Performing and teaching for over 35 years, Darlene Casanova brings her vibrant New Orleans heritage to her imaginative philosophy through music, dance, and fitness. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance with a musical theater emphasis from the University of Utah, a MFA in Dance and Choreography from New York University, and is one of an elite group of Certified Level Two Music Together® Facilitators in the world. In 1998 she opened Imagination Place, which ten years later became America’s first AntiGravity® Fitness franchise. There she developed three groundbreaking curricula—Imagination Workshop™, Musical Bridge™, and AntiGravity® Fitness for Kids — all focused on enhancing the innate magic children already possess to help them cultivate health, creativity, and confidence when it matters most. The first Flying Fitness Level I Certified Instructor in the world, Darlene Casanova is now one of 10 Master Instructor Trainers who deliver trainings worldwide in the AntiGravity® Fitness techniques.
Lovingly referred to by her clients as an Imagination Guru, Darlene, owner and director of Imagination Place is the creative engine behind the facility. She creates and designs class curricula as well as weekly designs for the Music Together classes. She trains instructors in the various curriculums offered at Imagination Place, and continues to teach parent/child, child, and adult classes maintaining a hands on philosophy with the clientele. Darlene works directly with and makes connections for all outreach programming. She oversees all staff to inspire the love and joy of music, dance, fitness and all the performing arts. She believes utilizing these modalities is a catalyst to support the development of each child, educate each parent, bond communities and ultimately the world thru music and movement. With her many accomplishments, Darlene considers being a mom to sons Tristan and Skylar her highest creative achievement!
Dawn Levingston - Music Together, Imagination Workshop, and AntiGravity® Fitness
Dawn Levingston is a certified Level 4 AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor, and has been teaching AGF since 2009. She has certificates and training from The Radiant Child Yoga Program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Brain Gym, and The Center for Music and Young Children. She graduated from Myotherapy College, and Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Her study of kinesiology has been a great benefit to her AntiGravity® Fitness classes. Dawn holds a BFA in Dance and Theatre from the University of Utah. Being a drummer and dancer with Samba Fogo, the premier Brazilian performance band at The Utah Arts Alliance, feeds much of her personal growth musically and physically, in addition to the amazing programs held at Imagination Place. When out of the studio and classroom, she is engaged with the physical, mental, and emotional development of her two young children.
Elise Groves - Music Together, Voice and Piano
Elise has her BA from Weber State University in Musical Theatre. She is a strong believer in the power of music and knows how important is it to bring music and art into the lives of people of all ages. When she is not teaching voice and piano at Imagination Place, she can be found performing professionally in productions all over the valley, including Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Co., Hale Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre. She loves helping students find confidence in themselves and discovering the magic of music and the excitement in achievements, and has recently become a registered Music Together® teacher!
Maria Jose - Music Together
Maria Jose comes from Costa Rica where she originally discovered her love for music. She took singing and keyboard lessons at a very young age, and singing was what most impassioned her from the beginning. She continued this passion through all her school years in the choir, and then after her move to Honduras where she continued studying music. Being multi-talented, Maria Jose also holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and Advertising for non-profit organizations. As a member of Rotary International she had the opportunity to give singing lessons to children at social risk, helping them develop their artistic skills and arrange Christmas caroling for fundraising. As a child, singing and music had been her passion. As a mother, Maria Jose’s discovered Music Together and is excited to have the opportunity bring music to children and families in Salt Lake, after being registered as Music Together® Teacher in Californi
Al has over 40 years teaching experience in both classical and jazz styles. The success of his students is legion. Many have received college scholarships at both in state and out of state schools, as well as participating in Granite School District Jr. and Senior Youth Orchestras and the Utah Youth Symphony. Self-discipline, artistry and fun are the hallmarks of his teaching style.
Stephen Cox - Guitar and Ukulele
Stephen Cox started playing the guitar and drums when he was twelve years old, and music has been his passion ever since. He studies Jazz Guitar at the University of Utah, and his enthusiasm for music and teaching children is evident to anyone who talks to him. He recently worked with Drum Bus Utah, delivering a school bus full of percussion instruments to elementary school children and teaching them to play music together, and he also taught ukulele to groups of local fifth and sixth graders.