Monica Newell has loved dance for as long as she could remember and has spent most of her life studying it. She began formal training at age 9 at the South Bay Conservatory in Los Angeles, California where she studied classical ballet under the direction of Cathy Frandsen. Upon moving to North Idaho she ventured from her comfort zone and became a Varsity cheerleader at Coeur d’Alene high school for three years. In college her world opened up to modern, jazz, tap, and ballroom. She studied health science and dance at BYU-Idaho and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in 2005. She was the president of the Contemporary Dance Theatre and toured Central America and all across the United States with Dance Alliance. Monica was hired to teach modern and jazz at BYU-Idaho after graduation and was awarded for excellent student feedback. She has also taught at Dance Unlimited of Rexburg and the Ballet School of Coeur d’Alene. She loves the community of CDA and Hayden and has enjoyed volunteering her choreography to programs like Distinguished Young Women (formerly Jr. Miss). Monica opened Alta Dance Academy in 2016 and has found so much fulfillment and joy building this community alongside the wonderful dance instructors that have worked at Alta over the years. Monica is passionate about providing a highly technical dance education in a fun and safe environment. She is married to John Newell. They are the proud parents of four awesome children.
Brynn Chatfield’s dance journey began in kindergarten. In her first recital, she donned a darling bear tap costume. However, pangs of jealousy struck when she saw Candy’s stunning doll outfit, leaving Brynn feeling like her doll ballet costume fell short. Undeterred, she earned her first pair of pointe shoes and t-strap high heels in fourth grade. Embracing a diverse range of dance styles throughout high school, from tap and jazz to hip hop and Polynesian, though ballet posed its challenges, it prepared her for college. Her love affair with dance blossomed further at Rick’s College, where she found herself drawn to modern dance and even ventured into the world of Latin ballroom. Brynn’s infectious smile secured her a spot with Showtime, a musical theater company, during her freshman year. But it was her sophomore year that took her dancing feet international, with travels to Ukraine, Belarus, and Austria as part of the ballroom dance team. At BYU, Brynn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in music, dance, and theater, with performances alongside a modern dance company, Danceensamble, The Young Ambassadors, and memorable musicals like Children of Eden. Summer stock gigs in Skagway, Alaska, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she was often cast as a barmaid, added a dash of adventure to her resume. Post-graduation, Brynn continued to perform in local productions such as 1940’s Radio Hour, Something’s Afoot, and A Trip to Bountiful. But her greatest joy came from her family’s annual Christmas variety show, featuring handbells and Brynn’s unforgettable portrayal of a show-stopping Granny. Alongside nurturing her own family—comprising a husband with a beautiful voice and three gorgeous daughters—Brynn shared her passion for performing with her family and community for 25 years. From Wisconsin to Oregon, California to Idaho, Brynn’s love for dance continues. She prances around the studio with the little dancers and loves tapping with the big kids. On Sundays, she finds fulfillment in sharing God’s love through music while working with children at church.
Syafiq Fuller – Hello there! My name is Syafiq Fuller pronounced “Shaw-fick” and I’m the resident Hip Hop Instructor! I’ve loved Hip Hop since I was 5 years old and I taught myself Street Hip Hop. My inspiration as a kid started off with Michael Jackson and then went on from there. I got my Bachelor’s of Science in Dance from the University of Idaho. There I learned more than just Hip Hop and practiced Ballet, Modern, and Jazz while pursuing an emphasis in Ballroom and Latin Dance. I believe Dance is great for health at any age. At the UofI my classmates and I developed a program with the goal of enriching Seniors with the confidence to be able to move at a later age helping with their mental and physical health. I decided to pursue this farther by wanting to teach kids with mental challenges who want to experience dance in the classroom. Dance is diverse and so are we, so let’s dance to the dancers we are meant to be!
Tally Butler began her training as a gymnast in grade school at Encore Gym in Walnut Creek, California. After competing for a year and growing several inches, her coaches suggested she try Rhythmic Gymnastics. She instantly fell in love. She spent many hours after school each day training. She competed nationally for two years, earning many awards. Her family moved north giving her new opportunities. Tally took her first modern dance class as a Junior in high school. She received a dance scholarship to Rick’s College where her foundation in and love for dance truly began. Along with her courses in modern, jazz, ballet, ballroom, square and folk dance, she performed with the Contemporary Dance Theater Company. After graduating with her Associates in Dance, Tally performed internationally with Extravadance touring in the United States and Japan. She continued her education at BYU expanding her love of modern, improvisation, and choreography. She performed with the DancEnsemble Company. She was awarded the “Dancers Choice” award. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Modern Dance and taught dance through BYU’s Children’s Creative Dance Program for 2 years. After raising her 4 kids, Tally has returned to dancing. She really enjoys teaching her students and hopes to instill the same love for dance as she has experienced.
Jocelyn Ordiales hails from Miami, FL where she grew up studying ballet under the direction of Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris at The Miami Youth Ballet Company. Ms. Ordiales continued her dance education at Florida State University where she received her Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts. She studied under well respected modern and ballet instructors such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Suzanne Farrell, Sheila Humphries, Geri Houlihan, Dan Wagoner, Anjali Austin, Rick McCullough, Tim Glenn, Lynda Davis, and Anthony Morgan. Jocelyn also had the incredible opportunity to intern at Atelier de Danse School in Florence, Italy her final semester. Post graduation, she moved to New York City where she continued to work with free lance choreographers and taught Gyrotonic and Pilates. Jocelyn couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to continue developing and cultivating her career in the arts and sharing her passion through teaching others.