Centre Stage
1225 Oakley Ave
Burley, Idaho 83318

Phone:
(208) 678-4117 or
(208) 678-3970

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FACULTY

Updated June 4, 2012 - Photos by Jessica Ruffell.


Introducing the staff and faculty at Centre Stage Studios.


Jennifer Sager - All Ballet Classes, Jazz Performing Groups

Jennifer Sager

All Ballet Classes, Jazz Performing Groups


Jennifer received ballet training in London, England through the Royal Academy of Dance, and continued in Toronto, Canada under Diana Joblova-Vorps. She started jazz training in England and then continued in Los Angeles with instructors from The Edge and Tremaine studios along with Jackie Sleight and Dave Carter & Rhonda Sevey. Jennifer was also a member of the Canadian Junior Ballet Company, a BYU Cougarette for two and a half years and a Songleader for one year. She performed in musical theatre productions as a dancer.

Jennifer has been the owner of Centre Stage Studios in Burley, Idaho since 1976. Her students have participated in the annual "Nutcracker" ballet since 1989. Through the Nutcracker Foundation, Jennifer initiated a performing arts Scholarship program that has awarded numerous scholarships to promising dancers interested in attending workshops. They have also been able to bring in top name choreographers to the studio.

Students of Centre Stage have performed on Carnival Cruise Lines and NFL football game half times, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm and Catalina Island. Each year, Centre Stage students bring home numerous trophies from area and out of state competitions. We would love to have you visit our studio to see our student's trophies proudly displayed in our viewing area. Centre Stage dancers are truly champions, not only in dance, but also in character.

Jennifer notes that teaching dance to all ages has been very rewarding as she's watched girls learn a talent and with it, self confidence. Especially cherished are the personal relationships she has made throughout the years with the girls and their families.
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Melissa Lynch - Munchkins, QT P’Tuties, Jazz Performing Groups

Melissa Lynch

Combo Director and Jazz Companies


Melissa started dancing at the age of 3. She grew up dancing at Centre Stage and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, modern, and tumbling. She had the opportunity to dance a halftime performance at an NFL game, and also to perform at Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.

Melissa always knew she wanted to teach and loves teaching at Centre Stage. She has been teaching at Centre Stage for the past 14 years and has taught all ages from age 2 to 18! Right now Melissa is the Combo Director and Jazz Director and teaches production routines with her mom. Melissa is married to Tim Lynch and they have 3 boys, Parker, Paxton, and Sager.

Melissa has found her niche in life in teaching dance. She is brilliant at working with all ages, particularly the younger girls, in breaking down the choreography and technique and instilling a love of dance in each of her students.
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Brittney Dimond - Combo II & Combo III

Brittney Dimond

Combo


Brittney started dancing at the age of 4. She started out at the Dance Factory of Garland, Utah. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling, and Clogging. She then moved to Idaho where she danced with the Murtaugh Energizers until she graduated High School.

While at the College of Southern Idaho, Brittney was part of the CSI Golden Girls dance team. She was able to travel to Santa Barbra where she was taught choreography from fantastic instructors, some of which included the Laker Girls.

Brittney has taught combo classes for 5 years at Centre Stage and loves everything about dance. She especially loves watching her 3 girls perform. Brittney is married to Justin Dimond and they have 5 children: Maci, Grady, Tegan, Megan and Mallory.
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Krista Tracy - Tumbling

Krista Tracy

Tumbling


Krista started dance and gymnastics at the age of 4. She competed in the Minis and KIDS performing groups at Centre Stage and was in the Nutcracker for 4 years as a Russian Boy. Krista enjoyed dancing and danced until the age of 13.

Her real love was in gymnastics. Krista was a member at Rainbow Gymnastics/Gym-Mania where she competed for 7 years. As a level 7 she was the State Champion with the highest All-Around score in the state of Idaho. As a level 8 she won 1st place on Vault, Bars, and Floor taking 2nd in All-Around at the State Gymnastic Meet.

She qualified for the Regional Gymnastic Championship in Seattle, Washington where she placed 9th on Vault and 12th on Floor. Krista broke her ankle before competing as a level 9. She then went on to participate in Minico's Dance Force her Junior year in High School. She missed gymnastics and decided to try out for cheerleading so she could tumble again, making the Cheerleading squad her Senior year at Minico High School. She then tried out to be an Instructor for the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) and taught cheerleading camps the summer of 2005 in Utah, Idaho and California.

Krista is the cheer coach at Minico High School. She also works as a cosmetologist doing hair and nails at Wild Hare Junction. She is married to Jarred Tracy. They live In Heyburn with their daughter, Jaida who is dancing at Centre Stage, and their son Jax.
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Tress Hunsaker - Tumbling, Acrodance Instructor

Tress Hunsaker

Tumbling, Acrodance Instructor

Tress started gymnastics at the age of 3. She continued for ten years at Gym-Mania, where she competed in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. During high school, she danced for Extreme Dance. She was able to incorporate some of her tumbling and gymnastics and help with some of the younger classes. While she was going to college, she had the opportunity to teach a few tumbling classes. She is looking forward to being able to teach again, specializing in acrodance to help the dancers enhance their choreography with acro dance tricks.

Tress is married to Chase Hunsaker. She is a stay-at-home mom with her two children, Silas and Ellen.

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Holly Manning - Combo Instructor

Holly Manning

Combo


Holly began dancing at age 5. She enjoyed clogging and danced with the Handy Hustlers for 8 years. She also enjoyed jazz and tumbling. Holly's senior year was the first year of Minico's Spartan Dance Force. She served as the captain that year and enjoyed it very much. When she was a freshman in high school she started learning ballroom dancing, which she continued through high school and at Rick's College. She enjoyed competing and performing in Latin and Ballroom.

Holly has taught some ballroom dance classes in our community, and has also been involved with the fitness routine for the Distinguished Young Woman Program for several years. Holly is known throughout the region for her high energy, enthusiastic teaching skills. Her positive attitude and effervescent personality make her a perfect fit for teaching children. Holly is married to Doug Manning. They live in Paul and they have 3 children, Malia, Macy and Jake. Holly is a cosmetologist and also a fitness instructor.
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Amanda Bishop - Instructor

Amanda Bishop

Instructor


Amanda started dancing at the age of 5 in Kimberly at Shari’s Dance. At 8, she joined Centre Stage studios and danced there until she graduated from high school. She performed in Kids, Junior Company, and Senior Company and also participated in Nutcracker. She played many parts in the Nutcracker including the Soldier doll and Ballerina doll, and was Snow Queen her senior year. She also assisted the Junior Company classes and progressions for Jennifer with her twin sister. Amanda was involved in the performance trips to Disneyland and Knott Berry Farm, Carnival Cruise lines, and was on the first team that went to Nationals and won the National title.

After graduation, she studied at Brigham Young University where she was involved in the jazz and ballet programs. She participated in the BYU Ballet Showcase until she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Amanda then moved to Washington where she opened up her own dance studio for 2 years and taught jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and Zumba until her family then moved to Oklahoma.

Now that Amanda is back in Twin Falls, she is looking forward to coming back to Centre Stage to teach. She is married to Ryan Bishop and stays at home with her children-Ashlynn, Ryder, Reece, and Cason.

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Whitney Jones - Combo Instructor

Whitney Jones

Combo

Whitney began dancing at the age of 3. She danced at Centre Stage for 10 years. She competed in performing groups; minis, kids and junior company while also performing in various productions of the Nutcracker. She had the opportunity to dance in Las Vegas for Dance Nationals in 2004.

When Whitney entered Burley High School she found her true love, Cheerleading. She enjoyed cheer throughout Junior High and High School, encouraging and performing for her fellow peers. She became Captain of her squad and led them for the entirety of her senior year. After graduation Whitney moved to Boise to enroll in cosmetology school at the Scot Lewis Paul Mitchell Partner School. Flourishing in hair school she was in the Phase Two honor program, on the Design Team and was a Product Specialist. After hair school Whitney worked as a Stylist and Color specialist at an up and coming salon, Lunatic Fringe in Boise. She became a Dikson color educator, traveling and teaching fellow stylists. Wanting to pursue her flair for fashion Whitney packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles, California where she attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). She received an Associate of Arts Degree in Visual Communications while continuing her education in cosmetology by assisting well known cosmetologists in the Los Angeles area. She had opportunities to enhance her portfolio by styling Celebrity Molly Ringwald for a book signing, styling for many photo shoots and working for well-known Fashion Public Relations Company owner, Berri Goldfarb.

Whitney has returned to Idaho wanting to share her love and passion for the beauty and fashion industries with the Mini Cassia community. Whitney is looking forward to growing as a business owner on this exciting new journey. Teaching dance to the combo classes at Centre Stage will be an added bonus as she loves working with little children.

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