Amanda began her dance training at Alabama Dance Academy in Birmingham, AL in 1993. She continued studying ballet, jazz,lyrical and Pointe for the next 12 years. She danced in conjunction with 1995 Miss America Heather Whitestone and the Alabama Ballet. In addition to local performances, she has performed in the Bahamas, Disneyland Paris, Munich, Germany, Atlanta, Georgia, in the Nutcracker on Broadway, the Hollywood Parade, and was invited to dance as a featured performer at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She has performed in many productions including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Patineurs and more. She received a ballet scholarship to Brigham Young University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University. She began teaching at Innovations Dance in 2007. She currently resides in Lehi with her husband and four beautiful children. She loves teaching dance and is anxious to share this art with the community.
Blayke has been dancing for over 28 years. While growing up she trained and competed in jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and gymnastics. She attended Springville High School and was a member and officer on both the D’Velles Drill Team and Dance Company. She was also thrilled to be named the Springville High School Dance Sterling Scholar her senior year. While studying a degree in Community Health at Utah Valley University, she continued her dance training in African, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop. While in college she was a member and officer of the UVU Ballroom Dance Company and competed in both Latin and Standard styles. By attending numerous master classes and workshops over the years, she developed a love of World Dance styles (especially Bollywood dance) and loves to perform and teach these unique styles as much as possible. After being diagonsed with Chiari Malformation as a young adult, she was unable to further her own dancing career and has focused her passion for dance on choreographing and teaching ever since. Blayke began teaching dance in 2007 and was ecstatic to join the Innovations Dance Academy faculty in 2015. She absolutely loves what she does and looks forward to working with her students everyday. She strives to make every class fun, interesting and educational so her students can develop a love of dance while they grow in their dancing abilities. Blayke lives in Lehi with her husband and two daughters.
Kayla has been dancing for 24 years and has been teaching professionally at Innovations dance at Avondale Academy since 2010. She has had a wide range of training which includes Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Creative, Ballroom, Folk Dance and even Ice Dance. The majority of her training came from Artistic Dance and then she moved on to compete with the Masters Company at American Expression of Dance. She was on the Alta Dance Company for two years and even choreographed for them. She had the opportunity to take master classes in New York from Alvin Ailey and New York Dance Company among a few others. While attending Brigham Young University she enjoyed being on the Folk Dance Team and in Tap Company. Her goal as a dance instructor is to instill in students the values and principles she learned from dance growing up. These include self-confidence, friendship, discipline and internal beauty. Equal to that goal is helping dancers to reach their full potential in skill, creative expression and performance. She loves sharing her love of dance with all her students and hopes that they can also find the life-changing joy that dance brings. Besides her love of dance, she also enjoys traveling, the outdoors and Italian food. She married her Colombian sweetheart in 2008 and has two little boys and a baby girl.
Kayla has been dancing for 20+ years with experience and training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, ballroom, hip hop, and creative dance. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and minors in Contemporary Dance and Ballroom Dance. Kayla grew up in Texas and spent most of her training in competitive and performing dance studios as well as her High School drill teams. She was Captain of her drill team which led to many performance and choreography opportunities including performing for halftime professional sports games and dancing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kayla continued her dance training at BYU where she grew her love for contemporary dance. She danced as part of BYU DancEnsemble, Kinnect, and the Ballroom Dance Company as well as competing individually. Kayla loves teaching and sharing her love of dance with others! Kayla joined the Innovations Dance Academy faculty in 2015 and loves working with dancers to inspire joy, hardwork, and their own creative voice through dance. When she’s not dancing, Kayla enjoys running, hiking, baking, crafting, eating cookies, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Allison Rock Provenza (Miss Alli) began dancing at the Academy of Ballet Arts in Sandy, UT at the age of 4 until she was 17. She had the opportunity to perform in Sandy city’s production of the Nutcracker for 10 years dancing various roles as well as performing in Copellia and many other ballet productions. She began taking modern dance in 7th grade and continued her training in modern as a member of the Hillcrest high school dance company. There she had the opportunity of learning from several professional and semi-professional dancers. She then attended UVU (UVSC) followed by the University of Utah both on scholarship. She received a BFA in modern dance from the U and spent an extra year studying to obtain her Utah teaching license. During her time in school she taught dance at various studios and community centers. Upon graduation, Allison was offered a job at Sunset Ridge middle school which she enjoyed tremendously. There she taught 8th and 9th graders all levels of dance, including social dance. After teaching for 6 years in public education she worked with several other teachers on a book, “Dance in the Middle,” a book about middle school dance education. (in pre-publication) After having her first child she began working part time with Innovations Dance Academy. She has enjoyed every minute of this experience. It has been an incredible opportunity to teach all ages, especially working with tiny dancers again. Allison has always had a passion for dance and loves to perform and teach. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 little boys. She also loves hiking, camping, cooking, eating, helping others, yoga, and writing.
Claudia began dancing at age 11 and instantly became obsessed with moving, dancing, and creating. She trained at Westside dance studio in St.George, Utah and also dancing on her high school drill team and dance company. While in St.George she danced with the St.George Ballet, Prostreet Dance Co. and Dixie State college University Dance Company. She went on to study dance at BYU, while there dancing with Contemporary dance theatre, Dance Ensemble and Ballet Showcase, and graduated with her Bachelors in Dance Performance in 2016. She was also privileged to dance with the Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company after graduation. Movement has always brought Claudia immense amounts of joy and she loves nurturing safe and loving learning environments for her students. She finished training as a yoga teacher, finishing her 200 hour RYT and her 300 hour RYT. She currently teaches at Inbalance Yoga. If Claudia is not doing yoga or dancing, you can find her playing outdoors or at home with her two cats. Teaching dance brings so much joy into her life and she never ceases to be amazed by her students.
Mary began dancing 20 years ago at a ballet academy in Connecticut where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She has been in many productions including Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Giselle, Swan Lake and more. She enjoys all forms of dance but ballet has always been her favorite. She attended Brigham Young University where she got a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology while taking many ballet classes during her time there. She has taught dance for several summers at a summer dance camp where she began her love of teaching. This is her second year teaching at Innovations Dance Academy and she has loved every minute of it. She currently resides in Saratoga Springs, Utah with her husband and two wonderful children.
Tiffany began dancing at an early age training in various dance styles including jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and ballet. Tiffany attended Springville High School where she was an officer and a member of the D’velles Drill Team, as well as part of the school’s Dance Company. She has performed in Provo’s Stadium of Fire multiple times and after graduating High School assisted in teaching the Stadium of Fire dancers. Tiffany loves teaching and working with children. She was a live-in nanny on the East coast, worked in a child care facility, and now has the greatest job of being a mom to two adorable girls of her own.
Ashlie Carlile is a dancer, choreographer, pianist, singer, and teacher. She is a student at Utah Valley University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Dance Education. She is a member of UVU’s Synergy Modern Dance Company. Ashlie received her Associate of Science degree from Southern Utah University where she trained in modern dance and ballet and enjoyed performing in both student and faculty choreographed dance concerts. Ashlie enjoys sharing her musical talents and has been featured as a solo vocalist in the Orchestra of Southern Utah and Southern Utah Chorale’s production of Handel’s Messiah in December 2016. As a high school student, her choreography was recognized at the Utah State High School Dance Festival and showcased during the High School Shakespeare Competition at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She hopes to be a dance teacher in secondary education after graduating from college. When Ashlie is not dancing or singing, she is enjoying the outdoors with those she loves or found snuggled in a fuzzy blanket enjoying an adventurous novel.
Jamie has been dancing for 13 years and began her training at Eldorado Hills Dance Academy in Eldorado Hills, California. There, she completely fell in love with ballet. Growing up, Jamie had opportunities to perform in studio productions of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland,as well as in Peru,Ecuador,and China. She also was given the opportunity to choreograph for a school in China,and has been lucky enough to take ballet classes in Russia, where she was also lucky enough to see ballets at the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky. When not dancing, she enjoys baking, swimming, and rooting on every USC football game! Jamie is so excited to continue to be a part of the Innovations Dance Academy family!
Brooke grew up in the beautiful state of Arizona where she came to fall in love with dance. She trained in contemporary/lyrical, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and tap, which she competed in with her studio. She was able to take many masterclasses from choreographers such as, Mia Michaels, Tice Diorio, Nick Lazzarini, and Tessandra Chavez. Brooke was a part of a National winning Pom/Drill team for three years and decided she loved technique and precision. Graduating from BYU with her BFA in Music Dance Theatre, Brooke has a passion for the arts. While at BYU she taught university jazz dance classes to students ages 18-30. And as a teacher today, her focus is on jazz technique and contemporary body movement. Brooke believes in teaching children important skills, such as dance, to help them have a successful and bright future!
Evita Johnson Walton is a Utah native who passionately engages with the arts. She has been dancing for over 20 years and has trained in various styles including ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, ballroom, hip-hop, and Latin American folk. Growing up, Evita danced at various studios where she performed and competed on their dance teams. During her sophomore year of high school, Evita was a member of American Fork High School’s Drill Team. Later she attended Lone Peak High School where she served as Vice President of the Performing Dance Company. As a member of PDC, she had the opportunity to tour to New York City and receive additional training at STEPS, the Alvin Ailey School, and take class from members of the Doug Varone Company. That same year, her ensemble was selected to perform at the closing gala of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Upon graduation from high school, Evita attended Brigham Young University where she earned her BA in Art History and minor in Contemporary Dance. During her time at BYU, she performed as a member of the Ballroom Company, Living Legends, and dancEnsemble. While a part of the Ballroom Company, she also enjoyed competing in Dancesport with her partner in both Latin and Standard ballroom. While on Living Legends, Evita toured throughout the continental US. She has also performed internationally in Peru and in China. In Peru, she performed as a member of the Peruvian Folk Dance group, Pasión por la Danza. In China, she performed multiple times: first, while studying contemporary and Chinese classical dance through BYU’s Contemporary Dance study abroad program; she then returned two years later to perform throughout Beijing and Shanghai alongside performers and artists from the Utah Valley area. Evita is constantly eager to improve her teaching abilities by expanding her education and experience. She is certified in Yoga (YTT 200), and Progressing Ballet Technique. This is Evita’s second year with Innovations and is excited to help her students achieve artistry and refine their technique. Apart from dancing, she enjoys practicing yoga and pilates, cooking with her husband, and hiking with her dog.
Molly started dancing at age 10 in St. George and has never stopped loving it. She has trained in many styles, but her strongest passion resides in ballet. Molly was involved in her high school dance company and drill team until she decided to focus on ballet and jazz technique. She has had the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker, Newsies, and Utah Jazz games. Currently, Molly is living in Orem and studying finance and dance at Utah Valley University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, playing instruments, and trying new things. She hopes to keep sharing her passion with a positive attitude and bring joy to those around her.
Alyssa began dancing ballet at the age of 2 in Florida at the Maranatha School of Dance. After moving to Utah she trained at various dance studios throughout Utah County in ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, and much more, as well as performed with Lone Peak High School Dance Company and Ririe-Woodbury’s High School Dance Program. She then attended UVU where she earned her BFA in Modern Dance and performed with Synergy Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Mosaic Hip Hop Company. Alyssa has traveled to perform all over including New York, Florida, Wyoming and Denmark. After graduation she joined a performing company in Salt Lake City called the Penguin Lady Dance Collective, focusing on contemporary dance. She has taught modern dance at UVU and choreographed various solos, duets, and group pieces at several dance studios around Utah. She has a love for dance, creating, and teaching, and loves to share her passion for dance with her students. When Alyssa isn’t dancing, she loves hiking, camping, rock climbing, traveling, crafts, and spending time with her husband, baby girl, and puppy.
Anni Kentros is so excited to be joining the Innovations Dance Team this year! Anni just moved to Saratoga Springs from St George, UT where she was the Musical Theater Academy Chair and Choreographer at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts. She taught Dance for Musical Theater and was the Director/Choreographer of Hyperion (THS MDT Auditioned Ensemble). She has choreographed THS musicals such West Side Story, Grease, Footloose, and South Pacific. She graduated from THS with a Musical Theater emphasis in 2009. She then had the opportunity to perform professionally at Tuacahn Center for the Arts. Some of the shows she performed in include: Hairspray, Aladdin, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Mary Poppins, and Starlight Express. Anni has also been involved as the Director and Choreographer of the Summer Musical Theater Camp “Desert Stars” at Tuacahn. In addition, Anni spent part of her career in Orlando, Florida. In that time she worked as a performer at Disney World and also as a dancer for the production company Two Left Feet. In 2014, Anni graduated from Dixie State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. She began choreographing in the southern Utah community being involved in productions such as Peter and the Starcatcher (Dixie State University) Fiddler on the Roof (Dixie State) and Music Man (Dixie Middle). In addition, for the past 10 years Anni has taught in multiple dance studios throughout Utah focusing on styles of Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater.
Sabrina started dancing when she was 3 years old. She trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet for 14 years and continued her training at The Academy of Ballet Arts in California. There she performed in many shows including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Coppelia. She loves the technique and discipline in Ballet. In High School, Sabrina was on the dance team at school and started dancing and choreographing many genres including Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Sabrina is currently a student at Utah Valley University studying Deaf studies with an emphasis on Interpreting as well as taking as many dance classes as she can! Teaching at Innovations Dance Academy has brought her so much joy! She loves to teach other dancers and watch them work hard and grow a love for dance just as she did.