Jenny has been dancing since the age of 5. She studied many different styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, folk, modern, tap, clogging and ballroom. She danced competitively through her studio (Centre Stage) in Nampa, Idaho as well as her high school (Vallivue High School) while winning many top awards. Jenny was on the Contemporary Dance Theatre team in college at BYU-Idaho which toured philanthropically through all of Central America. Later she joined the BYU-Idaho Folk Dance Team and as Captain led her team through Ecuador and Peru for a month while performing daily to raise money for those in need. Currently she is a member of Aspire Dance Company, the National Folk Dance Organization and a board member for the Idaho Dance Education Organization(IDEO). She continues to cultivate her dance education through attending new certification courses and dance conferences each year.
Opening a studio has been a desire of Jenny’s for many years. From her interaction with young dancers she found a missing link that needs to be addressed. Dance isn’t just about the movement of the body, but about the discipline, goal setting, emotion portrayal, friendship, humility, team work, and leadership skills that will create an overall remarkable individual. At Illusion Dance Studios we focus on a specific leadership principle with your child each month and explore how applying that skill enhances our dance practice and our success in life.
Caitlyn started her dance career at 4 years old and has been continuing her dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. Through dance, Caitlyn had the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level with Idaho State University Bengal Dancers. She coached High School Dance Team and has taught classes for over 10 years to children of all ages. Caitlyn can’t wait to share the knowledge she has gained in dance technique and choreography, student leadership training, judging critique, competitive dance, community involvement and build a desire to continue dancing through out life with students at Illusion Dance. Caitlyn is so excited to continue sharing her joy and passion of dance and can’t wait to learn and grow with your child as we create the next generation of pivotal leaders in our community.
Native to Overland Park, Kansas, Danica Mahlandt fell in love with ballet and began her pre-professional studies at the age of 7. Her training began with local studios including DanceWorks Conservatory, American Dance Center, and Legacy School of the Arts, and later extended to the professional training programs and companies of The Washington School of Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. Throughout the years her love for, and training in, dance expanded to include other styles including jazz, modern, contemporary, flamenco, clogging, and ballroom. Danica has participated in regional and international dance festivals and performed with Kansas Regional Ballet, Moscow Ballet, Ballet Legacy, Kansas City Youth Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Brigham Young University Idaho’s Dance Alliance on stages throughout the United States and Canada. She received her minor in dance from Brigham Young University Idaho and has been teaching for the past 3 years after graduation.
Danica’s love of ballet infuses her teaching with energy and excitement helping to bring life to the more conservative discipline. Her wide range of dance training helps her relate ballet to other styles. Helping students integrate what they are learning in all of their classes brings her the most joy.
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11315 Ustick Rd. Nampa, ID 83687
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