Owner | Instructor
Sara began dancing at the age of 5 years old. She has training in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and tap. In 9th grade, she started assisting the director of her studio in class and quickly realized this was her calling. She has a gift with children and loves nothing more than to share her passion for dancing! She has been teaching for over 20 years and loves it!! She attended UVU where she took classes in early childhood development and elementary education. These classes have aided in her wonderful ability to teach. She has a special bond with her students and each and every one of them know they are her “favorite” and that they are loved! Sara takes pride in not only having talented dancers but kind, uplifting, and encouraging students who are a family here at Dance Central. She feels very blessed to love what she does and to share her passion with her students.
Routines | Instructor
Taylee has been dancing since the age of three. She has been trained in various styles with her favorite being jazz and lyrical. She began competing in groups and as a soloist when she was 11 years old. She loves the competitiveness that dance brings. She began assisting at her old studio where she trained when she was in 10th grade. She continued doing that through high school as well as being on her high school's drill team. She served as activities manager her junior year and head drill mistress her senior year. During high school, she had the opportunity of traveling to New York with her team and training with a member from Wicked. Her senior year, she was selected as a member of the 3A all-state as well as a member of the 3A academic all-state. After graduating high school, she attended Snow College where she was a member of the Badgerettes and continued teaching at a studio in Ephraim, UT. She then married her sweetheart, Tayge, and they have a wild little 1-year-old named Maddox. She is currently a drill team coach at Payson High School. Taylee has now taught at Dance Central for three years and is excited to continue. She loves teaching all age groups and seeing their excitement and energy they bring with them each week.
Technique | Instructor
Reagan Powell is the newest of our Dance Central instructors. She danced from the age of 2 until she was 22. She then took a 12-year break to raise her 4 kids, but is now excited to continue her journey in teaching dance.
Reagan started out at Utah regional ballet. Then at the age of 10 expanded her dance education at Center Stage Dance Studio. She trained with several coaches including Derryl Yeager, Kellie Messerly and Rick Robinson. And occasionally with coaches such as Mia Michaels, Wade Robison and Corky and Shirley Ballas. She loved all forms of dance, and spent around 20-30 hours a week training at the studio through her teen years. During that time she and her dance partner won Junior National Champions in Latin Ballroom Dancing and she was an outstanding dancer with New York City Dance Alliance. Although she pursued the family life over fame some of her colleagues she danced with include Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas, Chelsey Hightower, Ashley DelGrosso, Allison Holker, and many more.
After her 12 year sabbatical, Reagan’s daughter Devyn started with Dance Central. Having a dancer at this studio for the past year has inspired her to pass on her love of dance to others.
Routines | Technique | Ballet
Alexandra Loreen has been dancing competitively for 20 years with training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She was a captain of the Spanish Form High School drill team and member of the all-state dance team. Additionally, Alexandra was a collegiate dancer for two years at Snow College and served as a captain of the team for one year. She was a high school drill team coach at her alma mater and has been choreographing various styles of dance for five years. She feels her strengths lie in focused ballet and technique training, and colorful routines that stretch the dancers’ capacity to learn and grow. Alexandra is currently attending Brigham Young University, pursuing a degree in Social Science Education. She is so excited to be marrying one of her longtime best friends in a few months and starting a new journey together. Alexandra is looking forward to another year at the studio and pushing the dancers to new heights in their technique, routines, and confidence.
Tom Durham Jr.
Tom “SPACEMAN” Durham Jr. is an experienced dancer from Utah. He’s been coached by many top choreographers and dancers such as Rick Robinson, Tristan Gray, B-boy Tarzan, and Big Chocolate. Tom has had training in Urban Dance, Breaking, Ballroom, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Cabaret, Ballet, Jazz, and Martial Arts. Tom teaches in a variety of studios and venues, using his friendly and fun approach to break down barriers. Tom has been the choreographer and assistant choreographer for multiple top-placing pieces in national competitions, festivals, shows, and conventions. He regularly choreographs dances, many of which he promotes through videos and social media. Tom Jr. loves dancing and teaching people of all ages! His penchant for the stars and unique dance style has earned him the nickname “Spaceman”, and he hopes to one day be the best dancer in the galaxy.
Born in Indiana, Gwen did the majority of her training in Ballet and Modern Dance. Growing up, she completed pre-professional summer intensives at the University of Utah, Indiana University, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Dance Kaleidoscope in indianapolis, Indiana. She recently trained at La Scala Ballet Academy in Europe and has studied early forms of ballet pedagogy in France and Italy. Gwen currently attends Brigham Young University and will be graduating soon with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise and Wellness and a minor in Dance. Dance has been a place of discovery, expression, security, and joy for Gwen and she loves helping others find the fulfillment and confidence dance brings!
Caish started tumbling when she was 8 years old and has had a passion for flipping since then. She was a competitive power tumbler for 10 years – during which she competed in five different national competitions in California, Texas, & Virginia. She finished her career as a level 10 tumbler and was a member of the Regional All-Star team 3 years in a row. She competed all-star cheerleading for 3 years and traveled to various national competitions in Nevada and California. Caish was a member of her high school’s cheerleading team – who were the 2A state champions and all-around high score team in the 2012 state cheer competition. She coached recreational cheer for 3 years and competitive power tumbling for 5 years at the gym she was raised at. After which, she served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ in El Salvador and Belize. Caish recently graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Utah Valley University in Personal Financial Planning. She is also a USAG certified power tumbling judge. She currently coaches our cheer class and has been the head tumbling coach at Dance Central for the past 3 years. Caish loves watching the athletes improve and develop confidence in their bodies and abilities.
Katelyn has tumbled for 8 years and danced for 15. She has taught many tumbling and dance classes as well as yoga and Zumba. She loves working with kids and seeing their passion and love for tumbling grow. She loves hanging out with her friends and family and going on adventures outdoors. She is working towards becoming a NICU nurse and is currently a certified nursing assistant. She loves Dance Central and the wonderful opportunities it has to offer.