Just Dance Arts Academy Dance Studio Lehi Utah

HELPING DANCERS FIND THEIR OWN PATH

With a new state-of-the-art building in a great location in North Lehi, the very best instructors, a varied and flexible curriculum and program offering, and a passion for continual improvement, Just Dance Arts Academy is the leader in dance education in Utah Valley!

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DANCE CURRICULUM

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ALL STAGES

At Just Dance, we strive to help dancers of all skill levels find their own path while increasing their love of dance. This is achieved by offering a variety of classes and programs for dancers with various goals and experience, including ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip hop, competition teams, creative movement, and everything in between.

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MODERN

Modern dance is an art form developed in the early 20th century. Established techniques, along with full-bodied movements, are used to express abstract ideas. Modern dance is expressive and focuses on a dancer's own interpretation of ideas, art, and culture. Movement generation and creativity is encouraged through improvisation and choreographic exercises.

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BALLET

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

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JAZZ

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

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CONTEMPORARY

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 outside the box.

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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.

DANCE PROGRAMS

Just Dance's programs allow dancers to pursue their passions and find their perfect fit. This includes Ballet, Contemporary/Modern, Competition, or just one class a week.

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BALLET

Just Dance's 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 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 Contemporary program at Just Dance Arts Academy is directed by Lori Higbee. It is a university-prep program designed for experienced dancers ages 10 and up. On the Contemporary Company, dancers will take modern technique, improvisation, choreography, and ballet, and will have the opportunity to work with local dance professionals from Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah Valley University, as well as dancers from local professional dance companies such as Ririe Woodbury, RDT, SALT, and Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company. Dancers will learn how to compose dances to perform at student choreography festivals throughout the state. They will also have the opportunity to participate in our student choreographed Contemporary Concert as well as the studio Spring Recital.

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PERFORMING

Just Dance's 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.

THE SPACE

We built a brand new studio space for Just Dance Arts Academy in North Lehi in 2018. We have 4 large dance rooms with the finest flooring and equipment. Just Dance is located at 3397 N. 1200 E. Suite 107, Lehi, UT 84043

 
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DANCE INSTRUCTORS

Just Dance Arts Academy hires instructors who are both accomplished dancers and who know how to best teach children and teenagers.

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LORI HIGBEE

Lori Higbee grew up dancing and figure skating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of 13 she moved to Utah and decided to change her focus to dance. Lori began her college training for four years at Utah State University, where she was on scholarship and danced on . . .

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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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SAVANNAH COSPER

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RANDY KWON

Randy started as a self-taught dancer, primarily in hip hop/urban style. When he went to BYU-Idaho, he was part of a crew and both competed in and judged dance battles . . .

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HALLY SMITH

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CHAZ BODILY

Chaz has been training since his was just two years old. For the last 25+ years—minus some for an LDS mission—he has trained in Hip Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary, Ballet, etc. . . .

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AMANDA COLANGELO

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CHANDLER HANCOCK

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JANESSA FRAMPTON

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ELLIE REMINGTON

Ellie Smith has been dancing since age three, often competing and traveling. She has been professionally trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Latin Ballroom. She was given the opportunity to dance in Hong Kong in the Chinese . . .

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EMMY BARKER

Emmy was born and raised in Alpine, Utah. She began dancing at age three. Throughout her childhood and youth she studied modern dance, ballet, tap, and jazz. By the time she entered Jr. High, she knew . . .

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SHARLEE PEAY

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GABBY WEBER

Gabby Weber is from Sandy, Utah. She grew up training at the Dance Club in Orem Utah, under the direction of Sheryl Dowling, Allison Thornton, and Kirra Cook . . .

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SARAH SCHMIDT

Sarah Schmidt trained and danced competitively at Creative Arts Academy and Dance Impressions. She was also a member of the state championship Bountiful High School Drill Team for 2 years . . .

DANCE DIRECTORS

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LORI HIGBEE

Lori Higbee grew up dancing and figure skating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of 13 she moved to Utah and decided to change her focus to dance. Lori began her college training for four years at Utah State University, where she was on scholarship and danced on Danceworks Touring Company . . .

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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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ELLIE REMINGTON

Ellie Smith has been dancing since age three, often competing and traveling. She has been professionally trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Latin Ballroom. She was given the opportunity to dance in Hong Kong in the Chinese New Year Parade . . .