Utah Dance Institute (UDI) provides unmatched professional training in an inclusive, supportive and kind environment. We offer students high quality training in classical ballet along with the genres that complement ballet training. Our modern, precise, and creative approach allows students to reach their fullest potential as dancers but also as supportive members of the UDI community.
We want your dancer to grow with us. As a result, we offer a range of classes from pre-school through pre-professional levels. Message us or stop by.
Cati Snarr, Director
I started UDI to create a place where I would have wanted to train when I was a student. Many broad-based studios move too quickly without a solid foundation while traditional ballet schools tend to provide technique in a rigid, heavy-handed manner.
We strive to give students a solid foundation and clear curriculum matched with amazing performance opportunities. And, we do it in a warm and creative environment.
Pre-ballet students will learn classroom etiquette, improve their motor skills, and develop discipline as they explore rhythm, shape, and vocabulary. They will explore creativity in a joyful setting all with a sense of play.
Fundamental dance levels will develop a deeper awareness of social and spacial skills, basic ballet technique, and jazz movements; beginning with alignment, hip rotation, foot articulation, and strong straight legs. They will learn the foundation of body directions, lines, turns, and jumps. These levels will be introduced to ballet history, stories, and characters through creative movement.
The intermediate dancer will continue their ballet training with the addition of pointe work while supplementing their training with classes in jazz and contemporary disciplines. They will learn to coordinate movements of the arms, legs and head, as well as execute quicker steps, and demonstrate body flexibility. Summer study is vital in these levels.
Advanced and UDT Companies
The Advanced dancer will dedicate focused effort to their ballet training through daily classes during the school year and intensive summer programs. They will layer other dance modalities into their performance experiences. Training in partnering begins. These dancers exhibit consistent clear placement and clean transitions. Dancers will strive for stamina, strength, and control while developing a sense of artistry.