Jennie’s initial training began at Classical Ballet Conservatory under Sandra Allen, Mary Ann Hatten and Connie Burton. At age 13, she began training with Utah Regional Ballet under the artistic direction of Jacqueline P. College. During her years with Utah Regional Ballet, Jennie received scholarships from Joffrey Ballet School (New York), Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Washington), and the School of American Ballet (New York). She won Dance Magazine’s sponsored scholarship to Craft and Choreography in 1987.
As a high school senior, Jennie danced as a youth artist with Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet touring the midwest with the company before accepting a full tuition scholarship to the University of Utah and selected as a company member of Utah Ballet under the direction of Conrad Ludlow. She danced with Utah Ballet for one semester before becoming an apprentice with Ballet West in 1990.
In 1991 Jennie was offered a corps de ballet contract with Ballet West under the direction of John Hart. From 1991-1994 she performed various roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Billy the Kid, The Lady of the Camellias, Pulcinelle, and Vespri. She also participated in the Ballet West for Kids Program, building artistic awareness and expression in young people through out Utah.
In 1994 she accepted a company position with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of James Canfield. She worked directly with James on several world premieres and with world-renowned choreographers including Paul Taylor, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, and Val Caniparoli. As well as the principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Copellia, and The Nutcracker.
Jennie trained continuously, studying modern, flamenco, jazz and hip-hop as well as classical ballet. She was a principal guest artist in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the Firebird with the Utah Symphony and Opera, and as the Sugar Plum Fairy with North Star Ballet, Colorado Dance Theatre, and Twin City Ballet.
Jennie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1999 from the University of Utah. She accepted an assistant professor of dance at Brigham Young University (1999-2004) directing BYU Theatre Ballet. Jennie developed a comprehensive syllabus for BYU Ballet Division, choreographed 11 new world premieres and staged classical repertoire for the resident ballet company. As artistic director she implemented a strong touring schedule through out the midwest with her storybook ballet, Goldilocks’ Adventure, which was documented by BYUTV and reached an international audience.
Jennie was assistant choreographer for the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies in 2004. In 2005 she was selected as Mrs. Utah United States and implemented a state wide outreach program with her storybook ballet’s enchanting and inspiring the imagination of elementary age students through out Utah.
In 2007 she traveled to Washington, DC to receive the Presidential Scholar’s Teacher Recognition Award from Presidential Scholar Garrett Smith and President George W. Bush. Her choreography has won “Best of State” in 2007 and 2008. She was invited to Chair the Provo Arts Council where her insight helped develop the Covey Center of Performing Arts programing.
Jennie owned and operated Classical Ballet Academy from 2004-2014 and was the Artistic Director of Provo Civic Ballet a non-profit youth company designed to train and inspire young artists as classical dancers. As the Artistic Director of Provo Civic Ballet she choreographed 3 full length ballets including “The Nutcracker”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “The Snow Maiden”, as well as re-staging Giselle, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, and Paquita. Classical Ballet Academy and Provo Civic Ballet won awards from Youth American Ballet Competition “Best School Award” andUtah’s “Best of State” in Choreography and Youth Performing Group. Her students have won national and international awards before closing in 2014.
In 2014 Jennie was hired as the Principal of the Barbara Barrington-Jones Ballet West Academy in Lehi, Utah. In collaboration with Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West and Peter Merz, Director of Ballet West Academy, Jennie has grown the Academy from 47 students to over 500 students with the pre-professional and summer programs. Teaching every level from pre-ballet through advanced levels, developing a substantial and affective curriculum choreographing and directing performances and mentoring young dancers.
Jennie is also on staff at the University of Utah as an adjunct instructor in the College of Fine Arts instructing the freshman and sophomore ballet majors.
She is married to Steven King and she is the mother of three boys Devin, Brayden and Tait.
Lauren began her training in Lowell, Massachusetts at Walker’s Dance. She was a scholarship recipient at the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance. In her time at Hartt, Lauren furthered her training at the Jose Limon Dance Foundation, Martha Graham School, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, and Henny Jurrien Stichting (NL). Upon graduating she was offered a contract with Repertory Dance Theatre, where she has performed works by world-renowned choreographers such as Jose Limon, Elisa Monte, Molissa Fenley, Danielle Agami, and Zvi Gotheiner. Lauren is a faculty member and the Assistant Director of the Dance Ensemble at Creative Arts Academy and South Valley Creative Dance and teaches master classes at studios and University programs throughout the country. She has been a member of the company since 2014.
Dan Higgins, a San Francisco, Bay Area native, began dancing at the age of eighteen after a long history with organized sports. The physicality and athleticism directly translated into his love for dance. Dan received his training from the University of Wyoming, obtaining his B.F.A. in Dance Performance. He Â has worked with many critically acclaimed artists such as, Bill T. Jones, Nina Watt, Noa Zuk, Danielle Agami, Bill Evans, Joanie Smith, Molissa Fenley, and Zvi Gotheiner among others. Dan is a performer, teacher and choreographer who is currently interested in the mergence of semantic expression and body composition as they relate to the human condition. He has expanded his own work under RDT’s EMERGE Series and at the Salt Lake Fringe Festival. Other choreographic projects can be seen throughout the states of Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Dan continues to craft his own future work with the art of dance, and is grateful to be able to progress alongside a beautiful community.
Ursula was born in Houston, Texas where she began her training at the Houston Ballet Academy. Since then she has studied under various schools including those at the Boston Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Alvin Ailey, and the Edge Performing Arts Center. She then made the journey to Utah and attended the University of Utah’s Ballet Department. Since graduation, she has performed with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Prism Dance Theatre, and River North. Since her return to Salt Lake she is proud to have performed with RawMoves, Movement Forum, and Influx Dance. Ursula joined Repertory Dance Theatre in 2013.
Sara Pickett is a dance educator and choreographer in the Salt Lake City area currently faculty at the University of Utah School of Dance. Sara received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah as a recipient of a University Teaching Award.
She also received the Lindquist Creative Arts Fellowship through Weber State University. Sara danced professionally with Rick Robinson’s Total Control, and was a core member of Millennium, a hip hop company in Denver, Co. with Kenny Jimenez. She is a co-founder and producer of BRINE, a concert of dance works presented in Salt Lake City now in its fourth season. Sara’s choreography has been performed at the University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Idaho State University, the American College Dance Association, Lagoon Park, and the Colorado Academy of the Arts, among others.
Hannah Sterling, who is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began her preprofessional training at The Rock School for Dance Education; as well as the San Francisco Ballet School, Chautauqua Dance Institute and American Ballet Theatre New York summer intensives. Hannah competed in a ballet competition, Youth America Grand Prix, where she won first place in the senior classical ballet division for the Northeast region in 2011. She also placed in the top twelve for classical and contemporary categories from 2011-2013 as well as receiving scholarship offers and contracts from the international finals of Youth America Grand Prix held in New York, New York. Being offered opportunities to dance professionally from the Munich Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Hannah decided to attend the University of Utah in 2013 and was hired by Ballet West II in 2015. There she danced a diverse repertoire that ranged from classical and contemporary pieces; she danced a lead role in Ballet West’s resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte’s piece called, “Piece of My Heart”. Other ballets she danced in included Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Symphony in C, Chaconne, repertoire from Bourneville, and many more. She is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit Project L.E.A.P.
Victoria is originally from Michigan where as a teenager she was honored to perform as the Sugar Plum alongside the American ballerinas of Cynthia Harvey, Evelyn Cisneros, and Kyra Nichols in Detroit’s Nutcracker, which inspired her towards a professional career in ballet. She pursued her training and graduated with honors on full scholarship from the Professional Program of the Kirov Academy of Ballet. During this time, she trained under Alla Sizova, Ludmila Sakharova, and Nikolai Morozov and was honored to perform the lead role, Masha from the Nutcracker, with the Kirov Ballet on their North American tour. She also graduated with honors on full scholarship and diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and received additional training from the School of American Ballet, Chicago City Ballet (now Ballet Chicago), Pennsylvania Ballet (now The Rock School), and Briansky Ballet.
Her professional career includes dancing for a span of 14 years as a Soloist with Universal Ballet Company of Seoul, Korea, under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov, Bruce Steivel, Roy Tobias, and Julia Moon across 14 countries, dancing on the major stages of the world in America, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan,Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland. She also danced in the states with Tulsa Ballet Theatre under the direction of Marcello Angelini and Roman Jasinski and Dayton Ballet Theatre under the direction of Dermot Burke. She performed a repertoire of over 70 ballets including 19 classical full lengths, 27 ballets, 15 contemporary ballets, and 10 Balanchine ballets.
Upon retirement, she served as the Academy Director of Nevada Ballet Theatre where she led 600 students and a faculty of 16. She established and directed the Nevada Ballet Theatre Youth Company consisting of 90 dancers who participated in over 42 community performances, worked with Nevada Ballet Theatre trainees, and implemented a Vaganova pre-professional ballet program of levels 1 to 8, a Ballet Training program of levels 1-8, a Children’s program, a Dance program, an Adult program, and a Boys program with great success. She also served as ballet faculty at Universal Ballet Academy in Korea and D.C., and as Ballet Director of the Art Ballet Center in Korea, Metropolitan Ballet Academy and Theatre in Michigan, and the Rock Center for Dance in Nevada.
In Utah, she served as Assistant Professor Lecturer and Associate Director of Utah Ballet in the Department of Ballet at the University of Utah, Ballet Director at Park City Performing Arts Academy (now Ballet West Academy), and ballet faculty at Salt Lake City Ballet, Creative Arts Academy, and Barlow Arts Conservatory.
Victoria is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher in the full ABT® National Training Curriculum Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor who has completed comprehensive training in Yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy and the art of teaching at the White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara, California.
Edromar “Mar” Undag is a dance artist, choreographer, and teacher who graduated from the University of Utah and earned a BFA in Modern Dance in 2017.
Throughout his dance career, Mar has had the great pleasure of performing in various works by choreographers including Juan-Carlos Claudio, Katie Faulkner, Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti, Stephen Koester, Dave Massey, Sadie Weinberg, Teresa Jankovic, and Stephen Petronio.
In addition to his academic and performance pursuits, Mar has had his own choreographic work presented in various platforms including the American College Dance Association, Marriott Center for Dance, MiraCosta Theater, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Peery’s Egyptian Theater, the Salt Palace Convention Center, and in the fertile ground festival of new work.
From his performance and choreographic endeavors, Mar has discovered an affinity for teaching. During his undergraduate studies he taught at multiple local studios in Utah and worked for the University of Utah as a dance instructor for the REFUGES program in conjunction with ArtsBridge.
Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Mar has worked with Polaris Dance Theater, where he danced in both the company’s productions as well as presented his own work.
Ofa has been dancing since his junior year of high school. Ofa and his two best friends started up a dance crew called The After Hours Crew (AHC). The crew had connections with a dance teacher who allowed the crew to practice after hours to perfect their skills. After the crew got going, they made their way into the dance scene by doing local workshops, small dance gigs, attending battles among other functions. Ofa performs with NuTribe and Underground crew and teaches at Millennium Dance Complex in Salt Lake City.