Each intensive brings in exciting guest teachers who have made their mark as teachers, choreographers, and performers in the professional world. Dancers will learn and be inspired by the following guest faculty this year:
Justin Giles was born in Irmo, SC to a decorated, multi-sport athlete and a seasoned professional dancer/performer. His father groomed his skills on the field while his mother trained him in the dance studio. After much success as an athlete and dancer, he began touring the US as an assistant to renowned choreographers and on the convention circuit. At the age of 21 Justin was asked to travel to Seoul, Korea to instruct and perform with the highly respected POZ Dance Theatre. Justin returned home inspired, thus making the decision to start his own company.
Today SoulEscape is considered one of the most innovative and inspiring professional dance companies in the US. His work has been described as "inventive", "awe-inspiring", "raw", and "naturally beautiful". Justin's innate ability to story tell sets his work apart and continues to bring a new dimension to the professional company realm. Justin continues to work with dancers from all over the world, and maintains that his true calling is connecting with and inspiring the next generations of young artist. He is known for his natural approach to teaching and continues to be one of the most sought after choreographers and teachers in the industry.
Alexa Moffett is 22 years old based out of Queen Creek, Arizona. At the young age of 15, Alexa started instructing and creating some of the most well known dancers in the country. Alexa's training is sought after for her precise technique, attention to detail, and ability to showcase stage presence. Alexa's students have worked on America’s Got Talent, X Factor, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition, The Maury Show, Ellen, Dancing with The Stars, Fresh Off The Boat, Disney's Shake It Up, Bunheads, and Dance Moms. She has been a consistent guest choreographer for Lifetime's Dance Moms and was featured on a recently aired episode. She is the founder and choreographer of "Fresh Faces" and "Complexity".
Alexa continues to connect to dancers and fans through her multiple industry leading social media channels. Her YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/alexamoffett) has gained over 100K subscribers with 40 million views. She is an ambassador for Dance On Network, as the first choreographer from the competition platform. She continues to travel world wide to choreograph and inspire. Alexa recently co-founded a traveling workshop, The Intensive, which is a 3 day long workshop for dancers of all ages. It is commonly known that Alexa has a fantastic work ethic with a special gift to giving her dancers a “spark” that is hard to reproduce. She will continue to share her love for dance with the dance community as she strives to accomplish her dreams.
Passionate and dedicated, Jessie is a artist who seeks to perform and createwith purpose and meaning. Submitting herself to movement and musicality, allowing movement to become art, each performance is unique and translates her love for dance.
Jessie has been dancing since the day she was born and started her training early at various studios in Utah but finally found her nitch at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio. She trained extensively in Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. Not only did she train, she also learned the craft of teaching younger dancers the value of good technique and performance. Participating and excelling in many high ranked competitions, it became clear Jessie would pursue a career in dance.
Since graduating with High Honors from Lone Peak High School, she has performed with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Odyssey Dance Theatre’s European tour, The Donny & Marie Show in Las Vegas, Donny & Marie “A Broadway Christmas”, Donny & Marie National Tour, various industrials, the 38th Annual Daytime Emmys, and was featured in Disney's “High School Musical”, and “High School Musical 3 Senior Year”.
Most recently she finished dancing and teaching with Justin Giles SoulEscape across the country and continues to work and train along side top industry choreographers in Los Angeles. Jessie is passionate about teaching and creates emotion driven work at studios nationwide receiving high honors and choreography recognition.
Emily Adams joined Salt Lake City's Ballet West in 2005 and has since performed as a demi-soloist and soloist and was recently promoted in 2015 to principal dancer. In Ballet West's renowned Nutcracker, she's performed as the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy among dozens of additional roles in both local and national performances.
As an advanced student at SAB, Emily performed in several ballets with New York City Ballet and choreographed ballets for two SAB student choreography workshops. At the age of 17, Emily was invited by Peter Martins, artistic director of New York City Ballet, to choreograph for the New York Choreographic Institute's Spring Session in 2004. She danced a principle role in Tribute, a new work by Christopher D'Ambroise, during SAB's 2005 Student Workshop. She was a guest artist with Suzanne Farrell Ballet in June 2007, performing in George Balanchines' Slaughter on Tenth Avenue at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Wendi Isaacson began her dancing at the age of 3 years old at a local studio in Salt Lake City that focused on jazz and tap. As she got older, she added additional classical ballet training from The Christenson Center, now known as Ballet West Academy. She was involved in high school as a cheerleader, on the Dance Company, and as the Drill Mistress of the High School Drill Team, where she was responsible for choreographing all of their routines.
After high school, she attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with University Honors in English and Dance Education. While at BYU she tapped with BYU’s tap company “All That Tap” under the direction of Colleen West. She performed in World of Dance and Homecoming Spectacular each year, as well as Christmas Around the World as a member of the BYU Folk Dance Team. She was a TA at BYU for tap and social dance. As a senior at BYU, she was one of 3 dance students selected to represent BYU at the National Dance Festival in Tuscon, Arizona.
After graduating from college, Wendi taught middle school and high school for 6 years at both public and private schools. As the dance director at Discovery Academy Private School, she founded the dance program, developed specifically to nurture at-risk high school students, and choreographed and directed bi-annual recitals.
While Wendi and her husband lived in Kentucky, she taught English to put her husband through school. When the school found out she danced, they asked her to take over their struggling dance team. That year, they took 1st place at the Regional competition for the first time in 30 years. Wendi also placed in the top three in the teacher’s freestyle division every year in Kentucky (alongside amazing, nationally recognized dance choreographers). After returning to Utah, she continued dancing with Colleen West’s tap company for 5 years, until she became pregnant with her 4th child.
Wendi was the Founder and Director of the Dance Makers Studio for 10 years. Her team and solo choreography has won many awards at the state as well as national level. She currently is a choreographer at Millennium Dance Complex SLC, and teaches at The Dance Club in Orem. Wendi has worked with and taught young children and teenagers for 20 years straight and loves the job of nurturing today’s youth. She is committed to teaching only the highest level of technique, and expects students to work hard, get along, and push themselves to achieve personal bests on a daily basis.