SPA Summer Dance Intensive

SPA is excited to offer a summer dance intensive for students ages 12-17 years old. Here are the specific details and how to sign up:

Dates:
9 am - 1 pm, June 20-24, 2022 with a performance on Friday

Location:
Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts - 2291 S 2000 E SLC, UT 84106

Ages:
12-17 years old

Skill level:
Beginner to advanced - you will be placed in a skill-appropriate group

Focus:
Technique, increasing creativity, and developing community

What to bring:
Snacks, water bottle, dance attire, Ballet shoes, Jazz shoes if desired

Cost:
$100 for SPA and Highland students (free for conservatory students), $150 for all other students

Faculty
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Bethany Hansen

Bethany is a graduate of Brigham Young University (BA) and Jacksonville University (MFA), is a sought-after teacher, choreographer, and performer. Bethany is the Head of the Dance Department and Dance Conservatory Director at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts (2007-present). Bethany is also the Assistant Chair of the Dance Department at Westminster College (2014-present). Previously she taught at Ricks College and Brigham Young University – Idaho (2000-2004). Bethany has received many awards including the 2019 Utah Dance Education Organization Teacher of the Year representing Higher Education, 2016 Howard Gilman Fellowship supporting her MFA, the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education 2016 Outstanding Secondary Dance Educator and the SPA Legend award from the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. 

 

Her graduating students have gone on to dance professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre, The Walt Disney Company, Table of Silence Project in NYC, Houston Texan Cheerleader (NFL), Vitacca Ballet, Central West Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Movement Talent Agency, and Stiletto Entertainment; while others have continued their collegiate study on scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatory (London), Ailey/Fordham University (NYC), Marymount Manhattan College (NYC), North Carolina School for the Arts, The Hartt School (Connecticut), Boston Conservatory, CAL Arts (California), University of the Arts (Pennsylvania), Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and many other distinguished programs.

 

As a choreographer, her work has been performed throughout the United States and Canada. She is honored to have trained with Pat Debenham, Peggy Hackney, Alonzo King, Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Christina Teague-Mann, Cari Coble, and John Paul Zaccarini to name a few. She has guest performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Jacksonville University, and with Bay Area Dance in San Francisco. 

 

Her movement can be described as powerful and driven by force, using momentum in an expansive and creative way, playing with the architecture of the body and space fused together by detailed transitions. Yet it finds a controlled release by accessing proper anatomical alignment.

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Michelle Armstrong

Michelle began her early ballet training with Susan Wright and later with Willam Christensen. Under Mr. C’s direction, Michelle danced many leading roles in his original ballets such as “Maggie’s Dream”, “Orpheus”, and “Old Vienna.” 

 

Michelle was a guest artist with the Utah Opera dancing in “Die Fledermaus”, “Aida”, and “Faust.” From 1985–87 Michelle danced with Ballet West and in 1988 with New York City Ballet under the direction of Jacques d’Amboise. In 1991 Ms. Armstrong partnered and studied with Anatoli Kucheruk of the Kiev Ballet, Russia.  She has over 20 years of training in the Russian Method of Ballet and is currently teaching this technique at The Ballet Centre.

 

In 1992 Ms. Armstrong was named Artistic Director of The Ballet Centre where she is the principal choreographer, producing and directing many one-act ballets. In 2002 Michelle Armstrong was awarded a position in the “Ballet Intensive from Moscow” under the direction of Dmitri Roudnev and Svetlana Osiyeva. 

 

Michelle has a BFA in ballet-teaching emphasis, from the University of Utah, and is certified in the National Teaching Curriculum with ABT.  In 2016, Michelle traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to study ballet pedagogy under Mr. Oleg Vinogradov, Artistic Director of Mariinsky Ballet Theater-St. Petersburg, and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters.  

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Coltin Snyder

Coltin Snyder grew up in Tooele, Utah, and began his dance training at age 7 with N-Step Dance Academy under the direction of Pam Snyder and Shanna Cook. Coltin then attended The Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, where he furthered his education under the instruction of Bethany Hansen, Michelle Armstrong, and Jessie Metcalf-McCullough. After graduating, he attended the University of Arizona (UA) where he graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a BSBA in Accounting in May of 2021.


During his time at UA Coltin trained under professionals such as Amy Ernst, Autumn Eckman, Sam Watson, Melissa Lowe, and several other esteemed faculty. He was also very fortunate to perform in works and experience repertory by Martha Graham, Frank Chavez, Paul Taylor, Larry Keigwin, David Parsons, and several other world-renowned artists. While at UA, Coltin also studied and completed the Fletcher Pilates Foundational Program. He spent over 600 hours training in and observing Pilates with Kyria Sabin, Deborah Mendoza, and Martha Eccles-Ramirez to gain his Pilates certification.


Professionally, Coltin has been a guest choreographer for Stansbury High School, Idaho Rhythm Dance Studio, TGA Triple Step Dance, and several other studios in Utah. In September of 2021, Coltin became a full-time inaugural company member at Vitacca Ballet in Houston, Texas. Since joining he has worked with industry professionals such as Andrea Dawn-Shelley, Garret Smith, Stephen Hanna, and several others. He looks forward to many more years of growth and adventure as his professional career continues on!