Meet The INSPIRE Team

MICHAEL SACKETT
FOUNDER & CEO

Michael has two spirited children and is the heart of INSPIRE. His credits include BYU‘s Vocal Point, Young Ambassadors and more recently as a featured soloist with Rob Gardner’s Spire Music. Michael loves working with youth and educating them about the importance and benefits of music and the arts in their lives. In his spare time, Michael likes to read, travel, play soccer, and spend time with his family.

LADAWN PETTITT
FOUNDER

LaDawn has loved the arts for as long as she can remember. She started performing at age 2 1/2 and hasn’t stopped. Her credits include multiple lead roles in various musicals, singing for the Life of Christ productions, including the filming of the oratorio in Jerusalem, and with Rob Gardner’s Spire Chorus in Lamb of God. LaDawn is passionate about education and is grateful every day to come to work at a place she believes in so entirely.

SHELLEY VAN SHAAR
COMPANY DANCE DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Shelley has been teaching in the dance and theatre industry for over 28 years. She has numerous awards in dance, choreography, and directing–helping thousands of students learn the gift and the art of dance. From 2002-2010, Shelley founded and ran a highly-acclaimed performing arts studio in Kansas and in 2007 was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce for using her time and talents to make a difference in her community. She is happily married and is the proud mother of four children.

KRISTA FOUTZ
DANCE COMPANY DIRECTOR (MESA)

Krista has been teaching dance and gymnastics for over 28 years. Krista danced professionally for many years before opening up her own dance studio in Northern Arizona. Krista loves the art form of dance and is passionate about helping children of all ages to use their dance talents for good. She enjoys teaching them that you don’t have to compromise your standards to accomplish goals and be successful. Krista’s favorite pastimes are hiking and riding crazy roller coasters, which she enjoys with her husband Brent and their 2 awesome sons, Trey and Crew.

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TAP INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Taani Farnsworth was born to be a dance teacher. She began dance at the age of 5 and has taught dance for over 30 years. Taani has trained with several renowned dancers including Savion Glover, Rosie Radiator, and Michael McBain.  She also enjoys taking her dancers to many competitions and to perform across the world. Taani is happily married with two dancing daughters Kailin & Karsyn along with a son Kaden who love hip hop.

ERIC SACKETT
PR/MARKETING DIRECTOR & COMPANY INSTRUCTOR

Eric is grateful for music and feels blessed to have been surrounded by it his entire life. Some highlights of Eric’s performing career include singing in BYU’s Vocal Point and Young Ambassador’s along with different groups across Utah Valley. Eric has played piano for 18 years. Eric and his wife have one delightful boy and an adorable girl. In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing with his kids, performing, writing and having fun.

ALEXIS STEPHENS
DANCE INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Alexis started dancing at three after finding a gift for the art of dance. With many academic and talent scholarships, she graduated in 2015 with her BFA in Dance Education. Alexis has worked with many prestigious studios in the valley helping her to become one of Arizona’s most sought-after contemporary choreographers. She has a hungry heart for dance and it is her passion to inspire others the way that dance has always inspired her.

232_opt (2)SARA GIBBONS
COMPANY & PRIVATE VOCAL INSTRUCTOR

Sara grew up in an extremely musical family and was blessed with parents who gave her many opportunities to learn and perform. She studied classical piano for 12 years, voice for 10 years and dance for 6 years and started singing professionally at age 11. Sara teaches Real World Vocal Training (RWVT) and continues to be amazed at what this method has done for her and her students! Her goal as a vocal teacher is to help each student find their individual voice, as unique to them as their speaking voice.

SARAH JORGENSEN
COMPANY & PRIVATE VOCAL/PIANO INSTRUCTOR

Sarah grew up in a musical family and began to perform at a young age. She’s had over 6 years of private vocal training, 8 years of piano training and danced since she could walk. Sarah was American Fork’s Outstanding Teen and a runner-up to Utah’s Distinguished Young Woman. She served an LDS mission to Auckland, New Zeland, and credits so much of who she is to her time of service. Sarah recently moved to Arizona with her husband Travis. She loves to golf, and ride her horse, Buddy.

ANDREW PALMA
HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR

Andrew Palma was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona and has been dancing for several years. His primary style of dance is hip hop and is currently part of a street fusion dance company called “Epik Dance Company.” He has performed on the Phoenix Suns Solar Hip Hop Squad and the Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. He has also danced competitively on Elektro Academy Dance Crew and earned the opportunity to represent the USA at Hip Hop International’s World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Not only does he have a passion in dance, but also in choreographing dance routines. Andrew choreographs for school dance companies and creates competitive routines for dance studios across the valley. He also has choreographed and was an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns “SunDance Kids.” Andrew’s primary focus in dance is to entertain and wants to use his experiences to mentor other aspiring dancers.

KYLEEN RIGGS-PRITCHETT
DANCE/MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

Kyleen was born and raised in Chandler, AZ. She has been singing and dancing since she could walk. She has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and modern dance and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music, Dance, and Theatre from Brigham Young University. Her favorite regional theatre credits include: The King and I, The Wizard of OZ, Bebe- A Chorus Line, Cinderella- Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Anita- West Side Story. Kyleen also toured with the BYU Young Ambassador group to Russia, Japan, and Canada, was a part of the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics production, Light of the World, worked for the Walt Disney World Co. in Florida, and played the role of Phyllis Dale/ Peggy Sawyer Understudy on the Asia/National touring company of 42nd Street. She has been a choreographer and dance instructor for 16 years in AZ, UT, ID and NV and loves teaching children of all ages. Kyleen is also trained in voice and has been a private instructor for 6 years and recently directed and choreographed the High School Musical, Jr. Edition in Henderson, NV. Along with her four sisters, Kyleen recently released their first Christian Gospel album entitled Relativity. She is excited to be working alongside so many inspiring and talented teachers at INSPIRE Entertainment Studios.

KARA KO
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Kara Ko was born and raised in Austin, Texas and started her passion of dance at the age of five. She grew up training in the styles of ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, improvisation, musical theater, tap, and clogging at her local dance studio, Cedar Park Dance Company. Kara was apart of her studio’s Elite competition team where she received many honors, recognitions and scholarships from dance competitions and conventions including Talent on Parade, Tremaine, Showstoppers, Star Power, Encore, and many more. She has danced at The Edge Performing Arts Center, Ballet Austin, L.A Millennium Dance Complex, and Broadway Dance Center in NYC. During her senior year in high school, she began to discover a new passion for teaching dance in all ages and levels. Kara is currently at Arizona State University majoring in Dance Education. Some of her long-term goals are to write a book about her dance experiences and to received her Masters in Dance Performance. She is excited to be apart INSPIRE Entertainment and to challenge and inspire her students!

TOBIN ANDERSON
BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Tobin Anderson began dancing at the age of 3 after watching her older sister’s ballet classes and decided she wanted to try it for herself. She danced under the direction of Mary Moe Adams ARAD until the age of 18, training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.
At the age of 18 Tobin decided to start on a different path with her dancing, she tried ballroom, she instantly fell in love with it and began training under the direction of Tara Rusafov. Tobin has been teaching dance for 6 years, she has taught styles such as ballet, lyrical, contemporary, improve, character dancing, and ballroom to all ages. Tobin now competes in Ballroom with her partner/teacher Carlos Soto, she also performs Aerial Hoop with a local family circus and hopes to join a circus in Europe someday.

HEATHER
OFFICE MANAGER/DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Heather enjoyed her eleven years of dance studying tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. During her teen years she assisted dance classes and performed and competed in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Disneyland and Disney World.  Heather is now a licensed cosmetologist, and enjoys teaching dance classes and watching her own daughters dance. Heather and her husband Myron, live in Mesa and have four children.

EMILY KOTARA
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Emily has been dancing since the age of two and has a special affinity for tap. Emily has danced and competed with the adult tap class, and loves teaching at Campbell’s. She has two sons, Trevor and Tony, and daughter Tiffany, who is quite the tap dancer herself. Emily loves being a grandma to Anakin, Talia Orion and Scarlett.

SHANNON ROGERS
MUSIC THEATRE JR. DIRECTOR

Shannon grew up dancing at Campbell’s Dance Studio. She spent many hours at the studio taking classes in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and gymnastics. She performed and attended many dance competitions in New York, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Florida. She graduated from ASU in elementary education and has been teaching first-fifth grade at EDUPRIZE School for 19 years. Many years ago, she took charge of the school’s musical theater program where she choreographed, directed, and put on four different shows with up to three casts at a time. This is where she discovered her talent for making stories come to life on stage. She enjoys inspiring kids to discover their love for singing, acting, and dancing. Shannon returned to Campbell’s, teaching musical theater for about 3 years. She has put on shows such as BUGZ, Safety Kids, Lemonade, Go Fish!, among others. She is looking forward to her time at INSPIRE directing Music Theater Junior.

LYNDSEY FAIRBANKS
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Lyndsey has been dancing since the age of three.  She has received many top awards throughout her years of competing with Turning Point Academy and Impact Dance.  She was a KAR kid multiple times, receiving recognition from many professional choreographers such as Sonya Teyah, Kathy Rose, Lucy Ballard and Marguerite Derricks.  Her passion for dance has continued to soar and hopes to instill that passion in her students.

JILLINE KASPER
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Dance has been an essential part of Jilline’s life since she was young. She began dancing when she was 3 years old and has continued through high school and college. Jilline attended Higley High School and was president of the company dance team. During her time there, she choreographed many dances for the company. Jilline was also involved with a private studio which competed frequently on the national level. She has competed dance in styles ranging from lyrical, jazz, musical theatre to tap and hip hop, and has won many top awards for group and solo routines. Since high school, Jilline has been teaching dance to a number of age groups in styles ranging from ballet, hip hop, tap, lyrical, and jazz. She has been teaching dance for over 4 years. While teaching dance, Jilline has continued to perform by dancing in the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant.

Jilline is currently in college studying to become a dental hygienist. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, family, and friends.

BRIANNA ROGERS
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Brianna studied dance for 14 years and has been teaching for the past 6. She has taken her dance training to perform all around the world including San Francisco, New York, the Bahamas, Greece, and China! As a member of Mesa High’s Euporea Dance Company and Christian Dance company, she developed her love for choreography, while earning several awards for her pieces. She is a seasoned dancer in the Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from ASU.

JAMES
HIP HOP/DANCE INSTRUCTOR

James was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona and attended Scottsdale Community College.  Hip Hop as a culture has always been an inspiration to James, from early days listening to “old school” and “funk” artists that his dad would play. He has performed on the WNMA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop squad and Phoenix Suns performance teams.  He has appeared on “Soul Train”, and opened for Lil Wayne, Krs-One, Ciara, The Pack, Juice, Kurtis Blow, and The Black Eye Peas.  He enjoys giving back to the community and sharing his experiences and dance knowledge with others.

MELODY BASTIAN
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Melody began her dance training at the age of 10. She was an original member of the Mesa High dance company, ”Euporea”. She was a member of the Mesa Community College dance company and the Arizona Rattler Sidewinder dance team as a dancer and choreographer. Melody has been married to her wonderful husband, Cole, for 14 years. They have two daughters (who are members of the CDC), a  son, and are expecting another boy in September. She has enjoyed sharing her love for dance as a teacher here at Campbells.

ALEX CRANDALL
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Alexandra Crandall grew up in Mesa, and danced on company at Campbell’s Dance Studio for eleven years. In college, Alex became the student president and choreographer of “Foot Poetry” tap dance company. There, she had the opportunity to dance with several performance groups in Utah, including Brigham Young University’s Vocal Point, and even took class from tap legend Savion Glover. She spent two years on faculty at BYU teaching tap dance before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.  Alex is currently in law school, but maintains her passion for dance. She is enthusiastic about teaching at INSPIRE, and loves working with her students each week.

STACY READING
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Stacy grew up in Gilbert and started taking gymnastics classes when she was three. She began teaching gymnastics the summer after high school and taught all through college and on and off since then. Stacy has a degree in Journalism from ASU and enjoys working in media relations as well.  She and her husband Johnny have four children and is happy to be working with the kids at INSPIRE.

MADELINE SCHULLER
BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Madeline trained at Adams Ballet Academy through Royal Academy of Dance. She has been dancing for fifteen years and teaching classical ballet for eight. She has danced in the Nutcracker with Ballet Arizona and Youth  American Ballet Academy, with roles such as Snowflake and Lead Arabian. She loves teaching and has enjoyed working with the dancers at INSPIRE.

ANDREW HEPPLER
GUITAR TEACHER

Andrew moved to Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and dog in 2010.  He has been playing guitar for twelve years.  He was trained in blues, country, classic rock, and hard rock.  In the San Antonio, Texas area he was active in the local rock show scene.
When Andrew isn’t teaching guitar, he works as a Tier II Technical Analyst at a medical software company.  He enjoys activities such as running, camping, and hiking.  He also loves to be active in his community and church.