Teacher Bios

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KATHERINE RANE

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.

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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!

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GLORIA MORIN: Contemporary - All Levels

GLORIA MORIN is a passionate pursuer of the arts. She began her training in a Musical Theatre program at Western Wyoming Community College, where she received her AFA.  Most recently she completed a BFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. Having begun her dance training in college she is very grateful for the experiences that have shaped her into the artist she is today. As a choreographer, dancer, and teacher she has performed in, taught, and choreographed several works; including her most recent works titled “Emerging Light” performed at 2022 Red Rock Dance Festival, and “Post-Concert Blues” for Dixie State University’s 2021 Spring Faculty Dance Concert. As a musical theatre artist, and vocalist, she has performed in many shows as well as taking on technical assignments such as stage managing and designing lights. She loves to explore ways that learning and creating art can impact lives by changing the way we see the world and those that are in it.

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SARAH REYNOLDS - Contemporary - Advanced

SARAH REYNOLDS found her people when she discovered St George Dance Company. Sarah has 26 years’ experience of dance performance and teaching dance. She began her dance adventure studying ballet but eventually found her true place when she began training in modern dance. She earned her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She has had the opportunity of working with incredible choreographers and dancers such as Jennie, Jones, Satu Humasti, Abby Fiat, Ifen Lin, Peter Pucci and The Martha Graham Dance Company, among others. Teaching dance is one of Sarah’s favorite aspects of dance. She has taught ballet, modern and contemporary for competition and performance studios such as PowerPlus Studios in Taylorsville, Utah and Midland Festival Ballet in Midland, TX. She is thrilled to be teaching the Advanced Contemporary Community Class for St. George Dance Company. Sarah has also loved performing with St. George Dance Company. Her favorite role was The Gangster in the Gatsby Murder Mystery. Outside of dance, Sarah is a part time editor for Carpe Vitam Press and a piano teacher to a small group of amazing students. She is happily settled in the sunshine and red rocks of St George with her husband, three raucously active boys and chubby Vizsla.

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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.