Staff - Cheer

Meet Our Staff

Heather Diamond

Heather began dancing when she was 3 years old and trained in all styles from ballet to belly dancing with her favorite being hip-hop. She danced throughout high school on the drill team and continued on to spend 5 years dancing in college for the Weber State Spirit Squad where she led the team to the Weber’s first ever Hip-Hop National Championship in the NDA D1 Division. While at Weber she graduated with a bachelors in Microbiology and a double minor in Chemistry and Zoology. She has spent the past 7 years as a staff member for Epic productions where she specializes in hip-hop choreography as a lead instructor. Throughout her career Heather has been recognized as a 2-time All-State Recipient and All-Region Dancer, Dance Sterling Scholar, 3-time All-American Dancer, and 2-time Collegiate MVP. She is currently on her third season dancing for the NBA as a Utah Jazz Dancer where she is team captain. Heather is also on her second year as the head dance coach at her alma mater Weber State University.

Chantel Townsend

Chantel was born and raised in the small town of Roosevelt, Utah. She has been dancing since the age of three training in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, tap and pom. She has been trained by a multitude of professional dancers including Jakob Karr, Joey Dowling, Mandy Moore and Tony Testa. In high school, she danced for the Union Cougarettes’ drill team where she was the captain for her junior and senior years. She was awarded with Academic All-Region, Academic All-State, 2x All-State Recipient, 2x BDT “Top Corp” Winner and Union’s Dance Sterling Scholar while on this team. She also competed in Miss Drill Utah, where she placed as the 3A Classification winner two years in a row and Top Ten Finalist her senior year. Chantel currently attends the University of Utah where she has been a member of their dance team for four years while working on her Bachelors Degree in Business with a minor in Nutrition. She spent last year being their choreographer and is now a captain of the team. She is currently starting her choreography career, choreographing dances for multiple drill teams and soloists in Utah. She also finds time to compete in pageants where she reigns as Miss Duchesne County 2016. BDT has always held a special place in Chantel’s heart, and now she is so excited to help share that love and passion with everyone else!

Erica Williams

Erica was born and raised in Sandy, Utah. She trained at Revolution Dance Studio for 15 years. Some of her accomplishments in that time include being in the Ballet West Nutcracker for 6 six years, a part of the youth cast for Odyssey Dance Company's Thriller, a featured dancer in MTV's movie American Mall, and a featured dancer in High School Musical 3. She was a member of her high school's drill team and was a captain her junior and senior year. After high school Erica attended Arizona State University where she was a member of the Dance Team/ Spirit Squad for all four years. She was the head captain her junior and senior year of college. Her accomplishments in college include a gold medal for jazz at world's in 2013, made an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show, performed and choreographed the pre-game for the 2015 Super Bowl and performed in Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime. She graduated in May 2016 in Business Law and Business Communication and minored in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at Ottawa University where she is the graduate assistant for the Cheer and Dance Teams. Also, Erica started teaching at 16 and has taught at many studios, schools, and dance camps throughout the U.S. She has a passion for dance and teaching and ultimately wants to teach the youth who dance to dance because they love it!

Myranda Olson

Myranda is from Columbus Ohio but has spent most of her life in Midvale, Utah where she has been dancing for 16 years. She is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. She is currently attending Utah Valley University where she is studying Physical Education and Health. Myranda is a current member of the 2018 National Champion Utah Valley Dance Team. She will be returning member o three years. While in high school Myranda participated in the Miss Drill Pageant for four years and was crowned Miss Teen Drill Utah 2013 as a Freshman. Myranda was a member of Hillcrest Drill for 4 years and was the head captain her senior year leading her team to the 2016 4A State Title. She is now continuing her passion and love for drill by being part of the coaching staff for the State and National Championship Drill Team at Hillcrest High School. Myranda is so excited for EPIC it is her favorite time of year!

Kirsten Stout

Kirsten has been dancing for 17 years training in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, tumbling, and acro at Synergy Dance Academy. Kirsten is from West Jordan Utah and was on the Copper hills drill team for 3 years where she won 3 state championships. She was able to be a part of the All-State drill team her junior and senior year. She also had the honor of being a top corp winner all 3 years she attended Epic. Kirsten competed in Miss Drill Utah as well as Miss Drill USA where she won the title of Miss Drill International when competing against international competitors. She is currently attending Utah Valley University where she is studying to be a nurse. Kirsten is also on the UVU Dance Team who are 4x national champions, and recently became 2018 National Champions in jazz. Kirsten loves teaching dance and has been teaching at Synergy Dance Academy for 4 years. She loved her time on drill team and is so excited to be a part of the Epic staff and having the chance to work with all of the amazing drill teams throughout the state.

Cierra Peters

Cierra has been a dancer for 16 years, beginning and developing her training in many styles at The Dance Factory studio in Bountiful, Utah. She was a member of Davis High Schools drill team for 3 years and was Dance captain her third year. Cierra held the title of 2017 Miss Dance Drill Team Utah. She continues her dance training as a member of the national champion Utah Valley Dance team as a first year member. Cierra loves the EPIC program and is so excited to be a part of the 2018 Staff.

Alisha Lee

Alisha Lee is from Salt Lake City Utah and has been dancing for 17 years with extensive training in jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary and modern. She has been teaching dance since the age of 16 and her choreography has been recognized on a local and national level. Alisha has danced professionally for 5 years and is currently a Utah Jazz Dancer. She recently spent 2 years training and dancing in Colorado where she danced 2 season for the Denver Nuggets and is an original staff member of Millennium Dance Complex Denver. Previous work includes 2013 Utah Blaze Dancer and Utah's Underground Crew. Alisha coached the Cottonwood Chaparrals for two years severing as the head coach for their 2013-2014 season and is excited to now take on the role of Head Coach of the Taylorsville Drill Team. Alisha is a passionate dancer, performer and teacher.

Dresden Graf

Dresden is from Pleasant Grove, Utah where she trained in all styles of dance for 14 years. She is currently attending Brigham Young University where she is studying elementary education. Dresden in a member of the 16 time national champion BYU Cougarettes dance team. Dresden attended Pleasant Grove High School where she was a member of her drill team for 4 years and served as a captain her senior year. Dresden was awarded the title of Miss Drill Utah 2015 her junior year of high school and went on to be named Miss Drill USA 1st runner up 2015. Dresden loves to perform and compete and enjoys teaching as she is able to share her passion with other dancers

Morgan Bushman

Morgan is from Spanish Fork, Utah and has been training and performing for 21 years in jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical. She is currently attending Utah Valley University pursuing a degree in public health communications. Morgan was a drill team coach for 4 years while continuing her own dance career in the NBA as an America First Utah Jazz Dancer. Morgan has been teaching and choreographing with EPIC since 2013 and is the lead choreographer and technical director at an award-winning performing arts center in Utah. Morgan continues to work with various studio groups, dance teams, performance companies, and live production events with choreography, artistic development, and technique. Performing has always been her passion and she loves that now she gets to use her passion for dance and teaching to help young dancers develop their talents and prepare for their futures.

Savannah Swenson

Savannah has been in the dance world since she the age of 3. She has received multiple scholarships from conventions and competitions across the country from a young age. Her most honored award thus far is becoming LA Dance Magic Conventions Magic Performer of the weekend for Utah. Savannah was on the Drill Team at Pleasant Grove High School for 2 years and was the captain of the team her Senior Year. Savannah had the amazing opportunity to compete in the Miss Drill Utah Competition for two years and placed 3rd runner up. Savannah is currently a member of the BYU Cougarettes. This 16 time National Championship team has been able to have several wins along with a few viral videos and some amazing experiences in two music videos. Savannah is loving her experience at Brigham Young University. Savannah is a 2nd year member on EPIC staff and wouldn’t change this opportunity for a thing. She loves the environment of the EPIC Camp and recommends it to all Drill Teams. Savannah enjoys teaching and is excited for another Epic summer season!