Valley Dance Ensemble gives the committed dancer an opportunity for in-depth study of the art of modern dance through the experience of choreography and performance. Company members are given the opportunity to create new works of their own for the company to perform, as well as work with guest choreographers each year for the spring concert. VDE has recently worked with Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of NOW-ID, Beth Mason and Christine Harbor of Wasatch Contemporary Dance, and Chara Huckins-Malaret with Tanner Dance and Children's Dance Theatre at U of U. We strive for diverse experiences in movement and process, which are essential to progress as artists. Most of the company members are also talented and creative teachers for our community dance school. Visit our performances and announcements pages for more information on events, auditions, and teaching opportunities.

Bethany Faux - Valley Dance Ensemble Director

Bethany grew up dancing in Salt Lake City. She began dancing at the age of three in the Tanner Dance Program at the University of Utah.  She has  traveled to Kuopio, Finland to participate and perform in the daCi (dance and the Child international) conference, Tacoma ,WA and throughout Utah. Bethany received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in 2002, where she was a member of the Performing Dance Company. She has been teaching dance for ten years. Bethany has lived in Logan since 2008, and has danced with VDE since 2011.

Dancer, Instructor

Lori Caley

Lori has loved dancing and performing since she was a little girl. She focused her studies on ballet and jazz while growing up, and performed with ballet and dance companies throughout her life. Her love for modern dance and creative movement developed from taking classes at Ricks College and BYU. Lori received her Minor in Modern Dance and her BA in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in 2006 from BYU. She is the mother of four wonderful children: Caleb, Max, Afton, and Hazel. Her husband, Bart, is her best friend and supporter, and she is blessed to have him. She was thrilled to find VDE in 2010, and completely enjoys her time teaching classes and dancing with the company. Dancing is the best outlet, and provides her with the opportunity to improve her skills, teach, and make new friends – all while continuing to pursue her passion of dance!

Dancer, Instructor

Katie Anderson

Katie started dancing ballet and tap at 4 years old. Having discovered her passion, she continued studio lessons, progressing to pointe shoes and adding jazz classes to the mix. She was a cheerleader her freshmen year of high school, and spent the rest of her high school years as part of the dance team, the Brave Cadettes. During her time on the team they took first place at their state competitions for their 8th, 9th, and 10th consecutive years. Katie went to BYU-Idaho where she majored in English Education and minored in dance. While in college she had the opportunity to be part of the spirit cheer team, spirit dance team, and the Collegiate Contemporary performing company. Katie joined VDE's adult company in 2013 and has been teaching since 2014. 

Dancer, Instructor

Marina Wagner

Marina began dancing as a little girl. From age 5 to 17 her dance background focused primarily on jazz and ballet. She fell in love with modern dance when she took a Graham-Cunningham class while living in Scotland in 2006. After moving to Logan, Marina was thrilled to discover VDE's adult modern class. She took modern classes with VDE for a season before joining the company in 2014.  She is so excited to have the opportunity to dance and perform with the amazing women in this company and to learn from their experience and expertise. Marina graduated with a BS degree in Exercise Science from BYU in 2005. After graduation she enjoyed traveling and working odd jobs until taking on the ultimate challenge of motherhood. Currently Marina keeps herself busy taking care of her three little ones, dancing, playing ice hockey, and enjoying time outdoors. She loves living in Logan and appreciates all the arts, dance, and outdoor recreational opportunities that abound here.

Dancer, Instructor

Hayley Christiansen

My very first dance experience was in ballet when I was about 5 years old, this only lasted about a year. I always loved dance, but didn't have another opportunity to dance and perform again until I was in 8th grade. For the rest of my high school years, I danced on the dance company and enjoyed performing and improving each year. After high school I was able to be a part of the Full Circle Dance Company at USU for a couple years before I graduated in 2011. I enjoy ballet, modern, contemporary and a little hip hop. I am currently working in HR for a financial company in North Logan. My husband and I have been married for three years and enjoy doing anything outdoors. I am so excited to be able to have another opportunity to dance just when I thought that part of my life was over.

Dancer

Amy Nelson

Amy started dancing in middle school. She fell in love with the way modern dance was presented as a form of art and a way to express emotion through movement. Amy danced with a private studio and with school sponsored dance companies throughout middle school and high school. In junior college she was part of the USU Eastern Dance Ensemble where she had the opportunity to choreograph and perform as a soloist. Amy graduated from Utah State University in 2012 with a degree in creative writing. She works for the State 4-H Office as their graphic and web designer. Amy was thrilled to find Valley Dance Ensemble in 2014 and enjoys learning, performing, teaching and the friendships she has made. Amy and her husband Erik have been married since 2009 and have the most adorable almost 2 year old son. 

Dancer, Instructor

Lauren Hansen

Amy started dancing in middle school. She fell in love with the way modern dance was presented as a form of art and a way to express emotion through movement. Amy danced with a private studio and with school sponsored dance companies throughout middle school and high school. In junior college she was part of the USU Eastern Dance Ensemble where she had the opportunity to choreograph and perform as a soloist. Amy graduated from Utah State University in 2012 with a degree in creative writing. She works for the State 4-H Office as their graphic and web designer. Amy was thrilled to find Valley Dance Ensemble in 2014 and enjoys learning, performing, teaching and the friendships she has made. Amy and her husband Erik have been married since 2009 and have the most adorable almost 2 year old son. 

Dancer, Instructor

Kate Noall

Dance took on a major role in Katie’s life at the age of 14 when she found ballroom and completely fell in love with the variety of expression that it offered. During her middle and high school years, she was a member of a private company called Extreme Ballroom where she competed and performed on their top formation teams. In addition to team experience, she also competed in open American and Latin events with her partners. After high school, she attended BYU and continued her competitive experience and dance education mostly in ballroom, but was also exposed to some jazz and contemporary. She graduated from BYU in 2013 with a BA in Linguistics and TESOL. She has been married to her husband, Kevin, for almost 2 years and they have a beautiful little girl, Hazel, who just turned 1. They have lived in Logan since December 2016 and enjoy the calm of Cache Valley. Katie has a passion for language and enjoys her perfect ‘mom job’ of teaching ESL English to Chinese children in the early morning hours. Although there have been several periods of little or no dance in Katie’s life, it has always seemed to find a way back into her routine. VDE was a very unexpected, but immensely fulfilling surprise that has given her the opportunity to build upon her ballroom training and learn to express and move in new ways. There is a fiery joy that Katie pulls from moving her body to music that she cannot find in any other medium. In addition to dancing, Katie loves to draw, paint, learn, run, hike, and enjoy the beauties of the outdoors.

Dancer

Megan Orme

Megan has been dancing since she was three in various companies in Provo, Utah. In addition, she joined her high school dance company for three years and loved every minute of performing in concerts, competitions, and sports halftimes. Megan has participated in many dance workshops and even ran a children’s summer dance camp of her own. She received the Dance Sterling Scholar Alternate award and an academic letter in dance as well as other various recognition to bring high school dance experience to a close. Megan continued dancing in classes at Utah Valley University, but now attends Utah State University. She is loving being a part of Valley Dance Ensemble so that she never stops moving and expressing herself in the way she loves most.

Dancer, Instructor

Autumn Slade

For eleven years, Autumn grew up dancing classical ballet with Clytie Adams School of Ballet in Kaysville, UT, with a few years of social dance interspersed during elementary and junior high. She graduated from with a BS degree in Chemistry from USU in 2017, is currently working at the USU Water Research Laboratory, and is applying for graduate school in Civil and Environmental Engineering at USU. After taking a ballet class her last semester of college, she realized how much she missed dancing. Luckily, she found VDE, began taking the adult classes, and fell in love with modern dance. This is her first year as a company member and has loved being a part of the group. When not spending time in the chemistry lab or dancing, Autumn loves to read, put together puzzles, and be outdoors.

Dancer

Breanne Skinner

Breanne has a passion for both teaching and dancing and has sought opportunities in both areas throughout her life. She grew up dancing, training primarily in modern, ballet, and jazz, and took part in various dance companies and competitions. She graduated in 2003 from BYU with a degree in Math Education where she also studied her favorite dance form, modern. After graduation she taught middle school math here in the Valley until having her first child. Since that time she has dedicated most of her energy to raising her 5 children. She continued to share her love of dance with her children and community through teaching dance out of her home. In 2012 she began teaching with Valley Dance Ensemble and thoroughly enjoys collaborating with the wonderful teachers in the company. She is enthusiastic about fostering dancers to understand and express the elements of dance, have proper dance technique, and reach their full potential. 

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