Board of Directors
Sherlynn Davis has been a part of St. George Dance company since 2008. She took on the role of Executive director in 2013. She has an incredible passion for dance and believes that for a dancer it is essential for them to continue dance throughout their life to be truly fulfilled. She started dancing at 14 and danced through high school and into college. She took an 8 year break thinking she was too “old'' and to “busy” to dance, but soon realized that without dance life had lost its savor and committed that no matter what, there is always time for dance. Therefore she strives in creating dance opportunities for adult dancers in Southern Utah and is not afraid to take on challenging projects to benefit the amazing art of dance.
She recognized that not everyone loves to dance but believes they need an artistic outlet to be connected and filled. By exploring other art forms she has found a deep love and appreciation for artistic expression in all of it’s forms. She currently serves as the Chairman of the St. George Arts Commission. She loves the variety of art in St. George, and is dedicated to helping the arts flourish here. She also likes reading, gardening, musical theater, and snowboarding.
Jennie Jones began dancing in Salt Lake City, Utah. After performing for a season with Colorado Ballet, she returned to the University of Utah to finish a BFA in Ballet. While performing with Utah Ballet at the University, Jennie continued teaching at the school where she had trained growing up, Children’s Ballet Theater under the direction of Julie and Stacey Orlob. After graduating, she explored modern dance in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There she was a dancer for Contemporary Dance Wyoming while directing the Junior Repertory Company of the school at Dancer’s Workshop, and had the opportunity of dancing with national companies such as Elisa Monte Dance and Diavolo. She has been on faculty for private studios in Salt Lake City, St. George, Mesa AZ, and at Dixie State University. Most recently, Jennie returned to teaching for Vista Charter School for the Performing Arts where she is creating a play-based early childhood dance curriculum, an endeavor that comes naturally to her after several years of raising three energetic sons. She considers herself “one of the lucky ones,” living in beautiful St. George, surrounded by inspiring vistas and passionate artists with whom she loves to collaborate.
Lisa Clements began her early training with a regional company in California and then as an apprentice with Sacramento Ballet until she attended BYU on scholarship. While pursuing BA and MA degrees in dance, she performed and toured with BYU Theater Ballet Co, under the direction of Yi Qi Cheng and Mark Lanham. Lisa received awards for teaching, choreography, and writing in addition to the Dancers’ Choice and Leona Holbrook awards. During her 25 plus years of teaching, she taught at BYU, was Assistant Director of the Youth Artists program (BYU), and directed ballet programs at various studios. Lisa danced professionally with UCDT (now known as Odyssey) under Daryl Yeager and received the 2017 Audience Choice award for choreography at the Red Rock Dance Festival. Just recently, she and her daughter Andrielle produced a full length, collaborative work called "Hope of the World, A Dance Nativity Concert". Currently, she is sharing her passion for great technique and artistry with the students DSU as well as On Stage Dance Studio in St. George. Lisa is also owner/designer of Tutu Art and Dance Costumes, and is grateful to be able to assist the St George Dance Company as a board member.
Rachel Holman is a passionate dance educator with her MFA in Choreography and Performance in Dance from the University of Arizona. She also received her BS degree in Dance and Health Education from Southern Utah University where she returned as an adjunct faculty member to teach advanced modern and jazz dance. Her choreography was selected to perform most recently for the Tucson Museum of Art Grasslands Art Exhibit, University of Arizona True Places Concert, Southern Utah University Elevated Movements Concert, Southern Utah’s Red Rock Dance Festival, and Dixie State University Sear Art Gallery. She also has an extensive musical theatre and dance performance background including lead understudy and dancer in the National Broadway Tour of the musical Footloose and Cassie in A Chorus Line. She currently teaches master classes in the community and serves as a guest artist and judge at festivals and competitions. Rachel is the Assistant Artistic Director and principal dancer for the St. George Dance Company.
Kimball Forbes is an attorney with the law firm Jenkins Bagley, PLLC. He was raised in southern Utah and graduated summa cum laude from Southern Utah University and with honors from the S.J. Quinney College of Law (University of Utah).
Daniel Shannon Smith goes by his middle name, Shannon. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle Washington, and moved to the St. George area early this year. Shannon has worked in leadership, administration, and finance for five years and has his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with certificates in Accounting and Management; he begins his Masters Degree in Business Administration and Finance this coming Spring. Shannon's core passions are finance education, music, and the arts. He plays guitar and piano, and loves writing music, but only recently began taking dance classes as a way to meditate and remain fit.
Michele Saunders received her dance training at Royal Winnipeg, San Francisco, and Pacific Northwest Ballet schools as well as School of Ballet West. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Spanish, Modern and Tap. She danced professionally with Ballet Arizona after high school graduation as well as other regional companies. She has taught ballet off and on for over 30 years. She is a married mother of 5 and enjoys traveling, camping, and Disneyland!