Originally from South Jordan, UT, Bailey Holladay is an experienced choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor. Bailey trained in entirety at The Winner School in Holladay, UT, under Ashley Butler Autry and Shannon Hendrix. Upon graduation, Bailey was invited to intern with the renowned dance convention Adrenaline Dance Inc, in which she assisted choreographers such as Nick Bass, Justin Giles, Jenn Freeman, Caroline Lewis-Jones, and Chris Jacobson during the convention’s year-long national tour. Bailey began her professional career as a company member and soloist with Divinity Dance Company, with whom she spent two seasons. She has participated in numerous performances, industrials, and video projects, including Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Redux Nutcracker, two Cityworks industrials, the Palm Springs choreographic festival at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs, CA, and a Greatest Showman musical video that premiered worldwide on ESPN. In addition, Bailey’s choreography has been recognized on both a local and national level through multiple awards from competitions around the nation. Bailey currently attends the University of Utah, where she is studying both Human Development and Modern Dance. In addition, she is a part of The Createdby; Collective, a project-based company that focuses primarily on dance and video work. She is also the company director at Vision Dance and Learning Center, where she oversees the artistic growth and development of over a hundred students ages six to sixteen. Bailey’s greatest dream is to utilize the social, academic, and health benefits of dance to promote community and activity among less privileged children around the state of Utah. Bailey loves to help kids of all ages and backgrounds find their unique artistic voices, especially at Vision Dance Center.
Brooke Bennett is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. There she began her training with Southern Performing Arts Academy and later began performing with their Pre-professional company, Southern Ballet Theatre. During this time she was able to attend and perform at Southeast Regional Ballet Association and Regional Dance Association. Brooke is a graduate of Utah Valley University where she received her BFA in dance with a ballet emphasis in the summer of 2018. Brooke received various scholarships throughout her studies at UVU, including a half-tuition ballet scholarship along with the Dean Merit Scholarship 2015-2016. She then received a full-tuition ballet scholarship in the fall of 2016, which she maintained until she graduated. Brooke also received UVU’s School of the Arts Merit Award for Ballet. Throughout her 4 years at UVU she performed with Repertory Ballet Ensemble. Brooke also had the opportunity to work and perform with Repertory Dance Theatre in the fall of 2017 and later had the opportunity to perform that piece in the gala at the American College Dance Association in spring of 2018. After graduating from UVU, Brooke danced with Utah Metropolitan Ballet for 2 years. Brooke has taught ballet to students of varying skill levels at multiple studios throughout Utah and Salt Lake County.
Chandler was born and raised in Arizona where her love for dance began. She grew up training in ballet but decided to increase her abilities by joining Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s modern dance company Transcendance where after 2 years she graduated with her associates of arts degree. After graduating she transferred to Brigham Young University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in dance education. While at BYU she was an Arts Bridge Scholar where she created and taught lessons to teach academic concepts through dance in public schools. She also was a member of one of BYU’s top touring companies Theatre Ballet where she had the opportunity to perform in many roles such as the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, soloist in Gerald Arpio’s Birthday Variations, and Sapphire variation in Sleeping Beauty. She also trained in the summer of 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she studied ballet, contemporary and gaga with prestigious faculty members. Her choreography “Through the Notions” was selected to represent BYU in 2018 at the American College Dance Festival in Colorado. Currently, she dances professionally with SALT Contemporary Dance on their second company. She continues to share her passion for dance education through teaching at several local dance studios, BYU summer dance camps, and SALT Contemporary Dance’s outreach program at local elementary schools. As a dance educator Chandler strives to provide high-quality education in fine arts so every student can receive the cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits from dance. She’s passionate about teaching proper technique through the view of anatomy and respect for the body, training through musicality and artistry, allowing time for discussion and student-centered learning, and providing a positive and uplifting learning environment. She believes dance not only teaches technique but life skills and will inspire growth in all aspects of her students’ lives.
Rachelle began her ballet training at age 7 at the Classical Ballet Conservatory in Orem, Utah, where she fell in love with ballet. At age 12 she auditioned into BYU’s Theatre Ballet Youth Artists program, where she continued her classical ballet training until age 18. She performed youth roles in The Nutcracker with Ballet West and Utah Regional Ballet. As a teenager, she was accepted into several summer intensive ballet programs, including Boston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and was awarded a Ballet West teachers association scholarship. She was on Orem High School’s Dance Company, serving as president and the Dance Sterling Scholar her senior year. She attended BYU with a ballet scholarship and performed and toured with Theatre Ballet, under the direction of Jan Dikwell and Jennie Creer-King. She then performed and competed with the national champion BYU Cougarette dance team for two years, with an officer scholarship. She graduated from BYU in 2002 with a BA in Ballet and loved studying different forms of dance and art. She has traveled all over Europe and the Near East studying History and Art and enjoys learning about other cultures. She has taught at Vision since its opening and loves her Vision family so much! She is very passionate about ballet and trying to instill a love for it in her students. She and her husband Dusty have four children and live in Draper.
Devin originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. Received her pre-professional training from the Ballet West Academy for 10 years prior to joining Ballet West as a Trainee on scholarship. During her time as a trainee Devin trained with Ballet West II where she was mentored by Ballet West II Director Mark Goldweber, Devin also toured around the state of Utah with Ballet West II, performing educational outreach programs in Productions of “The Nutcracker” as Clara and “The Sleeping Beauty” as Lilac Fairy, White Cat and Princess Aurora. She also attended summer intensives at Walnut Hill School For The Arts, Orlando Ballet and Ballet West on scholarship. Devin has danced professionally with Ballet Memphis, Oklahoma City Ballet as a corps de ballet artist and Central West Ballet as a soloist. Devin has performed works by renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Dennis Spaight, Agnes De mille, Marius Petipa, Rene Daveluy and many more! Devin’s also a guest artist with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for their production of “The Nutcracker”. Devin has been teaching for many years and just finished 2 seasons with The Winner School as their main Ballet Instructor. Devin loves mentoring young dancers and helping them reach their fullest potential.
Taylor Holladay Memmott is a professional dancer and dance educator from South Jordan, UT. Growing up, she trained at The Winner School in their dance program under Shannon Hendrix and Ashley Butler Autry. After graduating, Taylor received collegiate modern dance training from Utah Valley University, where she attended on a partial tuition dance scholarship. During her time there, Taylor was a member of Contemporary Dance Ensemble under Professor Monica Campbell of Diavolo fame. As a dancer with Contemporary Dance Ensemble, she performed alongside Repertory Dance Theatre in Andy Noble’s “Tower”, which won a variety of awards at ACDA in Boulder, Colorado, that same year. Taylor has also been involved with numerous professional dance companies, including SoulEscape, SALT II, and Divinity Dance Company, with whom she spent five seasons and performed multiple soloist roles. Taylor also spent two years with Odyssey Dance Theatre, and while employed there performed in over ten full-length shows, including the iconic Thriller, and completed two spring tours in Germany. Currently, Taylor attends the University of Utah, where she studies Economics and Modern Dance, and teaches at Vision Dance and Learning Center in South Jordan, UT. Above all, Taylor values collaborative experiences, visceral movement exploration, and critical thinking skills in her approach to dance. The CreatedBy; Collective is a culmination of everything she has grown to love about dance, and she is eager to see it continue to grow, adapt, and blossom.
I have been dancing since the age of 2, I grew up training at The Winner School in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and musical theatre. After high school, I went to The University of Utah and received a minor in Modern dance. I am currently at Utah State University studying Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources.
Throughout my training, I have studied many forms of dance and have received many scholarships, awards, been a part of commercial work, etc. This is my fourth season at Vision, I have been the company coordinator for two years and the tiny tots coordinator for a year. Dance has always been a passion of mine and I love sharing my passion with others. Although dancing has always been a passion, I have discovered teaching is just as much of a passion. I love watching these talented young dancers grow, explore, and become amazing human beings. They teach me more each and every day than I could ever teach them. I am excited to continue my training and can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here at Vision Dance Center.
Outside of teaching and dancing I also enjoy traveling, humanitarian work, snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, and most activities outdoors. Teaching and helping others has always been a big passion and this is why humanitarian work is something I enjoy so much. I have learned many new ways to teach Vision students by teaching others all around the world.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan Higgins did not find dance until his sophomore year of college, ultimately obtaining his B.F.A from the University of Wyoming. Dan is a current company with Repertory Dance Theater(SLC,UT), the nation’s longest standing repertory company, and he splits his time creating and directing his own critically acclaimed work throughout the western United States. He has worked with many artists such as Bill T. Jones, Nina Watt, Noa Zuk/Ohad Fishof, Danielle Agami, Lar Lubovitch, Bill Evans, Ihsan Rustem, and Zvi Gotheiner among others. In the fall of 2018, ZviDance invited Dan to join them in residency at the Temporada Internacíonal De Danza Contemporanea-Danzamed Medellín, Colombia. Dan is a performer, choreographer and educator who is currently interested in the mergence of semantic expression and body composition as they relate to the human condition. Over the past three years, he has spent much of his free time choreographing two evening length productions, IN. MEMORY. OF. and SPEAK. Dan plans to continue to pursue his art form with an ever-changing perspective as he is grateful to be able to progress alongside the many communities for which he is a part of.
Hope Parker originates from Denver, CO. At the age of seventeen, she relocated to New York to train with the Joffrey Ballet School. While at Joffrey, she trained extensively in many genres including Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Latin Jazz. She has had the incredible opportunity to perform works by Donald Byrd, Josie Walsh, Chet Walker, John Pennington, Kevin Wynn, Daniel Gwertzman, and Ephrat Asherie. Hope has also trained with well-respected companies such as Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance, and the Radio City Rockettes. While in NYC, she performed works ranging from Ballet to Cabaret to Hip Hop, and additionally was part of a singing and dancing pop group. She has had the privilege of dancing professionally for Breton Follies, the Off-Broadway hit, A Brooklyn Boy, and much more. Currently, she dances and tours internationally with Odyssey Dance Theatre, teaches and choreographs for dance studios and ice-skating teams around UT, instructs group and private Pilates and personal training lessons, and creates workouts for an online Pilates platform. While teaching, Hope emphasizes the importance of quality over quantity, allowing for proper execution and understanding of movement. She is thrilled to share her passion, drive, and knowledge with the dancers at Vision!
Marki was born and raised in SLC where she began dancing before she could even walk, at least that’s what her mom tells her. She is trained in all areas of dance but specializes in jazz technique. Throughout her dance career, Marki had been a member and leader of many award winning teams including Hillcrest Drill Team, holding state and national championship titles, and the UVU Dance Team, national champions. In 2004 she was awarded the title of Miss Dance Drill Team Utah. Marki began teaching in 2004, after high school and has since taught dance/drill camps throughout Utah, as well as choreographed routines for high school teams and studios.
Along with being a teacher at Vision, Marki is a wife, mom, and makeup artist. She loves to inspire and touch the lives of other individuals, she believes that’s truly what is most important during our time here.
Cassidy Hamre was born and raised in Utah. She started dancing at 2 years old and has loved it ever since. Cassidy grew up competing in the dance world, training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. She then went on to Millennium Dance Complex SLC to train with their hip hop crew and Company. She’s trained with Millennium staff like Jeffrey Louizia, Marty Kudelka, Cj Salvador, and many more. She’s been a dance extra in the movie Saturday’s Warrior, and performed multiple times in Odyssey Dance Theaters production Thriller. Cassidy’s passion is teaching young kids to love dance. She loves seeing the light turn on in their eyes when they finally perfect something new. Cassidy hopes to teach little dancers for the rest of her life!
Matisse has been dancing competitively at Vision since the age of 7 years old. She trains in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern. She was a member of Jr Underground Dance Crew for the 2018 season and was on Corner Canyon Dance Company from 2019-2020. Matisse has participated in many performances with Odessy Dance Theatre including Thriller and Redux Nutcracker. She has trained at numerous dance conventions and has been awarded scholarships. Outside of dancing and teaching she loves hiking and skiing and has a passion for photography.