Shayla Bott has taught for 22 years in private studios and in the University setting, including University of Utah, Utah Valley University (UVU) and currently as an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Shayla has served as the Artistic Director of UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, BYU Ballet Showcase Company, and BYU Theatre Ballet. From the University of Utah, Shayla holds a BFA in ballet performance as well as an MFA in ballet with a focus on music, choreography and pedagogy. After retiring from a professional career with Utah Regional Ballet, she has continued to choreograph and teach in professional and academic venues. Shayla’s choreography has won several choreographic awards including Utah Regional Ballet’s Choreography Design Competition (1st place in 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2nd place in 2012) and the National Choreographic Recognition Award from Regional Dance America in Montreal in 2012 for her work “Weaker”. Her work “Apart” was selected for the gala performance at American College Dance Association festival in 2012. She has set original works on Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Idaho Regional Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, BYU Theatre Ballet, BYU Showcase Company, BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre, UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Ballet West Summer Intensive, University of Utah’s Ballet Ensemble and on Shayla Bott & Company and Ballet Arkansas for Chop Shop contemporary dance festival in Bellevue, Washington.