BIOGRAPHY

Janalyn Memmott

Dance Artistic Chair

Janalyn Memmott began her career as a championship baton twirler winning over 60 trophies and many titles.  She studied ballet with Jacqueline Colledge and performed with the Utah Youth Ballet (currently Utah Regional Ballet).  In High School she lettered in debate and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Brigham Young Univeristy on academic and talent scholarships and performed with BYU Theatre Ballet for six seasons and The Dancers' Company for one as she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Ballet.  After receiving her Master's Degree in Dance Performance, she performed with Utah Contemporary Dance Theatre (currently Odyssey Dance Theatre), and was featured in the video "Saturday's Warrior" as well as Industrials and T.V. Specials.  She was also a dancer for the Utah Jazz and performed in the 1993 All-Star Game.  During this time she directed BYU Theatre Ballet Youth Artist Program for five years and was an instructor in the BYU Ballet Department for 9 years.  She also taught jazz and developed the ballet program for The Dance Club in Orem, UT where she was and instructor for 20 years and at Center Stage Performing Arts for 15 years.  Janalyn is currently Dance Academy Director at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts in American Fork.  She is an instructor at Aspire Dance Academy and works with the award winning Ethos Dance Project.  She is also a freelance teacher and choreographer traveling throughout the United States, including Hawaii.  She has received numerous choreography wards including two prestigious National Critic's Choice Awards from New York City Dance Alliance and was instrumental in Center Stage winning 2012 Studio of the Year.