Faculty & Guest Instructors

Matthew Delly

Matthew Delly is our newest faculty member, having recently moved from Scottsdale, Arizona to Salt Lake City.

He has been a dance teacher for seven years, teaching Hip Hop, Jazz & Contemporary. He has also been a Choreographer and Artistic Director for several studios in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area; such as Centre Stage Dance Studio, Cave Creek Dance Academy, Pure Dance Academy, Scottsdale Dance Connection, Arizona Dance Artistry and Pinnacle Dance Academy.

Matthew has trained with Nick Lazzarini, Dee Caspary, Alvin Ailey, Nick Flores and Joe Tremaine to name a few. He has performed professionally and Choreographed for numerous events and charities throughout the country.

He has a diverse background, from Tumbling and Cheer Coach, to Costume Design & Make-up. He loves teaching dance and is passionate about helping dancers to interpret music through movement.

Sarah Shaw
Creative Movement Teacher
Sarah has been dancing since the early age of 3 years old. At the age of 10 she moved to Salt Lake City and focused mainly on her love of ballet under the direction of Gilles Maidon, and Jillana Webb. She performed with Ballet West in the Nutcracker several years and also was a member of the Salt Lake Ballet Company and performed in many classical ballets. Sarah was a member of Olympus High School’s Dance Company and Drill Team. She was selected as a member of the all-state and all-region dance and drill team in 1998. After graduating, Sarah continued her dance training under Kellie Messerly, Bonnie Story and Darryl Yeager. She was selected as a dancer for the 2002 Olympic Closing Ceremonies and got to dance with the band KISS. Some of Sarah’;s choreography was chosen to perform at the University of Utah’s Ballet Showcase. She has traveled to Los Angeles and New York several times to take master classes with some of the countries top choreographers, such as: Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Joe Tremaine, Keri LeGrand, Jeff Amsden, Sheila Barker, and Doug Caldwell.  Sarah has been teaching since 1998 and, after many years teaching all levels of ballet, jazz, lyrical, she has found her true calling and love: working with the young creative classes.   Sarah is the mother of two young daughters and loves watching them learn and love to dance.

Ashley first started her dance training in elementary school at Columbia City Ballet. She then continued her training at The Southern Strutt in Irmo, SC throughout middle and high school, where she trained in tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and hip hop. While dancing at Strutt, she had the opportunity to train under Ray Leeper, Dee Caspary, Tabatha & Napoleon, Justin Giles, Mandy Moore, Keri LaGrand, Cory Finn, Mark Meismer, Nick Bass, and many more.  Ashley attended the Debbie Allen Dance Intensive and trained at The Edge Performing Arts Center as well as The Millennium in L.A. every summer throughout high school. She was also privately trained in Gyrokinesis for a year under a ballet scholarship. Growing up in such a well-known and professional studio gave Ashley the opportunity to perform at multiple conventions, competitions, and nationals over the years. She has traveled to New York City, Florida, Myrtle Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and more for national competitions and has earned multiple titles for group dances and solos as well as various scholarships.

Ashley then went on to strengthen her ballet and modern dance training at the University of South Carolina, where she studied ballet/pointe under New York City Ballet’s Stacey Calvert for a year. She then moved to Salt Lake City where she trained with Odyssey II, under the direction of Bonnie Story during which she was cast as a background dancer in High School Musical 2. Ashley then moved under the direction of Derryl Yeager in Odyssey’s Thriller. She has participated and performed in Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller, It’s A Wonderful Life, and Shut Up and Dance. Ashley was also in Columbia City Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and performed at L.A. Dance Magic’s Final Cut Live in California as a Soul Escape Company member. She performed and trained as a Soul Escape Company member under the direction of Justin Giles for two seasons at the Eisemann Theatre in Dallas, Texas.

Ashley currently coordinates and trains a pre-professional program designed for advanced dancers with hopes of one day dancing professionally as well as guest teaching and choreographing in Utah. She has found creativity and joy in teaching, training, challenging, and choreographing for young professionals. Her choreography has won numerous awards for its originality and her students are known for their artistic abilities. Ashley continues to cultivate creativity and imagination as she pursues choreography and is adamant about teaching students to fuse technical abilities with artistic movement and true emotional performance. She believes anything can be achieved through hard work and anyone can be touched through art.

Morgan Merideth

Morgan Merideth has been dancing for the past 27 years and teaching for the last 12.  As a dancer, Morgan performed at the Daytime Emmy Awards, for the Denver Dare Devils Roller Hockey Dance Team, the “She Devils”, and was a four-year member of the BYU Cougarettes, where she served as an officer for two years.  Professionally, Morgan is teaching and choreographing for studios and dance teams throughout Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Hawaii, including choreographing the half-time for the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.  For the past seven years, Morgan held the head coaching position for these 6-time State Champion Bingham Minerette Drill Team.  Morgan is the company director for Hi-Light Dance Academy in Alpine.   She is also the Assistant Director for the BYU Cougarettes.  In April of this year the Cougarettes claimed their 9th National Title in the Hip-Hop category, a first for BYU.   Morgan is married to Jason Merideth and they have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, Tatum.

Christy St. Pierre 

Christy St. Pierre from Highlands Ranch, Colorado grew up dancing at Starstruck Dance Academy.  She’s trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, pom, and hip hop.  She was a Brigham Young University Cougarette for 4 years and a captain of the team for 2 years.  She has been a member of the Vibe Performing Arts Company and Journey Dance Professional Company.  Christy has a passion for choreography and has choreographed in all genres of dance for studios, high schools, and colleges all over the country.  Christy made it to the So You Think You Can Dance Vegas week in 2008 and 2010.

Krissie Edwards 

Krissie is originally from Columbia, South Carolina where she trained at Southern Strutt under the direction of Nancy Giles. After graduating high school, she continued her education at the University of South Carolina and Weber State, earning her degree in Criminal Law.  While attending USC, she continued teaching at Southern Strutt. In 2002, she relocated to Salt Lake City. From 2004 to 2010 she taught and was Company Coordinator at The Winner School.  She has also done choreography for the BYU Cougarettes as well as several High School drill teams and dance companies.  Krissie is currently a coach of The Cottonwood Chaparrals where she was awarded “Utah Drill Co-Coach of the Year” last February.  She is the director of the new dance company “Divinity”.  Her teaching and choreography talents are now shared with several dance studios as well as workshops and conventions.

Linzi Baker

Linzi has been dancing for 9 years and has trained extensively in all disciplines.  She has won numerous scholarships at several national conventions including LA Dance Magic, NYCDA, West Coast Dance Explosion and NUVO.  She has also had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland, in Odyssey’s Thriller and with Justin Giles Final Cut.  Linzi graduated with honors from Alta High School where she was the choreographer for the Alta Dance Company and a member of the National Honor Society. Linzi has been a BDT staff member for the last few summers teaching various high school drill teams from Utah, Nevada and Idaho.

Brenda Searle

Brenda has been coaching and teaching in the dance community for over twenty years. She is currently the drill team coach for Hillcrest High School in Midvale Utah, and Co-Owner of BDT, a drill team convention for hundreds of high school girls from Utah and other surrounding states. Brenda was also a teacher and studio director at The Winner School for many years.

Her choreography resume includes, High School Musical 3, 2002 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, Paris New Years Day Parade, Alamo Bowl and Gator Bowl halftime shows, L.A. Dance Magic Best of Show awards, New York City Dance Alliance Critics Choice awards, as well as  countless region, state and national championship routines.

 Her personal accolades include former NBA Utah Jazz Dancer, NBA All Star Weekend Performer and featured dancer with KISS.  Brenda was the 2002 Utah Drill Team Coach of the Year and was   awarded the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section 7 Spirit Coach of   the Year.


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