Annie Breneman received most of her early ballet training from Joan Miller's Palm Beach Ballet Center, Florida. She received a scholarship to attend the University of Utah, and later graduated with a BFA in Ballet. After her freshman year, she was hired by Ballet West as an Apprentice. She was promoted to Soloist in 2005. Annie recently retired from Ballet West after dancing with them for 13 years. Some of her favorite roles were "Giselle," in Jonas Kåge’s Giselle, "Snow Queen," in Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker, "Fairy Godmother," in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, "Lilac Fairy," in Jonas Kåge’s Sleeping Beauty, and "Liberty Bell," in George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes. She also enjoyed working on contemporary choreography, such as works by Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Val Canaparoli, James Canfield, Nicolo Fonte, and many others. Annie has taught over the last fourteen years at various local dance studios in Utah and most recently spent the last year teaching in the Ballet Department at University of Utah, while pursuing her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She is constantly inspired by students wanting to learn about ballet and how their body moves.
Lauren started dancing at the age of 4 and never stopped. She loves all kinds of dance and will continue to learn her whole life. While growing up, she had the opportunity to work with and perform with members of Odyssey Dance Theater, Ririe-Woodbury, and the Salt Lake Symphony. Lauren came to BYU and received a BA in Dance with a Minor in Family Life. While attending BYU, Lauren performed with BYU’s Ballet Showcase Company and Theatre Ballet. She also taught beginning ballet courses at BYU for three semesters. Lauren loves teaching and had the opportunity to teach at BYU’s Modern and Jazz Summer Dance Camps for two summers.
Not only is Lauren a fantastic teacher, she is also a talented piano player, organizer, and interior designer. She loves Broadway musicals and wishes she could sing so she could perform in one. Not afraid to admit she is a chocoholic, Lauren has a love for life and dance which she loves to pass on to her students.
Jessica is from Sandy, Utah. She graduated cum laude from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet as well as a BS in Exercise Physiology. In 2012, Jessica was awarded the Visual & Performing Arts Award by Golden Key International Honour Society for her artistic and academic achievements. She has trained with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Washington School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Ballet West.
Jessica is currently a member of Oakland Ballet Company and has also performed with Municipal Ballet Co., Salt Lake City Ballet, and Utah Ballet. She was also featured in Rebirth, a screen dance film by Ben Estabrook. In addition, Jessica has performed the work of Ohad Naharin, Kyle Abraham, Eddy Toussaint, Shaun Boyle, Carmen Rozenstraten, Alex Kettley, Alessio Silvestrin, and Rick Tjia.
Jessica has choreographed for Ballet West Academy, Municipal Ballet Co., and the University of Utah’s Ballet Showcases. Her work was nominated to represent the ballet department at the American College Dance Festival in the Northwest region.
Maci Mallaia, Hip Hop
Throughout her fourteen years of training in a wide range of dance styles, including in-school dance training at the Salt Lake School for Performing Arts, Maci found an immense passion for hip hop. Early on, she began gaining recognition at dance conventions across America such as Jump, The Pulse, and Monsters of Hip Hop and was granted multiple scholarships. As her talent grew, she was trained by some of the top talents in the industry such as Tre Holloway, Parris Goebel, & Lisette Bustamante. She has been choreographing since before she can remember. She began her teaching career at the age of 14 when the director of her hip hop crew went out of town for a job and trusted her in choreographing for and teaching many of her classes. Since then, she has been invited to dance in many shows, including a Michael Jackson tribute in Las Vegas, and to choreograph for teams and shows across Utah.
Juliana Vorkink Martin
Juliana began her ballet training as a shy three year-old. After realizing that crying through class wasn’t nearly as fun as dancing, she fell in love with ballet. Ms. Vorkink practically grew up in a ballet studio and performed frequently. Despite additional training in modern and jazz, her heart has always belonged to ballet. Juliana not only illustrates to all of her students why ballet is mandatory to be a well-rounded dancer, but that it’s the most beautiful style of dance; she might be slightly biased.
Ms. Vorkink recently completed her BFA in ballet with emphasis in teaching and character dance, as well as a Minor in Business from the University of Utah. She has choreographed numerous contemporary ballet pieces and has been honored to have these works selected for student choreography showcases. Her latest passion is character dance, Performing locally and internationally with the University’s regional company, Character Dance Ensemble.
Juliana was recently certified in American Ballet Theatre’s prestigious National Training Curriculum program, in Primary-Level 7. She aspires to teach her students not only how to be perfect technicians and beautiful artists, but how to improve themselves as individuals; we are people first and dancers second.
Joni Tuttle McDonald
Joni Tuttle began her ballet training under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge, and later received her B.F.A. from Utah Valley University. During that time, Joni joined Utah Regional Ballet and danced professionally for five seasons performing principal roles. She then joined Northwest Dance Project and performed original works by Sarah Slipper, Ihsan Rustem, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Loni Landon, and Lucas Crandall. Following NWDP, she had the experience to work with Michael Nunn and Billy Trevit from the Ballet Boyz on Ovation’s “A Chance to Dance”. She won the opportunity to tour with “So You Think You Can Dance”. Joni has participated in many workshops such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has studied Jirí Kylián works with Fionna Lumis, William Forsythe Improvisation Technologies with Alessio Sylvestri and Ohad Naharin's "gaga" technique and repertoire with Bobby Smith. Joni currently teaches at Brigham Young University, and is the assistant director for BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre. Her new quest is choreography. Joni just won Choreography Design Project Professional division, and is excited to explore choreography in the future. In addition, Joni is dancing professionally with a new company in Utah called Salt Contemporary Dance. She is excited to have so many different opportunities, and to further art in Utah.
Angel was born in Cordoba Argentina in the early 70s and began his dance studies at the age of 5. At the age of 16, he graduated with honors from the National School of Arts in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was awarded a dance diploma from Colon Theatre's The Advanced Art's Institute in Argentina. He has been taught by greats such as Jorge Tomin, Irupe Pereyra Parodi, Olga Ferri, Enrrique Lommi, Lydia Segnni, Liliana Belfiore, and Manolita Suarez Herrera. Angel won Danzamerica's Cooper Award (1990) and Gold Award (1996), the Jose Neglia Award from the Cultural Foundation of Buenos Aires (1993), and he also received a Ballet Teaching Certificate from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina (1994). During the 90s, he performed with different companies around the world in productions such as Swan Lake and Giselle as well as many other productions. He performed at the Julio Bocca Ballet Company (Ballet Argentino) under the direction of Lydia Segnni, on the production of Paquita, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Manuel de Falla's Songs, and Che Tango. Angel has lived in Utah since 2000, receiving a degree in accounting from BYU. He is excited to share his talents with a new generation of dancers and make teaching ballet his full-time career.
Hannah Reid Wilson, Ballet
Hannah Reid began studying classical ballet in Utah at the age of six. While in Utah, she performed a number of soloist roles with Utah Regional Ballet and participated in Regional Dance America/Pacific Region festivals. Hannah received full scholarships to attend Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet summer programs. At the age of 15, she moved to New York City to train at the School of American Ballet. She continued her ballet training at SAB, the official school of New York City Ballet, on full scholarship for the next 3 years. While attending SAB, Hannah had the opportunity to perform with New York City Ballet, in ballets such as Chopiniana, The Sleeping Beauty, and Serenade. In 2005, she received the Anna Whitney Bass Scholarship for Dancers with Outstanding Promise. Upon the recommendation of Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of New
York City Ballet, Hannah received the D.A.N.C.E. Scholarship to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, in Copenhagen, Denmark, as an apprentice. During her career as a ballerina, Hannah trained with the most distinguished dancers and ballet teachers in the
world, including Peter Martins, Kay Mazzo, Suki Schorer, Jock Soto, Darci Kistler, Sean Lavery, Violette Verdy, Christopher Wheeldon , Nikolaj Hübbe and Darla Hoover. Hannah began teaching ballet in 2007, after leaving the Royal Danish Ballet due to an
injury. She enjoys sharing her love and passion for ballet with her students. She graduated from UVU with her Bachelor's degree in communications.
Justine Sheedy-Kramer received her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah Ballet Department, with emphases in Teaching, Choreography, Performance, and Character Dance. She also studied and performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Utah Contemporary Ballet, Exit 12 Dance Company, Ballet Theatre Company, and CONNetic Dance. Justine toured nationally and internationally with Character Dance Ensemble and Eastern Artists, including performances as both a dancer and choreographer in Beijing, London, Los Angeles, New York City, St. Petersburg, and Vancouver. Justine currently teaches Ballet, Pointe, Character Dance, Senior Capstone, and Music for Ballet Dancers at Utah Valley University. Her variety of teaching and choreographic experience includes staging the full-length productions of Coppélia and Don Quixote for Saint Mary’s Hall; establishing collaborative projects between the Department of Ballet and School of Music at the University of Utah; and partnering with the Turnaround Arts initiative as part of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.