Cassidy is a sophomore and couldn’t decide between two loves, so she is majoring in Dance Education and minoring in History Teaching. She grew up in an Air Force family, so “where are you from” is a difficult question. She has lived in over 11 places; 4 out of the U.S. Currently, she claims Daytona Beach, Florida because, “home is where your dog is”. Cassidy started dancing when she was 3-years-old and has since only taken two breaks, one when she thought gymnastics might be better, (falling off the beam changed her mind) and the other when she got knee surgery for a dance related injury. Cassidy loves that dance, of all forms, can be an escape and make people happy. She can’t wait to share the gift of dance with others.
Sydney is a sophomore majoring in Dance Education from Cleveland, Ohio. She has been dancing since she was three-years-old. When she was twelve, she had the opportunity to dance in the Royal Winnipeg and Jeoffery Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. She also danced with BYU’s Ballet Showcase her Freshman year of college. While her first love is classical ballet, she has found a new love for contemporary and modern dance since attending BYU. Her other passions include eating ice cream, taking spontaneous trips to Swig, finding new bands to listen to, and going to concerts. She cannot wait to begin her new adventure performing and teaching with Kinnect!
Bennett is a philosophy major who is currently in his junior year. He is originally from Illinois, but spent most of his time growing up in Boise, Idaho. He started dancing in an organized fashion just a couple of years ago in various shows and productions in his high school and in the community. He has also participated in a number of dance classes at various studios and here at BYU and has loved every second of them! He loves hiking, traveling, New Girl, and loudly performing show tunes around his apartment and can’t wait to perform more here at BYU.
Carlee is a Dance major from Boise Idaho. She started dancing at young age, and continued performing and competing at various studios in Idaho. She was forced to stop her Sophomore year of high school due to a blood clot found in her left leg spanning from her ankle to about kidney level. Thankfully she recovered enough by the time she turned 19 to serve as a full time LDS missionary in Arcadia California in the Spanish language. After her mission, she felt inspired, and embraced her opportunity to pick up dance again. Her hobbies include anything outdoors, eating out at fancy restaurants, watching Brooklyn 99, playing the flute, and cooking Mexican food. And, of course, dancing!
Kaeli Dance grew up under the rains of Seattle, Washington. Throughout high school she was heavily involved in cross country, marching band, and A Cappella. Senior year Kaeli realized her true passion was dance and began the long, difficult process of trying to learn everything in a shortened time span. The sweat, blood, and blisters were very worth it. She is a Sophomore majoring in Dance Education. Last year she lived her dreams by performing as a Newsie at the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone. This upcoming summer she will be serving in Nauvoo as a Young Performing Missionary. If there are tacos or hiking involved, Kaeli is always interested.
Fallon Fristoe was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. She began her training in dance at Dance Arts Amarillo when she was six years old. Fallon has trained in a variety of dance genres and is currently earning her bachelors at BYU in Contemporary Dance with a minor in Family Studies. She served a mission in Baton Rouge Louisiana, and loved all the Southern food and hospitality. Fallon anticipates going on a contemporary dance study abroad in Europe in the summer, graduating with her degree in 2020, and then going into Dance Movement Therapy. Fallon enjoys movies, reading, cooking, chocolate milk, and dance parties.
20-year-old Lesley Gee was born and raised in Murray, Utah. At the age of three, she started dancing and never stopped! Throughout the years she has trained in ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, and contemporary. Her junior and senior year she was a member of the Murray High School Dance Company and was awarded the Murray High Dance Sterling Scholar in 2016. After graduating from high school, she attended Snow College and danced with the Snow College Badgerettes. After graduating with an Associate’s of Arts, she transferred to BYU in 2018. Her love and passion for dance has led her to pursue a major in Dance Education. On a fun note, her favorite TV show is The Office.
Tiffany is a junior from Cedar Hills, Utah, studying Theatre Education. She hopes to one day be an arts specialist in elementary schools, teaching core subjects integrated with theatre and dance. She danced for 7 years in BYU’s Youth Creative Dance program, and now teaches and assists in the program whenever possible. Tiffany worked in Walt Disney World for nearly a year in 2017: most of which was spent sitting on the floor, talking to children. Being a member of Kinnect is both a surprise and a blessing, a reminder that God has a plan for our lives that is way cooler than the one we have for ourselves!
21-year-old Raegan Nelson is from Elko, Nevada and majoring in Dance Education. She danced a lot as a little girl in studios with Jazz and Modern and then only took a couple of classes in middle school but remained in love with dance. She discovered her love for choreography and different types of dance styles, like Contemporary and Hip Hop, when she became a part of a part of her high school’s dance team. After studying at BYU for a year, she served in the Chile Concepcion South mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She returned to pursue her dream of teaching dance and married her high school sweetheart. She has been studying, partying, and eating chocolate ever since. She cannot wait to be a part of a team again
Sarah is a sophomore at BYU and is studying Dance Education. She grew up in St. George, Utah where she took dance for almost 14 years. Most of her dance experience comes from creative contemporary, but Sarah also loves classical ballet. Although dance is her passion, Sarah discovered a love for musical theatre in high school and enjoyed singing and dancing in several productions. Sarah held a part-time job as an instructor at her studio for two years where she developed a true passion for teaching dance. She is a huge dog-lover, and enjoys both cooking and roller-skating in her free time. Sarah is so excited to be apart of the Kinnect Company this year and the opportunity to share dance with others.
Brianna is an aspiring physical therapist for dancers from Dallas, Oregon. She started dancing as a toddler with Irish dancing in California but then soon moved to ballet after moving to Oregon. While going through the hardships of school, dance became Brianna’s outlet and escape from the world. When she was sixteen she began training formally with the American Ballet Academy. However, right before starting her senior year of high school she had to step down from her pre-professional ballerina life due to a partially torn Achilles tendon. It was through this experience that drew her to manual physical therapy and the theatre. Brianna started dancing again when she was cast as a girl who expresses herself through art in the BYU mask club of “Speak”. She continued her studies of dance at BYU with tap and contemporary along with ballet. She is so excited to be on Kinnect and to share her passion for dance by inspiring through the performances.
Tera Taylor is from Sacramento, California and is a Dance Education K-12 Major with a Minor in English. She started dancing at the age of four in tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. In High School, Tera was captain of the dance team and teacher interned for the dance classes offered. She was able to share her love of dance with her fellow classmates and choreograph for their annual dance shows. While finishing her senior year of high school Tera danced and performed in a professional dance show, “The Doorway,” in Folsom, California. While at BYU, Tera has performed with danceEnsemble and is currently on the Kinnect company while taking dance classes, teaching, and choreographing at local studios. Fun Fact: She recently finished both seasons of Stranger Things and is obsessed! She is so grateful for this opportunity to share her experiences and passion for dance in public schools.