Meet Your Instructors

At The Dancing Child you'll receive the highest level of instruction by extremely qualified teachers in a low pressure and high fun atmosphere!



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Melanie Fillmore - Owner and Founder



Melanie Fillmore graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Dance Education. While at BYU, Melanie performed in several performing groups, was awarded talent scholarships yearly, including the Leona Holbrook Spirit of Dance Award, and received a prestigious grant from BYU's Office of Research and Creative Works.


Since leaving BYU she has worked as a faculty member at Mt. View High School and Mt. Ridge Jr. High School, directing their dance programs and performing companies. She has also taught with the BYU Children's Creative Dance program, and as a dance specialist at elementary schools, pre­schools and youth workshops.


Melanie has taught for almost 25 years and has worked with every age from baby to adult. For the past decade she has focused on working with young children and bringing the joy of movement into their lives, eventually founding "The Dancing Child" dance studio. Most recently she was hired to work as the Nebo School District Dance Specialist and looks forward to working with teachers and youth in South Utah Valley.




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Sara Mann - Co-Director



Sara graduated with a bachelors degree and K-12 teaching certificate in Dance Education from Brigham Young University. She has always enjoyed teaching a variety of ages in public schools, at summer workshops, conferences and in dance studios.


She loves to help students find their own creative voice and truly become artists themselves. She grew up in a creative dance studio in SLC and it has shaped who she is today. She hopes to provide the same enriching and inclusive experience for her dancers.


When Sara isn’t in the dance studio or working on lesson plans she finds herself playing in the sandbox and keeping up with her two busy kids, Elizabeth and Isaac. Sara enjoys getting outdoors hiking, camping, skiing or playing sidewalk chalk. If she could find a moment to herself she would be crafting, scrapbooking, or reading a good book.



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Tia Trimble - Co-Director



Tia Trimble grew up in Springville Utah and danced in BYU’s Young Dancemaker creative dance program from the age of six until graduation. Miss Miriam was her dance teacher!


Tia was a member of her high school drill team, dance company, and show choir. She was the dance Sterling Scholar for Springville High School. She has continued to dance off and on for the past twenty years in theatrical productions throughout the valley and enjoys performing.


Tia taught elementary school for 12 years (10 years in Nebo District and 2 years at American Leadership Academy), integrating performing and dance in her classroom curriculum. At various times throughout the past ten years, Tia has served Spanish Fork City on the Arts Council, as a Community Theater Board member and president, with the Youth Theatre, and as a Youth Arts Festival committee member. Tia has worked as Business Manager and Director’s Assistant for The Dancing Child since 2014.


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Miriam Bowen - TDC Company and Creative Dance Instructor



Miriam Bowen has been teaching creative dance to children for over 30 years and has seen the benefits creative movement brings to a child's life


She has taught at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, daCi (dance and the Child international) third intergeneration conference, and at many utah daCi days of dance and various community workshops. She is currently an Art Learning Specialist for the Beverly Taylor Arts Learning Program, teaching at Reagan Academy in Springville.


Miriam is thrilled to be teaching at The Dancing Child Studio this year! She belives that all children are born with both the need and cpacity to create and to move. Creative Dance is a wonderful way of expressing the creations of the heart, mind, body and soul. It serves to develop and stregthen every facet of a child's life.



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Jenny Ivey - Ballet and Creative Contemporary Instructor



Jenny grew up in sunny central Florida where she trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, and musical theater at Jenni’s Dance Company. Jenny graduated from BYU with her B.A. in Dance Performance in December 2015. While attending BYU she had countless opportunities to grow as a performer and choreographer as a member of dancEnsemble as well as through participation in several senior projects.


Opportunities to gain teaching experience came with membership of Kinnect Dance Company and as a Dance Specialist in BYU’s Arts Bridge program. Between these busy semesters of performing and teaching she worked as a performer at Walt Disney World from May 2012-June 2014. Jenny has taught dance in public school classrooms across Utah as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada. She enjoys having more time to dedicate to teaching dance now that she has graduated and hopes to one day own her own studio.



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Carol Day - Creative Dance Instructor



Carol Day retired in May of 2016 after 29 years of teaching in elementary schools. She is an arts advocate. During years of taking professional development classes she has danced with many of the greatest Utah dance educators.


In 2008 she participated in Anne Green Gilbert's Creative Dance Institute where her dream of teaching baby brain dance classes began. She has been leading elementary students in the brain dance for at least ten years.


Carol is the treasurer of dance and the child international (daCi) Utah. She helps organize an annual day of dance which brings people together in an intergenerational setting to dance.



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