About

Canyon Dance Academy is a family-friendly studio for students of all ages and skill levels.

We strive to provide the highest quality dance education in a positive and supportive environment.

Our skilled and caring instructors teach classical technique, contemporary choreography and performance skills.

Sharing our love of dance and movement with the community is our ultimate goal.

Our Instructors

Andrea Worwood

Owner/ Dance Instructor

Full bio coming soon!

Tamara Scott

Dance Instructor

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Lori Zechmann

Dance Instructor

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Laryssa Rice

Dance Instructor

Laryssa Rice started her ballet training in Eastern Oregon at age 3. She moved to Boise as a young teen to attend dance classes at BSU under the direction of Marla Hansen and Capitol City Youth Ballet under the direction of Sara Phipps.  While attending BSU, she danced with Idaho Dance Theater and many student repertory performances, where she was able to work with different choreographers and dancers. Laryssa also won scholarships to dance intensives, such as Summer Dancefest, Summer Dance Lab and CSI/IDAA camps. While attending a camp, Laryssa was recruited to join Sacramento Ballet in California.  She accepted and danced with Sacramento Ballet for two seasons, before moving back to Idaho to teach dance. She has taught at many studios in the Treasure Valley and is very happy to be teaching at Canyon Dance Academy. Laryssa recently got married to the love of her life and is happily raising their 6 children with him.

Shannon Keightley

Dance Instructor

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Meagan Ellis

Meagan Ellis

Dance Instructor

Meagan Ellis was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho.  She trained at Pat Harris School of Dance and then at Stars Dance Academy, eventually under the instruction of Lori Zechmann.  Although Meagan trained in all styles, tap dancing quickly became her favorite.  She has instructed tap classes at Boise Dance Alliance (all ages, beginner to advanced levels) for 7 years and is thrilled to be joining the team of skilled instructors at Canyon Dance Academy.

Meagan resides in Boise with her husband, Levi, and their children, Rhetta and Jude.  She also has a sassy Beagle named Delilah.  She and her husband own The North End Dog Walker, a dog walking and boarding company in North Boise.

Aside from teaching, Meagan spends her time on various non-profit boards and has held executive positions at several local non-profits.  She loves to raise funds to better the community and is always looking for the next opportunity to make a difference.

Madie Quilanton

Madie Quilanton

Dance Instructor

Madie Quilanton began dancing at the age of fourteen at Canyon Dance Academy and immediately fell in love with it! She studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary before beginning to teach three years later. She has had the privilege to teach ballet for her homeschool group for the last two years! She has also competed and choreographed for multiple dance competitions and summer shops. She is now enjoying studying dance at Boise State University.
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