Dancin' Dreams provides a family-friendly, non-competitive atmosphere which sets us apart from many other studios in town. Multi-sensory learning techniques are incorporated into all classes and instructors provide a fun and relaxed learning environment to help all students reach their full potential. Dance is our passion and we believe that this wonderful art form can increase self-esteem, boost self-confidence and provide an important outlet for all ages to learn how to use movement to express emotions.
We are not only a dance school, we are a family and welcome students of all ages (age 18 months - adult) and all abilities. Our instructors not only get to know their students but also strive to have open communication with parents.
Dancin' Dreams provides the opportunity for students to participate in one large recital production each year. We do not enter competitions and we do not have a competitive dance team or company. Our mission is to provide students with a place to have fun and build new friendships as well as an atmosphere that embraces the development of a solid dance foundation.
Karen has been dancing since 1976 and has been choreographing and teaching for 22 years. Karen’s dance training includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Broadway and Hip Hop along with some wonderful opportunities to learn from top choreographers: Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, Laurieann Gibson, Dave Scott and Chris Judd. She opened Dancin’ Dreams to offer a place where everyone can have fun and just enjoy the art of dance. Karen is very proud to share her love of dance with kids with special needs and is also proud to embrace many different styles of dance at Dancin' Dreams.
Karen’s life-long dance training and love of teaching children has led her to teach in local preschools incorporating many early childhood education principles into her fun movement/dance and music classes. Karen also works with teachers helping them to incorporate creative movement into their daily learning schedules. As a parent, she sees dance as a way to build self-esteem and self-confidence and also a very important outlet for children to learn to express themselves through movement.
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!" - Anonymous
Traci has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has been choreographing for Dancin' Dreams since its opening in 2007. Her training includes ballet, tap and jazz. She believes dance is not just movement but a love for life. She wishes to instill in all her students the beauty of inner confidence, the gorgeousness of teamwork, of perseverance and of self-expression. She considers every student "her kids" because in their time together they aren't just kids on a class list, they become a part of her heart.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham
Hannah began her dance training at the age of eight in Circle Pines, MN. Here she grew studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Pilates under the instruction of Laura McClanahan and dancers from companies James Sewell Ballet and Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater. She has studied the Cecchetti method of ballet extensively at both her home studio and through three years participation in the Cecchetti Council of Americas Summer Intensives, bringing home a scholarship her final year. Hannah attended high school at the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artist in St. Paul, MN. Here her dance studies intensified under the direction of many notable performers and instructors. Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013 with a BA in dance. Along with performing, she has worked as a Director and Stage Manager for numerous productions. She is a certified Pilates mat instructor through Balanced Body University and is looking forward to expanding her work to include Pilates instruction. Hannah has taught at many outreach programs at local high schools, as well as workshops in Thailand and Iceland. She is very excited to be located here in Colorado, and looks forward to seeing what this new experience will cultivate in her both as a teacher and an artist.
Celia began dancing at the age of 5 and had the pleasure of studying ballet, theater dance, musical theater, tap and modern at the American Theater Dance Workshop and Eglevsky Ballet on Long Island, New York. She furthered her training at Marymount Manhattan College where she earned her BA in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education. During this time, Celia defined her career by focusing on classical and post modern dance. During her professional career, Celia performed with Ofelia Loret de Mola, Julian Barnett, Beth Jacovy, and Yung-Li Chen. Celia also performed extensively with Andrea Gise & Dancers, where she acted as assistant director and muse for pieces such as "Vibe" and "Type 3". During these years, Celia became certified in Gyrotonic(R) and Gyrokinesis R), a healing movement modality. This led Celia to pursue her masters degree in Somatic Counseling at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Since graduating, Celia has had the pleasure of using her Dance/Movement Therapy skills with kiddos at the Children's Hospital Colorado as she fulfills requirements for her license as a therapist. Celia is deeply excited to join the Dancin' Dreams team.
Kendyll began dancing before she could walk! She started dance classes at the age of 2 and seriously danced until 17. She has background in ballet (pointe), lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, and was a part of a company. Now, 22 years old and an elementary school teacher she is looking to combine her two greatest passions in life, teaching and dancing! She strives to be a prepared, proactive, and reflective dance teacher that facilitates the growth of all children and encourages creativity. She believes in being nurturing, involved, and patient and building a fun environment for all!
Molly began dancing when she was just 3 years old, training at Dance Center Evanston in her hometown of Evanston, IL. There Molly studied ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern dance until the age of 13, when she began training at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts under the direction of Larry Long. Molly continued to train in ballet and pointe technique at Ruth Page until switching to the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, IL in 2010, where she completed her training. Molly has also trained at such reputable schools and programs as The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, The Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL, and more.
Since graduating for the Joffrey Ballet’s trainee program, Molly has gone on to work with both the Washington Ballet and the Colorado Ballet professionally. She will be starting her third season in Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company this year. She has appeared in many ballets, such as Giselle, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Septime Webre’s Peter Pan and ALICE (in wonderland), Michael Pink’s Dracula, and Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Nights Dream. This will be Molly’s first season teaching at Dancin’ Dreams and she is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful group of teachers!
Bailey Levitt has been dancing for 16 years now. She has trained in hip hop, ballet, pointe, tap, poms, jazz, and lyrical. This will be her fourth year teaching at Dancin' Dreams. Bailey was on the Rangeview High School Poms Squad for all four years and was Head Captain for two of them. Bailey attends Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is majoring in Human Performance and Sport with a concentration in K-12 Physical Education. Bailey loves to run and stay moving. She cannot remember her life without dance and she is so excited to share her passion with others who want to express themselves through music and movement.
Shannon’s dance journey started at the impressionable age of 3, studying all phases of dance for 15 years in Rochester, MN. The dance studio quickly became her second home as she began an early teaching career at the age of 13. After graduating high school, she moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend the University of Minnesota, taught Hip Hop at the University, and coached at a competitive studio for 4 years. In 2008, Shannon created the first ever Competition Program at her hometown studio where she was the Director and Coach for 5 years. In 2014, Shannon worked as the Director and Coach for a Performance Program in Edina, MN. Her passion for dance continues to grow as she enjoys expanding her knowledge by attending various workshops, hosting workshops and clinics for dance teams, choreographing for various organizations, and finding innovative ways to bring dance to the community. Shannon is thrilled to be part of the Dancin’ Dreams family for her second season!
Sarah began dancing in second grade, at the Academy of Ballet Arts. She studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap. She continued her dance training through the years, before attending college to study Early Childhood Education. After working as a preschool director for ten years, she once again turned toward dance, and began teaching Ballet, Jazz, and Tap at Alpine Academy of Dance. Sarah taught classes full time, in Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Avon, and Vail. Sarah has recently reenrolled in college, this time for an Elementary Ed degree, which she is seeking at Metropolitan State University. Teaching dance is the perfect opportunity for her, as she gets to combine her two great loves, Teaching and Dance!
Stephanie grew up dancing in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. All four years of High School she was a part of and competed with the Arapahoe High School Cheerleading squad. Stephanie is currently attending school to become a Laboratory Technician and thinks that dance is a wonderfully fun way to work through life's stresses and challenges. She enjoys keeping a friendly and fun environment without pressure so that children are free to be who they are. She never takes herself too seriously and hopes to impart her love of dancing into all of her students.
Bree started dancing at the age of five because of a growing need to move. She received her Bachelors Degree in Dance at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and held the title of Director with First Step School of Dance and the Loveland Dance Companies for three years.
Since the age of fourteen, Bree has taught ballet, pointe, creative movement, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, pom, modern, tumbling, country western, conditioning, and gymnastics, to ages three through adult.
In addition to her dance education at Colorado State, Bree studied at Smoky Hill High School, Colorado Ballet, and Aurora Dance Arts. Bree was captain of the Smoky Hill High School pompon squad and color guard and was a member of the Colorado State Golden Poms.
In January, 2012, Bree was welcomed to Dancin’ Dreams family as a parent through her daughter’s dance class with Ms. Karen. The Number One teaching philosophy Bree has in her classes is to have fun! She is so excited to share her purpose and passion through the art of dance with you and continue to grow your Dancin’ Dreams.
Sarah grew up in Kentucky with limited access to dance programs. She did not take her first dance class until her freshman year of college. From that point on, she developed a love of dance. During the past 10 years, she has been trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop, mostly at Dancin Dreams. She enjoys working with children and believes that every child should have the opportunity to express themselves, while also having fun. This will be her third year teaching at Dancin Dreams.
"Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time." Anonymous
Mira began her classical training with the Oklahoma City Ballet School. She has also studied with the Vermont Burklyn Ballet Theatre, The Jillana School, Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. She received most of her training under Bryan and Laura Pitts, Viktoria Page, Yacob Sparso, Wei Wu, and Robert Mills.
Mira is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology at Naropa University. Upon completion of her degree she will become a registered Dance Movement Therapist and Somatic Movement Educator. She is thrilled to be coming back for her fifth season at Dancin’ Dreams.
Claire hails from Durango, Colorado where she began her training under the instruction of Shannon Mitchell-Hyatt, and Lisa Bodwalk. While there, she worked with renowned choreographers Nancy Cranborn, Brian Fisher and Robert Moses. She spent summers training at Ballet West Summer Academy, Atlanta Ballet, and Ballet Austin. Claire spent her time in Salty Lake City for Ballet West Academy's year round program and Ballet West 2. Claire spent time dancing with St. Louis Ballet in various roles in The Nutcracker, Serenade, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Gen Horiuchi’s More Morra, along with other original works. After moving back to Colorado, Claire continued her education at Colorado State University, and danced with Canyon Concert Ballet Northern Colorado's premiere dance company in Principle roles as Wendy in Peter Pan, Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, while there she also grew her love for teaching with the Canyon Concert school. Claire joined Ballet Ariel five seasons ago, and has been teaching throughout the Denver area. She continues to grow as a dancer and teacher, and thanks her loving Husband and Family for their love and support.