Owner / Director
Christy Dorrity has been dancing ever since she could walk. She is trained in tap, ballet and Irish dance. Christy competed with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha (CLRG) and the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA). 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 in 2016 completed her TCRG certification with WIDA. She has 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.
Aubree Shelley, TCRG
Aubree began Irish Dance at the age of 5 with the Deely School of Irish Dance in Northern California. From there she was a part of Utah’s first performance-based Irish dance school, Rinceoiri Don Spraoi, serving as Troupe Dance Captain and Head Teacher. She also co-founded the Power Academy of Irish Dance in 2002 before going on to establish the Harp Irish Dance Company in 2012. She joined the staff of the Legacy School of Dance in 2018, and had enjoyed working with Legacy ever since. She received her Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha (Gaelic: Commission Certified Irish Dance Teacher) in 2009 on the first attempt.
She has danced on scholarship with the Brigham Young University International Folk Dance Ensemble, traveling the US and Europe with that World-famous ensemble. She has choreographed for the World Dance Program and taught Irish Technique Courses for BYU, as well as being a featured Instructor for BYU’s Youth Folk Dance Summer Camp.
Aubree graduated from BYU with a degree in Music Education, with a minor in World Dance. She has over 24 years Irish Dance teaching experience, and over 32 years experience in the Irish Dance world.
Aubree lives in American Fork with her husband, Bryce, and has five little dancers of her own.
Misti Porter is a Legacy Dance Mom of three incredible dancers. She grew up in Sandy, Utah but her husband’s job took her to Southern California for almost 14 years. After living in California, and being a stay-at-home mom for several years, she was so happy to accept a position with Legacy Dance and be back home in Utah again. Prior to having children, Misti worked as a Customer Service Supervisor with Delta Air Lines where she enjoyed working with people and traveling the world in her spare time. Thus far, Ireland has been her favorite place to visit, she finds the people there to be warm and welcoming, and “it just feels like home”. Misti loves working for Legacy Dance and finds the excitement of dance competitions and show productions to be contagious. Misti believes Bob Marley said it best when he said, “Forget your troubles and dance!”
Legacy Backstage Store Manager
Christy Hall loves being the Legacy Backstage Dancewear store manager. She is mom to a long-time Legacy dancer. She homeschools her two children, is a family physician, and works part time from home doing telemedicine. Prior to having kids, she was an Air Force Flight Surgeon. She misses traveling the world with the Air Force so traveling for dance competitions bringings her joy. She is honored to help everyone with their dance shoe, clothing, and gear needs.
Social Media and Creative Content Manager / Teacher
Heather Peterson took piano lessons as a child instead of dance, but was always fascinated and wanted to learn how to dance. 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 couldn’t 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.
Head of Beginner Program / Director of the Utah Irish Dance Company
From the age of five, dance has been a part of Heather Jolley’s life. She began with Scottish dance 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 Gaelecha 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 Women fame.
Heather also teaches English and Applied Skills full-time at Davis High School.
Wade Butikofer is a husband, father of two, and dancer. He first gained a passion for dance in his mid-teens as he discovered and studied the various forms of Ballroom. Dance gave him a way to escape the mundane and communicate with others in a new way, opening new layers in his personality. Wade has exhibited his talent on several competitive teams. One highlight of his competitive dancing was participating in the International Dance Competition in Blackpool, England with a Senior formation team. Teaching became a natural extension of his love of dance. He has taught group and private lessons for both Arthur Murray Dance Studios in California and at BYU-Idaho. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Business from Weber State. Wade is overjoyed to join the Legacy family and share his passion for dance.
Eliza has been dancing her whole life, starting when she was 2. She has a zest for life that is contagious. Her favorite place to be is the studio dancing with her friends. She performed the lead role in Peter Pan, and has many other solos and roles in previous performances. She loves geology, baking, playing her trombone and upright bass, making new friends and celebrating birthdays.
Emily entered the world singing and dancing and she hasn’t stopped since. Her formal dance training began at the age of three with a ballet and tap focus. At the ripe old age of nine, she began her Irish dance educaon. Emily loves all dance styles, but Irish is her true love. When she isn’t dancing, Emily enjoys camping and traveling with her family, and singing Broadway show tunes. She loves theatre and performing, and she is currently a member of the Academy at Centerpointe Theatre. Emily is thrilled that Legacy School of Dance allows her to combine her
love of Irish dance and performing on stage. Thus far, playing ‘Wendy’ in Legacy School of Dance’s producon of Never Grow Up! (Peter Pan) has been her favorite role. Emily is so excited to be teaching and sharing her love of dance with others.