CORI WALL (Studio Director) has been dancing since she was two and performing since she was three. She grew up dancing at Darlene Nosworthy’s Academy of Dance in Paradise, California. When Cori was 10 years old she began dancing with The D. Noswothy Dancers, Academy of Dance’s competition and touring company. In 2006, at the age of 19, Cori moved to Flagstaff and began dancing with CCC’s ENCORE dance company and pursuing her AAS degree in dance. In May 2008 she received her degree. Cori is on faculty at CCC.
GINA B. DARLINGTON is the executive director of Canyon Movement Company and Canyon Dance Academy. Gina’s training began at the Virginia Tanner Children’s Dance Theater at the University of Utah at age 4. She received her dance degree from Brigham Young University in 1991. She also attended the University of Utah and University of Nebraska in Omaha. She has performed in dance companies in Utah, Missouri, Nebraska, and Arizona. She has been an Artist-in Residence for the State of Arizona where she conducted numerous residencies throughout northern Arizona. Gina is an associate faculty member for Coconino Community College (since 1993) and recently was a guest teacher at the American College Dance Festival in Salt Lake City, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Bellingham, WA. Previously, Gina owned and operated Gina’s School of Dance in Sandy, Utah, and Danceworks Studio in Omaha and Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Gina keeps busy with her husband and growing family of five sons, three daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. Her philosophy and teaching style is congruent with those methods taught at the Children’s Dance Theater at the University of Utah.
STACIA SIMONSEN has been dancing since age 3 with Brigham Young University's Young DanceMakers and Classical Ballet Conservatory in Utah. She received her B.A. in Humanities with a minor in Modern Dance from BYU. While there she performed with Dancensemble and had coursework in children's dance teaching methods. She was then the Program Coordinator for BYU's Young DanceMakers. After a career detour she's raising four children and performing with Canyon Movement Company.
ANGIE DANCA has been dancing for 15 years with most of her training in northern Illinois near Chicago, IL. With many of her instructors from Giordano Dance Company. Her favorite dance was always hip hop although she also trained in jazz and ballet. She was a member of her high school dance team. She currently is finishing her business associate degree at Coconino Community College and recently finished her cosmetology schooling and licensure. She is currently working as a hair stylist. Angie taught a year of hip hop dance in Illinois just before moving to Flagstaff last October!
NATHANIEL HAVILAND began dancing when he was fifteen years old at Flagstaff Art & Leadership Academy. He started dancing in Canyon Movement Company’s “Nutcracker” in 2009. He choreographed “Cabaret” for Theatrikos in 2012 and continued on to teach several workshops for their children’s program. He also joined Canyon Movement Co. in 2012 and has choreographed several dances for them. He completed his Biology degree at NAU in 2014. He is very excited to teach his favorite art form at Canyon Dance Academy.
CHELSEA TAMIETTI has been dancing since she was 10. In high school she trained in ballet while also dancing with her high school dance team. She took dance classes at the University of Arizona where she received her degree in Early Childhood Education. Chelsea is currently a teacher in the Flagstaff Unified School District, but she discovered how much she missed dance and wanted to return to it. She started with Canyon Movement Company in 2014 and is so happy to be back in the dancing community. Ballet remains to be Chelsea's favorite type of dance and now she is honored to share her knowledge of ballet.