MEET THE TEAM

Janalyn Memmott

Ballet Director


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.

Elissa Fonseca

Instructor


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.

Stephanie Haymore

Instructor


Stephanie trained at Classical Ballet Conservatory, Academy of Ballet and Taylor Dance Conservatory. At Academy of Ballet and Taylor Dance Conservatory she performed with the company, including soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Stephanie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in dance with a ballet emphasis. While attending BYU, she received a dance scholarship and was a member of Ballet Showcase Company. She performed and toured with the company. As a student Stephanie received an ORCA grant and awards for her choreography. Her senior piece was the first student piece to be performed in the main ballet company's performance and was also taken on tour to California. Stephanie has taught ballet for 10 years, including at BYU. She has also choreographed for BYU's Ballet Showcase Company and BYU's operas HMS Pinafore and Don Giovanni. She was the studio director for the former Timpanogos School of Dance. Stephanie currently resides in Orem with her husband Joseph and their four children who are all dancing!

Lindsay Cowley

Instructor


Lindsay started dancing when she was three years old and has loved dancing and performing ever since. Growing up she mainly studied Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary with additional training in Tap, Hip hop, Modern and various other styles. Throughout the years, she has performed as a principal dancer in many pre-professional performances including excerpts from Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, and various other contemporary and classical excerpts. She is currently attending UVU studying Ballet and Dance Education. She has a passion for teaching dance and loves creating relationships with her students.

Jennifer Cowley

Instructor


Jennifer started dancing at the age of three, studying Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and many other genres of dance, in addition to several years of tumbling and competitive cheerleading. After graduating, she continued on to Brigham Young University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness with a Contemporary Dance minor. While at BYU she had the opportunity to be part of several performing companies including: Ballet Showcase, DancEnsemble Contemporary Company, International Folk Dance Ensemble and Kinnect. She also performed as a guest artist in the Opera “Hansel and Gretel” in 2015, and Theatre Ballet’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” in 2016. In 2014, she participated in a dance study abroad in Italy, which involved daily classes at places such as La Scala School of Ballet, Hamlyn School of Ballet, and World Dance Movement Intensive.

Since her first teaching position in 2011, Jennifer has grown to love working with, and training students. She is certified in advanced Pilates, and has worked at Elevate Fitness and rehab, studying functional training through NASM and ACSM. She has a strong background in Dance Kinesiology and Health through school, and continues to learn what she can about the art form.
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