At United Dance Center we are committed to creating a
POSITIVE, FUN, and CREATIVE learning environment in which
ALL dancers learn correct and proper dance technique.
Owner/Director: Megan Hansen
Studio Phone Number: 385-287-0146
1513 N. Exchange Drive
Saratoga Springs, Utah 84045
Studio Phone Number: 385-287-0146
1513 N. Exchange Drive
Saratoga Springs, Utah 84045
United Dance Center Owner - Megan Hansen
Megan was born and raised in Alpine, Utah. At the young age of five she began dancing and never stopped. She fell in love with teaching dance as an assistant teacher at the age of 14. Megan attended Lone Peak High School and participated on the State Champion Drill Team where she served as an officer and won the Coaches Choice Award. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Utah Valley University where she took several dance education courses. Megan graduated with a degree in Communication and strives to provide clear communication throughout the year to all of the dancers and their parents. Megan served as the Head Coach for the Lone Peak High School Drill Team from 2007-2011 where her teams received multiple awards including several region championships and placed in the top five at the state competition every year. She opened United Dance Center in 2011 and has loved sharing her passion with UDC dancers. United Dance Center has received High Point Awards at every competition they have attended for the last 5 years. She has three daughters and enjoys spending time with her family. Megan plans to continue her career in providing a great atmosphere for all dance students to learn proper dance technique for many years to come!
Hip Hop Director & Instructor - Lexi Labrum:
Dancing for 21 years, Lexi Yraguen is so excited to teach what she has learned. She has been a member on multiple teams and trained in many areas of dance including; jazz, hip hop, ballet, pointe, contemporary, pom, modern, tumbling, etc. Early training from Salt City Stars studio helped her to become a member of the Bingham High School Drill Team (Minerettes) where she took part in 3 Region titles, 3 National championships, and 2 State championship titles. During her time on the Minerettes, she was awarded the “Minerette of the Year” award, Astra's Brightest Star Scholarship, and became a member of the “All-State Drill Team”. Her senior year of high school she was appointed to be the President of the Drill Team, leading 22 other girls through an amazing year. After graduating high school, she became a 2 year member of the Utah Valley University Dance Team. During that time she was awarded many leadership and scholastic scholarships. Best of all, Lexi and her team were named “National Champions” in 2014 where they made history by winning over 33 teams in the open dance category. After many years of her own dance training, Lexi decided that she wanted to share her knowledge and experience by teaching others. She is now a teacher at HIP Dance Studio, United Dance Center, and Riverton High School where she serves as the Head Drill Team Coach. She is a Nation-wide choreographer and dance instructor for many award winning routines and teams. She is currently a member of the EPIC Drill team camp staff where she choreographs and teaches for dance teams all over the world. Aside from dancing, during the years of 2014-2015 she was awarded “Miss South Jordan” where she competed at “Miss Utah” and served her city through her platform of “Suicide Prevention-Speak Up-Reach Out”. This platform has influenced her to pursue making a difference in others for the rest of her life. She decided to apply for and was accepted into for the prestigious UVU Bachelor of Social Work Program and was selected as a member of the 2015 BSW cohort. During these years, she interned at the Utah State Hospital as a social work trainee. In spring of 2017, Lexi graduated with her Bachelors and will be soon pursuing her Masters. She aspires to soon be a Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) when receiving her masters degree. Lexi is married to the best man in the world, is a true Harry Potter fan, and loves her family!
Jazz Director & Instructor - Michelle Mower:
Michelle began dancing at age four, training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She danced on Lone Peak High School’s drill team for three years, two of which she served as a captain. In 2012 Michelle received the Drill All-State, All-Region, and Academic All-Region Awards. In 2013 she again received the Drill Academic All-Region Award, as well as the Drill Academic All-State Award. She placed in the Top Ten at the Miss Drill Team Utah Pageant two years in a row, and was awarded the 2012 Camp Rockstar Award at Basic Dance Training’s summer camp. Michelle began teaching dance in 2011, and joined the UDC staff in 2014. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and hopes to pursue a Master’s in Education. Michelle lives in Salt Lake City and loves helping her students find and create meaning through dance.
Ballet Director & Instructor - Mallory Welch:
Mallory began training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary at eight years old and hasn't stopped dancing since. She was a member of the Lone Peak High School Drill Team from 2006 to 2009 and served as the Team President her senior year. Upon graduation she was brought on as an assistant coach from 2009-2010 where she helped the team place in the top three at the 2010 5A state competition. At Utah Valley University she received further ballet technique and pointe training from the Ballet Program Director, Nichole Ortega. She continues to study ballet through regular ballet classes, seminars, and reading. She has experience teaching preschool through high-school-aged dancers and loves teaching classical ballet technique and terminology and preparing our more advanced students for pointe work. Mallory graduated from Brigham Young University in Art History and Curatorial Studies and enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.
Assistant Studio Director & Instructor - Mallory Wilcox:
Born and raised in Utah, Mallory began dancing when she was 5 and immediately fell in love with it! At the age of 9 she started competing, and developing her passion for dance even more. Over the years she has helped her teams win many overall awards. Mallory then came to United Dance Center in 2012 and participated on their highest competition teams for four years, and loved every minute of it. Mallory also enjoyed participating with dance companies at school and on the High School Drill Team. Throughout her training years Mallory became an accomplished dancer and was chosen as the Pointe Soloist for United Dance Center's ballet production number. During her senior year in high school Mallory became an Intern as an Assistant to the Director at UDC, and loved being able to help the studio in any way she could. Mallory has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical. She started assisted teaching when she was 16 and loved learning how to best teach dancers how to develop their passion for dance. Mallory currently is attending UVU Majoring in Business and Minoring in Dance. She will continue to teach classes as well as Assist Megan as the Assistant Director at UDC. She is excited to watch UDC’s amazing dancers learn and grow!
Instructor - Erin Cook:
Erin grew up in Utah and has been dancing as long as she can remember. She began at Children's Vision Dance Studio and then moved to Esprit De Corps Dance Company where she focused on jazz, contemporary, and ballet technique. She competed on the highest company for several years before she joined the Spanish Fork Drill Team, where she served two years as Team Captain. She had the opportunity to choreograph routines for both her high school drill team and dance company, and found her passion for creating movement there. She was awarded the All Region and Academic All State recognition all 3 years of school. Throughout her schooling she assistant taught at several local studios. After high school she began a career in cosmetology, and is currently studying exercise and wellness at BYU with a minor in dance. She looks forward to sharing her strong passion for dance with young dancers and inspiring them as she has been inspired.
Instructor - Taylor Crowther:
Tayler began her passion for dance at just three years old. She has been trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet. She attended Shellies School of Dance, Elite Academy, and MCD Dance Academy. While attending MCD Academy she was named Team Captain and Co-choreographer on the highest level competition team for two consecutive years. She was also a part of her middle school dance team and served as Team Captain her eighth and ninth grade years. Shortly after, she became a member of the Riverton High School Drill Team and served as an Officer her senior year. Currently she is attending Salt Lake Community College and pursuing her future career in elementary education. Tayler has a passion for leadership and currently teaches at several studios around the valley including United Dance Center, MCD Dance Academy, and Elite Dance Studio. She hopes to share her love of dance and inspire dancers the be the absolute best they can be.
Instructor - Brinley Durrant:
Brinley started dancing at the age of three and loved dancing (even though she danced with a cast on her leg for her very first recital!) She began being trained in jazz, tap and ballet at a very young age. Once she took her first hip hop class at age 8, she knew she found her passion. At the age of nine Brinley moved studios and started dancing with United Dance Center, the first year they opened. Brinley took recreational classes until she was ten years old and then decided to join the competition team at UDC. Brinley has danced with UDC Competition Teams for the past six year, and has been on the highest competition team for four years. Throughout her competition career, Brinley has been trained in ballet / pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. She is known for her uplifting personality and strong performance skills. She has loved being at United Dance Center and is a natural teacher and leader. Owner, Megan Hansen asked Brinley to become an assistant teacher years ago. She has co - taught and choreographed routines for UDC for the past 3 years. She is now focusing on teaching Hip Hop to both competition teams and once per week type classes at UDC!
Instructor - Alley Evans:
Alley was born and raised in Utah. She started dancing when she was 3 and has competed in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Clogging. She also performed Ballet West in the Nutcracker for two years. She has taught dance at Extravadance Studio and Elite Academy, teaching Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop. Her sophomore year in High School she participated on the Dance Company and then the Drill Team her junior and senior years at Riverton High School. After High School she went to SUU for a year and then served an LDS mission in North Carolina. After returning from North Carolina, she met her now husband Tucker and they live in Riverton. She has coached at Taylorsville High School for 2 years and is currently an Assistant at Riverton High School. When she is not teaching dance, she is spending her days in the salon doing hair, microblading, and lashes.
Instructor - McCall Funk:
McCall Funk was born and raised in Utah. She started dancing at age three and hasn’t stopped since! McCall began competitive dancing at age seven and has trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern styles. During high school she danced for West Lake High School Drill team and Dance Company. She started dancing at United Dance Center her Junior year and absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere there. McCall is a graduate of West Lake High School and is currently studying hair design. After completion, she plans to attend college in order to study business. McCall is very excited to teach and share her passion for dance with others!
Instructor - Jaylee Gardner:
Jaylee Gardner graduated in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and while at BYU she danced on the now 17-time national champion BYU Cougarette dance team. She enjoys teaching at various studios and working with various dance/drill teams throughout Utah. Jaylee is a guest instructor for many dance camps and workshops throughout the west coast. She recently worked with a team from Kashiwa Japan teaching contemporary and technique master classes. Jaylee is a well known choreographer for both studio and dance/drill. Before joining the BYU Cougarettes Jaylee danced on the Lone Peak drill team for three years, serving her last two years as captain. Jaylee also was the Dance Sterling Scholar for Lone Peak in 2012-2013. Jaylee loves working with dancers, teaching and encouraging them through her passion for dance.
Instructor - Bailey Harris:
Bailey started dancing competitively at the age of seven with Illuzion Dance, under the instruction of Melissa Ross. Bailey was trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop and competed with Illusion Dance until her Freshman year of High School. Bailey made the Riverton High School drill team as a Freshman and had the honor her senior year to serve as president of the team, as well as being named an All-State team member. Bailey is now attending Salt Lake Community College as a full-time student and plans to get her degree in Interior Design. Bailey is excited for this opportunity to teach and continue sharing her passion and love for dance.
Instructor - Alyssa Homer:
Alyssa Homer began her passion for dance at the age of three, training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. She received her training from Jacqueline’s School of Ballet and The Pointe Academy. Alyssa was the recipient of the Pointe Break scholarship award selected by the renowned choreographers Liz Imperio and Brandon Bryant. She was a member of the Lone Peak High School Drill Team and was selected as a captain her senior year. Alyssa was consistently recognized for her ability to engage the audience in her performance. She was awarded “Best Performer” by her coaches and teammates. Alyssa is currently attending Utah Valley University and is majoring in Dance Education. Alyssa has a passion for teaching and helping young girls gain confidence and a love for dance.
Instructor - Brooke Madigan:
Brooke has always had a great love and passion for dance. During her earlier years of dancing, she trained and also taught at the Performers Place Dance Studio, where she became Dance Captain of the Top Level Competition Team. She danced there for 8 years. In high school she went to Pioneer For The Performing Arts and was part of their Dance Academy program. Brooke first started assistant teaching when she was 12 years old and hasn’t stopped teaching since. Brooke has taught dancers ages 3 - 18 for several years and joined United Dance Center in 2018! Brooke enjoys working with dancers of all ages at United Dance Center in both regular classes and in doing private type lessons. She plans each lesson directly around that individual student targeting specifically what they need personally helping them grow and reach their personal goals. She also enjoys working with special needs kids, helping them to feel welcomed, excited and confident in their own dance experience. Brooke specializes in jazz and lyrical dance, but has trained in all types of dance. She views dancing as a great way of expressing emotions, and loves that dance can be helpful when dealing with difficult emotions.
Instructor - Sydney Visser:
Sydney Visser began her love and passion for dancing at the age of 3 years old, where she trained extensively in a variety of styles. These styles of dance included: ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip-hop. Sydney was a member of the Lone Peak High School drill team, and was dance captain for her junior and senior years, helping her team take fourth place at the 2013 5A State Competition and first place at nationals. While on drill, she received a variety of accomplishments including All-State and All-Region Drill Team member for her junior and senior years, Top-Corp finalist at the Basic Dance Training summer camp two years in a row, 2nd attendant at Miss Drill Utah competition, top ten at Miss Drill Nationals, and various other high-point solo awards. At Utah Valley University, Sydney furthered her ballet and pointe technique by being a part of the UVU Ballet team for 2 years. Sydney is now graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Elementary Education. Sydney has a deep love for teaching, and is so grateful to be a teacher at United Dance Center to inspire, lift, and train other dancers to reach their full potential.
Instructor - Demi Weese:
Demi Weese was born and raised in Lehi, Utah. Growing up she trained in Gymnastics for eight years. She participated on the school cheer team for 3 years, and Macs All Star Cheer for 2 years. While competing with Macs All Star Cheer, her team competed at Worlds. Demi has been coaching team gymnastics at the Lehi Legacy Center for the past two years and is excited to also teach Tumbling classes at United Dance Center. She loves helping dancers incorporate tumbling into their dance routines. Demi also enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, four wheeling, and biking. She enjoys excelling as an athlete and is currently training for a triathlon.
Instructor - Karlee West:
Karlee West started her dancing career at a local recreation center when she was three years old. She would later attend Canyon View Arts Center for six years, where she trained under Andrea Edwards in Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Composition. Karlee was a member of her Middle School Dance Company, being chosen as Co-Captain her second year when she was only 13. She was also a member of the Riverton High School "Silverline" Drill Team for three years, serving as an officer for two of those years. Karlee was selected by her coaches for the All-Region team her senior year. Karlee is currently attending Salt Lake Community College, majoring in Physical Therapy, and is a member of the Salt Lake Community College Dance Company. After completing her associate's degree, Karlee hopes to transfer to the University of Utah to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine. Karlee has always loved the leadership role, and she is beyond excited for the opportunity to pass on her love of dance as an instructor at United Dance Center.