Our Instructors

 

Rachael Baxter Ellis
En Pointe School of Ballet is owned and operated by Rachael Ellis.  Originally from Florida, Rachael began her training at the age of 6 at The Marianna School of Classical Ballet.  For  12 years she was instructed and guided by Leanna Gomez, a former Prima Ballerina.  It was through her excellent and nurturing instruction that Rachael developed a great love for classical ballet. 

In addition to ballet, Rachael also enjoyed  many years of performing and choreographing for Musical Theater, Ballroom, Show choirs in High School and College, various  talent shows, & LDS Road-Shows with two winning first place for her choreography.  She also received an Associate of Arts Degree from Chipola Junior College in 1990.  

During her husband's military career and travels she had the opportunity to share her ballet expertise with students in Ansbach, Germany where she operated the Katterbach School of Dance.  She also taught musical theater, ballroom and directed ballet programs in dance studios in Florida, Kentucky and Alabama.  Rachael has spent most of her life dancing, teaching and choreographing ballet, as well as several years of experience dancing and performing "en pointe" herself.   

After a break to raise her family, Rachael realized how much she missed dancing and teaching. With her devoted husband and family's support and encouragement, En Pointe School of Ballet opened in 2010 and is flourishing under her direction and expertise.  
 
A boys program was introduced to the curriculum in 2012  that has already grown to include multiple boys classes, men's classes, and partnering classes and is continuing to expand.  Her dreams of directing full length ballets for her students to perform have become reality and her students and their families, even the dad's, look forward each year to the beautiful performances.
 
Rachael is committed to teaching high quality technique in an environment that encourages self worth, dedication, unity and integrity.  She honors and embraces the tradition and elegance of Classical Ballet and invites you to experience it with us at En Pointe School of Ballet.  


Her motto is: "Believe in yourself! You can do it!" 
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself." ―  Mikhail Baryshnikov
 
 
Breece Perry - Joined En Pointe in 2012
  • Began dancing at age 3
  • Trained at M.C. Dancers Professional Dancing School for 8 years
  • 1 year Kearns High Cheerleader
  • 2 years Kearns High School Drill Team: The Chattes - Drill Mistress
  • Instructing Ballet and Jazz at Granite Peaks Continuing Education for 3 years  
  • Studied Performing Arts and Kinesiology while earning Nuclear Medicine Degree 
  • Performed with En Pointe Ballet for 2 years before becoming an Instructor in 2015
  • Choreographed and assisted in staging Coppelia, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Snow White
  • Trained in Plyometrics which makes her Turns and Leaps class amazing!
  • Her motto is: “To thine own self be true” We all need to follow our dreams, they are ours  alone. Only you can be passionate about what you choose to accomplish for yourself. 

 

 

Tessa Simonsen Joined En Pointe in 2013
 
- Began ballet training age 10
- Trained with Rae McCall at Northwest Ballet Center in Seattle for 9 years
- Assisted with younger children’s classes at Northwest Ballet center
- Studied ballet technique and ballet character dance at Brigham Young University
- Humanities Instructor at Salt Lake Community College
- Performed with En Pointe for 5 years
- Began instructing children's classes at En Pointe in 2017
- Choreographed and assisted in staging Swan Lake and Snow White
 
 
 Mattea Beckstead - Joined En Pointe in 2017 
 
- Started her classical ballet training at age 5 at the Ballet Society
- Taught by principal dancer Janice Nelson & company member John Nelson from Ballet West
- Ballet West Academy summer intensive program for 5 summers
- Idaho Falls Ballet
- taught by former company member of Utah Regional Ballet, Brandy Jensen
- Performed Youth American Grand Prix and the New York finals
- Full scholarship for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre summer intensive program
- Currently attending Utah Valley University pursuing B.F.A. with a ballet emphasis
- Repertory Ballet Ensemble company member
- Choreographed and assisted in staging Swan Lake and Snow White
 
 
 Diana Wardell - Joined En Pointe in 2017
 
- began training at age 3 with Dolly Kelepecz at Bunker Dance Center in Las Vegas
- Classically trained in the Cecchetti method
- 1 1/2 years of Ballet training at Utah Valley University and Dixie State University
- 8 years teaching Classical Ballet  (Bunker dancer Center Las Vegas, Dixie Arts Conservatory St George, Dance Concepts - Sandy)
- Performed as Cinderella and Snow White in Ballet Productions - Musical Theater at Tuacahn
- Cats, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 
- Choreographed and assisted in staging Snow White
 
 
Miranda Nieberger began her training at En Pointe in 2013
  
- Has been dancing since she could walk
- Trained at La Shars in Logan Utah for 5 years
- Trained with Bizzy Bee in Toole 10 years
- This is her 6th year performing with En Pointe Ballet
- Performed as Fairy of Temperament, Swanilda's friend in Coppelia, Cinderella's Stepmother, Queen Mother in Swan Lake, and the Dying Swan Solo, Evil Queen in Snow White  
- Substitute teaching at En Pointe and hired as an instructor in 2018
- Choreographed and assisted in staging Swan Lake and Snow White
 
 
 
Ellie Midgley began her training with Mrs Rachael in 2009
 
- Performed a principal role in "Through a Fairy Ring" in 2012 and 2014
- This is her 9th year performing with En Pointe Ballet
- Also performed as a Swan, Lilac Fairy, Swanilda's friend in Coppelia, Cinderella's Stepsister, Queen Mother, and Snow White's friend 
- Trained as an apprentice for 7 years to become a teacher since 2012
- Substitute teaching at En Pointe and hired as an instructor in 2018
- Choreographed and assisted in staging Swan Lake and Snow White
 
 

Daniel Peckham began his training with En Pointe in 2016 
 
- Performed principal roles in Cinderella, Swan Lake and Snow White
  (Prince Charming, Prince Siegfried, Snow White's Prince, and the Huntsman) 
- Character Artist and Male Dancer in Coppelia 
- Musicals - Music Man, King and I, Annie, The Wiz, Dracula  
- began performing in musicals at age 6 
- Accomplished musician, pianist, singer, composer, songwriter 
- Sugarplum Cavalier for Oquirrh Mountain Ballet in 2018
- Hired as an instructor and choreographer in 2018 
 
 
Amber Rich - Joined En Pointe in 2018


- Attended Snow College on both Academic and Dance Scholarships 
- Studied Ballet and pointe at Wasatch Art Center in Riverton, Utah. 
- Company member Wasatch Festival Ballet Company: began teaching in 2004
- Dance Teacher and Director at Sugarbear Academy Child Development Center
- Created and taught Wasatch Arts Center's Fine Arts Preschool Program for 7 years
- Teaching and choreographing for dance classes at Wasatch Arts Center until 2018
- Choreographing for Performing Dance Company at Wasatch Arts Center
- Oquirrh Mountain Ballet Nutcracker productions - 
  Cast Member, Assistant Choreographer and Back-Stage Supervisor
- Choreographic works featured at Festival of Trees, Utah Dance Festival, Draper City Arts Council Productions
- Currently teaching at Puddle Jumper Preschool and thrilled to have joined the En Pointe Family in 2018 

 

 

Michaela Crown Ivey - Joined En Pointe in 2019
 
- Grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington
- Trained in tap, jazz, acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, lyrical since age 4.
- She is a certified ballet instructor through Cecchetti USA.
- She has trained under ballet masters from Richmond Ballet and San Francisco Ballet,
- Trained with many Cecchetti Fellowship instructors.
- Choreographed for various local theater and studio productions in Washington
- Choreographed for the dancers at Seattle Pacific University.
- Bachelor Degree - Seattle Pacific University in Applied Human Biology & Exercise Science.
- pursuing becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy
- as a passion for movement and especially Ballet that she loves to share with her students
- Dedicated to quality instruction and furthering students’ technique and love for dance while preventing injury. 
 
 
 Office Manager - Mariah Shaw
 

 grew up in West Jordan singing, playing piano, guitar, ukulele, painting and dancing. She enjoyed playing sports like basketball and baseball in her spare time. Her passion for the Arts guided her to develop a unique talent for hyper realistic drawing. She loved Art Club and being on the Art Council during high school as well as her drawing classes. She drew the oval framed pointe shoes pictures that are in the studio and designed the original pointe shoes logo for En Pointe School of Ballet in 2010. She is now a freelance artist who can be found at Comic Conventions as an Artist Alley booth vendor which has been a longtime dream of hers come true. She developed Customer Service, Tech Support, Office Management, and Sales Growth skills during the years she was employed by Guitar Center and Netflix. She has enjoyed being the Boutique Director for the last 5 years during the performances for EPB. She loves this studio and is thrilled to be a part of the dance community as EPB's Office Manager and her goal is to take some of the stress off of her mom, Mrs. Rachael. She says it's been an incredible opportunity in her life to be a part of this cultural experience and loves being involved with the arts. 

 

Alumni Instructors

 Forever a part of our ballet family and guest teachers when they are available

 

 
Ariel Paraso - Joined En Pointe in 2013 
 
- Studied for two years as a ballet major at the University of Utah
- Studied for two years as a dance major at BYU
- He danced for Jazzin' Dance Ensemble under the direction of Garth Peay and Kim Lanham
- Experienced in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary
- Instructed En Pointe Ballet's boys and men's classes for 5 years
- Performed as our King in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the Burgemeister in Coppelia, and danced as the King in Snow White 2019.
 
 
 
M'kenna Sorensen - Joined En Pointe in 2012
 
- Began dancing at the age of 3
- Studying both Cechetti and Vaganova methods
- Studied at Ballet West, Linda Fenton School of Dance and others to acquire a wide knowledge      
   of teaching styles and began teaching at the age of 14
- Performed with En Pointe - Winter Fairy, Black Swan, Fairy Queen, Aurora, Swanhilda and Coppelia
- Advanced Ballet and Pointe classes Instructor for 5 years at En Pointe
- Assistant Director for Through a Fairy Ring, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Cinderella
- Certified Pilates Instructor
 
 
Akiko Baker - Joined En Pointe in 2013
 
- Began her classical ballet training at age 5
- Studied Vaganova method for 6 years at Sumiko Hatano Conservatory of Ballet in Osaka, Japan
- Trained by former dancers of Ballet Russe, Bejart Ballet Lausanne,  Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
- Also studied Balanchine technique
- Performed as Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty in 2015
- Taught for 2 years at En Pointe and assisted in staging and choreographing Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Cinderella
 
 
Emeline Settlemyre - Joined En Pointe in 2017
 
- Began dancing when she was 3 years old,
- Trained by Viktoria Titova, former Bolshoi soloist and Artistic Director Emerald Ballet Theater
- Emerald Ballet - performed roles as Sugar Plum Fairy, Giselle, Paquita and Aurora
- Spent summers at Paris Opera Ballet, The Rock School and Ballet Arizona
- Emerald Ballet Theater's Teaching Institute and Sammamish High School's Teaching Academy
- Taught ballet classes at Mercer Island Community Center
- Sophomore at Utah Valley University - pursuing a BFA with ballet emphasis and a scholarship
- Performed professionally in Austria with Utah Metropolitan Ballet  
- Taught for 2 years at En Pointe, assisted in staging and choreographing Swan Lake and Snow White 
- left Summer 2019 to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints