MEET THE STAFF

Andrea Kuhn

Owner/Director

An artist, choreographer and business woman. She spent 23 years training in all styles of dance and has spent 11 years as a dance instructor and choreographer. Andrea has crafted winning routines for years and dedicates all of her time and passion into teaching the youth. Andrea spent her college years with the dance program at the University of Utah, also as a member of the Crimson Line Dance Team at the U of U. She has traveled to the West Coast, as well as the East Coast to train, professionally perform and compete. Andrea was the Assistant Drill Team coach of the three time State Championship Drill Team, Copper Hills Azurettes. Andrea and her husband, started Underground Dance Company 6 years ago. In 2016 Andrea traveled to North Dakota and Minnesota to choreograph for a high school and collegiate team. In the Summer of 2017, she choreographed for a Get Air Commercial and had the opportunity to be the head choreographer for Sparklepark, The Worlds First Family Dance Park. Andrea's true passion is in the class room, working with her students.

Bobby Kuhn

Owner/Director

Bobby has trained in New York and California with some of the most talented and famous Bboys in the United States. In 2007, he was able to partake in some large projects mentoring many young children who have now become very talented and well known breakers in Utah. Through the years, he has choreographed for several shows such as Switch, Put a Groove In Your Break Dance, and Thriller a Michael Jackson Tribute. He has had the opportunity to perform on stage with Naughty By Nature, Mystikal, The Free Stylers, DJ Baby Ann, DJ Diggabeatz as well as several local artists. He has performed at venues such as Capital Theatre, Rose Wagner, The Egyptian Theatre, Salt Palace, Delta Center, Harry O’s during the Sundance Film Festival, Club Sound, Urban Lounge and Rocky Mountain Raceway. He has competed in battles all over the United States in places including Idaho, Colorado, California, Las Vegas, New York and Chicago. He is currently teaching all over the state of Utah and working full time. Bobby was the co-owner and bboy choreographer of Underground Crew for 7 years. He is a family man with a wife and three children. His true passion is Break Dancing and he hopes to continue to change the lives of children through movement. 

Kenzee Barlow

Lyrical | Jazz | Technique | Hip hop

Kenzee Barlow was born and raised in West Jordan, UT. She grew up dancing at a local studio from the age of three training in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet. She was then part of the Copper Hills High School Azurettes for three years winning Region, State, and National titles. Kenzee held an officer position 2 out of those 3 years. She was lucky enough to be able to lead her team their first ever State Championship as their President. Kenzee is now part of the professional dance company UNDERGROUND CREW, and has loved performing and traveling with them through various cities and states. Kenzee is currently teaching and choreographing. Her choreography has won multiple high points and special awards.

Megan Adelsberger

Ballet | Tap | Technique

Megan Adelsberger began her dance training at Elower-Sicilia Productions in Thurmont, Maryland and was a member of their performing arts company for thirteen years. During her summers she continued to develop her artistry at studios in New York City and Los Angeles. Megan attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and spent two years traveling the world while performing on Holland America Cruise Ships. She was a featured dancer in Cultural Soul’s show Movement, artistically directed by Moncell “ill kozby" Durden. She has choreographed and danced in music videos for several underground artists and had her choreography showcased in The Eureka Dance Festival in Washington D.C. Megan can be found on So You Think You Can Dance during Season 6 and 7 of “Vegas Week” and the LA Results Show. She was also on a Nigel Lythgoe Productions T.V. series called A Chance To Dance, where she had the opportunity to study under Michael Nunn and William Trevitt formerly of The Royal Ballet. Megan's latest appearance was in a Hallmark film entitled "Dear Dumb Diary” choreographed by Bonnie Story. She has performed at the Capezio ACE Awards in New York City, Jazz Dance World Congress in Pittsburgh PA, and spent the past 5 years touring internationally as a company member with Odyssey Dance Threatre. Most recently, Megan was one of five producers to create, direct, choreograph, and perform in Urban Fairytalez’s production of “Who Are You?”. She travels to Haiti and instructs year round for Lovolution, a worldwide movement where love and self worth are brought to awareness through dance. While Megan is not busy performing, she continues to share her passion teaching and choreographing for industrials, workshops, shows, and in studios across the nation including Salt Lake City’s Millennium Dance Complex, Element Dance Center, and Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts. Megan has recently started her own professional dance company, Junction Dance Co. 

Ofa Vahe

Hip Hop

"I've been dancing since my junior year of high school. My two best friends and I started up a dance crew called the AHC (The After Hours Crew!). We had connections with the dance teacher and she would just let us stay in the studio as long as we wanted! Some nights we'd be in there from the time school got out until midnight! (Longer than the janitors haha!) After the crew got going, we decided to step out into the dance scene and see what it was all about! We were doing local workshops, small dance gigs, attended battles and other functions! I met so many amazing people and loved every minute of it. I actually met fellow Undergrounder, Tia, around this time at a small class in Bountiful and from that day on we kept in contact. She would keep me posted about big dance news/events in the area. She actually convinced me to audition for UG and I love her very dearly for doing so! I teach little kids hip hop at Dance Factory. My main style is hip hop choreo! I love hip hop that is WILD and RAW! Big, hard-hitting POWER are the things I love in a good set. I've been trained in waacking, popping, krump. I was apart of The Jazz Studios Adult Competition for 1 year. I dance because it's life! It's what I absolutely love. I can't see myself without dance in my life. It's my creative outlet! I wish to inspire. I hope people get that overwhelming feeling I get when I see others going so hard giving it their all and just plain KILLING IT! I hope to one day be a full time dancer! Make a living off of dance! Do shows, backup dance... all that good stuff! I have 10 siblings. I'm half a twin. My first name means love and my last name means chapter. My favorite animal/ spirit animal is the very awesome hippopotamus. I have double jointed fingers. Also, I have inherited my moms ability to see ghosts!"

Jenn Whitney

Secretary, Fundraising & Acro

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Ryan Colton

Ballet | Tumbling

Ms. Ryan is a graduate of Pioneer High for the Performing Arts as a company member of the Dance Academy and graduating company member at The Dance Club in Orem, Utah.  She is extensively trained in acro tumbling, ballet, hip hop, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, and musical theater.  Upon graduation an entire year early, Ms. Colton moved to New York City to train as a company member of the Steps on Broadway Professional Conservatory.   Ms. Ryan is an accomplished dancer winning many awards at Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Alliance, NUVO, Jump, and Radix Dance Competitions/Conventions.  Her love for dance started at the age of 3 in Grand Junction, Colorado.  When she was 6 her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.  She continued her dance training in Utah and at the age of 9 auditioned for Ballet West Nutcracker and was cast in the role of a “buffoon”.  This was the beginning for her love of performing.  She went on to perform the role of “Party Princess, in Ballet West Nutcracker and the role of “Chucky, and Zombie” for Odyssey Dance Theater production of “Thriller”.  Ms. Ryan is thrilled to be a staff member at Element Dance Center to share her love of dance with others.

Ellie Bresler

Ballet

Ellie is a junior at the University of Utah majoring in both Ballet and Strategic Communications. She has been dancing since the age of two, beginning in a contemporary company and later transitioning to ballet. She was a Pre-Professional Trainee with the Colorado Ballet for two years before coming to the U, and has performed multiple times with their professional company in corps de ballet roles. Other favorite roles include Clara from The Nutcracker, Beauty Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, the Black Cat in Cinderella, and Cupid in Don Quixote. She is very excited to be joining the Element Dance team!

Jason Picket

Hip hop

Born in North Carolina and raised in Michigan, Jason Pickett found his passion for hip hop dancing when he moved to Utah.He has spent the last six years teaching competitive dance at Inspire Dance Studio and master classes around the state.He has performed on film and in live events around the US for companies like: Hermès, Icon Fitness, Toys R Us, Crocs and Bud Light and you can also catch Jason in several viral YouTube videos including Stormtrooper Secrets: Hip Hop Twerk – 4k and High School Dance Battle – Geeks vs. Cool Kids! (4k). His dancing has led him to work with choreographers like Jason Celaya and Rosero McCoy as well as artists Keke Palmer and Daniel Thomas and he loves passing along what he's learned to those willing to listen.

Ashley Mitchell

Ballet | Jazz | Lyrical

Ashley Mitchell was born and raised in Colorado Springs, where she trained for 15 years in ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. During her time here she competed at competitions both locally and nationally earning top awards and praise for her ballet variations and contemporary solos. Ashley was awarded top scores from competitions such as Relevé, Kathy Roe, Celebrity, DEA, Legacy, and JUMP. She also earned high scores from Youth America Grand Prix in Denver, and was invited to the New York intensive all four years she competed. Upon graduating high school Ashley moved to Salt Lake City and earned her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. During her time here she was promoted to the top level her junior year and performed many original and classic works such as "four little swans" from Swan Lake Act II, Neapolitan Swan Lake Act III, demi-soloist in Les Sylphides, corps de ballet in La Bayadère, and demi-soloist in Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht. She has had the pleasure of training under renowned faculty such as Jan Clark-Fugit, Maggie Wright Tesch, Melonie Buchanan Murray and James Ady. Ashley continues to perform ballet and contemporary works around Utah and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion with students. 

Jill Cardenas

Ballet | Contemporary | Modern | Jazz

Jill was born in Arequipa, Peru and grew up in Utah. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance, on a dance scholarship. She was a member of the Honors Society, Ambassador during her Freshman year and on the Fine Arts Council. She was chosen to be a part of the Performing Dance Company for four years where she had the opportunity to work with professionals Sharee Lane, Meghan Durham Wall, Pamela Handman, Kate Wallich, Ellen Bromberg, and Katie Scherman. She spent her senior year training with Ririe Woodbury under Daniel Charon. While at U of U, she was one of seven dancers chosen to go to Berlin, Germany and study at the Berlin State Ballet School under Sharee Lane and Juan Carlos. Since graduating from the U of U, she has been a member of the following companies Odyssey Dance Theatre, Urban Fairytalez, Dan Higgins Dance, Underground Dance Crew, FWD, Myriad, 90&9, and Junction Dance Company. Most recently she had the opportunity to perform in Shanghai and Beijing China with FWD. She is now preparing to dance in Japan under the direction of Jason Celaya. She loves teaching and mentoring her students. Having the opportunity to share her knowledge and love for dance brings her absolute bliss.

McKayla Wellisch

Ballet | Tap | Contemporary | Progessing Ballet Technique

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Taylorsville, UT

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