Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"My dream in the arts is to inspire dancers to train hard, love what they do, keep their passion ignited and to keep pushing until they get the result they desire! Being in this industry is not easy and nobody is going to hand you a free ticket to success; BUT, you can determine your own definition of success and work hard to achieve that! The classroom is my favorite place to create, and in a sense, perform. I loved performing on stage, but the studio is the place you can train the hardest, fail, try again, create and be the most vulnerable. Brenda is a huge inspiration to me, her artistry, choreography, passion, business and family commitments are so admirable. All of the amazing coaches and choreographers I have learned from inspired me to start teaching myself, and my students inspire me daily as I see them learn and grow and become wonderful people."

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Katrina Ingalls

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"ESPA has been my home and my creative environment since I was 14. Every opportunity I have had has come from here. My dream has always been to impact the youth in a positive way through the shared passion of dance. I have been teaching for over 20 years now and am also the director of our competitive team "Team X". I enjoy traveling and taking classes from a variety of coaches so I can provide a well rounded teaching experience and always continue learning. I have had the opportunity to learn and teach new skills, such as aerial silks, and various styles of cultural dance.  Brenda and my dad have always been my greatest inspirations. Both support me to be the me-est me possible. Sometimes through encouragement and affirmations, sometimes through challenge and tough love. I am so grateful to have them both in my life."

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Jessica Switzer

Demi/Developing Coach:

"My dream in the arts has been to learn and grow more in the art form and share my knowledge as best I can with those wanting to learn and grow also! I am an ESPA alumnus from the start of my dance journey! I have had the wonderful opportunity to perform and compete with Expressions and now I get to create alongside the same coaches that taught me to be the dancer I am today. The biggest inspiration in my dance career has been from all of my former coaches as they provided me with the opportunity and guidance to learn and grow with them, followed by my former peers with all hat they contributed to my growth to push myself out of my comfort zone in not only my dancing by in my everyday life as well.

Dance holds a large place in my life as it has given me a way to identify and work through my emotions when I need it most!

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ALYSSANDRA CARD

Demi Coach:

"I love being a part of Expressions as a student, and I am learning so much as a coach and enjoy the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for this art with my students!

My dream has been to one day dance in a professional ballet company and/or maybe even own my own ballet company/dance studio when I no longer dance professionally. I also enjoy playing piano and musical theater. I have performed in over ten productions with CYT. 

My mom has been one of my biggest inspirations along the way because she taught me how to keep a positive outlook on life no matter what it throws at you.

My other biggest inspiration was my grandma, who always showed how supportive she was, and taught me how to find beauty and wonder in even the smallest things life has to offer you."

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Abby Locke

Demi/Developing Coach:  

"Dance was the place where I found myself as a child, and photography is how I've reinvented myself as an adult. The arts have been such a gift to me, and it's always been my dream to teach the arts and provide space for others to explore who they are. I feel so lucky for the opportunities I have to teach both dance and photography classes in our community. In High School I began choreographing for my tiny dance students, my high school dance team, and my school drama department. Competition and musical theater were my life! After finishing college with a minor in Modern Dance from BYU-Idaho, I got right back into teaching students and choreographing for them, and for a local theater company. After a 14 year maternity leave, I'm so excited to be back in the studio! In 2005 I picked up a digital camera for the first time, and I never looked back. I've been creating visual art every day since."

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Charlotte Gardunia

Demi/Developing Coach: 

"What has been my dream in the arts is to take what I have learned throughout the years and inspire my students and others with it.

I want to inspire others in ways of pushing through hard seasons, the way I learned to discover myseld, and the way I express myself through movement.

I have had the opportunity to create and perform through competing dance for 7 years, and doing shows through local theatre. They both taught me to express myself in ways I can't explain simply through speaking.

The ones who have inspired me along the way are my lovely fiance Donivan, my family, my amazing dance coaches Brenda, Jessica, and Katrina who I grew up training with, as well as Kiana Thoreson who I always looked up to as a young dancer and my first solo choreographer.

They all have had a huge impact in my life and have inspired me in so many different ways."

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Emma Jillson

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"Throughout my dance career I have created and performed with multiple local studios,
BYU-I Dance Alliance, Divinity Dance Co. (Apprentice), Junction II and Junction Dance Co.

I wanted to spend a few years training and learning as much as I could, then bring everything I learned back to the dance scene in Northern Idaho. I LOVE teaching! There are endless things to learn and expand on and I enjoy every second of the process. So many people inspire me: My parents always had my back no matter what, and Brenda and Jess taught me how to dance since a very young age and mentored me in my journey after high school. There are so many amazing teachers in Utah that inspired me everyday and helped me excel in my dancing that it would be impossible to name them all! And all my y students inspire me with their work ethic and passion.

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Justie Latu

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"I have performed with Expressions from age three to eighteen. I danced in a few musical theatre productions and was on the kickline for Traditions of Christmas. I attended Boise State University and earned my Bachelor's in Media Arts and my Minor in Dance, and performed and choreographed for the student showcases during my schooling. My dream has always just been to keep dancing. I have recently found a love for choreographing, and I would also love to be a part of a performance company. I want to always keep learning and growing, and inspiring others as well.  Brenda and Jess have always been an inspiration, as well as my big sister Lydia, and my friend Kiana Thoreson. Marla Hansen and Yurek Hansen from BSU inspired me with trying new things and pushing myself further. I am so happy to be back with ESPA as a coach and getting to challenge my students as well as myself."

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TRIGGER WEDDLE

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"I have performed with Expressions from age three to eighteen. I danced in a few musical theatre productions and was on the kickline for Traditions of Christmas. I attended Boise State University and earned my Bachelor's in Media Arts and my Minor in Dance, and performed and choreographed for the student showcases during my schooling. My dream has always just been to keep dancing. I have recently found a love for choreographing, and I would also love to be a part of a performance company. I want to always keep learning and growing, and inspiring others as well.  Brenda and Jess have always been an inspiration, as well as my big sister Lydia, and my friend Kiana Thoreson. Marla Hansen and Yurek Hansen from BSU inspired me with trying new things and pushing myself further. I am so happy to be back with ESPA as a coach and getting to challenge my students as well as myself."

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BRENDA BLANKENSHIP

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"I have performed with Expressions from age three to eighteen. I danced in a few musical theatre productions and was on the kickline for Traditions of Christmas. I attended Boise State University and earned my Bachelor's in Media Arts and my Minor in Dance, and performed and choreographed for the student showcases during my schooling. My dream has always just been to keep dancing. I have recently found a love for choreographing, and I would also love to be a part of a performance company. I want to always keep learning and growing, and inspiring others as well.  Brenda and Jess have always been an inspiration, as well as my big sister Lydia, and my friend Kiana Thoreson. Marla Hansen and Yurek Hansen from BSU inspired me with trying new things and pushing myself further. I am so happy to be back with ESPA as a coach and getting to challenge my students as well as myself."

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MORIAH HEBERER

Devoted/Dynamic Coach:

"My body of work includes professional theatre, studio work, and competitive dance. I received a B.M. in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University, an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a Certificate of Excellence from Broadway Dance Center. Past professional experiences include Disney Theatrical Group, where I taught professional Broadway workshops, facilitated post-show Q&As, and collaborated on curricula for their licensable musicals. I currently teach on the faculties of ESPA, Gonzaga University, Artistry in Motion, and also as a freelance director and choreographer for regional theaters. Choreography credits include: Oklahoma City University, LakeCities Ballet Conservatory, Gonzaga University, and Aspire. I will soon start a low-residency M.F.A. in Choreography at Jacksonville University."

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JOSEPH LYONS-WOLF