Biographies

Artistic Director

Summer Belnap Robertson

Summer Belnap Robertson is originally from St. George, UT, but spent ten years on the east coast, primarily in New York City. She received a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University.

In 2001, she founded Summer & Company, an innovative group that presents witty and memorable work which has been seen at various New York City venues. Summer was a member of the Michael Mao Dance Company and the Avila/Weeks Dance Company. She has danced as a guest with the David Parsons Dance Company in the Millennium Celebration at Times Square, with Karla Wolfangle for Paul Taylor’s 70th birthday celebration at Jacob’s Pillow, and with Janis Brenner & Dancers at the Alvin Ailey School.

She is the founder and director of the St. George Dance Co., which recently performed a preshow for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and hosted its 6th annual community contemporary dance concert. Summer has served as Chair of the St. George City Arts Commission and taught modern dance at Dixie State College. She has 3 children Seva, Wells, Inga and a creative husband Joel.

Principal Company Members

Cassidee Edmunds

Cassidee Edmunds has been dancing her entire life. She received formal training in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, and musical theater at Diamond Talent Productions here in St. George, UT and enjoyed performing in the Huntsman World Senior Games, Dicken’s Festival, and other community events.

Her ballet technique was refined when she attended the Joffrey Ballet summer intensive in New York City and the American Ballet Theater summer intensive in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she studied with some of the finest ballet instructors in the country.

She attended the University of Utah as a modern dance major for two years and finished her schooling at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in ballet. She attended the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) in Montana and took classes from various college professors of the western region.

Cassidee was a member of BYU’s Ballet Showcase performance company and danced repertoire from Pas de Quatre, Paquita, Don Quixote, and other choreography works. While at BYU she was exposed to ballroom dance and children’s creative dance pedagogy.

Following graduation she traveled to New York City for her internship at the Joffrey Ballet School. While in New York, she enjoyed taking various classes at Broadway Dance Center. Cassidee always looks for opportunities to increase her dance and teaching vocabulary.

She loves sharing her love of dance with young students and is entering her fourth year teaching ballet in Southern Utah. She is thrilled to be a part of St. George Dance Company this year. She wants to thank her parents for always being her biggest supporters along with her husband, who graciously takes care of their adorable girls while she furthers her dance career.

Bethany Gee

Bethany Gee started dancing at the age of nine in Wasilla, Alaska where she grew up. After graduating high school, she accepted a dance scholarship to Snow College and later moved on to attend the University of Utah as a dance major. She received a scholarship to Utah Valley University and double majored in modern dance and nursing and received degrees in both. She enjoyed being the President of the modern dance company at UVU, and had the opportunity to dance and choreograph for them.

She was a guest performer for concerts at BYU and Utah high schools while attending UVU and taught dance at community studios.

Now she and her husband live in St. George with their daughter Sophie, and son Ashton. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to dance, work part time as a nurse, AND be a mom!

Core Company Members

McKenzie Black

McKenzie Black was born in Panguitch Utah and grew up in St. George Utah. She started dancing at the age of 14. She began studying dance at Diamond Talent where she participated in various Christmas shows, Huntsman Senior Games Opening Ceremonies, annual concerts, and even had the chance to travel with Diamond Talent to take workshops in New York.

She danced with DHHS dance company under the direction of Courtney Pearce her senior year of high school. Courtney inspired and motivated her to continue her love and study for dance as she went on to attend Southern Utah University. Being on the dance company and working with the wonderful dance professors at SUU is what kept McKenzie so motivated and successful in school.

McKenzie has since graduated with a Bachelor degree in both Dance Education as well as Special Education. She currently is teaching Exploratory Arts and Special Ed. at Tonaquint Intermediate School and went back to DHHS to assist Courtney Pearce in coaching the LaRagelles Dance Company. McKenzie has a great love for the arts, especially dance, and has tried to incorporate it into her job as a Special Education teacher. She believes that dance should be fun, it should be expressive, and it should be accessible for all.

Sherlynn Davis

Sherlynn Davis danced in High School and at Dixie State University.

After being "Just a Mom" for eight years, in 2012 she started dancing again. She has had the pleasure of performing with the Saint George Dance Company.

She is married to the amazing Jared Davis and spends her days taking care of their four beautiful children. Sherlynn also loves gardening, musical theater, and reading. She truly appreciates her second chance at being able to dance and never wants to stop.

Jennie Grimes

Jennie Grimes is a wife and mother of three beautiful children. She is currently the dance and theatre teacher at Canyon View High School, a board member for the Cedar Valley Community Theater, member of CCJ ballet and St. George Dance Company. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Performance and Education with a minor in Theatre from Southern Utah University.

Jennie has had some amazing opportunities to dance, choreograph, learn, and teach at SUU. Just prior to coming to CVHS, she was teaching as an adjunct professor at SUU. At SUU, Jennie had the opportunity to choreograph numerous dance routines as both a student and as a faculty member. One of the highlights of her education was being chosen to dance select works of José Limón under the direction of Risa Steinberg.

Jennie was a competitive gymnast. She even spent several years teaching gymnastics after going as far as she could with gymnastics in her home town. She was really introduced to dance through gymnastics. It was a natural progression. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom, tap, you name it. Jennie was on the drill team and the dance company at College of Eastern Utah as well as being a member of the Arabesque Ballet Company. In addition to teaching gymnastics and teaching at SUU, and CVHS she has taught at several dance studios through the years and was a certified judge in Power tumbling, gymnastics and double mini. She has performed and judged in many different settings. Jennie absolutely loves teaching dance and sharing that love with others

Micadyn Sanders

Micadyn Sanders grew up training at the Turning Place Dance Studio and was a member of the dance company at Viewmont High School. She attended Southern Utah University to study dance and recently received her bachelor’s degree from Dixie State University where she was a member of the DSU Dance Company.

Micadyn enjoys choreographing and creating dance movement. She is also a member of the God’s Messengers Dance Company in St. George. She wants to thank her husband for being so supportive and her parents for making it possible for her dreams to come true.

Rebekah Wainwright

Rebekah Wainright is a native of St. George. However, she has moved and traveled, dancing in several cities before returning home. She has been dancing and tumbling since she could walk.

In high school, her training from Cheri Sutherland (School of American Ballet) lead her to spend time in New York where she attended classes at Steps on Broadway.

Upon returning to St. George she resumed most of her training in Las Vegas, under the direction of Elize Valle, and classes at Nevada Ballet Theater. She has been privileged to dance with Jenny Romas from America's Got Talent (“Legends in Concert”) in 2003. She was a company member of "New Dance Company", 2008 Stockton California, and was able to tour and perform in many venues including the "Bob Hope Theater". In 2009 she was one in six candidates for a main role in La Reve at The Wynn. She opened for Ririe Woodbury in 2010 with the St. George Dance Company, and she was Electra in Derryl Yeager's production of "Cats" in summer of 2010 as well.

Rebekah has been a part of St. George Dance Company from the first concert in 2008 and it has been a privilege to work with such great talent.

Rebekah would also like to thank her wonderful mother and of course, husband and beautiful three children that have been so supportive and understanding of the crazy schedule a dancer can have.

Cindy Watts

Cindy Watts was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and grew up in St. George. She has three adorable children, Isaiah, Layla and Kaiya. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has been trained in many different styles of dance including: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She was a member of the Dixie High School “Jetettes” Drill Team for 2 years and also the St. George Roadrunners Dance team.

She performed at the prestigious Huntsman World Senior Games for 5 years and has had the opportunity to perform with the hip-hop dance group Moxi. She was an Instructor/Dancer at 2 One Productionz in 2008. She is currently a member of the St. George Dance Company.

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