Meet Our Staff @ Local Motion

Diane Hawker/ Director/Owner

Diane Hawker began dancing at an early age. Her focus was on ballet, tap, modern and jazz. She credits her core training to Karen Pierson, Carma Colton (Karen’s School of Dance), Ballet West Academy, and April Nelson (UofU Tap Department). Diane participated on the modern dance company at Murray High School for two years. When…

Katie Hawker Lombardi/ Co-Director

Katie Hawker Lombardi is the Co-Director of Local Motion Dance Studio. She grew up participating in all aspects of the dance business having grown up with a dance studio in her home. She understands the demands of owning and operating a dance business and is one of the studio’s core instructors teaching a variety of…

Ally Shepherd

Ally Shepherd began dancing at an early age. She attended classes at Local Motion Dance Studio where she studied various styles of jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, military, and technique. In high school, Ally danced on the Bingham High Dance Company and had the opportunity to choreograph for her team. After high school Ally taught on…

Aubrey Pratt

Aubrey Pratt began in gymnastics at a small gymnastics studio at the age of 4. By 7 she moved to Hunt’s Gymnastics Academy, due to her current director advising her parents to take her to an elite competing gymnastics academy. She quickly moved up to the level-5 competition team and competed for Hunt’s in levels…

Bella King

Bella King has been dancing for the majority of her life. Her training began at Studio 1 in Orem and later continued at Local Motion Dance Studio in South Jordan, under the direction of Diane Hawker. Bella has been assistant teaching since she was 10-years-old, assisting many amazing dancers/teachers. She participated in the Minerette Drill program at Bingham High School for all three years of ...

Blakelee Ellis

Blakelee began her dance training at age 3 with the Pittsburgh Children’s Ballet. She started dancing at Local Motion when she was 8 years old in Miss Diane’s basement. She was on Dance Company at West Jordan High School, served as costume co-captain and secretary and was Sterling Scholar in Dance. She continued her dance…

Brenna Kennedy

Brenna Kennedy received her early training at Ballet West Academy where she was given many opportunities including workshops at The State Ballet School of Berlin and contracts as a trainee with Ballet West performing corps de ballet roles in Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Other training includes summer programs with Aspen ...

Bridianne Bateman

Bridianne began dancing when she was 3 years old, and started dancing with Local Motion when she was in 4th grade. She trained in many styles such as, jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, hip-hop, military and tap. She continued to dance with Local Motion during high school on the high school team. Bridianne was a 3-year…

Chessa Crane

Chessa Crane began her dance and tumbling training at age three. She trained at several studios, but has received most of her core training from Local Motion Dance Studio, Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy and Jamie’s Tumbling. She is trained in various styles including ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and tumbling. Chessa was on the Bingham…

Justine Thorn

Miss Justine Thorn started dancing at the early age of 3 years old. She trained at various studios in the Salt Lake Valley but primarily at Salt City Stars under the tutelage of Lariann Kump and Shannon Mortensen from 1990 to 2002 where she had the opportunity to receive training from various national choreographers. While…

Katy Seiley

Katy’s love for dance started at the early age of four and has had over eighteen years of dance training in many different styles including: ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, tap, and hip-hop. Growing up she competed and performed in many of these different styles. She began choreographing for Arwen Daniels Dance Academy when…

Mikelle Llewelyn

Mikelle began dancing at the early age of 3. She received most of her training at Linda Fenton Dance Studio. Where she trained in ballet, tap and jazz. Growing up Mikelle was able to be in the Nutcracker for Ballet West and Mountain West. She was able to perform as the Snow Queen her last year in the Nutcracker. Mikelle was on the Bingham High ...

Tommy Green

Tommy Green fell in love with the diversity that dance has to offer at the age of 13 and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Training at the studios of Empower Dance Academy and Center Stage Performing Arts Studios - Tommy had many amazing opportunities to work with some of the top choreographers in the industry such as; Jaci Royal, Talia Favia, Chaz Buzan, Dee Caspary, Tessandra ...

Velisity Oliver

Velisity Oliver has been dancing since she was 4 years old, and has loved it ever since. She trained at many different studios with the majority of her training from Local Motion Dance Studio. She studied in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, tumbling, and Latin ballroom. While in high school, she was a member…

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