Aspire Dance Pro is an exciting dance competition and recital company based in Utah that prioritizes dance education and positive feedback in a fun competition environment. Our philosophy is "Where Every Step Counts" - and we embrace this philosophy in every competition, recital and event we produce for your dancers. Aspire is pleased to offer dance competitions in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho and recital packages in Utah.

Aspire Dance Pro was created with the intent to provide local and Western Regional dancers with an opportunity to not only participate in fun and exciting, family-friendly competitions; but more importantly, to provide high quality educational tools within their experience.

From registration to event wrap-up, every Aspire staff member is dedicated to providing all ASPIRING DANCERS limitless educational, memorable, and exciting experiences through Aspire's competitions and seasonal showcases.



Meet The Team

The staff of Aspire Dance Pro is an impressive collection of experienced dancers, educators, choreographers, judges, production and film crew, and business managers; with many years of dance, event production and management experience. With a successful and enthusiastic owner, educated and experienced judges, and a top-notch staff, Aspire Dance Pro is a well-organized and highly respected dance competition company.

Gerilee Lyon

Owner & Executive Director

Gerilee Lyon

Owner & Executive Director

Gerilee Lyon is the founder and Executive Director of Aspire Dance Pro, bringing over twenty-five years of successful competition management, numerous years of dance experience and professional instruction to her organization. Gerilee is dedicated to providing a fun and positive environment where dancers can grow.

Email: gerilee@aspiredancepro.com

Sara Groves

Event Manager

Sara Groves

Event Manager

As the Event Manager, Sara Groves is responsible for assuring all Aspire Dance Pro events exceed the expectations of its clients. Sara served 10+ years as manager and event facilitator for Snowbird and has over 15 years of successful dance competition management. She continues to provide excellence and organization to Aspire events.

Allison Farnsworth

Customer Relations Coordinator

Allison Farnsworth

Customer Relations Coordinator

As Customer Relations Coordinator, Allison Farnsworth is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction at Aspire Events. During her ten years with Aspire, Allison has worked in multiple event areas, demonstrating her reliable attention to the needs of Aspire clients. Previously, Allison successfully managed a Utah Hallmark store, earning a reputation for excellence in Customer Satisfaction.

Kristy Jo Hunt

Judges Education Specialist

Kristy Jo Hunt

Judges Education Specialist

Kristy Jo Hunt provides Aspire judges ongoing professional training to ensure accurate and consistent judging at all Aspire competitions. Kristy Jo has a degree in Dance and is a sought after performer, choreographer and masterclass teacher. Her focus on teaching mechanics and physics in movement has helped thousands to dance more effectively.

Holly Johnson

Backstage Coordinator

Holly Johnson

Backstage Coordinator

Holly Johnson organizes and oversees the backstage "behind the scenes" at all Aspire Competitions to ensure the event continues to run smoothly and on time. A customer favorite, Holly has been with Aspire since the beginning.

Yvonne Israelsen

Lineup Coordinator - Website

Yvonne Israelsen

Website - Lineup Coordinator

Yvonne Israelsen oversees website content, handles in-office communication and creates the competition lineup for every Aspire Competition. Yvonne has been involved in the website industry for over 20 years and has 12 years of experience in the dance competition industry. She has a design degree and has been with Aspire for the past 10 years.

FREE Master Class at Every Competition

2021 VIP Master Class Series - Pending Based on COVID Restrictions at Time of Competition


2020 Aspire VIP Master Class Series

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