About

Our mission is to empower each dancer with a solid technical and creative foundation while working to instill the values of self-confidence, discipline, teamwork, friendship, integrity, and modesty in their everyday lives.

Production Based Studio

“Come Be A Part of Our Story!”

Innovations Dance Academy is a production based studio.  Each Spring our entire studio participates in a fun Broadway-style production!  Our productions create meaningful stage opportunities for each dancer.  At this time, dancers can show off their talents and share their passion for such a beautiful art form with all their family and friends. This time brings a feeling of accomplishment that boosts self-confidence, self-esteem and even relationships as we support one another. 

We pride our studio on having productions that are enjoyable for the entire family.  This is done in 3 steps: One, by creating an uplifting and beautiful atmosphere with scenery and costumes.  Two, choreographing well thought out numbers that highlight each dancer and that uses tasteful, age-appropriate music.  Three, professionally narrated with a unique and purposeful storyline that all ages can relate to. This recipe, plus our dancers’ powerful and motivating love of dance, has our audience members leaving with a smile on their face every time.

Productions in the past have included: Tinker-Bell’s Tale of Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Cinderella, Where the Wild Things Are, The Little Match Girl, 12 Dancing Princesses, Ariel’s Adventures and many others.  For 2018: we are excited to be presenting “Dancing Through Africa!” This will add a new twist to this classic that all are sure to enjoy and love.

In preparation for the Production, our first semester is heavily focused on technique.  It is concluded with an in-class showcase of progress, student choreography and awards.  The following semester focuses on performance, team work and choreography.  This semester is concluded with the magnificent Spring Production the whole family will enjoy!

Soloist, Duet & Trio Opportunities

Before winter break, dancers will have the opportunity to audition for additional pieces in the production.  These additional pieces can include: narrations, a solo, duet, or trio or group numbers.  ALL dancers 10 and older are invited and encouraged to audition.  All who audition receive a part.

These dancers have a unique opportunity to work with a choreographer in the second semester to prepare for the production.  This is in addition to their regular class time.

Additional fees are required for choreography and costumes for all soloists.

Ballet Conservatory

Innovations Dance Academy believes ballet is integral to a well-rounded dance education because it teaches discipline, strength, attention to detail and fluidity of movement.  Therefore, we not only offer an exceptional Ballet Conservatory but, highly encourage all dancers to participate.  Our Ballet Conservatory will strive to develop an appreciation and respect for this genre’s artistry, femininity and emphasis on technical proficiency in each dancer.  Dancers will gain proper strength and technique to continue their formal ballet training for years to come.

Innovations Dance Dress Code

We strive to have a clean, uniformed look in all of our dance classes. As a matter of etiquette and to demonstrate respect for the art of dance, the instructor and each other we ask all students to adhere to the dress code. Students are required to have appropriate attire by the second week of class.  Please see our section on Genres for the specifics of each class.  Rules that apply to all classes are as follows:

Warm-ups should be worn over dance attire when arriving to and departing from the dance studio.

All warm-up attire is to be removed after barre exercises in ballet or at the request of the instructor.

Dance shoes should never be worn outside.

Absolutely no street clothes are to be worn during class. This includes loose fitting t-shirts, jeans, shorts, shoes, etc.  All street clothing and shoes should be placed in the student’s dance bag or cubby prior to class. No dangling earrings, watches, necklaces, bracelets or other distracting accessories are to be worn.

Absolutely no loose shorts and no booty shorts without tights underneath.

Boys can have a loose fitting shirt with sweats or shorts that allow a free range of movement.  No Levis.

Hair must be pulled back and secured away from the face and neck. A bun is required for all Ballet Conservatory classes. Loose hair interferes with a dancer’s ability to move freely and the teacher’s ability to see correct form.

The teacher has the right to dismiss any student from class who does not adhere to the dress code.  Please help us achieve this goal by making sure your dancer is prepared before class.  Warm-ups, leotards, tights and ballet shoes are available for purchase at our studio.

Innovations Dance Tuition

Tuition Rates  per person/per month:

45 Minutes  : $45.00
1 Hour  : $50.00
2 Hours (10% off)  : $90.00
3 Hours (15% off)  : $127.50
4 Hours (15% off)  : $170.00
5+ Hours (Unlimited Student)  : $212.50
Unlimited Family  : $325.00

 

The spring production will include a reasonable, one-time fee of $75.00 per family and $25.00 per class costume rental. Tickets for the dancer’s immediate family are included. Additional fees apply for our soloist cast.

Dance Attire Prices

Price List for Dancewear Supplies  which are available for Purchase at Innovations. We highly recommend you purchase your dance attire through us to ensure the correct attire is worn.  Purchases can be made at the front desk.  Orders usually only take a few days.

Black Leo with Sleeves  : $20.00
Leveled Ballet Leotard  : $20.00
Pink Convertible Tights  : $16.00
Ballet Shoes  : $25.00
Ballet Skirts $12-$20
Innovations Embroidered Jackets $50.00
Innovations Duffle Bag $40.00
Innovations Hoodie & Sweatpants $80.00

Leadership Team

Jennifer Jones, President & Founder

Jennifer Jones is the President of Avondale Academy. She and her husband reside in Saratoga Springs and are the proud parents of 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Jennifer loves watching her children participate in sporting events and in developing their performing arts talents. She loves Pre-K age students. If she was given one wish she would “freeze” all her children at the age of 4. 4 year olds are the best! Jennifer has worked for over 15 years to get the preschool curriculum just right!!! One of her biggest dreams came true when Avondale Preschools Curriculum was adopted into several orphanges and villages in Zambia Africa!  Educating students across the world in hopes of a better future has been a dream come true!

Shawn Jones, CEO & Founder

Shawn Jones is the CEO of Avondale Academy. Shawn has a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University in Accounting and a Minor in Information Systems. Shawn enjoys being a father of 6 children. Shawn spends many hours on Avondale’s operational systems and management. He is very involved in helping the schools progress in becoming more effective and efficient. His knowledge of technology has been instrumental to the progression of the schools integration of “smart boards” and our parent portal!

Lora Conder, General Manager of Avondale Preschool in Lehi

Lora Conder is the President of Avondale of Lehi. She is the proud mother of 3 daughters and her family resides in Eagle Mountain. Lora has been with Avondale for 12 years. She originally taught in the classroom, but then found her true love interacting with all the parents, dancers, preschoolers and teachers in overseeing the organization and processes of the school. She has been the President of Avondale of Lehi for the past 5 years. Her favorite saying is, “I wish everyone loved their job as much as I do!” Lora is a huge asset to Avondale of Lehi and we are very blessed to have her with our company.

Denise Fullmer, Controller

Denise Fullmer is our Controller at Avondale Academy.  Denise graduated from Southern Utah University with her Bachelors Degree in Accounting.  She has been with Avondale for 2 years now and loves working behind the scenes to help the company.  She is the mother of three active kids and loves trying to keep up with all of them!  She and her family reside in Saratoga Springs.

Kristin Twitchell, Head Office Manager in Saratoga

Kristin Twitchell is our head office manager at Avondale of Saratoga. Kristin is so kind to all she meets. She is the mother of 3 children and her family resides in Saratoga Springs. Kristin helps keeps the school organized, clean and running effectively. She helps with the Avondale Preschool curriculum preparations as well as keeps on top of all the accounts. We are so grateful Kristin is a part of Avondale!

Sheryl Bullock, Office Manager in Lehi

Sheryl Bullock is an Office Manager as well as a Preschool Teacher at Avondale of Lehi.  She is the friendly face you will greet at the desk when you come see us in Lehi and is especially happy to get to know all the children who come through our doors!  She is the mother of 4 children (technically one child and 3 teenagers!) and her family resides in Lehi. Sheryl genuinely loves being a part of the Avondale team and has been with us for 2 years.  She helps with the Avondale Preschool curriculum preparations, Preschool and Dance Registration, ordering and purchasing of supplies and generally helps to keep things running smoothly at the front desk.

Amanda Sargent, Artistic Director

Amanda began her dance training at Alabama Dance Academy in Birmingham, AL in 1993. She continued studying ballet, jazz,lyrical and Pointe for the next 12 years. She danced in conjunction with 1995 Miss America Heather Whitestone and the Alabama Ballet. In addition to local performances, she has performed in the Bahamas, Disneyland Paris, Munich, Germany, Atlanta, Georgia, in the Nutcracker on Broadway, the Hollywood Parade, and was invited to dance as a featured performer at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She has performed in many productions including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, The Sleeping Beauty, Les Patineurs and more. She received a ballet scholarship to Brigham Young University.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University.  She began teaching at Innovations Dance in 2007.  She currently resides in Lehi with her husband and four beautiful children. She loves teaching dance and is anxious to share this art with the community.

Robyn Bos, Creative, Modern/Lyrical Teacher

Robyn graduated with a BA from Brigham Young University in 2005. She began dancing at age 3 with Virginia Tanner’s Creative Dance Program at the University of Utah. For the next 12 years she would go on to win many individual and team national grand championships in both clogging and jazz, including Western National Junior Grand Champion in freestyle, a 4th place finish at the National Championships in Nashville, TN, and multiple years on the All American Team. Robyn attended Bingham High School, where she was both an officer and member of Minerettes and Dance Company; during her Jr. and Sr. years she was also a Varsity Cheerleader and competed nationally in Anaheim, CA. Robyn attended BYU ID on both modern dance and leadership scholarships, and performed and taught throughout the Eastern US, New Zealand and Fiji with Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT). She then transferred to BYU, where she spent two years performing with BYU’s modern dance performing company, Dancensemble. In addition, Robyn had the opportunity to teach creative dance with the BYU Children’s Dance Program. She currently lives in Eagle Mountain, UT with her husband and three children.

Allison Provenza (Miss Allie) Ballet, Modern & Jazz Teacher

Allison Rock Provenza (Miss Alli) began dancing at the Academy of Ballet Arts in Sandy, UT at the age of 4 until she was 17. She had the opportunity to perform in Sandy city’s production of the Nutcracker for 10 years dancing various roles as well as performing in Copellia and many other ballet productions. She began taking modern dance in 7th grade and continued her training in modern as a member of the Hillcrest high school dance company. There she had the opportunity of learning from several professional and semi-professional dancers. She then attended UVU (UVSC) followed by the University of Utah both on scholarship. She received a BFA in modern dance from the U and spent an extra year studying to obtain her Utah teaching license. During her time in school she taught dance at various studios and community centers. Upon graduation, Allison was offered a job at Sunset Ridge middle school which she enjoyed tremendously. There she taught 8th and 9th graders all levels of dance, including social dance. After teaching for 6 years in public education she worked with several other teachers on a book, “Dance in the Middle,” a book about middle school dance education. (in pre-publication)  After having her  first child she began working part time with Avondale Academy/Innovations dance. She has enjoyed every minute of this experience. It has been an incredible opportunity to teach all ages, especially working with tiny dancers again.  Allison has always had a passion for dance and loves to perform and teach. She enjoys spending time with her husband Anthony and 2 little boys Dominic and Gabriel. She also loves hiking, camping, cooking, eating, helping others, yoga, and writing.

Kayla Contreras- Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet Teacher  

Kayla has been dancing for 24 years and has been teaching professionally at Innovations dance at Avondale Academy since 2010.  She has had a wide range of training which includes Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Modern, Creative, Ballroom, Folk Dance and even Ice Dance.  The majority of her training came from Artistic Dance and then she moved on to compete with the Masters Company at American Expression of Dance. She was on the Alta Dance Company for two years and even choreographed for them.  She had the opportunity to take master classes in New York from Alvin Ailey and New York Dance Company among a few others.  While attending Brigham Young University she enjoyed being on the Folk Dance Team and in Tap Company.  Her goal as a dance instructor is to instill in students the values and principles she learned from dance growing up.  These include self-confidence, friendship, discipline and internal beauty.  Equal to that goal is helping dancers to reach their full potential in skill, creative expression and performance.  She loves sharing her love of dance with all her students and hopes that they can also find the life-changing joy that dance brings. Besides her love of dance, she also enjoys traveling, the outdoors and Italian food.  She married her Colombian sweetheart in 2008 and has two perfect little boys.  She currently resides in Draper, Utah.

Alyssa Allen, Ballet Level 3, 4 & 5 Teacher, Pointe, Jazz and Leaps & Turns

Alyssa Allen is a performing dance artist, choreographer, and teacher. She has recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance from Utah Valley University. Throughout her college career she has performed with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and Synergy dance companies, and has worked closely with renowned faculty and guest choreographers such as Monica Cambell, Amy Markgraf-Jacobsen, Carl Flink, and Bradley Michaud. Alyssa has also had the opportunity to travel, take classes, and perform in Denmark, Wyoming, New York, and Florida, as well as many local venues including performing with the Ririe Woodbury Step Up Company in her latter years of high school. She is currently a performing member of the Penguin Lady Dance Collective in Salt Lake City that is run by Natosha Washington, and looks forward to many performance opportunities in the future. She has been a guest choreographer and teacher at Innovations Dance Studio and has had her choreography performed at UVU, Lone Peak High School, and within the community around Utah Valley. Alyssa’s philosophy is that dance should ignite the soul, that a dancer will be able to enhance their understanding of self and the world around them through the awareness that comes from the exploration of movement.

Erika Adams, Creative, Level 3 Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz

Erika has been dancing for 19 years, and has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, and clogging. She was raised in a family-oriented studio called The Dance Barn in Mesa, AZ. She has also learned from Russian ballet teachers from Ballet Arizona and has performed at a variety of venues. Erika began assisting at the age of 11 next to her mom and other experienced teachers. She has taught at summer intensives for four years now, and enjoys the challenge of teaching students of all ages and levels in dance. Erika continues to attend conventions to learn from choreographers such as Twitch, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, and Nick Lazzarini. Erika attends Brigham Young University, and is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, while also taking dance classes offered at the University. Erika has a love for dancing and the outlet it can be for students of all ages, in addition to building students’ self-esteem through the joy of dance.

Jessica Sperry, Beginning Ballet, Combo Ballet/Jazz & Hip Hop Teacher

Jessica has been dancing for over 21 years and has training in jazz, ballet, modern, tap, and hip hop. She has starred in multiple productions such as The Nutcracker, Wizard of Oz, Lion King, and Cinderella. Jessica attended Lehi High School and participated on Dance Company as well as the Lehi Pionettes Drill Team. She has a passion for performing and expresses herself through her movement and choreography. Jessica began teaching dance in 2007 and enjoys sharing what she loves with her students. Jessica and her husband reside in Lehi, Utah.

Kaela started dancing at the young age of three years old at Center Stage, in Orem, UT, and later at VIBE Performing Arts, in Pleasant Grove, UT. Training in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, ballroom, and hip hop, she quickly developed the love and passion for dance. She danced competitively under the direction of Rick Robinson, Alan Salazar, and Ashly Delgrosso, leading her to national titles for solo and group routines. Kaela dove head first into hip hop and break dancing at a very early age, where she later continued to focus on the creative expression through working with the local UDO (Utah Urban Dance Organization). After working as a HAZMAT EMT in Eugene, OR, her passion for dance and teaching brought her back to Utah, where her education would continue at Utah Valley University for English Education. When she isn’t dancing, you can find her photographing the beautiful Utah culture or with a ukelele in her hands singing an island tune. Kaela is so excited to be part of the IDA family, and is ready to share this powerful art with these beautiful dancers!

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