Staff

All About “Dance Illusion” and our Talented Staff!

“For Professional and Quality Instruction”

The Dance Illusion LLC has been in business since 2008 in beautiful Cache Valley. Our goal as a studio is to strongly improve the technique and knowledge of everyone of our students in a structured and positive environment. We pride ourselves in giving constant “personal attention” to all of our students, and we keep our class sizes appropriate to do so.

Our staff is very experienced with large bios to back up their knowledge and expertise. We LOVE to challenge our students and share our excitement for dance with them daily!

(See bios listed below)

We currently have 2 locations (42 east 2200 North in North Logan) with 4 studio rooms and our New Hyde Park Location (3444 North Main Street) with 1 studio room.  We offer regular weekly classes, at a moderate rate, as well as 10 competitive company teams. We will perform at community events, competitions, as well as have 2 recitals throughout the year.

 

Bios of Instructors:
Lisa Preece Grew up in the Ogden area and has over 30 years of dance experience, in over 12 styles of dance.  She is the proud mother of 2 beautiful children and has lived in Cache Valley for the past 17 years.  She is a former Utah State Aggiette, and former coach of the Logan Hi-Lo’s Drill Team.  While coaching them for 6 years they won numerous National, State, and Region Championship titles. For 11 years she worked for the Universal Dance Association (largest instructional dance company in the U.S.) and has taught camps and conventions as a Head Instructor in over 20 states.   She is a Nationally acclaimed judge who has judged UDA Nationals (featured on ESPN), in Orlando, Florida, USA Nationals in California, West Coast Championships, over 10 State Championships, and numerous other National and Local Invitationals.  She was the Secretary for the Utah Dance and Drill Association and was voted the State Drill Team 2007 Coach of the Year Award. She is a certified Utah Dance & Drill Team Judge, has served on numerous committee boards for UDA, and was a UDA State Director for 5 years.  Lisa has choreographed for the London New Year’s Day Parade, Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, UDA College & High School National Champion Teams, Studios, All-Star Cheer Teams, and many Musical Theatre Productions.  Lisa also has a huge love for Musical Theater and has performed in over 50 different musicals.  She loves to continue her education as a dance teacher and owner and yearly attended Dance Teacher conferences like Rhee Gold’s Teacher Conference, Dance Teacher Web, Tremaine, and many more! She is now very excited to start her 9th year of Dance Illusion!
Hillary Peterson started dancing when she was only 2 years old. She is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Broadway, Lyrical, & Contemporary. She danced at a local studio until she was about to start high school, when her friend made her try out for something she had never heard of before, “Drill Team”. Hillary made the team & for the next 3 years was a dancer on The Logan High Hi-Lo’s, coached by our very own Lisa Preece! To this day, she thanks her friend for making her try out. During her time on Hi-Lo’s, her team won many state titles and even had the opportunity to compete at Nationals in Florida, where they won a 1st place title. After high school, Hillary moved to Salt Lake to further her education in her other passion, Singing & Acting. She has done Musical Theatre since the age of 4 & it definitely is her happiness in life! After taking Voice & Acting classes in Salt Lake for 2 years, Hillary moved back to Logan, got in contact with her old drill team coach (Lisa) and started working at Dance Illusion! She taught and helped manage the studio for the next 4 years, until she she auditioned and got accepted to The American Music & Dramatics Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles, California. While there, she took intensive classes from some of the countries most prestigious actors, choreographers, directors, and professors. Her favorite professor played the Phantom Of The Opera on BROADWAY for 15 years!  Although she loved school and learned so much, she decided to come back to where her heart was, Utah & DANCE ILLUSION! Since returning she teaches many different styles & to all ages, as well as competition teams. When she’s not at the studio, Hillary continues to do Theatre & is always either doing choreography for a show, or in it! She just received the lead in the musical “Jekyll & Hyde” and loves that her Musical Theatre students actually get the chance to see their teacher perform! She also has experience coaching Drill, and is a certified Judge for Drill and Studio competitions. Her Solo & Team choreography has won many overall and high point awards, & she continues to further her education as a dance teacher by attending conferences yearly. Hillary can’t believe she is going into her 7th year at Dance Illusion! Time flies when you are doing what you love!
Fiona Katrine from small town Ballet Schools, to The School of Oregon Ballet Theater, and through earning her BFA in dance at The Juilliard School, she has gained a momentum of body and language articulation that rivals her insatiable desire for total communication via movement. She debuted her professional dance career at the Metropolitan Opera House, with choreographer Itzik Galili, and then with Jessie Jeanne of Jessie Jeanne and Dancers. Fiona has taught in WA, OR, UT and NY, and while at Juilliard, she created group and solo dances and collaborated with various musicians and composers as a dancer and as a choreographer. Over the years, when  1qshe wasn’t making her own art, Fiona was dancing in new pieces made by Andrea Miller, Raewyn Hill, Pam Tanowitz, Jarek Cemerek, Alysa Pires, Alice Klock and in repertoire by Jose Limon, Bronislava Najinska, Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe. Fiona has also been blessed to learn in classes and workshops from Alexandra Wells, Sidra Bell, Andrew Cowan, Gabriel Forestieri, Shamel Pitts, Shannon Gillen, Loni Landon, Aszure Barton, Johannes Wieland, Jonah Bokaer, Lar Lubovitch, Sarah Slipper + Northwest Dance Project, Lucas Crandall, Wen Wei Wang, Olivier Wevers, and many other artists. Fiona moved to Logan from New York City in fall of 2014. The next summer she worked with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater in Carousel as Louise, and ensemble, in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as ensemble, and Slaughter on 10th Ave as lead female dancer. Fiona is currently teaching at Dance Illusion, Utah State University as adjunct faculty, guest choreographer and teacher for the USU Dance Company, is on staff at Cache Valley Civic Ballet, and has other teaching and performing projects across the valley. Fiona is the most excited this year to be Artistic Director and main choreographer for Studio Artists, Dance Illusion's new Artistic Company!
Jodie Lamb has been professionally trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary and Modern. She started teaching dance when she was in the 9th grade and realized then it was her calling!  After dancing through high school she received a Ballet Scholarship for College and also became a College Cheerleader to try something different. She opened a Dance Studio with her sister when she was 19 and shortly after, started coaching high school Drill Team. After ten years of building a successful studio she was also trying to build a successful family and sold the studio to continue teaching in public schools. She coached 19 years of successful Drill Teams, 3 years of competitive High School Cheer Squads and loved every minute of it. During these years she has been Judging, Choreographing, Teaching Technique, Tumbling and various other styles of dance for studios and teams across the state. She moved to Cache Valley ten years ago and feels so lucky to call this beautiful place home! She recently retired from full time coaching to keep up with her six kids and her growing dance wear business. She loves teaching at Dance Illusion and feels blessed that she can share her knowledge and passion for dance with such talented, dedicated dancers.
Ashley Smith grew up in the Cache Valley area and has over 25 years of dance
experience. She has been trained in many styles of dance including but not limited to Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Pom, Cheer, Lyrical, Drill, and Modern. She has taught and choreographed for numerous dance teams, studios, drill teams, and cheerleading squads around the state and country.  Her choreography has won numerous local and national titles for dancers of all ages. Ashley was an undefeated soloist winning a variety of high point and overall soloist titles. She was involved with drill team and cheerleading throughout high school and was a Dance Sterling Scholar receiving a dance scholarship to college. She has trained with numerous world famous choreographers and still continues her education by attending workshops and conventions. Ashley is a current choreographer and former head instructor for the largest instructional dance company in the United States, which is the Universal Dance Association (UDA). Ashley was a member and served on the Varsity, UDA planning committee board, and was one of five featured core staff members representing the entire United States. She has worked ESPN events such as UDA high school, college, and world championships. Ashley is also a certified judge with over 15 years in judging experience. She has experience judging a variety of dance, drill and cheer styles. She has judged local, regional and state competitions in over five different states. Ashley is a certified Utah dance and drill team judge and is a current member of the Utah State Drill Association Certified Judging program. Ashley is currently an active judge, choreographer and instructor and enjoys sharing her passion of dance with others.
Bridget Goodman is from Roy, Utah and has been a certified Utah State Drill Team Judge for Utah High School Activities Association the past 15 years. She has judged for numerous invitational, region and state drill team competitions and well as out of state and national dance competitions. Bridget has been a member of Utah Dance Judges Association for 12 years, recently serving as President. Bridget has been teaching dance for 19 years and has over 24 years of dance experience training in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, pointe, hip hop, tumbling and pilates. She has trained with numerous master teachers and choreographers and continues to attend workshops and conventions. Bridget is a former dance studio owner and has been the director of several award- winning competition dance teams and soloists. Her teams have won several overall high point, technique and Judge’s choice awards. Bridget has taught for many dance studio workshops and drill team clinics specializing in teaching body alignment and technique classes. In addition to teaching dance, Bridget is working towards a Stott Pilates Certification. Bridget is a graduate of Weber State University with a bachelors in Criminal Justice She is currently attending Weber State pursuing a Master's Degree in Education and is teaching 5th grade at Stewart Elementary in Centerville.
Kaitlyn Shelley has always had a love for dance from the time she walk. She has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Show Choir, & Character from different studios and schools around Utah including: The Dance Club, Center Stage, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University. Kaitlyn was a member of The Dance Club Senior Company from 2012-2014 & won many individual and team awards while dancing with them. She has been choreographing routines for soloists & teaching dance since the age of 15. Her most prized dance awards include: The Dance Club's Most Dedicated Dancer Of The Year (2013), Odyssey Dance's Best Overall Soloist (2014), and FAME's Most Outstanding Female Stage Presence (2015). On top of teaching dance, Kaitlyn owns her own business making and selling hand crafted leather, baby shoes online for her company Honey and Hide. She has a husband & two little boys who keep her even busier. Kaitlyn has been teaching at Dance Illusion since 2010 & is excited for another year at what she thinks is the best studio in Cache Valley.
Jane Miller has loved to dance since she started at the age of 3! She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro and Tumbling. She competed with competition teams as well as small groups and solos and has won various awards. She was a member of her high school drill team, the Logan High Hi-Lo’s, and was coached by one of our Teachers here at Dance Illusion, Jodie Lamb. While on drill team she served as both Vice President and Drill Mistress. After high school, she danced for the Utah State University Dance Company. She works as an instructor for the Universal Dance Association and has the opportunity to travel and work with a lot of dance teams on the west coast. She was also the head coach for the Logan High School Hi-Lo’s for two years, leading them to a region championship, state military championship, and military national title. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Utah State University. Miss Jane loves to teach dance and can’t wait to be back for her sixth year!
Karlee Tansock started dancing at a local studio at the age of ten and quickly fell in love with the sport. She competed on a high school drill team that won many state and national awards. Karlee has been teaching at Dance Illusion for the past 6 years now and has loved the experience of working with many different styles. She is currently trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap. Last year Karlee was able to coach for a local drill team, she loved the experience of starting a new program and can't wait to see what this new season has to bring. Karlee graduated from USU in 2017 with her Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and wants to further her Education, in going towards a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She loves teaching for Dance Illusion and can't wait to see what this year will bring!
Ashley Griffin has taken dance since she was 5 years old and has studied Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and Acro. She was a member of the Sky View drill team where she served as Drill Mistress her senior year. Since graduating she has enjoyed getting to learn more about the dance community by being a certified Judge for Drill Team Solo & Team Competitions, and also attending Camps and Workshops to further her Dance and Acro training. Ashley is currently a student at USU, she is pursuing a degree in the Social Work field. This will be Ashley's fourth year teaching at Dance Illusion and is looking forward to another great season!
Chandler Cortez has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She trained and competed with Dance Impressions in Bountiful for 13 years, working her way up to their Senior Company. She has attended numerous local & national competitions and conventions and was privileged to participate in Ballet West’s Summer Intensive. She was a member of the Bountiful High Dance Company and 3 time State, as well as a National Champion on the Bountiful High Drill Team. Throughout high school she focused on her Ballet training at the Bountiful School of Ballet. Chandler was an Aggiette at Utah State University for 4 years and just recently graduated with her Bachelors in Business Marketing. She has a never ending passion for dance and is so grateful for the opportunity to teach you children here, at Dance Illusion.
Tristin Hampshire began gymnastics at five years old at North Davis Gymnastics. When she was eight years old she took a dance class to help her to be a better gymnast. She quickly fell in love with the freedom and expression that dance allowed and went from being a competitive gymnast to a dancer. Tristin trained for 12 years at Jazz Dancer Studio. She was a Jr. Jazz Dancer for 3 years and would perform at about 8 jazz games a year. Tristin trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop. She has trained from world famous choreographers at numerous workshops where she has also earned many scholarships. She was on a convention team for 8 years where her team would attend many workshops all over the state and compete, winning numerous overall awards, including 2nd place overall at Velocity Dance Convention Nationals in Las Vegas. Tristin also competed as a soloist where she earned numerous advance overall soloist awards,  including LA Dance Magic’s Teen Overall Soloist. In high school she trained with Bonnie Story’s dance company “Expansion”. Tristin was also Layton High School’s Dance Sterling Scholar which helped her to get a scholarship for college. She was also  awarded a $40,000 scholarship to AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. She is currently studying Communication Disorders at USU and is currently on the USU Dance Company. She also taught dance at the Jazz Dancer Studio for 3 years and is so excited to be teaching for her 3rd year at Dance Illusion. She has choreographed numerous solos and team dances and has even had the opportunity to teach dance to children in Nepal and Guatemala on Humanitarian Trips. Tristin loves that dance is a Universal Language that allows her to express herself more fully. She hopes to create a safe haven in her classroom where her dancers can grow, create, share, and become.
Samantha Ward has been involved with dance for over ten years. She started dancing with Dance Illusion when they first opened, as well as went to conventions, and taking classes from professional Choreographers & Dancers. She was on her high school drill team for two years at Mt. Crest High School. She served in a leadership position helping clean dances and organize practices. After Samantha graduated from High School, she was on the Weber State Spirit Squad where she cheered and danced at games, she also had the opportunity to compete nationally. She loves teaching at Dance Illusion & can’t wait for this year!
Rylee Hatch has been dancing for 15 years. She grew up in California and trained at the Northern California Dance Conservatory. She was trained in classical ballet under the direction of Theodore Constant. She also has a passion for modern dance and improvisation. She has danced in the Youth American Grand Prix as well as other competitions and performances. She has had the opportunity to learn from artists around the world such as; Francisco Gella, Clara Blanco, Lee Wei Chao, Iratxe Ansa, and many others. She participated in a choreography workshop and taught dance for a year during high school. She loves dance because the minute her body starts moving, her brain stops moving a million miles an hour and she is completely content. Rylee is currently attending Utah State University and is studying Elementary Education.
Ginger Hislop is a Cache Valley native who received her training at Rhythm Connection under the direction of Jan Richins. As an incoming freshman, Ginger was one of two freshman girls to make her high school drill team, which she participated in throughout high school. Coached by our very own Lisa Preece, they went on to receive Region and State titles. After high school, she attended camps and workshops by some world renowned choreographers, making great connections, and learning valuable lessons. At the age of 21 she spent her second summer training in New York City as part of a program at the Broadway Dance Center where she got the opportunity to work very closely with top teachers and mentors. She was also able to show her own choreographic work. She has had the amazing opportunity to perform on live television at the 2014 Special Olympics. Today, Ginger is the Director of the USU Dance Company which she has been a part of for 8 seasons, as well as teaching classes on campus, and is in the process of starting her own artistic company.
McKay Harrison is a trained competition dancer of over 16 years and excels in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She was trained at Elite Academy in Riverton, Utah and exceeds as a performer and choreographer. She was a team Choreographer for Alta High School Dance Company and has performed with Odyssey Dance Theater’s production of Thriller. She independently taught group dance classes and private lessons from her home studio in Draper, Utah. Upon winning multiple scholarships and high point awards throughout her dance career, McKay was given the chance to grow and succeed in many styles of dance until she left to serve an LDS mission in the countries of Romania and Moldova. Since returning, she is a student at Utah State University and is excited to start her first year at Dance Illusion! She loves sharing her passion with others and helping them grow and find themselves through dance.
Olivia Lee started dancing when she was 3 years old, training competitively for the next several years in a wide variety of dance genres (Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Latin/American Ballroom, and Tap). She attended and participated in multiple workshops and events, including Stadium of Fire and University of Utah football games. She then did drill team for two years and cheer for one year in high school. Olivia is a freshman attending Utah State University and has the amazing opportunity of being an Aggiette on the university's Spirit Squad. Olivia's passion is cirque arts: silks, duo trapeze, lyra, Spanish web, sling/hammock, and acrobatics. She especially loves aerial silks, which she started training in two years ago. Olivia is eager to share her love for dance with all the students here at Dance Illusion and wants to help all the girls find their value, talent, and passions.
Jamie Naulu has been dancing since she was three years old at Esprit De Corps Dance Studio. She has been trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, and Hip-Hop. She was on the Maple Mountain High School Drill Team for three years. She was the Assistant Drill Mistress and the President of the Drill Team. She was also a member of the 4A All-State Drill Team for two years in a row along with receiving the 4A Academic All-Region, All-region, and Academic All-State. She also won a Top Corps award at BDT Drill Camp. She then attended Snow College and was a member of the Badgerettes and was the Vice-President as a Freshman. She moved onto Utah Valley University and was a member of their Dance Team. The Dance Team competed nationally on a collegiate level where they took 2nd overall. She has then gone on to Choreograph for several colleges and studios.
Sydney Johnson grew up in South Jordan and moved up here about a year ago. She was a competitive cheerleader at Macs Cheer for 16 years where she competed locally and out of state. She has competed at the cheerleading and dance worlds 9 times. I coached cheer and tumbling a couple years ago down in St. George to kids of all ages. I then moved up here to go to school and found myself teaching dance! I got to help with a few of the Acro tumbling classes and a few dance classes. I love little kids and especially teaching them to do things that I have a passion for!
Amberley Cragun is from Layton, UT. She danced at Lightbox Dance studio until high school. She competed in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. Once she got into high school she was on the Layton High drill team until she graduated. She coached at Fuzion Tumbling and Cheer. She also helped teach technique classes at her studio she danced at. She is also assistant coaching for Mountain Crest Drill Team!
Brynndi Griffin started dancing at a young age doing Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She was a member of the Sky View Vistauns for three years. She is now on the Green Canyon Cheer Team where she is serving as their first ever Dance Captain. This will be her second year teaching at Dance Illusion and she can't wait for another exciting season!
Mallory Christensen started dancing when she was 3 years old, she is a former & current student at Dance Illusion. Mallory was a dancer on Sky View’s drill team, The Vistauns, for the past two years and is a part of the All State Drill Team for 2017. This year she is on the Green Canyon High School Cheer team. Mallory started helping with classes and camps this past year and is so excited to be a teacher this year at Dance Illusion!