OWNER / DIRECTOR JAZZ, LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY, COMPANIES
JACQUELYN opened Performing Dance Center in 2009.
Born and raised in northern Virginia, Jacquelyn has been dancing since the age of three, and has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She enjoys teaching all of these styles to children and adults, and continues to find inspiration from her students.
Jacquelyn attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Kinesiology and Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance Performance. While at William & Mary, she was a performer and choreographer in two dance companies. Jacquelyn has been commissioned to choreograph dances for several high school dance teams, and has won numerous choreography awards for her work.
She received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah where she was awarded a teaching assistantship, taught undergraduate dance courses, and performed regularly. Jacquelyn was fortunate to tour internationally with Ririe-Woodbury Nikolais Dance Theater after graduate school. She is currently an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University's Department of Dance and has also taught dance courses at Westminster College and Salt Lake Community College.
Kaitlyn Potts, originally from Fairfax Station, Virginia, began her training in ballet, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and tap. She began to focus on ballet at the age of 11 with Troy Brown, formerly of Pacific Northwest Ballet, and later went on to train at the Maryland Youth Ballet. In her time dancing competitively, Kaitlyn was regularly awarded high scores and titles in both regional and national competitions, and awarded such honors as the “Future Star Award” two consecutive years at the Dance USA Performing Arts Championships. She was named an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar under full scholarship for the years 2006-2008, and also attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater, and Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet. Additionally, she was awarded summer scholarships to Interlochen School of the Arts, The Washington Ballet, Joffrey New York, Nevada Ballet Theater, Joffrey New York, and Houston Ballet, and full year scholarships to the Kirov Academy of Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Le Jeune Ballet du Quebec. In 2005, Kaitlyn won the Junior Grand Prix for the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in South Carolina, and was named as part of the top twelve in the New York City Finals that same year. In 2007, she won 1st place in both the Senior Classical and Senior Contemporary categories at the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals in South Carolina, and was named a Finalist in the New York City Finals. She received a special invitation to perform at the XXII International Ballet Festival in Miami in 2007, and won 1st place at the American Ballet Competition in Miami in 2008.
Upon graduating from high school, Kaitlyn began her professional career with Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson from 2008-2011, and joined Utah Metropolitan Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge as a Soloist in 2011, getting promoted to Principal Dancer in 2013. Throughout her career thus far, Kaitlyn has enjoyed performing the title roles in many ballets such as the world premiere of Jacqueline Colledge's "Snow White," "Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella,” "The Sleeping Beauty," “La Coquette,” Wendy in "Peter Pan," the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker,” Clara in Ben Stevenson's "The Nutcracker," and "The Man I Love Girl" in George Balanchine's "Who Cares?" Kaitlyn has guest performed throughout the United States, and in 2017, she was invited to be a guest artist with Young!Tanzsommer where she performed throughout Austria.
Kaitlyn has taught and choreographed throughout the United States and has been a teacher and the Director of the Ballet Program at Performing Dance Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, since 2011. In addition to choreographing for her students throughout the past several years for competitions and productions of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Little Mermaid," “Aladdin," and "Alice in Wonderland," she has choreographed for Brigham Young University and Utah Metropolitan Ballet. Kaitlyn is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is a Certified FLX Conditioning Specialist and certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. Kaitlyn graduated from Harvard University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Business Administration & Management, a minor in Psychology, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
HIP HOP, CONTEMPORARY
Lauren started her dance training at the age of four in Brooklyn, New York. She then continued her training in Englewood, New Jersey and later in Salt Lake City, Utah at The Winner School of Dance. She represented Olympus High School as the 2016-2017 sterling scholar for dance, and then went on to be the Utah state runner-up.
Lauren attended various summer dance intensives around the United States. She attended the Ballet West Intensive in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She also attended the Joffrey Ballet Intensive in New York City in 2014. Then in 2015 and 2016, Lauren attended the New York City Rockettes Summer Intensive.
Lauren participated in Olympus High School’s Dance Company for three years and was a dance company officer her senior year. Through these years she gained experience in choreographing and was able to choreograph numerous pieces for both small and large groups. These dances were performed at halftimes, assemblies, concerts and other school events. Since graduating, Lauren has choreographed for Olympus High School’s Orchesis Dance Company too.
Currently, Lauren is studying at the University of Utah to get her Fine Arts degree in modern dance. She is so excited to be dancing, teaching and choreographing this year!
Kelly M. Bruce is a dance artist and educator currently working in the greater Salt Lake area. She originally is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her extensive dance training in a variety of styles and genres. Kelly M. Bruce graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah with many accolades and awards. During her time at the University of Utah she served as the President on the Student Advisory Counsel for the the Department of Modern Dance, worked as a member of the Fine Arts Fee grant committee, served as a dance diplomate with Movement Exchange, and worked as a Artsbridge Educator. She received the Scott Marsh and a service award to acknowledge her contributions to the department. Kelly also holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she received a Leadership Scholarships, Regional Award, Dance Service Award, and Most Outstanding Senior. Alongside her degrees Kelly M. Bruce has traveled nationally and internationally to teach, perform, train, and present work. Most notably she has worked with artist such as David Dorfman, Eric Handman, Camille A. Brown, Omar Carrum, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. Her extensive training and background in dance allows her to follow her passion, and continue sharing her love of dance with patrons and students across the world.
Kelly is currently a Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Specialist in Canyons School District, Artist in Residence with Youth City Center, and Dance Instructor with Performing Dance Center.
Natalie started dancing in Minneapolis, Minnesota with dance training from the Youth Dance Ensemble and School under Dixie Rairamo. She received her early modern training from Cathy Wright. Natalie attended Tulane University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Communication with dual minors in Dance and Music Performance. While completing her degrees, she was a member of the Newcomb Dance Company performing works by John Allen, Michaela Cannon, Beverly Trask and Juan Carlos Claudio. She was also selected to attend the Skiing on Skin contact improvisation festival in Helsinki, Finland and perform at the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Dance Celebration in New York under Alberto Saaz. Professionally, Natalie has been seen creating and performing with Gorilla Tango Theater and Matter Dance Company in Chicago, IL. She was also a choreographer and performer for Avatar Movement Dance Company and performer and rehearsal director for Tsunami Dance Company in New Orleans. Natalie has been awarded numerous performance scholarships, academic scholarships and choreography scholarships for her work throughout the years. Her choreographic work can currently be seen throughout the Salt Lake area. Recently, she has been a master teacher at programs in Minneapolis, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. Natalie is currently a second year graduate student at the University of Utah receiving her Masters of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. Natalie is thrilled to be joining the Performing Dance Center team and sharing her love of dance.
Cat Kamrath is a dance artist currently residing in Salt Lake City, UT. As a dance performer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator, her career has spanned throughout the state of California and now east into the mountains. She is in her final year of MFA candidacy in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah. Cat received her BA in Dance, with honors, from Loyola Marymount University and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst from the Integrated Movement Studies program. As a performing artist, she has been a featured and ensemble dancer in choreographed works by Lauren Adams, Meghan Durham Wall, Marjani Forté, Barak Marshall, and Andrew Palermo. Her former company work has included collaborating with Troy Macklin, Saki Suto’s Scratch 4 Bloomin’ jazz dance company, and MAKedance under the artistic direction of Melanie King McGray. Her choreographic works have been presented in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Salt Lake City.
Cat is a seasonal guest faculty and performing artist at the San Ramon Valley Dance Academy in CA. She is a stage manager for the Hayes-Christensen Theatre located in the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah campus. She has taught hip hop, movement fundamentals, and dance history within the Department of Modern Dance. For more information, visit her website: www.catkamrath.com.
Chelsea Weidmann began her formal ballet training at age twelve and showed great promise despite her late start. Three years after her first class she received a talent scholarship from Utah Regional Ballet to pursue training intensively. Shortly after leaving Utah Regional Ballet’s program, she began teaching at Utah Academy Dance Studio and was named the studio’s ballet director four years later.
In 2000, Chelsea moved to London and continued her dance training at Covent Garden’s renowned Pineapple Studios while simultaneously pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. As part of her academic work she authored The Ballet Teacher’s Role in a Successful Beginning Pointe Class, which was published in Brigham Young University’s scholarly dance journal. She was also invited to present her findings at the university’s annual dance symposium. Chelsea has worked professionally as a dancer with C.A.V. Entertainment and as a guest artist with several regional and civic ballet companies.
Chelsea has choreographed for many different venues, including a 22-minute telling of Little Red Riding Hood, but teaching has remained her greatest passion. In 2011 she combined the two by founding Take Two, an annual mentored choreographic showcase where students have an opportunity to create and debut new works under the guidance of professional choreographers. Her piece Il Coraggio, choreographed for the inaugural performance, was voted Audience Favorite. Chelsea has served as the Ballet Mistress for Provo Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization.
Additionally, she is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. In 2013 she became a partner with ABT®’s Project Plié, an initiative to support and increase racial and ethnic diversity in the ballet community. Chelsea is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree.