Balance Dance Studio


ABOUT Balance Dance Studio

Miss Paula’s focus is and always will be to instill confidence and self-love
in her dancers while teaching proper technique & style

Balance Dance Studio is in their 17th year in beautiful Alpine, UT
Miss Paula opened her basement studio on September 11th, 2001.  A day that will always be remembered

BALANCE is a fun and low-key dance studio that focuses on promoting personal and artistic expression and growth
Your child will learn to express him or herself more easily, gain poise, self confidence and self awareness

BALANCE DANCE STUDIO will further develop your child’s natural love of movement
Dance is a total experience involving the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of an
individual that helps us to perceive and communicate who we are and what we aspire to become
Dance develops distinct ways of seeing, thinking, and communicating ideas and feelings
Dance is expressive movement that has the power to enrich lives


BALANCE DANCE STUDIO offers two performances each year: a Christmas show and a Spring recital.


Paula Nielson - Miss Paula

There is nothing better than teaching young children dance.  It is a passion, a gift and an honor to Miss Paula.  Miss Paula is the owner and director of BALANCE DANCE STUDIO, she has been dancing for over 39 years. Dance has been a part of Paula’s life from the beginning. She grew up training at her aunts dance studio learning tap & jazz. When she was 13 a classical ballet teacher moved to town and she fell in love! She has trained in classical ballet, tap, modern, clogging, with most of her time spent in jazz. She is a graduate of Snow College where she majored in dance and was the president of the performing dance company, Orchesis. Paula is also a graduate of the University of Utah where she was a member of the Crimson Line Dance Team. She received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Health and is a certified high school teacher. She is a certified Master Teacher Level 1 in the Leap ‘N Learn Early Childhood Dance Program. Paula has taught in the studio setting for twenty years and in the public school setting for three years, where she also coached the Bingham High School Minerettes. Paula loves to choreograph and is thrilled to share her love of dance with children in her own studio. She loves to judge Utah drill-team and dance studios from around the country. Paula and her husband Casey have lived in Alpine for nineteen years and have four children.
Brett Ruff - Miss Brett

Miss Brett has loved dancing since a young age. One of the first studios she attended was Balance Dance Studio, where she discovered a lifelong passion for dance and creativity. She has trained in jazz, classical ballet, tap, modern, lyrical, hip hop, Latin dance, and standard ballroom, with the majority of her training in jazz and ballet. From Balance Dance, she progressed through competitive programs at Hi-Light Dance Academy, The Pointe Academy, and continued to do ballet with The Pointe's O2 Company while transitioning her focus to ballroom at Lone Peak High School. After a year on the LPHS Ballroom Team, she became the captain and the team enjoyed winning many state and national titles under her direction. While attending Lone Peak, Miss Brett assisted Miss Paula in class and began teaching her own classes after graduation. She loves to watch her students progress and to share her love of dance with them. Miss Brett will graduate from Brigham Young University in December 2017 with a BA of English and Editing, and loves spending time with her husband Justin.