Dayna Marshall

mUvmethod Instructor

Dayna Marshall grew up in Utah where she trained in ballet, jazz, and tap. As a senior in high school she was accepted into the ballet department at the University of Utah where she received the Willam F. Christensen scholarship. She has performed numerous lead roles with Utah Ballet under the direction of Attila Ficzere and Conrad Ludlow, performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and completed her BFA in Ballet in 2006. Dayna then joined Odyssey Dance Theatre where she toured nationally and internationally from 2008­-2014. During her time with Odyssey she won Utah’s 2013 Best Of State Individual Dancer. She has performed choreography from Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, Roni Koresh, Derryl Yeager, Eldon Johnson, Bonnie Story, Christian Denise and many others. She was also a dancer in the Capezio ACE Awards for Christina Bluth (2012).

Dayna has been teaching at dance studios and schools since 2003, teaching/traveling with Rapture Dance Intensive since 2010, and has performed with the Michigan based company Rapture Dance Project. She was a dancer for Glenn Beck’s “Man In The Moon” show (2013), and Discount Dance Supply published some of her images in Peddecord Photo’s 2014 Calendar. Dayna has performed for USANA and NuSkin Global conventions, performed live with world-renowned film score composer Hans Zimmer and his orchestra, modeled for XANGO and Icon Fitness. She is Yoga Alliance E-RYT certified and a certified mUvmethod instructor. Recently, she was the dance model for a sculpture by Benjamin Victor that has traveled the world winning prestigious realist art competitions. While dance has always been her passion, she is also a proud wife to husband, Matt,  and mother to a little girl, Jade.

Molly Davenport

mUvmethod Instructor

Molly grew up in Taylorsville, UT where she trained in jazz, ballet, clogging and tap. She started her career with Odyssey Dance Theatre as a senior in high school when she was accepted into their training program, Odyssey II (2005-2007). Molly trained at two summer programs with Lines Ballet School in San Francisco, where she was also awarded a scholarship (2007-2008). She has worked as a dancer for USANA on several occasions, was a dancer for Glenn Beck’s “Man in the Moon” (2013), and was featured in Christopher Peddecord’s Discount Dance Supply Calendar (2014).

Molly spent eight years dancing for and touring with Odyssey Dance Theatre (2007-2015), where she had the opportunity to perform works by several world renowned choreographers including Derryl Yeager, Eldon Johnson, Roni Koresh, Bonnie Story, and Christian Denice. She has had the opportunity to perform in the Off Broadway Productions of “Cats,” “Tarzan,” “Grease,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Wizard Of Oz,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in St. George, Utah. She teaches ballet, contemporary, jazz, and is also Scholé Yoga Level 1 certified and a mUvmethod instructor. She is grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities she has encountered through dance, and enjoys sharing her passion with her students.

Brittany Kuresa

mUvmethod Instructor

Brittany has been teaching and choreographing jazz for over seven years. She has previously taught at Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy and BYU ballet and modern summer camps. She has a fierce passion for sharing dance whether performing it or teaching it. She has trained in tap, hip hop, ballet, and jazz here in Utah ever since she moved from California at the age of 9. She trained under Laura King at Pulse 31 and has traveled across the country competing. At 17, she made The Cougarettes at BYU and danced with them for two years. At 18, while on the team she was invited to tour with Liz Imperio’s “Instincts Media Dance Company” and was flown back and forth to Los Angeles to train with them and toured with the company to perform in Madison, Wisconsin and Chihuahua, Mexico. She also worked with Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. At 21 she made BYU’s Theater Ballet Company and Performed and toured with them for a year. She has danced a season in The Vibe’s professional show as a contemporary dancer. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet. She also has a B.F.A. in Arts and Visual Communications with emphasis in Graphic Design from Utah Valley University. Above all she is proud of her three children, Maili of 5 years, Kainoa of 2 years, and Matai of 10 months.

Megan Berry

mUvmethod Instructor

Megan has been dancing since she was three years old, training extensively in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip-hop in her hometown of Huntsville, AL. She attended Brigham Young University on both academic and dance scholarships and graduated with B.A. in Dance. During her time at BYU, Megan was a member of the Ballet Showcase Company and also performed with Theatre Ballet. She then went on to dance with the National Champion Cougarettes for 3 years. Megan taught several dance classes for the University and has worked teaching dance camps and classes to various high schools and studios across the nation for several years. At the end of her college career, she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga and found it to be an incredible complement to dance training for both body and mind. Finding mUvmethod was serendipitous, as it presented an opportunity to blend and share the two worlds she has grown to love. Megan is grateful for the chance to teach and share her passion for both yoga and dance. She and her husband, Matt, are also proud parents of 3 little girls, Bailey, Elle, and Sierra.

Averie Bird

mUvmethod Instructor

Averie Bird is a dancer at heart. She trained for 15 years in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Ballroom at Center Stage Performing Arts Academy. She went on to tour and star in Louis Van Amstel’s Ballroom with a Twist for two years, performed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and was featured in Disney’s second and third High School Musical movies.

Averie started practicing yoga in 2012 as a way to keep her mind and body healthy and grounded. After practicing Bikram yoga for two years, Averie competed in her first regional USAYOGA competition and placed 2nd in the region. In 2016 Averie competed and placed third in the region and top 50 at the USAYOGA national yoga competition. And in 2018 Averie competed for a third time and placed 11th overall in the women’s division.

In 2015 Averie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Core Power Yoga and completed her 60 hour extension program at mUvmethod in the summer of 2016.

Averie currently teaches Jazz and Contemporary at Creative Arts Academy and is the co-director of their Teen and Junior Performing Companies. She also travels and judges for Relve’ Dance Convention.

Averie could not be more happy to be a part of the mUvmethod team.

Laila Hardman

mUvmethod Instructor

Laila has distinguished herself in the field teaching and choreography for many years.  She has choreographed for commercials, televised NFL half time shows, trade and fashion shows and has been awarded over 20 choreography awards. Laila was also nominated for a Heartland Emmy award for a commercial she choreographed for Starz/Encore.  She danced and served as a dance captain for the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders and has choreographed for the Denver Nuggets and Denver Bronco Cheerleaders. She has been seen on Extreme Makeover UK as part of the “Dream Team” and patented “Air Guitar Aerobics” in Europe.

Laila served as a private dance coach for several Disney Mickey Mouse Club members, most notably Justin Timberlake.  Many of her former dancers can be seen on Broadway as well as in music videos, commercials, on NBA and NFL dance teams, and on tour with artists such as Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Laila worked as the Associate Artistic Director for the award winning Starstruck Dance Academy in Denver, Colorado, was the founder of Extreme Dance London located in London, England, was a teacher for Pineapple studios in London, was a faculty member of the dance convention, Dance Raw and was owner and director The Dance Project SLC in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  She also is the owner and director of the professional dance company “Urban Fairytalez”. She is ERYT 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in Vinyasa, holds a certification in Biomechanics and is currently working on her 300 hour yoga certification.

Annie Browne

mUvmethod Instructor

Annie is a freelance dancer and dance educator currently living in New York City. Her early training in Little Rock, Arkansas introduced her to ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, and contemporary dance. She began her pre-professional training under Arleen Sugano and joined Ballet Arkansas’ Second Company at the age of 14. Annie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet from the University of Utah, where she also earned her Ballet Studio Teaching Certificate. While at University, Annie was privileged to have studied from professors such as Maggie Wright Tesch, James Ady, Jan Fugit, Melonie Buchanan-Murray, Michael Bearden, and Jay Kim. She has been challenged to dance versatile works by choreographers such as Val Canaparoli, Eric Handman, and Tong Wang, among others.

Annie has experience teaching all levels—from two-year olds to adults. In addition to ballet, she has taught creative movement, jazz, contemporary dance, a boys movement class, and strength and conditioning classes. She is a Level 1 & 2 Certified Instructor in mUvmethod, a safe and effective stretch and conditioning program for dancers. Annie is a staff member at Ballet Tech: The NYC Public School for Dance
(Founder—Eliot Feld); and teaches at The School at Peridance and Ballet Arts: The Performing Arts Center of Southern Westchester.