UDEO Board of Directors - Professional/Private Sector Rep

Lori Higbee (2017-2020)

Lori Higbee grew up heavily involved in competitive figure skating until the year she decided to take a dance class in middle school. There, she was introduced to modern dance, and through the inspiration of her teacher, she fell in love. She has been dancing ever since. Lori began her college training on scholarship for four years at Utah State University and then moved up to University of Idaho in Moscow, where she finished her BS in Dance Pedagogy. She quickly began teaching as adjunct faculty at the UofI where she learned that she wanted to spend her life inspiring others with her passion for dance. Lori has over 20 years of experience teaching and choreographing for all ages in private studios, public schools, universities, and professional companies. She has developed modern dance programs in private studios where she focuses her efforts on not just training technical performers but also inspiring creativity and the choreographic process. Lori is passionate about helping dancers find their path in this art and hopes to continue to inspire young artists for years to come. Lori currently teaches and directs the contemporary companies at Just Dance Arts Academy in Lehi. She is the owner/director of Reach Dance Company, humanitarian based educational outreach touring company. Lori also teaches with Minding Motion in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. She is a devoted wife and mother of 4 and resides in Alpine.



Past UDEO Private Studio/Sector Reps

Dena Merill (2002-2004)
Jackie College (2004-2007)
Janet Gray (2007-2010)
Jana Monson (2010-2013)
Lori Higbee (2017-2020)