Owner / Artistic Director
Eowyn Fitch has been educating dancers in classical dance forms for ten years in numerous cities around the world. She began teaching at the age of sixteen and has been an instructor for The St. Mary’s Ballet in Maryland, several studios in the Maryland, Florida and Utah areas as well as her humanitarian work in Panama as a teacher for Movement Exchange. Eowyn is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Modern Dance department in Salt Lake City where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree. Eowyn began her training in Maryland, where she studied numerous dance styles including classical Vaganova Ballet En Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Modern, Salsa, and Ballroom. After graduating high school, Eowyn’s professional dance career began when she became a dancer for The St. Mary’s Ballet for three years, where she was a principal dancer and commissioned choreographer. At the age of twenty she moved to Orlando, Florida where she became a Cast Member of Walt Disney World in the Entertainment Department. After dancing professionally for five years Eowyn decided to pursue her dream of higher education and moved to Salt Lake City where she began honing in on new techniques, improvisation, and choreographic/teaching styles. Among these were Release Technique, Kinesiology, Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals, Alexander Technique, and Contact Improvisation. Over the last twenty years of her dance career Eowyn has since developed her specialty of teaching classical Ballet and Modern dance techniques while integrating a kinesthetic sense of movement and higher thinking.
Business Director / Ballet & Jazz Instructor
Caroline Cushing began her dance training in Centreville, Virginia where she studied with the Russell School of Ballet. When she moved to Utah she continued her study of ballet in addition to training in jazz, modern, musical theatre, tumbling and pilates. She has won numerous awards both in her career as a solo dancer and as a choreographer including many overall awards at prestigious competitions. Her choreography has also been featured in many musicals, such as Footloose, Annie and Seussical the Musical. Caroline has been teaching for 10 years and has worked at studios as well as many high schools. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah in Human Development and is passionate about using her education to further the progress of her students. Caroline enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities, helping them to develop the same passion for dance that she has.
Jazz Department & Competition Director
Jamie Crowther has been dancing and training since the age of 8. She has trained in all styles of dance including, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Tumbling, Ballet and Modern. She was a competitive studio dancer from the ages of 8-18. She also was a member of the nationally ranked Bingham high school drill team. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in dance and business. During her time there she was awarded ‘Top Female Dancer’, ‘Top Student Choreographer’ and ‘Outstanding Performer’. She is currently working on her masters degree in Dance Education from Utah State University. She has been teaching professionally for 10 years. She has taught all over the country and recently traveled to New York City to Help with the Macy's thanksgiving day parade performance. She currently teaches full time at Corner Canyon High school and coaches both of the dance companies. She has been a teacher for the United Spirit Association for the last 9 years and has taught and judged all over the western United States.
Ballet and Jazz Instructor
Melissa is a passionate artist, teacher, performer, and active yogi. She is a recent graduate of the University of Utah where she received her BFA degree in Modern Dance with a minor in Nutrition. During her studies, Melissa was fortunate to take teaching methods courses from inspiring and experienced professors such as Abby Fiat, Pamela Geber Handman, and Juan Carlos Claudio, among others. She also had many opportunities to increase her dance teaching abilities. In 2012, Melissa was 1 of 8 students selected to be a part of the Movement Exchange program in Panama. This trip was an opportunity to teach classes to students in elementary schools, orphanages, Panama’s National School of Dance, and even the University of Panama. Melissa has been teaching dance for 5 years. Most recently, she has been involved in teaching elementary and preschool dancers through programs like ArtsBridge and Utah Danceworks. Melissa has extensive training in modern, ballet, yoga, tumbling, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and cheer. She is passionate about her career as a mover and enjoys sharing that passion with everyone around her.
Ballet, Creative Theory and Contemporary Technique
Laura Brick is originally from Tampa, Fl. She began her training at the age of 3. Laura received her primary training from Brandon School of Dance Arts and Howard W. Blake High School For The Performing Arts. During this time she became proficient in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, and contemporary techniques. She received numerous High score awards at dance competitions such as Hall of Fame, Starpower and Showstoppers. Most recently, Laura attended The University of Utah and received a BFA in modern dance as well as a minor in psychology. During this time, she attended numerous summer programs such as; Northwest Dance Project, American Dance Festival, Hubbard Street, Alonzo King’s LINES and Ballet West. While attending The U she particpated in the Panama Movement Exchange in which she traveled to panama to teach dance to underprivileged kids. She also participated in the Berlin State Ballet exchange. This gave her the opportunity to perform and train in Berlin. This past summer, Laura was invited to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Laura has been teaching dance for the past five years. She is currently adjunct faculty for Howard W. Blake High school for The Performing Arts where she teaches and creates new works for the school. Many of her works have been performed at National events. She has also worked in Utah for Hilary Carrier at West High School, teahcing and choreographing as well.
Hero J. Thomas
Hero J. Thomas is an upcoming dancer that recently moved from Virginia to Salt Lake City in pursuit of dance training and professional dancing. He began his dance career taking workshop classes during his first year of college at Virginia Common Wealth University, which is located in Richmond, Virginia. He soon joined a dance crew known as ‘Blank Canvas’ and had begun performing with them through out the east coast in 2013. He has also taught at workshops at James Madison University, Virginia Common Wealth University, University of Virginia, and Downing Gross Community Center. He has also been featured in two music videos of local artist K'Bana Blaq and has been one of the lead dancers in a huge Hair competition show. He has helped coordinate and choreograph Bethel High School's end of the Year Fashion Show, VSA culture show, Blank Canvas Relay for Life show, and FACT culture show. During the summer of 2013 he went back home to Virginia Beach where he had audition and made it for a dance crew known as ‘CREWcial’, who had won 2nd place during DMV Prelude 2013. Hero had continued his training with CREWcial and performances through out the East Coast region in 2014. In March 2014, he moved to Utah and joined Utah Dance Organization ‘UDO Dance Crew’ to continue his dance training and career. Currently teaches at four dance studios, has taught at Millennium Dance Complex, and Utah Valley University.
Tap and Jazz Instructor
Samijo Kougioulis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Utah University with her Bachelor's Degree in Dance Performance. She grew up in Utah dancing with Revolution Dance Studio and was a member of Odyssey 2 for two years. During her Undergrad, she was asked to be the first SUU student to participate in a study abroad in the Dance Academy at Fontys University for the Arts in The Netherlands for 6 months. There, she studied under many european professors and grew tremendously as a dancer and person. Upon arriving home, Samijo was offered an apprenticeship with Odyssey Dance Theatre for the 2011 season of Thriller. Samijo received numerous scholarships for different dance styles at NUVO, Joe Tremaine, NYCDA and JUMP conventions. She now teaches dance at Hillcrest Junior High School, Creative Arts Academy and DATU! She is trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Dance Theater and Modern. Samijo specifically loves improvisation for the personal creation that it allows. Samijo hopes to bring something new and wonderful to the dance community by teaching, continuing to dance and exploring the world while giving back and sharing what she has learned over the years as a dancer.
Jazz and Tap Instructor
Mikayle Green is an avid dancer from the Salt Lake City, UT area. Having a strong background in performance and technique, Mikayle has 25 years of dance experience. She began studying dance at a young age in the studio setting which engaged her focus on Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Tumbling. During that time she began performing and competing intensely which has enabled her to hold several leadership positions such as Vice President of Dance Company at Bennion Junior High School and dancer for Taylorsville High School Dance Company. After high school she went on to perform in college as well as professionally with Salt Lake Community College and Odyssey Dance Theatre. She has since gone on to help manage and open new dance studios in the Salt Lake City are such as Revolution Dance Company. She also was a co-chair for Compass Performing Dance Company where she was a dancer, choreographer, and co-chair of fundraiser development. Through her experiences Mikayle has developed a strong teaching sense and passion for education and choreography for dancers ages 2 to adult. She prides herself in being articulate, driven and compassionate while instilling in students her immense love for dance in all of its forms.