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The LAB Staff

Walk in strong. Walk out STRONGER.

We are so EXCITED to introduce our professional level, highly educated, talented and incredibly well versed Dance Professional Instructors! 
If you’re a professional dancer looking to take yourself to the next level, please send us your resume and/or website, as we are always looking for valued team members.

Brittney Starnes

Owner/Director

Paige Hughes

Owner/Director

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Kennadie Thredgold

Assistant Director & Competition Instructor

Kennadie is a 23 year old dance artist. As a dancer, performer, choreographer, and educator, her career has spanned throughout Northern Utah. She is currently earning her bachelor's degree in Dance Education at Weber State University on a waived tuition dance scholarship. She will graduate in 2024. Kennadie has many roles as a Weber State Dance Program student. She is the marketing student worker and the student lead for the National Honors Society of Dance Arts. 
She received her dance training from Dance Impressions (2003-2011) and Lightbox (2011-2017) where she learned from noted dance artists such as Matthew Peacock, Alan Salazar, Liz Martineau, etc.

During her time at Lightbox, she had the opportunity to perform in Odyssey Dance Theatre's "Thriller" as zombies in 2016 and 2017.​ Along with competing at multiple locations, across the northern United States.

Kennadie's had many other performance opportunities in her professional dance career. She has performed for Weber State dance program's show called "Orchesis" since 2018. Also in 2018, She had the opportunity to perform at "Sphere: Phase One" a collaboration featuring different dance companies in 2019. She also performed at American College Dance Association at the University of Utah in 2018.​

As an instructor, she has choreographed many competition routines since 2016. Her competition routines (groups and solos) have won many awards at many competitions. Including Revive and Adrenaline Dance Conventions, Releve, Bold, and Starstruck Dance Competitions. One of her favorite pieces she prepared at Lightbox, "In a Year" choreographed by Braiden Singley, won the Heart Stopper Award (highest scoring group routine of the entire competition) at Adrenaline Dance Convention.

Along with teaching at these studios she has also taught at high schools and high school festivals. Kennadie has taught jazz technique classes at Clearfield High School in 2019 and 2020, at NUHD in 2022 and at Jr High Day of Dance in 2023. She also choreographed for Clearfield High's Drill team in 2020 and Farmington High School's Dance Company in 2021. 

Kennadie has also judged for 2 competitions within the past 3 years. Bold Dance Competitions and Aspire Dance Pro.

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Rene' DeCaria

Office Manager & Competition Instructor

Rene' DeCaria, bringing years of dance and competition experience. Dance has been part of Rene’s life since she was 8 years old, she started teaching when she was 14 years old. She has performed at NFL and NBA games, pro bowl in Hawaii and on cruise ships around the world. Throughout her dancing career she is exceptionally experienced in the competition industry and is known through the state for her choreography and talented solo routines for many competitive dancers.

She danced through high school, attended dance conventions, and decided to take it one step further. Ultimately, leading to years as a successful instructor to hundreds of dancers. Rene' is talented, and has a special ability to connect with her dancers. She works hard to bring the best out in them, even when they do not see it in themselves. She prides herself in creating a fun environment while developing dance skills and building confidence through hard work, patience, and dedication. Her proudest moments have resulted in many of her solos awarded 

OVER-ALL High Point,  and top placements in their divisions. Rene' has spent countless private hours making dancers goals become reality under her instruction,  making Drill Teams, Cheer Teams,  and ODT's Thriller productions all over the State

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Sailor Lane

Sailor graduated May 2022 from Utah State University with a major in health education and minors in mental health and human development. She danced at Dance Impressions (2003-2011), Lightbox (2011-2015), Viewmont Drill Team (2015-2018), and USU Dance Company (2018-2020).

During her time at Viewmont, she was the drill president and dance company member/choreographer.

She has been a competition teacher and choreographer for 4 years. 

Besides her passion of dance, she is also an intuitive eating counselor.

Competition & Rec Instructor

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Aleksandra Winkler

Aleksandra is a professional ballet dancer and has a wide range of experience and successes.

Company Repertoire 

-BalletMet 

-Edwaard Liang’s “Murmuration” 2022

-Edwaard Liang’s “Tributary” 2022 

-Gerard Charles’ “The Nutcracker” 2022

-Edwaard Liang’s “Wounded” 2022 

-Edwaard Liang’s “Bugle Boy” 2022 

-Edwaard Liang’s “Solace” 2022

-Edwaard Liang’s “Dorothy and the Prince of Oz” 2023 

 Ballet West 

-Willam Christensen’s “The Nutcracker” 2021, 2015-2019 

-“The Little Mermaid” 2021, 2017 

-“The Glass Slipper” 2020 

-“Beauty and the Beast” 2018, 2015 

-“Aladdin” 2016 

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Student Repertoire 

-August Bournonville’s “Kermesse en Bruges” 2022 

-August Bournonville’s “Abdallah” 2020, 2021

-August Bournonville’s “A Folktale” 2021 George Balanchine’s  “Western Symphony” 2022

-George Balanchine’s “Scherzo” 2019

-George Balanchine’s “Walpurgisnacht” 2018

-George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” 2016

-Francisco Gella’s “Moonlight Serenade” 2021

-Francisco Gella’s “Stitching” 2020 

-Marius Petipa’s “The Sleeping Beauty” 2019

-Marius Petipa’s “Raymonda” 2018 

-Marius Petipa’s “La Bayadere” 2017 

Company Experience 

-BalletMet II: 2022-2023 

 Artistic Director - Edwaard Liang 

Professional Training 

-Ballet West Trainee: 2020-2022 

-Ballet West PTD: 2015-2020 

 Academy Directors:Evelyn Cisneros and Peter Merz 

 Teachers: Jeff Rogers, Christopher Sellars, Heather Fryxell,  Heather Thackary, Cynthia Riddler, Catherine Batchellor,  Cati Snarr, Oliver Oguma, and Nikolai Moroz 

Intenstives 

-Ballet West: 2021, 2020, 2017, 2016

-San Francisco Ballet: 2019 

-Oregon Ballet Theater: 2018 

-Houston Ballet: 2015 

Awards

-Ballet West Willam Christensen Scholarship

-Ballet West Merit Scholarship Student

-San Francisco Ballet Merit Scholarship Student

-Oregon Ballet Theater Merit Scholarship Student

-Houston Ballet Merit Scholarship Student 

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Sicilee Schirner

Sicilee has been dancing since she was 2 years old, professionally in the industry for the last 4 years. Working alongside choreographers such as Mandy Shaw, Alexia Martinez, Sage Swenson, and Jeffery Boom. She has been on Milleniums Boom Crew. Her favorite choreographers are Talia Favia and Kirsten Russ. Her favorite styles are hiphop and contemporary. 

Competition & Rec Instructor

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Kaybree Starnes

Kaybree is a 17 year old dancer and instructor. She’s been dancing for 7 years and has been teaching dance for 2 years. Within her years of dancing competitively, she has placed in the overalls in many of her solo and group routines. 

Her sophomore year of high school she was a Davis High D’ette where they took 2nd in Regionals and 3rd in State. 

She is currently in her senior year of highschool and is wanting to continue teaching dance for many years in the future. 

Competition/Rec Instructor & Assistant

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Blayke Hughes

Blayke has been dancing competitively for 11 years.
Within those years she has won many overalls and 1st place awards in her solo and group routines. She has trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, hiphop and acro. She has found her love for teaching and wants to continue with this passion in the future.

Competition/Rec Assistant

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