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INSTRUCTORS & CHOREOGRAPHERS

 

Misty Frisbey, Super Steppers Director

Misty has loved dance from the moment she could move and has received 24 years of training in jazz, ballet, modern dance, ballroom and hip hop. Misty was a member of the Dixie State Dance Company for three years and a scholarship student. While at Dixie she received her BA degree in Computer Information Technology with an emphasis in Visual Technologies. She began teaching in 1999 at Southern Utah Performing Arts School and has continued to teach and choreograph for local studios and schools in Southern Utah. Misty is the Director and Owner of Super Steppers and Premier Dance Center and the founder and producer of the inspirational show “God’s Messengers.” Misty is ecstatic to be a part of DSC Dance Department faculty for the opportunity to extend her passion and teaching at DSC. Misty wants to extend here appreciation to her Studio Director Wendi and her amazing, supportive husband Rex.

 

 

Wendi Smith, Choreographer

Wendi Smith has been dancing for 17 years. While growing up she took classes at many studios throughout Northern Utah where she studied jazz and ballet and was a member of  top award winning competition teams. After moving to St. George, she continued her study and in high school was on Drill Team for two years and was the Dance Sterling Scholar. She also received All-Region and All-State Dance Team awards. While attending college, Wendi spent a great amount of time studying modern dance,  some ballroom, folk, and ethnic dance, and continued her study of jazz and ballet. She was on the Dixie State College Dance Company for two and a half years, and loved performing and choreographing both group and solo pieces while on the company. Prior to receiving her AA degree at DSC in 2006, Wendi was awarded several dance and academic scholarships, including a scholarship from the Celebrity Concert Series Guild. She also attended Weber State University where she received academic and dance scholarships while studying in the dance program. She continues to study dance and take advantage of opportunities to perform herself. Wendi has taught dance for other studios throughout the community and state, and is thrilled to be a part of PDC. She is eager to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students, and to continue dancing herself.

 



Katherine Call, Instructor 

Katherine Call began dancing in her home town, Salt Lake City, at the Children's Ballet Theatre. Here she had opportunities to perform in New York City and study under various professionals. After high school, Katherine moved to Cedar City to study dance at Southern Utah University where she was the recipient of many rewards and scholarships. Moving farther south, Katherine came to St. George to teach ballet and modern dance at Dixie State College and at Southwest Contemporary Dance Theatre. The following year she chose to serve a mission and was called to the Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Mission. Here she met her husband and they were married this past October. Katherine is again a member of Dixie State College's faculty, and is currently teaching at and working for Premiere Dance Center.

 

 

Jessica Staheli, Instructor

Jessica started dancing at the age of seven. Her training was solely in Ballet until the age of 10 when she started taking Jazz and Lyrical classes  She had the opportunity to be on a competition team at the age of 13 and travel to New York City where she was able to take classes from Mia Michaels. During her Freshman year, she started dancing on the school dance company and then as a Sophomore joined the drill team where she was able to compete in National Competitions. Jessica came to Dixie State College in 2002 and was able to dance on the Dance Company after being awarded a full dance scholarship. In her second year at Dixie she also had the opportunity to be on Rebelettes. She received her Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in dance. Jessica has been married for 6 years to the love of her life, and she has a 3 year old daughter. She is thrilled to be a part of Premier Dance Center and with Super Steppers!

 

 

Katie Reed, Instructor and Choreographer

 

Katie Reed has been dancing since she was three years old; first in her mother's dance school, and then onto competitive dance when she reached 7th grade at Luv2Dance in Kaysville. She was on her high school drill team for three years, then she continued dancing into college where she was a member of the Dixie State College Rebelettes for two years and the Dixie State Dance Company for the next three semesters.

 

 

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Shaelie Knutson Instructor

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Darrien Maurer Instructor

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ILENE HACKER, FOUNDER OF SUPER STEPPERS

Ilene Hacker founded Super Steppers Junior Drill Team on January 2, 1980. She was born in Provo, Utah and has lived most of her life in St. George, Utah. She was head cheerleader at Woodward Junior High School and a JV Cheerleader at Dixie High School. She was a member and  officer on Dixie High's Jetettes Drill Team during her Junior and Senior Year. She is a graduate of Dixie College and attended Utah State University where she was one of the first students to major in Dance Education, with a minor in Health. She was an instructor for United Spirit Association Cheerleading and Drill Team Camps. Ilene and her husband were owners of Spirit International Association where she directed dance and cheerleading summer camps for highs school students. They also founded the Miss Drill Team-Southern Utah Pageant. She was a member of the Washington County Fair Queen Pageant Committee for many years and served on the Dixie  College Alumni Board. Ilene was an aerobics instructor for over 20 years and has been an instructor on cruise ships and in Japan. Ilene and her daughter, Kasi conducted many summer jazz dance camps in Gifu, Japan. Ilene has received dance instruction at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Instructors include Frank Hatchett, Bev Brown, Sue Samuels, Andrea Brown and many other instructors from New York City, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand and China.

After 27 years of directing Super Steppers and Prime Time Performers, Ilene decided to "retire", and in March of 2007 she announced that Carolyn Phillips was the new director.

Following her retirement, Ilene made plans to begin a new import business with friends in China. After teaching several dance classes during a trip to China to make arrangements to set up the import business, her friends convinced her to bring her precision jazz dance style to students in China. Ilene's love of learning about other cultures took her to Hangzhou, China, listed as the "Most beautiful city in China" where she now co-owns and operates IPS Dance Academy. IPS Dance Academy offers former Super Steppers the opportunity to teach dance in China for 2 month contracts.

Ilene is married to Michael Hacker; the President of RS Tours, he is an avid golfer, who has won many amateur tournaments. They are the parents of three daughters, Kasi, Mik'L and Maren and "son", Satoshi, from Kobe, Japan.

Ilene enjoys lapidary and is an accomplished silversmith who has her original sterling silver jewelry in boutiques in New York, Park City, Snowbird, the St. George Art Museum and many expos. She loves life and sincerely loves being a grandmother. One of Ilene's favorite quotes: Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. - John Dewey

Carolyn Phillips, FORMER OWNER OF SUPER STEPPERS

Carolyn has been dancing for 20 years and loves to share her passion and gift with others.

Carolyn was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and moved to St. George, Utah with her family when she was 8 years old and began her ballet and dance training with Ballet Arts of Southern Utah under the direction of Gretchen Rowe. She has since had the opportunity of dancing and training from a variety of local teachers as well as teachers from New York City and Portland including: Deana Whatcott, Diane Hafen, Sheila Bailey, Melinda Larson, Michelle Jackman, Scott Watts, Cindy Metcalf, Stephanie Maag, Frank Hatchett, Mic Thompson, Rick Braimes, Sheila Barker, Mike Minery, Carlos Rosas, Debbie Rosas, and other various teachers at Broadway Dance Center in NY and Steps on Broadway NY.

As well as being trained in Classical and Russian Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz, Luigi Jazz, Horton Technique Modern, Carolyn has certifications such as: AFPA Pilates, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Balletone, Nia the technique White Belt Certified and Licensed Instructor, Power Pilates, and Various fitness and dance fitness trainings through Red Mountain Spa that include: BOSU, Gliding Discs, Chi Ball and Yoga.

Carolyn also currently teaches Pilates and Nia at the Summit Athletic Club, and has in the recent past had the opportunity to work with Scott Watts at his studio 2 One Productions where she introduced and taught an innovative creative movement class “Joy of Movement” which is a unique style of dance based on the Nia technique, combining movement forms from Dancing Arts ( Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, and Jazz) Healing Arts ( Yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais) and Martial Arts (Aikido, Tea Kwon Do and Tai Chi). These classes were tailored to give each student the ability to explore “The Body’s Way”, all with the intention of healing the body to gain strength, flexibly, and agility.

She began teaching dance in 1998 at Diamond Talent where she was responsible for teaching age’s 3-12 combo classes including Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap, and basic tumbling. She also choreographed a number of recital pieces in the 7 years teaching Beginning – Intermediate dance technique. She also gained a love of children and teaching that has fueled her drive to dedicate herself to teaching her students a love of dance and the way their own bodies can find the joy in dance.

 

Our Teacher Alumni

Brooklyn Pulley, Instructor, Choreographer

Amelia Kirchhausen

Stefanie Bassett, Instructor

Alexis Smith, Instructor

Megan Johnson Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

 
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