Meet the Faculty!

Carol Fipps

Established Owner since 1996

Carol is originally from Los Angeles, California where she graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and has also earned her degree in Secondary Education from Cal Poly Pomona.

After college, Carol pursued her dance/ choreography career in the entertainment industry working with icons such as Michael Jackson, James Brown, Garth Brooks and the Beach Boys.  

She was a 6 year member of the NBA Los Angeles Clipper Spirit Dance Team, and was the Founder and Director for the CBA Idaho Stampede Dance Team. Carol was also a faculty member at Walnut High School in Southern California, Skyview HS in Nampa, Idaho, and Eagle HS in Eagle, Idaho where she has brought in State and/or National titles. 

Carol has earned numerous awards for her work with Studio C. Most recently Studio C was awarded the Most Well Rounded Studio at the 2018 JUMP Dance Convention. Carol served as an Ambassador for the NY and CA Dance Teacher Summit.  Carol is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, Level 1 and Level 2 mUv MethodAcrobatic Arts, Pilates and Easy Flexibility. Carol is happily married, and has 3 wonderful children in college. 

Sarah Gabbard

Born and raised in Liverpool UK.
Began training at Chiltern Stage School, Liverpool UK under Colette Fenlon.
At 15 she won a scholarship to The Legat School of Classical Ballet where she was lucky enough to dance the role of Odette in Act 2 Of Swan Lake.
At 17  Sarah was offered a full scholarship to train at the newly founded Manche Academie De Danse Classique in Normandy France. Training under Royal Ballet trained teachers David Picken and Tina Young. She spent 4 years there, during which time Sarah gained her Associate certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance, London UK (ARAD)
Sarah's first professional engagement was at the age of 21 with Wiener Ballet Theatre in Switzerland. Whilst there she danced classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker and many other classical excerpts.
At 23 she joined the world renowned, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “ Phantom Of The Opera “ in Hamburg Germany. Sarah was fortunate to be a Swing dancer, cover the role of Meg Giry  and ultimately became Dance Captain for the Hamburg production. 
In 2001 she worked as a ballet teacher for Liverpool Theatre School. Also during that year Sarah married her husband Dave Gabbard an American. She then moved to Boise Idaho on January 1st 2002. In 2006 Sarah became a dual citizen of both USA and UK. She has lived here since and has 2 beautiful children Mila and Liam. 
In the fall of 2002  Sarah began teaching ballet for Studio C. Currently Sarah is in her 17th year teaching for Studio C. Sarah is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and Pilates. Sarah feels so fortunate to be working with such a wonderful cohesive faculty and many wonderful students. 

Laila Hardman

Laila has distinguished herself in the field of choreography, teaching and judging for many years.  She has choreographed for commercials, televised NFL and NBA half time shows, trade and fashion shows and has been awarded over 30 choreography awards. Laila was also nominated for a Heartland Emmy award for a commercial she choreographed for Starz/Encore.  She danced and served as a dance captain for the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders and has choreographed for the Denver Nuggets and Denver Bronco Cheerleaders.  She has been seen on Extreme Makeover UK as part of the “Dream Team” and patented “Air Guitar Aerobics” in Europe.  She has judged all over the United States and the United Kingdom.

 Laila served as a private dance coach for several Disney Mickey Mouse Club members, most notably Justin Timberlake.  Some of her former dancers can be seen on Broadway as well as in music videos, commercials, on NBA and NFL dance teams, and on tour with artists such as Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.  Laila worked as the Associate Artistic Director for the award winning Starstruck Dance Academy in Denver, Colorado, was the founder of Extreme Dance London as well as London Dance Project located in London, England.  She was a teacher for Pineapple studios in London, and was the former owner and founder of The Dance Project SLC in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  She is currently the owner and director of the professional dance company “Uraban Fairytalez” in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 Laila is a ERYT 200 hour certified yoga instructor and is currently continuing her education in a 300 hour program.  She is an avid practitioner of yoga and Pilates for over 20 years and she also holds certifications in mUvmethod, biomechanics and mat Pilates. 

Shana Kitrell

Shana Kittrell has been dancing her entire life, starting at the age of three in Boise Idaho. She has always been passionate and had a love for dance at an early age. Shana was captain of the Timberline High School dance team and was Miss Dance Idaho 2003. Shana attended Boise State University where she was a Maneline dancer.  After college Shana danced under the direction of Jaime Moore and was captain of the, Boise Burn Hotshots. Shana has had the opportunity to teach and coach at various studios and high schools all over the valley, including her own alumni Timberline High School as head coach bringing home their first national title.

Shana is currently a barre3 instructor and Studio manager at barre3 Eagle. Shana and her husband live in Meridian, ID. They have two sassy little girls ages 5 and 3 who are already dancing all over the house. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary studies with and emphasis in leadership, from Boise State University.  Shana is so excited to continue her teaching career with Studio C!

Christina Loper

Christina began her dance training at the age of four. She has been a member of the Pre-Professional Focus Dance Ensemble and the Studio C Dance Ensemble. 

She was also a member the Platinum Dancers at Idaho Arts Charter and the Capital Golden Girls. She has won the title of Miss ISI and a 2x title winner of Miss PNW.

While pursuing her Physical Education degree at Boise State University, Christina danced with the Mane Line Dance Team and recently made the Idaho Horseman Indoor Football Dance Team the Lady Spurs. She continues to teach and choreograph for various teams and is excited to be coaching at her alma mater Capital High School. 

When Christina isn't dancing or teaching she loves to spend time with her family. 

Kimberly Markus

Kimberly is a graduate of Boise State University with a Biology degree and a minor in Chemistry and has also earned her degree in Secondary Education. While attending Boise State she was a 4 year member and Dance Captain of the BSU Maneline Dancers, and had the honor of going to the Aloha Bowl. Kimberly also served as an instructor and adjudicator for the United Spirit Association for 7 years and has taught dance in Hawaii, California, Texas, Utah, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Kimberly has also coached for high school teams in the treasure valley such as Capital HS and at Centennial HS. She is most recognized for her many accomplishments as a coach for the National Championship Centennial High School Sweet Liberty Dance Team. For 18 years she has had a military routine place in the Top 2 spots at USA Nationals and has a daughter who has danced on the BYU Cougarettes. 

Kimber has been a faculty member at Studio C since 1997 and she teaches many Fairytale and Baby Bop classes along with the Studio C Company dancers. Her performing groups have earned numerous High Score awards and she has received Outstanding Choreography awards. Kimber is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique

“Miss Kimber” is adored by her many students due to her love for her students and her amazing ability to communicate to her students at their level. She is happily married and a mother of 6 amazing children.

Tori Markus

Tori Gee started dancing when she was 3 years old at Studio C Academy of Dance in Boise, Idaho.  She has trained in several different styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip hop, and some gymnastics.  She has competed in several competitions throughout the Northwest receiving several high placement awards and scholarships.  Tori has had several performing opportunities throughout Idaho including the Paul Mitchell Hair Show.  She also competed for two years on her high school drill team, winning state and national titles both years she competed with them.

 

Tori attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  She danced with the BYU Cougarettes for three years from 2013-2016.  Tori performed in several events with the Cougarettes including Dancing Under the Stars, Cougarettes in Concert, BYU Homecoming Spectacular, Utah State Drill competitions, Miss Drill Utah pageant, several charity events, and more.  While on Cougarettes, her team won 4 National titles in the Dance and Hip Hop divisions.  She also had the opportunity to serve as an officer for the Cougarettes.  Tori graduated from BYU with a degree in Exercise and Wellness.

 

Tori has worked closely with many choreographers including Karl Mundt, Shandon Perez, Alan Salazer, Jaci Royal, Bree Hafen, Travis Wall, Denise Wall, Tessaundra Chavez, Ade Obayomi, Tony Czar, Jaymz Tuaileva, Johanna Sapapkie, Sabrina Phillips, and many more.

 

Tori has taught and done master classes at several studios throughout Utah including Artistic Dance Project and Aspire Dance Academy.  She is excited to finally be back home in Boise teaching at Studio C!

Camille Martinez

Camille Martinez started dancing when she was 3 years old and is trained in jazz, ballet and tap. She has had the opportunity to train at many dance studios in the Boise area, as well as numerous camps and conventions around the country. She has also had many exciting performance opportunities at Disneyworld, Disneyland, the Rose Bowl Stadium and on the Big Red Boat. 

Camille has been a member of many studio performance/competitive teams, was captain of the Eagle High School Edge Dance Team, and was a 3-year member of Boise State’s National Champion Maneline Dance Team.  She was the head coach of Borah High School’s dance team in 2004.  She started teaching at the age of 17 and has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop to all ages, ranging from 3 years old to adult.  Camille loves teaching dance and being a part of the Studio C family. 

Camille has a degree in accounting from Boise State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Camille lives in Eagle with her husband and four beautiful children.  

Kiku Reidhead

Kiku grew up in Boise, and trained right here at Studio C Academy of Dance. She graduated from Centennial High School, where she was a 3-year member and captain of the nationally acclaimed Sweet Liberty Dance Team. She was crowned Miss Idaho State Invitational and Miss PNW in 2005, and competed and placed as a team member and soloist in various competitions over the years. Kiku went on to dance while a student at Brigham Young University as a member of the International Folk Dance Team, Hip Hop Team, and as a member of a professional performing company, Journey. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She has been a dance teacher in Utah, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho over the past 15 years, and choreographed for various studios and groups during that time. Kiku's passion is teaching both young people and adults in helping them grow their abilities and become stronger versions of themselves. She is also a certified fitness instructor who teaches barre, yoga, pilates, and dance fitness. Kiku just completed her Level 1 and Level 2 mUv Method certification.

Krissy Swallow

Krissy has had a love for dance since she was little and started dancing at age seven. She has trained in jazz, hip hop and ballet. She grew up in Boise and graduated from Centennial High School where she was a 3 year member of the nationally ranked Sweet Liberty Dance team. As a senior she served as captain of the dance team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University where she continued training in jazz and also found a love for ballroom. She has had the opportunity to be involved in choreographing and teaching over 500 youth for the Paramount Stake Dancefest, the youth cultural celebration for the Boise LDS temple and also the youth cultural celebration for the Meridian LDS temple. Krissy has enjoyed being a member of the Studio C faculty for the past 14 years and especially loves working with the little ones. She is happily married and has stayed busy raising five children, three of which are daughters, who also love to dance! She’s loved being involved in their training and watching her oldest go on to dance for the BYU Cougarettes. 

Kelsey Tanner

Kelsey Tanner was a member of the company at Studio C Academy of Dance as well as Centennial High School's Sweet Liberty Dance Team where as captain and soloist, she was crowned Miss Idaho State Invitational 2006. After high school, she trained at Brigham Young University where she also earned a B.A. in History. In addition to her studies, she was a member of Expansion Dance Company in its inaugural season under the direction of Emmy Award-winnning choreographer, Bonnie Story. Kelsey danced in multiple shows with Odyssey Dance Theater of Salt Lake City, performed in Austria with Young! Tanzsommer, and was a featured dancer in Disney's "High School Musical 3."

She earned her M.A. in Dance from Texas Woman's University, and presented her work researching the roles of competition and creativity in the private studio setting. As part of her studies she developed a 4-session workshop to introduce competition dance students to improvisation, composition, and choreography. 

Kelsey has been back "home" for two years and loves teaching at Studio C. In addition to her work at the studio, she teaches master classes, certified in Acrobatic Arts, choreographes for studios and dance teams, judges for high school competitions, and is part of the faculty at Nexus Dance, where she teaches at conventions throughout the West. 

Heidi Wilson

Heidi Wilson has had a love for dance ever since the age of five when she began her first dance lesson. She grew up in Boise and graduated from Centennial High School, where she was a three year member of the nationally ranked Sweet Liberty Dance Team.  While serving as team captain during her senior year, Heidi competed and placed in many solo competitions at the State, Regional, and National levels.  She was crowned Miss Pacific Northwest in 2003.

Heidi continued her dance career during college as a three year member of the nationally ranked Boise State Mane Line Dance Team.  She graduated from Boise State in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  

From 2004-2008, Heidi coached the Centennial High Sweet Liberty Dance Team.  Heidi had the opportunity to choreograph many competition routines for the team, nine of which took 1st place championship titles at USA Dance Nationals.  Sweet Liberty was the first 5A dance team to be crowned state champions in 2006.  Heidi continued to help with their winning streak of three consecutive years as state champs, until she stopped coaching after the 2007-2008 season.  At the end of her coaching career, Heidi was named the ICDC Coach of the Year.  Heidi still enjoys choreographing for high school teams and soloists across the Treasure Valley, and continues to create pieces that go on to win national championship titles. 

Serving in her church and community is also another way that Heidi continues to share her passion for dance.  In 2012, Heidi choreographed, taught, and directed over 700 youth for the LDS Boise Temple Youth Cultural Celebration.  She was also asked to help in 2017 with the LDS Meridian Temple Youth Cultural Celebration, by creating and teaching a lyrical piece for over 600 young women ages 12-17. 

Heidi has been a part of the Studio C faculty for 15 years.  Her choreography for the studio continues to be recognized and has earned high placement awards at various competitions and conventions throughout the region.  Motivating dancers on the individual and team level across the Treasure Valley is a part of Heidi’s life.  Her passion for creativity in movement, music, and proper technique show in her teaching methods, as well as the students she helps develop.  Heidi and her husband Chase are happily married and raising three young daughters.

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