Dance Tech Instructors
Lori Webb Allred, Owner
Lori started dancing when her mother enrolled her in ballet and tap classes at the age of four. Since that time she has taught, studied or participated in a variety of dance, fitness, and cheerleading classes. She has operated studios in Pocatello, Caldwell and Idaho Falls. While in Pocatello she worked at Sports World where she taught dance, aerobics and worked in the weight room. She later started Motions Unlimited, a Dance and Fitness Center in Pocatello. Lori led the ISU men’s Basketball team and the Highland High School football teams aerobic programs. Even when she was six months pregnant, they had a difficult time keeping up in her class workouts. In 1985 Lori sold her studio and moved to Idaho Falls. She soon started a new dance studio and eventually named it Dance Tech. She also worked as a fitness instructor at the Idaho Falls Health & Racquet Club and while there she earned her ACE certification. She has now been teaching dance, aerobics, step and other fitness classes for more than 27 years. Today, she continues her study of dance and attends a variety of conventions each year. Among them are Hoctor Dance Caravan, Tremaine, USA Dance, L.A. Dance Magic, UDA, Go For It and Urban Jamm, and more. Lori has been teaching dance now for 27 years, 22 of those years as Director of Dance Tech. Her teams have won numerous State, Regional and National Competitions. They have also qualified and/or have been invited to dance at a variety of venues including Disneyland, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, Stadium of Fire, Delta Center, and the Holiday Bowl to name a few. Besides running a dance business Lori enjoys being the mother of four awesome sons and daughters-in-law, a beautiful daughter, and four wonderful step-children, two boys and two girls from her marriage to Matt Allred. She also has 11 delightful grandchildren. Lori tragically lost her late husband Lynn in April 2006. She is now working with Matt to keep Dance Tech a success.
Amy Steele Brooks
Amy has been teaching clogging for 15 years. She has won several individual, duet and team championships, including five time winner of the Hee-Haw International competition. Amy was a member of the Steele Family Cloggers in Utah and traveled throughout the United States and Canada performing and competing with them. Amy is enjoying teaching in Idaho Falls at Dance Tech. Her DT Cloggers have done very well at competitions in Utah and Idaho, scoring Superior, 1st place and High Score awards.
Brittany has grown up in Idaho Falls. She is married with 4 kids. She loves dancing and enjoys sharing her love of dance through teaching. Brittany has danced with with various studios in South Eastern Idaho. She was also a member of the dance team at Idaho Falls High School. While on the dance team Brittany was the Vice-President her junior year. During her senior year of high school she held the office of President. Brittany has been with Dance Tech for eight years now. Besides teaching, she takes the adult classes and attends various dance camps when she has the opportunity. Brittany’s newest love is teaching Zumba. She is one of DTA’s certified Zumba, Zumba Toning and ZumbAtomic instructors. She continues to enjoy her little children’s dance classes while helping herself other adults get fit.
Brooke Floyd is originally from Layton, Utah, where she danced for 16 years. She began her dance training with LaRae Thackery’s Dance Unlimited. She started at the age of 18 months; usually they did not accept kids that age but she would not get off the stage when her sister was dancing. They had no choice but to let her dance! Brooke has always loved to dance. She started her training taking Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She continued to take all 3 for 12 years. When Brooke was 9 years old she auditioned for Ballet West The Nutcracker. She was cast in the Nutcracker for the next 5 years in various roles Buffoon, Party Girl (Clara’s understudy), Solider (Drummer), and Page. Brooke’s love for Ballet increased and she began studying Ballet very intently. When she was 12 years old she was accepted into the Ballet West Conservatory. With the help of wonderful parents she traveled to Salt Lake 4 times a week for dance. She began taking Pointe classes and spending most of her free time in Ballet Class. Due to foot injuries Brooke was unable to continue her Ballet training with Ballet West and for the first time at age 15, began dancing on a competing dance team. Brooke enjoyed competitive dance and won many awards with her team and as a soloist. In High School Brooke was involved in cheerleading and dance. Dance has always been a part of Brooke’s life. She began student teaching with LaRae when she was 14. She loves to watch dancer’s grow and evolve in her class. This is Brooke’s fifth year with Dance Tech and she is so excited to be back working with her classes. She is so proud of their improvement and can’t wait to see more.
Stephanie fell in love with gymnastics when she was 12 years old taking classes from a family friend. She then enrolled in classes at TEGA gym and IF gymnastics and realized just how important it is to have an excellent coach that will push you to learn. Stephanie took dance lessons her elementary school years at Dance Tech and earned a spot on the competition team while dancing there. Stephanie then became a cheerleader for two years at Sandcreek Middle School in Ammon, ID, and all through high school at Hillcrest High School, also in Ammon. She loved every day of it. Stephanie has lived in Idaho all of her life. She is a busy mother of three children. Like her mom, Stephanie’s six year old is thrilled to be taking tumbling and are already finding they can’t go a week without it. Stephanie is happy to have the opportunity to be teach at Dance Tech, and is looking forward to keeping cheer leading and tumbling exciting and fun, for all those who want to love it too.
Megan was born and raised in Idaho Falls. She started dancing when she nine years-old. She was on a national dance team, with whom she danced at a NFL halftime show for the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. She also danced with the San Francisco 49er Cheerleaders at the East-West Shrine Bowl in San Francisco, with Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA”. In High School, Megan was a cheerleader for her Freshman and Sophomore years, and for her Junior and Senior years she was on Knightline, the Drill Team at Hillcrest High School. She was an officer on Knightline, where she chose and organized the team’s wardrobe, and performed in the Officers Routine. She also had the privilege of teaching Mini-Knightline, a group of five year-old girls, how to dance. Megan has a great husband and three amazing children, Dru, Audie and a Mayzlie. She is delighted to be teaching at Dance Tech Academy, and loves to teach her students about the wonderful world of dance.
Jessica has been dancing since she she could walk. Her mother, who also taught at Dance Tech, dragged her to performances and practices all during her childhood. She loved all of it, and kept on attending through the years. When Jessica was old enough she auditioned and made it on the DT Elite Company at Dance Tech. She also danced on the Knightline dance team at Hillcrest High School. Jessica has performed and competed all over the country. Several of performances have been televised. Jessica is now the mother of five beautiful children four sons and one daughter, and her passion for dance includes them as well. She is grateful to have a wonderful husband, Tyler that supports her busy dance schedule. She loves sharing dance with children. She has tremendous patience and lots of great ideas for keeping children interested and active.
Nicole Klingler (formerly Nicole Bowen) is Dance Tech’s artistic director and lead over all DT’s instructors. Nicole is a native of Boise, Idaho where she has danced for fourteen years. She began her training at the age of three under the instruction of Cindy McCuistion. She gained performance experience in fashion shows, pageants and commercials. Later, she moved on to dance with the Ballet Idaho Center for Performing Arts. There she received most of her ballet training and performed often in The Nutcracker and in the opera Madame Butterfly. She joined Motions Elite performing company at age 12, where they took first place in various competitions such as the Idaho Dance Classic, EDFC, and Spotlight Dance Cup. They traveled as a company to the Edge studio in Hollywood, California for further dance instruction. She was a member of Boise City’s pre-professional modern company, Balance, and a member of the Edge Dancers (her high school dance team). Nicole moved to Rexburg to attend Brigham Young University – Idaho and danced on CDT (Contemporary Dance Theater). She toured Central America with CDT, dancing in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. She now lives in Idaho Falls with her husband Kade and their 3 children. Nicole, with Amanda McGavin Ziel has started a professional dance company, The Dance Collaborative (TDC). Nicole has a great love for dance. Her choreography for the advanced teams the past four years at Dance Tech has won them many top awards. With Nicole’s many responsibilities, she also runs a photography business and shoots the ad photos for Dance Tech.
Amanda grew up dancing here in Idaho Falls. She danced competitively for her high school dance team, and did studio performance and completion at Dance Tech Academy. She went on to continue her dance training at the University of Idaho and was awarded her Bachelor’s of Science in Dance degree in 2008.
Amanda currently teaches at Dance Tech Academy, and works as their Director of Education. She also works as an independent choreographer and judge.
She is the founder, co-director and choreographer of The Dance Collaborative, a local nonprofit dance company for adults, now going into their 9th season.
Amanda was married in October of 2014, and now currently resides in Idaho Falls with her husband Brian, and three step children, Ashton, Danica and Isaiah. Amanda also works full time as a baker for a subcontractor at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Deidra has been dancing almost her whole life and has livened up the stage and the classroom at Dance Tech for years. It’s safe to say that dancing, which came natural to her, became her passion. Deidra was on the Bonneville Honeybees dance team in High School and she also danced at Dance Tech where she was on DT Elite. She is very talented and experienced, and she loves teaching the younger age groups in the JBT classes, Toddler and Pre-Team classes and she excels at teaching Hip Hop. She travels and attends dance camps to continue her education. She is always looking to grow and evolve as a dancer.
Tina has been active in dance for as long as her mother can remember. Her mom says, “before she could walk, Tina was moving and swaying to the beat”. This must have taken hold for later developments because years later it has surfaced in the way she moves. Her walk, movement, and gestures all simulate a rhythmic motion. Not one to boast, you would never know of Tina’s numerous accomplishments on the dance floor. Yet as witnesses, we have all seen her walk the walk. With a contagious smile and laugh, she clearly brings a great atmosphere to the studio. Tina’s dance teams have had tremendous success throughout the years and she vows to push the competing teams “even harder” this year. Don’t let her bubbly personality fool you, she can be a “dance Nazi” when getting down to the nitty and gritty. With many talents, one worth mentioning above all is her ability to choreograph amazing dances. You will always be entertained when watching a Tina dance.
Vicki Webb Martin
Vicki was born with a passion for dance. She began dancing at Dance Tech Academy when she was two years old, and has been hooked ever since. As a student at DTA, Vicki studied various styles of dance and participated on competing teams. During this time, she also performed in the musical Footloose, as well as in concerts for various artists such as Weird Al Yankovich and Alex Boye. After graduating high school, Vicki attended Dixie State University and was a member of the Dixie State Dance Company. After receiving her Associate’s degree from Dixie, Vicki transferred to Southern Utah University to pursue her degree in dance. There, she studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap, social dance, world dance, choreography, and dance teaching methods. During her time at SUU, Vicki also performed in student and faculty choreographed dance concerts, and had the opportunity to work with international choreographers from the Netherlands and China. Vicki received her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from SUU. She currently holds the position of Artistic Director at Dance Tech Academy, and loves being able to teach at her home studio and share her passion with her students.
Chelsie was raised in Idaho Falls and attended Hillcrest High School. She graduated from Idaho State University and is currently an elementary school teacher. Chelsie has a love of dance and has danced for her entire life. She loves teaching kids and is great with Spanish speaking children since she is bilingual. She has studied tap, clogging, ballet, jazz and contemporary at various studios in Idaho Falls and is a beautiful dancer. Chelsie is happily married to David Farsworth.
Ever since Kira started dancing she developed a passion and submerged herself in the study of it. She has been trained in various styles including jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, pom, kick line and military. She was on her high school drill team for three years and served as president her junior year. From there she joined a studio where she was a member of an award winning competition team. This past summer she was an instructor for the National Dance Alliance where she was able to travel around the country teaching at dance camps for high school dance teams. She now dances for The Dance Collaborative in Idaho Falls. Kira loves taking every chance she can to take a dance class and learn even more about the art. She is excited to be a part of the DTA family and the opportunity to share her passion with her students.
Biography coming soon…
“Risto” began ballroom dancing at Bonneville High School, participating in state and national competition. He entered BYU-Idaho and began to study not just ballroom but contemporary, jazz, and especially hip hop. He joined the Collegiate Contemporary Team and competed with Dance-It Ballroom. As he learned to dance, he was naturally moved to teach others and has found a lot of enjoyment through it. He enjoys solo routines as well as heading group performance. Risto’s favorite part of dance is inventing choreography and seeing it come to life. He enjoys pushing his students, trying innovative new ideas, and exploring emotion through dance. Risto teaches ballroom and hip hop at DTA.
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Biography coming soon…
Taylor Burgess graduated from Star Valley High School in 2010 and moved to St. George, Utah to attend Dixie State University. She later transferred to Western Wyoming Community College and graduated with an Associate of Psychology degree in May of 2012. Taylor cheered for three years on a varsity level and competed at a state level all three years. She was also awarded All Star Cheer and National Cheer Associations all three years. Taylor is excited to continue being involved in cheer through coaching the DT Cheerleaders. She also coaches tumbling, and assists various other classes at DTA.
Kristen Wood Clayton began teaching ballet when she was an up and coming professional dancer, just earning a position at Ballet West. She attended the University of Utah, majoring in ballet. She went on to continue her professional ballet career with Ballet Arizona where she was known for her classical roles before moving to Idaho. She has directed her own school and taught and coached at respected ballet schools in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho. Kristen’s early training began in Salt Lake City with former Ballet West soloist Nila Horton. She went on to train with Willam F. Christensen at the Ballet West Christensen Academy. She studied with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the highly acclaimed fine art high school, The Harid Conservatory on full scholarships. Kristen is well trained in diverse styles; mainly Cecchetti and Balanchine. A few of her mentors include: Sharee Lane, Natalia Dudinskaya, Marjorie Tallchief, Francia Russell and Atilla Ficzere. Mrs. Clayton is married to Brad Clayton. She is excited to return to teaching at Dance Tech Academy after a brief retirement to raise her three young children.
Marissa Dutson has trained in many styles of dance, but her favorites have always been hip hop and ballroom. During her high school years, Marissa participated in the drill team, was a member of a competitive ballroom team, and performed with a hip hop team at Dance Tech Academy. After high school, Marissa attended BYU-Idaho, where she continued her ballroom training, as well as studied various other styles of dance. Marissa is married and has a baby girl. After taking some time off to be with her family, she is excited to be involved in dance again through teaching the DTA ballroom program. She has a passion for the art of dance, and loves to share it with all who are willing to learn!
Hannah Jarvis has studied Ballet, Jazz, and Tap consistently for 19 years. Within her dance training she has also had the opportunity to study African, Acrobatics, Modern, Pointe, and Hip Hop. Hannah graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and minor in Dance, emphasis in teaching techniques, in 2011. Since graduating, Hannah has had the opportunity to teach Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, and Gymnastics. She most recently came from teaching Ballet at the Treasure Valley Ballet Academy in Meridian, Idaho. Hannah currently lives in Rexburg, Idaho with her husband and one-year-old little girl. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for dance with those in her classroom and all around her.
Brandon grew up in Sacramento, CA, where his interest in hip hop was sparked as a teenager. At that time, he began learning steps on his own, without any formal training. In high school, Brandon joined a group of hip-hop dancers and began competing locally with them. He remained undefeated throughout his years of competing solos. Brandon continued his dance education at the American River College where he took classes, and eventually taught as an assistant. Aside from dance, Brandon has also taught swimming lessons to children and adults. He enjoys teaching students of all ages, and is excited to join the staff at Dance Tech Academy.
Jessica began dancing at Dance Tech Academy when she was 11 years old. In her time as a student, she studied jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and tumbling. Jessica also performed as a dancer for many movies and concerts, such as High School Musical, and Alex Boye in concert. Jessica is in her third season teaching at Dance Tech Academy. She teaches jazz technique, is an instructor for the Company and other auditioned teams, and is also a certified POUND instructor. Jessica is currently attending Idaho State University where she is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Dance. She is a member of the Idaho National Guard, along with her husband. They have an adorable little boy named Sawyer, and three dogs.
Sarah Anderson grew up in Kennewick, WA where she studied mostly ballet as well as Jazz, Modern, and Tap. She completed The Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus with distinction and honors. Sarah attended BYU-Idaho from 2000 to 2005 and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Health Science and minor in Dance as well as an Associates degree in Dance.
While attending BYU-I, Sarah danced with and choreographed for the Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT) under the direction of Wendy Bone. Sarah toured with CDT each summer from 2000-2005 all over the United States, Mexico, and Central America. During her time at BYU-I she also taught dancers of all ages at Dance Unlimited in Rexburg.
Upon Graduating, Sarah was hired as an adjunct dance faculty member and taught technique classes in modern, jazz, and ballet. She continued to choreograph for the performance companies as well. Sarah has attended several college dance festivals where she participated in classes in African, improvisation, Theater, and hip hop.
Currently, Sarah dances and choreographs for “The Dance Collaborative” and is also an Assistant Artistic Director for the company. Sarah has a passion for dance as an art form and loves sharing that passion with her students.
Biography coming soon…
Biography coming soon…
Mary was born in Missouri where she began dance at the age of four. Since then she has lived and studied dance in Southern California. She has participated in over 15 years of dance recitals as both a performer and choreographer. She also spent most of her teenage years competing in local, regional, and national dance competitions, and attending dance conventions around the country.Throughout her early training she was privileged to work with choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, and Jason Myhre throughout Los Angeles. She graduated from high school and continued on to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho where she has since graduated with a BA in Dance and a minor in Humanities. During her time at BYU-Idaho, she studied dance kinesiology, teaching methods, Laban Movement Analysis, somatic practices, dance conditioning, dance history, dance anthropology and philosophy, choreography, and dance productions. She had the opportunity to perform with BYU-Idaho’s elite touring company Dance Alliance for two seasons (performing both nationally and internationally), assist in teaching collegiate-level classes, and choreograph many pieces (both solos and groups) for collegiate showcases. She has a cumulative of 5 years’ teaching and choreography experience (including choreography and directing for stage musicals), has been on the Rexburg based dance company Aspire for two seasons, and is currently performing with The Dance Collaborative dance company based in Idaho Falls. She is very excited for the opportunity she has to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the students of DTA!
Estefania was born in Caracas, Venezuela with a passion for dance. She is currently seeking a degree in Business Management and Dance Pedagogy at Brigham Young University – Idaho. Estefania started dancing in Venezuela under the well-known dance school IMPETU. She was part of the competitive team of the company and toured with them nationwide for two years. It was during her time at this school where she started teaching and she has loved it ever since. She also performed and assisted in the production of three-month long national musicals like Night of Broadway. Estefania has an extensive training in ballet, jazz and modern dance technique. She pursues every opportunity to expand her technique and creativity as she has trained with world-known choreographers like Sheryl Murakami, Jim Cooney, Jamie Jackson and most recently with Yanis Marshall.
During her time in school Estefania has been involved in many different dance experiences. She has been a dancer of the BYU- I Collegiate Dancers Company for three semesters and choreographed for them during the winter of 2015. Nowadays Estefania is a dancer of the touring dance company BYU-I Dance Alliance and just came back from tour in Costa Rica and Panama.
Sarah Zornes was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida where she began dancing at the age of six. Her passion was so strong for dance that by the age of 8 her studio couldn’t offer enough classes and training to satisfy her need to learn all that she could. She dual enrolled in several second studios as a child because this way she could learn from a variety of teachers, expanding her knowledge at a young age. By high school graduation she had training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, character and Irish step dancing. Currently, Sarah is a student at Brigham Young University-Idaho studying dance. While attending BYU-Idaho she has been introduced to world dance, modern, and clogging and has also been able to continue her education in ballet, tap, jazz, character, and irish. Throughout her life Sarah has taken any opportunity she could to be on stage. She was on a successful competing dance company between the ages of 12-18 and while attending BYU-I has been a member of their Collegiate Dancers Company and then touring dance company Dance Alliance. Although her passion for performing is strong there is only one thing stronger and that is her passion for working and teaching children. With her natural love for children she became an assistant at the age of 15, and began teaching private lessons at age 18. After graduating high school, she was immediately hired at a local after school program teaching 40 music and dance classes a week to children ages 3 to 15 as a part of their summer program. Sarah hopes to spread her love of dance to as many children through as many different styles as opportunity allows, in order to meet each child’s individual interests.
Lauren Miller is from York, Pennsylvania. She trained at Greater Dover Dance Academy for 14 years, studying mostly ballet and pointe, along with modern, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and musical theatre. Lauren was a part of the studio’s company for 10 years, dancing many lead roles. She performed in shows such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Anastasia, The Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and she danced the lead role in The Princess and the Pea. Lauren was involved in her high school musicals, community musicals, and the school dance team. She has always had a love for performing and choreography, and hopes to share her love of dance with her students. Lauren is currently attending BYU-Idaho majoring in Animal Science.
Dani Reese received her early dance training as a member of the Dance Depot Performing Company. In those 14 years she trained in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. She was also a student at the Idaho Falls School of Ballet for 14 years. After graduating, Dani joined Bonnie Story’s Pre-professional company Expansion, where she was able to study under various well-known teachers and choreographers. Dani was also a part of the Salt Lake Community College dance team. This past year she has worked diligently to receive her 300-hour Yoga certification, and has enjoyed various choreography positions she has received. Dani is excited to be a part of the Dance Tech Academy staff and continues to find every opportunity she can to share her knowledge and passion.
Sophie Šándor is a recent graduate from Brigham Young University Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Pedagogy emphasizing in Modern, World, and percussive footwork dance (Tap, Clogging, etc). As part of her schooling she has had the opportunity to perform with two different dance teams; one of which (Dance Alliance) toured the United States in the summer of 2016 and Eastern Canada the summer of 2017.
Sophie thoroughly enjoys teaching dance and has been able to teach Modern and Tap classes at BYU Idaho, privately tutor many students, and teach at a local studio for 3 seasons (Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Clogging styles). Sophie has had six years of teaching experience with students from the ages of 3 to 25. Along with that she has taught in many settings including schools, studios, competitions, and camps.
Her passion for dance, anatomy, and artistry shines evident by her desire to share her knowledge of dance and its benefits with all she meets. She is excited to teach here at Dance Tech Academy. Sophie is currently working on certifying in yoga through the Yoga Alliance, and desires to pursue certification in The Melt Method of Myofacia Release Techniques, and the Somatic approach of Bartenieff.
Faith began dancing at age 5. She received the majority of her training right here at Dance Tech Academy. As a member of the DT Company, Faith learned technique in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern and some hip hop. She also studied pointe for 5 years. After graduating from high school, Faith joined Ohio Wesleyan University’s dance company, Orchesis, and performed with them for two years. While in college, Faith was also a competition cheerleader and national champion with her team. She is a member of The Dance Collaborative, a professional company based in Idaho Falls. Faith is so excited to be back in her home studio, doing what she loves with the best students around.