Whitney began her training with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan at the age of 7, and subsequently joined the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. During this time she was accepted into both the Ballet West and Charleston Ballet Theatre Summer intensive programs. She later attended Brigham Young University-Idaho where she studied modern dance and performed with the Contemporary Dance Theatre company. The company toured to Central America and much of the United States. She received her BS in Art Education with minors in dance and health education. After graduating, Whitney worked as an adjunct faculty member for BYU-I as well as working as rehearsal director for the Dance Alliance company. Prior to opening Summit School of the Arts, she worked as an instructor and choreographer for Teton Valley Dance Academy and Balance Studios. She has performed professionally as a dancer and backup singer in musical variety shows in Charleston, SC under the direction of Broadway alums, Brad and Jennifer Moranz. Whitney has consistently worked on continuing her education and staying current as a dancer, a teacher, and a business manager through attendance at the Dance Teacher Summit & Dance Teacher Web Conferences, certifications in Progressing Ballet Technique, Acrobatic Arts, & the Cecchetti ballet curriculum, through personal study & research, and through support of local performing and visual arts organizations. She is thrilled to be contributing to the growth of the arts in the Valley and sharing her great love for the arts with her husband and children.
Sheena Christensen started dancing at the age of 6. She was classically trained for 13 years and spent many summers at BYU dance training. While at BYU, she trained in modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet and movement. After getting married and having 5 children, Sheena moved to Teton Valley. She was hired as the head coach of the Teton High School Drill Team, the Featherettes. Sheena coached the Featherettes for 8 incredible years attending state competition for 5 of those years. During that time, she also taught dance clinics and technique camps for various dance teams around the region. She currently teaches a summer technique class for Teton Indoor Sports Academy. With Sheena’s two daughters as busy, talented dancers themselves, she decided to hang up her hat as the drill team coach and dedicate her time and expertise elsewhere. Sheena started teaching dance in 2018 with TVDA and has enjoyed teaching her students ever since.
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