution. In high school, Suelyn played the role of Belle in Beauty & The Beast and Mayzie La Bird in Seussical the Musical. Suelyn has been a member of multiple performing arts groups. She was a member and choreographer for Utah State University's Stagelight, Roosevelt Utah's Bravada & Encore and Camille Swain's Singing Sensations.  

 

In 2009, Suelyn married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Two years later they were blessed with their first baby girl, Lynni Sue, who is now a dancer here at Dance Magic! Three years later, Avery joined their family and recently started her dance journey at Dance Magic!

 

Suelyn has been a dance teacher for six years. In that time, she has worked with dance studios in Orem, Spanish Fork, Roosevelt, and Cedar City teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, combo classes and musical theatre. In 2010, she choreographed an advanced jazz routine for a professional dance company based out of Spanish Fork. In Roosevelt, she co-owned Vocal Fusion, a Musical Theatre studio teaching vocal performance skills, technique and choreography. 

 

Along with dance, Suelyn loves sports and played on her high school volleyball team, eventually becoming the Varsity team captain. She also loves to travel and her favorite place to take her family is Disneyland! 

 

Suelyn loves her dancers and believes in giving each dancer a positive learning experience! She plans to pass her love of dance onto both of her daughters.  She is excited to be starting her fifth season with Dance Magic!

Jaley Cox

Jaley was born into a love for dance. Her Grandma owns and operates a dance/gymnastics studio.  As soon as she could walk, Jaley was on the floor dancing and tumbling!  Along with this, Jaley’s mom ran her own dance company, where Jaley started student teaching at the age of 13, and has been teaching and choreographing ever since!

 

Jaley has over 35 years of dance experience, which includes training in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, ballroom, cheer,  gymnastics & tumbling.  She also has several years of training in the performing arts.

 

Jaley has had many opportunities to perform at different events, including: multiple Utah Jazz games, a Pittsburg Steelers and Los Angeles Raiders half-time, and multiple performances at Disneyland. 

 

She was a cheerleader in Jr. High, where she was the Co-Head Cheerleader.  She was a member of her High School’s drill team, where she served as Jr. Drill Mistress for one year, as well as Drill Mistress for one year. She competed in several solo competitions throughout high school, taking home awards including 1st and 2nd place in multiple competitions. She was also a State Drill Team Champion!

 

Jaley went on to dance with the SUU Waukeenyans her Freshman year of College.  She had a great time performing at multiple football and basketball games at the University.

 

After graduating from SUU, Jaley enjoyed teaching her own dance teams, as well as coaching gymnastics for a few years. She had the opportunity to take her dance teams to perform in the Stadium of Fire for three years and loved being a part of that celebration!  Jaley also helped choreograph for several community theatre plays.

 

Throughout her years of teaching, Jaley has choreographed several award winning solos and duets, including several Queens, as well as Overall High Point!

 

Jaley is excited to be back living in Southern Utah and teaching at Dance Magic for her fourth season! She loves the positive atmosphere that Dance Magic provides for the students and is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion for dance with the students she teaches!

Aubrey Garside

Aubrey began dancing when she was four years old in Long Beach, California.  Over the years, she fell in love with the ways she could express anything she was feeling through dance. When words fell short, she knew she could count on dance. 

 

When she was eight years old her family moved from California to Salt Lake City, Utah and she also began gymnastics.  As middle school came around she began to train seriously on a T&T competitive gymnastics team.  She loved the thrill of tumbling and competing.  Although similar in ways to dance it was a whole new ball game. 

 

Next, Aubrey started training in ballroom dance. A year later she decided to try out for the high school ballroom so she could dance with her sister one last time during her sister's senior year. She made the team and was given the position of Assistant Dance Captain her first year on the team. Making the ballroom team meant she had to choose between dance and gymnastics. She chose dance and soon fell in love with this new style. Over the next three years she became Captain of the Herriman High Ballroom Team and loved choreographing for the team, meeting new people, and working with her incredible team.

 

In regard to ballroom she says, "Ballroom is unlike any other form of dance. You dance with another person as one person. Ballroom builds unbreakable relationships and forces you to learn to work with other people to accomplish the same goal. It tells a special story unlike any other form of dance and is such a beauty to watch. My love for ballroom dance will never die and I am forever grateful for everything is has taught me!" 

 

Aubrey is now a sophomore attending Southern Utah University.  As a freshman in college, she was on the SUU Ballroom Dance Company, but is now pursuing a degree in Special Education.  Her goal is to become a Behavioral Analyst one day. She loves teaching dance and tumbling. She is currently a tumbling instructor at Dance Magic and loves learning new things from the incredible dancers in her classes!

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Jessica Ruiz

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Quick Bio:  Jessica recently moved here from California where she taught for 16 years at Los Olivos Dance Gallery.  Jessica has a passion for Hip Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre.  She brightens up a room with her fun energy and she has quickly become a Dance Magic favorite!  If you ask a dancer which class is their favorite, they will almost always say, "Hip Hop with Miss Jessica!"

Kyrsten Harper

Kyrsten began dancing at the age of two!  She studied at various studios all over Northern Utah including Castleview Dance, West Valley Dance Force, Xtreme Power Clogging, MC Dance Academy, and Charisma Dance Studio.  She was President of her Dance Company at Cyprus High School and choreographed several pieces during her time on the company.  

 

Kyrsten is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education at Southern Utah University and will be beginning Graduate School in the coming months.

 

She has studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and folk dance while at SUU and has the wonderful opportunity to work with professional performers and choreographers like Kay Andersen and Mark Burrell.

 

Kyrsten began teaching at the age of 14 as a teacher’s assistant and fell in love with teaching beginning dancers. During her time as a student at SUU, Kyrsten has worked with local schools all over Cedar City teaching dance and learning new skills to be the best teacher she can be. She is excited to be working at Dance Magic and looks forward to making memories and new dance friends!

Colby Leavitt

Colby has loved dancing since she could walk!  Dance has always been a great passion of hers.  She began dancing at Dance Dynamics when she was 10 years old.  She danced there for three years and then started dancing for Dance Magic. 

 

Colby dances as a competitive dancer on Majestic 1 and Premier teams.  In High School, Colby danced for the Cedar High School Mohey Tawa Drill Team.  Colby danced on Mohey Tawa for two years.  She also was a CHS Cheerleader.  

 

Colby has been trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, Kick, Novelty, Character, Cheerleading, and Tumbling. 

 

Colby attended Southern Utah University.  Colby taught dance, cheerleading, and tumbling at Dance Magic until a move took her away.  For the past several years, she has had the opportunity to teach dance and cheerleading in California.  It was an experience she enjoyed very much! 

 

Colby loves working with the girls at the studio and encouraging them to do and BE their best!  To her, it's more than making a good dancer or a good routine; she believes dancing to be a confidence-builder that could change a child's life.  Because of dancing, Colby has been able to achieve many wonderful things and be confident in everything she does. 

 

Colby is the mom to a wonderful daughter and a fantastic baby boy.  She is excited to be back at Dance Magic again (the place she calls home!), teaching such fantastic students!   

Alyssa Edwards

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Quick Bio:  Alyssa grew up dancing in Cedar City as a competitive dancer.  She was a four-year member of her High School Drill Team, even serving as an officer.  Alyssa is the Assistant Coach of the Canyon View High School Drill Team.  She loves creating choreography combos for her students.  She is sweet as can be and she adores all of her students.  Alyssa is excited to be starting her second season at Dance Magic!

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Sydney Whicker

Sydney was born and raised in Cedar City, where she started as a student at Dance Magic at age three and danced with the studio for throughout High School. She has loved being able to dance for her entire life, along with the life lessons it has brought with it. Sydney also trained in tumbling and gymnastics through her childhood. 

 

Sydney was devoted to dance through middle school where she continued to learn. She was trained in all styles of dance at Dance Magic including ballet, tumbling, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She also began her training on pointe shoes, which she loved. She started competing with solos and duets as well, where she frequently placed took top awards and received multiple high-point awards. 

 

She had the opportunity to compete as a four-year member of her Drill Team throughout high school at Canyon View High School. She lettered all four years of Drill Team and made the All-State team. Sydney held multiple officer positions throughout her Drill Team career. Throughout high school, she also had the opportunity to help assistant teach at Dance Magic, and later teach after graduation.

 

After high school Sydney moved to St. George to attend Dixie State University. During that time was a member of the Dixie State Dance Team. She was able to perform at games and other events for the school. As a member of the dance team, she choreographed dances for the team. Sydney also had the opportunity to help run dance competitions through the dance team fundraisers. She also has experience judging competitions, different dance team placements and drill team tryouts.

 

Sydney married her Prince Charming and moved with her husband moved to Price, Utah and later to Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband are excited to now be back in Cedar City close to family.  She is excited to be back teaching at Dance Magic again:  the studio she's known and loved her whole life!  

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Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams is a lifelong dancer. Starting at a very young age, she began lessons in Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. She was also introduced to, and enjoyed being a part of, various singing and musical theatre groups.  She also received training in gymnastics.  However, dance is where she knew her heart was and it wasn’t until she moved to Cedar City in 1998 and began ballet classes at Blue Heron Yoga and Dance, that she became passionate about it. 

 

Wanting to increase her dance education and having a desire to dance competitively on a team, Jenny decided to join Dance Magic at the age of 12. She quickly became a member of their Premier team and went on to help her team achieve several awards at competitions across the state. At the age of 16, she wanted to experience even more dancing and had one year of Jazz and Ballet training at Westside Studio in St. George.

 

Later, she was offered her first teaching job at Dance Magic!  She gladly accepted and taught combo classes and technique classes to students of all ages and skill levels, which is and always has been a highlight of her career.

 

Later, she was given the opportunity to teach at First City Dance Studio in Bemidgi, Minnesota. While there, she worked closely with the owner/director and taught the majority of the beginning/intermediate level dancers in multiple genres/styles of dance. It was a very successful and meaningful year where she grew tremendously in both her skill and ability. 

 

It had always been a dream of Jenny’s to be the owner/director of her own studio. She was given the opportunity to live out that dream from 2011-2012. She poured her heart and soul into her studio, and made it the best year she possibly could. It turned out to be one of the most challenging (yet rewarding) and educational years of her dancing career.  She wouldn’t change it for the world! 

 

Shortly after deciding to close that chapter, she welcomed her first baby girl into the world. Since then, she has welcomed two more girls and is so excited to once again be given the opportunity to share her love of dance with not only her girls, but with all those young people who come into her classroom!  She is beyond thrilled to once again be part of the Dance Magic family and is looking forward to an amazing season! 

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Destiny Goodrich

Destiny has had a love for the arts her whole life, and has been passionately dancing for nine years. She has had experience with a variety of dance styles, including: Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop! Destiny has also received awards such as “Most Improved Dancer,” followed by “Dance Contributor of the Year” for her modern technique. 

After starting dance later in life, Destiny realized the need for educators who support all those who are eager to learn, regardless of age or experience. Because of this, she is now pursuing a degree in Dance Education at Southern Utah University. 

After graduating from Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, she enrolled in the SUU Dance Department. Destiny then joined Orchesis Dance Company where she was presented with a variety of choreographic and performance opportunities including departmental recitals, athletic, and service related performances. Destiny spent two years with Orchesis, and also served as the company Treasurer.

 

Destiny’s choreographic career started in 2015 when she began choreographing pieces for the Tuacahn High School Dance Company. While at SUU, Destiny has also choreographed and assisted with multiple pieces for Orchesis Dance company. In addition she will be choreographing a piece for the university dance concert this upcoming year! 

With such a strong love for dance and teaching, Destiny can’t wait to begin this season with us at Dance Magic!

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Victoria Heaton

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Quick Bio:  Victoria (Tori) is a Dance Major at SUU.  She loves dancing and choreographing!  She has trained in jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop.  She LOVES working with young children and is excited to share her passion for dance with your dancer!

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