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Epic Dance Weekend

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Studio Convention


In 2010 Epic Dance Weekend held its first exclusive convention weekend. The mission of the program is to inspire, excite and encourage every dancer to reach their full potential! We provide an opportunity for dancers to work with Industry professionals that are incredible teachers, while challenging the most advanced dancer, exciting the youngest little ones and encouraging your new students to love dance! Epic Dance Weekend is scheduled to host 5 exclusive weekends in 2019 and are proud of the 35+ studios that have joined the Epic family..

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The Creators

Experienced. Passionate. Inspired. 

Nikki Ames

Owner

Nikki has been part of the dance community for over 25 years. She coached Lone Peak High School Drill Team for 7 years and was part of several Region Championships, a 4A State Championship, National Championships, and was named Utah 4A coach of the year.  
She has over 20 years of judging experience in competitions, auditions and pageants. She enjoys working with dance/drill teams and studios throughout several states and is passionate about motivating teams. 

Nikki is the Co-Owner of the Miss Drill Utah Solo Championship for the past 10 years. She was honored to travel to Japan and judge the Miss Dance/Drill Team Japan Competition and Pageant. She is also the Co-Owner of the Utah Studio Solo Championship.

Nikki, Brenda and Ciara also partner in owning Epic Dance Weekend Convention. The mission of the program it to inspire, excite, and encourage every dancer to reach their full potential! It provides an opportunity for dancers to work with industry professionals that are incredible teachers, while challenging the most advanced dancer, exciting the youngest little ones and encouraging new students to love dance.

Brenda Harper

Owner

Brenda has been coaching and teaching in the dance community for 30 years. She attended the University of Utah on The Elizabeth R. Hayes Modern Dance Scholarship. She coached the Hillcrest High School drill team in Midvale Utah for 28 years (1990-2018) winning several invitational, regional, state and national titles. She was also the studio director for The Winner School in SLC, Utah with 25 years dedicated to training and educating dancers. She has choreographed for numerous dance teams and companies and judged many solo and team events. Her choreography resume includes, High School Musical 3, 2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Paris New Year’s Day Parade, Alamo Bowl and Gator Bowl halftime shows, L.A. Dance Magic Best of Show awards, New York City Dance Alliance Critics Choice awards, as well as countless championship routines for high school dance/drill teams.
Her personal accolades include former NBA Utah Jazz Dancer, NBA All Star Weekend Performer and featured dancer with KISS.  Brenda was the 2002 & 2018 Utah Drill Team Coach of the Year and was also awarded the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section 7 Spirit Coach of the Year.

Ciara Steele

Owner

Ciara began her dance training at an early age and has had the opportunity to teach and coach for the past 28 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Dance and Health Education, where she was also a member of the BYU Cheer Squad.
Ciara taught dance, health and business for 17 years in Utah High Schools. She coached the PGHS Vikettes to several Region and Nation titles while she was there. 

At Park City High School, she developed their dance program and Directed the PCHS Dance Company. 
She has had the opportunity to choreograph Bowl Games, music videos and live sporting events in the U.S. and internationally. 
Ciara is the co-owner of Wasatch Dance Center and WDC Preschool, where she has developed an entire jazz curriculum for dancers               ages 5-18.  She loves the technique and methodology behind the art and sport of dance. Her curriculum is taught in several studios throughout the Western U.S.

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I love taking my dancers to Epic Dance Weekend because of the amazing atmosphere! My students love that everyone is there to learn and grow, I personally love Epic because of the family atmosphere.

Bri Mixon, Dance Director-Vision Dance and Learning Center

Epic Dance Weekend is more than just a convention. This amazing company has done a solid job of creating a safe and motivating atmosphere for dancers to take risks, work hard and find themselves.

Jasmine Rafael-Epic Dance Weekend Faculty