Meet The Team
Ovation Dance is proud to have passionate, well educated instructors with varying certifications and degrees in the field of dance & movement. Our team is dedicated to our student's safety, technical proficiency, and overall health & well being. Scroll down to get to know some of our instructors!
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Artistic Director/Lead Instructor - Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro, Tap, Ballet, Tumbling, Modern/Lyrical & Competition
Kiah Carpenter began her dance training at an early age studying Modern, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Improvisation. Her love for teaching dance began at 15 and has brought her the wonderful opportunity to train under some of the country's best instructors & choreographers. In 2013, received her B.A. in Dance with an emphasis on Pedagogy and Composition from Columbia College Chicago and later became a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor. She has continued to work professionally in the performing arts industry for many years as a Performer, Instructor, & Choreographer with her most recent work being featured on HBO's "This Is Us". Kiah is a founding member of the Inspirata Dance Project & is resident choreographer for Magic Valley Repertory Theatre. Her lifelong ambition is to create opportunities for students to become empowered through the exploration and creativity of dance!
Instructor- Ballet, Pre-Pointe
Rachael Gerlach’s love for dance bloomed at an early age when she learned to tap dance from her grandma. She traveled and trained at several studios and academies in Washington and Oregon. During which she had the opportunity to train under a Prima Ballerina from Russia. While dancing with a performance arts company she had the opportunity to participate with the Stars at Sea program. This allowed her to perform at Disney World and on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. Rachael has had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for several companies and groups. Rachael continues to enjoy performing with Magic Valley Repertory Theater and currently is the choreographer for Canyon Ridge High School’s show choir SYNERGY!. Rachael cannot wait to share her love of dance and teaching with everyone at Ovation Dance.
Instructor- Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro, Tap
Miss Ally was born in Twin Falls and grew up in the dance studio. She was known to always be at dance and loving every bit of it. She started dancing at the age of two and has been dancing ever since. Going off to college she became a member of the CSI Golden Girls for three years and was the captain for two of those years. She has danced professionally with the Inspirata Dance Project and received her AA in Dance and Social Work. Her passion is teaching all ages and putting a smile on each one of her students' faces. Her goal is to give her students an outlet to feel safe and be able to let go and be able to express themselves through movement.
Instructor- Tiny's, Mini's, Jazz, Tap, Ballet & Competition
Kristian Turner started her exciting dance journey at the age of 9, where she studied numerous styles of dance, including lyrical/contemporary, ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, funk, and tap. Dance is Kristian’s longtime passion, as she has been dancing/performing for over 20 years and instructing for 17 years. While attending CSI in Twin Falls, Kristian was a member and captain of their Golden Girls Dance Team. Kristian, her husband, and their two kids, live on a farm in Hansen with a small "zoo" and enjoy spending time together outdoors when the weather is beautiful. She continues to perform as a member/collaborator of Inspirata Dance Project & in theatre productions with Magic Valley Repertory Theatre. She has also trained in Aerial Dance at CSI under Cindy Jones.
Early Childhood Instructor- Mini's & Tiny's
At a young age, Jaime Vargas found her second home in the dance studio training in pre- ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop. While in high school she was the recipient of numerous Regional & National titles & awards. While pursuing her Early Education degree at the College Of Southern Idaho, she was a member of the CSI Cheer/Stunt Team before transferring to LCC’s Dance & Theater Program. Jaime had the opportunity to work with renowned Choreographer Cindy Zreliak and as a member of the crew Z-Train and ZAPP Academy of Eugene, she competed in events such as Hip Hop International and America’s Best Dance Crew. Jaime served as the Program Director & Teacher/Choreographer for Emerald Park in Eugene and the owner of Razzmatazz Dance Company. Upon returning to Southern Idaho to begin her family, Jaime refocused her career & passion to early childhood education & infant/toddler development. With over 15 years of combined dance and childcare experience, Jaime is the head instructor for Ovation’s Early Childhood classes.
Kassidy Norman grew up dancing in various dance studios across America due to constant moving as a child and began assisting and teaching dance at Kathryn Howard School of Dance in Roseburg, Oregon, at the age of 14 and continued to do so until her graduation from high school at the age of 18. She continued her studies of dance at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. She also joined the Golden Girls, the dance team of the College of Southern Idaho and was a member of the Inspirata Dance Company. She has focused in areas such as classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and modern jazz. She is passionate about expressing herself through dance and teaching children. She loves teaching at Ovation Dance and continues to be inspired by the wonderful people she works with everyday.