About the director, Liz Newman-Sackewitz
Liz received a degree in Dance Education from BYU. She was a member of the BYU Cheer Squad and Dancensemble. Liz was the recipient of the Research and Creative Activities award and her choreography was showcased at the American College Dance Festival in 1997. Between 1997-2000, Liz took over the dance programs at American Fork High School, where she coached the modern dance company and drill team. She has spent many years teaching groups of all ages and abilities at local schools and studios, as well as running Kaleidoscope Dance Studio for 15 years. Liz and her husband, Bill, are the parents of Parker (16), Emi (14), Quinn (10), and Macy (7).
Coreena is very passionate about dance & has been dancing pretty much every day since she was very little! She doesn't remember spending her time doing anything else.
She trained at the Winner School, danced as a Songleader & on the dance company at Cottonwood High School, which lead to a position on the Utah State University Dance Team as an Aggiette paying her way through college.
Now she enjoys being a mother of three beautiful children Lily, Luke & George and still finds time every week to dance on a
group called Nightline with her best friend! She is very excited to teach at Kaleidoscope this year & become a part of our dance family!!!
Becky love to dance, whether it's jazz, ballet, contemporary or twirling around the kitchen. She also enjoys kids, so teaching at Kaleidoscope is a joy. She has taught with Kaleidoscope for 10 years. Beyond dance, she enjoys writing, eating desserts, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She has a BA in English for the University of Utah and works as a technical writer.
Lisa began her ballet career with The Children's Ballet Theater at the age of 3. When she was 14,she studied under Willam Christensen at The Christensen Academy. After dancing with Mr. "C" for 5 years she continued to dance as she majored in ballet at the University of Utah, where eventually she graduated with a degree in Family and Consumer Studies. She had the privilege of dancing in Ballet West's Nutcracker for 4 years in her youth. More recently, Lisa has performed for Mountain West Ballet as a Party Parent in the Nutcracker for 7 years, as well as roles in Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. Lisa has 2 boys (ages 19 and 15) and a very supportive husband. She loves ballet and hope to instill that love into her students. She is excited to be in her 8th year teaching at Kaleidoscope.
Meridith received her ballet training at Lancaster School of Ballet and has danced in several Mountain West Ballet productions including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer's Night Dream, and Alice in Wonderland. Her favorite roll was that of the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella. She loves teaching and seeing her students grow and develop as dancers. She is excited to be back again this year at Kaleidoscope and sharing her love of ballet with her students. Meridith also serves on the Executive Board of Mountain West Ballet.
LeeAnn has been dancing since she was 3 years old. In her teens, she especially loved drill and clogging. After high school, she went to Ricks College where she was able to teach clogging classes and was president of their women’s clogging team. While studying Elementary Education at BYU, she furthered her dance experience with a variety of dance classes as well as performing with their Folk Dance Ensemble. During her college years, she taught dance classes for Granite Community Education in the summer. LeeAnn taught 6th grade at Crescent Elementary for 7 years and every year her students performed a song and dance program. The highlight of these programs was the opportunity for her kids to perform for various Olympic venues during the 2002 Olympics. She lives in Sandy with her sweet husband and 4 fantastic kids. She has been part of the team at Kaleidoscope Dance for 4 years.
Melissa has danced ballet since she was three. Ballet has not only been a part of her life, but has been her passion and drive to be a better dancer and to achieve higher goals in her personal life. It has taught her to be patient, work hard without complaint, and to be obedient. Melissa is originally from South Jordan and went to Alta High School. She trained with Masie Lancaster for 16 years, and is currently taking adult classes. Melissa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UVU with a four year scholarship. While attending UVU, Melissa was married to her husband Lance. Melissa was an adjunct teacher at UVU until she had her first child in 2009. She now has two children and they live in Lehi. Melissa has performed several roles in Mountain West Ballet's productions, including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. She is excited to join Kaleidoscope Dance for the 2016-17 season!
Moana Aiono has danced her whole life and has been teaching dance for the last 18 years. She is trained in my styles and continues her training on a regular basis. She has been choreographing professionally for the last 14 years, and is very passionate about it. Moana is the creative director of NuTribe Dance Crew established in 2015. She was a professional dancer in the company Underground for 5 years. She believes that in a dance class, you learn much more than moves. You will develop confidence, perseverance, and a good work ethic that will benefit you the rest of your life. Moana loves what dance brings to life and is happy that she gets to share it with people for a living!
Alicia has been dancing since she was 3. It has always been a passion of hers. She has taught, danced, performed and competed all over the country. She has done several traveling conventions and performances. She has had the opportunity to perform at a 49er’s football game halftime, on a cruise ship, and in Disneyland. She has enjoyed her many years of dancing and competing. She started her teaching career as an assistant teacher at the age of 13. She interned at a local dance studio for 5 years before she started teaching her own classes. She has taught, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, creative movement and mommy and me classes. She has a passion for teaching little kids. For her, there is nothing quite like watching a little dancer master a skill they have been working so hard to perfect. Alicia has 3 little girls that are the light of her life! Being a parent is the best job she has ever had, with dance being a close second. She loves to read, golf, hike and spend time with her husband and family. She is really looking forward to getting to know all of the awesome dancers and parents at Kaleidoscope.
Kristina is originally from Southern Utah. She began her dance training in classical ballet at age four. She trained at Southern Utah Ballet Arts from Gretchen Rowe and West Side Studio from Benne Arnold and Deborah Dawn. Kristina went on to continue her dance education at UVU on the ballet company then at Dixie State University where she was able to study a variety of dance genres under the direction of Dr. Li Lei. Kristina has spent more than twenty years dancing and performing with many companies and shows throughout Utah and has enjoyed teaching for the past seven years. She has had the privilege to dance leading roles at Dixie College, St George Ballet Company, Gods Messengers, Pro-Street, St George Modern Dance Company, and dance clubs at the University of Utah. She has also had the privilege of dancing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts for the past two years. Kristina has received a number of awards and scholarships based on her dance technique and choreography throughout the years. She has also recently graduated from the University of Utah in Human Development/Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life. Kristina is excited to be teaching and looks forward to see the growth in her students. She would like to thank her husband, family, and colleagues for supporting and helping in all her adventures.