Mission

 

Janet's philosophy of dance is one of careful technical training and the development of an educated appreciation for the arts.   Not everyone will choose to perform, but should a student desire to audition for a professional production in theater, dance, Disney or a cruise ship, they should be adequately prepared.  To give a successful audition in the jazz and musical theater arts, BALLET is a necessity and is required study for our students. Janet is confident that her attention to careful and consistent technical training works because her students continue to have success in the professional entertainment industry.
 

Dance Benefits:  Dance education enables the student to use and practice the seven major human intelligences identified by Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard.  These are visual-spatial, musical, verbal, logical/mathematical, interpersonal (relationship with others), intrapersonal (knowledge of self), and kinesthetic.  Studies indicate that an individual's emotional intelligence and confidence increase with dance training.  We also give the students the tools and choreographic devices necessary for the student to express their artistry through dance.

 

The Janet Gray Studio offers the opportunity of taking master classes with professional, working dancers:

 

Christopher Ruud - Principal Dancer,Ballet West; Dir., Ruudddances

 

Elyse Niederee - National Tour Elf the Musical, Dancer/Singer Norwegian Cruise Lines, NYC Broadway Dance Center

 

Annie Breneman: - Soloist with Ballet West

 

Naomi Kakuk - The Producers, The Frogs (Broadway); Spamalot, Cats, Annie Get Your Gun (National A.E.A. Tours), NYC Radio City Rockettes; The Producers (Film)

 

Repertory Dance Theater Company - Several dancers with RDT have been guest teachers.

 

Rosie Banchero - University of Utah and SLCC Dance Faculty; created her style AfroModJazz Hop; Wofa Afro Fusion Dance, Dir.

 

Jacob ben Widmar - Mary Poppins National Broadway Tour

 

Kate Crews Linsley - Soloist Dancer, Ballet West

 

Richard Hinds - "Come From Away," "Newsies," Broadway; "Fosse," National Tour