Christy Dorrity, Owner/Director

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Christy Dorrity has been dancing ever since she could walk. She is trained in tap, ballet and Irish. Christy competed with An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) and the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA), as an adult. She has a degree in elementary education, with an emphasis on creative arts. 

 

In 2014 Christy placed 3rd at the WIDA world competition in Germany. In 2015 she retired and completed her certification with WIDA in 2016. She recently completed her grade exams with CLRG, with the intent to certify. 

 

Christy finds great joy in sharing her love of dance with everyone, and believes that anyone who wants to dance should be given the chance. 

Heather Peterson, Teacher

Heather Peterson took piano lessons as a child instead of dance, and she was finally able to start Irish dancing at the age of 19. She enjoyed several years of performing with a local performance group, but could not stay content when she discovered that competition existed. She joined a competitive school as soon as she could and began the next chapter of her dance career, though performing remains her main love.

Heather has been with Legacy School of Dance since its inception, as a dancer, and later, a teacher. She loves teaching and watching her students develop qualities that will last a lifetime. Outside of dance, Heather enjoys being a mother, piano teacher, tin whistle player, polyglot, artist, and horticulturist, among many other things.

Julie Hewkin, Teacher, Artistic Director for the Utah Irish Dance Company

Julie Hewkin has been dancing since the age of 3. Originally interested in circus and breakdance, she ended up studying Irish stepdance and ballet due to the lack of circus and breakdance presence in her area. She has won multiple awards in Irish dance from An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha, has enjoyed performing many ballet roles, and has performed with local and international Irish dance companies. 

In 2019, she earned her teaching certificate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Московская государственная академия хореографии) and is currently taking Grades Exams toward TCRG certification in Irish dance. In addition to traditional Irish stepdance, Julie also enjoys learning from and performing the works of contemporary Irish dance choreographers including: Chris Naish (Fusion Fighters), Kristyn Fontanella (Gaelforce Dance), Ciaran Plummer(TapTronic), and Tyler Schwartz. She regularly looks for inspiration from others and has had the opportunities to be coached by: Chloey Turner, Michael and Matthew Gardiner, Peta Anderson (Eireborne), Lauren Smyth (lead dancer, Riverdance), and Siubhan Clark (Zen Rince).

When she is not involved in teaching or choreographing dance, Julie can be found parenting, performing Celtic and classical harp music, and living life.

Heather Newbold, Teacher

From the age of five, dance has been a part of Heather Newbold’s life. She began with Scottish, and then involved ballet, tap, jazz and Irish. Dance has provided Heather with great opportunities, such as, dancing in Ballet West’s Nutcracker, appearing as a featured extra in Disney’s The Luck of the Irish, and being selected as Layton High School’s Dance Sterling Scholar recipient.


 

Heather began competing with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha at the age of 16. She has received training from members of Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Trinity Irish Dance Company, and has performed with fiddler Mairead Nesbitt, of Celtic Woman fame.


 

Heather also teaches English and Applied Skills full-time at Davis High School. 

Dallas Rivers, Teacher

Dallas has been Irish dancing since she was ten years old. For ten years, Dallas enjoyed learning, performing, and teaching at Bows and Toes School of Irish Dance and Music in California. Dallas is a certified ballroom dance teacher through Arthur Murray International Dance Studios. She has also explored tap, ballet, jazz, and, post-modern, but Irish is and will always be her main love when it comes to dancing. Dallas is eager to work toward her TCRG certification in Irish dance and loves helping her students become the best they can be.

 

Dallas enjoys playing music, hiking, and horseback riding. She is happily married and looks forward to her future and whatever it may bring. Dallas is optimistic, works hard and cares about others.

Melissa, Teacher

Melissa Rogers has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She is trained in Irish, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and modern dances. Melissa was president of Clearfield High School Dance Company. She was also selected as Clearfield High School's Dance Sterling Scholar recipient in 2020. 

 

She has participated in the Repertory Dance Theater (RDT) summer camps and the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company summer camps for 3 years. Melissa has also choreographed routines and performed in the Northern Utah High School Dance Concerts for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Melissa choreographed numbers and performed in the Utah High School Dance Festival Gala and Adjudication for 3 years. In 2018 one of her dance pieces received an "Excellent" Rating. 

 

Melissa loves choreographing routines in all different styles and seeing her ideas and stories come to life. During her junior year of high school, Melissa rediscovered Irish dance at the Legacy School of Dance. Even with all of the dance training Melissa has received, her favorite style is still Irish dance. Melissa is eager to start her grades exams with CLRG. 

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