Director, Instructor: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Pointe, Alpine Vibes
Kelly grew up in Westchester, New York and trained for fifteen years at the Country Academy of Dance under the caring tutelage of Linda Duci, where she had the fortunate opportunity to study under such ballet giants as Bart Cooke and Maria Calegari from the New York City Ballet. During her youth Kelly was a member of the Linda Duci Dance Ensemble and completed additional training at Broadway Dance Center, The Alvin Ailey School and Steps on Broadway. Kelly graduated from Boston University in 2004 with degrees in Classical Civilization, Advertising and Statistics and while studying at Boston University Kelly taught Ballet and Jazz Funk as a member of the Boston University Dance Faculty. In addition to performing in University and Boston Area Companies, Kelly was also a member of "Fusion," a cultural outreach company that traveled around Boston performing for and instructing underprivileged youth in Jazz and Hip Hop. Kelly taught dance for over 10 years at various Studios, Summer Arts Programs, Theatres and Universities in the New York and Boston Areas. Since moving to Colorado in 2004, Kelly has taught at Eagle Dance Academy in Eagle, Vail & Gypsum, The Art of Dance in Breckenridge and Rocky Mountain Dance Academy in Frisco. She founded The Summit Dance Fund in 2008 to help provide scholarships for Summit County students to further their dance education and regularly chaperones students to programs in Denver and New York City. In 2009 Kelly opened Alpine Dance Academy in Frisco, and founded the Alpine Vibes Competitive Dance Company. Throughout her tenure in Summit County, Kelly has also choreographed numerous shows for the Backstage Theatre including The Fantasticks and The Music Man.
Instructor: Jazz, Tap, Acro, Alpine Vibes
Sara grew up in Weatherly, PA where she began her dance career training and competing with Faberge Follies Dance and Tumble. She has been dancing for 20 years, and teaching for 8 and loves every moment spent dancing. Sara is a recent graduate from the University of Idaho where she received a BS in Recreation. While at the University, Sara performed with UI’s dance ensemble, and was a member of UI faculty teaching tap and many community events and workshops. She performed with Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando, FL in 2009. Sara is well versed in tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, and Polynesian dance.
Instructor: Musical Theater Dance, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Voice, ACT Director
Abbey Austin is a Tennessee native who relocated to Summit County in 2013 from New York City, where she was living as an actress/ singer/ dancer. Abbey grew up in a dance studio. Her family owns one of the largest in the state of Tennessee and feels more at home in the studio then anywhere else! When Abbey entered into high school, she was given the opportunity to dance in her first musical and she fell in love. Abbey is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre with and emphasis in dance. Some of her past favorite roles include Legally Blonde the Musical (Elle), Anything Goes (Charity), Curtains (Nikki Harris), Grease (Sandy), and The Boyfriend (Maisie). Abbey also works as a resident Choreographer for the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre. Some of her favorite Backstage Productions include Spamalot, The Lion King Jr., Mary Poppins Jr., and She Loves Me. Abbey loves teaching and hopes to spread a love and understanding of dance. She hopes that all of her students take away enjoyment, excitement, and discipline from dance into their daily and future lives. Visit Abbey's website at www.abbeyaustin.com to find out more!
Instructor: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop
Alyssa took her first dance class when she was 10 years old at Corinne's School of Dance and knew it was what she loved to do. She then continued to study dance at the University of New Hampshire under Gay Nardone and Larry Robertson, and also studied aerial arts with Cirque du Soliel's Serenity and Elsie Smith and Circus Smirkus. After graduating with a BA in Dance, Alyssa danced, performed, and choreographed with Tandem Dance, a professional Boston based dance company. She taught full time at studios around Boston such as Lapierre School of Dance, Dance Place, Kathy McCrohon Dance Studio, Medford Community Center and the Newton Community Center. Her summers were busy with teaching and choreographing for Kaleidoscope, an arts based summer camp as the Dance Director. There she has choreographed musicals such as Your a Good man Charlie Brown, Peter Pan, the Lion King and High School Musical. She also had the opportunity to teach dance to special needs and handicapped children. Alyssa then moved to Colorado where she instructed at Alpine Dance Academy and taught Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pointe, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap to all ages and all levels for 6 years. For a short season Alyssa and her family moved back to NH where she taught at Corinne's School of Dance again, where her love of dance began. However, there was no doubt that Summit County felt like home, so she and her family excitedly moved back, and she is beyond excited to be teaching at ADA again! Alyssa's passion is to be the classroom, sharing her love of dance with her students, and encouraging them to follow their dreams.
Instructor: Ballet, Modern
Bailee is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and visual artist. Bailee has a diverse movement background including modern, ballet, jazz, improvisation, hip-hop, tap and yoga. She graduated with BFA in dance at California State University, Long Beach, as a scholarship recipient. Bailee has trained extensively under Rebecca Lemme, Keith Johnson and Rebecca Bryant, and has performed works by special guests Sarah Swenson and Kim Davis at CSULB. Since, she performed in LA, Santa Barbara, Arizona and surrounding areas as a featured in dancer with “Rebecca Bryant and Dancers” and currently in “Embark Dance Theater” in Orange County, CA. Since 2015, Bailee has evolved her passion for movement and exercise through teaching Pilates Barre, TRX, reformer, and ball classes at Xtend Barre and the YMCA. Bailee has participated and performed in Summer Internships at Broadway Dance Center as a dancer and singer, and Ririe Woodburry Dance Company. She has been featured as a movement artist and video performer with California State University, Long Beach and a dancer for PAC Modern and Disney. As a dance advocate, Bailee has brought her love for dance to underprivileged people around the world, from inner-city youth in LA, to Bangkok as a commissioned choreographer and teacher for When Justice and Peace Kiss and as a movement workshop teacher for The Well, an organization for women transitioning out of the sex trafficking industry. In 2017 she founded a program for the inner-city youth in Long Beach, through FOL covenant organization to provide affordable dance training to immigrant and low income families, where dance accessibility is limited. An ADA alumni herself, Bailee is super excited to be back as an instructor this year!
Heidi has been a "dance mom" for many years. Her daughters, Kaelin and Olivia, both began dancing at age 3. Heidi's Irish family roots spurred Kaelin and Olivia's love of Irish Step Dancing and both girls earned dresses with the Celtic Steps Dance Academy before joining the Alpine Vibes competative dance company. Heidi worked for 26 years as the general manager of Retco Inc. and is excited to be back at ADA this year! (We are thrilled to have a mom on hand!)
Alpine Dance Academy is proud to offer a student training program for budding teachers and choreographers. Our student assistants are an integral part of our program and are hand selected by our director each year.
Ellie Browne is a Senior at Summit High School. She has been dancing since she was three and has been at Alpine Dance Academy since the first year. She loves every style of dance, especially tap, and enjoys reading in her free time.
Gabriella Magliocchetti is a Senior at Summit High School and is extremely excited to be assisting this year! She was born and raised in Summit County, and enjoys the beautiful Colorado summers. Gabriella has participated in other sports, but has enjoyed dance the most since the age of 3. She hopes to carry on dancing through college, though she doesn't know where that may be yet. .
Ana Golgoon is a Junior in high school, and has been home schooled since 4th grade. Ana started dancing when she was 3 at Spirit Of Dance in Fairplay, and came to ADA when she was 12. Ana wants to be a Cosmetologist and hopes that one day she is able to do hair and makeup for movies.
Kaydence Murphy has been dancing for 11 years and has loved every second! Kaydence is a Sophomore at Summit High School and assists in Ballet. Kaydence is honored to be teaching this year and working with the Alpine Dance Academy students.
Ava Liebendorfer is a Junior at Snowy Peaks High School. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and has been at Alpine Dance Academy since she was 11. Ava is a member of the Alpine Vibes competitive dance team, as well at the Alpine Conservatory Theatre company. Ava loves dancing and acting and hopes to keep them in her future. Ava will also be serving as a Desk Manager this year.
Hailey Pfeifer is a Freshman at Summit High School. She has been dancing since she was three, and has attended Alpine Dance Academy since 2014. Hailey balances her passion of dancing along with her love of horses. She is thankful to have been born and raised in Summit County and is happy that she can give back to her community through assisting. Hailey is thrilled to assist with hip-hop this year and can't wait for a new year of dancing!
Cecilia Lowe is an 8th Grader at Summit Middle School. She has danced ever since she was 4 years old. CC has danced at ADA since she was 7. She absolutely loves to dance and is excited to assist this year!