Get to know our amazing faculty | Studio 1 Dance Center
Ashley Kimsey was a member of Capital Funk, George Washington Universities very own hip hop crew.The crew took 1st at the East Coast Dance Competition that year. From there she got involved with a dance convention called Monsters of Hip hop, after winning a scholarship from them, she then joined a hip hop company called Culture Shock D.C. She danced with them for a year traveling from New York to San Diego, also performing for a Ludacris Concert. She also was a part of a Bollywood music video by Artistry Films.
Ashley graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in Dance. She made top 3 in Utah’s All Style Battle, Choreographed for Lagoons summer Rock Show, And now resides in Orem directing the hip hop company at Utah Valley University.
Caitlyn AverettOffice Staff & Jazz
Caitlyn is from Provo, Utah, and began dancing at the age of three. She trained at Studio 1 Dance Center for twelve years in all styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, tumbling, and tap.
In high school, she danced on the Provo High Dance Team and also received the Dance Sterling Scholar Award. Other dance awards include getting the Outstanding Technique scholarship from LA Dance Magic and Jazz scholarship from NUVO, as well as many other solo and team awards.
Caitlyn danced for four years on the National Champion BYU Cougarettes, where she choreographed for their concert all four years. Caitlyn has taught and choreographed for many teams and studios, as well as for the BYU Cougarettee Sports Camp the past two years. Caitlyn enjoys every opportunity to be involved in dance, especially teaching and sharing her choreography.
Kristen BosgraafBallet Teacher
Kristen Bosgraaf grew up in Dallas, Texas where she began classical ballet training at the age of three. She studied with Ballet Dallas and City Ballet where she had the opportunity to perform in major ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Firebird, and Cinderella.
During the summers, Kristen continued her dance training by attending summer intensive workshops at The Richmond Ballet, Ballet Dallas, and Ballet West.
After graduating high school, she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. She auditioned for and danced with the BYU Theater Ballet Company for three years. While at BYU, she had the opportunity to perform in school concerts, go on tour with the company, and perform in the 2002 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies in Salt Lake City. She graduated from BYU in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Fitness and Wellness Management. She then went on to attend the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City and received her Professional Massage License in 2004.
While living in Salt Lake City, she met her husband and was married in 2004. They have two beautiful daughters. Classical ballet has been such an important part of Kristen’s life and she enjoys being able to pass on her love of dancing and knowledge to students now.
Nicole WassermanHip Hop & Jazz
Nicole Wasserman comes to us from Southern California where she has been teaching and choreographing for the past eleven years. She grew up training at a classical studio under the direction of a former Joffrey ballerina. Training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop Nicole found her passion in dance early on. While training, Nicole received several scholarships with Tremaine Dance Conventions and The Pulse that allowed her to travel the U.S. while assisting well-established faculty.
Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts which she completed at California State University, Long Beach. Her theatre background along with her passion for the art of movement through dance has allowed Nicole to motivate and inspire her students to work hard for exactly what they want. She is known for her unique teaching style and energetic approach to learning. Nicole’s competition choreography has won several awards and recognition throughout Southern California
and now Utah.
When she is not teaching, Nicole is traveling with LA Dance Magic as an on-site coordinator. Having the opportunity to train and teach at several accomplished studios in the LA and Orange County area has given her a deep love and passion for dance that she is very excited to share here at Studio 1.
Zoey Gibbons has been dancing for 12 years and has been choreographing for 7 years. She is currently a Dance Education major at Utah Valley University and the President of the Hip Hop Company “MosAIC” at UVU. Zoey has been a studio teacher for 7 years and has had the opportunities of setting pieces on High Schools in state and out of state, middle schools, and professional companies.
She has also had the opportunities of choreographing solos, trios, and duets. Her pieces have won multiple overall awards and have taken first place at many competitions. Zoey has Professionally danced on Kinuko Modern Dance Company. She is on an all girl hip hop crew “Low Profile” who has won the titles of UVU’s best dance crew, Utah’s best dance crew, and have also auditioned for the hit TV series “Americas Got Talent”. Zoey is trained in Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Character, Modern, and Ballet.