Jenny danced professionally with: Ballet West, Cincinnati Ballet, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Gaungzhou Ballet in China, and Tuachan Performing Arts Center. She had the honor to perform works by notable choreographers: George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, and Michael Smuin. Jenny holds an MFA in Ballet Pedegogy/Choreography from the University of Utah. During her graduate studies she was the Ballet Mistress for the Utah Ballet Company, and was awarded a full teaching fellowship grant. As an undergraduate student Jenny was awarded the prestigious Willam F. Christensen four year full tuition scholarship, and was a principal dancer with the Utah Ballet Company for four years. Her early training includes: Clytie Adam’s School of Ballet, Ballet West Conservatory (scholarship), Boston Ballet School (scholarship), U of U Ballet Department Concurrent Enrollment (scholarship),and the State Berlin Ballet School in Berlin (scholarship). She has been on faculty with: Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Ballet West Academy, and the Cincinnati Ballet School. In the Summer of 2016 Ms. Barlow attended the Inspire Teacher Training Series at the Royal Ballet School in London, England.
As a choreographer she has created works and musicals for: Hale Centre Theatre West Valley, Hale Center Theater Orem, Sundance Summer Theatre, Texas A and M, BYU’s Theatre Ballet, U of U’s Utah Ballet Company, and Youth America Grand Prix. Her musical theatre directing debut was the innovated production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Hale Center Theater in Orem. Other notable choreographic endeavors include: The Bride of Frankenstein(Sackerson), Les Miserables (HCTO), Into the Woods (HCTO), Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance), Big Fish (HCTO/HCTWV), Catch Me If You Can (HCTO/HCTWV), Mary Poppins (HCTWV), In the Heights (HCTO), Big River (HCTO/HCTWV), Guys and Dolls (HCTO), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (HCTWV), 9 to 5 (HCTWV), and of course Xanadu (HCTO). She is the five time recipient of the Best of State Utah Choreographer Medal. Barlow Arts Conservatory was awarded the Outstanding School Award at the Youth American Grand Prix 2015 and 2016.
Blake Barlow, Owner, Producing Director
Blake has been a professional actor for 15 years, performing in regional theaters from California to New York City, including Sierra Repertory Theater, The Flea Theater, Pioneer Theater Company, and locally at Hale Center Theater in Orem. He was a member of the resident acting company, The Bats, at the Flea Theater, Off-Broadway in NYC as well as a 2 year member of the Michael Chekhov Theater Company in NYC. Blake has a BFA in Acting from the University of Utah with a Minor in Child Drama, studying with Xan Johnson. He has been an artist in residence and drama specialist at several Wasatch Front Elementary Schools and Jr. High Schools, taking students to perform at the Imagination Celebration in Midway, Utah. Also certified as a Yoga instructor, Blake teaches Acting for Dancers, Yoga for Dancers, as well as teaching Acting in the Musical Theater Program. Blake is also a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
Alison Rollins, Conservatory Operations Manager
Alison has been with Barlow Arts Conservatory from the beginning. She grew up In Sunset, Utah and took dance from the Clytie Adams School of Ballet. Alison worked for years as a Store Manager for Five State Malys, earning awards and recognition for improving sales and operations at troubled stores. In addition to being a professional stylist, Alison has two children, Taft and Blythe.
Attila Ficzere, Principal Teacher
Attila Ficzere was born in Ozd, Hungary and was trained by Russian and Hungarian teachers in the traditional Kirov/Vaganova method in the state-sponsored Institute of Ballet in Budapest. He joined the Budapest Opera Ballet in 1962 and toured extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. Shortly after 1969 he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in Canada. In 1973 Attila joined San Francisco Ballet and remained until 1985, dancing all the major roles in most of the company's repertoire earning 3 Emmys in the process. He taught classes in ballet technique, pas de deux, and men's technique for the company school, as well as for the San Francisco Ballet Company members. He has been involved in setting and staging some of Michael Smuin's and Willam Christensen's works for Dallas Ballet, Ballet Metropolitan, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, San Francisco Ballet, and Utah Ballet. Mr. Ficzere was the recipient of a Thomas Dee grant, awarded for excellence in teaching, which allowed him to further his studies and do research in Germany, the Czech Republic, and in Budapest, Hungary during 1989. He served as artistic director for Utah Ballet for 14 1/2 years, and has been a frequent guest teacher for many professional companies and schools of international reputation. Attila is the proud parent of twin sons, Niko and Maxim.
Yi-Qi Cheng, Principal Teacher
Yi-Qi Cheng is a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy where she was a student of Peter Guschev, Director of the Kirov Ballet School. She has danced solo and principal roles with the Central Ballet of China and was company Rehearsal Director and faculty member at the Beijing Dance Academy. She is a former member of the ballet faculty of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Other positions include company teacher for Ballet West in Salt Lake City and Ballet Mistress for Indianapolis Ballet Theater. Cheng teaches ballet technique, pointe, and variations.
Jamie Butler, Principal Teacher
Jamie received her Bachelor degree from UVU. In 2006 she was accepted into the school at Pacific Northwest Ballet to train in the Professional Division and dance professionally with the company. Before that, Jamie trained at the Utah Regional Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge. She danced in both Junior and Senior companies and toured with the company to Europe in 2004, including soloist roles. She received full tuition scholarships to Regional Dance America’s Choreography Conference in Pennsylvania; the International Ballet Competition summer course in Jackson, Mississippi; as well as scholarships to Pacific Northwest Ballet programs in Seattle, WA.
Joni McDonald, Ballet & Contemporary
Joni began her ballet training under the direction of Jacqueline Colledge, and later received her B.F.A. from Utah Valley University. During that time, Joni joined Utah Regional Ballet and danced professionally for six seasons performing principal roles. She then joined Northwest Dance Project and performed original works by Sarah Slipper, Ihsan Rustem, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Loni Landon, and Lucas Crandall. Following NWDP, she had the experience to work with Michael Nunn and Billy Trevit from the Ballet Boyz on Ovation’s “A Chance to Dance”. She won the opportunity to tour with “So You Think You Can Dance”. Joni has participated in many workshops such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has studied Jirí Kylián works with Fionna Lumis, William Forsythe Improvisation Technologies with Alessio Sylvestri and Ohad Naharin's "gaga" technique and repertoire. Joni’s new quest is choreography. She has won numerous awards for her work such as Choreography Design Project and Youth America Grand Prix 2014 Best Choreographer Award.
Katie Packer, Ballet
Katie is currently studying Ballet and pursuing a BFA at Utah Valley University. She has trained with Barlow Arts Conservatory since she was 12 and is the first student to come back as a teacher at BAC. She regularly attended the BYU and U of U summer intensives. Katie earned the Willam F. Christnesen 4-year full-ride scholarship to the University of Utah. Currently Katie also performs in local productions at Hale Center Theater Orem, and Hale Center Theater West Valley.
Kellie Messerly, Teacher
Kellie won the title of Miss Dance/Drill Team Utah. Kellie was then invited to Nagoya Japan where she won the title of Miss Dance/Drill Team International and won top honors with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award. Kellie then continued her education at the University of Utah where she was the head cheerleader. Kellie danced professionally with Odyssey Dance Utah for seven years. She was the director of Dance Utah Summer Camp. Kellie had the opportunity to direct Odyssey’s Junior Company, O2, for two years. Kellie’s real passion is teaching and choreographing. She has been teaching for 20 years. She was nominated for the Who’s Who Among Top Teachers. She has choreographed for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Miss Utah, dancers on Star Search, dancers on So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars. Kellie’s Student have won many National titles, are dancing on Broadway Stages in New York, at Julliard, on tour with pop stars, and dancing internationally. Kellie choreographed a music video “All For Nothing” for Mark Ballas. Kellie has choreographed Peter Pan, Footloose, Rag Time and now Wizard of Oz at the Scera Shell Outdoor Theatre. Kellie is a co-founder of The Vibe Performing Arts. In 2011 the Vibe was finalists on Paula Abduls dance show “Live To Dance”. She has choreographed and directed shows with the Vibe including, Move, One Night Only, and Evolutions of Dance. In January 2012, the Vibe danced in Hong Kong, China in the Chinese New Year parade celebration.
Brittany Sanders, Musical Theater Director
Brittany grew up training with Cache Valley Civic Ballet and Tueller School of Dance. At the age of 9, Brittany began performing with Utah Festival Opera, and her interest in dance expanded to include a love for singing and acting. Brittany continued her education at Brigham Young University, where she graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Dance Theater. While at BYU, Brittany spent a year touring with the BYU Young Ambassadors in Harmony: The Music of Life. Brittany has also performed at Pickleville Playhouse, Playmill Theatre, and Hale Center Theatre (Orem and West Valley). Brittany has trained in Tap, Ballet, and Jazz, as well as a variety of vocal styles and acting techniques and has traveled throughout Utah, Idaho, Southern California, and the Southern United States teaching Music, Dance, Theater workshops to High School and Middle School students. She also heads the musical theatre program at Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy in Salem, UT and is excited to bring Musical Theatre to Barlow Arts Conservatory!
Kalise began her training with Tatiana Baksheava. She then attended North Carolina School of the Arts. While at NCSA she was selected to study and perform in Budapest, Hungary. She earned her BFA and MFA from the University of Utah where she was a member of Utah Ballet and performed various soloist roles including; Paquita, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Pas de Quatre, Don Quixote, various contemporary ballets and performed in Seoul, South Korea. Kalise has had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers, some of which include; Alonzo King, Thaddeus Davis, Lucas Crandall, Giaconda Barbuto, and Robert Moses. She has studied and performed with the Lines Professional Workshop, North West Professional Dance Project, Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert, Utah Contemporary Ballet, Utah Opera (Aida), and Utah Ballet. She loves coaching and teaching and has taught at Brigham Young University as a full time faculty member. She choreographed Cendrillon (2015), and Hansel and Gretel (2014) for the Utah Lyric Opera and thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with various artists in the process.
Heather Haynie, Ballet & Jazz
Heather has been teaching ballet and jazz technique for over 18 years. She has worked with dancers of all ages and abilities, all across the U.S. and Mexico. Heather has a passion for teaching proper technique while inspiring her dancers to become the best they can be. Heather attended Utah Valley University as a dance major with a ballet emphasis. While at UVU, Heather was a member of the co-ed cheer-leading team. She later spent four years as the assistant cheer coach at UVU. She is also a former Utah Jazz Dancer and was cast as a dancer in commercials for ESPN and KJAZZ. Heather is a former USA staff member and taught dance and cheer-leading camps on the high school and collegiate level. Her choreography has won over 15 national titles as well as many region and state titles. In 2003, Heather was awarded Kids Artistic Review's "Choreographer of the year" award. For the past 15 years, Heather has been a certified UHSAA and UDJA judge and judges dance and cheer-leading competitions. She is a proud mom of four beautiful children.
Julia Sawmelle, Teacher
Julia Sawmelle is a recent graduate of the University of Utah’s School of Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet and a Certificate to Teach Ballet. Julia is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed, with a perfect examination score, the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Three of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has trained across the U.S. attending various schools and summer programs including Ballet West, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater, and Carolina Ballet. Julia spent most of her training with Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company performing everything from corps de ballet to principal roles. She has performed in the classically staged “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, “Cinderella”, and “The Nutcracker” along with various Balanchine repertoire including “Western Symphony”, “Raymonda Variations”, “Snowflakes” from “The Nutcracker”, “Who Cares?”, and “Serenade”. She has also crossed both sides of the spectrum by competing in Youth American Grand Prix for three years as a student, in classical and contemporary solos as well as ensembles, and coaching a large ensemble, “Rodeo”, to compete in the YAGP Finals in New York.
Colin Hathaway, Teacher
Colin Hathaway began his professional dance training at the age of 13 at Canada's National Ballet School where he had the opportunity to dance in various productions with the world renowned ballet company Canada's National Ballet. After graduation Colin attended Canada's National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program to further his love of ballet on and off the stage. Colin then went back to pursue his dance career by competing in Youth America Grand Prix where he won 3rd and was personally scouted by Adam Sclute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, where he furthered his training and career. During this time he was able to travel internationally as a guest artist and perform principal roles in various productionsColin is now a Principal Artist at Utah Regional Ballet where he has danced numerous leading roles and been part of world premieres for new works such as "Snow White” as well guest teaching and dancing throughout the country. *Colin Hathaway appears courtesy of Utah Regional Ballet.
Taylor Stanger, Ballet Teacher
Taylor was born in Boise, Idaho where he began his classical training at the age of nine with Jeff and Cathy Giese at Ballet Idaho Academy. He also studied with Lisa Moon (Idaho Regional Ballet), Michael Vernon (Royal Ballet).. His training in styles other than ballet includes instruction under Mia Michaels, Arturo Fernandez, Nathan Balser, Paula Morgan, and Twyla Tharp. Taylor’s studies in dance continued in both Los Angeles and New York. He has danced leading roles with Ballet Austin, Idaho Regional Ballet, Elevated Dance Project, and Break the Floor Productions. Notable roles include Prince Charming in Cinderella, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Solar in La Bayadere, Prince Florian in Sleeping Beauty, and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. Taylor has toured both nationally and internationally teaching as well as performing. In 2010, Taylor had the opportunity to understudy the role of Hank in Come Fly Away on Broadway in New York City. He is currently finishing his BFA in Music Dance Theatre at Brigham Young University and is performing as a singer/dancer with the BYU Young Ambassadors.
Sara Mills, Ballet Teacher
Sara first began her Ballet study at three under the direction of Jaqueline P. College. She later transferred to the Classical Ballet Academy where she studied under the tutelage of Attila Ficzere, Yi-Qi Cheng and Susie Wood. She placed in the top twelve for her classical and contemporary pieces in the YAGP competition. She has also been awarded scholarships from Bolshoi Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Ririe Woodbury. Sara studied at UVU on a dance scholarship where she performed with Synergy Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Her choreography has been seen at ACDFA, UVU's Synergy Dance Company, YAGP, and NYCDA and received several awards. Sara dances professionally with the contemporary company, SALT, based in Salt Lake City. She has had the privilege to work with choreographers from Diavolo, Northwest Dance Project, ODT, and BYU. Sara resides in Saratoga Springs with her sweet daughter and husband.