KAREN HARRIS

Artistic Director

Karen_2020 copy.png

Karen has been dancing since 1976 and has been choreographing and teaching for 28 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 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.

CHRISTINA BARGELT

Instructor

Christina_2020 Copy.jpg

Christina Bargelt was born and raised in Denver, CO where she dedicated her childhood to the performing arts. She began her ballet training at age three under Carla Parks and Ixchel Levendosky, her violin training at age five through the Suzuki Method under Heather Gruis, and her professional singing career with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at eight.

In her teen years, Christina continued her ballet and jazz training at Denver Dance Center under Kris Kehl, Jill Oliver, and Terrell Davis where she was given multiple opportunities to perform principal and soloist roles, and competed in the Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Competition and Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals. She also attended summer programs at Joffrey Ballet School, Ballet West, and Colorado Ballet.

Christina went on to study ballet and ballet pedagogy at University of Utah’s internationally esteemed Ballet Program. She gained further experience in jazz, modern, choreography, and character dance throughout her undergraduate experience. She graduated in May of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet (Pedagogy Emphasis), a Ballet Teaching Certificate, and a Minor in Violin Performance. In addition to her teaching pursuits, Christina worked at Boulder Body Wear honing her skills as a professional pointe shoe fitter under Amy Kenney’s tutelage and danced professionally with Reformation Dance Company as a Soloist for the 2019-2020 season.

She continues to build her leadership experience volunteering for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and is focused on bringing her skills as a teaching artist to the Denver metro area this season.

HANNAH CARLSON

Instructor

Hannah_2020 Copy.jpg

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.

LA DYSART

Instructor

LA_2020 copy.jpg

LA (Leslie Ann) Dysart has studied dance since the age of two and a half. She is a third generation dance instructor originally from Ithaca, NY.

 

Ms. LA has over 23 years experience as an assistant and associate teacher. She has trained in Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater, Pointe, and Tap. LA began training at her family studio then continued at national dance conventions, Broadway Dance Center, NY, NY., and has received her certification from the Oklahoma City University master teacher's program.

 

Most recently she completed her module one Acrobatic Arts certification in Thornton, CO. Ms. LA lives in Central City with her husband Paul, and two children Aaron and Aliza.

 

She currently teaches dance in Gilpin County, Lakewood, Littleton, and South East Denver. LA hopes to inspire students with her knowledge and love of dance, while teaching a wide range of technique and style. In her classes she creates a positive atmosphere to help dancers develop self-esteem, confidence, and poise by focusing on the true value of character and teamwork.

JOSIE GUARNEROS

Instructor

Josie_2020 copy.jpg

Updating bio soon

LORAY HARRIS

Instructor / Team Coach

Loray_2020 copy.jpg

Loray has been dancing since she was 2 1/2 years old, and has trained at Dancin' Dreams since 2007. She has assisted with many dance camps and classes at the studio and is looking forward to having her own classes again this season!

 

Loray is trained in all styles of dance including: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern & Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Poms. She has performed in 4 productions of the Nutcracker, and has played the roles of: A soldier, party girl, snow corps, flower corps, and most recently the Sugarplum Fairy! Other dance achievements include: receiving a jazz scholarship from Nick Lazzarini at the Jump dance convention, attending UDA nationals in both Poms & Jazz, and performing in numerous Plays and Musicals!

 

If you can't find Loray at the dance studio, she is more than likely at the skating rink! Recently, Loray took her 15 years of dance training to the ice and has big dreams in the sport of figure skating! Not only has she assisted with dance camps and classes over the years at Dancin' Dreams, she also has a special place in her heart for coaching Special Olympics figure skating. Loray is very excited to meet many new faces and teach them everything she has learned throughout her dance career!

DOMINIQUE HOLLING

Instructor

Dominique_2020 copy.jpg

Dominique has loved dance all her life, but didn’t start receiving any technical training until 2007. She has spent most of her time training in Ballet and Modern. She has also trained in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop.

Dominique received a BS in K-12 PE and an Endorsement in Dance from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2015. She is now going back to school at the University of Colorado, Boulder to pursue a BA in Dance.

For the past four years Dominique has spent her time teaching PE and Dance in Ignacio, CO. While teaching PE for Silver SPRUCE Academy, she was given the opportunity to create a dance production called CandyLand which premiered in May of 2018. During this time Dominique also taught for LPCIYPA/Dancing Spirit. She taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap, as well as coached a competitive team.

Dominique has a passion for education. She is always eager to learn something new and loves teaching students of all ages. She hopes to instill her love of learning in her students, and show them ways to be leaders and teachers for those around them. Dominique believes that movement of any kind is important for a happy and healthy life.  If the movement of choice is dance then even better!

After living in Durango, CO for the past five years, Dominique is excited to be back in Denver and starting this new adventure teaching with Dancin’ Dreams.

KAYLEE OBERLIES

Instructor / Team Coach

Kaylee_2020 copy.jpg

Kaylee grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire where she trained both recreationally and competitively for 15 years in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, modern, and musical theatre.

 

She performed and competed throughout New England where she received a ballet scholarship from Dance Masters of America and the opportunity to perform as a studio showcase dancer at the New York City Dance Alliance. She has also held roles in theatre productions including Oliver, Guys & Dolls, and Mary Poppins. Kaylee shared her passion for dance on a national stage when she competed for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of America at the 2013 National Finals in Mobile, Alabama.

 

Kaylee was then a member of the Simmons College Dance Company and an officer on the University of Denver Dance Team. She also worked for The Dance Complex in Boston, MA and Your Soul’s Movement Performing Arts in Denver, CO.

 

Kaylee is so excited to start her fourth season with Dancin’ Dreams and can’t wait to continue sharing her love of dance with her students!

MADDY SNYDER

Instructor

Maddy_2020 copy.JPG

Maddy has been dancing since she was 3 and has trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Jazz at Aurora Dance Arts. She has student taught summer camps and many classes at Aurora Dance Arts and is so excited to begin teaching at Dancin Dreams!

 

Maddy loves any opportunity to perform and has been a part of Aurora Dance Art’s Performing Group, Eaglecrest High School’s dance company, and several plays and musicals throughout middle and high school. She has played a variety of roles in The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland, including Spanish, Arabian, flute, flower, snow, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

 

When she’s not dancing, Maddy enjoys being outdoors while hiking, biking, running, and paddle boarding. Maddy is so excited to be a part of the Dancin Dreams community and can’t wait the have the opportunity to teach and meet all her students!!

KEVIN THOMAS

Instructor

Kevin_small.jpg

Kevin Gaël Thomas is from France and studied at Rosella Hightower’s International Ballet Center and at Canada’s National Ballet School, where he received a full scholarship and graduated in 2006, with honors.

 

Kevin also graduated with honors from the Music Conservatory in France for piano. He danced for a year with Houston Ballet II, then joined Colorado Ballet in 2007.

 

Since joining the Company he has performed many critically acclaimed roles such as Peter Pan, Mercutio from ‘Roméo and Juliet’ and The Nutcracker Prince.

 

Mr. Thomas was chosen to represent France at the New York International Ballet Competition in 2009 and at the USA Jackson International Ballet Competition in 2010. He was promoted to Soloist in 2016. The following year he created his own non profit organization Thomas Dance Project.

SARA THOMAS

Instructor

Sara_2020 copy.jpg

Sara Thomas began dancing at the age of four in Pennsylvania. At age twelve she began her ballet training with Metropolitan Ballet Academy under the direction of Lisa Collins Vidnovic, Natalya Zeiger, and Denise D’Angelo.

 

While in school she was selected by Roy Kaiser to perform in Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker as Spanish. She also competed in YAGP and Regional Dance America where she won several full scholarships to summer programs.

 

Sara spent summers training with BalletX, Washington Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Nashville Ballet. She joined Colorado Ballet’s studio company in 2012 was promoted to apprentice in 2017, and to the corps de ballet in 2019.

 

Mrs. Thomas also danced with Nashville Ballet under the direction of Paul Vasterling for a few seasons where she performed in several ballets, including Balanchine’s Serenade and Fairies in Peter Pan. In 2015 she returned to Colorado Ballet where she had the opportunity to perform some of her favorite ballets with the company, including Swan Lake, Balanchine’s Serenade, Possokhov’s Firebird, and Sleeping Beauty.

 

Sara has been teaching ballet since 2012. She has taught for many schools including Nashville Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Legacy Dance Academy in TN, and for Denver Academy of Ballet’s summer intensives and young dancers’ workshops. Sara is also a certified vinyasa yoga instructor through Core Power Yoga.

EMILY TOMASI

Instructor

Emily_2020 Copy.jpeg

Emily Tomasi has been dancing since the age of 3. She received training from multiple studios in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and improvisation.

 

During her years of training she realized she had to continue with her passion for dance. She attended Kennesaw State University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Dance with a concentration in ballet and Bachelors of Science in Psychology.

 

Emily taught dance at Atlanta Ballet during her last year at school. After graduating in May of 2017, she relocated to Aurora, Colorado. She is currently dancing with the Nosilla Dance Project in Boulder and is excited to continue her teaching career here at Dancin’ Dreams.

MELISSA TONER

Admin

Melissa_2020 copy.jpg

CHARLES WHITE

Instructor

Charles_2020 Copy.jpg

FAITH WILLSON

Instructor

Faith_2020 copy.jpg

Faith has been training in dance since she was 2 years old and has taken a wide variety of classes at many different studios in the Front Range area. Her experience ranges from the classics like tap, ballet, jazz, and pointe, to things such as poms, contemporary, and modern.

 

Dance is her passion, she especially loves contemporary and modern because of how loosely structured they are. She believes you are artistically able to express yourself freely which she resonates with because she considers herself a free spirit.

 

She has been cheerleading for all four years of high school and has been captain of her cheer team for three years while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

 

Faith is senior this year and looks forward to sharing her passion of dance with your children and watching them grow!

SHILA WILLSON

Instructor

Shila_22020 copy.jpg

Shila has been dancing since she was 2 and has been choreographing and teaching for 18 years. Her training includes Pointe, Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

 

She loves to combine her passion of teaching children in many areas of her life! For the last 20 years Shila has taught preschool and the last 16 years has been teaching a Red Cross teen babysitting course, for the City of Aurora.

 

She has been teaching at various dance studios throughout Denver and Aurora and is very excited to join Dancin Dreams!

 

Dance can be individual or team but with either she believes it involves emotion, nurturing and support. She combines her Early Childhood Education and dance training to help with inner confidence, growth, social skills and just having fun!

 

As a parent of five beautiful girls and a sweet 2 year old granddaughter, she knows your children are your heart and she thanks you for letting them be a piece of hers!

Contact:  (303) 755-0484