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Bree Hafen

BIOGRAPHY

From the time Bree could walk she was torturing her parents, siblings - anyone who would attend - with endless productions of her choreography.  Originally from Utah, she trained under Colleen Smith (student of William F. Christensen,) Lauralyn Kofford, and the many teachers of Center Stage Performing Arts.  She lettered in cheer, dance, drill and won several choreography awards through school projects, reflections and Sterling Scholar programs.  After high school she was chosen out of hundreds to join the national champion BYU Cougarettes, serving as president and choreographer.  Bree then performed professionally, touring the US and Europe with Odyssey Dance Theater as a full company member before pausing her professional career to become a mother.

Bree has been trained and excelled in cheerleading, gymnastics, vocal arts, theater, many genres of dance… she even got a ticket to Vegas on “So You Think You Can Dance!” However, she’s found her greatest passion is for teaching and choreography. She’s been privileged to help many phenomenal students along their path- from Chelsie Hightower of SYTYCD and DWTS, to Olivia Rehrman of River North, to Madi Hicks- National Teen Outstanding Dancer representing NYCDA, and every beautiful thing in between.  She has passionately created art through the medium of truly remarkable students, letting her (oftentimes crazy) ideas come to life and receiving choreography accolades from across the nation, year after year.

Now, as she strives to enter the ranks with the well-known national choreographers, she feels her abilities to create becoming second nature. But whether her stage be big or small, the love she feels for the art, the creation, and those she is privileged to teach will fill her life regardless.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

TELEVISION

  • 2012  -  ”So You Think You Can Dance” season 9
  • 2006  -  Fox News, Odyssey Dance Theater
  • 2002  -  Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, live sites and venues

CHOREOGRAPHY

  • 2012  -  Capezio A.C.E. 2ndRunner Up, Terminal Soul
  • 2012  -  Serpent, NYCDA Senior Gala Inductee
  • 2012  -  Finalist Capezio A.C.E. Choreography Award
  • 2011  -  Terminal Soul, NYCDA Senior Gala Inductee2010  -  Fatal Attriaction, NYCDA Senior Gala Inductee
  • 2004  -  Utah Jazz half-time choreographer
  • 2003-2004  -  Judge, Dance America Competition
  • 2000-current  -  Several choreography awards from national competitions and conventions
  • 2000-current  -   Teaching and choreographing for private studios, cheer/gymnastics and drill teams.

STAGE/INDUSTRIALS

  • 2005-2006  -  Full member Odyssey Dance Theatre
  • 2006  -  Three week sold-out European tour, performer
  • 2004  -  Utah Jazz half-time performer
  • 2000-2003  -  Member & President NDA/USA collegiate national champion BYU Cougarettes.  Graduated Bachelor of Science, 2003
  • 2002  -  Salt Lake City Winter Olympics performer
  • 2000  -  Stadium of Fire performer
  • 1990-1995  -  Disneyland/Disneyworld summer tour performer

FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”

Unparalleled quality and value – the leader of the industry and the company I not only trust for my students – but for my daughter as well!

FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM

Ooooh, that’s a tough one. Can I pick two?  The footUndeez™ are a must for contemporary dancers; and I love, love, LOVE the Aerial point shoe.  I’ve used them  exclusively since I was 8-years-old

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS

It may sound trite, but the most important thing I ever teach a dancer is to BE CONFIDENT in who they are today.  I firmly believe that if you are confident in the dancer you are now, only then will you be able to become the dancer that you want to be in the future.  Comparing yourself to others, putting yourself down and daydreaming about things you assume are not possible for you – those things can only hold you back from your potential.  Confidence is like sunshine and water to the seed of talent.  It fuels you to work hard, and it helps you realize that you are worth that work and effort.

UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW

I am a big time crafter.  I love to make accessories, DIY home décor, quilts, refinishing furniture, fun things for my kids… I have about a million Pinterest projects going on at all times.  It’s a disease.  I love looking at something pretty and thinking – “I made that.” (I guess that’s why I love being a mom too!)

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