Becky Erickson has performed for many civic and professional dance industries, including Cache Community Theatre, Valley Dance Ensemble, Fox 13th's "So You Think You Can Dance" competing in Vegas on National TV, touring with Inishfre Irish Dance, and of course all of our Cache Valley Civic Ballet productions. She has spent the last 10 years expanding her experience in dance through the following organizations: Ballet West, New York City Ballet master classes, School of American Ballet, Northwest Dance Intensive's Jehrin Alexandria along with Stephanie Saland (NYCB), Philip Beamish (world recognized ballet master), Elena Maleshevskya (Vagonava trained out of Russia), international recognized ballerina Paloma Herrera, Marsha Knight (University of Wyoming), Jason Celaya (Broadway), and David Scott (International performer). Becky is also a professional judge for competitions around Utah including the "Utah Dance Fest" Judging and performing as the featured guest judge. She choreographed an entire musical at the age of 18 and was contacted by the University of Utah to "use her moves." Becky has appeared at many schools and libraries throughout Cache Valley, reading to and educating children about Classical Ballet in hopes to inspire the next generation. She has been teaching since the summer of 2001, both in private and group settings including home schooled children events/private lessons and classes as large as 35 students. Becky is highly sought after to teach Master classes at the University level and at the advanced youth level. Becky specializes in the following: Audition and Confidence training, Turnout/Foot/Ankle/Core Strength training, and Choreography; setting many pieces that have taken 1st place in competitions and pieces that have been performed in front of thousands of people. She loves the students she teaches and helps them to overcome challenges both in dance and in Life as a whole. She has three beautiful children and a handsome altruistic husband. Recently she was the cover model for the book titled Dance Across the USA. As well as having the honor of being selected out of over 3000 dancers that applied; Becky is found as a featured dancer on two pages of the book in addition to the cover.
Karyn Hansen, a native of Cache Valley, has performed with the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company since 1990. She began dancing at the age of three, learning a range of dance styles such as tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and ballroom, along with classical ballet. Karyn has danced in a variety of leading roles for the Cache Valley Civic Ballet, some of which include: Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in the “Nutcracker”; Fairy of the Golden Vine in “Sleeping Beauty”; Mina in “Dracula”; Hermia in “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream”; and Nightingale in “Firebird”. She has also performed with the Utah Festival Opera, American Festival Chorus, Sky View Ballroom Dance Team and the Drama Club, and professionally with a ballroom dance troupe. Karyn has studied primarily with Sandra Emile and has taken technique and master classes from Ballet West’s Peter Christy and Jeff Rogers, New York City Ballet’s Jonathan Strafford, Royale Winnapeg, Snowy Range, Ririe-Woodbury Dance, and School of American Ballet. She has also attended the Snowy Range Dance Festival and received training from several distinguished dance institutes such as Joffery Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Karyn is the Administrator for the Cache Valley Civic Ballet-School; she also teaches all levels of ballet technique and beginning to advanced pointe classes for The School. Karyn also enjoys doing choreography and has choreographed many pieces which have been performed in “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, "Cinderella", and “Showcase or Choreographers”. She has also assisted in judging the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company’s public and company auditions. When Karyn isn’t teaching or dancing, she enjoys spending time with her amazing husband and two wonderful kids.
Pamela Kirschman fell in love with teaching before graduating with a degree in Dance and History Education, and has been enjoying her career for 25 years. She has performed with several dance companies and theatre groups. Her choreography has grown over the years to include musical theatre, adaptations of classical works, and original choreography for the ballets Hansel and Gretel and Carnival of the Animals. She has taught all ages in classes across the country from Utah and Idaho to Vermont and Oklahoma. She loves ballet and modern dance and wants her students to enjoy it as much as she does, infusing her classes with challenge and fun!
Jaime Lindley original member of the Cache Valley Civic Ballet and is currently serving on the CVCB Board of Directors; studied with Joan Vendell, Sandra Emile, Maggi Moar, and Burch Mann. Has attended the Dance West workshop and performanced with Festival of the American West as well as attending the Snowy Range Summer Dance for teachers. She has previously taught with the Cache Valley School of Ballet and is excited to begin teaching again in the fall.
Natalie Robbins has been teaching with the Cache Valley School of Ballet for over 16 years and has loved every minute. In addition to teaching she is a former member of the Cache Valley Civic Ballet. She has had several parts in the Nutcracker from Snow Princess, Doll, Spanish, and Marzipan leads. Her two favorite roles were Cinderella and Coppelia. Natalie has trained at the Ballet West Conservatory, The Christiansen Academy under Williams Christiansen. She has done Summer workshops with RDT, and Ririe Woodbury. Natalie has performed in the Ballet West Nutcracker, American West, Cache Community Theatre, USU Sunburst Dancer, Inishfre Irish Dance Company. She has loved being a part of both the Ballet School and the Ballet Company and loved studying under Maggie Moar and Sandra Emile.
Vivian Taylor began her technical ballet training more than 25 years ago. The larger part of her performing years have been with Cache Valley Civic Ballet, dancing roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty and Godmother to Cinderella. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to perform with Dance West, Cache Community Theatre, Festival of the American West, African Drum and Dance, and Valley Dance Ensemble. Her diverse background in movement enables her to approach performing arts with a broad perspective and enjoys being invited to Choreograph for CVCB company members in their annual showcase. Her most influential instruction has been under Sandra Emile, Maggie Moar, Marsha Knight and Jan Jacobsen. Her most recent experiences have involved taking classes from Ballet West company members, participating in an AileyII master class and training in the Progressing Ballet Technique. Vivian is also a STOTT Pilates certified instructor and continues to teach and train in the method. She is passionate about helping people cultivate a love and appreciation for movement. She hopes to educate students not only in technique, but help them evolve into artists.
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