1225 Oakley Ave
Burley, Idaho 83318
(208) 678-4117 or
Updated June 4, 2012 - Photos by Jessica Ruffell.
Introducing the staff and faculty at Centre Stage Studios.
All Ballet Classes, Jazz Performing Groups
Jennifer received ballet training in London, England
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 three children, Silas, Ellen and Scarlett.
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.
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.
Sarah found a love for dance and gymnastics when she began cheerleading in Junior
She continued to cheer and take gymnastics through her
junior year in high school and served as the captain of her high school cheer squad
her junior year. For her senior year she decided to take a break from cheerleading
and danced for the Declo Stingerettes instead. After high school, Sarah attended
ISU and then CSI to pursue her nursing degree. She graduated college in 2003 with
her Associates of Science Nursing Degree. While at CSI Sarah was a member of the
CSI Golden Eagles cheerleading team and was also a gymnastics coach at Rainbow Gymnastics/Gym
Sarah loves dance and gymnastics.
She is very excited for the opportunity to get
to know Centre Stage girls and work with them. She currently works part time as
a registered nurse at Cassia Regional Medical Center in the ER and PACU departments
where she has worked for over 12 years. When she’s not working Sarah loves spending
time with her husband David and their three daughters Emma, Ellie, and Clara who
dance at Centre Stage.