Meet The INSPIRE Team

Michael Sackett

Michael Sackett

CEO

Michael 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 and two spirited kids.

LaDawn Pettitt

LaDawn Pettitt

Co-Owner

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.

Eric Sackett

Eric Sackett

Marketing & VP Director

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 Ambassadors along with different groups across Utah Valley. Eric has taught music now for over 10 years. Eric and his wife have three delightful little kids and in his spare time, Eric enjoys playing with his kids, performing, writing, and having fun.

Krista Foutz

Krista Foutz

Studio Director & Hip Hop Co. Director

Krista has been the Dance Company Director at INSPIRE Entertainment as well as the Studio Manager at the Mesa location. She is excited to be the new Studio Director at our brand new building this Fall. She is grateful to get to work with so many amazing and talented people and loves the families at INSPIRE. Krista has taken a special interest in the style of Hip Hop and is also excited to start the new INSPIRE Hip Hop Crew, which will be a competitive Hip Hop team. (Click on picture for full bio)

Kyleen Pritchett

Kyleen Pritchett

Artistic Director

Kyleen, an Arizona native, and mother of 6, began singing and dancing at the age of 3. A trained dancer in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and modern dance, Kyleen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Music, Dance, & Theatre. While there, Kyleen performed with the BYU Young Ambassador group, touring Russia, Japan, and Canada, and was a part of the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics special production, Light of the World. (Click on picture for full bio).

Shelley Van Shaar

Shelley Van Shaar

Dance Company Director

Shelley has been teaching in the dance and theatre industry for over 30 years. She has numerous awards in dance, choreography, and directing–helping thousands of students learn the gift and the art of dance. (Click on picture to see full bio).

Taani Farnsworth

Taani Farnsworth

Admin Director & Tap Co. Director

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 loves hip-hop.

Lyndsey Fairbanks

Lyndsey Fairbanks

Dance Company Assistant Director

Lyndsey Fairbanks has been dancing since the age of three. It was undeniable that at a very young age music and dance was a passion for her. She trained in Mesa, AZ at Impact Dance where she learned hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. In her training years she received many regional and national titles and scholarships all around the country. She has worked with and has been recognized by many choreographers like, Sonya Teyah, Kathy Rose, Lucy Ballard, and Marguerite Derricks, for her technique and artistry. In high school she became the president of her dance team and quickly fell In love with the art of choreography and it is now her true passion to create inspiring pieces and tell stories through her movement. She has been teaching almost 10 years and in those years has received many choreography, costume design and top placement awards. Lyndsey’s main goal is to instill confidence in her students and to uplift and INSPIRE with her passion for music and movement.

Sarah Jorgensen

Sarah Jorgensen

VP/Prep/Minis Director

Sarah grew up in a musical family and began to perform at a young age. She’s had over 8 years of private vocal training, 10 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 is happily married and has two beautiful boys. She loves to golf, and ride her horse, Buddy.

Katie Austin

Katie Austin

Office Manager
Heather Morris

Heather Morris

Dance Academy Director
Jen Beals

Jen Beals

Boutique Manager & Dance Instructor
Shannon Rogers

Shannon Rogers

Music Theatre Jr. Director

Shannon has been directing at INSPIRE now for 5 years. She spends her days teaching first through fifth grade at EDUPRIZE but always looks forward to the challenge and thrill of bringing stories to life on stage. She’s excited to continue helping students grow into INSPIRE performers!

Rachel Fawkes

Rachel Fawkes

Office Staff

Rachel has been with INSPIRE now for 5 years and has LOVED her time at the studio. You’ll see her happy face welcoming you when you come and go. She has been happily married for 5 years to the best husband in the world and is looking forward to starting her family soon!

James "Amani Jae" Ricks

James "Amani Jae" Ricks

Hip Hop 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.

ASHLEY THIGPIN
OFFICE STAFF

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MELODY BASTIAN
DANCE COMPANY 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 INSPIRE’s Dance Company), a  son, and are expecting another boy in September. She has enjoyed sharing her love for dance as a teacher here at INSPIRE.

@melodybastian

SHAYE EDWARDS
DANCE COMPANY INSTRUCTOR

Shaye Edwards, from Mesa, Arizona received her dance training from Impact Dance Studio where she trained in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, tap, and acro. Shaye was a member for four years and dance captain for two years of the 19-time National Champion BYU Cougarettes. The Cougarettes won 5 of those national titles while Shaye was on the team. Shaye choreographed several routines throughout her 4 years on Cougarettes, including their hip hop dance with Cosmo to “Rolex” that went viral. Shaye has also choreographed numerous hip hop, contemporary, and jazz routines in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Kentucky, and Nebraska. In high school, Shaye was a member of the Mountain View high school Varsity Pom team. She has received numerous awards including a state champion title with her Pom team in 2013, runner-up national titles with her Pom team at UDA and USA nationals, and more. She has worked with several outstanding choreographers including Shandon Perez, Karl Mundt, Shannon Mathers, Sonja Tayeh, and more. In 2018 and 2019, Shaye was the assistant coach for the Bingham Minerettes Drill team and led them to second place in the State finals. Shaye loves teaching because it is so fulfilling to see her students grow into beautiful dancers and people!

@shaye.edwards

KERRY TAYLOR
TUMBLING INSTRUCTOR

@kerrytaylor

ALEXIS STEPHENS
DANCE COMPANY INSTRUCTOR

Alexis Stephens began dancing at the early age of three. Growing up she had the opportunity to work with renowned ballet instructor Olga Tarasova, among other highly educated instructors. She studied extensively in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. After her journey with competing ended, she continued her pursuit of dance by diving into the realm of choreography. After high school, she continued her choreographic and performance pursuits at Arizona State University, where she graduated in 2015 with her BFA in Dance Education. While she attended ASU, Alexis was awarded several academic and dance talent scholarships. Upon completion of the program, she was honored to have been awarded a certificate from the School of Dance for “Outstanding Achievement in Performance.”
Throughout her dance career, Alexis has been privileged to work with…READ MORE

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KENZIE ABALOS
OFFICE STAFF

MEGAN SACKETT
DANCE/MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

Megan loves music and dancing — it has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She trained in piano, voice, and many styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Megan also has a teaching degree, so getting to teach dance/music theater to children really is the dream job! One major highlight of her performing career was performing at a summer theater in Bear Lake, UT  … where she met her husband, Eric!  They now have 3 energetic kiddos. She also loves to bake and spend time with her family!

@megbsackett

ANNA STAFFIERI
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Anna Staffieri grew up training in Arizona in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pom, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Acro, and Hip Hop. Competing, performing in a variety of productions, and learning from many teachers locally in Arizona and across the nation. She continued her dance training into college at Brigham Young University where she was a part of their National Champion dance team the Cougarettes. She has taught at dance camps and studios in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California. Multiple of her students have gone on to compete on dance teams and perform at the collegiate level.

Her belief is that to create a great dancer you must not only build their technique but also their love for dance and desire to work hard. In the words of Martha Graham, “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
She currently resides in Mesa with her husband and 5 children and still dances herself when she can fit it in.

@flpd4dance

HEATHER FERGUSON
COMBO/DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Heather has taught around the Valley for the past 19 years. She has taught a variety of classes but tumbling will always have her heart. In her downtime she is usually on a football field watching her son play ball or working on another craft project. She is so excited to join the Inspire team and be a part of your dancers journey.

TONYA VONDERHAAR
BALLET INSTRUCTOR

Tonya, has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Although she has studied and taught many different styles, ballet has become her favorite. She gets excited when she sees that spark ignite within a student, that lights their way to becoming both a beautiful dancer and a beautiful person. In addition to teaching and dancing, she has designed ballet costumes for several studios in the valley. Tonya and her husband John have ten children who have stolen their hearts forever.

SHANA EDMUNDSON-BOJORQUEZ
MUSIC THEATRE/COMBO/DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Shana Edmundson-Bojorquez began her voyage into the dance world as a competitive gymnast at the age of four, adding tap at the age of seven later followed by jazz and ballet. She began teaching in 1984 at the age of 14 under the guidance of Debbie Wirt-Kasten, her teacher and mentor. She spent two years as the artist director of Debbie’s Dance Studio in Schofield, WI before transferring to the Judy Peterson School of Dance. Shana attended master classes, conventions, and competitions throughout the mid-western states. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Arts – Dance, and a minor in business. During her studies… READ MORE.

MACKENIZE KINGSLEY
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Mackenzie is a talented 22-year-old who has been dancing for 17 years. She was a competitive dancer from the time she was 5 years old until the time she turned 18. When she graduated high school she started attending The University of Arizona where she started minoring in dance. Mackenzie is very knowledgeable in many dance styles and has had extensive training in tap, lyrical, contemporary and ballet. Her absolute favorite styles are contemporary and tap!

@mackenziekingsley

LEXIE SHREEVE
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Lexie knew from a young age that she wanted to be a dance teacher. She joined the Mesa Community College Dance Company after high school where she earned many awards and scholarships for her choreography. After receiving her Associate’s Degree in Dance, she transferred to ASU’s dance program where she continued to receive talent scholarships all while organizing and performing at dance events for the community. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Education in 2020. Lexie is trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, various urban styles, clogging, and is constantly adding more skills to her repertoire. Lexie has been teaching dance for several years now, but INSPIRE has been her favorite studio by far! Lexie’s favorite part about being a teacher is watching her students’ confidence grow from their hard work and enthusiasm.

@lexiemikala

LARRY ROLLINS
DANCE INSTRUCTOR

@larryrollins