We believe that the Arts benefit a child's development immeasurably
Wasatch Arts Center is a professional school of dance and music providing an environment rich in artistic expression and talent. We have provided quality education in both dance and music for the past decade. We emphasize the importance of learning proper technique in a wholesome, family friendly atmosphere without the pressures of competitions or immodest dress or movement. Each child excels through learning and growing in the performing arts. Give your child the opportunity to grow in our nurturing and wholesome environment!
"The director and dance teachers at Wasatch Arts Center are professional, knowledgeable and concerned about training students correctly."Amy, West Jordan
"I am very impressed with how much my two daughters have learned in a short amount of time. My girls have danced at a few other studios, and WAC is by far their favorite. "Nikole, Riverton
"I trust Wasatch Arts! I appreciate their dedication to providing my daughter quality dance instruction, in an uplifting and positive dance environment. Their studio is welcoming and feels like a family."Jodi, Riverton
"We appreciate the modest costumes, professional staff, and recitals that are on par with any top ballet company. We are especially pleased that Wasatch Arts Center does not encourage competition among dancers, but allows each child, regardless of skill level, to flourish."The Dale Family, Draper
The joy of dance
We believe all can experience the joy of dance and the benefits of disciplining the mind and body that this art form requires. Our primary mission is for the development of our dancer’s technique and to provide a positive atmosphere which builds self-esteem and the love of this cherished art form.
With Family Values at our core, dancers are free to enjoy dance without inappropriate costumes, movement or music. We believe that performances, rather than competitions, provide the best benefit for young dancers. Stage experience is available at our December Showcase and Year-end June Recital, enabling them to develop confidence, poise and stage manners. View our FAQ here.
Classical ballet provides the foundation for all other dance forms. With a solid ballet foundation, classically trained dancers can transfer their skills into any other dance discipline they may decide to pursue.
Hip Hop is one of the most popular styles of dancing. Hip Hop is a genre for more individualized style. It involves much improvisation.
Tap dancers wear shoes that have metal plates on the bottom. As the dancer moves, the plates click against the dance floor. Tappers can create a variety of percussive rhythms with their feet.
Modern is a style that is more abstract in both form and content. It has less structured forms of movements and is generally performed with a released or relaxed quality. It has been influenced by many different dance styles and cultures such as, African jazz, jazz music, ballet, and eastern dance styles. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, and Lester Horton all developed their own unique style and techniques that have influenced Modern today.
Wasatch Arts Center Performing Companies are designed for dancers wishing to develop their technique and artistry in dance while experiencing a significant number of performance opportunities. Dance Companies focus on performing, applying technique, and building a community of dancers. Company experiences teach students to excel in dance and prepare them for high school, college, and professional auditions and companies. An audition is required for Dance Company.
The benefits of Music Study
Music provides much more than aesthetic benefits. Many studies have demonstrated a link between active music making and increased academic success. One of the best ways to benefit from music is through private lessons. as they help teach your student the proper theory and technique in their chosen instrument. We believe that finding the right teacher can make all the difference with your student's progress. We offer private instruction in violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, and tuba. All lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long and are available for students ranging in ability from beginning to late intermediate. Our starting ages vary between instruments.
We offer private instruction in violin, viola or cello for ages 5 to adult. Our strings curriculum combines Suzuki Method and a Traditional program. For younger children we highly encourage a parent to sit in on the lesson to help the student at home with things such as posture and hand positioning.
We offer private instruction for acoustic, electric, bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin in almost every style from rock to jazz and classical to pop starting at age 8.
Our Fine Arts Preschool
Each preschool day is a fun exploration in creativity with daily opportunities to learn, play, move, and create! We learn about artists, composers, music, letters, phonics, numbers, counting, seasons, reading skills, writing, art, and so much more! There is something for every child and every learning style in our preschool program!
Our excellent Preschool teacher, Amber Rich, has been teaching here, at Wasatch Arts Center, since 2004. Amber attended Snow College and graduated in 1999. She has worked in the child care field for eight years, during which she earned a Child Development Associates Preschool Certification. In 2008 Amber was able to help start up Wasatch Arts Center's preschool program and has been thrilled to be here exclusively ever since! She has taught creative movement, ballet, tap, and jazz. She loves being able to share her love of dance, art, and, music with even the littlest learners!
Our classroom is a charming room within Wasatch Arts Center. Students move throughout the space during their class time. We use the dance studio for our large motor activities and the music rooms provide experiences with instruments and music theory.
Non-refundable Material Fees are due with registration to save your child's place in class. They cover our child's classroom supplies for the school year.
3 YEAR OLDS - $65; 4 YEAR OLDS - $85
MONTHLY TUITION (Due at the first of each month, August through June)
3 year olds (2 days per week) $75 per month
4 year olds (3 days per week) $95 per month
Junior Kindergarten (4 days per week) $115 per month
Schedule & Fees
Annual Registration Fee
$30 per student, $50 per family
Tuition is based on a 10 month session, not on a per class basis. Tuition payment options include 1) Annual (payment in full at the beginning of the year); 2) Biannual (divided across two semesters); 3) Monthly (divided across 10 months). Please note: Full monthly tuition is required in December and June.
Monthly Tutition Rates (Per Class Length)
Multiple Class/Family Discount: We offer an $8.00 discount, per class, for siblings and/or when adding additional classes.
We have a December and June Recital. The participation fee is $30 per student per recital and is due November 1st and May 1st. Recital Fees are non-refundable even if the student drops. Recital fee pays for recital hall rental, custodial services, lighting and sound technicians, and other production costs. It does not pay for regular tuition. Each recital fee includes 2 complimentary tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased. Recital DVDs can be ordered for $20 each.
Costume fees range from $65 - $100, depending on class, and are due October 1st. Costume Fees are non-refundable. The same costume is used for the December AND June Recital. (Costume fees are due at time of registration for those registering after the Christmas recital.)
For any additional questions please contact our helpful staff by phone at 801-253-6323
December 6 OR 7, Festival of Trees, Details TBA
December 13 - 14, Christmas Recital, South Hills Middle School
December 16 – January 3, Christmas Break- no classes
January 20, Martin Luther King Day, no classes
February 3- 7, Bring a Friend Week
February 17, President’s Day, no classes
April 17 - 21, Spring Break, no classes
April, Picture Day, TBA
April 14 – 18, Parent’s Observation Week
May 26, Memorial Day, no classes
June 10 - 12, Year End Recital, Details TBA
June 13 -14 Riverton Arts Festival, TBA
July 7 – August 15 Summer Session
We have a team of truly talented artists. You'll love 'em!
Meet our Faculty and Administrative Staff
Alice White has been involved with the dance industry for over a decade, including work with Expanding Harmony in Brookings, South Dakota and Pure Movement Dance Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has also been involved in the music world for much of her life. She ran her own private piano studio for several years. Alice has a strong focus on education and earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University. She taught public school-aged students and tutored math and reading to youth and adult students. Her education and experience is an asset to the growing dance, music, and preschool programs at Wasatch Arts Center.
Alice's vision includes a dance studio that focuses on technique, artistic expression, and personal growth and development. Her vision, as a mother herself, is to provide parents and families with a safe and friendly atmosphere that is truly a "home" away from home. Under her direction Wasatch Arts Center promotes family values and a focus on modesty in costume, music, and choreography. Alice is married to Dr. Joseph White and they are blessed with 8 wonderful children, all of which are learning to expand and share their talents in music and dance.
Amy Hoggard began dancing when she was 6 years old; first taking classes at her neighborhood studios and then with the modern dance company at her high school. Amy had the amazing opportunity to spend a summer in New York City with her high school dance company. While there she took classes from the Martha Graham Studio, the Nikolai Lewis Studio, and the Merce Cunningham Studio. After high school, Amy spent three years studying dance at Utah Valley State College and performing in the dance company Syrnergy. She has also taken several classes and workshops offered at RDT, UVU and BYU since attending college. Besides dancing, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Alyssa grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota dancing with the Youth Dance Ensemble. She studied ballet, tap and jazz and performed with The Joffery Ballet Nutcracker and a variety of other performances. At age 18 she had already taught dance for two years, choreographed for the local opening premier of Moulin Rouge, taken classes in New York and captained the varsity dance team. She was one of two freshmen to make Arizona State’s Dance Team. After her freshman year she moved back to Minnesota and continued teaching dance and finished her Bachelor’s degree in the Education of Children in the Arts and a minor in Educational Psychology. Alyssa was a frequent guest choreographer for the professional NBA dance team MN Timberwolves and also had pieces featured with Christopher Watsons Dance Company. Besides teaching, she also choreographed for local college theatre productions and The Fringe Festival.
Alyssa have taught dance for over 14 years in a variety of studios and states. She moved to Utah three years ago with her husband. Teaching dance is her true passion but, when not in the studio you will usually find her at her day job as a consultant for an ophthalmology practice or outside enjoying the mountains.
Jessica Bilbo has been teaching for six years. She's had the pleasure and honor to teach all sorts of genres including: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and Special Needs Ballet. Jessica has taken classes and workshops with world class choreographers including: Mandy Moore, tWitch, Legacy, Teddy Florence and Doug Caldwell. She has been the Co-Director for Chance Dance Troupe-a dance Company focused on improving the lives and community around it through charity work. Her number one passion in life is being able to express everything with movement and music combined and she feels extremely blessed to have been able to pass that passion on to children.
Sophy Lu, is a passionate international teacher from Taiwan. She has been dancing Hip Hop for over 7 years. Sophy has attended and helped students win several dance competition awards in the Hip Hop genre. She’s been teaching for over 5 years. She is currently attending Utah Valley University and is training in both Ballet and Modern. She will graduate with a BFA in Dance Education in 2015.
Ginger began dancing at the age of three with training from numerous studios including The Dance Club, Center Stage, and Classical Ballet Academy. She also trained in the Royal Academy of Dance methodology receiving high merits and distinction awards from Pre-Primary through the Advanced Two levels. Ginger is currently a senior at the University of Utah receiving her BFA in ballet with an emphasis in teaching, character, and performance. At the University of Utah Ginger is also a member of the Character Dance Ensemble in which she was able to tour and perform in Costa Rica and Ukraine while representing the Ballet Department and a member of Utah Ballet, the performing ballet company at the University of Utah. Ginger became Miss Spanish Fork in 2009 (Miss America Organization) where she created her Excelling with the Fine Arts Outreach Program. She has had a lot of teaching experience and is excited to have the opportunity to be here this year.
Brenna Kennedy grew up in Utah where she began her training at the Academy of Ballet Arts and continued at the Ballet West Academy. She was given many opportunities at the Ballet West Academy; including workshops with The State Ballet School of Berlin and contracts as an aspirant with Ballet West. Other training includes programs with Aspen Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, and City Ballet of San Diego. Brenna received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Ballet Department at the University of Utah.
Movement to music started at a very young age when Summer's mom enrolled her in competitive roller skating! After earning the status of "Super-Tot Champ," at age 4, she left the wheels behind and began acrobatics and dance lessons. In junior high, Summer began assisting dance classes which later led to an instructor position as she matured. Cheerleading throughout jr. high allowed Summer to develop teamwork with her dance and tumbling passions. Dance Company in high school allowed Summer's choreographing opportunities to broaden; teaching her peers was a highlight! A year of ballroom helped Summer appreciate the art of dancing with a partner. College years took this CA girl to BYU where she enrolled in many jazz and tap classes. Graduating with her B.S. in education led her into her role as MOM. Summer's first child was a girl and she's passed on her love for dance to Sara through lessons she taught for the neighborhood children (in their basement). A move to AZ offered Summer a chance to teach in a studio setting once again. She takes all of these unique experiences to help this next generation develop a love for movement to music in a wholesome and positive atmosphere.
Leslie is a former Juilliard student. She studied with Ivan Galamian and Elizabeth Holborn. She has taught strings in both public schools and in private lessons for over 40 years. Recently, two of her high school students have been accepted into four year universities with full music scholarships. She has performed with notable orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has been a studio musician and has recorded with many famous artists.
Jamie Ward is a native of Southern California. She trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop at Imperial Dance Studio. She continued dancing there until starting high school. It was then she became a member of the varsity dance team, Dance Production at Brea Olinda High School. After high school she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. At BYU, she taught tap and performed in multiple World of Dance shows with BYU’s best tap dancers. She later became a member of the Foot Poetry Tap Company and continues to tap with them today.
Jessica began her dance training in San Diego at the age of 5. At California Ballet School mainly focused on ballet technique. However, she also studied Jazz, Modern Famenco, and Character Dance. When she was 17 she became an apprentice to the California Ballet Company. She had the privilege to perform in many professional ballets such as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. Jessica moved to Utah to pursue a degree in Child Development and has danced with Mountain West Ballet Company. She has been married for nearly 6 years and is the proud mother of two. Jessica loves children and enjoys watching them develop a passion for dance as she encourages them to be the best they can be.
Crystal started dancing at the age of 2. She is a graduate of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, where she studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Singing and Acting.
Outside of the school she trained at National Ballet, Stage 7, West Coast Ballet Educational Cultural Complex and Mesa College. She has been a performer, choreographer and has been taught various dance styles and participated in countless shows, conventions and industrial productions for the past 30 years.
Crystal started singing and dancing in Musical Theatre shows at SDSCPA and branched out to Starlight and Moonlight Theatre. Her favorite shows include “Guys and Dolls (1988), “Dreamgirls (1989/2006), “42nd Street” (1990), “Singing in the Rain” (1991), and “Aida” (2007).
Crystal was also a dancer for the San Diego Gulls Pro Hockey Team, where she had the opportunity to have a role in the Universal Pictures movie “Bring It On” (2000), an MTV sitcom, “18 Wheels of Justice” and a spot in the” Playstation Game NBA Shoot Out” (2002).
Amber Rich grew up here in Utah, enjoying gymnastics, singing, and dance. She attended Snow College where she was awarded both academic and dance scholarships and was a student in the college's top level of classes for Dance Majors/Minors. This gave her opportunities in performance, elementary school dance outreach, and dancing with a professional music concert. She was also involved in Dance Club, Women's Choir, Piano, and majored in Education. She graduated in 1999 and worked in the child care field for eight years, during which she earned a Child Development Associates Preschool Certification. Amber has taught preschool, private kindergarten, and served three years as a center director.
Amber started teaching here, at Wasatch Arts Center, in 2004. She has also taught dance independently from 2003-2008. In 2008 Amber was able to help start up Wasatch Arts Center's preschool program and has been thrilled to be here exclusively ever since! She has taught creative movement, ballet, tap, and jazz. She loves being able to share her love of dance, art, and, music with even the littlest learners! Amber has three children.
Her husband and family enjoy hiking, swimming, sports, reading, watching movies, and just hanging out together!
Philip began playing music at age 6 with the flute. He played in elementary and high school band and orchestra. He began guitar at age 14, which led to many other stringed instruments, including bass, banjo, mandolin, sitar, and violin, as well as piano. He has studied music theory and composition in classical and jazz styles and currently plays in a variety of bands and ensembles, including several solo projects. He is currently attending Salt Lake Community College after which he will transfer to the University of Utah to become a music professor and composer.
He has a great love of teaching and sharing the shortcuts and inner aspects that he's gleaned from many years of study. Most important to him is the application of music to life and the joy it can bring to all. He enjoys teaching guitar, flute, and bass at Wasatch Arts Center.
Janelle grew up in California where she first started dancing at Southland Ballet Academy at age 3. She continued dancing at Maple Conservatory of Dance. She spent a summer attending The Rock School in Philadelphia. She then attended the University of Utah where she studied with the Ballet Department. She was invited to be a trainee at Ballet West. Janelle continues to dance and is currently a Nursing major.