Centre Stage
1225 Oakley Ave
Burley, Idaho 83318

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

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Centre Stage Dance Studio


Updated August 3, 2020 - 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.

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.

Kori Smith - Instructor

Kori Smith


Kori Smith is a dancer, singer and actress. She has studied dance for 21 years at various studios including Centre Stage Dance Studio in Nampa, ID and Burley, ID, The Ballet Conservatory and Studio C in Nampa. She has studied various styles of dance including jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre and ballet. She graduated with her associates degree from Dixie State University in St. George, UT and from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance choreography and performance.

At Dancer Palooza in Long Beach, CA she worked closely with Andy Blankenbuehler, Al Blackstone, and Billy Griffin. She was a member of Starlight Mountain Theatre in Garden Valley, ID where she was a lead in Cinderella and Calamity Jane. She has studied voice with Debra Bonner, Jeff McLean and Leslie Crafton. She won the Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholarship competition in 2014 and for the next three years placed in the regional and final competitions with a voice piece.

She was a member of the contemporary dance company in Pocatello, ID. Since 2017 she has been the director of The Dance Academy in Kimberly, ID and is continuously dedicated to providing quality dance instruction to her many students today.


Sarah Clark - Instructor

Sarah Clark


Sarah found a love for dance and gymnastics when she began cheerleading in Junior High School. 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 Mania.

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.


Holly Manning - Substitute Instructor

Holly Manning

Substitute Instructor

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 Jones - Substitute Instructor

Whitney Jones

Substitute 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. She is currently the assistant coach for the Minico High School cheerleading squad. 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.


Alexi Ruffell - Ballroom Instructor

Alexi Ruffell

Ballroom Instructor

Alexi began her ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap training at Centre Stage Studios in Nampa, Idaho at the age of 2. Since then she has trained at Utah Academy, Pioneer High School, The Pointe Academy, and Brigham Young University. She has had the opportunity to train with Rhonda Sevey, Tiffany Carpenter, Derryl Yeager, Suzi Wood, Aimee Lohner, and Connie Burton. At the age of 6 she added ballroom dancing and instantly fell in love. She has since continued her training in other styles, but has focused on competitive ballroom dancing in Standard, Latin, and Smooth.

She was a member of the BYU Youth Ballroom program for 7 years concluding with her last 3 years on the undefeated Latin and Standard United States formation team. She was also a member of the BYU Touring Company for 2 years in which she has had the opportunity to compete at the prestigious Blackpool Competition and to perform with the company in South America. She has since graduated and is currently a Professional Smooth Competitor and Coach.


Sierra Phipps - Instructor

Sierra Phipps


Sierra started dancing at the age of 3 at Centre Stage Studios under the direction of Jennifer Sager and has been dancing for 20 years. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater and contemporary. She danced in the annual production of "The Nutcracker" where some of her roles included Clara 2009, Snow Queen for 2 years, and Dew Drop Fairy. Her senior year she was Belle in the ballet production of Beauty and the Beast. In 2014 Sierra became Mini-Cassia's Distinguished Young Woman and was 1st runner-up at State DYW for the class of 2015.

Sierra attended Brigham Young University in Provo for the past 5 years where she studied Broadcast Journalism and dance. She trained in contemporary, ballet, and Pas de Deux under Suzi Wood and Shani Robinson. In 2016 Sierra served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Natal, Brazil where she learned fluent Portuguese.

Sierra recently received her degree and is excited to be back teaching at her home studio to share her love and passion of dance.


Student Teachers

Student Teachers - Mya Gillette, Kate Jones, Madeleine Hansen, Abree Bean, Emma Clark

Mya Gillette

Kate Jones

Madeleine Hansen

Abree Bean

Emma Clark