Shaylee Bybee ~ Competition Teams, Academy Teams
Shaylee began her love for dance at the young age of 3 and has never stopped since. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern and Hip-Hop. Shaylee graduated from Weber State University's Nursing Program where she earned her BSN. Through all her schooling, Shaylee never left dance behind as she took Jazz and Ballroom classes during her time at Weber State. Shaylee has been teaching and choreographing for both Competition and Recreational Teams at Starstruck Dance & Tumbling for nearly 10 years and enjoys every minute of it.
When Shaylee is not teaching at the studio she is working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. She is an only child besides her fur siblings that she absolutely adores. Shaylee recently got engaged and hopes to bring little dancers into this world one day to share her love of the sport.
Talia Atkinson ~ Office Assistant
Talia discovered her love of dance at age 4. During her 14 years of competitive dance she always enjoyed working as a team and cheering on her teammates. In her Junior year of High School she discovered a new love, accounting and office life. Now she continues to support the art of dance and all the dancers at Starstruck while working in the office. When not at the studio you can find her at Weber State University studying Accounting or working as an assistant at West & West Accounting.
Talia also enjoys the theater, Broadway shows and spending time with her family. Talia is an excellent addition to our Staff and we love having her in the office to help us all.
Mandy Baty ~ Teacher Assistant, Tots Tumbling, Tots Dance
Mandy started dancing at 3 years old and joined Starstruck Dance & Tumbling when she was just 6 and continued competitive dance and tumbling. At 12 Mandy was a Cheerleader at her Jr High School and continued Cheering on her High School Team as well. Mandy loves teaching and helping kids with tumbling, dance and cheer skills.
Ashley Richards ~ Competition Hip Hop
Ashley started off her dance career on a Dance Drill Team in Idaho. She then found her passion for Hip Hop when she hit College. She has now been teaching at Utah State University for six (6) years, Weber State University for two (2) years and this will be her second year teaching Hip Hop at Starstruck. She has also choreographed for High School Drill Teams and many other local events. Ashley loves dancing and being able to use what she has learned to teach others.
Kayleigh Lewis ~ Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Competition Teams
Kayleigh trained at a local studio in Kaysville for 9 years. She was trained in Ballet, Ballroom, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has trained with many professional choreographers and won many scholarships through conventions and competitions throughout her dance career. She has a love and respect for this art and it's something that she cherishes. Kayleigh loves teaching and sharing her passion with others who love this art.
Kayleigh has a mini Aussie who is her world. She loves camping, traveling the world, coloring and spending time with her family and friends. Kayleigh is currently in cosmetology school as he has always loved the beauty industry. Her favorite thing is helping people feel beautiful both inside and out.
Trevin Brown ~ Tumbling, Cheer, Stunting
Trevin has been a tumbling coach for 8 years and a cheer coach for 7 years. Trevin has a love for tumbling and has been doing it since he was 6 years old. In fact he initially taught himself how to tumble. Trevin cheered for Weber State University and for the Utah Jazz Stunt Team.
Trevin won the state in Power Tumbling level 9 in 2014. He is great with kids and always smiling and putting smiles on the kids too. He is honest to the kids and helps them push hard to reach their goals. Trevin ensures they have all the tumbling they need before moving on to something else. He doesn't like skipping skills. Trevin loves his job and watching kids reach their tumbling potential.
Taylar Craddock ~ Competition Teams, Academy Teams
Taylar Craddock received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she studied many different genres of dance. Styles include modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, African, choreography classes and many more. While there she performed and choreographed for many different productions. She has performed in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the 2018 Stadium of Fire. She has had the opportunity to be an extra in movies such as Pitch Perfect 2, Beautiful Creatures and a Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Video.
She performed in a dance choreographed by Martha Graham's principle dancer Blakeley White McGuire in 2014. She has had many different professional experiences while acquiring her dance degree. She was also able to attend many different workshops and conventions. Taylar has also been able to dance along side many dance professionals in her career. She is currently teaching movement at Syracuse Arts Academy Charter School.
Bekah Winger ~ Competition Teams, Academy Teams
Bekah began her dancing career right here at Starstruck. Quickly she made her way onto a Competition Team and excelled in every area of dance. Bekah immediately had a love for dance that most kids take years to acquire. Contemporary soon become her favorite and she choregraphed her own first solo at the young age of 13. Bekah continues to do choreography for both solos, duets, teams and for herself. Bekah continues her schooling locally at Weber State University where she plans to enter the medical field.
Gavin McKenna ~ Tumbling, Cheer, Stunting, Acro
Gavin comes to Starstruck with fantastic experience, training, technique and LOVE for the sport. Gavin has a background in Gymnastics, Capoera, Diving, Cheerleading, and Circus Acrobatics. He was a diver at The Mayan Restaurant At Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah. He did competitive College Cheer for 8 years, winning the National Title with Weber State University in 2009. Gavin has also competed on 2 All-Star Cheer Teams. He is currently doing partner acrobatics with his beautiful wife Mandy. They do various performance across the state. Gavin is also a member of the Utah Jazz Stunt Team.
Heather Biorge ~ Competition Teams, Modern, Ballet & Jazz Technique
Heather began her dance training at the age of 6 and studied Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary at a local dance studio. She later went on to become a member of the Weber High Warriorette Drill Team for her sophomore and junior year where she had the opportunity to compete on a national level. Although she loved dancing for her school she decided she wanted to expand her training, which lead her to the decision to attend the Salt Lake High School for the Performing Arts where she found a new passion for Modern and Ballet.
After graduating, Heather auditioned for the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah in 2009 and spent the next four years in the studio training extensively in Modern, Ballet, and Jazz to name a few. During her time at the U of U she had the opportunity to perform and train with professional companies and choreographers including Martha Graham Company, Gallim Dance, Neta Dance Company, MOMIX, Keigwin and Company, Complexions, Johannes Weiland Dance, Joe Goode Performing Company, Elaine Kudo, and Sidra Bell. In the spring of 2013 she graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance.
Heather has spent the past 10 years teaching students of all ages in both a competitive and recreational setting. She has taught for studios, public schools, drill teams, summer camps, and after school dance programs for underprivileged youth. She has been an Instructor at American Dance Training Camps for three years and was also a performer and dancer at Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah. Heather is a certified competition adjudicator and enjoys working with various dance events in Utah. In 2014 she moved to California to expand her training and work with some of the best studios in the state. She coached the Weber High Drill Team alongside Brandy and was also the Director of the Weber High Dance Company.
Robin Romero ~ Children's Tap, Adult Tap
Robin has been involved with Tap for 25+ years. She enjoys teaching both the young kids and the "experienced older kids."
Brandy Christensen ~ Owner - Directress (Competition Teams & Academy Teams)
Brandy began her dance career as a member of the 1990-1992 State Champion Clearfield Drill Team. That same year she was involved in a serious car accident that nearly took her life. She worked hard in physical therapy for two years and was able to continue dancing and fulfill her lifelong dream of dancing for the Utah Jazz. Throughout her 8 years on the team she choreographed and performed numerous halftime routines and had the opportunity to perform at many local events as well as the European International Basketball Championships where she choreographed halftime and time-out routines. Brandy also performed in the ceremonies for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
For the past 20+ years Brandy has worked with several drill teams, dance studios, cheer teams, and soloists across Utah and has been an adjudicator at many state and national dance competitions. Brandy’s passion for dance and teaching led her to open Starstruck, a studio geared towards helping children and teens discover the best in themselves through dance. Since it’s opening in 2008, Starstruck has grown tremendously and has provided dancers with the opportunity to learn in a welcoming and constructive environment. Brandy is the head coach for the Weber High School Drill Team and has enjoyed being able to work with so many dancers both in the studio and at the school.
Brandy is passionate about her family, health and nutrition, and helping people discover the best in themselves. Brandy is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children, two of which are also dancers. She has loved being able to work with so many studios, directors, and dancers through SDC and hopes that dancers will continue to leave feeling inspired and motivated to continue pursuing their dreams.