Director, Instructor: Ballet, 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 began teaching at the age of 16 and taught for 7 years in the greater New York and Boston Areas. Since moving to Colorado in 2004, Kelly has taught at studios in Eagle, Vail, Gypsum, Avon and 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. After becoming a mom Kelly because interested in early childhood development, created "Messy Play at ADA," daily toddler sensory play program housed at Alpine Dance Academy. Kelly is honored to be able to provide programs to the Summit County community, and to raise her own two children in the loving ADA family.
Instructor: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Acro, Alpine Vibes Director
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 graduated 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. After working along side Kelly for the past 6 years with the Alpine Vibes Competitive Dance Company, Sara is excited to take over as Director of the team this year.
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: Hip Hop
Sindell began dancing at age 5 and graduated from Alpine Dance Academy in 2018. She was a valued member of our staff, serving as both a Hip Hop teaching assistant as well as a Desk Manager in her time attending ADA. Sindell is excited to be back at ADA instructing Hip Hop 3, 4/5 and 5/6 this year. Her students are looking forward to having class with her, and can't wait to learn her "cool style."
Director of Messy Play
For over 30 years, Jeanne has been devoted to early childhood education. Throughout the years, she has been a swim instructor, a teacher for both small and large group childcare, as well as a teacher for her two homeschooled children. With her BS in Sociology and her extensive background with children, Jeanne strongly believes that the experiences and knowledge children gain in the early years lay the foundation for all future learning and growth. Jeanne knows that children learn through their senses, especially through interactive, hands-on, tactile activities; messy sensory play is the best, all inclusive way to provide children with the necessary experiences that promote growth and a love of learning.
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 competitive 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!)
Desk Manager, Teaching Assistant
Ava is a Senior in High School, and will be primarily taking CMC courses this year. 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 the outdoors, is an expert meme-maker, has a wonderful sense of humor and wants to have a career as a park ranger. (Although, she hates mosquitoes.)
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.
Ana Golgoon is a Senior at Summit High School, and was home schooled from 4th - 11th grade. Ana started dancing when she was 3 years old and has been dancing at ADA for 5 years. She is hoping to move to San Diego next year to study Cosmetology for media hair and makeup.
Bridgette Hough is 17 years old and is a Senior at Summit High School. This will be her 14th year dancing and her favorite styles of dance are Hip Hop and Jazz. She is excited to be able to assist in her last year here at ADA.
Cecilia Lowe is an 9th Grader at Summit High School. She has danced ever since she was 3 years old. CC has danced at ADA since she was 7. She absolutely loves to dance and really enjoys working with kids. This will be her second year as an ADA assistant, and she loves doing hair (moms - hit up CC for bun and braid help)!
Kaydence Murphy has been dancing for 13 years and has loved every second! Kaydence is a Junior at Summit High School, and has been a member of the Alpine Vibes competitive dance team for the past 9 years. She is excited to assist with Ballet and Acro again this year. She loves teaching the "amazing kids" and she can't wait for this year of dance!
Hailey Pfeifer is a Sophmore 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!
Lilly Ramsay is an 8th grader at Summit Middle School. She has been dancing for 10 years, and her absolute favorite style of dance is Tap. This will be her fourth year on the Alpine Vibes competitive dance team, and will be her first year assisting classes. In addition to her love for dance, Lilly is an avid skiier.