Our Teachers

All of our teachers are passionate about music and the development of children.

They create a fun, informal social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

photo Darlene Casanova Co-owner/director of Imagination Place, the center for music and movement committed for over 12 years to providing children and their parents high quality, non-performance music, movement and artistic experiences, such as the internationally recognized programs Music Together®, an early childhood music education program, and AntiGravity® Yoga. Originally from New Orleans, Darlene received a BFA in Modern Dance with a Musical Theatre emphasis from the University of Utah, a MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of Actors Equity Association. 


She starred as Dinah in the German production of Starlight Express, toured Europe as Anybodys in West Side Story and choreographed the off-Broadway premiere of Actors Shakespeare’s original musical Moliere’s Shorts.  Since returning to Salt Lake City, choreography credits include Das Barbecue for SLAC, Street Scene with the U of U Opera company, Urinetown at the Babcock Theater, Tommy at the Egyptian Theater in Park City and the Greek Classical Theater’s 2009 hit musical The Bakkhai at Red Butte Gardens. Darlene was a principle performer in both Scampdance with SB Dance and Your Average Joe with Joe Pitti. Recently she took part in SLAC's first Fearless Fringe Festival as Mom in the staged reading of Sam I Was.

Over the past 12 years Darlene has specialized in training and coaching numerous teachers and students alike in movement and performance techniques, emphasizing the integration of cross disciplines. She was an adjunct instructor in the Dance department at Weber State University and a Guest Artist for the U of U Theatre Youth Conservatory. Most recently she has lent her talents coaching the Tracy Aviary’s bird show presentation team, elevating their performance delivery and show material.

Darlene is a Certified Level Two Music Together Teacher (one of only forty in the nation), and one of only three Certified Level Two AntiGravity® Yoga teachers in Utah. More importantly, she is one of only four AntiGravity® Yoga instructors in the world working directly with Christopher Harrison, the creator of AntiGravity® Yoga, on continued development of the art form. She is creator of Parent/Child AntiGravity® Yoga and the co-creator of Imagination Workshop™ and Musical Bridge™.

photo Dawn Levingston

Dawn is a certified level one Music Together® teacher, having completed her training with the Center for Music and Young Children. She holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance with a minor in theater from the University of Utah. Dawn has performed professionally in plays and musicals, including productions for Sundance Children’s Theater. Currently, she performs with Wasatch Dance Collective and Samba Gringa, a Brazilian percussion band. She has taught dance at the Montesorri school for several years and is excited to teach children the joy of music through Music Together®.


photo Elise Groves


  Stephanie Engelbrecht

Stephanie is a certified level one Music Together® teacher, having completed her Music Together training with Music Together® co-founder Lili M. Levinowitz in November 2006. A native of Princeton, NJ, Stephanie received a B.A. in Music from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. While there, Stephanie developed a love for composition, writing and performing an original five song cycle based on the poetry of Brian Andreas for her senior capstone recital. Stephanie has been involved in teaching children from an early age in disciplines ranging from gymnastics to tae kwon do and skiing. Now that she has moved to Utah, Stephanie is looking forward to sharing her love of music with the children at the Imagination Place and in Park City. When she is not teaching Music Together® this winter, Stephanie will be on the mountain instructing skiing or teaching Vinyasa Yoga in Salt Lake City.


photo Al Badham

Marching Band director Al Badham doesn't just love music -- he lives it! For more than 20 years he has taught junior high and high school students how to play the instruments they love and move to the music as part of "Da Band."

Al teaches an annual marching band class through Imagination Place. Each year students learn the techniques behind first-rate marching and play all types of music, from John Philip Sousa and Aaron Copeland to swing tunes.

The class has proven a great benefit to Al's students. Six have gone on to the University of Utah marching band, at least two on scholarships Others play at UCLA and University of Washington.

Al is a longtime music enthusiast. He began playing the piano at age 7 and the clarinet at 11. He has taught at Imagination Place for several years.

  Trianna Serene

  Maria Jose Schonenberg

  Rebecca McEwan

  Alexis Zimmerman

  Shar Gygi

  Katie Mclaughlin
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