Kimberly Friess is a woman of many talents. She has roots in dance – training in ballet for three years when she was little. However, she pursued many other interests during her formative years, including competing on city league and high school baseball teams, basketball teams, and the acapella choir. Kimberly started ballroom dance at Pleasant Grove High School because she thought ballroom dance was all about boys lifting and throwing girls around. That sounded fun! Once she learned what ballroom really entailed, she became dedicated to it in high school which led to a scholarship to dance at BYU. She danced for 3 years on the BYU Ballroom Dance Tour Team where she competed and performed in Ukraine, England, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, China, Thailand and Vietnam. She competed with the team in Blackpool England, winning the 2007 British Ballroom Formation Championship.
She took a small break from dance to serve an LDS mission in Italy. When she returned home, she completed one more year on the tour team which she is grateful for because that’s where she met her husband Brent! They now have two little boys which both seem to be dancers at heart already.
Kimberly graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work and a minor in Ballroom Dance. During her time at BYU, she competed Amateur Ballroom, Smooth, and Latin. She placed 2nd in Nationals for Amateur Smooth and 2nd in Amateur Ballroom at BYU’s November competition. Besides competing, she was also a student ballroom dance teacher at BYU for almost 5 years and was awarded the Student Teacher of the Year Award. After graduation, she and her husband Brent coached at Timpview High School for almost 2 years before they moved to Portland for Brent’s schooling in Chiropractics.
Because dance has given Kimberly so many opportunities and self-confidence, she loves to teach and share that same gift with others. Kimberly currently teaches ballroom dance at Island Style Dance Studio as well as private lessons.