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Artists

Allison
DeBona
Allison DeBona is the Owner and Artistic Director of artÉmotion. She is also a First Soloist with Ballet West and has been with the company since 2007. She was a featured cast member on seasons 1 & 2 of the CW Docu-series Breaking Pointe. She has been featured in issues of Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Track Magazine. She shared the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, February 2018, with Rex Tilton. She was also the model for the Fall/Winter 2013 and August 2015 Grishko Pointe shoe ad featured in Pointe Magazine. In August 2016 was featured in an eight page editorial for Vogue Italia. Additional accolades include producing the ‘I Am Your Friend’ Benefit Dance Performance alongside Rex Tilton, June 2015, to benefit the non-profit organization Fahodie for Friends. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she trained under former New York City ballet acclaimed Principal Ballerina, Violette Verdy. In 2020 she was named a Nikolay Brand Ambassador and Zarely Role Model, Additional training includes American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate program. She grew up under the artistic direction of Jean Gedeon at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet and Debbie Parou at the former Parou Ballet Company.
Rex
Tilton
Rex Tilton is the Artistic Director of artÉmotion. He is also a Principal dancer with Ballet West and has been with the company since 2008. He was a featured cast member on seasons 1 & 2 of the CW Docu-series Breaking Pointe. He has been featured in issues of Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, and Pointe Magazine.. He shared the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, February 2018, with Allison DeBona. He was also the model for the August 2015 Grishko Pointe shoe ad featured in Pointe Magazine. Additional accolades include producing the ‘I Am Your Friend’ Benefit Dance Performance alongside Allison DeBona, June 2015, to benefit the non-profit organization Fahodie for Friends. He attended the Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division program on scholarship, one year, before getting his job at Ballet West. Additional training includes School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. He grew up under the artistic direction of former Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal, Ben Houk, and Pacific Northwest Ballet Soloist, Lauri-Michelle Houk, at San Elijo Dance and Music Academy. In 2020, he was named a Nikolay Brand Ambassador.
Eve
Barlow
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 Vice 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 3 years. She has choreographed for high school dance companies as well as competitive dance teams. She continues to dance and teach at her University. Eve has found a love for teaching dancers of all ages about finding that same love for dance that she has.
Ruby
Hall
Ruby Hall has been a patron of the arts for twenty two years with experience in several departments of the artistic world. A Utah native, raised in a very cultural home with a family that embraced the joys of music and dance assisted her growth as an artist. She began piano lessons at age five at the University of Utah preparatory division under the instruction of Merla Little for 12 years. Her dance training began the same year at local studios and quickly transitioned to Ballet West Academy where the bulk of her training took place. The academy taught her about discipline, etiquette, dedication, technique, stylistic appreciation, and stylistic experimentation. With the combination of music and ballet training for so many years, she naturally developed a deeper understanding of music and dance as a duo. She continued her education at the University of Utah where she studied and completed a bachelor's degree in piano performance under the instruction of Vedrana Subotic. These four years provided her with further knowledge of music history, music theory, musicianship, accompanying, composing, analytical writing, teaching, and performance opportunities as a pianist and dancer. After graduating in 2016 she transitioned to the North West to experience a new environment teaching private piano and flute lessons, group classes, and ballet technique to children and adults. Ruby is thrilled to be in Logan in the comfort of her home state and she looks forward to nurturing the artistic progress of the community in Cache Valley.
Jane
Miller
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.
Alexa
Sand
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.
Stephanie
White
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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