Suzie Balser, Owner & Artistic Director for Dance
Suzie graduated from BYU with a BFA in Music Dance and Theatre where she performed as a Young Ambassador and won the Theatre Department’s award for Best Supporting Actress and an Irene Ryan Nomination for Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me. Acting credits include Aheh in Sunfish at the New York ASCAP foundation musical theatre workshop with Stephen Schwartz, Stephanie in the New York production of Katie Thompson and Patrick Livingston’s R.R.R.E.D., Sophie in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia!, Nellie Forbush in Tuacahn’s South Pacific, Molly in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, Laurie in Oklahoma!, Maude in Funny Girl, Lorena Bobbit in Odyssey’s Thriller, and Demeter in CATS. In addition to the stage, Suzie can be seen in local and national commercials. In conjunction with performing Suzie has taught music, dance, and theatre around the country. While at BYU, Suzie was a student teacher in the dance department. She has also instructed at institutions such as BYU Childrens’ Creative Dance, Encore Academy, Musical Theater in Las Vegas as well as the West Orange, New Jersey Metrowest JCC Theater Arts Program. Most recently, Suzie has taught as adjunct faculty at Western Wyoming Community College Department of Theatre and Dance where she directed Flowers for Algernon and choreographed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Desert Dance Company. Last summer, Suzie was the Assistant Director of Tuacahn’s production of Grease and was on the creative team for the Nauvoo Historical Pageant in Nauvoo, IL. Suzie is also a member of the Actors Equity Association.
Tyne Crockett, Dance Academy Director (American Fork)
yne Crockett began her dance career studying ballet, jazz and contemporary through local studios and summer intensive workshops in Utah and California. She continued her dance education at Utah Valley University, majoring in Modern Dance. There, she was a member of the nationally ranked UVU Dance Team. In 2007, she completed a Disney College Program, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, in the Entertainment Department. There she was cast in the Power Ranger street show and the ‘Celebrate the Season’ Castle show. Tyne served as Choreographer for Nebo School District for 10 years, where she choreographed 10 full musicals, as well as the Director of the Jazz Department at Academy of Ballet for 4 years, where she choreographed over 30 original pieces. Tyne was Director of Athena Dance Company in Orem, Utah, where she had 2 original pieces filmed and entered in dance film festivals throughout the West, one being selected for Honorable Mention. This led to further career ambitions in dance film and in 2014, she teamed with Karen Jensen of BYU and founded the Utah Dance Film Festival, where she currently serves as Director. She also founded Downtown Provo’s event, MOVE: A 24-Hour Film Competition and Salt Lake City’s newest dance workshop series, ‘Action,’ premiering in 2017. Her freelance choreography is featured in many dance films, music videos, and musical theater productions throughout Utah, including SCERA productions in Orem. Choreography credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, High School Musical Jr., Anything Goes, My Favorite Year, Hello, Dolly!, Hazy (film), Erosion (film), and Footloose: The Musical. Recent performing credits include Ensemble in Mary Poppins and Francesca in West Side Story, both at SCERA. Tyne has a passion for teaching and assisting students to find the true artist within. She is excited to be on the COPA team!
Robyn Lenker, Dance Academy Director (Draper)
Robyn is a classically trained ballerina with expertise in the Vagnova and Ceccheti Methods. She also received years of extensive training in: Jazz , Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Character, Flexibility, Flamenco, Russian, Cheer and Tumbling. She is a certified Xtend Barre, Mat Pilates and Hot Pilates Instructor. Robyn discovered her love of performing at a young age when she was chosen for the UNLV Starlet Dance Comapny, where she performed at UNLV basketball and football games, as well as the NCAA Final Four Championship. She studied nearly a decade at Studio One in Las Vegas, under the direction of the renowned Inez Mourning. Inez is well known throughout the country for her strong technical emphasis and effective teaching style, and for producing well- rounded dancers. Inez remains a friend and mentor of Robyn’s to this day. Robyn had the opportunity to study under ballet greats such as: Clarence McDorman, Cynthia Gregory, Susan Stroman, J’acques d’Amboise, and the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. Upon moving to Utah Robyn became a NBA dancer for the Utah Jazz. She danced and choreographed for the Jazz dancers and was chosen for an elite deligation that performed internationally on the behalf of the NBA. Robyn is a devoted mother of 7 children who has continued to enjoy teaching and choreographing at various dance studios throughout the Wasatch Front over the last 15 years. She is often called upon to teach advanced classes and private lessons.
Lindsay Folkman, Instructor
Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in World Dance and Modern Dance, as well as being awarded various Dance Department honors which included Dancers’ Choice, Excellence in Teaching, and the Cherrill Brown Liptak Citation (“awarded to one who through dancing will give and receive joy as well as inspire others to dance”). Lindsay has established and coordinated Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap programs with ballet schools throughout Utah Valley, as well as direct studio companies that would fine tune her choreographic voice. While with Classical Ballet Academy (2009-2014), Lindsay directed the studio Contemporary program and served as resident choreographer for the premiere pre-professional company, Provo Civic Ballet. There she created four full contemporary ballets: “Hansel & Gretel: The Revision” (2010); “Ballet Cirque”(2011); “The Land of Oz” (2012), and “Pinocchio: Awake My Soul”(2014). Her repertoire work with Provo Civic Ballet earned attention at dance festivals and competitions – including “Judges Choice” at the Utah Dance Festival (2012, 2013, 2015), and “Outstanding Choreographer” for her solo and ensemble pieces participating in the world renowned Youth America Grand Prix (2013). Most recently Lindsay Folkman has been awarded the prestigious honor of Utah’s Best of State Choreographer in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Lindsay continues setting both her new and restaged contemporary repertoire at festivals and competitions for dance studios, high school dance companies, and competitive soloists throughout Utah. With her extensive training in various genres, and her firm belief in “teaching you will learn”, Lindsay has created for herself a signature fusion of eclectic and visionary movement, collaborating with students in diverse individual style and emotionally-charged artistic freedom.
Katy Crowley, Instructor
Katy has been dancing and doing gymnastics since she was 5. She spent several years competing in gymnastics and was on her High School’s Varsity Gymnastics team. She decided to pursue a career in dance when she began college, and has since graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. Her emphasis is in Contemporary dance, but she is also trained in jazz, hip hop, and ballet. During her time at BYU she was able to choreograph and perform for their contemporary dance team Dancensemble. She performed in the show “YOU” by Graham Brown, a full length contemporary work. She also had the opportunity to work with BYU Professor Caroline Prohosky on a Dance Film as Assistant Producer. This past year she has taught at several dance studios in the Utah Valley, teaching ballet, hip hop, and tumbling. She has always had a passion for dance and choreography, and is excited to begin teaching hip hop at COPA this year.
Ceriah Tedjamulia, Instructor
Ceriah was born and raised in Utah County. At age fifteen she moved to Houston, Texas to study with the Houston Ballet Academy where she was later promoted as a member of the main company. While dancing with Houston Ballet, Ms. Tedjamulia performed works by renowned choreographers such as Stanton Welch, Jiri Kylian, Anthony Tudor, and Twyla Tharp. After six years with the Houston Ballet she moved across the country to dance with the Nevada Ballet Theater. In 2010 she was introduced to the GYROTONIC EXPANSION STSTEM®, which began her study and passion for intelligent movement. Now as a certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor, Ms. Tedjamulia brings her understanding of cross-training and biomechanics to support young dancers in well-rounded, foundational training.
Lindsey Brown, Instructor
As a teacher, Ms. Brown has trained under the tutelage of Finis Jhung, Maria Vegh, Beverly Spells, and American Ballet Theatre where she holds a Level 1 teaching certification. She brings a unique perspective to the studio, seeking to develop the whole individual and create artists from the inside out. Her students know that anyone, regardless of their body type, can achieve their goals in dance with vision, hard work, and accountability. Ms. Brown has over 14 years of teaching ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and strength training. She has developed a body alignment workshop designed to help students of all ages develop a deeper understanding of their own bodies, thereby creating a solid foundation of technique. Ms. Brown, as a ballet director, was responsible for developing a growing Nutcracker production from a cast of 150 dancers to 3 casts of 300 dancers. Her expertise shaped a sound ballet pointe program at a jazz based studio and created two pointe performing companies. Ms. Brown has also directed, staged, and choreographed productions such as La Bayadere, Le Corsaire Pas de Trois Des Odalisques, Swan Lake, Paquita, Cinderella, and Snow White.
Breann Johnson, Instructor
Breann has been dancing ever since she was 3 years old. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she trained at Bunker Dance Center. Breann trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop. She was trained in hip-hop from ages 12-18 by the renowned couple, Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo, choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance. Breann attended Brigham Young University–the college of her dreams, where she was a member of the BYU Cougarettes. While a member of the Cougarettes, they won N.D.A. Nationals in ’06 and ’07. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education. Breann performed at Tuacahn (where she met Mindy) in 2007 in the ensemble of My Fair Lady, Cinderella, and 42nd Street. She also performed at Pioneer Theatre Company in the ensemble of White Christmas. Other credits include Ziegfeld: Janet Van de Graaf, Drowsy Chaperone; Centerpoint: Tiger Lily, Peter Pan; Minnie Fay, Hello Dolly; Hale: ensemble, Drowsy Chaperone. Breann has her black belt in Chun Kuk Do and is a member of Chuck Norris’ United Fighting Arts Federation. Most importantly, she is married to Taylor and is a mommy to her 4 year old son, Jence and 1 year old daughter, Sutton. Breann loves teaching and is beyond thrilled to be a part of Utah COPA!
Heidi McGrath, Instructor
Heidi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance at Brigham Young University in April 2015. She received numerous awards and scholarships during her time at BYU, and she was chosen to represent the Dance Department by performing in the convocation ceremony for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. As a member of one of BYU’s top performing companies, Contemporary Dance Theatre, she was able to tour and perform on many stages all over the continental United States, as well as in China and throughout Europe. She loves all styles of dance, so she is highly trained in multiple genres. Heidi spent time performing with a tap company called Foot Poetry, and she spent many years competing International Latin Ballroom Dance. Heidi has trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and she has worked closely with acclaimed professionals all over the world including Peter Chu, Loni Landon, and Ihsan Rustem, to name a few. She currently dances professionally in Utah with Salt Contemporary Dance, directed by Michelle Nielsen. More than anything, she loves people. She loves learning and interacting with others, and she is very grateful for all of the amazing people and opportunities in her life.
Brooke Brim, Instructor
Brooke is from Southern Utah and began performing and teaching at a young age. She has a degree from the University of Utah in English Literature and Theatre and holds a certificate in acting from American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. While obtaining her degree she continued four years of intensive vocal training with Mindy Robbins. She has studied dance in New York, San Francisco and Utah. Her love for performing began at the age of five when she first began dancing and has always known she wanted to teach. She began teaching dance and musical theatre at the age of 16 and has loved being a part of developing her students. Her students have gone onto obtain a Off-Broadway role with Tony Award winning producer of Kinky Boots, obtain talent agents in the Washington DC area and perform regionally in theatre. She has taught dance and musical theatre in Utah and the greater Washington DC area. Her many rewarding opportunities working in theatre include ensemble roles in My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls at Tuacahn. Other roles include, Jane in Vieux Carre, Hannah Mae in A Coupla White Chicks Sittin’ Around Talking at American Conservatory Theatre. Her theme park experience includes, Zombie Mambo at Lagoon. She has choreographed for the Tuacahn pre-show and has been featured in vocal performance and dance. She is excited to be at home in beautiful Utah and excited to be a part of the creative process at Utah COPA!