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 hosted its 10th annual Choreography Showcase as part of the Red Rock Dance Festival. Summer has served as Chair of the St. George City Arts Commission, Washington County RAP Tax Board and taught modern dance at Dixie State University. She is a board member of the Southwest Symphony. She has 4 children Seva, Wells, Inga, Loa 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.

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 has been teaching dance for 10+ years. She is thrilled to be a part of St. George Dance Company. 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!

Jennie Grimes

Jennie Grimes is a wife and mother of four. She is currently the dance teacher at Canyon View High School, a principal dancer for St. George Dance Company. Jennie was a talent coordinator for the dance narrative short film “Where We Begin” where she was also featured as the mother and a dancer. She is a member of CCJ ballet and board member for the Cedar Valley Community Theater. She has Bachelor Degrees in Dance Performance and Education with a minor in Theatre from Southern Utah University. Jennie was an adjunct professor at SUU and had the opportunity to choreograph numerous dance works both as a student and 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 from Juilliard. For years Jennie was a competitive gymnast and certified judge. She has performed and judged in many different settings, trained in multiple styles/genres of dance, performed with show teams, Arabesque Ballet Company, Dance Company and Eagle dancers at College of Eastern Utah and many others. She loves teaching, performing and sharing dance with others.

Core Company Members

Sarah Ashworth

Sarah Ashworth loves moving, especially self-expression through dance. In high school she competed in drill team and performed with the West High modern dance company. In college she discovered social dance and joined the Academy of Danse Libre, a vintage dance group in the Bay Area that recreates historical pieces from the 19th and early 20th centuries in authentic period attire. Now, after having two children, she is excited to be dancing again with the St. George Dance Company.

Sara Clark

Sarah Clark is so happy to be a part of St. George Dance Company. She has danced a few times in the past with them and has enjoyed every opportunity. Sarah has been dancing since she was a young girl up until high school. She continued taking dance classes in college and now, as a mama she happily escapes each week to dance with St. George Dance Company. Besides a love for dance, Sarah enjoys spending time with her two boys Beau, Kit and her husband Chad, she loves cooking, hiking, and exploring outdoors, and has a passion for helping mothers as a birth and postpartum doula.

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.

Cindy Douglas

Cindy Douglas was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and grew up in St. George. 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 is now married with four children. She would like to thank her husband and children for all their support. She is currently a member of the St. George Dance Company.

Trinity Fletcher

Trinity Fletcher has danced throughout her entire life and has been privileged to participate with many different groups including the Non-stop Dance Company as well as the drill teams at both Carbon and Weber High Schools. However, it was at Southern Utah University while formally studying modern and ballet that she developed a much deeper passion for movement and expression through dance.

Trinity has been teaching Zumba at VASA here in St. George since 2016 and it has allowed her to learn a new style of dance as well as improve her choreography skills. Over the last few years she has also experienced an increased interest in fitness, lifting, and learning to eat better. Although she's highly enjoyed these variations of exercise and wellness she's really missed expressive movement and is ecstatic to be dancing with the St. George Dance Company.

Trinity also loves to write and received her Bachelor's Degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from SUU. She now uses her blog fletcherfamilylessons.blogspot.com as one creative outlet. In addition to dancing and writing, Trinity has always enjoyed singing, and it was during college that she met her husband Braedon in a choir. In addition to being a wife, Trinity is the mother of two spunky little girls, Alexa and Libby. She is also a convert to the LDS Church and believes that being a daughter of God is her most important defining attribute.

Kathryn Holman

Kathryn Holman is a Virginia native, and a 2015 graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. Kathryn teaches modern at Southern Utah University as adjunct faculty, and also instructs at Onstage Dance Studio, Inc. in modern and ballet. In the spring of 2015, Kathryn performed in the [STRIPPED] showcase at the 92nd Street Y with Doug Varone and Dancers, dancing in Varone’s DEMOCRACY, set by former company member Julia Burrer. She was fortunate to dance in the work, “Inevitable Verring”, by Amy Perkinson for the 2014 American College Dance Festival. Kathryn danced for MOVEMENT HOUSE in 2014 in Richmond, VA with choreographers, Johnnie Mercer and Rachel Rinehardt, And later with Bill T. Jones dancer Paul Matteson, and Jesse Zaritt (studying modern and solo work) at SALT Dance Festival in Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015. She studied abroad at Concorzio Universitario Mediterraneo Orientale A R.L (CUMO), studying with Melanie Richards, havig numerous experiences performing in the city of Noto, Sicily and Syracuse, Sicily. After performing a solo work choreographed by sister Rachel Holman, and the work being selected for the final gala in the Red Rock Dance Fastival in the spring of 2017, interest for performing was re-sparked. Kathryn is passionate about health and fitness and enjoys living in the mountains of the west with her husband Jordan, and his family.

Rachel Holman

Rachel Holman, MFA, BS, is a passionate dance educator, Pilates instructor, and 2014 MFA graduate of Choreography and Performance in Dance from the University of Arizona. She is a proud graduate of Southern Utah University where she received her BS degree in Dance and Health Education. Rachel was on faculty at Southern Utah University 2015-2016 where she taught modern and jazz dance. Her choreography was selected to perform most recently for the Tucson Museum of Art Grasslands Art Exhibit (2013), University of Arizona True Places Concert (2014), Southern Utah University Elevated Movements Concert (2016), and the Red Rock Dance Festival (2017). She also has an extensive musical theatre and dance performance background including lead understudy and dancer in the National Broadway Tour of the musical Footloose and Cassie in SUU’s A Chorus Line. Rachel loves spending time with her five children Jackson, Brenan, Kaden, Emmy, Hallie and her supportive husband, Nate.

Sam Keatley

Sam Keatley is originally from Orem, Utah. While living in Orem, Sam was an equestrian vaulter on Oak Hills Vaulting for 3 years. Graduating with an Associates in Integrated Studies from Utah Valley University in 2015, he then transferred to Dixie State University and started taking dance classes to help improve his vaulting. This ignited his passion for dance and started his dance career. Samuel has danced with DSU's Dance Company for 2 years, taught tumbling at Stars Dance Studio for 1 year, and has been a dancer and choreographer for the modern dance and improvisation club at DSU for 1 year.

Nadia Mair

Nadia Mair is a dancer, composer, pianist, and artist. She has been dancing since the age of three, training in ballet, jazz, ballroom, modern, and contemporary dance styles. She graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, HI in the Dance Certificate program, and has studied at intensives at Ballet West, Interlochen Center for the Arts, BYU, and Boston Conservatory. She has been studying music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston for the past two years, majoring in Film Scoring. She recently composed a piece of music for choreographer Jenny Mair in “Feathered Pride”, and continues her involvement in the dancing community as a member of the St. George Dance Company. Her passion lies in creating and collaborating with artists who strive to bring people together through their creative passions.

Jared Washburn

Jared Washburn grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and has now been in the St. George area for many years. He received a BA of Integrated Studies Music/Communications from Dixie State University. While at DSU he also studied Dance and Theatre for two years. He was a member of the DSU Dance Company, Raging Red Performance Group and the St. George Dance Company. Most recently Jared has had acting roles and been an ensemble dancer in theater productions such as: Sound of Music with St. George Musical Theater as well as Dracula, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Miss Saigon with The Stage Door. Jared enjoys learning all styles of dance and is passionate about supporting the arts.

Rebekah Wainwright

Rebekah Wainwright 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.

Choreographers

Becky Reed

Rebecca Reed was born and raised in Southern California, She graduated from California State University, Fullerton. She later attended USIU San Diego where she earned a Masters’ Degree in Education. She moved to St. George, Utah in 1991 with her family, where she received endorsements from USOE in Modern Dance and Health Education. She has been in education for over 34 years, retiring in June 2016 from Pine View High School. In addition to dance she taught and coached gymnastics, cheer squads, as well as swimming in both the private and public sector. She taught at dance studios in both Orange & Riverside Counties. She was cast in commercials as a backup dancer and was a dancer/pom girl for the TV Series “Battle of the Network Stars”. She was a member of a professional dance troupe that opened for bands at the Troubadour and the Roxy in the 80’s and danced in Super Bowl half time (1987) with some of her former students, as well as industrials. She presently resides in Southern Utah with her husband of 38 years and choreographs regularly for St George Dance Company and St George Musical Theater.

Jenny Mair

Jenny Mair received her MFA in performance and choreography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. While in Hawaii she was able to learn diverse dance forms such as Hula, Okinawan, and Japanese dance. She participated in the Asian-Pacific Dance Festival in 2015, taking class with Ballet Phillippines and Oceanic Dance Company of Fiji, and performing at the festival. She studied by invitation in a company class for three years with Charlotte-Boye Christensen in contemporary dance. She has taught master classes, performed, and choreographed in Greece, Belgium, Italy, and France. Jenny is adjunct dance faculty at Dixie State, recently choreographing on the DSU Dance Company, 'Day One', and in collaboration with the Theater Department, 'Nunset Boulevard'. Feathered Pride is a collaboration with her daughter, Nadia Mair whom composed the music for cello, studying music at Berklee School of Music, in Boston. Jenny resides in St. George with her two daughters, Sarah and Hannah. She is continually inspired by the artists in the St. George area arts community.

Rebekah Wainwright

Rebekah Wainwright 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.

Faculty

Sara Pfeifle Gallo

Sara Pfeifle Gallo is a dance educator, advocate, and artist, who lives in St. George, UT. She received her MFA degree in Dance from California State University Long Beach in 2011 and BFA degree in Dance from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2004. While living in Missoula, she worked with the Mo-trans Dance Company, as both a performer and a teacher for master classes and artist residencies while on tour. After leaving Montana, Sara spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area as a teacher, choreographer, and performing member of several notable dance companies. While pursuing her graduate degree, she had the pleasure of dancing with several Southern California based choreographers. Sara’s own work has been presented in concerts and festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and numerous other cities throughout the Western United States. Beyond performance and choreography, SPG's true passion has always been dance education. Currently serving as full-time faculty at Dixie State University, she teaches technique and theory courses, and directs the DSU Modern Dance and Improvisation Club. Sara has performed with the St. George Dance Company and has had the pleasure of teaching the company’s weekly Modern Dance class.

Linda Gudmundson Wilson

Linda Gudmundson Wilson was allowed to dance with Virginia Tanner at the age of 3. She continued to study all sorts of dance throughout the Salt Lake Valley from many other very notable teachers. She moved to El Paso,Texas where she luckily found her place with the very wonderful Ingeborg Heuser and the UTEP Civic Ballet. She spent all of her high school years focusing on ballet technique and performance. Miss Heuser warned her she would want to teach someday. She returned to SLC to join Ballet West under the direction of Willam Christiansen and later under Bruce Marks. After rising to the rank of soloist she decided to head east. She went on a short stop-over to Minneapolis (mid-west) where she remained until she retired from the stage. There she was a principle dancer with Loyce Houlton's The Minnesota Dance Theatre and Myron Johnson's Ballet of the Dolls. Linda has also had the pleasure of teaching the St. George Dance Company and is a happy consultant. She is a regular teacher of ballet at Maria Vaccaro's Dixie Arts Conservatory. Thanks to her husband Deward for pushing her to the dance scene in St. George, Utah. It's happening!

Past Company Members

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