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Our Faculty and Staff
Owner & Artistic Director
Amy has been studying dance for 33 years and teaching dance for 20 years. She has trained with companies from LA to NYC, including Tremaine, Backstage, The Edge and Martha Graham. Over the years her dance training has lead her to several performances nationwide, including NFL and NBA games. She spent the summer of 2000 in Las Vegas Nevada where she was the master teacher for the Vegas Valley Stars Junior Drill Team. Amy expanded her training and also learned new teaching techniques while in Las Vegas. Amy has been a master teacher for conventions, camps and workshops throughout the U.S. Her credits also include choreography for High Schools, pageants, NBA dance teams, Ballet West, Jr. Dance Companies and several champion soloists. Here recent work involves Choreography for Zimmer Orthopedics 20th Anniversary Video for the Natural Knee titled I CAN DANCE. ¨Amy was a part of the talented Utah Jazz Dancers for 4 seasons. She has enjoyed performing and being involved in community events. She was a Para-educator at Evergreen Junior High and Cottonwood High, where she worked with children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Within the community she has spent numerous years as the Entertainment Chair for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) assisting with entertainment for their annual Light the Night Walk. Amy is certified in PBT (Progressive Ballet Technique) and Acrobatic Art. She is supported by her husband Dusten and children Tyler and Lillyan.
Meet Janie Hoyt! Janie is the operations manager here at the studio and absolutely LOVES it! She enjoys helping to “make the magic happen” behind the scenes.
Janie attended Utah State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Human Development. After college, she moved back home to manage the Bountiful Swig where she gained experience and a love for leading and managing.
Janie now lives in North Salt Lake with her Husband Tim, dog Sullivan and cat Mindi. She enjoys warm weather, traveling, and mostly being with her family and friends. Janie can’t wait to share with you her love of Studio 56 Dance Center. She feels lucky to be a part of such a wonderful dance community and family.
Hi! My name is Candace. I’m a mom to 3 amazing kiddos, all of which are dancers here at the studio! I work at the front desk on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights. I help answer the phones and emails and help make sure our families are taken care of. During the day you can find me working with insurance at an outpatient infusion center. When I’m not at my day job, chasing or chauffeuring kids around or working at the front desk, I like to craft, sew and binge my favorite Netflix shows. I absolutely love working at Studio 56 Dance Center. I love being a part of all the creativity. But the best part is getting to know all our dancers and tumblers. Their stories, smiles and big hugs make my day! I can’t wait to get to know you and your little!
Sarah Lund has been teaching ballet for 8 years and she LOVES it! Sarah has worked with a wide variety of teachers and local performance groups including Municipal Ballet Co, Ballet West Academy, Utah Opera, Mountain West Ballet, SLC Ballet, Vivat! Ballet and The Ballet Center. She has also been a Summer Company Member with US Internal Ballet, based in Wilmington, NC. Sarah also loves hiking, camping, and music, and keeps a small piano studio.
Hip Hop, Preschool Dance, STAR, & Company Instructor
Haylee was born and raised in West Jordan, Utah. She started her dancing career at the age of 3, at a local studio where she trained in various styles, such as, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and contemporary.
Haylee was also apart of West Jordan High School’s dance company for her 3 years of high school. There she choreographed, and was apart of many, many pieces. After graduating, Haylee attended Dixie State University, participating on the Dixie Blaze Dance Team.
She is now back in West Jordan, attending school at Salt Lake Community College, studying education. Haylee is so excited to be apart of Studio 56 for another year!!
Tumbling & Acro Instructor
Courtnee was a gymnast for 13 years at Academy West Gymnastics. Through gymnastics she practiced ballet techniques and gained knowledge of being able to make movement flow from one to another with ease. She is currently a member of UXC’s open level four cheer team and has 2 years all star cheer experience, 2 years of high school cheer experience at Bingham, and 1 year collegiate cheer experience at SLCC. Her teaching experience includes currently teaching the special needs cheer team at UXC, 2 years of pre team gymnastics, and 2 years preschool tumbling director.
STAR, Preschool Dance, & Tumbling Instructor
Madison started dancing at the age of 3 at Studio 56. She has trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and tumbling. She was a member of the Drill Team at Murray High School. Madison was mentored thought the Studio 56 Junior Assistant program where she developed a passion for teaching. She is currently attending Salt Lake Community College with a focus in Buisness. Madison is excited to help her students grow and find their love for dance as she has.
Miss Catherine started dancing at the age of three in her hometown of West Jordan, Utah. She trained in Ballet, Tapp, and Jazz. She started apprentice teaching at 14 at the Royal School of Dance in West Jordan. She continued teaching to work her way through school earning a Dual Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico and a JD from the New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. During college and grad school, she taught numerous dance classes and continued her training with the dance department at the University. She was invited by Bill Evans to attend the International Tap Festival as a guest. Miss Catherine has held a wide variety of positions in the Ballet field, she has not only performed, taught, and choreographed, she also ran the Boston Ballet’s Residential Summer Program. She has continued to gain skills and certifications in ballet and most recently became certified to teach all levels of Progressing Ballet Technique. Catherine is currently an E-discovery attorney and Ballet teacher.
Preschool Dance and Tumbling Instructor
Alysia has been training with Studio 56 Dance Center for 15 years, Expressions Dance for 4 years, spent 2 years training with SALT Contemporary Dance Senior Company and is currently competing with Murray High School Cheer. In 2020 Alysia was named an All American and traveled to Florida to perform for a Holiday Spectacular Show as well as was picked to be a dancer at 2021 Stadium Of Fire. She has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Tumbling and will continue to train with every opportunity that comes her way.
Jenn grew up and danced in Dallas, Texas. As a competition dancer, Jenn won numerous Regional and National awards. She was awarded the Senior Tremaine Dancer of the Year award where she was the main assistant to Doug Caldwell and Liz Imperio. She was also flown to Los Angeles at the age of 16 to perform in the Edge Show as part of the LADF Dance with the Force award. She gained a lot of her teaching knowledge from assisting some of the great educators such as Kim McSwain, Jason Parsons, Justin Giles, Tyce Diorio, Joey Dowling, and Suzy Taylor. After she graduated high school, Jenn moved to New York City where she signed with MSA Dance Agency. From there she started dancing professionally. After only one month of living in NYC, she was asked to be the assistant to Michele Assaf at the International Dance Festival in Tropea, Italy. She danced in such live stage shows as Pepito’s Story choreographed by Debbie Allen and the Elan Awards in NYC. She also went on to dance in numerous industrials for Ski Doo, Hard Rock Live, and Yoga Booty Ballet. Commercials for 711 and So You Think You Can Dance. She also danced for the Dallas Maverick dancers and was an assistant to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She was also named head dance captain for the world tour of “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy”. She danced in a POD cast instructional video for Nick Florez and RJ Durell where she did the original choreography from the Celine Dion show in Las Vegas. On top of dancing professionally, Jenn also began teaching on Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention and Competition at the age of 21. During that time she also taught and judged for Showstoppers, StarSystems, VIP Dance, Florida Dance Masters, RAW Dance Convention, Encore Dance Convention, and The Art of Movement at the Orlando Ballet. She also went on to be apart of the top 20 girls in Las Vegas for So You Think You Can Dance season 4. After living in Los Angeles, she was asked by a prestigious studio in Missouri to take over as the head competition jazz teacher. During that time she signed on to teach for NRG Dance Project Dance Convention and Competition. She has now been traveling on weekends with NRG for the past 7 years. Jenn has recently started her own dance team intensive called Initiative Dance. Jenn is a sought after choreographer. She has now set more than 1,000 pieces all over the United States and Canada for dance studios, high school dance teams, college dance teams, dance companies, and even Grease for Columbia University in NYC. Her main goal is to inspire every single dancer that takes her class.
Tumbling & Acro Instructor
Taylor has been dancing since the age of 2. She has been trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, modern, and hip hop. As a child, she trained and competed in studios, and was captain of her high school's drill team. After high school, she was a part of the dance program at BYU for two years, where she learned that her true passion was to teach in the studio. Taylor taught at Onstage Dance Studio in St George, Utah for six years, and worked with the competitive teams and dancers there. She loves taking classes (as much as teaching) and continues to train and further her dance education any chance she gets. Taylor has always had a love for dance, but even more so a passion for sharing her love of dance with her students!
Ballet, Preschool Dance, & STAR Dance Instructor
Rebecca grew up dancing in the small town of Vernal Utah. Her love for dance grew in the positive and encouraging atmosphere of Powerhouse Dance and she aims to create this same attitude of confidence and courage in her students. Rebecca loves dance of all types, and Ballet is her favorite. She spent her summers going to ballet camps and workshops, and loving every minute. Recently, Rebecca graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with minors in Dance and Nutrition. Along with dance, Rebecca is passionate about health and fitness. Rebecca is excited to teach at Studio 56 to share her enthusiasm for dance and life with her students.
Company, STARS & Tumbling Instructor
Since the age of 3 Jaysalee has had a love for dance. She has won numerous awards at competitions and conventions including an assistant position and scholarship with Tremaine Dance convention, national solo and group titles, college scholarships and best choreography awards. Jaysalee worked as a dancer in the popular movie High School Musical 2 and has had the opportunity to assist and work closely with Liz Imperio. Along with Teaching at local studios, She has taught at mini conventions and choreographed at Payson and Orem High School. Jaysalee Loves teaching all ages and styles and is excited to share her love of dance with the dancers at Studio 56!!
What We Believe
We believe that every child needs a home away from home. A place where students have the opportunity to express themselves and grow in a positive, challenging and uplifting environment all while participating in the Art of Dance! Our primary objective is to build self-esteem while creating talented dancers. Our goal is to encourage the development of important life skills- Teamwork, Dedication, Responsibility, Leadership and Strong Self Image.
Happy Parents and Dancers
We love Studio 56. My daughter started there just before 3 years old and was so shy and nervous. Miss Amy was so patient and kind with her. My daughter has grown so much by attending... also, the studio keeps you so informed and they are so organized!!Victoria Trujillo
I love working for Studio 56 Dance Center. The environment that the director has set not only for the dancers and their families, but also for her employees has been nothing less then satisfactory. The growth in the dancers, organization with class scheduling, safety and extra activities definitely sets our studio apart. I would highly recommend this dance school and cannot wait until my children are old enough to join the program.Jaysalee Haupt
Not just a dance studio, but a family! Excellent instructors and under the direction of Amy who is the most organized person I have ever met! The concerts are so well put together and so much fun for our little dancer!Melanie Allen
Studio 56 is the best thing that has happened to our family. When my wife and I were searching for a Preschool 5 and half years ago I didn’t know we were going to become a dance family! The instructors have been the best and on a personal note they know all of our names. Every spring the studio has a huge concert and ALL the dance dads are invited to perform… now the first year I wanted NOTHING to do with it!! NOW I LOOK FORWARD TO IT EVERY YEAR!!!
Studio 56 Dance Center's Two Murray Locations:
170 W Winchester St Murray, Utah
700 East 5600 South Murray, Utah