Sara Trageser is the owner and primary teacher of Mtn Green Dance Co. Sara was raised in CA where she started dancing at the age of three. Studying Tap, Jazz and Ballet she took a special interest in ballet. She was invited to join a ballet company at age 16. In high school Sara found her love for singing and musical theater. Her first job as a teacher was developing the ballet department of California Dance Co. (a prominent competitive dance company in northern CA.) Sara worked in CA as a teacher, choreographer, and performer at studios, high schools, and colleges for the next four years before moving to New York City. Once in New York, Sara was selected to perform with the USO World Troupe. Performing for the USO gave her the opportunity to sing, dance, and travel the world. During her travels she met her husband, a pilot with the United States Air Force. After performing with the USO for three years, she married and traveled with the world as a military wife. During her first assignment in Italy she taught dance classes to children and adults before deciding to take time off to start a family. After moving to Las Vegas and Korea, the Trageser family came to Hill Air Force base and fell in love with the area. Starting out in the Kaysville area, Sara had the opportunity to start teaching again. They then decided to build their dream home in Mountain Green where Sara looks forward to putting down roots and creating the dance studio she has always dreamed of owning.
Born and raised in Northern Utah, Amber Watkins-Olpin explored movement at the age of 3 and established a love and foundation in ballet. Developing her talent, she began to perform and choreograph for modeling agencies and Utah's local department store ZMCI. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2005, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance and went on to co-artistically direct Hawk and Sparrow Movement–– a mixed media modern dance duo producing, performing and choreographing at venues within the Salt Lake Valley. As a collaborative/independent artist, she has performed with/for Ashley Mott, Meg Hinds, the Utah Arts Alliance, Dance Collective and Angela Gagliardi Campos.
Bringing together her love for the arts and service, Amber has provided dance and art-based programs to underserved youth, those with mental and physical disabilities, and those with mental illness. Her teaching methods promote a nurturing environment to explore the art of movement and play. She is currently receiving her certification as an RMT, Registered Movement Therapist with Eastwest Somatics.
Amber has a sincere spirit for teaching, choreographing, yoga, somatic integration, hiking, and dancing with her two daughters.
Caress has been Dancing teaching and choreographing for the past 13 years in Ogden, Utah Portland, Maine and Orlando Florida areas.
Caress is an energetic and passionate teacher raised in a heavily musically oriented family. She started her dance journey taking ballet as a first outlet at age 5, and is a self taught authentic street dancer with variety of styles and techniques for all ages. As an adolescent, she was involved in dance teams, talent shows and competitions, choreographing them all. She teaches her students the art of dance by expressing Hip-Hop movement through the rhythm, feeling and words of music, but most of all for the fun!
Lauren began her dancing career in a small town in Alabama at the age of four. She has trained in various genres such as ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, modern, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and hip hop.
Lauren moved to Texas just before junior high, where she was a part of the cheer squad. In high school, Lauren continued in cheerleading and picked up drill team as well. She also performed in several musical productions including “West Side Story”, “Grease”, and “Fame”.
Upon her high school graduation, Lauren relocated to Utah, where she studied dance education and business management at Utah Valley University. She aspires to run a dance studio of her own in the near future.
In March of 2018, Lauren married the love of her life and has very much enjoyed all of the adventures that have come with it—including moving to the Ogden area! She is so excited to be a part of the Mountain Green Dance Company and to share her love of dance with you!
Courtney Lehr has been ballroom dancing for 11 years and coaching teams of all ages for 4 years. She has trained in a variety of dance styles and has had the opportunity to train with professionals from Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.
She was the 2012 state Amateur Latin Champion and the 2012-2014 national Standard formation Champion. In her competitive days she competed against dancing with the stars pros such as Witney Carson, Jenna Johnson, and Lindsay Arnold. She also taught a ballroom dance program at a couple of elementary schools in Davis County.