Meet Our Faculty
Administrator and Founder of the school in 1970, which later became the Ballet Centre in 1986 and Ballet Center Utah, Inc. in 2019.
Susan Wright received her training from the late Jean Reneé and has taught locally for 47 years. In addition, Susan designs and produces many of Ballet Center Utah, Inc. costumes, stage sets, and props. Susan is a published author of 2 books and a entrepreneur.
Michelle Armstrong received her early ballet training with Susan Wright and later studied with Willam Christensen. She danced a professional career with Ballet West, Utah Opera and New York City Ballet/Sun Valley, ID. Michelle has been an instructor for over 30 years and is currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Center Utah, Inc. where she is the principal choreographer, producing and directing many one-act ballets. Armstrong has a BFA in ballet-teaching emphasis from the University of Utah, and is certified in the National Teaching Curriculum with ABT. In 2016, she traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to study ballet pedagogy under Mr. Oleg Vinogradov, Artistic Director Emeritus of Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet Theater-St. Petersburg and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters.
Michelle presently continues her work with Mr. Vinogradov, teaching and setting choreography for his International Youth Ballet Festival “Vivat Ballet!” as his rehearsal assistant, ballet instructor, choreographer and répétiteur. In August 2018, she organized the 5th International Youth Ballet Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, hosting the festival at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. July 2019, she brought the 7th International Youth Ballet Festival once again to Utah. Recently, Armstrong worked abroad teaching daily lessons and setting her choreography in both St. Petersburg, Russia and Incheon, South Korea. Michelle Armstrong also serves as the ballet instructor at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts in Salt Lake City, UT and as an adjunct professor of ballet at Westminster College for their BFA program.
Elizabeth Armstrong has been a part of Ballet Center Utah, Inc. for her entire life. She has danced leading roles in Ballet Center Utah, Inc.’s productions as well as staged and choreographed many of the ballets for “Ballet Under the Stars.” Elizabeth traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016 where she performed as well as studied ballet, character dance, and historical dance with many outstanding Russian ballet masters, under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. Elizabeth continues as a teaching assistant in character class and ballet class and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Utah.
Isabelle Armstrong has developed a great understanding for teaching ballet as well as dancing and choreography. In 2012, she began ballet pedagogy under the direction of Susan Wright. For the past four years Isabelle has been dancing lead roles in Ballet Centre productions, along with choreographing many pieces for various shows. In 2017, Isabelle’s choreography was featured at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Along with her international status as a choreographer, Isabelle participated for the third year in the International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg, where she performed and studied ballet pedagogy from Oleg Vinogradov and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters. Isabelle is pursuing a BFA in Dance at Westminster College.
Natali Baker started ballet 28 years ago, studied at the Classical Ballet Conservatory and Rocky Mountain Ballet in Orem, Utah, and was a member of The College of Eastern Utah’s Ballet Repertory Ensemble. She came to the Ballet Center Utah, Inc. 18 years ago and has been a member of the Centre class. She has performed as a soloist in many Ballet Centre productions. Natali is the mother to four children and enjoys passing her love of ballet to them.
Kaitlyn Daugherty has been dancing at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. since 2003, and is currently in the Centre class. In 2010 she became a teacher’s assistant and taught various classes at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. as a substitute where she quickly developed a love of teaching. This is her sixth year as a faculty member. Kaitlyn has a BA in English from Westminster College, and has attained her Master’s in Education and is an eighth grade English teacher.
Megan Fotheringham has been a dancer since she was three years old. Primarily trained as a ballet dancer, she has been dancing with Ballet Center Utah, Inc. since 2006. She joined the performing class in 2012; she has since performed many soloist roles in Ballet Center productions and has had the opportunity to choreograph many works for the company. In 2014, she began assistant teaching for two years before joining the faculty. During the summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019, she participated in the International Youth Ballet Festival held in St. Petersburg, Russia and Salt Lake City. She had the privilege to train under Oleg Vinogradov, Irina Gensler, Victoria Stocki-Kim, Sasha Lunev, and Oscar Hawkins, among others. In 2019, she traveled to Incheon, South Korea with the University of Utah School of Dance to train under the artistic direction of Mr. Vinogradov and Jay Kim.
Megan is in her third year at Westminster College pursuing a BFA in dance. Since joining the dance department, she has danced in the fall and spring concerts and joined the inaugural Westminster Dance Company. She has performed works by Natalie Desch, Bethany Hansen, Michelle Armstrong, Allison Shir, and those choreographed by students. She has the opportunity to study dance technique, history, and pedagogy, and works to apply this knowledge into her classroom.
Amber Giles has been dancing at Ballet Center Utah, Inc. since 1999. In 2005 she became the stage manager for Ballet Center Utah, Inc. productions after joining Centre Class, where she currently dances. She also serves as a teacher and rehearsal assistant for Ballet Center Utah, Inc. and has been a coordinator and rehearsal assistant for the International Youth Ballet Festival in Salt Lake City, under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. She owns her own Graphic Design business and uses those skills to promote Ballet Center Utah, Inc. classes/productions as well as the International Youth Ballet Festival through various media outlets.
Since the age of 13, dance has always been a part of Lusiano’s life. He has been teaching dance for over 20 years, and has had many opportunities to teach over seas. With a variety of experience from Latin, Ballroom, and Ballet.
Lusiano trained many hours excelling in dance, which have landed him many lead rolls, and winning first place in competitions.
During Lusiano’s training he has had the privilege to receive world-class training from professionals such as Rufus, Isabella, German Mustuck, Freddie Moore, Randall Flinn and Michelle Armstrong.
Private lessons for Ballroom are available. Please call 801-910-9155 to schedule a lesson.