Staff - EDD

Meet Our Staff

Alisha Lee

Alisha Lee is from Salt Lake City Utah and has been dancing for 20+ 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 danced professionally for 7 years Dancing and Choreographing for the NBA Utah Jazz Dancers, NBA Denver Nuggets Dancers, AFL Utah Blaze Dancers & Underground Crew. While living in Colorado she was hired as an Original Instructor at Millennium Dance Complex Denver where she taught Jazz Funk & Heels Classes and worked with the company teams. Alisha was a member of the UVU Dance for 2 years and during that team worked for Radio Disney as an Official Radio Disney Emcee. Alisha has worked with Epic Dance & Drill In since 2010 and has worked with teams in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. She is currently teaching at Hip Dance Company in West Jordan, UT. Alisha coached Drill Team for 7 years and recently retired from the Head Coach position at Taylorsville High. She also works at Taylorsville High as an assistant in the Special Ed Department. When not working she loves to spend time with her Husband Brendan and daughter RubyLee. Alisha is a passionate performer, dancer, and teacher. She has loved the opportunity to work with the dancers through Epic Dance at Drill. and can’t wait for another amazing season. Choreography interests: Military, Dance, Show, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, Solo, and Duos

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!

Cierra Peters

Cierra is currently attending Utah Valley University, pursuing a bachelors degree in national security studies and political science with a minor in Russian studies. Cierra began her dance career training at The Dance Factory in Bountiful, Utah where she trained for 16 years. In 2017 she received the title of Miss Dance Drill Team Utah while dancing on the Davis High School Drill Team. She went on to become a member of the 9X nationally ranked Utah Valley University Dance Team. While there she served as Dance Captain. In April of 2019 Cierra represented the United States of America as a member of the U.S. National Jazz Team, winning a gold medal for the USA and a world championship title. Cierra had a passion for dance and choreography and has had the opportunity to choreograph for teams nationwide. Cierra has a passion for the creative process and motivating dancers to reach their highest potential within this sport.

Elise Bagley

Elise Bagley is originally from Kaysville Utah and has been dancing since age 3. Elise has danced competitively on company at Luv 2 Dance Studio for many years where she trained in all styles of dance. She has grown up taking classes and learning from many well-known choreographers, and has also spent many years at conventions, where she has received multiple scholarships. Apart from a studio setting, Elise was captain and vice president of Farmington High School’s drill team her junior and senior year. After graduation, she auditioned for the BYU Cougarettes, which she has just finished her first year on the national title-winning team. Choreography Interests: Hip Hop, Military, Dance Show/Character, Solos, Duos, Trios

Ellie Rose Nilsson

Ellie Rose Nilsson is 23 years old and grew up in the small town of Mantua, Utah. She is married to her high school sweetheart and is currently living in Perry, Utah with their Great Dane Margo. Ellie began dancing when she was 2 years old training with Infinity Dance in various styles from ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, ballroom, and etc. Ellie went on to dance in high school on the Box Elder High School drill team for 4 years. She had the opportunity to be named captain for her sophomore, junior, and senior year and was able to be apart of the All- State drill team for those same years.She was also named Box Elders sterling scholar for her graduating class. From high school she went on to dance with the Weber State Spirit Squad on their dance team for 1 year. While at Weber they went on to win the first national championship title for the dance team in the NDA D1 Hip Hop Division. While at weber she was also named student athletic scholar. After graduating high school she went on to work with Epic productions, teaching drill teams all over Utah and surrounding states. She is currently on her 6th year with Epic. Her number one passion is dance and choreography. Ellie is currently a teacher and choreographer at Infinity Dance in Ogden, Utah. She has gone on to win numerous choereopgraghy awards from winning best choreography at local competitions to winning best choreography at nationals in Las Vegas. She was recently nominated for an Industry Dance award held in Los Angeles California for her choreography in 2019. She has choreographed all over Utah with numerous studios, drill, and cheer teams. She has traveled out of state for choreography including Idaho and South Dakota . She is currently an assistant director for a contemporary based and summer season company, “Moments of Grace.” Here she has the opportunity to dance, choreograph, and create for the company’s upcoming show for the end of summer. This upcoming year will be the company’s third season and her third year as an assistant director. Recently in December of 2020 Ellie had the opportunity to dance with the social media famous comedic husband and wife duo “The Johnson Files” in their Christmas improv comedy show. Ellie is so grateful to be doing what she loves and is incredibly humbled to be sharing her passion for dance and choreography with others for years to come. Choreography Interests : Dance Routine, Show Routine, Hip Hop Routine, and Solos.

Emma Perry

Emma grew up on stage performing at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, Utah with the Cache Valley Civic Ballet Company as well as the Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy in Pocatello, Idaho. Her training has included not only ballet, but has included jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theatre. Emma was a two-year captain of the Logan High School drill team and a two-time member of the All-State drill team and All-Region drill team. She also had the honor of being a top Corp winner all 3 years she attended Epic. Emma participated in Miss Drill Utah and was selected as the overall 3A Classification winner and one of the Top 10 Finalists her senior year. Emma is currently attending Weber State University majoring in Health Science. She has been a member of the Weber State University Division 1 Nationally Acclaimed Spirit Squad as a dancer for three years. Her personal experiences and memories at EPIC as a drill team member are held in a special place in her heart. Emma is excited to share her passion for drill and dance with others. Choreography interests: Jazz, Lyrical, Solo, and Duo

Grace Poulsen

Grace is originally from Springville, Utah. She is a current member of the SUU Dance Team and the recipient of the 2020-21 "Hardest Working Dancer" award. Grace served as the 2019-20 Captain and Head Drill Mistress for the Maple Mountain High School Drill Team and was named a member of both the Academic All-State and All-State Drill Teams. Grace is excited to be returning to Epic Productions as an assistant staff instructor. Choreography interests: Assisting in all dance choreography platforms.

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. Following graduation she coached the Weber State Dancers for two years. Throughout her career Heather has danced in various plays and music videos, as well as been recognized as a 2 time All-State Recipient, 2 time All-Region Dancer, Dance Sterling Scholar, 3 time All-American Dancer, and 2 time Collegiate MVP. She danced for the NBA as a Utah Jazz Dancer for 3 seasons and was captain for 2. Heather is currently living in Missouri where she is obtaining her Masters degree in Public Health and recently started Fierce Pro Prep dance intensives for future NBA and NFL cheerleader hopefuls! Choreography Interests: Hip-hop, Pom, Jazz, Military, Lyrical, Kick, Character... Any style really.

Jazlyn Hyder

Jazlyn Nielsen has received her training from numerous Dance studios in northern Utah. She is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tumbling, and Hip-Hop. In High School Jazlyn served two years as Drill Mistress. She was an All State Drill Team member, Dance Sterling Scholar and has won numerous solo titles: Miss Dance/Drill Team Utah, Dance/Drill USA Nation Grand Solo Champion, Stars National Professional Soloist. Jazlyn has choreographed many award winning team and solo routines. She has also been awarded Utah PTA’s Reflection choreographer of the year. Jazlyn has toured with Joe Tremaine along with Destiny Crouse Line, and the American Dance Festival, excelling as a dancer and choreographer. She is currently a Dance Major at Utah Valley University, and has recently returned from touring Europe with her Synergy Dance Company. She encourages building self-esteem through challenging students to be the best they can be.

Jordan Peterson

Jordan began her dance training early in life and has been dancing for nearly 3 decades, training extensively in Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet/Pointe, Drill Team, Ballroom, Hip-Hop, Tap and African. She was the head drill team director at Corner Canyon and Murray High School for 11 years. Jordan works as a judge, adjudicator. She is a choreographer and master teacher for Epic Productions, a choreographer for the Stadium of Fire and is currently in the co-owner/director of the World Class Dance Las Vegas Competition (Las Vegas, Nevada) and the Rocky Mountain Invitational (Draper, Ut). Jordan attended Snow College and the University of Utah as a major in the School of Dance where she received her BFA in Modern Dance and studied at Southern Utah University receiving a Masters in Fine Art Administration. Jordan is PBT (progressive ballet technique) certified and has since continued her education and dance training through professional development courses and educators training around the country. Throughout her career Jordan has performed with many professional organizations and companies including the Martha Graham Company (NYC) and Repertory Dance Theatre (SLC). As a freelance artist and entrepreneur, Jordan is currently creating new work as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and traveler, both on a national and international level. Most recently she culminated a “teaching toolkit” which has be presented to teachers, coaches, and mentors as a syllabus/training guide and pedagogical resource.

Kirsten Stout

Kirsten Stout has danced and tumbled for 20 years and trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, tumbling, and acro at Synergy Dance Academy. Kirsten is from West Jordan Utah and graduated from Copper Hills High School in 2016. While attending copper hills, she was a member of the drill team where she won 3 state championships. She was able to be a part of the All-State drill team her junior and senior year. Kirsten competed in Miss Drill Utah as well as Miss Drill USA where she won the title of Miss Drill International when competing against people around the world. She just finished her 4th year Utah Valley University where she was the captain of the UVU Dance Team, and won 6 National Championships and a world championship gold medal. Kirsten is now working as a CNA while attending nursing school at SLCC. Kirsten loves being apart of the epic staff and getting the chance to work with so many talented dancers. Choreography interests: Solos and duo/trios and dance routine

Lauralyn Kofford

Lauralyn graduated from BYU with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dance Education. She taught and coached at Timpview High School for 12 yrs. Her choreography includes the annual 4th of July “Stadium of Fire”, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, the 2002 SLC Winter Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Bowl game halftimes shows, and many National Championship Dance/Drill, Studio, and Solo competition routines. Lauralyn directs the annual “Rap It Up” hip hop convention and co-directs the Miss Dance/Drill Utah Pageant and the Utah Dance and Drill Solo Championship. She is the Event Coordinator for Dance America and is the Co-Founder for the “Intermountain Spirit Association.” Lauralyn serves on the Board of Directors for the “UDJA” and has been a certified adjudicator for 18 yrs. Lauralyn LOVES to workout and currently teaches fitness classes for Gold’s Gym.

Lexi Labrum

Dancing for 23 years, Lexi is so excited to teach what she has learned. She has been a member on multiple teams and trained in many areas of dance including; jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary, pom, modern, tumbling, etc. Early training from Salt City Stars studio helped her to become a member of the Bingham High School Drill Team (Minerettes) where she took part in 3 Region titles, 3 National championships, and 2 State championship titles. During her time on the Minerettes, she was awarded the “Minerette of the Year” award, Astra's Brightest Star Scholarship, and became a member of the “All-State Drill Team”. Her senior year of high school she was appointed to be the President of the Drill Team, leading 22 other girls through an amazing year. After graduating high school, she became a 2 year member of the Utah Valley University Dance Team. During that time she was awarded many leadership and scholastic scholarships. Best of all, Lexi and her team were named “National Champions” in 2014 where they made history by winning over 33 teams in the open dance category. After many years of her own dance training, Lexi decided that she wanted to share her knowledge and experience by teaching others. She is now a teacher at United Dance Center, and Riverton High School where she serves as the Head Drill Team Coach. She is a Nation-wide choreographer and dance instructor for many award winning routines and teams. She is currently a member of the EPIC Drill team camp staff where she choreographs and teaches for dance teams all over the world. Aside from dancing, during the years of 2014-2015 she was awarded “Miss South Jordan” where she competed at “Miss Utah” and served her city through her platform of “Suicide Prevention-Speak Up-Reach Out”. This platform has influenced her to pursue making a difference in others for the rest of her life. She decided to apply for and was accepted into the prestigious UVU Bachelor of Social Work Program and was selected as a member of the 2015 BSW cohort. During these years, she interned at the Utah State Hospital as a social work trainee. In spring of 2017, Lexi graduated with her Bachelors. in 2020, Lexi was selected to be a member of the "Moments of Grace" company where she was able to participate in a 16 dance show with amazing choreographers. Lexi is married to the best man in the world, is a mom to 1 adorable girl, is a true Harry Potter fan, and loves her family! Choreography Interests: Military, Hip Hop, Show

MacKenzie Erickson

Mackenzie Erickson grew up dancing in Utah at Synergy Dance Academy. She was apart of the Copper Hills Azurettes where she won 2 State titles. Kenzie was also crowned Teen Miss Drill Utah 2018 and recieved the title of Miss Drill Utah in 2019. Kenzie is now dancing with the Utah Valley Dance Team where she won 2 National championships in Pom and Jazz at UDA College Nationals. Kenzie loves everything about dance and is so excited to be an instructor at Epic Dance Camps! She loves to choreograph and specializes in contemporary and jazz.

Madison Bay

Madison Bay is originally from Pleasant Grove, Utah and has been dancing for 17 years. She grew up training 6 days a week at a competitive studio called The Dance Club and has earned many titles and awards throughout the years with her team. She also was able to earn many convention scholarships and titles as a soloist. Madison spent her summers training between Los Angeles, California and New York City and has had many performance opportunities. In 2019, Madison joined the drill team at American Fork High School. She loved competing and performing as a team and won the title of Miss Drill Utah in 2020. Since then, Madison has joined the national title winning BYU Cougarette dance team. She is now going into her second year on the team and will be working on the team as a dance captain. Choreography interests: Dance routine, Hip-hop routine, Show/Character, Solos, Duo/Trios.

Morgan Bushman

Morgan has been a part of Utah’s dance community performing and teaching for 23 years. She is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Hip-Hop, and was a scholarship recipient from Jump and Joe Tremaine during her training. In High School, Morgan was a member of her Dance Company and Drill Team where she served 1 year as head drill mistress and 1 year as head captain. Morgan was the first student in her school to letter in both programs during each of her 3 years. She was a member of the All-State team her junior and senior years and a representative at nationals with Miss Dance/Drill Team Utah. She began teaching and coaching soon after graduating and has been able to work with various teams in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada with choreography and competition prep. Morgan was a part of the National Basketball Associations Utah Jazz as an America First Jazz Dancer and has been able to continue performing with local charity organizations. She is currently working as a choreographer, teacher, and adjudicator while pursuing her degree as a professional counselor. Choreography interests: Dance Routine, Character, Military, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Solos, Duos, and Trios.

Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor grew up in Houston Texas dancing since the age of three. Moving to Utah she continued her dancing at Dance Showcase Company and danced on the Drill Team and Dance Company at Pleasant Grove High School. Sam continued her dancing at Utah Valley University and danced on the dance team from 2016-2021. Throughout her 5 years on the Utah Valley Dance Team she has had the opportunity of being a leader in the program as the Pom Captain for two years and the President her last year. With UVDT she has won 8 National Championship Titles, and had the unique honor of winning a gold medal representing the United States of America at the ICU worlds competition. Sam is currently studying and getting her Bachelors Degree in Deaf studies, with an emphasis in Interpreting and will graduate in the fall. After graduating she plans to continue coaching the Lehi drill team, teaching at her family’s Dance studio, and pursue her interpreting career as an America Sign Language Interpreter. Sam went to EPIC camps in High School for three years, was a member of Top Corp her senior year, and is excited to start her second year teaching on Staff! Choreography interests: dance routines, lyrical, Pom, jazz, contemporary, military, and character. With large and small groups, trios, duos, and solos.

Tatyana Mills

Tatyana Mills is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She began her training at the age of 10 at Gravity Dance Center, where she trained in ballet and contemporary. She was on the drill team and dance company at Kearns High School, and served as captain. After high school, Tatyana became apart of Underground Crew, a company that trains in freestyle, hip-hop, contemporary, whacking, and many more different styles. Choreography interests: jazz, hip-hop, contemporary

Tayla Overstreet

Tayla is from Pleasant Grove, Utah. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary at Timpanogos School of Dance since she started dancing at the age of 3. Tayla is currently going to school at Utah Valley University where she is studying business management, and is a member of the UVU Dance Team, who are currently holding a 2017 National Championship Title. She was also a member of the Pleasant Grove High School Dance Company, along with being a member of the Drill Team for 4 years, helping lead them to two region titles, and was a Dance captain and an All-Region Drill Team Member her senior year. She has had many different opportunities choreographing for her dance teams, and solos.

Willow Manriquez

Willow Maniquez raised in Saratoga Springs, Utah. She spent most of her life dancing and making friends. At the age of 7 she began her dance journey, starting with studio, conventions, middle school/high school dance companies, and made her way to the drill team at Westlake High school. While serving her four years on the Westlake Drill team, Willow has received many awards and achievements. Willow loves rock climbing, backpacking, slacklining, and really doing anything outdoors! She now studies at UVU and is beginning her first year as a Utah Jazz Dancer. She works as a dance assistant and teacher at Epic Productions and local dance studios. Choreography interests: Character/show, Hip-hop, Military, Solos, duos, & trios.