Allison Shir is a dance artist originally from the East Coast and currently based in
Salt Lake City, Utah. Her choreographic research investigates the physical and
emotional complexities and paradoxes of "states of in-betweens" and processes of
transformation. Presently, Allison is an adjunct professor with the Dance Department
at Westminster College. She has also taught in other numerous settings including the
State Ballet School of Berlin (Berlin, Germany), Amsterdam Dance Center (Amsterdam,
Holland), Studio B (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Regional Alternative Dance Festival
(Kalamazoo, Michigan), ArchesSports (Chengdu, China), SaltDanceFest (SLC), the
American College Dance Association Conference, the Ririe-Woodbury Pre-Professional
Move-It Summer Intensive, the University of Utah, and with Minding Motion for
Graceful Aging (SLC).
From 2008 - 2013, Allison lived in Holland and Israel where she co-founded,
performed, and created for both the interdisciplinary performance group
CorpComposition (Amsterdam/Den Haag) and the Ouroboros Dance Collective (Tel Aviv).
She also was a performing member with the Israeli-based Aluminum Show on domestic
and international tours. Allison relocated to Salt Lake City in 2013 to pursue her
MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. During this time she had the
privilege of dancing in pieces by Andrea Miller, Lesley Telford, and Stephen
Koester, among others. She has also danced and made work with Tumbleweeds Dance
Theatre and DanceBand BandDance, and has been a performing member with Dance
Balletti and AndArtists. She continues to create new work and perform in freelance
projects as an independent artist. Her choreography has been shown in Holland,
Germany, Cyprus, Israel, Japan, and the US.
Allison holds an MFA from the University of Utah (2016) and BFA from Florida State
University (2008) She is also a Stott certified Pilates instructor (2008), and is
currently pursuing her Gyrotonic® teaching certification (to be completed in the
summer of 2020).
Carly Schaub completed her M.F.A. at the University of Utah in Modern Dance and a
B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming. Currently Carly works as
an adjunct faculty member for Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, and
is on faculty at Wasatch Arts Center. Carly also teaches Dance for Parkinson’s for
Grey Matters for the University of Utah Skagg’s Wellness Center and Repertory Dance
Theatre. She also directs Dance Balletti, a Renaissance and Baroque ballet
reconstruction ensemble. Before attending graduate school, Carly danced,
choreographed and served as the Education Coordinator at Northern Plains Dance in
Bismarck, ND. For ten years she also choreographed numerous musicals for Sleepy
Hollow Summers Theatre, Bismarck State College and area high schools. Carly has
completed the requirements for the Screendance Certification and has worked with
choreographers Netta Yerushalmy, Bill Evans, Peter Pucci, Patricia Tate, Yoav
Kaddar, Tom Shoemaker, Margaret Wilson, and Marsha Knight.
Bethany J. Hansen a graduate of Brigham Young University (BA) and Jacksonville
University (MFA), is a sought-after teacher, choreographer, and performer. Bethany
is the Dance Assistant Chair at Westminster College and also the Dance Department
Chair at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. Previously she taught at
Ricks College and Brigham Young University – Idaho. 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, and
the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education 2016 Outstanding
Secondary Dance Educator. She is honored to have trained with Pat Debenham, Peggy
Hackney, Alonzo King, Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Christina Teague-Mann, and Cari Coble.
Her graduating students have gone on to dance professionally with The Walt Disney
Company, Table of Silence Project in NYC, 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, Ailey/Fordham
University, Marymount Manhattan College, North Carolina School for the Arts, The
Hartt School, Cornish College of the Arts, The Boston Conservatory, CAL Arts,
University of the Arts, and many other distinguished programs. As a choreographer,
her work has been performed throughout the United States and Canada.
Michelle Armstrong received her early ballet training with Susan Wright and later
studied with Willam Christensen. She danced a professional career with Ballet West,
Utah Opera and New York City Ballet/Sun Valley, ID. Michelle has been an instructor
for over 30 years and is currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Center Utah, Inc.
where she is the principal choreographer, producing and directing many one-act
ballets. Armstrong has a BFA in ballet-teaching emphasis from the University of
Utah, and is certified in the National Teaching Curriculum with ABT. In 2016, she
traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to study ballet pedagogy under Mr. Oleg
Vinogradov, Artistic Director Emeritus of Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet Theater-St.
Petersburg and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters.
Michelle presently continues her work with Mr. Vinogradov, teaching and setting
choreography for his International Youth Ballet Festival “Vivat Ballet!” as his
rehearsal assistant, ballet instructor, choreographer and répétiteur. In August
2018, she organized the 5th International Youth Ballet Festival in Salt Lake City,
Utah, hosting the festival at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. July 2019, she brought the
7th International Youth Ballet Festival once again to Utah. Recently, Armstrong
worked abroad teaching daily lessons and setting her choreography in both St.
Petersburg, Russia and Incheon, South Korea. Michelle Armstrong also serves as the
ballet instructor at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts in Salt Lake City,
UT and as an adjunct professor of ballet at Westminster College for their BFA