We believe that the Arts benefit a child's development immeasurably
Wasatch Arts Center is a professional school of dance and music providing an environment rich in artistic expression and talent. We have provided quality education in both dance and music for the past decade. We emphasize the importance of learning proper technique in a wholesome, family friendly atmosphere without the pressures of competitions or immodest dress or movement. Each child excels through learning and growing in the performing arts. Give your child the opportunity to grow in our nurturing and wholesome environment!
"The director and dance teachers at Wasatch Arts Center are professional, knowledgeable and concerned about training students correctly."Amy, West Jordan
"I am very impressed with how much my two daughters have learned in a short amount of time. My girls have danced at a few other studios, and WAC is by far their favorite. "Nikole, Riverton
"I trust Wasatch Arts! I appreciate their dedication to providing my daughter quality dance instruction, in an uplifting and positive dance environment. Their studio is welcoming and feels like a family."Jodi, Riverton
"We appreciate the modest costumes, professional staff, and recitals that are on par with any top ballet company. We are especially pleased that Wasatch Arts Center does not encourage competition among dancers, but allows each child, regardless of skill level, to flourish."The Dale Family, Draper
The joy of dance
We believe all can experience the joy of dance and the benefits of disciplining the mind and body that this art form requires. Our primary mission is for the development of our dancer’s technique and to provide a positive atmosphere which builds self-esteem and the love of this cherished art form.
With Family Values at our core, dancers are free to enjoy dance without inappropriate costumes, movement or music. We believe that performances, rather than competitions, provide the best benefit for young dancers. Stage experience is available at our December Showcase and Year-end June Recital, enabling them to develop confidence, poise and stage manners. View our FAQ here.
Classical ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers can transfer their skills into any other dance discipline they may decide to pursue.
Hip Hop is one of the most popular styles of dancing. Hip Hop is a genre for more individualized style. It involves much improvisation.
Tap dancers wear shoes that have metal plates on the bottom. As the dancer moves, the plates click against the dance floor. Tappers can create a variety of percussive rhythms with their feet.
Modern is a style that is more abstract in both form and content. It has less structured forms of movements and is generally performed with a released or relaxed quality. It has been influenced by many different dance styles and cultures such as, African jazz, jazz music, ballet, and eastern dance styles. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, and Lester Horton all developed their own unique style and techniques that have influenced Modern today.
Wasatch Arts Center Performing Companies are designed for dancers wishing to develop their technique and artistry in dance while experiencing a significant number of performance opportunities. Dance Companies focus on performing, applying technique, and building a community of dancers. Company experiences teach students to excel in dance and prepare them for high school, college, and professional auditions and companies. An audition is required for Dance Company.
The benefits of Music Study
Music provides much more than aesthetic benefits. Many studies have demonstrated a link between active music making and increased academic success. One of the best ways to benefit from music is through private lessons. as they help teach your student the proper theory and technique in their chosen instrument. We believe that finding the right teacher can make all the difference with your student's progress. We offer private instruction in violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, and tuba. All lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long and are available for students ranging in ability from beginning to late intermediate. Our starting ages vary between instruments.
We offer private instruction in violin, viola or cello for ages 5 to adult. Our strings curriculum combines Suzuki Method and a Traditional program. For younger children we highly encourage a parent to sit in on the lesson to help the student at home with things such as posture and hand positioning.
We offer private instruction for acoustic, electric, bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin in almost every style from rock to jazz and classical to pop starting at age 8.
Schedule & Fees
Annual Registration Fee
$30 per student, $50 per family
Tuition is based on a 10 month session, not on a per class basis. Tuition payment options include 1) Annual (payment in full at the beginning of the year); 2) Biannual (divided across two semesters); 3) Monthly (divided across 10 months). Please note: Full monthly tuition is required in December and June.
Monthly Tutition Rates (Per Class Length)
Multiple Class/Family Discount: We offer an $8.00 discount, per class, for siblings and/or when adding additional classes.
We have a December and June Recital. The participation fee is $30 per student per recital and is due November 1st and May 1st. Recital Fees are non-refundable even if the student drops. Recital fee pays for recital hall rental, custodial services, lighting and sound technicians, and other production costs. It does not pay for regular tuition. Each recital fee includes 2 complimentary tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased. Recital DVDs can be ordered for $20 each.
Costume fees range from $65 - $100, depending on class, and are due October 1st. Costume Fees are non-refundable. The same costume is used for the December AND June Recital. (Costume fees are due at time of registration for those registering after the Christmas recital.)
For any additional questions please contact our helpful staff by phone at 801-253-6323
August 18 & 19th Open House 6 to 8 pm
August 29th, Dance Classes Begin
September 5th, Labor Day, no classes
September 19 - 23th, Bring a Friend Week
October 1st Costume Fee Due
October 20 – 21, Fall Recess, no classes
October 29, Studio Halloween Party, 6 to 8 pm
October 31st, No classes
November 14 – 18, Parent’s Observation Week
November 23 – 26, Thanksgiving Break, no classes
December 1 or 2, Festival of Trees, TBA
December 9 -10, Christmas Recital, South Hills Middle School
December 15 – 17, Nutcracker, Oquirrh Mountain Ballet
December 19 – January 2, Christmas Break- no classes
January 16, Martin Luther King Day, CLASSES WILL BE HELD
February 13 - 17, Bring a Friend Week
February 20, President’s Day, no classes
April 12 – 15, Parent’s Observation Week
April 10 to April 14, Spring Break
Picture Day, TBA
May, Dance Company Auditions, TBA
May 29, Memorial Day, no classes
June 6 - 8, Year End Recital, Bingham High School
June 16, Last day of Classes
July 10 – August 18 Summer Session
We have a team of truly talented artists. You'll love 'em!
Meet our Faculty and Administrative Staff
Alice White has been involved with the dance industry for over a decade, including work with Expanding Harmony in Brookings, South Dakota and Pure Movement Dance Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has also been involved in the music world for much of her life. She ran her own private piano studio for several years. Alice has a strong focus on education and earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University. She taught public school-aged students and tutored math and reading to youth and adult students. Her education and experience is an asset to the growing dance, music, and preschool programs at Wasatch Arts Center.
Alice's vision includes a dance studio that focuses on technique, artistic expression, and personal growth and development. Her vision, as a mother herself, is to provide parents and families with a safe and friendly atmosphere that is truly a "home" away from home. Under her direction Wasatch Arts Center promotes family values and a focus on modesty in costume, music, and choreography. Alice is married to Dr. Joseph White and they are blessed with 8 wonderful children, all of which are learning to expand and share their talents in music and dance.
Amy Hoggard began dancing when she was 6 years old; first taking classes at her neighborhood studios and then with the modern dance company at her high school. Amy had the amazing opportunity to spend a summer in New York City with her high school dance company. While there she took classes from the Martha Graham Studio, the Nikolai Lewis Studio, and the Merce Cunningham Studio. After high school, Amy spent three years studying dance at Utah Valley State College and performing in the dance company Syrnergy. She has also taken several classes and workshops offered at RDT, UVU and BYU since attending college. Besides dancing, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Alyssa grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota dancing with the Youth Dance Ensemble. She studied ballet, tap and jazz and performed with The Joffery Ballet Nutcracker and a variety of other performances. At age 18 she had already taught dance for two years, choreographed for the local opening premier of Moulin Rouge, taken classes in New York and captained the varsity dance team. She was one of two freshmen to make Arizona State’s Dance Team. After her freshman year she moved back to Minnesota and continued teaching dance and finished her Bachelor’s degree in the Education of Children in the Arts and a minor in Educational Psychology. Alyssa was a frequent guest choreographer for the professional NBA dance team MN Timberwolves and also had pieces featured with Christopher Watsons Dance Company. Besides teaching, she also choreographed for local college theatre productions and The Fringe Festival.
Alyssa have taught dance for over 14 years in a variety of studios and states. She moved to Utah three years ago with her husband. Teaching dance is her true passion but, when not in the studio you will usually find her at her day job as a consultant for an ophthalmology practice or outside enjoying the mountains.
Jessica Bilbo has been teaching for six years. She's had the pleasure and honor to teach all sorts of genres including: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and Special Needs Ballet. Jessica has taken classes and workshops with world class choreographers including: Mandy Moore, tWitch, Legacy, Teddy Florence and Doug Caldwell. She has been the Co-Director for Chance Dance Troupe-a dance Company focused on improving the lives and community around it through charity work. Her number one passion in life is being able to express everything with movement and music combined and she feels extremely blessed to have been able to pass that passion on to children.
Isabella has trained in dance at Expanding Harmony in SD, Pure Movement Dance Institute in NE and Wasatch Arts Center in UT. She is currently majoring in Modern Dance at Utah Valley University and has the privilege of training with Natalie Desch, John Allen, Jill Edwards, and Monica Campbell among many others. In addition to Modern, Isabella has experience teaching many other dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap. Isabella is also trained as a classical pianist and is our studio piano teacher. She has studied with Tricia West and UVU faculty. She loves the dance and music world and the joy that comes from teaching and helping others achieve their goals.
My name is Keith Embrey HIP-HOP Cordinator /coach for Wasatch Arts Center. I'm born and grew up on the west side of Chicago. I been dancing about 15 years of my life far as I can remember. Dance save me from a lot of things such as Chicago Gangs, Streets, and other things that would put be in my grave. I grew up with 7 kids in the house being raised by my grandmother and granddad . All brothers, sisters and cousins. Stayed in school and graduated from high school. Got an fulltime job with teaching studios downtown and that's when my life began. I moved to Salt Lake City utah to better myself and heard this place was another world so I gave it a shot. And hear I am loving it. I'm currently on an all styles professional dance company called UNDERGROUND DANCE CREW. Any style of dance you can think of someone on there have mastered it. Teaching here at Wasatch arts center have been an amazing experiments and looking forward to the years to come to grow and share the talent and fundamentals of all styles hip-hop thank you
Alexandria is a lifelong dancer who is proficient in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap technique. She has much experience in being the performer, the instructor, and the choreographer. Currently, Alexandria is pursuing a BFA in Ballet at Utah Valley University. She has the priceless opportunity to perform with the Repertory Ballet Ensemble there. Her dance training spanned from beginnings in Nebraska and continued around many studios across Utah including Wasatch Arts Center and Jacqueline’s School of Ballet. As if dancing wasn’t enough, Alexandria is also classically trained on the cello. She has studied with various local teachers and most recently with the late Ryan Selberg, former principal cellist of the Utah Symphony. Since dance and music have filled her life, she is constantly creating and applies the elements of art to all aspects of life. She loves all aspects of the Performing Arts, specifically teaching. Alexandria hopes to instill passion and excellence in all her students and help them learn to love creating and expressing themselves.
Brittany fell in love with dance when she was 3 years old. She grew up training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop and tap. In high school she was selected to be the president of the Lone Peak dance company and was a part of Step Up: a high school company run by the Rire-Woodbury professional dance company. Brittany was also the State Runner up in the dance category of the Sterling Scholar competition. She was a featured dancer in the 12 Dogs of Christmas II movie and was part of a Getty Images dance photo shoot. She has received choreography awards from the UDEO and the American College Dance Festival. Brittany currently attends UVU where she has been a part of their Synergy Dance Company. Brittany loves to teach and choreograph. She is excited to share her love of dance!
Movement to music started at a very young age when Summer's mom enrolled her in competitive roller skating! After earning the status of "Super-Tot Champ," at age 4, she left the wheels behind and began acrobatics and dance lessons. In junior high, Summer began assisting dance classes which later led to an instructor position as she matured. Cheerleading throughout jr. high allowed Summer to develop teamwork with her dance and tumbling passions. Dance Company in high school allowed Summer's choreographing opportunities to broaden; teaching her peers was a highlight! A year of ballroom helped Summer appreciate the art of dancing with a partner. College years took this CA girl to BYU where she enrolled in many jazz and tap classes. Graduating with her B.S. in education led her into her role as MOM. Summer's first child was a girl and she's passed on her love for dance to Sara through lessons she taught for the neighborhood children (in their basement). A move to AZ offered Summer a chance to teach in a studio setting once again. She takes all of these unique experiences to help this next generation develop a love for movement to music in a wholesome and positive atmosphere.
Leslie is a former Juilliard student. She studied with Ivan Galamian and Elizabeth Holborn. She has taught strings in both public schools and in private lessons for over 40 years. Recently, two of her high school students have been accepted into four year universities with full music scholarships. She has performed with notable orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has been a studio musician and has recorded with many famous artists.
Jamie Ward is a native of Southern California. She trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop at Imperial Dance Studio. She continued dancing there until starting high school. It was then she became a member of the varsity dance team, Dance Production at Brea Olinda High School. After high school she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. At BYU, she taught tap and performed in multiple World of Dance shows with BYU’s best tap dancers. She later became a member of the Foot Poetry Tap Company and continues to tap with them today.
Lynette has been dancing her whole life and teaching for 7 years now in various environments. She grew up dancing at a studio in Ogden, Utah, and then moved to Brigham Young University where she toured with the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble for 3 years in both national and international tours. As a member of the International Folk Dance Ensemble she specialized in percussive dance because of her background in tap dance and has performed tap, power tap, traditional clogging, Irish, and French Canadian in addition to many other non-percussive international dances. Before her time at BYU she competed both in the jazz/tap competition circuit as well as the power tap/clogging competition circuit. She has experience teaching all ages, from 3 to 90 and has taught most dance styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, clogging, world dance, and tap.
Sarah has been playing the oboe for over 10 years. She has enjoyed many opportunities to teach and perform on different occasions. This includes several performing ensembles on the University level as well as within the community. Recently, Sarah graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters of Music in Instrumental Performance and previously she received a Bachelors of Arts from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Sarah has studied with several teachers from around the Salt Lake Valley, including Susan Swidnicki of the Ballet West Symphony and currently with Bob Stephenson, principal oboist of the Utah Symphony. In addition to playing the oboe, Sarah plays the piano, flute, clarinet, and saxophone. Aside from music, Sarah is has a love for ballet. She grew up dancing with local ballet studios and in the Midwest. She has an immense passion for the Arts and is eager to share it with her students.
Jessica began her dance training in San Diego at the age of 5. At California Ballet School mainly focused on ballet technique. However, she also studied Jazz, Modern Famenco, and Character Dance. When she was 17 she became an apprentice to the California Ballet Company. She had the privilege to perform in many professional ballets such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. Jessica moved to Utah to pursue a degree in Child Development and has danced with Mountain West Ballet Company. She has been married for nearly 6 years and is the proud mother of two. Jessica loves children and enjoys watching them develop a passion for dance as she encourages them to be the best they can be.
Crystal started dancing at the age of 2. She is a graduate of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Singing and Acting.
Outside of the school she trained at National Ballet, Stage 7, West Coast Ballet Educational Cultural Complex and Mesa College. She has been a performer, choreographer and has been taught various dance styles and participated in countless shows, conventions and industrial productions for the past 30 years.
Crystal started singing and dancing in Musical Theatre shows at SDSCPA and branched out to Starlight and Moonlight Theatre. Her favorite shows include “Guys and Dolls (1988), “Dreamgirls (1989/2006), “42nd Street” (1990), “Singing in the Rain” (1991), and “Aida” (2007).
Crystal was also a dancer for the San Diego Gulls Pro Hockey Team, where she had the opportunity to have a role in the Universal Pictures movie “Bring It On” (2000), an MTV sitcom, “18 Wheels of Justice” and a spot in the” Playstation Game NBA Shoot Out” (2002).
Amber Rich grew up here in Utah, enjoying gymnastics, singing, and dance. She attended Snow College where she was awarded both academic and dance scholarships and was a student in the college's top level of classes for Dance Majors/Minors. This gave her opportunities in performance, elementary school dance outreach, and dancing with a professional music concert. She was also involved in Dance Club, Women's Choir, Piano, and majored in Education. She graduated in 1999 and worked in the child care field for eight years, during which she earned a Child Development Associates Preschool Certification. Amber has taught preschool, private kindergarten, and served three years as a center director.
Amber started teaching here, at Wasatch Arts Center, in 2004. She has also taught dance independently from 2003-2008. In 2008 Amber was able to help start up Wasatch Arts Center's preschool program and has been thrilled to be here exclusively ever since! She has taught creative movement, ballet, tap, and jazz. She loves being able to share her love of dance, art, and, music with even the littlest learners! Amber has three children.
Her husband and family enjoy hiking, swimming, sports, reading, watching movies, and just hanging out together!
Carly Schaub currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT and graduated with an M.F.A. in Modern Dance at University of Utah. After earning a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance, from University of Wyoming, she was dancer, teacher, and choreographer for Northern Plains Dance and served as Education Coordinator, dealing with dance outreach programs, in Bismarck, ND, and the surrounding areas of Fort Yates, Beulah, Fargo/Moorhead, and Grand Forks. She also danced as a guest artist for several productions with North Dakota Ballet. Carly has worked with choreographers, Patricia Tate, Peter Pucci, Thomas Shoemaker, Yoav Kaddar, and Marsha Knight, to name a few and has choreographed numerous musicals for Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre, and Bismarck State College. She is currently working on various dance projects in SLC, as well as teaching with a Dance for Parkinson’s program with Grey Matters, and Repertory Dance Theatre.
Danielle began her training of tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet at age 5 at a local dance school. She fell in love with ballet and at age 9 she auditioned for Ballet West’s Nutcracker. For 8 years she performed the direction of Bene Arnold. She also performed in the University of Utah’s and Ballet West’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She trained with Ballet West Academy under the direction of Bene Arnold. While at the academy she was invited to perform in Ballet West’s production of Sleeping Beauty. She attended many summer intensive programs such as American Ballet Theater, Walnut Hill, Long Beach Arts center, Boston Ballet, Nutmeg Conservatory, Austin Ballet, Ballet West and was offered scholarships to attend. She had the privilege of learning and performing Balanchine choreography such as Who Cares and Agon. As a high school student she was accepted into the Ballet Program at the University of Utah where she had the privilege of working with University faculty and guest teachers such as Aspen Ballet instructors, company dancers from Ballet West and many more. She was able to participate on scholarship in the character ensemble program with Rick Wacko. She had the privilege of working and performing with choreographers and teachers such as Otto Neubert, Conrad and Joyce Ludlow, Bene Arnold, Sharee Lane, Jane Wood-Smith and many others. She loves to be able to teach upper ballet classes and pointe with an emphasis on correct technique and core placement. She hopes that her students learn to fall in love with ballet and carry that passion into every aspect of their lives.