Our Faculty

Nesha Woodhouse

Beverly F. Spell

Ballet Director

Beverly F. Spell has taught ballet for over 42 years. She owned The Ballet Studio in
Lafayette, Louisiana from 1998 until 2017. As a dancer, she trained with many great
teachers, including Gwynne Ashton, and was a scholarship student at the School of
American Ballet and Harkness Ballet. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts in
Champaign, Illinois.
Beverly is married to Carrol Spell and is the mother of two sons, Joseph and Ben. She has
four grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 8. She is also mom to Buddy, a 2 year old
Border Collie who eats her socks.
In 2003 Beverly began sharing her knowledge and experience with other dance teachers
through Leap ’N Learn™. In 2004 she wrote and released, Leap ’N Learn A
Comprehensive Early Childhood Dance Syllabus. Since that time Leap ‘N Learn has
grown into an international program providing dance resources, education and
consultation to studios throughout the world.
In 2015 Beverly partnered with Lisa Howell, B.Phty. (physiotherapist) of Sydney, Australia
to co-author Training Turnout in Tiny Dancers. They have presented these materials at
seminars to dance educators throughout the world.
Beverly has served as a guest teacher for student master classes and ballet workshops
throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and Norway. Beverly has also presented
her teaching methods at The Dance Teacher Summit, Rhee Gold’s Dance Life
Conference, Finis Jhung’s Teacher Training Seminars, The Ailey Extension Teacher
Workshop, Oklahoma City University, DanceTeacher Web Expo and various Dance
Master Chapter Workshops, and at numerous other dance organizations and private
studios. In May of 2007, Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine featured Beverly
in their teacher training issue, which highlighted her Leap ’N Learn™, program and her
teaching methods at The Ballet Studio.
Beverly is excited to share her knowledge of dance with the students at Lifehouse
Performing Arts Academy and to enjoy all the wonderful experiences Utah has to offer.