Jessica Phillips began her training in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. Once she saw her first ballet performance at age 8, declared this is what she wanted to do professionally. Her primary training was with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. In addition Jessica has studied at The School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She competed as a finalist in the internationally acclaimed ballet competition Youth America Grand Prix in New York City several years.
Upon graduating from the Kirov ballet boarding school, Jessica accepted an offer to join Ballet Arizona’s (BAZ) company in 2009 where she danced 9 seasons. In her time with BAZ Jessica performed corps de ballet, soloist and principal roles in a wide range of classical ballets, neoclassical ballets and contemporary pieces.
Through the demands of her professional dance career, Jessica realized the necessity of a holistic healthy lifestyle in order to show up on and off the stage at her best. Jessica has a passion of holistic health and wellness and is a certified holistic health coach and certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Since retiring from Ballet Arizona in 2018 Jessica has been teaching full time ballet, creative dance, meditation and yoga in addition to holding ballet workshops around Arizona.
Shalane Moore, owner and creative director of From the Heart Music & Dance, is a dynamic force behind the dance movement in the Verde Valley. She has been dancing and designing choreography for over 20 years. At the early age of 12, she helped dancers with their routines in school talent shows and assisted with the choreography used in school musical productions.
Shalane's favorite dance style is Hip-Hop. She has also studied ballet, jazz and modern while attending Southern Utah University. Her dance training continued through her early adult years with multiple choreographers, where she continued to learn and develop in a variety of dance styles.
Shalane expects a lot from her dancers including hard work, dedication, respect for self and others. She encourages a love of dance through her teaching techniques and enthusiasm. Believing that hard work and dedication are a vital part of a dancer's life, she helps her dancers increase in their skill level while also helping them know that it is still okay to not be perfect. Her philosophy is that dance is a way for self-expression and should be allowed to grow in a positive and supportive environment.