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Meet Our Staff

 

 

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Nicole Mikkelson

Nicole is originally from Sandy Utah. She graduated from Southern Utah University majoring in Dance Education and minoring in Health Education. Nicole spent her college years dancing, choreographing, and directing the Southern Utah University Dance Team for five years. Nicole has been the head drill team coach at Canyon View High School for six years and they are the current 3A back to back State Drill Team Champions. Nicole worked as the dance teacher at Cedar High School for four years and is the current Co Director and choreographer of the Utah Summer Games Dancers.

Nicole began dancing and doing gymnastics at three years old. She trained at Janet Grays Dance Studio, Linda Fentons Dance Studio, and trained as a level 8 gymnast at Olympus Gymnastics. Nicole has been teaching dance/tumbling for twelve years and has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip hop, kick, military, tumbling, and improve. She had the opportunity to perform in the Ballet West Nutcracker for two years and was also a member of the Hillcrest High School Drill Team. She was a captain her Junior and Senior year and helped her team place in the top two in the State 5A Classification.   

She has choreographed several award-winning solos, duets, and team dances with Dance Magic and with The Canyon View Talons.  Nicole was nominated as drill team coach of the year in 2020. She enjoys sharing her love and passion of dance and hopes to instill the same love, passion, and confidence with other dancers.

 

Nicole has loved her new roll as Owner and Director of Dance Magic. She loves the dancers and staff that make the studio such and enjoyable and safe place to be! 

 

 

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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.

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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 14 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!

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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. This is Ashley's tenth 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.

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Jessica Ruiz

Bio Coming Soon!

Quick Bio:  Jessica moved here from California a few years ago 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!"  Jessica is excited to be back for her fifth season at Dance Magic!

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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 two wonderful children.  She is excited to be at Dance Magic (the place she calls home!), teaching such fantastic students!   

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Cashly Johnson

Cashly started dancing at Dance Magic when she was three years old and continued her training there for 15 years. She enjoyed making new friends at dance and learning how to be the best dancer and person that she could be. Through her years attending dance classes, Cashly was trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, tumbling, and pointe. She loved being on ballet and competition teams with her friends as well as learning several solos which she performed and competed to earn multiple Queen and High Gold awards.

 

Cashly had the opportunity to be an Assistant Teacher for young dancers at Dance Magic for two years as well as work as a substitute teacher for a variety of classes. Cashly enjoys getting to know her students and watching their knowledge, confidence, and abilities grow through their education in dance. 

During high school, Cashly was a member of the Canyon View Talons Drill Team for four years and served as the team’s Head Captain for her Junior and Senior years. She loved being part of such a dedicated group of girls and enjoyed leading them in warm ups, choreographing their parade and co-ed dances, and perfecting their competition routines. Cashly was awarded All-Region twice and was placed as a member of the All-State team during her Senior year. While on the drill team, she continued her training in tumbling, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and pointe at Dance Magic.

Cashly is recently married and is a student at SUU.  Alongside her technical dance abilities, Cashly gained qualities like confidence, preparedness, and respect from her dance training and she hopes to instill life lessons like these while teaching dance. Cashly is so happy to dance with such amazing teachers and students at Dance Magic and is looking forward to another spectacular season!

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Kristena Hunsaker 


Kristena was raised on a farm in Price Utah with three older brothers. She graduated with honors from Carbon High School where she performed with the Dino Dynamics. On drill team she choreographed and led as drill mistress.

Kristena danced at a young age and performed various rolls in the Nutcracker through CEU’s Repertory Ensemble including Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy. She danced for Cedar City’s civic ballet company, and later returned to Price and assisted in starting the Castle Valley Civic Ballet company that performs the nutcracker each year. She has taught dance and ballet for 13 years previously taught at Encore in Price, Dance Magic in Cedar City, and most recently Spot On in Roosevelt where she wrote and directed their production the Polar Express. 

She graduated with her degree in nursing 11 years ago and works as an Emergency room nurse.

She has three beautiful daughters Mckinley, Brielle, and Melody. She is grateful for the opportunity to move back to Cedar City for her husband Regan’s job as Sports Information Athletic Director at SUU. She is excited to return to dance magic and introduce young dancers to ballet!

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Emilee Adams 

My name is Emilee Adams and I was born and raised in cedar city. I started dancing at 3 years old. I was on my high school drill team and served as President my Senior year. My 4th year on the team I made the all state team, received academic all region, and we won the state championship in the 3A division.  I am currently attending Evans Hairstyling College to get my license in cosmetology! I have always loved dancing and I am so excited to be back at dance magic teaching!

Emma Cash

 

Emma grew up on St. George Utah where she danced competitively for over 15 years. She trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, and contemporary.  Starting from as young as 14 Emma was assistant teaching at her studio and help choreographing solos/duos etc.  

 

Emma joined the Desert Hills Drill team her freshman year of high school a took home the state trophy in 4A that year. She went on to be in the top 3 all throughout high school and became captain of Tempest Line her senior year where she helped clean dances and choreograph state routines. 

 

  After graduating high school with honors she began attending Utah Tech University majoring in psychology and minoring in dance,  this had led her to preform a number of times for the dance program helping further grow her dance experience. 

 

Her goal as a dance teacher is always to inspire the young dancers to never give up and to help grow as not only a dancer but as a person. Confidence is a huge focus in Emma’s teaching, and she will continue to push for self love in all dancers. 

 

Emma is very excited to start her journey teaching at dance magic!

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Savannah Rasch

Savanah has always had the love of dance in her soul. Starting at two years old she loved to dance especially onstage for her family operated studio Lisa’s Dance Shoppe in Nephi, Utah. As she got older she competed solos, duets, trios, and team routines at various studio competitions throughout Utah.  Savanah has been assisting alongside her Mom and Grandma in many classes over the last five years, and loves teaching so much! She has been given many unique performance opportunities performing at the Stadium of Fire, Disneyland, Universal Studios, and with New York City Broadway Professionals.  Savanah recently graduated from Juab High School as an honor student and will be attending Southern Utah University this fall to study Psychology. While in high school she was a dual varsity sport athlete in both Girls Soccer and Drill Team.  She loved both for different reasons but Drill Team will always be her favorite. For four years she was coached by her Mom and Grandma and truly loved it! She enjoyed getting to dance for her school and of course on the competition floor. Her senior year will forever be her favorite year on Drill Team where she along with her team were named the 3A Region 14 Champions and the 3A State Runner Up. During her senior year she also received Academic All-Region for both sports and was selected for the All-Region Drill Team. She loves watching, performing, and teaching all styles of dance, but her favorite is anything upbeat and characterized. Savanah is so excited for this opportunity to continue her love of teaching here at Dance Magic!

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Bryanna Hellewell

Bryanna Hellewell started dancing at the age of 3. She began dancing at Academy of Ballet with RAD Ballet training. Later she started competition dance receiving many state championships at Ultimate Dance Experience. She has been teaching dance since 2019 and is experienced with ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro, ballroom, and hip hop. Bryanna is on a dance and academic scholarship at Southern Utah University. She is majoring in dance and specializing in Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary. She loves dancing and teaching others how to find passion in every step.

Jaydea Price

Jaydea is a Dance major and Exercise science minor as a Sophomore at SUU.

She started Dancing at 3 years old, and has continued to love it her whole life.

She has danced at many studios, her most recent being Linda Johnstons Nonstop Dance company in Price, Utah. There she had many opportunities such as dancing at Jazz Game Halftimes and performing at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in St.George.

She has had experience and training in Musical theatre, Character, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Improv, and others.

She has attended the DACI Dance Intensive and Byu Contemporary Dance intensive and loved her growth through both. Jaydea has performed in the faculty dance concert at SUU. Jaydea enjoys Western Swing Dance and has done it for 5 years now, she loves line dancing as well.

 

Her Senior year of highschool she competed at the Shakespeare festival with her highschool theatre group, as well as having competed at state theatre competitions with a Superior Rating for 2 years.

In high school she performed in many musicals such as Newsies, Thoroughly modern millie, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and other theatre productions at Carbon High and in her community. 

She did swim team and track in highschool, with her girls swim team taking region many years and 3 times state champions and her track girls team taking region for 2 years.

A fun fact about Jaydea is that she loves being outdoors. And loves to go on new adventures whenever she gets a chance. 

She loves teaching, performing, and learning dance. She hopes to share her passion and spark that passion in other dancers. She is so excited to have the opportunity to continue her love of dance, tumbling, and theatre. And she hopes to inspire dancers to be confident, gain and promote self-love, love dance, and feel free to let go!
 

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