In an ongoing effort to nurture emerging artists, Studio Company Odyssey 2 offers a full-scholarship, pre-professional training program, which gives young dancers the opportunity to spend nine months training intensively and performing with the company. Twelve dancers, ages 16 to 21, receive full scholarships for nine months to train extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and acting at The Pointe Performing Arts Academy in Highland. They perform with the company during its Kingsbury Hall seasons and are mentored by Odyssey staff and dancers.
Eldon Johnson has been dancing in Utah now for over 15 years. Training under the direction of Penny Broussard at the Winner School, Eldon was able to begin his career with Odyssey Dance Theater at the age of 19. Eldon was named Best Individual Dancer 2010 at the Utah Best of State Gala.Â Since then Eldon has been blessed to work with some of the dance communities most sought-after choreographers including Derryl Yeager, Bonnie Story, Dee Caspary, Mia Michaels, and Mandy Moore. His professional credits include 2010 MTV VMA Awards with Florence and the Machines, High School Musical 1 and 3, Windows 7, SoulEscape, and Parsons Dance Project. Having traveled, and danced around the world, Eldon is happy to call Utah home.
Tiffany began her dance training in Utah at age 8. At age 16 she received a scholarship to train at the Tremaine studio in Los Angeles. While taking class there, she realized that she had to dance professionally. Tiffany eventually moved to L.A. where she received another scholarship to train for a year with Jackie Sleight and her staff of accomplished teachers. She stayed for an additional year and worked professionally. Eventually she made her way back to Utah and in 1995, began a fulfilling 7-year run with the professional jazz/ballet company Odyssey Dance Theatre, directed by Derryl Yeager. That same year, Yeager also directed her in the original cast of the musical “Utah!” at the Tuacahn Theatre in St. George, Utah. While a member of Odyssey, Tiffany had the additional honor of working with New York choreographer Mia Michaels, and then of representing Mia’s company in a 5 1/2 week European tour.
Some of Tiffany’s other credits include: “42nd Street”, the “Move to the Groove Ball” for Mari Winsor, industrials for Reebok, Starter, Rampage and Novell, music video “Canadian Rose” for Blues Traveler, a Honda commercial, dancer and dance double in the opening credits for the lead in the movie, “Out of Step, and promotional videos for Novell, and NuSkin. Tiffany has also had the wonderful opportunity of teaching and directing over the past 11 years. She has won numerous awards for her choreography as well as New York City Dance Alliance’s CRITIC’S CHOICE AWARD.
Tiffany recently had the honor of choreographing a work for Odyssey Dance Theatre called “Heartland” and has also choreographed for the 2010 USANA industrial featuring David Osmond. Besides being the Artistic Director of The Pointe, Tiffany is also co-director for Odyssey Dance Theatre’s jr. company, 02, a pre-professional company. She has enjoyed teaching master classes and workshops throughout the United States but one of the most rewarding aspects of her career is working with special needs kids in The Pointe’s free program called Creative Movement for Children with Special Needs.
Tiffany has a wonderful, supportive husband and three beautiful children who are blessed by The Pointe and it’s amazing opportunities!