The faculty of Westside Studio of Performing Arts is comprised of highly qualified, professional and caring teachers. They draw upon their own dance training and professional experience as well as continuing their own dance education to increase their knowledge in the professional dance industry, and to provide the best quality dance training in the St. George area.
Sheila Bailey began her dance studies in St. George with Diane Hafen. As a scholarship student at Southern Utah University, she danced with Burch Mann's America Folk Ballet. During her performing career with Arizona Ballet Theatre of Tucson she began her teaching career at the Stephanie Stigers School of Ballet, Pima Community College. Her teaching abilities were noticed, and she was hired to relocate and join the staff of Dancenter North, a Performing Arts School in Chicago. There she taught all forms of dance. Sheila continued her dance education with the University of Illinois through her 21-year membership in the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Sheila for 4 years was adjust faculty for DSC teaching Ballet, Jazz and coaching Cheer. She has served as a board member of the St. George City Arts Commission. Named 2008 Woman of Achievement from the national organization of BPW (Business and Professional Women) Sheila returned to the St. George area for its sunshine and with the desire to teach dance and be a part of creating a dance environment in Southern Utah.
Camille Bahoravitch was born to dance. She received her Bachelors in Dance Education at Southern Utah University and completed her teaching certificate in Secondary Education. Camille has trained in ballet since 1995. Training at the Murray Ballet Center, she started en pointe when she was 10 years old and later continued her training at C & C Ballet Copper Hills High School Dance Company learning other genres of dance. Dancing has brought her opportunities to travel and perform around the world, including New York City performing for the Alwin Nikolais Collaboration and for a couple years to Wuhan, China working on the “Dream of Helen”. Her choreography has been selected twice to perform for the American College Dance Festival and she was president of her modern dance company club, Orchesis at SUU. Camille recently collaborated with The Children’s Justice Center for their fundraiser “Dancing with the Community Stars” and placed first. She currently teaches at Westside Studio. She absolutely loves teaching and dancing and it has always been a dream of hers to share her passion with others.
Amber began her dance training in ballet, jazz, tap and musical theater at various academies of dance in Salt Lake City, Utah. When her family relocated to St. George she continued her interest in dance and soon her reputation as choreographer, teacher and performer spread beyond Utah to Arizona and Nevada. Amber has choreographed and taught for the Dance Department at Dixie State College (2002-2004) and for 23 years has fulfilled the role of teacher, choreographer, and Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer for ProStreet Dance Company for Westside Studio of the Performing Arts. She is a 19-year member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. She attends their conference each summer and one summer her talent came to the attention of Jacques d’Amboise who cast her in his choreographic project. The multitalented Amber is a graduate of Southern Utah University with a BA in Marketing & Advertising. Amber performed at Tuacahn’s 2007 summer cast of 42nd Street. Amber served for 3 years as a board member of the St. George City Arts Comission.
Heidi Sorensen- originally from Henderson, Nevada she started dancing at Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts. She attended the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts during high school. Her ballet studies included summers at Boston Ballet summer intensive and taking as many master classes as she could find and her ballet teachers could provide. In her senior year of high school, she started dancing at King Arthur’s Tournament at Excalibur Hotel Casino. Immediately following graduation, Heidi received a spot in the corps de ballet of the Albany Bershire Ballet, where she performed in Les Sylphides, Carmina Burana, and Graduation Ball. Shortly after Heidi came home to St. George after her parents had moved there and started teaching at Westside Studio for Sheila Bailey for about a year. She was also a soloist dancer in Tuacahn’s performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Heidi then moved away to Pocatello Idaho and got married. She finished her bachelors degree in Heath Education and taught ballet for 6 years in Pocatello Idaho, first with the Gateway Center for Theatre and Dance and then at the Brindusa Moore Ballet Academy. Heidi then took a break from dancing and teaching to be a mom to her 3 kids. Life has taken her back to St. George Utah teaching at Westside Studio and she couldn’t be happier!
Annica Wright developed her dancing talents at a young age while training under Joan Miller and Victoria Leigh at The Palm Beach Ballet Center in the genres of ballet, jazz, and modern. Her focus shifted to attend ballet companies such as Sarasota Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Houston Ballet. She attended Palm Beach County School of the Arts to continue her dance training. There she had an opportunity to start her professional ballet career with Ballet Florida and during her junior year performed in The Nutcracker and A Midsummer’s Night dream. She then accepted a scholarship to study year-round at the Houston Ballet Academy during her senior year of high school. Annica graduated high school in 1994 and began pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballerina with Houston Ballet dancing with their Corps de Ballet in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Cinderella, Manon, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote, and Peer Gynt. She then went on to dance with the Atlanta Ballet. After becoming a wife and mother, Annica has remained active in the arts and in the community by teaching ballet at Sunrise Dance Academy in Chubbuck, Idaho, and she currently teaches at Westside Dance Studio in St. George, Utah. She loves being able to teach ballet and share her love of the arts.