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The goal of the Dance Academy is to develop versatile dancers and prepare them for the technical demands of a career and post-secondary education in dance. The foundation of dance for every student in the academy is ballet. In addition rigorous training is received in modern, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop technique. The academy offers a positive, yet demanding, environment where dancers are guided to explore their potential as technicians, artists and young adults.

Conservatory style program
Based on a four-year foundation of ballet and modern dance conservatory-style program, the academy transforms dancers into powerful and expressive artists with the skills and versatility to perform in any dance genre.

Conditioning & Care
Essential to promoting the life of a dancer students learn to to appreciate and care for their bodies though proper conditioning, dance technique, rest and nutrition.

Holistic Learning
Taught by a faculty of professional dancers students are challenged to develop critical thinking and awareness through study and performance of work from master choreographers, they learn about the historical and contemporary influences.

The depth and breadth of training received by dancers in the academy results in versatility and excellence that prepares students for a wide range of career and educational opportunities.

To receive more information about the Dance Academy please click here.

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Meet the Artistic Director
Derryl Yeager, Dance Academy Artistic Director, graduated from University of Utah with a BFA and MFA and was a Ballet West Principal Dancer for 6 years. Derryl also has 25 years as a professional singer/dancer/actor. Film credits include A More Perfect Union, She’s Having a Baby, Staying Alive, When the Heat Hits the Street, How Rare a Possession, The Lamb of God, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and Limit Up. Derryl’s also performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Cats, Shenandoah, Oklahoma!, and Cinderella. His talent doesn’t stop there as he has multiple choreography credits on television shows, films, music videos, ballet, and Utah’s Halloween favorite — Thriller. Upcoming credits include choreographer for Hairspray at Tuacahn Amphitheater in 2012. Derryl founded the Odyssey Dance Theatre in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since. Under Derryl’s artistic direction, Odyssey Dance Theatre has consistently excelled and received numerous awards, including Best of State in Dance 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and of all Arts and Entertainment 2007, Best Choreographer 2009 Odyssey Founder and Artistic Director, Best Individual Dancer 2010 Odyssey Associate Artistic Director/Principal Dancer, and Best Youth Dance Group 2011 Odyssey’s Junior Company Odyssey 2.

 

janalynMeet the Department Chair
Janalyn Memmott began her career as a championship baton twirler winning over 60 trophies and many titles. She studied ballet with Jacqueline Colledge and performed with the Utah Youth Ballet (currently Utah Regional Ballet). In High School she lettered in debate and was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Brigham Young University on academic and talent scholarships and performed with BYU Theatre Ballet for six seasons and The Dancers’ Company for one as she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Ballet. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Dance Performance she performed with Utah Contemporary Dance Theatre (currently Odyssey Dance Theatre), and was featured in the video “Saturday’s Warrior” as well as Industrials and T.V. Specials. She was also a dancer for the Utah Jazz and performed in the 1993 All- Star Game. During this time she directed the BYU Theatre Ballet Youth Artist Program for five years and was an instructor in the BYU Ballet Department for 9 years. She also taught jazz and developed the ballet program for The Dance Club in Orem, UT where she was an instructor for 20 years and at Center Stage Performing Arts for 15 years. Janalyn is currently Dance Academy Director at Pioneer Performing Arts High School in American Fork. She is an instructor and Aspire Dance Academy and works with the award winning Ethos Dance Project. She is also a freelance teacher and choreographer traveling throughout the United States including Hawaii. She has received numerous choreography awards including two prestigious National Critic’s Choice Awards from New York City Dance Alliance and was instrumental in Center Stage winning 2012 Studio of the Year.

Dance Academy Classes

The Dance Academy is designed to develop dancers with emotional, intellectual and artistic depth and breadth. Below is a sampling of classes offered to achieve this goal:

Class Name Teacher
Ballet 1
Ballet 1 is the fundamental ballet level for our dance academy and offers a foundation of technique, vocabulary, practical experience and artistic development.  Students learn all the basic elements of ballet and practice barre and center work 4 days per week.  They are also introduced to choreography and performance elements.
Mrs. Jennifer Bourne
Ballet 2
Ballet 2 is the fundamental ballet level for our dance academy and offers a foundation of technique, vocabulary, practical experience and artistic development.  Students learn all the basic elements of ballet and practice barre and center work 4 days per week.  They are also introduced to choreography and performance elements.
Mrs. Elissa Fonseca
Mrs. Janalyn Memmott
Mrs. Jennifer Bourne
Mr. Wilson Domingues
Ballet 3
Ballet 3 is or high intermediate/advanced level of ballet and offers a full spectrum of ballet technique including comprehensive vocabulary and movement in the ballet genre. Students train 4 days per week and pointe is a pre-requisite for female dancers.  Opportunities for partnering, performance and master teachers are part of this course.
Mrs. Elissa Fonseca
Mrs. Janalyn Memmott
Mr. Wilson Domingues
Ballet 4
Ballet 4 is the highest level of ballet and offers an advanced curriculum of vocabulary and movement.  This technique level is for the company and prepares dancers for the rigors of professional work.  Artistry and performance are highly emphasized and the dancers perform on a regular basis. Female dancers must be at a high level of expertise on pointe, as well.
Mrs. Janalyn Memmott
Mrs. Jennifer Bourne
Mr. Wilson Domingues
Dance Company
There are 2 dance companies at Pioneer High for the Performing Arts.  Each company rehearses twice weekly and works with talented choreographers to build a repertoire of dances.  This course includes a diversity of genres: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and tap.
Mrs. Janalyn Memmott
Mrs. Madysen Beighley
Dance Industry
This course rotates from year to year.  Subjects range from Vocal Training, Acting, Dance History, Current events in dance, Resumé writing and auditioning.  Students in all levels take this course and it meets once per week. 
Mrs. Janalyn Memmott
Dance Seminar
This course is for level 2 and 3 and offers opportunities for supplemental training including pointe, conditioning, yoga, rehearsal, and exposure to guest teachers.  It meets once per week.
Mrs. Jennifer Bourne
Hip Hop 2/3
In this course students will gain knowledge on the culture and history of hip hop foundations and learn vocabulary of various street style techniques and execute this vocabulary in their freestyle and choreography. This course is built for students to grow skills in both their freestyle and in choreography as well as execute concepts of movement, musicality, style and textures. The main intention throughout the course is for students to create and develop their individual artistic voice.
Miss Tia Aiono
Hip Hop 4
In this course students will gain knowledge on the culture and history of hip hop foundations and learn vocabulary of various street style techniques and execute this vocabulary in their freestyle and choreography. This course is built for students to grow skills in both their freestyle and in choreography as well as execute concepts of movement, musicality, style and textures. The main intention throughout the course is for students to create and develop their individual artistic voice.
Miss Tia Aiono
Jazz 1
Through the course of the year, students will gain knowledge in jazz dance technique as performed at the intermediate/advanced student level. Students should be able to correctly execute exercises in the warm up and across the floor, and choreography portions of the class.  Additional class time emphasis will promote an awareness of jazz dance history, musicality, and artistry. Class time emphasis will focus on the concepts of placement, style and musicality will be addressed in each class. 
Mrs. Missy Church
Ms. Tewa Wride
Jazz 2
Through the course of the year, students will gain knowledge in jazz dance technique as performed at the intermediate/advanced student level. Students should be able to correctly execute exercises in the warm up and across the floor, and choreography portions of the class.  Additional class time emphasis will promote an awareness of jazz dance history, musicality, and artistry. Class time emphasis will focus on the concepts of placement, style and musicality will be addressed in each class. 
Mrs. Missy Church
Mrs. Tiffany Carpenter
Jazz 3
Through the course of the year, students will gain knowledge in jazz dance technique as performed at the intermediate/advanced student level. Students should be able to correctly execute exercises in the warm up and across the floor, and choreography portions of the class.  Additional class time emphasis will promote an awareness of jazz dance history, musicality, and artistry. Class time emphasis will focus on the concepts of placement, style and musicality will be addressed in each class.
Ms. Megan Adelsburger
Mrs. Tiffany Carpenter
Jazz 4
Through the course of the year, students will gain knowledge in jazz dance technique as performed at the intermediate/advanced student level. Students should be able to correctly execute exercises in the warm up and across the floor, and choreography portions of the class.  Additional class time emphasis will promote an awareness of jazz dance history, musicality, and artistry. Class time emphasis will focus on the concepts of placement, style and musicality will be addressed in each class. 
Mrs. Madysen Beighley
Tap 1
Students will participate in a (beginning, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, or advanced) level course focusing on rhythm tap technique. The class includes center floor warm-up, locomotive progressions, dance combinations, and improvisation. Students will be introduced to basic steps, vocabulary and rhythms of Tap Dance. The history of this American theatrical dance form will also be addressed. 
Mrs. Janae Miller
Tap 2
Students will participate in a (beginning, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, or advanced) level course focusing on rhythm tap technique. The class includes center floor warm-up, locomotive progressions, dance combinations, and improvisation. Students will be introduced to basic steps, vocabulary and rhythms of Tap Dance. The history of this American theatrical dance form will also be addressed.
Mrs. Janae Miller
Tap 3
Students will participate in a (beginning, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, or advanced) level course focusing on rhythm tap technique. The class includes center floor warm-up, locomotive progressions, dance combinations, and improvisation. Students will be introduced to basic steps, vocabulary and rhythms of Tap Dance. The history of this American theatrical dance form will also be addressed. 
Mrs. Janae Miller