Utah Valley Magazine recognized 40 uncommon faces in its March/April 2016 issue. Center Stage owner and CEO, Alex Murillo and 14-year-old dancer, Carter Williams were recognized as two of the "Fabulous Forty" people doing magical things in Utah Valley. Enjoy the fun excerpts from the magazine below and see the other 38 fab people by reading the entire article.
Age 59 • Mapleton
Abracadabra: Since founding Center Stage 25 years ago, Alex has seen 7,000 students dance across his floors. With 702 current dancers at his Orem location, Center Stage continues to put Orem on the map as the dance capital of the country and has been called “America’s Studio” on both coasts.
Magic moments: “Eleven professional dancers from Center Stage have been on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Nearly 85 percent of one cruise line’s dancers were ours at one time. And all seven of my children have had success in the arts.”
Under a spell: “Macey’s on 800 North in Orem has the best donuts in Utah Valley. I like custard-filled, chocolate-covered and old-fashioned donuts — and I eat them three times a week.” (Alex brought a box of Macey’s donuts to the Utah Valley Magazine offices the day after this interview. Yum!)
Age 14 • Sandy
Abracadabra: Carter was born during the 2002 Winter Games and represented Alta View Hospital as the torch ran by. Carter hit the ground dancing and followed in his three siblings’ footsteps by dancing with Ballet West and Odyssey (he played Fritz in “The Nutcracker.”) Carter switched to Center Stage in Orem where he practices six days a week.
Magic moments: This eighth-grader competed on “America’s Got Talent” with his partner and team. His 30-hours weekly at Center Stage have built his dance resume, which includes winning Mini Male National Jazz competition, Junior Male National winner at Dance Awards, Winning Junior 1 Nationals with his ballroom partner at BYU, taking fifth at the World Preteen Ballroom Competition in Paris, and winning nationals at BYU with Center Stage two years in a row as a preteen.
The show must go on: Carter suffered a hairline fracture in his heel last year.