Meet our Teachers
Director & Instructor
Christina started dancing at the age of 3. Growing up, she studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Clogging, Turning Technique, Contemporary/Lyrical, and Character dance, and danced across the U.S. and Europe in touring companies. Later, she danced and competed with the UVSC Ballroom Team where they took 1st at the International Blackpool Competition. She transferred to BYU and became the only student in BYU's Folk Dance history (before or since) to make the "Top-Ten Couple Team" her first semester. Christina received the coveted Pardoe Dance Scholarship given to only one student per year, and was awarded "Most Outstanding Dancer" by BYU's faculty.
Twelve years ago, Christina opened Corner Dance Studio in the basement of her home in Lindon because she wanted to be her daughter's first dance teacher.
Jazz & Technique Instructor
My name is Laci Brewer and I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I have been trained in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop by Rhonda Sevey-Wood who owns Nexus Dance—a convention and competition dance company. At age 16 I started teaching for Rhonda at the Utah Academy Dance Studio and was dance captain of the Senior Company for 2 years. After my high school graduation, I performed with the Tanzsommer Innsbruck group in Europe dancing in Austria and touring Italy and Germany. I have worked as a dance instructor and choreographer at several studios around Utah and I have choreographed dances that have won awards.
Currently I work for Nexus Dance, teach and choreograph for Corner Dance Studio, am a Speech Language Pathologist, am married and am a mother of 3. Dancing is an art that develops a person physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I truly love what I do and want to share that with the dancers I teach. I hope to instill in my dancers the team effort, confidence, ownership and work ethic it takes to be a successful person in whatever they choose to do in life.
Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary & Technique Instructor
Aloha! My name is Amber, and I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I love to dance and started dancing at the age of three. From hula, jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop and more dance has been part of my foundation ever since I could walk. I have danced competitively for 14 years and have won many titles with my team throughout the United States. I wanted to develop my dance skills even more, so I started teaching and choreographing and have been loving it for the past five years. I’m so excited to start teaching at Corner Dance and help each of you grow your passion for dance!
Hi I’m Nicole! I’ve been clogging for 19 years, competing for 17 and teaching for 12! When I was four I asked my mom to put me in dance and after a year of doing jazz I asked if I could finally clog and never looked back! I have performed in Disneyland, Seaworld, Las Vegas, Stadium of Fire and Branson Missouri with the award winning team Rocky Mountain Premeire.
I love the lessons you learn in studio and performing, being a part of a team and the friendships that develop over the years. Nothing makes me more happy then when a dancer comes to me and has “grasped” the concept, what a fulfilling moment! I’m excited to teach those who are returning and get to know those who are new!
Ballet, Jazz & Tap Instructor
Melly Gary-Peterson is from Snohomish, Washington. Her tap training began in 2015 as a freshman at BYU, where she enrolled in as many dance classes as she could.
She has since tap danced with BYU Tap Club, Rhythm Nation Tap Company, and Percussive Footwork Ensemble, where she has been able to train in advanced technique from fellow dancers, learn and perform many exciting numbers, and choreograph tap dances of her own for the stage. She has also set choreography at/taught at UVU Tap Company, Utah Tap Fest, as well as other dance studios. She has trained as a teacher and dancer under Wendi Isaacson, assisting in teaching her beginning tap classes at BYU. She also has a Master’s in Education from WGU and teaches 6th grade at Aspen Elementary. She loves to snuggle her cat and dance with a kpop cover team.
Tap, Jazz & Contemporary Instructor
Mikenzie is entering her senior year in Dance Education at BYU and her second year on BYU’s Young Ambassadors. Recently she performed in Hello Dolly at the Hale Centre Theater in Sandy and Thank You For The Music at The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, with BYU YAs! Some of her favorite performance opportunities include being a Jewish son in BYU’s Fiddler on the Roof production, a dance special in Sundance’s production of Footloose, and a dancing concubine in The Book of Mormon Videos. She has also performed and taught on the Ballroom Dance Ensemble I and Kinnect Dance Company during her time at BYU. Before her collegiate training, Mikenzie attended Booker T Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas, and trained at Prodigy Dance Centre in Frisco, Texas, where she worked with many renowned choreographers and performed in competitions and festivals across the country receiving many accolades. Mikenzie continues to enjoy learning and growing, congruent with her passion for teaching. She is highly trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, ballroom, tap, and hip-hop and looks forward to teaching at Corner Dance Studio this year!
Brynn is from Springville, Utah, and has been dancing since the age of two. She grew up training in ballet, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, tap and lyrical. She also was on her high school drill team and dance company throughout high school. Brynn is currently studying Dance Education at Brigham Young University, where she is able to take classes with a focus on contemporary, ballet and anatomy. She is set to graduate in 2024. At BYU Brynn has had the chance to be on BYU's performing team, Kinnect, an educational outreach program that travels to schools around Utah performing and teaching. She has been teaching for the last few years and even had an opportunity to go back and coach for her old high school drill team. Brynn has a huge passion for dance and can't wait to share her love of dance with everyone she meets! "Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order." - Samuel Beckett
Tom Durham is a hip hop dancer, instructor, and choreographer. As a teacher, he combines fun exploration with a disciplined approach to fundamentals. He has trained in urban dance, breaking, popping, animation, ballroom, cabaret, ballet, jazz, tumbling, parkour, martial arts, media production and music. With this broad background he's able to add storytelling and innovation to his choreography, pleasing performances, as well as growth opportunities for his students. As a dancer, he's competed and performed in numerous venues, including being featured in an Alex Boyé video, and he's an intense participant in the local breaking scene. You can see his dynamic freestyling and experimental work in his growing online dance channel. Tom loves unlocking the power of dance with students and collaborators.
Jazz, Ballet, Tap & Hip-Hop Instructor
My name is Ashten Miller. I started dancing when I was eight years old. When I turned 14 I started dancing competitively with a dance studio. In high school I danced on three dance teams, two high school teams and one private studio on their Senior Company. I have trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary and pointe. During my competitive dance training I earned the award for most improved dance student of the year and the next year I was awarded dancer of the year. In 2021 I was awarded Sterling Scholar dance scholarship. While I was in high school I had the opportunity to be a teacher assistant and started teaching dance right after graduation. I love teaching dance! I love my job as a dancer teacher and I am so excited to be at Corner Dance Studio.
Katie began her ballet training under the tutelage of Jennifer Barlow, Attila Ficzere, Jamie Butler and Yi Qi Cheng at Barlow Arts Conservatory.
She later attended the University of Utah ballet department where she was a recipient of the Willam F. Christensen scholarship and advanced track scholarship entry for the programs high school submission. Katie completed her BFA – ballet emphasis from Utah Valley University. While at UVU Katie performed as member of the Repertory Ballet Ensemble under the direction of Mark Borchelt, Nichole Ortega and Heather Gray. This awarded her the opportunity to perform soloist and demi soloist in many classical and contemporary works.
Additional performing and training credits, includes intensives and master workshops at Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Regional Dance America, Hale Center Theater Orem and Hale Centre Theatre. Katie is certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique program and just entered her tenth year of teaching.