Our Dance Programs

At Just Dance Arts Academy we strive to help dancers find their own path.  We offer different programs that allow the dancer to find out what path fits them individually, whether it be Ballet, Competition, Modern/Contemporary, or just a class a week.

Ballet

The Just Dance Ballet program is run by Sara Mills, who has recently been teacher trained in the Vaganova-based Method of teaching classical Ballet. This pure method was created by the late Russian ballerina, Agrippina Vaganova and her syllabus is scientifically based and physiologically sound. Since implementing this methodical way of teaching classical ballet, Just Dance Academy has seen a skyrocket of growth from our students. We are the only studio in Utah County that has this specific type of training and can claim to have a true classical ballet syllabus.

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Contemporary

The Just Dance Contemporary Program, run by Lori Higbee, is a college-prep program designed for students 12 and up.  In the Contemporary Company, dancers will be taking modern technique, improvisation, choreography, and ballet, and will have the opportunity to work with local dance professionals from BYU, University of Utah, and Utah Valley University, as well as dancers from local professional dance companies such as Ririe Woodbury and RDT. Company members will learn choreography to perform at Utah Dance Festival, a Contemporary Concert, and Spring Recital.

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Performing

The Just Dance Competitive Companies run by Ellie Smith offer dedicated dancers the unique opportunity to master dance technique, artistic expressiveness, and performance ability at the finest levels by representing the academy both locally and nationally in high exposure performances and competitions. Through this highly intensive and positive experience, Company dancers strengthen their self-esteem while developing critical life skills of responsibility, self-discipline, dependability, good sportsmanship, and teamwork. Our Companies consistently receive awards and praise…

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Our Dance Curriculum

Ballet

The Ballet program at Just Dance is designed for dancers who have completed fundamental study in dance techniques and strive to improve their dance ability. The focus in the Ballet classes is on extension, flexibility, endurance, grace, terminology and technique. As dancers develop strength, they advance through all levels of Ballet prior to the Pointe Program

Modern

Modern is an art form of dance, which uses special techniques to develop the use of the entire body through movement, while expressing abstract ideas. This skill uses a wide range of techniques and other unlimited arrays of movements to help the body and mind develop. Movement is encouraged through combinations and improvisations.

Hip Hop

A fun, fast paced style of dance that incorporates the movement of music video, street style dancing and tricks. Hip Hop classes are structured to teach coordination, strength, quickness, agility and endurance. Only age appropriate movement and music will be used.

Lyrical

Enjoy the freedom of movement though music and physical interpretation of feelings. This art form allows you to experience your creativity on an advanced level by using your body and mind to think out of the box.

Jazz

Jazz training emphasizes flexibility and rhythmic movement. Dancers will focus on strength, musicality, terminology, and technique.

Instructors
Ellie Smith

Ellie Smith has been dancing since the age 3. She had been competing and traveling for dance since she was young. Ellie has been professionally trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre and Latin Ballroom.

Sara Mills

Sara first began her Classical Ballet study at age three under the direction of Jaqueline P. College. She was later admitted into Utah Regional Ballet’s professional track program.
After completing her studies as a Utah Regional Ballet apprentice she transferred to Jenny Creer-King’s Classical Ballet Academy.

Traci Irving

Traci has been teaching dance for over 10 years, including five years as a professional choreographer and performer. She has a strong background in ballet and modern, but has also trained in jazz, hip hop and African dance.

Hannah Stewart

Hannah has trained, competed and performed in jazz, tap, ballet, tumbling, pom, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. She just finished her third year as a member of the 16-time National Champion BYU Cougarettes.

Chaz Bodily

Chaz has been training since his was just 2 years old. For the last 25 years (minus some for a mission) he has trained in Hip Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary, Ballet, etc. He has performed as a backup dancer for Leann Rimes. He has been on such TV shows as America’s Got Talent, Live To Dance, Switched,

Lori Higbee

Growing up a competitive figure skater in Minnesota, Lori didn’t think very much of the dance classes she was taking until she was introduced to modern dance in 8th grade. From that time Lori has made dance part if her life. Lori danced in the dance program at Utah State University where she was a…

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Directors
Lori Higbee

Growing up a competitive figure skater in Minnesota, Lori didn’t think very much of the dance classes she was taking until she was introduced to modern dance in 8th grade. From that time Lori has made dance part if her life. Lori danced in the dance program at Utah State University where she was a…

Tiffany Enger

Is the founder and Directress of Just Dance Academy and has over 30 years of combined experience as a dancer and instructor. She has studied at the world-renowned New York institutions of Steps, Joffreys, The Broadway Dance Center, and Dance New Amsterdam (DNA). She has danced locally with Ririe Woodbury and Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) in…

Sara Mills

Sara first began her Classical Ballet study at age three under the direction of Jaqueline P. College. She was later admitted into Utah Regional Ballet’s professional track program.
After completing her studies as a Utah Regional Ballet apprentice she transferred to Jenny Creer-King’s Classical Ballet Academy.

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Contact

801-492-3936

info@justdanceutah.com

Mon-Thur 4:00 - 9:30

227 N. Center Street American Fork, Utah 84003