Instructors

Erene Burk (Owner/Director)

Erene has owned and directed her private studios since 1985. She began her dance training in Sweden, where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Character, Spanish Dance, Creative Movement and Modern. She toured Sweden with other dancers and a Live Brass Band. She has taken Master classes from Dans Hogskolan Stockholm, Dansforum Gothenburg, Fransouis Jourbet Arizona and from Janet Muse Gray Utah. She directed a group of dancers to perform at the Dance Festival for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She continues to take Master classes whenever time allows. Her goal is to provide the best personal training for her students, in the art forms that her studio offers, and to provide a dance environment that reaches for excellence.

Ashley Badali:

Ashley has been doing classical ballet for over 17 years. She has been a professional dancer with Ballet Idaho where she performed roles in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Firebird, and more. She loves to travel and has had the opportunity to travel throughout the world. She is currently a student at Weber State University where she is earning her degree in Interior Design. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance and knowledge with her students and their families.

Laurae Simmons:

Laurae has always loved to dance, and have learned Tap, Jazz and Ballet as a young girl. She was involved in Drill teams and Cheerleading in Jr. High and High School and also found a new passion in Ballroom Dance. She enjoyed being on the Ricks College Ballroom Tour Team, where she performed and competed as Ricks and BYU. She has worked as a Gold Medal Schools Mentor and a Layton City track coach. She is delighted to help motivate children to keep moving.

Amy Vidmar:

Amy danced at Excel Dance Studios for eight years until she graduated from Ballet and Jazz departments in May 2012. She attended BYU Summer Ballet Intensive three years in a row where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Character Dance. Amy graduated from Layton High school and is now attending Weber State where she is studying Creative Writing and furthering her dance knowledge.

Alicia Ambrose

Alicia began dancing ballet at age 5. The majority of her training took place with Academy of Ballet in Utah County. After graduating from high school, she went to major in Dance with ballet Emphasis at Brigham Young University and graduated with her Bachelors in April 2009. During her time at BYU, she performed and choreographed for Ballet Showcase Company. After receiving her Bachelor degree, Alicia went to teach at Children’s Dance Visions and Academy Ballet, serving as the Assistant Company Director for Ballet Utah II. She has choreographed many classical and contemporary works on many students, including a spoof on the I-15 core project that took place in Utah County on the I-15 corridor. Beyond performing many different ballets with Academy Ballet and Brigham Young University, she also spent a summer dancing for Legacy Dance Theater. Alicia loves all genres of dance and met her husband through Big Band Swing Dancing.

Angelina Hansen 

Angelina has loved dancing all her life.  She took ballet from various studios in Oklahoma, Nevada, and Utah starting at about age 7. Angelina studied at Utah Valley University emphasizing ballet and ballroom.  She has taught a variety of ages and skills at different studios in Kansas and Utah.

Riley Wing

I studied dance at Excel Dance Studios for 12 years. During those 12 years, I studied and graduated with 12 years of Ballet. I did 4 years of Tumbling and graduated with 7 years of Jazz. In 2014 I participated in an audition group, Pre-Professionals.

In 2017, I helped choreograph the junior high play, The Lion King for Central Davis Junior High School I would choreograph for my school’s choir class.

In 2012 I participated in Ballet Wests The Nutcracker as a soldier.

I have always wanted to teach and choreograph. I love choreographing.

Alisha Quass -Tumbling

I began my gymnastics career in Alberta, Canada at the age of 8.  At the age of 11, competing for Big Sky Gymnastics under the direction of Hal Halvorson, I was the Class 4, all-around state champion in Montana.  I competed for a couple more years in Washington at the club level for SOGA.  As a freshman, I was the top scoring all-around gymnast for Pasco High School.
Due to a family move, I changed course and pursued cheerleading through high school.  I was the cheer captain for Hermiston High School my senior year.  I cheered for Ricks College my freshman year and was cheer captain my sophomore year. Second semester of my sophomore year, I met my husband when he became my stunt partner.
From the time I was a high school sophomore, I have coached gymnastics, cheer and tumbling; judged gymnastic competitions and cheer tryouts and coached individual students preparing to try out for cheer squads. My focus is on technique, flexibility and strength.  Doing skills properly takes more time and slows down the progression to bigger skills, but we want tumblers to be safe and to look good when they perform.
I have been coaching at Excel for just over 3 years now.  I enjoy the non-competitive, technique driven program at the studio.

Erika Roberts

I started dancing at the age of 3. At the age of 7 I started at the Ballet West conservatory or Ballet School till I was 13. I then started trying out different kinds of dance. Jazz, hip hop, and tumbling. My sophomore year I tried out for Cheerleading. I made the Varsity squad in which we took State 3 years and West Coast title once & National Title another Year. I later got married and was busy being a wife and mother. I was excited to have a chance to work at Excel Dance studio for 5 years and returned again the last 3 years. I love teaching and working with kids.

Crystal Dagdagan -Tumbling

I am passionate about helping kids learn what I love most…Gymnastics, Dance, and Cheer! I have a strong background in TumblingGymnasticsAcrobatics and Dance.

I have been involved with it my whole life! From a very early age, I performed on television and traveled across the State and Nation performing and competing in meets and competitions.

I am the daughter of American Dream Acrobatics & Gymnastics Association founder Patty Wells (also a member of USSAF & IFSA) who is still renowned for the teaching techniques she developed in this sport.

I have been personally coached by elite coaches from USA Gymnastics World: Mike Dennison a National and World Champion Coach in Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline & Tumbling; and Igor Ashkenazi a four year National Champion, as well as a World Champion with the United States Sports Acrobatics Federation (USSAF) & International Federation of Sports Acrobactics (IFSA) the World Federation

I have coaching experience in my family’s gym as well as in my sister’s gymnastic and dance studio.  I am excited to be a part of Excel Dance as a tumbling coach and look forward to assisting students with their goals and so much more!

Jose Zunith -Boys Movement

Jose is an aspiring Hip Hop artist from Layton, Utah that’s on a journey to unite and strengthen the community around him. He focuses his teachings based off of the history and foundation of the dance style as well as having fun. Being submerged in the dance scene here in Utah for the past three years, he’s gained knowledge and experience in multiple styles of dance, primarily Hip Hop and House. By actively taking class and battling in and out of state he’s been acknowledged by the community and has been given the opportunity of showcasing his craft in local events such as Creators Grid and Diggs Deeper.

Emily Mitchell

Emily has been dancing for more 20 years. She attended Adkins Dance Center in Santa Maria California as well as Lompoc School of Dance. During her time at Theater School of Dance in Bossier City, LA, She took part in the RAD Exams. After moving to Utah she started to learn from Excel Dance Studio. Finally graduating from Excel in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop in 2015. Currently studying Interior Design at Weber State University.

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