Spencer Dennis was born in Phoenix, Arizona and began his dance training at 14 years old at Dance Connection Scottsdale. Throughout his high school career at Arizona School for the Arts, Spencer studied ballet with the School of Ballet Arizona.
At the age of 16, Spencer found a true passion for contemporary dance. He admired the freedom and honesty allowed through contemporary movement. Growing up his biggest mentors included Kira DiMartino, Talia Favia, and Peter Chu.
Spencer has since worked on small projects with both Peter and Talia. Most recently he has assisted Justin Giles on “So You Think You Can Dance” and has signed on to his second season of Justin Giles’ SoulEscape Contemporary Dance Company.
His time with Justin and the SoulEscape Company has deeply inspired him to explore his own movement and storytelling. Spencer’s work is centered upon storytelling. He believes that before all else dance as an art form should invoke and portray emotion and, challenge audiences to think deeply about the meaning behind the movement.
Spencer has gained teaching experience at several competitive studios in the Valley as well as at the 2014 SoulEscape Summer Intensive (setting Justin Giles’ work on attendees) in Dallas, Texas. When teaching, Spencer emphasizes musicality and developing his students as performers as well as young adults. He looks forward to growing with his students as a teacher and choreographer.