Ground Control Studio

Ground Control Studio in Twin Falls, Idaho is directed by Adison and Hailey Hillstead, both national champion clogging competitors and touring performers. Hailey and Adison run the clogging and power tap program that has been established in the Magic Valley for over twenty years. They continue the clogging legacy in Twin Falls by bringing a more modern look & style to clogging. Power Tap is a recent fusion of clogging that has been increasingly popular for over fifteen years adding more tap, stomp, Irish hard shoe, hip hop, jazz and drill to clogging routines. Adison and Hailey take the ever growing styles of power tap and add their own unique flair to their clogging & power tap classes and teams at Ground Control.
Directors
Hailey & Adison Hillstead
Hailey and Adison are directors of Ground Control Studio. Hailey Hillstead (Everton) is a Twin Falls native who grew up performing, competing, and instructing for the Rocky Top Cloggers of Twin Falls. Her background of dance includes clogging, power tap, hip hop, American folk dance and musical theater. Her husband Adison Hillstead is a Wyoming native who grew up competing and dancing in SLC, Utah. Adison’s background of dance includes clogging, power tap, hip hop, American folk dance, cheer and ballroom. The two of them have performed all over the world with SLC based folk dance team, Clog America and have toured the west coast together with Powerhouse Percussive Dance out of Anaheim, California. Hailey and Adison share a deep love for clogging and dance and enjoy teaming up to create powerful, competitive classes and teams for Ground Control, the only clogging studio in Twin Falls! Both Adison and Hailey are both dancers on the National All-American Clogging Team. Outside of dance, Adison and Hailey enjoy the great outdoors with their family. They have a sweet, energetic 7 year old who loves to sing and dance ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tumbling. Two fur babies also occupy their home- a very tender-loving brindle pit and a boisterous tabby cat, all of whom are very used to the chaotic life of a traveling dance family!
Jesse Maher
Jesse Maher is the instructor to the Ballroom classes now offered at Ground Control and is the choreographer for the GC Ballroom team and assistant choreographer to TFHS JIVE! Jesse is a Twin Falls native and graduate of Twin Falls High School. He left the Magic Valley to pursue a degree at Southern Utah University where he graduated with a degree in Communications and Event Management. During his studies, he found his true passion of dancing in 2007 after being convinced to join a ballroom class with a friend. From then on his love for dance continued to grow over the years. After dancing for four years, Jesse became a U.S. National Latin Dance Champion. In 2010 he helped found the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. As a dancer with UBDC he toured extensively performing at hundreds of different cities and venues, both nationally and internationally for 5 years and continues to tour on the side on top of teaching and choreographing ballroom for Ground Control Studio.
Kali Payne
Kali grew up in Kimberly, Idaho dancing and competing with the Rocky Top Cloggers. She attended college at BYUS MediationU-Idaho where she received her bachelor’s degree in Art and expanded her dance repertoire to more genres including tap, Irish step dancing, and many world dance styles. She was also a member of the BYU-Idaho Collegiate and Dance Alliance Team. After graduation, Kali married James Payne and has lived in China, San Jose, California, and now Twin Falls with her husband and daughter. Kali teaches the beginner and advanced adult clogging classes and the Vibez Beginner Clogging Team at Ground Control. Kali is so excited to be clogging again with Ground Control and has loved being able to teach clogging with the studio that taught her so much growing up.

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