Dance Studio director,
Taylee has been dancing since the age of three. She has been trained in various styles with her favorite being jazz and lyrical. She began competing in groups and as a soloist when she was 11 years old. She was a member of her high school's drill team where she served as a captain for two years. She had the opportunity of traveling to New York with her team and training with a cast member from Wicked. Her senior year she was selected as a member of the 3A all-state team as well as a member of the 3A academic all-state. After graduating high school, she attended Snow College where she was a member of the Badgerettes and continued teaching at a studio there in Ephraim, UT. Taylee enjoys traveling, and spending time with her husband and two children. She has been teaching dance for 8 years and is excited to continue here at Stand Out Studios.
Stand Out Singers teacher,
dance instructor, choreographer
Katie has been dancing since she was 7 years old. She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, point, contemporary, hip hop, and ballroom. She has had the opportunity to be the ALA Evolution show choir dance captain for 2 years, and a member of ALA’s top hip hop and ballroom company, Surge. She has competed nationwide, meriting first place awards with dance and show choir, trained with multiple “dancing with the stars” professional dancers, was a featured dancer in an Alex Boye Christmas music video, and choreographed over 20 dances for multiple different groups. Katie has received an Associates of Science degree in University Studies from Utah Valley University, and is currently studying Dance Education at Brigham Young University. Katie is adventurous and loves decorating, traveling, trying new things, and spending endless amounts of time with her friends and family.
Dance teacher (2 year-olds),
Gaylene Merchant is the founder of Sunshine Singers, the inspiration that sparked Stand Out Singers. Gaylene has blessed children, families, and audiences everywhere- infusing them with the confidence to believe in themselves and each other. She is the mother of seven children, and the founder of the Rain Dancing Swan Scholarship (a scholarship offered to help children with financial need to develop their talents at Stand Out Studios). Gaylene has professionally managed the country band Firefly for 13 years, handling bookings, communications, social media, and directing recordings and music videos. We are grateful to have Gaylene as a dance teacher, costume designer, and sponsor at Stand Out Studios.
Sing and Shout owner,
Stand Out Singers director
Melanie Clark is the founder of Stand Out Studios. She has a degree from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in music and dance. She started Sing and Shout in 2015, following in the footsteps of her mother who owns Sunshine Singers. She performs in the country band Firefly as a lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She finds great joy in raising her 4 children in Santaquin, Utah, and loves to help her students develop confidence and self esteem through the arts.
Stand Out Singers teacher,
Ambassadors vocal coach
Maisy has been studying and performing music for her whole life. She just graduated from Mountain View High School as the Vocal Sterling Scholar. She performs in a professional duo called "Branson and Maisy." She loves working with the Sing and Shout performers. She currently attends Brigham Young University, teaches Sing and Shout classes, and coaches our vocal technique class.
Sing and Shout stage manager,
Private lessons vocal coach
Madelyn has a degree in music from Utah Valley University. She has performed throughout her life in a country trio called Firefly with her sisters, as well as participated in orchestras, choirs, and solo performances. She teaches cello and vocal lessons remotely, as she currently resides in the Pittsburgh area while her husband attends medical school. She has been the Assistant Director and stage manager for Sing and Shout teams for 5 years. She and absolutely adores the sing and shout students!
Lacey has been tumbling since the age of three. She earned the national
championship title at the age of 11. She then went on to gymnastics where she
competed at an optional level. Lacey was able to compete around the world.
She has coached tumbling now for the last 15 years. Lacey enjoys sharing her
talents with others and watching them grow. Lacey has a love for the outdoors
and enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. Lacey is
currently a resident of santaquin and is so excited to be a part of the stand out