ABOUT THE DANCE ACADEMY

A Legacy of Dance

The Dance Academy has been in business for over 25 years. Our lifetime of experience has led us to teach generations of dancers. We are a family owned business. This gives us a unique passion for our studio and our clients.
We own our property and facility which enables us to control our pricing and better focus on our program.

TDA Values

We don’t simply teach dance technique. It is our goal to encourage and inspire each dancer to grow as an individual. Our TDA Values are intrinsically woven into every decision we make.

The Dance Academy values the art of story-telling in dance.

It is our goal to not only teach choreography, but to add purpose and emotion behind the dances we perform.

Empowerment that leads to Confidence

We focus on individual strength. Talent comes in all shapes and sizes and it is our privilege to work with all types.

We believe in appropriate music and costuming, and that dancers should never be sexualized. Many parents from TDA have expressed gratitude for our commitment to this ideal.

Commitment for Growth

We encourage our dancers to always remember why they started, keep setting new goals, and never give up. Practice can be hard and can require sacrifice, but it is always worth it.

Investing in children instills a sense of importance, priority, and responsibility.

Uplifting Environment

Here at TDA we are a dance family. Our staff members make an effort to get to know each of our dancers and their personalities. We build motivation through monthly character values and positivity.

We love what we do and that is reflected in our environment.

Customer Loyalty through Generations

Many students that have grown up at TDA, are now bringing their children to our dance studio.

We offer both a referral and a sibling discount.

Meet Our Team

Our incredible team of instructors and staff bring decades of experience in a variety of dance styles.

Jill Trane

Owner, Instructor, Jazz, Acro-Tumbling, Lyrical
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Jill is the owner and an instructor for TDA. She has been dancing and singing since the age of three. Her love of theater began when she was fourteen when was selected to star in the leading roll of "Clara." Jill has always had a passion and gift for working with youth and children. She began her dance training with Joan Lacombe, then went on to Alpine Stars. Jill began teaching and choreographing routines at the age of 14. She went on to choreograph for AF High School Cheer, AF High School Dance and AMTA.

During H.S. Jill starred in The Sound of Music, received Best Soprano 150-member choir, was awarded several college scholarships in Academics, Musical Dance Theater, and Vocal Performance. She lettered in Dance, Theater, Cheer, Choir, Academics, and graduated Magna Cum Laude, top 10% of her class.

Jill was crowned Miss American Fork, a Top Five Finalist at Miss Utah and received the Talent Award with a Perfect Score at both Miss Utah and Miss American Fork. She choreographed and directed The Safety Kids and performed for elementary schools all over Utah Valley promoting Drug-Free Schools.

Jill has played leading roles in My Fair Lady, Forum, The Gift of Christmas, West Side Story, as well as LDS Motion Pictures and many others. She was offered professional leading roles in Les Miserable and Phantom of the Opera. She was part of Sharing the Light for 10 years and directed many dance, vocal, and theater productions. She was awarded Best Actress and was part of the Dean’s List at Weber State College.

Jill has judged numerous scholarship pageants as well as vocal and dance competitions. As Director, Choreographer and Instructor she has received awards for Best Sportsmanship, Best Choreography, Best Director, Platinum, High Point, Best Costume, Best Technique and Best Showmanship. Her students have gone on to receive college scholarships, pageant awards, dance endowments and make high school and collegiate level drill and dance teams.

Jill is a Certified Acro - Tumbling Instructor with Acrobatic Arts.

She enjoys serving her community and has coached and choreographed for Lone Peak High School, Skyridge and Lehi Youth Cheer for several years. Her teams have won the Spirit Award, Top Banana and 1st Place.

Jill treasures her family. She loves the community of Lehi and is proud to call it home.

Cecilee Hansen

Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Acro-Tumbling
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Cecilee's love of dance has lasted her whole life. She has danced at The Dance Academy since she was 2 years old. She was the winner of the Provo Baby Contest when she was 2 1/2 because of her passion for performing.

When she was 5 years old she won the dance contest at the Lehi Roundup Rodeo in the mud while it was pouring rain. Throughout her childhood she won Overall Grand Champion and Specialty Awards for performance and showmanship in both solo and team routines numerous times.

Cecilee was the President for Skyridge High School Drill Team and the Captain for Skyridge High School Dance Company in 2019. She was a member of both teams for three years. Cecilee was the Skyridge High School Homecoming Queen in 2018. She graduated with a 3.99 GPA, lettered in Drill, and was awared High Honor Roll and Academic All Region.

Cecilee was the lead dancer in a music video produced by Zev Duke in 2019. She has also danced for the opening of a Young Living Event featuring Carrie Underwood.

She has choreographed multiple routines of different styles for TDA and in the last two years she has received multiple Judges Choice Awards including: Best Choreography, Best Technique, Artistic Award, Best Showmanship, as well as Multiple Overall Grand Champion in 2020.

Cecilee is a certified Acro-Tumbling Teacher with Acrobatic Arts.

Cecilee graduated from the Universtiy of Phoenix, with a degree in Business Marketing with an Association of Arts in 2021. She teaches Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemprary, Lyrical, and Acro-Tumbling dance classes. Cecilee brings fresh ideas and creativity to our TDA family.

Hally Smith

Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Acro-Tumbling, Contemporary
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At age 5, Hally started her dance training at Center Stage in Orem, Utah and continued dancing through High School at The Vibe in Pleasant Grove, Utah under the direction of Rick Robinson, Kellie Messerly, and Alan Salazar.

Hally has had many opportunities to perform and compete from coast to coast including being a finalist with The Vibe on Paula Abdul’s TV show, “Live to Dance” in 2011. As a result of that show, her team was invited to perform in The Chinese New Year Parade and several venues in Hong Kong.

Hally has received several High Point, Best Choreography, Best Technique and First Place awards for her choreography. She has creative and beautiful choreography, pushes her students to excel and creates a love for dance in the studio.

Hally has been formally trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Tumbling and Contemporary, and loves to be able to pass along this training to the dancers at The Dance Academy.

Brooke Darger

Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro-Tumbling, Contemporary
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Brooke began dancing at the age of 2 and has been competing since she was 5. She has been formally trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Brooke has trained at studios across the valley while being a part of several award-winning teams.

Brooke was the Captain of Skyridge High School Drill Team and a member of Skyridge Dance Company. She also served as the team’s Technique Officer and Choreographer. She maintained a 4.0 GPA, while earning a spot on the All-State Drill Team, as well as the Academic All-State Drill Team.

Brooke has recieved Overall Grand Champion, Best Choreography, Best Technique and several First Place and High Point awards for her choreography. She is and exceptional teacher in both Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Technique and Hip Hop as well Acro-Tumbling and Contemporary. Brook loves to teach and share her passion for dance with the students at TDA.

Lindsey Larsen

Ballet
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Lindsey’s initial ballet training began at age four and includes training with Barlow Arts Conservatory and with Ballet West Academy Thanksgiving Point, sponsored by the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation. During her years with Ballet West Academy, Lindsey trained under the direction of Jennie Creer King and Maricar Drilon, and was a recipient of multiple merit scholarships. As a young student, Lindsey enjoyed performing in The Washington Ballet’s “Cinderella” as the role of an Autumn Fairy Corps Member, several years in Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker”, and had numerous performing opportunities through Ballet West Academy including roles as Lilac Fairy and Lead Garland Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty”, and with Ballet West II as a Rosebud in “Beauty and the Beast”.

Lindsey has been privileged to receive training from Irena and Slawomir Wozniak, Alaine Haubert, Alexei Moskalenko, Pamela Robinson-Harris, Jan Fugit, Jessia Thompson, Lindsay Folkman, Albert Blaise Cattafi, Wilson Domingues, Zherlin Ndudi, and Calvin Kitten. She has also attended summer intensive courses with the Washington Ballet under the artistic direction of Septime Weber, Ballet Hawaii, Master Ballet Academy, and Ballet West Academy.

Lindsey was crowned Miss Lehi 2019 and received the talent award for her performance of La Esmerelda. Through her service as Miss Lehi, she created a program that brings dance education to students with special needs at the high school level and has participated in the Movement Mentor program as an adaptive dance mentor/teacher at Ballet West Academy. She was 2nd runner up to Miss Utah 2021-2022 and currently holds the 2021-2022 title of Miss Utah County.

Lindsey is currently pursuing a BFA in classical ballet at the University of Utah with an emphasis on performance and teaching.

Kristen Gage

Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom
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Kristin fell in love with dance at an early age and begged her parents to sign her up for lessons. She took dance very seriously and danced for Utah Regional Ballet for 9 years, where she trained intensively under many professional directors and guest instructors from around the world. She also attended years of professionally instructed summer workshops for both Ballet and Jazz. Kristin absolutely loved dancing in many Ballet productions including, Sleeping Beauty, La Coquette, Ledged of Timpanogos, and her very favorite, The Nutcracker.

Kristin later attended UVU under a ballroom dance scholarship, where she danced for the Touring Team. She also took private lessons from various professionals including Andrea Hale and Louis van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars. Kristin competed individually in Latin Ballroom, Standard Ballroom and Cabaret. Dancing took her to Europe, as well as New York, where she competed individually and placed in the top three in Cha-Cha, Samba, Paso Doble and Jive.

When Kristin retired from competing, she went on to teach. She taught Ballroom at various studios. She also choreographed for and coached competitive youth ballroom at several elementary schools. Her teams went on to win several competitions, including Nationals at BYU.

Accompanying Kristin’s passion for dance is her passion for children. She adores working with children and has four of her own, soon to be 5, as she and her husband are currently in the process of adopting a toddler from China.

Dance has blessed Kristin’s life in innumerable ways and her gratitude propels her to want to continue to share all the benefits of dance!

Rachel McEwan

Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Improv
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Rachel McEwan has been dancing for the past 15 years. She started competing when she was 8 years old. She has had multiple opportunities to take classes from world renowned dancers at conventions the past 7 years.

Rachel has been awarded many scholarships through various conventions such as The Dance Awards and NYCDA. She graduated with academic honors from Skyridge High School where she was a member of their dance company for 4 years. While there, she choreographed dances for the company as well as her own senior solo.

Outside of dance, Rachel loves to spend time with her friends and family. She also loves the outdoors. In the future she plans to serve a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of a Latter Day Saints and to attend college. She is so excited to be teaching dance at The Dance Academy!

Bella Trane

Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical
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Bella Trane has danced at The Dance Academy for as long as she can remember, it has been her dance family since the early age of 2. She was also a level 5 gymnast at Arete’ and participated in 4 years of cheer.

Bella has won numerous awards for solos and trios including Overall Hight Point, First Place, Queen, Best Choreography, and Best Showmanship.

She is currently the captain of Skyridge Dance Company. This will be her fourth and final year and she couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds. She has choreographed many numbers for the Skyridge and looks forward to choreographing more this year.

Bella has assisted and taught at The Dance Academy for several years.

She is a talented and creative choreographer and has done solo, duet, trio and team competition routines.
Her love and passion for dance continues to propel her to learn and try new things. She knows how to capture an audience and shares her incredible talents with whomever she teaches.

Bella looks forward to using her skills to the best of her ability and is so happy to continue teaching at The Dance Academy.

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