TEACHERS

MATIKA WARNER

OWNER & DIRECTOR

Matika Warner is a passionate dancer and award-winning modern/contemporary choreographer from Saratoga Springs, UT. Her choreographic experience includes: SALT Contemporary Dance, Synergy Dance Company (UVU), Jr. High & High School dance companies (as a guest choreographer), studio dance companies, freelance choreography projects, & dance for film. Her choreography has been showcased and has won awards in festivals all across the state of Utah.

In September 2016, she founded The Verve Contemporary Dance Center, as an educational dance environment to influence and inspire young artistic minds through the emotive power of Modern and Contemporary dance.

TARA MEREDITH

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Tara Meredith is a Utah based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is trained in many genres of dance such as Jazz, Modern, Ballet, and Musical Theater. She received most of her training through dancing at Jive Dance Studio (Orem, UT) for 12 years, Provo High School Dance Department (Provo, UT) for 4 years, and Utah Valley University Dance Department (Orem, UT) for 5 years. Tara is in her final year at Utah Valley University and will receive her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Dance Education in the spring of 2019.

When she is not at school, her time is still mostly occupied with dance. She teaches dance at local dance studios, is a performer and Board Member on Gileadi Dance Company, and is a freelance choreographer. 

Tara has a passion for choreography. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for many theater and dance productions all over Utah County, some of which include, Provo High School’s Seussical the Musical, Covey Center for the Art’s A Night on Broadway and Much Ado About Zombies, Renaissance Ac​​ademie’s Hair Show, Utah Valley University’s Synergy Dance Company show, Get On Up and Sojourn, Utah Valley University's Senior Capstone show, Evolve: Reshape, and many dance studios all over Utah Valley. Her main genres for choreography are Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary. 

BRITTANY TEMPLE

JR TOURING TEAM DIRECTOR

Brittany has been dancing since the age of 4! She is trained primarily in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. As a teen she trained in Los Angeles as part of a dance company that competed as well as performed at various events and for television.

 

She started her teaching career soon after which lead to her love and passion for choreography. Once that door was opened there was no turning back. Brittany sees every piece of choreography as an opportunity to tell a story and explore movement as artistic expression. Each piece fitting together like a puzzle that once completed can bring forth feelings and emotions from not only the dancer but the audience.

 

As a choreographer she was fortunate enough to work with multiple music artists choreographing for live performances and music videos. Her work was seen on such networks as The Style Network, E! and MTV. As fun as the dance industry was in LA, Family comes first and with a growing family came her move to Utah!

 

Since moving, she has started her own small dance company called Organic Movement (who she can proudly say just had the opportunity to perform at Stadium Of Fire. In all her years as a dancer she has realized that teaching is what fills her cup most. Of all the jobs she has had, nothing is more rewarding than watching a student succeed. Every student she has ever taught holds a very special place in her heart. 

WHITNEY COLLINS

YOUTH CO. DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Whitney Collins earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Modern Dance along with a Minor in Earth Science from Utah Valley University.  With over 18 years of dance experience, she has been developing a stunning resume encompassing her skills in performance, choreography, freelance, teaching, leadership, as well as dance for film and more. Whitney has had the honor to perform professionally for The Penguin Lady Dance Collective, 90&9's production of FIGHTER, BRINE, Lagoon Entertainment, and has been offered a position on Diavolo Dance Theatre's Institute Program in Los Angeles, California.  

In 2016 and 2017, Whitney had the privilege to attend the American Dance Festival’s 6-week summer intensive (ADF 6WS 2016 & 2017) in Durham, North Carolina, where she took opportunities to perform, network, attend professional dance concerts, collaborate, and continue her dance training.  

Most recently, Whitney has been continuing her professional dance training through Salt Contemporary Dance's SALT PRO program in Draper, Utah under the direction of Ching Ching Wong and Jon Kim.  While continuing her training with SALT PRO, and directing Atlas Dance Collective, she teaches dance to the youth at Velocity Dance Academy, and is also a Board Member for Aspire Performance Academy of the Arts in Brigham City, Utah. 

Whitney always does her best to stay active, current, and looks for ways to share her passion for dance.  In the near future, Whitney hopes to move to Los Angeles to pursue the position she has been offered in Diavolo's Institute Program.

LEXIE CORBETT

BALLET & TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTOR

Lexie Kay Corbett has been teaching dance for more than fifteen years to dancers ages pre-school through adult. Lexie was the director of the dance department at a performing arts school, conservatory director, musical dance theater director, ballroom coach, dance company director, and performing arts director. She has taught all styles, including hip-hop, aerobics, and tumbling, but her passion is in Ballet and Modern dance and helping students find their creative voice. 

As a dancer, she has performed throughout the United States and across Europe with local universities, God’s Messengers Dance Company, St. George Dance Company, and with members of Repertory Dance Theatre, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

Lexie has a Bachelor's in Dance Education, Masters in Arts Administration, and currently serves as the Executive Director of SALT Contemporary Dance. 

ALAIN EAV

HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR

Hi my name is Alain Eav. Sushi and Hot Cheetos are my favorite foods. I've been dancing since age 11 with a focus on hip hop and breakdance. I have taught at Danceology studio, Jazz n' Place, The Treehouse, Westlake High School, & The Verve. I am part of a dance group called FWD, and I am on UVU's Hip Hop team MOSAIC. I've been to China for a dance tour and entered a RedBull dance competition.

 

Teaching dance is one of my favorite things. I get to interact with other students and watch them progress into who they want to be as a dancer and as a person. Dance to me, is a way of expressing myself through movement. You can tell a story or just have fun with it. I love to dance, and I love what I do!

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