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.
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.
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.
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.
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.