Mrs. Janalyn W. Memmott, Dance Academy Director & Ballet, Dance Company & Dance Industry
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.
Mr. Derryl Yeager, 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.
Ms. Megan Adelsburger, Jazz Dance Teacher
Megan Adelsberger began her dance training at Elower-Sicilia Productions in Maryland and was a member of their performing arts company for thirteen years. During her summers she continued to develop her artistry at studios in New York City and Los Angeles. Megan attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and spent two years traveling the world while performing on Holland America Cruise Ships. She was a featured dancer in Cultural Soul’s show Movement, artistically directed by Moncell “ill kozby” Durden. She has choreographed and danced in multiple music videos for several underground artists and had her choreography showcased in The Eureka Dance Festival in Washington D.C. Megan can be found on So You Think You Can Dance during Season 6 and 7 of “Vegas Week” and the LA Results Show. She was also on a Nigel Lythgoe Productions T.V. series called A Chance To Dance, where she had the opportunity to study under Michael Nunn and William Trevitt formerly of The Royal Ballet. Megan’s latest appearance was in a Hallmark film entitled “Dear Dumb Diary” choreographed by Bonnie Story. She has performed at the Capezio ACE Awards in New York City, Jazz Dance World Congress, The Bboy Federation’s “They Reminisce,” and spent the past 5 years touring internationally as a company member with Odyssey Dance Threatre. Megan is currently one of the producers of Urban Fairytalez where she creates, directs, choreographs, and performs in their annual productions. She travels to Haiti and instructs year round for Lovolution, a worldwide movement where love and self worth are brought to awareness through dance. While Megan is not busy performing, she continues to share her passion teaching and choreographing for industrials, workshops, conventions, shows, and in studios across the nation including Salt Lake City’s Millennium Dance Complex and Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts.
Mrs. Madysen Beighley, Jazz Dance Teacher
Mady has been dancing since she could walk. Her extensive training lead her to perform in theaters and stages throughout the country including The Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles and Radio City Musical in New York City. She also performed with Earth, Wind, and Fire in the Closing Ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Mady graduated in 2009 from Pleasant Grove High School where she participated in Drama, Dance Company, and served as Student Body Vice President. After graduating she has the pleasure of serving her city as Miss Pleasant Grove. She currently resides in American Fork with her Husband, Cory and dog Sanchez, and is the Artistic Director of Ethos Dance Project at Aspire Dance academy.
Mrs. Jennifer Bourne, Ballet & Dance Seminar
Jennifer started dancing at the age of 3 in the Creative Dance Program at BYU. At age 8 she began Ballet with Sandra Allen and by age 13 she was dancing with the Utah Youth Ballet which was soon renamed Utah Regional Ballet. She was among the first company members to audition for the Pacific Regional Ballet Association which has now grown into the Regional Dance America. She was a soloist with URB performing many leading roles in various original works and ballets including “Copellia”, “Cinderella”, and “The Nutcracker”. She has worked with many renowned choreographers and instructors, such as William Christiansen, Jaqueline Colledge, Connie Burton, Mark Lanham, Derryl Yeager, Matthew Degnan, Hugh Bigney and Janalyn Memmott. She has also performed with Centerstage, Make a Wish Foundation, and Rocky Mountain Ballet. Jennifer has been teaching for over 25 years at various studios and schools including Jaqueline’s School of Ballet, Centerstage, Dream Alley, Wasatch Ballet Conservatory, Walden School of Liberal Arts, Rocky Mountain Ballet, The Pointe Academy and Utah Dance Academy. Jennifer was the assistant artistic director to Connie Burton for the Rocky Mountain Ballet from 2003–2009. She currently teaches at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts. She has had the opportunity to not only teach ballet but to motivate, encourage, and inspire students to reach beyond their potential in dance and in their personal lives through her Unconquerable Spirit seminar presentation. Jennifer has had the opportunity to share her Unconquerable Spirit presentation to hundreds of kids at dance studios and most recently at the Limitless Youth Academy Seminar. Together with her husband Brandon, Jennifer has had the opportunity to influence hundreds of people’s lives through their motivational seminars and mentoring. They reside in Bluffdale and (combined) they have eight children and 5 grandchildren.
Mrs. Tiffany Carpenter, Jazz Dance Teacher
Tiffany Carpenter grew up in Utah where she trained extensively in many genres. At age 19 she moved to L.A. and auditioned for and attained a scholarship for a training program under the direction of Jackie Sleight. While in L.A. Tiffany worked in the dance industry for two years and was hired for jobs such as a Honda commercial, industrials for Reebok, Starter, and Rampage, and dancing for choreographer Mari Windsor for Prince’s Move to the Groove Ball. Eventually Tiffany moved back to Utah where she was hired for an industrial choreographed by Jerry Evans and Derryl Yeager. After working with Derryl, Tiffany became a founding member of his professional company, Odyssey Dance Theater, and performed with them for 7 years. Many opportunities came from this experience including working with Mia Michaels and being hired to do her European tour. Tiffany was also the Artistic Director of The Pointe Performing Arts Academy for 9 years and started the program from the ground up. Tiffany has been teaching for 21 years and has received many awards for her choreography. She loves to teach and has the support of her wonderful husband and three beautiful children.
Mrs. Elissa Fonseca, Ballet Teacher
A native of Pleasant Grove, UT, Elissa began her dance training locally studying a variety of styles of dance with a focus in classical ballet. At 15, she joined Utah Regional Ballet 2 and performed for 3 seasons under the direction of Jacqueline College. Elissa studied ballet at the University of Utah from 2010-2014 where she received her BFA in Ballet and Minor in Psychology, all while under 4 years of full-tuition departmental scholarship. Elissa has performed internationally in Moscow, Russia, and Seoul South Korea as part of dance-culture exchange programs, as well as throughout the United States. Elissa has trained under full scholarship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance summer programs for 2 years under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan, and has also trained with members of classical and contemporary companies including Lines Ballet Company, Batsheva Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, The Forsythe Company, The Foundry, Atlanta Ballet, and Ballet West. Elissa is currently performing in her third season with local company SALT Contemporary Dance, and has taught at various studios in Salt Lake and Utah Valley, and is currently on faculty for her third year at Aspire Dance Academy and second year at Pioneer Performing Arts High School.
Mrs. Janae Miller, Tap Teacher
Janae has been teaching in studios and schools in Utah for thirteen years. She enjoys all genres of dance, but has a deep love for Tap dance. This is her fourth year teaching Tap at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts. She was an adjunct faculty member in Snow College’s Dance Department from 2007-2011 where she taught their Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop classes. She also directed the Snow College Badgerette Drill Team for two years. From 2011-2013 she taught at Utah Dance Artists and was their Tap Ensemble Director. Other studios she has taught at include Aspire Dance Academy, Tracey’s Dance Academy, Gravity, West Point and Center Stage America. Janae also enjoys teaching group fitness classes and received her Bachelor’s at the University of Utah in Exercise and Sport Science.