Sandra Emile established the Cache Valley Civic Ballet in 1982. Graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts, she apprenticed with the American Ballet Theatre before coming to Logan. She has directed the ongoing production of The Nutcracker and many other full length story ballets. She recently choreographed the original ballet Dracula. Sandy also began the Cache Valley Civic Ballet-School in 1986, where she could fulfill her love of teaching. She is accredited in the Cecchetti and Vaganova methods, and in the Paris Opera Ballet Syllabus. Her students have been accepted at many university dance programs and professional companies (e.g. Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Houston Ballet, Austin Ballet, Boston Ballet, American School of Ballet, International Summer School Italia, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, University of Utah, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, University of Wyoming, and more.).
Katie started dancing ballet and tap at 4 years old. Having discovered her passion, she continued studio lessons, progressing to pointe shoes and adding jazz classes to the mix. She was a cheerleader her freshmen year of high school, and spent the rest of her high school years as part of the dance team, the Brave Cadettes. During her time on the team they took first place at their state competitions for their 8th, 9th, and 10th consecutive years. Katie went to BYU-Idaho where she majored in English Education and minored in dance. While in college she had the opportunity to be part of the spirit cheer team, spirit dance team, and the Collegiate Contemporary performing company. Katie joined VDE's adult company in 2013 and has been teaching since 2014.
Eve Barlow started her dance career at the age of three at Creative Arts Academy in Bountiful, Utah. She was formally trained in ballet, pointè, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She graduated from Bountiful High School and was honored to be one of the top ten finalists in the state of Utah for the Family and Consumer Sciences Sterling Scholar Scholarship. She is currently attending Utah State University majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and double minoring in Family Finance as well as Family and Human Development. Eve is a member of the Utah State Dance Company and serves as President of the program. She has had many opportunities to be trained by renowned instructors across the country. She has been teaching dance at Creative Arts Academy for 4 years. She has choreographed for high school dance companies as well as competitive dance teams. She is also an instructor of Modern/Contemporary Dance at Utah State University. Eve has found a love for teaching dancers of all ages about finding that same love for dance that she has.
Marta is a 500-hour trained yoga instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience in health and fitness. She has completed training with LesMills BodyFlow, YogaFit, Anusara Yoga, Yoga Assets Teacher Training (200 hour YTT) and Advanced Teacher Training with Camille Litalien and; Peter Francyk (300 hour YTT). Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marta was a collegiate athlete at the University of North Carolina where she received a BA in English. Her class will focus on connecting breath to alignment, strength, flexibility, stress reduction, presence and joyful expression.
Jane Miller began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and acro tumbling. Growing up, she competed with her studio and also as a soloist. She was a member of her high school drill team, the Logan High School Hi-Lo’s, and served as both Drill Mistress and Vice President. After graduation, she danced on the Utah State University Dance Company. She also worked as an instructor for the Universal Dance Association and has had the opportunity to work with many teams on the West Coast. At age 20, she became the head coach for the Logan High School Hi-Lo’s Drill Team. She led them to a region championship, state military championship, and national military title. After two years of head coaching, Jane decided to finish her schooling. She enjoys still being involved in drill team as a UHSAA certified drill team judge. She also had the opportunity to be the assistant coach for the Weber State University Dance Team in 2018 and helped them win an NDA national title in hip hop. She has choreographed routines for teams and soloists in Utah, Nevada, Washington, and Idaho. Jane is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Weber State University and enjoys teaching at Dance Illusion in Logan, Utah.
Katie started dancing competitively at age 14. Her background is mainly in Latin style Ballroom Dance, with training also in Standard Ballroom, Cabaret, Jazz, Lyrical, and others. She performed, toured, and competed in team events and also in private events with Extreme Ballroom Company and at BYU. During college, she placed in National-level events in Open Latin. More recently, she was privileged to dance with Valley Dance Ensemble where she trained more specifically in Modern and Contemporary styles. The love of dance and expressing through movement has always been a natural outlet for Katie. Interpreting musical quality and telling a story through movement and facial expression are what she is most passionate about.
Staci Quistberg has been dancing for 25+ years, with an emphasis in hip-hop, jazz, musical theatre, and lyrical styles. Staci was the captain of her two-time region, state, and national champion drill team at Utah’s Ogden High School. Staci has taught for premier dance studios in Utah, Indiana, and California. Additionally, Staci was asked by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to help choreograph and direct the Indianapolis, Indiana Temple Cultural Celebration. Most recently, Staci taught dance at Dance Illusion, has choreographed for Music Theatre West, Four Seasons Theatre Company, Cache Theatre Company, Sky View High School, Nibley Children’s Theatre, and has choreographed various solo and team competition routines; specifically winning an all-around best choreography award in the hip-hop division. Staci loves to attend various Master Classes when given the opportunity but loves, more than anything, the spontaneous dance parties that break out in her home with her husband, children, and bonus children. Staci attended Utah State University on a full-ride leadership scholarship where she received her bachelor’s degree in speech communications. After which she attended Weber State University for her degree and licensure as a registered nurse. Staci currently lives in Herriman, UT, and is beyond thrilled to be returning to Cache Valley for another season of Summer Intensives with Cache Valley Civic Ballet!
Alexa Sand is a lifelong dance learner and enthusiast. She began studying ballet, character, and modern at the RAD-certificate granting Cornish College of the Arts Junior division under Gwenn Barker, Frank Bays, and Pat Hon. After college, she studied at Shawl Anderson and Berkeley Ballet in Berkeley California. After a hiatus of fifteen years, she returned to dance at Cache Valley School of Ballet's adult classes over a decade ago. Since then, she has taken classes with the Joffrey School New York, the Joffrey Ballet, Kat Wildish, Finis Jhung, Pasadena Conservatory of Dance, and the Place, London. For the last four years, she has attended the ArtEmotion Adult Intensive at the studios of Ballet West, led by Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton. A professor and research administrator at USU, Alexa holds a PhD from UC Berkeley. She enjoys, in addition to dancing, hiking, sailing, and reading.
Carly Schaub lives in Salt Lake City where she also completed her M.F.A. at the University of Utah in the Modern Dance. She also has a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming. Currently, Carly directs Dance Balletti, an early ballet ensemble that she formed which performs reconstructions of European Baroque and Renaissance Ballet, and dances with the Salt Lake Municipal Ballet. She is an adjunct faculty member for the dance program at Salt Lake Community College, as well as on faculty for Modern and Ballet at Wasatch Arts Center. Carly also teaches Dance for Parkinson’s with Grey Matters for the University of Utah Skagg’s Wellness Center and Repertory Dance Theatre. She has choreographed for Deseret Experimental Opera, Snow College, and Cache Valley Civic Ballet and also frequently teaches Baroque and Renaissance dance, as a guest at the University of Utah. Carly has been a frequent guest choreographer and guest teacher for Northern Plains Dance’s “Dance productions. Before beginning work on her Master’s degree, Carly served as the Education Coordinator at Northern Plains Dance and danced in many of their productions. She also danced and taught as a guest, and staged ballets and contemporary pieces at North Dakota Ballet in Grand Forks, ND where she performed her favorite ballet role of “Lise” in La Fille Mal Gardée. Carly has choreographed numerous musicals for Sleepy Hollow Summers Theatre, Bismarck State College and area high schools. During this time she also studied several summers at the International Baroque Institute at Longy, Boston. While at the University of Utah, she has performed in many productions (including her own thesis work Six Dancers in Search of an Author) in Netta Yerushalmy’s piece This Particular Space of Possibilities. While at University of Wyoming, she studied with and danced in choreography by Bill Evans, Peter Pucci, Patricia Tate, Yoav Kaddar, Margaret Wilson, and Marsha Knight to name a few. She also studied a semester abroad in London, taking classes at The Place, Danceworks, and Pineapple Studios.
Stephanie R. White has studied, performed, taught, and choreographed with the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company and School since 1984. A character dancer at heart, Stephanie has played most evil roles including the Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty), Wicked Stepmother (Cinderella), the Mouse King (Nutcracker), and Kashchei the Immortal (Firebird). She holds a master's in Education and recently completed her MFA in Dance from Montclair State University. Currently, Stephanie is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at Utah State University teaching most dance forms including movement exploration for Educators, tap, musical theatre, ballet, period and social dance, and jazz/contemporary. Stephanie has choreographed or performed with the following companies: Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Lyric Repertory Company, USU Theatre, American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and Music Theatre West. She is ever happy to return to her home base at Cache Valley Civic Ballet-School and currently acts as a substitute or guest artist for CVCB productions/Showcase of Choreographers.
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