KATHERINE RANE trained at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and Ballet Arts of Southern Utah as well as attending Walnut Hill School in Boston, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and the Houston Ballet Academy summer intensive programs. During High School she enjoyed all kinds of dance and competed in many drill team competitions, winning local, national and international solo competitions. While attending Brigham Young University on full academic and dance scholarships, Katherine performed all four years as a principal dancer with the BYU ballet companies. She graduated Cum Laude with her B.A. in Dance: Ballet Emphasis as Valedictorian of the Dance Department. After college, Katherine danced professionally as a principal artist with Utah Regional Ballet for three seasons. She performed such roles as the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in Jacqueline Colledge’s The Nutcracker and a lead in Alan Hineline’s contemporary ballet Resolute. She then joined Saint Paul City Ballet and danced for three seasons as a soloist in the Twin Cities area. She is happy to be back in St. George with her husband and three active children and is excited to be working with SGDC.
Jenny Mair enjoys choreographing and teaching for the vibrant, artistic dance community in St. George. She is thrilled to be teaching and choreographing with St. George Dance Company this season. She brings a refreshingly diverse and eclectic sense as an artist and enjoys experiencing new places and creating new connections through dance.
Jenny received an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has had the opportunity to choreograph, perform, and teach in Greece, Belgium, Italy, France, Tokyo, Hawaii, and Utah. She has participated in the Red Rock Dance Festival, Asian-Pacific Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, and was invited to take company class for three seasons with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Jenny received her BA in Ballet from Brigham Young University, performing and touring four seasons with Theatre Ballet Company, and later with Rocky Mountain Ballet Company.
As well as working with SGDC, Jenny teaches at Dixie State University in the Dance Department and Westside Studio of the Performing Arts.
LINDA GUDMUNSON - Company Ballet Instructor
Linda Gudmunson Wilson was allowed to dance with Virginia Tanner at the age of 3. She continued to study all sorts of dance throughout the Salt Lake Valley from many other very notable teachers. She moved to El Paso,Texas where she luckily found her place with the very wonderful Ingeborg Heuser and the UTEP Civic Ballet. She spent all of her high school years focusing on ballet technique and performance. Miss Heuser warned her she would want to teach someday. She returned to SLC to join Ballet West under the direction of Willam Christiansen and later under Bruce Marks. After rising to the rank of soloist she decided to head east. She went on a short stop-over to Minneapolis (mid-west) where she remained until she retired from the stage. There she was a principle dancer with Loyce Houlton’s The Minnesota Dance Theatre and Myron Johnson’s Ballet of the Dolls. Thanks to her husband Deward for pushing her to the dance scene in St. George, Utah. It’s happening!
Rachel Blackford: Contemporary
Rachel is a Utah native who recently completed her modern dance training with an emphasis in education at Utah Valley University, where she excelled as a performer, choreographer, educator, and dance scholar. In her time at UVU she acted as a director’s assistant in her third year on Synergy Dance Company, worked as a dancer with RDT on their 2019 re-staging of Doris Humphrey’s work Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, and has set several works on UVU’s Synergy Dance Company, and Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Her works Exodus et. Catherine Brown and Cries Made Inchoate were selected for adjudication at the Northwestern regional ACDA conferences in 2018 and 2020, and her more recent work was also commissioned to be restaged on UVU’s CDE for their 2020 spring show. Upon graduating Rachel received the dance education award of merit, and was recognized as the overall outstanding student for UVU’s department of dance. She is currently an assistant director for the dance companies at both Crimson Cliffs and Desert Hills high schools, and has enjoyed the opportunity to mentor young dance artists in her community. She recently joined St. George Dance Company for their 2020 season, and is eager to get back into the studio with her fellow company members to continue exploring her dance artistry as a mover, educator, and choreographer.
MATTI PARKER - Dance For Humans
Matti Parker has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, certifying in both PIYO and Strong. She has lived in Washington for the last 8 years with her husband and four children. As a photographer and pianist, she has always loved creating, and her creativity fuels her approach to fitness. She believes that exercise, like life, doesn’t always need to be so choreographed, and that as we listen to our own intuition, we can use our natural movement to heal, strengthen, and invigorate our bodies.
MEGAN NELSON - Tap Instructor
Megan Nelson specializes in tap and clogging. Performance credits include: Disney Magic Music Days: Disney World’s 25th-anniversary celebration; the Asparagus Festival in Nienburg Germany; and Ixcarat in Cancun. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and musical theatre at Diamond Talent Studios in St. George, Utah for more than ten years where she now teaches advanced tap classes. She is the director of the performing clog team, the All American Cloggers, established by Cindy Metcalf in 1983. Megan graduated in April 2015 with a BS degree in Human Development from Brigham Young University. Megan was the winner of the New Jersey Tap Festival Scholarship Contest and studied under the Tony-Award winning tap choreographer Henry LeTang. She has been a guest performer with the Dixie State University Dance Company and a three-time finalist in Dixie’s Got Talent. She hopes to promote rhythm dance in southern Utah and share the joy of tap and clogging with any student whose idea of fun is putting on a pair of tap shoes.
ASHLY BARRACLOUGH - Tap Instructor
Ashly Barraclough is a junior at Dixie State University studying dance. I have been dancing for 20 years and have a love and a passion for the art of dance. I have studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, improv, and aerial dance. I have taught tap for two years now and absolutely love it! I also love hiking, camping, and watching movies. I love to have fun and create!