Carrie Ragan McCarty felt the fire of dance in her heart from a very young age and pursued it for most of her life. She earned her bachelors degree in secondary education with an emphasis in health and a minor in dance from Idaho State University. She led her high school teams to three National titles and co-founded a local middle school dance team. She has also taught at various studios and opened her Eagle Rock Dance in 2004, where it has grown to win several awards, including national titles, several Studio Sweepstakes award, and several judges choice and specialty awards. She co-directed the OnStage Dance Classic and Ultimate Soloist Challenge Dance Competitions for 9 years. Carrie was the producer for the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre “Evening of Dance” for 4 years and filled the capacity of choreographer for IFYAC productions. She served as the co-director and co-founder of a professional adult dance company from 2010-2013, Mayhem Dance Productions, and was the choreographer for the Miss Idaho Falls pageant in 2011 and 2012 and the Miss Idaho pageant in 2016. She currently serves on the nonprofit organizations Ammon Arts Council and Idaho Performing Dance Arts. She is the mother of four children and continues to pursue dancing opportunities and incorporating the joy of movement in dance on a daily basis.
Abbey Pincock is an award winning dancer and choreographer who knew in high school that dance is what she was supposed to invest in. She is trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. She has coached drill teams and at local studios spreading her love of dance. Abbey has choreographed many award winning solos, studio routines, and drill team routines. She loves traveling to different conventions around the US to stay current and continue her growth. Abbey is currently in her tenth year at Eagle Rock Dance and specializes in children's classes, elite teams, and technique classes. Abbey is the leading force to make sure we offer our studio family opportunities to serve in the community, and also wrote the ERD staff a values curriculum to continue growing our students in every way possible. She believes the dance is more than just dance and values instilling more than just a strong technical base for every student she works with. Outside of dance Abbey enjoys her amazing husband and 3 (almost 4) children.
Samantha started dancing at the age of 2 with Eagle Rock Dance and never stopped since. She started competing at the age of 3 and at the age 6 started traveling throughout the United States to compete. Samantha grew up going to every convention she possibly could winning scholarships through 24 Seven, Jump, Nuvo, Tremaine, NRG, Hollywood Vibe, and Velocity. Samantha's love of dance also gave her a love for film and acting. She is signed with Urban Talent Agency in Salt Lake City where she has done commercial and film work. Because of Samantha's passion to train to become a triple threat performer, she earned a scholarship to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Arts performing arts college in Los Angeles, California. She loves being able to share her passion with younger dancers and to help them be able to follow their dreams
Luke Phillips has been dancing for the last 8 years, but don't let that fool you, he has trained vigorously and received many awards. Luke found his passion for dance when he was 8 years old, watching his older sister on the drill team at school.
When Luke turned 12 he joined a studio and has taken off ever since. Winning outstanding awards such as scholarships from: the Dance Awards, NYCDA, Hollywood Vibe/ LA Millennium, and Radix.
To further his knowledge of dance, he traveled to Utah to train with Center Stage, also traveled to Las Vegas and parts of California. Where He attended many dance training programs at places like Millennium Dance Complex Los Angeles, and Movement life style.
During his travels he has taken from impressive teachers and choreographers including Bonnie Story, Liz Imperio, Nappy Tabs, Twitch, Brian Friedman, Tyce Diorio, Tessandra Chavez, Sonya Atya, Travis Wall, Talia Flaivia, Mandy Moore, Blake McGrath, Misha Gabriel, Nick Lazzarini, Jannel Ginestra and Kyle Hanagami.
During his training, he trained with studios nearby such as Eagle Rock Dance, The Dance Factory, and Idaho Falls School of Ballet. In addition, Luke also did drill team for his high school, where he was a captain and a state champion his senior year. He is well rehearsed in many styles such as Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Military, Lyrical, and Acro.
Luke also had the privilege to dance back up for some well-known people in the music industry such as Hailee Steinfeld and Becky G. To put it short, Luke is excited to be with us and we are beyond excited to have him.
Ariane Ball is head of the children’s department at Eagle Rock Dance. She currently teaches Little Performer classes for 3-5 year olds in Idaho Falls and Ririe. Over ten years she has taught dancers many levels of jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and ballroom. She is also certified to teach Strong by Zumba and holds these fitness classes for adults in Idaho Falls and Ririe. Ariane has a BA from Brigham Young University-Idaho and danced on the Contemporary Dance Theatre at Ricks College and BYU-I. Ariane loves dance and the arts and believes they deeply enrich a person’s life. She wants dance to be a fun and instructive experience for her young dancers and hopes to instill in them a love for dance that will last with them always. Ariane lives in Ririe with her husband and four children.
Katie competed and performed with Dance Depot Company from the age of 7. She also received ballet training from Idaho Falls School of Ballet through out her school years. Following High School, Katie performed and trained with Expansion Dance Company directed by Bonnie Story, and Noah Lillie.
Madissen’s love for ballet began at the age of 6 when she began taking lessons. She grew up in Sacramento, California where she trained primarily with Marguerite Phares, Barbara Crockett, Alyson Deane and Shirin Keyani-Rose. She attended Natomas Charter’s Performing and Fine Arts Academy where she took dance classes as her high school electives. Madissen attended and received scholarships for summer intensives at Sacramento Ballet, Orlando Ballet and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Upon graduating high school, Madissen began teaching right away in Sacramento and a year later, moved with her family to Rexburg, Idaho where she began teaching for the Upper Valley Ballet School. She joined The Dance Collaborative in 2009 and was with the company for a total of 7 seasons. Madissen is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and currently teaches in several studios throughout the East Idaho area. She currently resides in Rexburg with her husband and beautiful 3 year old daughter.
JESSICA ZAUGG is a mother to 5 beautiful children (Krew, Kiana, Koa, Kreed, & Kalea), wife to husband Geyron Zaugg, and lover of all dance! She graduated from BYU-Idaho with her bachelor of Science in Health Education and minor in Physical Education and Dance. She was a member of the Extravadance team at Ricks College and a scholarship member of the BYU Ballroom team and toured all over the world including Canada, Mexico, Europe, East Coast and Central States in the USA. As a child she first participated in competitive gymnastics, then jazz, lyrical, and ballet before falling in love with ballroom dance. She has had the unique opportunity to study and train under the world renowned dancers and instructors Corky and Shirley Ballas in London England and is related to the famous Julianne and Derek Hough from, “Dancing With The Stars.” She has taught for many local dance teams, private lessons to competitive ballroom couples, choreographed jazz, ballroom, pageant, and play routines, and has also judged many local dance competitions and pageants. She now loves teaching at Eaglerock Dance!
Natalie Groom is new to the eagle rock dance faculty and is the mother of four very busy children! When she’s not running them from place to place, she loves fitness related anything and dance! She met her husband at ricks College where she danced with the contemporary dance theater. Before that she had the opportunity to train with many companies such as garden city ballet company, Denver ballet, San Francisco’s ballet company and was the recipient of many scholarships to attend summer intensives all across the country. She finally reached her dream when she was able to work as an apprentice in Gus Giordano’s contemporary jazz company in Chicago Illinois for almost a year and a half. Her love of dance and teaching started at a very young age and she is very excited to be able to share her passion with our amazing dancers!! She is a true kinesiology guru and loves teaching dancers how to train their bodies correctly so they may stay injury free and have a nice long dance career! She also loves teaching proper nutrition for the athletic dancer body and is excited to continue sharing her knowledge with the eagle rock dancers!!
Maddy's one true passion has always been dance. She has been blessed to train at Eagle Rock Dance for the last 12 years. From the young age of three it was clear the dance floor was her home and it was where she found her greatest pleasure. Whether she is performing, competing, or dancing just for herself you can see how much it means to her. Maddy is constantly training and taking advantage of any opportunity she can to better herself as a dancer and performer. Her hours of hard work and dedication are evident every time she takes the dance floor. Dance has given Maddy numerous opportunities and experiences. Whether its traveling to Chicago to audition for SYTYCD, to Vegas for the Dance Awards, or performing live, on stage with a 100-person choir and a 45-piece orchestra, or the many conventions, competitions, and camps she has been to through out the Western United States she has made lifelong friend and amazing memories, she is also a member of YPC Dance Company. Maddy has the privilege of being chosen as part of Eagle Rock's brand new teaching and assisting program, they traveled to California last summer, where they experienced a very specific and intense training program designed especially for teachers and assistants.
Sophie Šándor began tap dancing at ten years old in a small town outside of Boise, Idaho and continued to add dance styles to her repertoire as years passed and her passion grew. Sophie graduated from BYU Idaho in 2017 with a BA in Dance Pedagogy emphasizing in Modern, Folk, and percussive dance (which includes tap and clogging). As part of her schooling, she has had the opportunity to perform with two different dance teams; one of which (Dance Alliance) toured the United States in the summer of 2016 and eastern Canada the summer of 2017.
Sophie enjoys teaching dance more than any other work and has years of teaching experience with students from the ages of 3 to 55 in various settings including university, high school, studios, competitions, and camps.
Sophie believes that to become a master teacher, one needs to be a master student, so she constantly seeks to continue her education, recently becoming a RYT 200 Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance.
Megann grew up in Idaho Falls and began dancing at the age of 3. She immediately fell in love with all styles of dance but had a special passion for Ballet. She continued dancing at a local competitive studio where she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Modern, and Contemporary. During her high-school years Megann had the opportunity to perform with Odyssey theatre and attended multiple competitions. After she graduated high school she attended the University of Idaho and was able to further her training in Ballet. Megann is so excited to share her passion of Ballet, Tap and Jazz with the students of Eagle Rock Dance.
Kristina Wight-Leininger began studying dance focusing on classical ballet at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet under the tutelage of Debra Pearce-Rogo, former principle ballerina of the Australia National Ballet. While attending this school she danced with the Mid Columbia Junior Ballet, performing in several ballets including Peter and the Wolf, the Ugly Duckling, and Carmina Burana. She also starred in four musicals, including acting as dance captain and assistant choreographer. During this time she also choreographed and performed with the An Daire Irish Dance Company. She received her BA and graduated with Honors from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Dance Pedagogy. She appeared in several University performances, including representing the school on tour to the southern United States with the Dance Alliance Company. She choreographed various dances for the Collegiate Dance Company, as well as acted as a student director in her senior year. Working in collaboration with the Rexburg Orchestra, Ms. Wight-Leininger choreographed and directed the classical ballet Petrushka. She served as President of the Dance Society at BYU-Idaho, playing a vital role in the creation of a state-wide petition, leadership opportunities, dance workshops, collaborations with other departments on campus and the community, and alumni lectures. She is currently working to finish her certification as a yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.
Sayla has been studying dance for 12 years. She began with a junior high dance class her first semester of 7thgrade and has been hooked ever since. Sayla began working on her bachelor’s degree in dance at BYU-Idaho in Fall 2012 before going on her mission to Peru. When she returned she knew she couldn’t stop dancing and is now continuing the degree with an emphasis in choreography and performance. Sayla specializes in ballet and modern, but has done at least a little of every genre, including ballroom, jazz and clogging. Sayla has a love for dance and for teaching and is always looking for a new opportunity to grow and help others do the same!
I started dance when I was 6, I have loved every minute of it! I was a member of the Honeybees while in high school, and also danced for eagle rock on the diamond a competing team! As an adult I was a member of Mayhem dance Productions where I choreographed team dances as well as solos. Carrie has been a huge part of my dance journey and I am so happy to be a part of eagle rock dance. I have two children, my son is 11 and my daughter is 2. I’m looking forward to my daughter turning 3 so I can help nurture her love for dance and get her started in classes.
I starting taking dance lessons when I was just little, and I've loved it ever since! I have coached various high school dance and ballroom teams, and I am currently the coach for the Bonneville High School Honeybees. I've done choreography for stage productions of "Little Mermaid", "Footloose", "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and "42nd Street", just to name a few. It makes me so happy to dance and to help others realize the joy of dancing! I have a wonderful husband, who once bought a pair of tap shoes so that he could spend more time with me, and 4 incredible children!
Cherish Martin has been a member of our Eagle Rock Dance Family for 12 years. She has been a member of our office staff in some capacity for the last 3 years, and is excited to continue as office manager in Idaho Falls and head of the office department for all 3 of our locations.Cherish grew up as a dancer herself and is thrilled her daughters share her passion for dance. She loves getting to share in their dance journey and feels blessed to have found a positive and loving dance studio environment that they consider family. Cherish loves getting to know each dancer on an individual basis and considers them ALL her studio kids. She fully believes in the culture Eagle Rock Dance creates and is proud to be a part of the team. Her attention to detail, efficiency, and organization help keep things running smoothly. Cherish also helps run our social media, creates our flyers and marketing materials, and organizes our fundraisers.Outside of the studio Cherish enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children. She loves baseball, reading, traveling, history and of course dance!!
Melissa was born and raised in Sacramento, California and moved to Montana in 2008. Graduating from the University of Montana Western with a bachelor’s degree in education; she’s been teaching second grade for eight years in Dubois, Idaho. Beyond teaching, Melissa loves spending time with her two children and husband, anything crafty, and reading.