Staff & Faculty

Adam James Holms is a native of Fairfield, CT. His noteworthy teaching credentials include some of the most prestigious nationally and internationally recognized dance organizations. Mr. Holms is one of the lead teaching artists for American Ballet Theatre’s Education Department, a judge, master teacher and director of the Annual Ballet Intensive for Sheer Talent, LLC, and the Director of Choreography for CLAP American Ballet in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition, he has worked with his Ecuadorian colleagues to create Arts in Action, an arts education outreach program serving the greater Guayaquil region of Ecuador. Mr. Holms brings unique professional ballet connections coupled with an extraordinary educational background to his studio. Above all, his admiration of and care for his students is unparalleled. Mr. Holms’ personal journey began when he entered into his formal and possibly most influential training, at the age of 16, when he became a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School NYC. From there, he continued his dance training at the Northwest Florida Ballet where he later joined the company as a soloist. In addition, he danced under the direction of Winthrop Corey at Mobile Ballet as well as under the direction of Bobby Ball at Milwaukee Ballet. It wasn't until attending Butler University in Indianapolis, IN as an undergraduate that he discovered a passion for sharing knowledge and motivating students to achieve their best. Mr. Holms began his studies as scholarship recipient at the Jordan College of Fine Arts where Butler’s prestigious classical dance program is housed. In 2005, Mr. Holms graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Secondary Education as a certified 6th - 12th grade U.S. History teacher in addition to earning a B.S. in Ballet Pedagogy. Mr. Holms then went on to New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, in conjunction with American Ballet Theatre, to complete his Master of Arts in Ballet Pedagogy and Teaching Dance for the Professions.  Mr. Holms is proud to be counted among one of the first professionally ranked dance educators to be nationally certified within all seven levels of American Ballet Theatre’s National Teaching Curriculum®. 

Jennifer Deckert is a native of St. Louis, Missouri where she began her training with Alexandra Zaharias. She received a BFA in ballet performance from University of Utah, performing with Character Dance Ensemble, Eastern Arts Ensemble, and Utah Ballet.   She continued to perform with Utah Ballet and choreograph for department productions as she received her MFA in ballet teaching, choreography, and research. Jennifer was then invited to join Roxey Ballet, under the direction of Mark Roxey.  While with Roxey Ballet she had the opportunity to further develop her performing, teaching, and choreography skills while performing and showcasing her choreography in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, and surrounding areas.  During her performance career she has performed such leads as Myrtha in Giselle, Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Prelude in Les Sylphides, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and the principle role in Paquita.  Her choreographic credits include Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Chorus Line, Cinderella, and original contemporary works Fire & Ice, A Perfect Thorn, Song Bird, Footfalls Echo and Through the Line.  In 2014, she choreographed and performed in an evening length duet, Kiss Romeo Bang! Juliet, created in collaboration with Czech physical theatre director Petr Hudecek and co-choreographer Andre Megerdichian. And most recently Jennifer choreographed a full length Dracula working in collaboration with composer Sean Stone. She has made guest teaching appearances at the Mid-States Regional Dance America festival, Matheny Arts Access School, American College Dance Festival, Snowy Range Dance Festival, Barcelona Institute for the Arts (Spain), Duncan Center Conservatory (Czech Republic) and numerous Universities and summer dance intensive programs. Jennifer currently teaches at the University of Wyoming where she teaches advanced ballet and pointe technique, dance kinesiology, yoga, dance history, and modern dance technique. She was also recently was recognized as a “Top Ten” teacher in the college of Arts and Science.    

 

Meghan Daly has won several choreographic awards at regional and national competitions. Meghan has taught at Dance Etc. of Newtown, Connecticut Dance Conservatory of Stratford, Connecticut Ballet of Stamford, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and Peridance in New York City. She has taught for the Alvin Ailey Summer Camp in Bridgeport for 12 years. She has choreographed musicals for In The Spotlight for 10 years including “Meet Me In St, Louis,” “Damn Yankees,” “How to Succeed In Business,” “Anything Goes,” “Grease,” “Bye Bye Birdie,”  “Guys and Dolls,” “Sugar,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and “Music Man.” She has also choreographed for several school Productions including “The Wiz,” “Suessical,” “Lil’ Abner,” and “The Sound of Music.” She has performed for Brice Mousset at several dance festivals and performances through New York and assisted him on several projects including an arial version of Romeo and Juliet. She was highlighted in Prestige International fashion magazine with Brice Mousset and his company in 2010. She has also performed with Connecticut Ballet in their annual Nutcracker performance at the Palace Theater in Stamford. She recently performed in Lincoln Center for Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Table of Silence and is currently working on a dance video with Brian and Paul Herman and Double Up Dance Company. Meghan graduated with honors from Fairfield University with a B.A. in International Studies and Russian and Eastern European Studies. She received a teacher certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Carly Schaub is from Benson, UT, where she began her training at the Cache Valley School of Ballet. Ms. Shaub later attended the University of Wyoming, Laramie, graduating with a B.F.A. in dance. She received additional training at Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival, Utah State University, Brigham Young University and in London at The Place and Danceworks Studio. She also studied historical dance under Marsha Knight, Phillippa Waite, and Ken Pierce. Ms. Shaub choreographed productions for BSC, Mandan High School, and Sleepy Hollow Summer Theatre. She has performed as a guest artist for North Dakota Ballet in Grand Forks. Ms. Schaub was the Education Coordinator for Northern Plains Dance for four years before returning to Utah in 2012 to obtain an M.F.A. in Modern Dance.