Boise Dance Alliance

Boise Dance Lessons

OUR TEACHERS

BDA Teacher Jenn Smart

Jenn Smart

-Director-

Jenn began her dance training at the age of three at Kennedy School of Dance in Nampa, Idaho.  She trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap as well as performed and competed with the studio company and her high school dance team. Jenn graduated with a B.A. in Secondary Education from Boise State University and went on to teach for four years at Lake Hazel Middle School.

While pursuing her education at Boise State University, Jenn danced with BSU's Mane Line Dance Team.  Jenn has taught and coached dance for the last 15 years and her choreography has won awards at the state and national level.  Jenn and Ashley opened Boise Dance Alliance in May of 2010 and feel very grateful to be a part of the southeast Boise community. Jenn is also one of the coaches for the Timberline High School Dance Team. She loves being able to give dancers the opportunity to compete and perform for their school at a varsity level.

Jenn and her husband, Ian, live in southeast Boise and love the community. Ian is the head football coach at Timberline High School. He and Jenn love being able to partner together to encourage and teach the youth in this community. They have one daughter, Adley. Jenn enjoys being a mom and feels so blessed that Adley gets to grow up surrounded by such positive, hardworking dancers to serve as her role models.

Ashley, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, received early training from Dancers’ Workshop in ballet and modern.  She attended summer intensives at Ballet West, Boston Ballet, and The Julliard School of Dance.  In 2009, Ashley earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University.

While attending BSU she performed and competed with the Boise State Mane Line Dance Team.  She also performed with the Idaho Stampede Dance Team for two years.  Ashley has been teaching and choreographing dance for 14 years and loves working with kids.  She is also proud to coach the Silver Legacy Dance Team at Timberline High School and has genuinely enjoyed working with the wonderful dance families in southeast Boise. Ashley and Jenn opened Boise Dance Alliance in May of 2010 and have felt so welcomed by this community.

Ashley is a proud firefighter wife to her husband, Josh, and they live in southeast Boise with their daughter, Layla and their loyal blue heeler. In their free time they enjoy mountain biking, hiking, camping, waterskiing and snow skiing. Ashley has incredible family support and feels so lucky that most of them live nearby.

BDA Teacher Ashley Maggard

Ashley Maggard

-Director-

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Alyssa Zeigler

Alyssa Zeigler

-Office Manager-

*5th year with BDA

Alyssa Zeigler has lived in Boise her whole life. She started dancing when she was three years old and started competing at the age of eight. She has trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap. Alyssa has traveled all over the northwest for conventions and competitions to continue her training. She went to high school at Timberline in Southeast Boise and was a four-year member of the Silver Legacy Dance Team and was captain her last two years.

Alyssa currently attends Boise State University and is studying multidisciplinary studies, graduating in May 2021 with her BA degree and will receive a certificate in Business and Leadership. Alyssa was a four-year member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Boise State and will graduate with Alumni Status from the sorority.

Alyssa lives in Eagle Idaho with her parents while she is finishing up her degree. She is currently the assistant coach of the Borah High School Dance Team.

Alyssa has a passion for teaching dance and working with children. You will see Alyssa's smiling face behind the front desk at BDA as well as in the studio teaching.

Meagan Ellis was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. She trained at Pat Harris School of Dance and then at Stars Dance Academy, eventually under the instruction of Lori Zechmann. Although Meagan trained in all styles, tap dancing quickly became her favorite. She has instructed tap classes at Boise Dance Alliance since 2010 and loves getting to know so many wonderful BDA dancers and their families.

Meagan resides in Boise with her husband, Levi, and their children, Rhetta and Jude. She also has a sassy Beagle named Delilah. She and her husband own the The North End Dog Walker, a dog walking and boarding company in North Boise.

Meagan is the Senior Director of Financial Development for the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. Aside from teaching dance, she spends her spare time serving on various non-profit boards. She loves to raise funds to better the community and is always looking for the next opportunity to make a difference.

BDA Teacher Meagan Ellis

Meagan Ellis

-Instructor-

*10th year with BDA

BDA Teacher Jordyn Roeser

Jordyn Roeser

-Instructor-

*8th year with BDA

Jordyn moved to Boise in the Fall of 2011 to attend Boise State University. She is originally from Spokane, WA and started dancing at the age of eight and instantly fell in love. She has danced for a variety of studios from all over the western United States as a result of her family being moved. Jordyn has had training in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary. Jordyn competed with her high school dance team for four years, winning several national titles!

Jordyn is a current third year member of the BSU Maneline Dance Team. Her favorite part is dancing on the blue turf, and getting to travel to away games to help cheer on the boys! She is an Elementary ed major and hopes to teach kindergarten or first grade when she graduates. She absolutely adores working with kids and loves sharing her passion for dance with others. In her spare time when she isn't attending school or dancing, she enjoys baking, riding bikes, traveling, and hanging out with her cat, Dobie.

Brittany grew up dancing in Boise, Idaho starting at the age of three. She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary and started competing at the age of 8. She continued her dancing at Timberline High School for four years. Brittany competed at many local, regional, and national competitions during this time. After graduation she was the assistant coach of the Timberline High School dance team for one season. Brittany then continued her dancing with the Boise State Mane Line Dancers for four years in college, where she loved cheering on the Broncos and competing at USA Nationals.

Brittany will be graduating with her BA in Elementary Education in the Spring of 2019. She is the current assistant coach of the Boise High Brave Sensation Dance Team and hopes to be teaching math at the high school upon graduation. Brittany loves sharing her passion for dance with the students at Boise Dance Alliance and hopes to continue to do so for a long time.

BDA Teacher Brittany Zeigler

Brittany Zeigler

-Event Manager and Instructor-

*6th year with BDA

BDA Teacher Katie Ponozzo

Katie Ponozzo

-Instructor-

*5th year with BDA

Katie was born and raised in northern Idaho, and studied dance at the University of Idaho with Festival Dance Academy. After moving to Boise to attend Boise State University Katie spent two years performing with Idaho Dance Theatre, one year with Stampede Spirit Dancers and two seasons with Drop Dance Collective. She currently dances and choreographs for Off Center Dance and will take over as artistic director starting fall 2016. Katie teaches ballet at Boise State University and is head of the dance department at College of Idaho, teaching jazz, ballet and rhythmic skills. She also directs the high school dance department at Idaho Fine Arts Academy, a public arts school in Eagle, ID. Along with performing and teaching dance, Katie also performs aerial silks with Red Light Variety Show and teaches aerial yoga/fitness at Ophidia Studio. Katie was the 2012 recipient of the independent artist grant from Idaho Commission of the arts for her dance piece "Ball Change". Katie graduated from Boise State University where she earned a BA in Theatre with dance emphasis, Cum Laude.

Brynn is from Phoenix, Arizona. She fell in love with Boise and Boise State from the first time she visited. Brynn has been cheering for 7 years, tumbling for 10 years, and is now a member of the Boise State Spirit Squad. She danced in middle school and high school, but cheering has been something that she's always loved. She is majoring in Criminal Justice with hopes of attending law school afterwards. A fun fact about Brynn is she was a competitive synchronized swimmer for 6 years and competed at national competitions including the Junior Olympics. She is so excited to teach acro this year and loves working with children.

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Brynn Toliver

Brynn Toliver

-Instructor-

*4th year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Elizabeth Mallam

Elizabeth Mallam

-Instructor-

*4th year with BDA

 

Elizabeth was born in Monterey, California and moved to Boise when she was two years old. She started competing at the age of seven in gymnastics then began dancing at BDA in 2013 and has loved it ever since. Elizabeth has trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, and contemporary, as well as competed as a member of Boise Dance Alliance's Company for five years. She has participated in multiple workshops such as Summer DanceFest at Boise State where she learned a variety of dance styles from well known choreographers.

Elizabeth will be a Sophomore in the Health Science department at Boise State University in the Fall. She hopes to eventually become a Pediatric Physical Therapist. She truly enjoys working with children and is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with them.

Riley Cardoza was born and raised in a small town called Manteca, California and moved to Idaho to attend Boise State University in 2015. She began dancing at the age of two, and started competing at the age of four. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Tap. After moving to college, she couldn't give up dance just yet, and was lucky enough to be on the Mane Line Dance Team. While cheering on the Broncos for two years, she has also competed at a national level.

Riley is currently working towards her degree in Business and Marketing, hoping to eventually go into Sports Marketing on day. She is very excited to share her passion and love for dance with the students at Boise Dance Alliance.

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Riley Cardoza

Riley Cardoza

-Instructor-

*3rd year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Kayla Cook

Kayla Cook

-Instructor-

*2nd year with BDA

Kayla Cook was born and raised in Cheyenne Wyoming. She started dancing at the age of three. She trained at En Avant Dance Studio in ballet, jazz and lyrical. Kayla also assisted with dance classes in high school. She competed with her high school dance team Thunderstruck for three years.

Kayla came to Boise to attend school but instantly fell in love with the area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University in 2016. She has taught both 1st and 2nd grade in the Boise area.  In her spare time Kayla enjoys reading, cooking and traveling. She is passionate about teaching and is excited to continue dancing.

Naomi grew up in Oregon City, Oregon and has been dancing since she was three years old. She trained in classical ballet and contemporary, and had the opportunity to perform in many full length classical ballets and original works. After receiving many opportunities at her home studio, Naomi was able to attend prestigious ballet intensives and competitions, such as YAGP in New York, and Ballet West’s summer intensive in Salt Lake, where she eventually studied as a trainee for a year.

In 2017 Naomi moved to Boise to dance with Ballet Idaho as a company member. Though dancing is her full-time job, she also loves to sew clothes and dancewear, and has enjoyed exploring her new city.

She is very excited to be joining BDA, and feels so lucky to be welcomed into such a kind, hardworking environment.

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Naomi Rux

Naomi Rux

-Instructor-

*2nd year with BDA

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Carissa Pinnix

Carissa Pinnix

-Instructor-

Carissa’s love for dance started in San Diego at the age of 3. She continued studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical and won numerous awards on the national level. Carissa then attended Sonoma State University on a dance scholarship.

Carissa trained with Dance Masters such as Alvin Ailey, and Alonzo King Lines, and performed in the ACDA Collegiate Gala. She also had the opportunity to tap with professional Greg Russel at a Dancers against Cancer benefit show. She studied Theatre Arts with a concentration in Modern dance and participated in workshops, Master Classes and all performance opportunities at the University. Carissa also competed all 4 years on the Sonoma State Dance team and grew a tap program at a local studio in Northern California.

After intense studies at Sonoma State University, Carissa returned home to continue her love of dance. She is the former director of Rêve Dance Conservatory in Orange County and finds her passion in teaching. Carissa recently taught as a teacher/choreographer in San Diego teaching for the Element Dance Center, and Edge Dance Academy, but has since relocated to Boise and is excited to continue her dance journey here. Carissa is excited to instill her love and passion for dance into all of her students.

Bio coming soon

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Rachel Banks

Rachel Banks

-Instructor-

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Kaylyn Heim

Kaylyn Heim

-Instructor-

Kaylyn Michele Heim has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She grew up in San Diego, California and moved to Boise to be a part of the Mane Line Dance Team. She is currently studying dual special and elementary education at BSU. Kaylyn has always had a love for children ever since she was little, which is why she chose the major that she did.

Kaylyn has trained in all sorts of styles of dance including; tahitian, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballet and tumbling.

One fun fact about Kaylyn is that her first name is a combination of her mom's middle name, Kay, and her aunt's first name, Lyn, and Kaylyn's middle name is spelt the same as her Nana's first name.

Kaylyn has loved every aspect of Boise since her move here and she enjoys attending BSU very much as well as teaching all of the amazing students at Boise Dance Alliance.

Shelbi just recently moved form Billings, MT to start college here at BSU. She’s studying kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science and hopes to one day help dancers with the importance of injury prevention, strengthening, and overall health. Shelbi started dancing when she was 3 years old and competitively when she was 9. She trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop at Movement Montana in Billings and had some amazing experiences there. She’s traveled to places like Denver and Houston for competitions such as Intrigue, Radix, JUMP, and many more. Some of her favorite choreographers she’s worked with include Teddy Forance, Chad McCall, Emily Shock, Giovanni Christian, Liz Imperio, and so many more. Shelbi is passionate about watching kids grow as dancers and people and helping them every step of the way. She is so excited to be a teacher here at BDA!!

Boise Dance Alliance Teacher Shelbi Soelter

Shelbi Soelter

-Instructor-