Arianna Mevs, The Dance Box owner

Arianna Mevs

Owner & Director 

Arianna Mevs recently concluded her time as a member of the professional contemporary company Oquirrh West and has collaborated and performed in five professional performances within the past year in the modern and contemporary genres.
 

As a child, Arianna was introduced to movement through creative dance with the Virginia Tanner Program. She then began her training in classical ballet with Jacqueline's School of Ballet (Utah Metropolitan Ballet) and Wasatch Ballet in Utah County; dancing solos en pointe for full-length ballets. She has over 18 years of classical ballet training.

Arianna was the captain of her high school dance team and a member of BYU Youth Ballroom’s  esteemed competitive traveling tour team; earning the highest titles at the National DanceSport Competition.

 

Arianna received an academic and a talent scholarship from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She was a member of the BYU-Idaho Collegiate Contemporary Team for four seasons; dancing principle roles. She was also a member of the university’s traveling tour team; Dance Alliance. She had contemporary and ballet solos in the 2012 tour to New York City and New England.

 

Arianna graduated with honors in her dance minor and business major from Brigham Young University-Idaho where she received education in all forms of dance such as jazz and world dance with a heavy emphasis in modern and ballet.
 

Arianna was a company member of the modern dance company Aspire for one season before moving to Salt Lake. She has over 9 years of teaching experience in creative dance, ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern in children and advanced adult classes and works as a guest choreographer and teacher; most recently guest teaching in the Bay Area.
 

Arianna constantly immerses and engages herself in the professional and academic dance community as a student, performer, and observer, to aid in keeping the art and instruction within The Dance Box fresh, smart, and relevant.

Arianna Mevs The Dance Box Owner

a note from Miss Arianna

We are humbled to help our students know their bodies & minds are very, very special. 

I have observed a shift in dance education as it has pulled away from a focus on dance as a meaningful art form. We are committed within The Dance Box to remain firmly rooted in educating & practicing the purity of the art & facilitating the encouragement & positivity it can provide our community & its children.

Jonathan Kim

Faculty Member

Jonathan became a full time company member of Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) in 2019 after guesting in their 2018 Fall Concert. He is now in his second year with RDT. 

 

He recently performed with the professional dance company SALT Contemporary Dance for six seasons while being the director of the SALT Pro program. 

 

He performed works by Doris Humphrey, Donald McKayle, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Brendan Duggan, Hilary Thomas, Lar Lubovitch, Penny Saunders, Joni McDonald, and Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof. 

 

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Jonathan Kim graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Dance.

He worked with Kelly Alvarez and Artists, Embark Dance Theatre, Lineage Dance Company, and SJDanceCo.

 

Jonathan believes in empowering his students through creativity and choice-making and brings a gentle spirit of kindness and optimism to the studio. He is an exceptional example as an artist and dancer. 

Louisa Rankin

Faculty Member

Louisa Rankin is a dance advocate, educator, and choreographer. She received an M.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and is currently working as a faculty member of the Brigham Young University Dance Department.

 

She advocates for dance as a significant academic pursuit and is a strong proponent for dance education for all ages. Louisa has over 8 years of experience teaching dance to children in genres of ballet, creative movement, improvisation, jazz, and modern.

Her interests began as a drummer and creative writer and accumulated in the study of dance. Louisa is inspired by diverse rhythmic patterns, sound design, and movement generated through improvisation.

She is the 2018 recipient of the L. Scott Marsh Mentorship Award at the University of Utah, and has taught dance workshops in New York, Texas, Utah, Idaho, and the New England area.

 

Louisa has performed with U of U Performing Dance Company, BYU - Idaho Dance Alliance, The Dance Collaborative, and Aspire Modern Dance Company, and has worked with Stephen Koester, Shannon Vance Mckechnie, Wendy Bone, Ashley Hoopes, and Gary Larsen.

 

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Noriko has been choreographing her own work since high school.  During college, Noriko has created two pieces that were accepted in the Modern Dance Student Concert and two senior pieces for graduation. 

Currently, Noriko is teaching dance at Repretory Dance Theatre downtown and choreographing and performing in Salt Lake City, Utah. And has performed and collaborated as a guest artist for professional works with the professional contemporary companies Salt and Wasatch Contemporary. 

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Noriko Bell

Faculty Member

Noriko is from Michigan where she began her training in modern dance and graham technique; which still highly influences her movement and choreography today.  Noriko continued her training at the University of Utah for a BFA in Modern Dance and graduated in 2018. 

While at the U of U, she participated in faculty work, student work, and guest artists’ works such as Yannis Adoniou, Lesley Telford, Steve Koester and Daniel Clifton.  She also had the opportunity to be a guest dancer for Doug Varone and Dancers in their work in the shelter of the fold and  Repertory Dance Theatre for José Limon’s Missa Brevis.

 

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Samantha Tagge

Faculty Member & Assistant Teacher

Miss Samantha trained under the direction of Ms. Janet Gray in ballet, modern, and jazz for 15 years. She has performed in Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker” and studied at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Samantha has her Bachelor's degree in Dance Education from Utah Valley University where she was a member of the Synergy Dance Company. Sam is thrilled to continue her teaching career at The Dance Box Studio.

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Miss Sam was awarded Holladay Artist of the Month in the City Journal and recognized at Holladay's annual Reflections in Dance event in 2019. 

Miss Sam choreographs for student companies, most recently setting a piece for Olympus Jr High's performing company. 

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Samijo Kougioulis

Faculty Member

Samijo Kougioulis is currently a faculty member of the Weber State University Dance Department and Utah Valley University Dance Department. She has a masters degree in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. 

 

Samijo is a Certified Laban Movement Analysts incorporating Labanotation and Bartenieff Fundamentals into her practice/pedagogy through a University scholarship in the Integrated Movement Studies program.

 

Prior to entering the MFA program, Samijo taught Health and Dance at Hillcrest Junior High School which sparked a seed of interest in continuing to educate and promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle with dance as the medium.

Samijo graduated Magna Cum Laude at Southern Utah University, receiving a BS in Dance Performance. During her undergraduate degree, she discovered a love for Modern Dance during a study abroad at Fontys University for the Arts (Dance Academy) in Tilburg, The Netherlands. While she was there, she took technique classes with Scapino Ballet and traveled to many countries all over Europe. 

 

Samijo has performed in works choreographed by local and international artists such as Stephen Koester, Pamela Geber Handman, Molly Heller, Luc Vanier, Daniel Clifton, Raymond Esterhuizen (NL) and Johnny Lloyd (NL). She performed with Odyssey Dance Theater in 2011 and is trained in Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Dance Theater.

 

Samijo has many years experience teaching children in a studio setting and is such a calm and encouraging presence.

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In it's 2017-2018 season, Allie was a company member of Western Dance Project, under the direction of Whitney Moncrief, and performed work by Christian Denice.

She has been a dance instructor and assistant for over 8 years at various studios in the
Chicagoland, Kalamazoo, and Metro Detroit areas teaching ballet, jazz, modern, improvisation
and pointe. This is Allie’s first assisting at The Dance Box, and she is thrilled to be contributing
artistry to the dance communities in Utah.

 

 

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Allie Renner

Assistant Teacher

Allie C. Renner first started her dance training in Cary, Illinois with Cary-Grove Performing Arts Centre. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University (WMU) in
Spring 2020.

Allie is a professional dancer with Salt Contemporary Dance Company in Salt Lake City.


While at WMU, she performed works by Jackie Nowicki, Kyle Abraham, Antony Tudor, Azure Barton, George Balanchine, BAIRA/MVMT PHLOSPHY, Yin Yue, Joseph A. Hernandez, and many more.

 

 

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Shelley Swapp

Faculty Member

Shelley grew up dancing in the Salt Lake Valley, studying ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance with the Jolene Kennedy School of Dance.

Shelley studied and competed at the University of Utah. 
 

For the past 20+ years Shelley has had the opportunity to teach in studios in Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, California, and Utah and is thrilled to be back in her home state sharing her love of dance with the students at The Dance Box.

Miss Shelley teaches Kindergarten and Pre-K dance classes within The Dance Box and nurtures an undeniable spirit of creativity and kindness in her classes.

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