Director of Clogging/Competition Teams Instructor
Brandi started dancing at the age of three, and found a love for clogging at the age of five. During her youth she danced with the Wild West Cloggers, Steele Family Cloggers, and the Xtreme Power Teams from the Castleview School of Dance. In 1999 she joined CLOG AMERICA, an International Folk Dance Ensemble that represents the United States in folklore festivals around the world. Her travels with CLOG AMERICA have taken her across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. She is currently the assistant director for the group.
Brandi has won multiple individual and team Grand Champion awards. In 2002, after 10 years of consecutive high freestyle scores, she was inducted into the America on Stage All-American Hall of Fame. She currently serves as the Chairman for the All-American Program and Hall of Fame. She is also the promoter of The Utah State Clogging Championships and was co-director of the AAU Junior Olympic Games Clogging Competition.
Brandi started teaching clogging at the age of 16. In 1994 she became a certified member of the Center Stage National Faculty. This certification opened doors that allowed her to teach at workshops and dance camps throughout the western United States. She has taught at several studios in the Salt Lake Valley including Dance Attack and Castleview School of Dance. Brandi has been the Clogging Director of Starz Unlimited since 1998. Her Competition Clogging Teams have won multiple High Score and Overall Grand Champion Awards in competitions throughout Utah. She has been named a Director of The Year by America on Stage for the past 15 years.
When Brandi is not in the studio she is a Technology Specialist at Granite School District with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and an M.Ed.in Educational Technology.
Clogging Team Instructor
Erin has been dancing for 28 years and has been teaching for 19 years. Her areas of expertise include clogging, jazz, and ballet.
Growing up, Erin danced with The Castleview School of Dance, CLOG AMERICA, and various public school groups. She has performed around Europe, Korea,the United States and Mexico, and has also had the opportunity to perform in front of many 4 star generals.
Her past accomplishments include many individual and team Grand Championships as well as High School State Championships. Erin has been on again off again with ‘The Clog’ but it just keeps pulling her back to it time and time again. She says it just goes to prove that once you learn it, it’s a skill for life!
Clogging Class & Team Instructor
Liz is a Starz Unlimited alumni who has been dancing since the age of 11. She has a background in Clogging, Jazz, Lyrical, Cheer and Tumbling. She has been a member of several of Starz Unlimited’s National Champion teams, and has recently found her way back to the stage dancing with our Championship level Alliance team.
In 2002, Liz joined CLOG AMERICA, an International Folk Dance Ensemble that represents the United States in folklore festivals around the world. Her travels with CLOG AMERICA deepened her love of dance, and her desire to share the joy of it with others.
When she is not teaching, Liz enjoys spending time outdoors and going on backpacking adventures with her husband and two children. She is very active in her community and with her school’s PTA.
Liz will be teaching all of our recreational clogging classes, and our two Novice level clogging teams. She will also be working with our Advanced and Championship All-Around Soloists.
Clogging Team Instructor/A Capella Specialist
Austin is a National Champion clogger who has been dancing with Starz Unlimited since the age of 7. He is a member of the America on Stage All-Star All-American Team, and is a three time National MVP Male Freestyle finalist.
In 2013 Austin joined CLOG AMERICA, an International Folk Dance Ensemble that represents the United States in folklore festivals around the world. His travels with CLOG AMERICA have taken him to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and several different countries in Europe.
Austin’s other talents include tumbling, singing, and acting. He has had roles in several plays at Utah’s Hale Center Theater and has performed with many local Community Theater Groups.
Ballet Instructor & Program Director
Kristen started dancing at the age of seven after begging her mother repeatedly to sign her up for dance classes. She danced with LaRaes Thackeray at LaRae’s Dance Unlimited in Layton, Utah for eleven years where studied ballet, jazz, tap, Irish step and dance and was also a student teacher and substitute teacher.
While attending Southern Utah University, she performed with the Cedar City Junior Ballet for five seasons, where some of her favorite roles included that of the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty and the Winter Fairy in Cinderella. She was also a member of Orchesis, SUU’s modern dance club, and enjoyed numerous performing opportunities with them, as well as performing in the semi-annual dance department showcases. She graduated from SUU in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Dance Performance and Chemistry.
In Cedar City, Kristen also had the opportunity to teach ballet and Irish classes at The Point Dance Studio, and was a guest instructor at the Southern Utah Day of Dance.
Kristin has been dancing since the age of three. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, contemporary, and modern. Kristin was a student at Salt Lake Dance Center for 15 years. While there, she was a member of their competition team. She competed in many group routines, solos, as well as a trio. All of these routines received high awards, including: high gold, platinum, and first place/queen. Kristin was in this studio’s Christmas Show for a couple years where she soloed as Cinderella.
In 9th grade Kristin was on her Junior High’s dance company, where she choreographed various pieces. She was on Murray High School’s dance company for all three years of High School. For two of those years, she served as President. Kristin choreographed 18 numbers for this team. She was the MVP for dance at Murray High School in 2013 and the 2014 Sterling Scholar in dance.
Kristin graduated from Southern Utah University in 2018 as a Dance Performance Major. She was a member of SUU’s dance company entitle Orchesis Dance Company for 4 years. Kristin served as Orchesis Dance Comapny’s Historian, Vice President, and President. She also performed in various Student and Faculty Dance Concert. In Cedar City she taught at Dance Magic and Ballet School for four seasons.
Kristin is honored to be a member of Starz Unlimited’s Staff. She could not be more excited to get to share her admiration for dance with all of her students. She absolutely adores this art form and hopes to inspire others to dance and love it as much as she does.
Malisa started tumbling at the age of 9, and was a level 6 tumbler. Malisa was also a member a tumbling show team and performed with them at venues like the Festival of Trees and Utah Jazz Pre-Game shows.
Malisa has been teaching tumbling on and off for the last 8 years and also has experience in teaching and performing clogging. She has been involved with Starz since the age of 14, and is happy to be back “home’.
When she is not teaching tumbling, Malisa is a busy mom of two adorable girls, and she is also working on her degree at Salt Lake Community College.
Sheleena is from Cottonwood Heights Utah. She started dancing at the age of five, and loves to express herself through dance and music. Sheleena took classes in ballet/point, jazz, lyrical, tap, character, and hip pop. from Pulse 31, a private Ballet West instructor, and On Stage Studios. In High school, Sheleena was the President and Vice President of the Skyline Drill team where they placed in regional and in state competitions. In college Sheleena was the dance captain for 2 years and the president for 1 year of Southern Utah University Acclamation where she danced, sang and performed all over the United States. During her time at SUU, she earned the directors award and was nominated for performer of the year. Sheleena was also on the dance team at Southern Utah University where she performed for football games and school functions. Since then, Sheleena has been the assistant drill team coach at Skyline High School, taught at Ballet Academy, Stars Academy, Dance Illusion, and is now excited to start her journey here at Starz Unlimited. Sheleena specializes in Jazz, Lyrical, and technique and believes everyone has an art for expressing their self through dance. Sheleena also works as an Educational Consultant for Usborne Books, and is an independent Interior Designer.
Lyrical & Hip Hop Instructor
Erin has been actively involved in the Utah dance community since her youth. Her dance background includes; Creative Dance, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Social/Ballroom, Hip Hop, Tap, and Cultural Dance. Her performance experience includes guest appearances with Rire Woodbury Dane Company, Reperatory Dance Theater, Nanette Brodie Dance Theater and Notoriety Dance Company just to name a few. Erin was a founding member of Somnio Movement Artists, and was also a member of the University of Utah’s Performing Dance company where she received her B.F.A. in Modern Dance and a Masters of Arts in Teaching.
Erin’s teaching background is vast. She spent time as a technique teacher at studios throughout Utah including Creative Dance Academy, Linda Fenton Dance Studio, Children’s Ballet Theater, and Children’s Dance Theater. She has been a Master Teacher at Rire-Woodbury’s Step-Up program, and has been a guest choreographer at High Schools across the Salt Lake Valley. In 2013 Erin was one of the founding members of the Dance Teacher Exchange, education and performance company of working teachers. Erin currently teaches Dance and Yoga at Highland High School where she is also the Dance Company Advisor, Choreographer, and Performing Arts Chair.
From 2009 – 2014 Erin taught Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Creative Dance, Hip Hop and Tumbling at Starz Unlimited. She served on the board of directors and was active in planning courses, recitals, and studio policies.
Marisa Crowder was born and raised in Farmington, Utah where she started dancing at the age of nine at Expressions Dance. There Marisa trained and competed in styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Later, Marisa joined the Viewmont High School drill team and dance company for her last two years of high school where she studied styles such as military, jazz, and modern.
Marisa is now finishing up her last year at Utah Valley University getting a BFA in Modern Dance Performance. Marisa had received a Half Scholarship for the 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school year performing with Contemporary Dance Ensemble under the direction of her esteemed mentor Monica Campbell. Now she is a part of SALT Contemporary Dance’s new training company: Salt Pro. Marisa is now finding a love for teaching and working with students. She hopes to be able to continue teaching many different styles and get her Master’s in choreography.
Ruby grew up in Washington State and has been dancing for 17 years. Growing up she trained in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary at Turning Pointe Dance Academy and ballroom through Brigham Young University. She competed and placed in the Washington Spotlight dance Cup in 2010 and Dance Sport at Brigham Young University in 2014, 2016, and 2017. She began teaching and choreographing at the age of 13 in 2009 at Turning Pointe Dance Academy as well as at the local school district. Throughout the years Ruby has choreographed for pageants, dance competitions, and local events.
Ruby graduated with her B.S in Exercise and Wellness from Brigham Young University, and is a Health Coach and personal trainer when she isn’t teaching dance. While at Brigham Young University Ruby also continued studying dance and completed her medals tests in Latin and Standard ballroom. She hopes her ballroom students will come to enjoy dancing as much as she does.
Musical Theatre Instructor
Judy began dancing when she was 4 years old and performed in her first musical, The King and I, when she was 5 years old. She is trained in tap, ballet, jazz, clogging, MDT and folk dance. For 3 years Judy studied classical ballet in an intensive program at the School of Creative Arts in SLC. She performed multiple times in the Nutcracker with Mountain West Ballet and had a featured role in The Snow Queen with the U of U Ballet Department when she was just 14. While in high school Judy performed lead and supporting roles in each musical and school play that Murray High School offered. She was the 2-time State Debate Champion in Original Oratory and was a KSL/Deseret News Sterling Scholar State Finalist in Speech and Drama. She also had a blast performing for one summer in Lagoon’s Pioneer Village just after graduating from High School.
Judy auditioned for and was accepted into the Music Dance Theater Major at BYU Provo where she studied for 3 years. While at BYU she also trained danced with the BYU Folk Dance Ensemble for 3 years (this is where she learned to clog)! She loved the musical theater experiences she had as a teen and young adult performing on the Hale Center Theatre and Hale Center Theater Orem stages. She learned a great deal about musical theater from some incredible mentors and directors. Judy built on that knowledge and for 7 years she owned and operated her own dance studio, Dance for Joy! She taught tap, ballet and jazz and treasured the young students she came to know and love during that season of her life.
Judy counts herself very fortunate to have performed, choreographed, taught and directed on many stages in various venues including: BYU, Hale Center Theatre, Hale Center Theatre Orem, The Empress, Sugar Factory, Jordan School District, Murray City Arts, Sandy, Midvale, Bellevue Washington, Days of ’47 Inc., BSA, Lagoon and This is the Place Heritage Park. She currently enjoys being the director/choreographer for West Hills Musical at West Hills Middle School in West Jordan, and the guest choreographer for Copper Hills High School.
Judy is passionate about the performing arts and dearly loves teaching others, especially young people. She sees musical theater as a beautiful and empowering way to learn skills, gain confidence and have experiences that inspire a better way of life. We are thrilled to have her joining the team here at Starz Unlimited!