Faculty

Heidi is the founder, owner and director of Hi-Light Dance and the former owner of the Brigham City Jazzettes. Heidi has been teaching dance for over 35 years to thousands of students and has been a drill team coach for both the Box Elder Rockettes, and the Lone Peak Chevaliers. Her experience includes numerous choreography credits and awards.  She also is a respected judge of drill, dance and pageant competitions.  Heidi is a former Miss Drill Team Utah, and Utah State Aggiette where she majored in Dance Education.  Through Heidi’s love for dance and commitment to teaching, she has helped establish an excellence in training and performance.  Her primary goal as a teacher is to help young dancers learn confidence, skill, and responsibility, while making lasting friendships along the way.  Heidi has always felt that if she could inspire a child to dream bigger, work harder, and do their best, she has done her job.  With the constant support of her husband and wonderful children Heidi, has made Hi-Light Dance Academy what it is today.

Heidi Nelsen

Studio Owner 

Autumn is a former member of the 15th time National Champion BYU Cougarettes. She was privileged to end her 4 year experience with a world tour of Prague where they took class from teachers from all over the world and received the Grand Prix Award, making them International Grand Champions. As a four-year member, she served as dance captain, as well as contributing choreography for the team. She has been able to choreograph for many high school dance teams and studios throughout Utah and Idaho. Autumn has grown up dancing at her mother’s studio, Hi-Light Dance Academy, and is now one of their instructors. 

She was a member of the Lone Peak Drill Team, serving as dance captain for 2 years. In High School she won many regional and national solo dance awards, including Miss Dance/Drill Utah 2008. Autumn has had the opportunity to dance with LA Dance Magic Company, traveling with them for a year. With her strong ballet background, her emphasis in teaching is in technique, although she loves creating choreography for any style. In the future, Autumn is planning on taking over her mother’s studio so that she can help other girls learn to love dance as much as she does. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. 

Autumn Hewlett

Company Director

 

Abbey Halsey

Company Director

Abbey is a former member of the 15th time National Champion BYU Cougarettes. She was privileged to serve as a dance captain for 2 of the 3 years she was a member of the team. She was privledged to travel with the cougarettes to Prauge, where they competed and became International Grand Champions. Along with receiving many 1st place and high point awards throughout her High School years, both regionally and nationally, Abbey claimed the title of Miss Dance Drill Team International 2010 in Los Angeles California. While in high school she was on the Lone Peak Drill Team, where she served as a captain for two years. She also claimed the title of Utah All State while on the Drill Team. Abbey recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness.

 

Abbey began her dance training at the age of 3 at Hi-Light Dance, and is now a company director and choreographer for the studio. 

Growing up she received many scholarships as well as overall high point awards from prestigious competitions and conventions around the nation. Professionally, Abbey has choreographed for several high school drill teams and studios throughout Utah. She is a teacher and choreographer with Precision Dance Camps and loves working with dancers around the nation. Along with her sister, Abbey recently choreographed Idaho State University's national’s routine for the 2016 season. She has received many choreography awards and first place titles for her work. Abbey's emphasis is in technique and she specializes in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Contemporary, but has also taught and choreographed hip-hop and character. Along with future choreography, she plans to continue to help run her mother’s studio Hi-Light Dance Academy. 

Morgan St. Pierre

Company Director

 

Morgan St. Pierre has been dancing for the past 33 years and teaching for the last 18.  As a dancer, Morgan performed at the Daytime Emmy Awards, as a company member at StarStruck Dance Academy, and was a four-year member of the BYU Cougarettes, where she served as an officer for two years.  She also performed with the Cougarettes throughout the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Professionally, Morgan is teaching and choreographing for studios and dance teams throughout Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Hawaii, including choreographing the half-time for the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.  She has won several choreography, costuming, and performance awards associated with her work, locally, nationally and internationally at the New Prague Dance Festival.  Currently, Morgan is the competitive director at Hi-Light Dance Academy in Alpine, Utah.  

For seven years, Morgan held the head coaching position for the 7-time State Champion and National Champion Bingham Minerette Drill Team. Morgan is also the former Assistant Director for the BYU Cougarettes precision dance team.  She taught technique and choreographed for this 15-time Collegiate National Champion team.  She has also worked with the nationally acclaimed UVU Dance Team, Boise State Dance Team and Weber State Dance Team.  Most importantly, Morgan has a beautiful 9-year-old daughter - Tatum, and 6-year-old son - Jace, 8 month old daughter - Bo, and is married to the amazing Steve.

Amanda Mcbeth

Ballet Director

Amanda was trained in classical ballet by Jacqueline P. College and was a member of Utah Regional Ballet Company from 1993 until 2000.  She performed in many ballets including The Nutcracker as Clara, one of her favorite children roles, The Legend of Timpanogos, La Coquette, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Coppelia.  She started participating at the age of seven, and later performed soloist roles. 

Over the years Amanda attended Regional Dance America Festivals where she had the opportunity to take from master teachers in many dance forms.  She earned a scholarship to attend a choreography conference in Ohio as a dancer, and in 1999 was showcased as an emerging choreographer.  She feels that dancing has opened many opportunities for her, such as touring and performing in Europe.  Amanda attended UVSC on a full tuition scholarship for ballet and received her Associate of Science Degree specializing in dance.  She continued her education at BYU where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Amanda has over 12 years of successful ballet teaching experience teaching at Utah Regional Ballet, Ballet West Academy and Hi-light Dance Academy.  Throughout her teaching experience she has choreographed ballet recitals, award winning competition performances and trained new teachers in the correct instruction of ballet technique.  Amanda has four boys, Easton, Carson, Daxon and Tate and a very supportive husband, Brian.  Teaching has brought her much joy by passing her love of ballet on and seeing young dancers improve their craft.

  Kyrsten received her youth and beginner training at jacquelines school of ballet from the age of 3 to the age of 13. There she had the opportunity to perform and be apart of many classical ballets,including the nutcracker, copellia, and sleeping beauty. She then continued on in her training at Highlight Dance Academy in 2003 and enjoyed dancing and competing with the company’s fun, creative, and supportive atmosphere until she graduated high school in 2008. Kyrsten has assisted and taught many Highlight dancers, and has formally been teaching classical ballet for 4 years. She is currently working on her bachelor degree in classical ballet and human movement studies at Utah Vally University. Participating in the UVU contemporary ballet company, and again involved in classical performance and choreography opportunities, her repertoire of education continues to grow. Her focus is to give each of her students the knowledge, and confidence to succeeded wherever their dance career may take them. With goals like placement, repetition, and fluidity in movement, she hopes to create a passion and understanding of classical ballet to every one of her students.

Kyrsten McCormack

Ballet Instructor

Candace Brown contracts with Hi-Light dance Academy to provide ballet direction/instruction.

Candace has always had a great love for dance and was enchanted with ballet the first time (age 3) she saw the Nutcracker.  Candace began her dance training at the age of 7 with Jacqueline’s School of Ballet.  She danced with Jacqueline’s School of Ballet and then Utah Regional Ballet for the next 12 years.  While she was there, she was able to perform in many different ballets, and have instruction in many forms of dance (jazz, character, modern & contemporary) from world-renowned teachers. She loves all the ballets and pieces she has performed in; but her favorite ballets have been Legend of Timpanogos, Nutcracker (Christmas isn’t Christmas without it) and Cinderella.  She also loved attending RDA Festival each spring, and learning from the best of the best.  Candace received a full tuition scholarship to UVU in 1997. In 1998, she won talent in the Miss American Fork Scholarship and was the 1st attendant.  While in college she also danced on UVU’s Ballroom dance team.  Candace loves teaching and began teaching in 1997 with The Dance Academy in Lehi, then went on to teach with the Dance Company at American Fork High School. Later on, she began consulting with Hi-Light Dance Academy.  Candace loves working with the talented young ladies and watching them grow and progress.  She is married to an amazing man, Chris and has 4 beautiful daughters.

Candace Brown 

Ballet

Amy Droubay contracts with Hi-Light dance Academy to provide ballet direction/instruction.

Amy Droubay began her classical ballet training at the age of 8 with the Jacqueline College School of Classical Ballet.  She became a member of the Utah Regional Ballet Corps company at age 14 and later was promoted to soloist and principal dancer, dancing roles such as Sugarplum Fairy and Snow Queen in the Nutcracker and Four Swans in Swan Lake.  She also became the first member of URB’s professional company.  Amy won the talent award in the local and state Jr. Miss pageants and received a scholarship to BYU.  She began teaching for the Jacqueline College School of Classical Ballet and Utah Regional Ballet in 1995.  She was the children’s director for the Nutcracker and has taught all levels of ballet including intermediate and advanced college levels at UVU.  Amy began consulting with Heidi at Hi-Light Dance Academy in 2001 and has helped the ballet program expand to include all levels of ballet from beginner to advanced. In her free time, Amy enjoys carpooling her five kids around, shopping at Target, eating at Cafe Rio, and traveling to Disneyland.

 

Amy Droubay

Ballet

Christine Jones contracts with Hi-Light dance Academy to provide mUv Method direction/instruction.

 

mUvmethod founder, Christine Jones, has spent the last two decades guiding others to move with ease, strength and confidence.  Christine has studied dance, anatomy, kinesiology, pilates, yoga, fascial health, and most everything movement related in effort to help dancers, athletes and all enhance their movement patterns, as well as, restore their own unique and ideal alignment, increase their strength, flexibility and mobility and restore balance to their bodies, minds and lives.

Christine holds a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah, was the first fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer in Utah and founded Intermountain Pilates Training Center, is Yoga a Alliance RYT-500 and Schole Yoga Level 3 certified. While these are all wonderful accomplishments her true passion is her family.

Christine Jones

mUVmethod Pilates 

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