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 18 years. Liz and her husband, Bill, are the parents of Parker (18), Emi (16), Quinn (12), and Macy (10).
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 four beautiful children (Lily, Luke, George, and Oliver) and still finds time every week to dance on a
group called Nightline with her best friend! She has loved teaching at Kaleidoscope & loves being 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 11 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 8 years, as well as roles in Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. Lisa has 2 boys and a very supportive husband. She loves ballet and hope to instill that love into her students. She is excited to be in her 11th 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 6 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 loves teaching at Kaleidoscope.
Sam Norr Ashton
Sam Norr Ashton grew up in Pasco, Washington and began dancing at the age of 3. Sam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in choreography and performance from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2017. She performed with BYU-Idaho's collegiate dance company for two years and toured with them throughout the Mid-West United States and Eastern Canada. More recently Sam performed in Seattle's The Bridge Project for Velocity Dance Company in January of 2018. Sam has also choreographed several short works and has presented at a BYU-I research and creative works conference as well as the American College Dance Association conference in Kansas. Her goal is to become a successful choreographer and teacher who will be able to reach people positively through her work. She strives to encourage others to explore their own creativity, to discover new ways to express themselves and to become free thinkers in today’s society.
Sila was born and raised in Kahuku, Hawaii. She moved to Utah when she was a Sophomore in High School. She started dancing her Sophomore Year of High School as well. Sila trained in Jazz and Hip Hop. After high school, she then decided to further her dance career as she continued her training at dance studios such as Millennium Dance Complex and Element Dance Studio. Sila began dancing on a crew called Nutribe, which is an all styles all Polynesian Dance Crew. She has been an active member of NuTribe for 3 years now and enjoys it very much. She has been apart of various performances in the Hip Hop scene such as dancing in various music videos and performing with different artists. Sila loves Hip Hop and the culture and she wants her students to enjoy the style just as much as she does.
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 loves teaching at Kaleidoscope and looks forward to watching her students grow. She would like to thank her husband, family, and colleagues for supporting and helping in all her adventures.
When Brendan was twelve years old, he joined a Ballroom class with his friend because they needed boys. Little did he understand how quickly he would find himself completely addicted to dance. After two years, he auditioned for a more competitive company and stayed with that company until he graduated high school. He was able to help his team achieve three second-place national titles while he danced with this company, earning the company’s reputation as one of the best ballroom studios in the country.
After graduating High School he discontinued his serious study of ballroom to study more styles. At Brigham Young University-Idaho, he was able to learn and fall in love with many different styles including Folk, Tap, Clog, Irish, and Modern. His love and experience in many different styles has made Brendan a very versatile dancer and choreographer. Shows that exhibit dancer many abilities and strengths are one of his serious interests and passions. His goal is to share the versatility and variety of dance through dancers from many different backgrounds.