Instructors

Alexander Fox
Head Coach
Alisa Fox started dancing at the age of 3, which is the age of most of her students. She has been teaching dance for the last 20 years. Alisa attended Highland High School where she was a cheerleader and dance company member for 3 years. She was a member of SLCC's cheer squad for 2 years, serving as a captain. Alisa was a dance specialist for the Salt Lake City School District, where she created many dance programs for at-risk children. She has choreographed numerous solos and routines for schools around the state of Utah. She regularly judges high school and college cheerleading and dance company tryouts. She has choreographed for events such as Miss Teen Utah USA. Alisa loves teaching dance, but says her real enjoyment comes from seeing her students gain confidence. Alisa and her husband Jason are the proud parents of 5 children.
Bethany Davis
Assistant Coach
Bethany grew up in South Jordan, Utah and began dancing at the age of 3. She grew up training in jazz, lyrical, tap and ballet as well as competed with a few competition teams in Utah. Bethany attended Brigham Young University Idaho and received her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography with honors through NHSDA. During her time at BYU-Idaho Bethany performed with, choreographed for and directed the Collegiate Dancers. She performed and toured with Dance Alliance for 2 years and participated in a research and creative works conference as both choreographer and judge. She taught the entry level jazz dance class on campus for over a year, and produced a screendance film which was chosen as an official selection in the Idaho Screendance Film Festival at Boise State University. She also was able to certify as a yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance through her coursework and an intensive.
Bethany had the pleasure of serving the dance department by volunteering on the Dance Society council for three years as the society’s president. While serving on the council she had opportunities to organize lectures, workshops, trips, a department banquet and an annual alumni reception.
Bethany is always seeking new challenges which will help her learn and grow in the art of movement which she loves with her whole heart and soul, as well as opportunities to serve and guide others.
Claire Jones
Head Coach
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Claire Jones Biography

Update: 2018

Claire received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah in the Spring of 2016. While attending the the University she performed with The Performing Dance Company and was able to work with esteemed artists in the dance community such as Sharee Lane; Lesley Telford; Katie Sherman and Kate Wallich. Claire also performed in concerts such as the Student Concert Series; Grad Thesis Salon; and the Senior Concert Series. While receiving her BFA, Claire choreographed her own works “Unspecified” in the SKOBLU Series, and “Five Minus One” in the Shirts and Skins Concert Series.

In 2016 Claire had the opportunity to join the Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company (WCDC). As a company member Claire performed with them for four seasons and received the Dancers Choice Award in the fall of 2016 and the Outstanding Soloist Award in the spring of 2017. During her time with WCDC Claire had the privilege of working with state and world renowned artists such as Dina Smirnov; Rebecca Analoski and Roxanne Grey. Claire was also able to set her latest work Canvas on a few company members.

In August of 2013, Claire joined the non-prophet organization Promethean Spark where she traveled to Nairobi Kenya to teach life skills through dance to impoverished youth.

Claire is thrilled to continue as a staff member with the Classical Ballet Conservatory, where she can continue to be inspired by the students and learn and grow as a teacher.
Classical Ballet Conservatory
Head Coach
Elisse Shell is the owner and director of Classical Ballet Conservatory. She received her Bachelor of Science in dance from Brigham Young University and was a member their pre-professional touring company, Theatre Ballet. While studying at BYU, Elisse’s choreography was chosen to represent BYU at ACDFA (The American College Dance Festival Association). Shortly after graduating from BYU, Elisse was awarded a choreographic residency at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She went on to earn her Masters of Fine Arts in ballet with an emphasis in teaching and choreography from the University of Utah; during which, she taught ballet and modern at the University.
Dakota King
Assistant Coach
Dakota grew up in Murray Utah and began her dance training with Utah Dance Artists at age 5. She first began dancing in styles of jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and ballet. She danced competitively with UDA for about 4 years until she moved to Roseville, California with her family in 2012. While living in California with her family, Dakota found a love for and focused more seriously on training in Classical Ballet, Modern dance, and contemporary dance with Northern California Dance Conservatory.
After moving back to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015 Dakota continued her Classical Ballet training throughout High school with Classical Ballet Conservatory. You might recognize Dakota as CBC’s lead roles such as Dorothy, Ursula, and Cinderella. Dakota has also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, a pre-professional ballet based competition for several years, and was placed in the top 12 for the Contemporary division in 2019. Throughout Dakota’s high school years she was a three year member of Murray Dance Company. While a member, she served as dance company Historian her junior year and later as dance company Vice President her senior year and had many choreographic opportunities.
Dakota is currently a sophomore at the University of Utah, studying and training in Classical Ballet with an emphasis in Teaching. Dakota is very grateful for the many wonderful experiences that she has had training with CBC and thanks her friends and teachers who have helped her reach her goals. She is so excited that she now has the opportunity to teach the young dancers at Classical Ballet Conservatory. It is her goal to teach young children that anyone can dance, have a good time, and follow their dreams and goals!
Danielle Thompson
Assistant Coach
Danielle Thompson
Danielle began her training at age 5 at a local dance school. She began with tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet. She fell in love with ballet and at age 9 she tried out and made Ballet West Nutcracker under the direction of Bene Arnold. She was able to perform in that same production for the next 8 years as well as the University of Utah’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ballet West’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
She auditioned and was accepted into Ballet West Academy under the direction of Bene Arnold. From there, she was invited to perform in Ballet West’s production of Sleeping Beauty. She auditioned for summer intensive programs throughout the country and was accepted to many such as American Ballet Theater, Walnut Hill, Long Beach Arts Center, Boston Ballet, Nutmeg conservatory, Austin Ballet, Ballet West and was offered partial scholarships to attend. She had the privilege of learning and performing Balanchine choreography such as Who Cares and Agon with Ballet West Academy.
She auditioned and was accepted as a high school student into the Ballet Program at the University of Utah. She had the privilege of working with University staff and guest teachers such as Aspen Ballet company members, company dancers with Ballet West and many more. She was able to also participate in the character ensemble program with Rick Wacko and was offered a scholarship. She has had the privilege of working and performing with prestigious choreographers and teachers such as Otto Neubert, Conrad and Joyce Ludlow, Bene Arnold, Sharee Lane, Maureen Laird, Bruce Caldwell, Jane Wood-Smith and many others. She enjoys teaching upper level ballet classes and pointe with an emphasis on correct technique and core placement. More recently Danielle completed her degree with BYU-I in University Studies with a minor in Public Health. She is has also been accepted to study with the prestigious Royal Ballet of London to attend a teacher’s training course in June 2021. She hopes that her students learn to gain respect, discipline, and a passion for ballet in her class.
Lauren Frost
Head Coach