OwnerDenise Crosier has been the proud owner of Southwest Dance Company since July 2013. She has 4 girls who have all danced at Southwest Dance. Her oldest 2 girls started dancing at Southwest Dance in 2000 under the direction and teaching of Miss Candy Fowler. Denise and her husband John were long time parents when the studio came up for sale in 2013. She bought the studio because she wanted to keep Miss Candy’s legacy moving forward in So. Utah and have her girls continue in this wonderful studio. Through her years as a mother, she referred many friends to Southwest Dance because she knew that the dancers were taught the values of beautiful music, appropriate movement, and modest costumes along with the ability to think outside of the box with their creative dance movement.
Denise has had extensive experience helping businesses with their finances. The companies she has helped include Crosier Financial, Tropical Fiberglass Pools and Bullfrog Spas, Holbrook Asphalt, and Valor Hall. These businesses made her grow as a business owner by helping her understand finances and how to run a successful business.
She also has a passion for learning different techniques of healing, and recently completed a certification in Foot Restoration Therapy. Denise loves to camp, vacation, and be with her awesome husband John and their 4 beautiful daughters!
She is thrilled to be a part of this studio and to rub shoulders with this wonderful faculty!
Artistic DirectorKatie Fowler Smith has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She started dancing with Southwest Dance at the age of 7 when her mother Candy Fowler founded the dance studio. Her love of dance continued as her teaching career started with Southwest Dance when she was 17 years old. Katie continued to teach with Southwest Dance and is now their Artistic Director. Katie’s dance background also includes 10 years of Classical Jazz dance training and 5 years Classical Ballet training.
Katie attended Pine View High School where she was on the Drill Team for 3 years and Drill Mistress her Senior Year. She was the Sterling Scholar in Dance and was the Region Runner Up. Katie was the first Miss St. George in 1990 and went to the Miss Utah Pageant where she won the Talent Award.
She graduated from Dixie State University with her associate’s degree. While there she was a cheerleader for two years and the Head Cheerleader her Sophomore year. Katie was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1992 and went to Miss Utah again where she was in the Top 20 Contestants and won the Talent Award. Katie attended Brigham Young University and was awarded the Dance Talent Award Scholarship. She also received the Dee Winterton Award and the Phylis Jacobsen Award. She was on the BYU Dance Ensemble Performing Choreography Group.
Katie was a member of the BYU touring Modern Dance company titled“The Dancers Company” for two years which toured through the northwestern and western states as well as South Africa, the Philippines and South Korea.
She was also featured in the BYU dance film Women the Pioneer dancing the role of Woman of Joy. Katie graduated from BYU in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. Katie served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Canada Toronto West Ontario Mission. Katie is married to her sweetheart Joseph Evan Smith and they have six wonderful, talented children.
InstructorSusan Baker has over 30 years of Modern Dance experience. She has performed extensively in theater and dance. She attended Brigham Young University on a Musical Theater Scholarship and later on a dance scholarship. She graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education, receiving a Secondary Education Certificate. Susan’s love is teaching. She taught dance at Provo High School where she also directed the Dance Company and choreographed the school musicals. She has worked with the Payson City Summer Arts program, Alta High School Dance, Bingham High School Dance, and in various community programs in Southern California and Utah. Susan joined the faculty at Southwest Dance under the direction of Candy Fowler in 1997. She is married to Aron Baker and they have three children.
InstrustorKirsten Duke Bethers grew up dancing with Southwest Dance Theatre from the age of six until her high school graduation. She loved the creative aspect of the dance classes and the magic that it brought into her life. It was a wonderful part of her childhood and an experience that she feels shaped her in so many positive ways. She took advantage of the extra training that was offered through master classes, Jazz classes and various dance workshops and camps each summer from the time she was in seventh grade. She was part of the dance team during high school and choreographed numerous times for her own team and others; receiving awards at the State and National level. She was part of the All-State team and was voted Outstanding Senior. Kirsten graduated with honors from Brigham Young University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Dance. Three of her years at BYU were spent performing with Dancensemble – a modern dance group that features student choreography. Kirsten has lived on both the East and West Coasts since college while her husband finished his education, then returned home to St. George in 2005. She has been teaching with Southwest Dance since 2006 and loves the opportunity to pass her love of dance on to others. Kirsten is married to Dan Bethers and they have six children.
InstructorChauntelle Plewe Lewis has been dancing since birth—formally since she was five years old. She danced with Southwest Dance Theatre until she was 19 and was Miss Candy’s assistant during her teen years. She has been a Southwest Dance faculty member since 2007 and loves the opportunity to share the magic of dance that Candy Fowler instilled in her. Chauntelle’s favorite part about teaching is seeing pure joy exuding from her dancers as they are free to create their own movement.
Chauntelle was a member of the Dixie High drill team. Then, while attending Dixie State College, she was one of the founding members of the Dixie State Dance Company in 2001. While there she earned an Associate of Arts and a Certificate in Visual Technologies. Chauntelle went on to study Communications and Dance at Brigham Young University. At BYU she was a member of Dancensemble—a modern dance choreography and performing company, and Kinnect—an education, outreach, and performing company. With Kinnect she travelled to New York City and Philadelphia to perform, teach, and attend class. Her Senior year she earned the student “Teacher of the Year” Award. She was also in the cast of The Trojan Women, a play in which modern dance was incorporated, and Left Behind: The Women of the Mormon Battalion, a dance play in which she performed in group pieces and a solo. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications: Public Relations, and a minor in Modern dance from BYU.
After graduation, Chauntelle served an LDS mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a founding member of the St. George Dance Company and danced with them off and on from 2007-2012. Her husband Tyler is very supportive and takes care of their three boys while mommy enjoys her creative outlet.
InstructorBoston Peine Stock has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She started dancing at Southwest Dance Theater at the age of 10 where she fell in love with Modern dance. In addition to Modern, she took advantage of the Ballet, Jazz and Master Classes offered. She danced with Southwest until her high school graduation. After graduation, her love of dance continued as she got involved with Modern dance in the community and started pursuing a teaching career at the studio. She assisted classes under Miss Katie and took dance classes both at the Dixie State College and in the community. It was through these classes that she met some of the founders of the St. George Dance Company. She then trained and performed with the St. George Dance Company until leaving for an LDS Mission to Germany. After a mission and a year at Utah State, Miss Boston is back in St. George with her husband and is excited to be back teaching at the studio!
InstrustorRebecca DeCastro began training in Classical Ballet at the age of 8. She was mentored under the direction of Gretchen S. Rowe and Roy Fitzell. Rebecca studied for 3 years at the Ballet West conservatories, Christensen Academy and enjoyed performing with them. At the age of 15, Rebecca began teaching classes at Ballet Arts of Southern Utah where she developed a love for teaching others. At age 25, she ventured into the fitness industry and began teaching fitness classes. She also ventured into Personal Training. Seven years ago she opened her own ballet studio and continued her passion for teaching. Rebecca enjoys the ballet world and the stories that are told through dance. She enjoys sharing the passion and talent she has for ballet and loves to push students beyond limits and watch them progress to be the best they can be.
InstructorAmy Hodges Ence began training in classical ballet at the age of 8 with Ballet Arts of Southern Utah under the direction of Gretchen S. Rowe. Amy enjoyed summer programs at the Ballet West Conservatory, and Ballet Aspen. At the age of 14, Amy began teaching classes at Ballet Arts of Southern Utah where she developed a love for teaching good technique and musicality. Upon graduating from Dixie High School, she received the Sterling Scholar Award for Dance. She attended BYU on scholarship and performed as a member of Theatre Ballet. Amy has an Associate of Science degree and an Associate of Arts Degree with a certificate in Dental Hygiene and works part time as a Dental Hygienist. She has always had a deep love for dance and performance and is so happy to be joining Southwest Dance this year. Amy is married to Matt Ence and they have 5 children.