Our Dance Staff

DANCE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Devin Larsen

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.

TEAM COORDINATOR

Bailey Holladay

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.

DANCE FACULTY

Taylor Holladay Memmott

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 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.

BALLET FACULTY

Brooke Bennett

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 fall of 2017 and later had the opportunity to perform that piece in the gala at 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.