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 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, Tap, Voice, ACT Director
Abbey Austin is a Tennessee native who relocated to Summit County 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 recent 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). She has also started choreographing at the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, most recently she choreographed Spamalot. 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: Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop
Annie Flaherty, a native of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, began dancing at age 11 with the Bonnie Lindholm School of Dance and continued at the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance. As a graduate of Stevenson High School, Annie was very active in the SHS dance department, performing with the Melange and Concert dance companies, as well as frequently choreographing work for the semi-annual concerts. Through SHS dance, she worked with many guest choreographers such as Frank Chavez, Ken Gash, Eddy Ocampo, Randy Duncan, and Nick Pupillo. Her training continued at the University of Illinois where she graduated with a BFA in dance. While at U of I, Annie was one of the youngest members of the Mark Morris Shadow Program, a program that gives students the opportunity to train and rehearse with members of the prestigious company. She performed in works by Trisha Brown and T Lang as well as various faculty members and graduate students. Annie is beyond excited to be a part of ADA and share her passion for dance with the students.
Instructor: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, and Modern.
Denise is a native of Easton, PA who earned a BA in dance from De Sales University, Center Valley, PA and studied and performed at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, PA. She was certified to teach through Dance Masters of America in NYC. Continued studies at Broadway Dance Center, NYC Dance Alliance, NUVO Conventions, and numerous master classes have given her a unique style. Her most inspiring teachers have been E. Laura Hausmann, LaVaughn Robinson, a true “Tap Master”, and the late Alexi Ramov who she studied with as a company dancer with the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild, in Bethlehem, PA. Denise has been Ballet Instructor and also Choreographer for the theater program at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and taught and choreographed jazz and modern for the Lehigh University dance group, Bethlehem PA. For 18 years Denise was the Founder/Director of "Art of Dance" first located in Bethlehem, PA, then in Breckenridge, CO, and later in Wilmington, NC. She has choreographed several shows for The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, and worked with various Summit County studios. Most recently Denise taught at the Art Underground in Louisville, CO, where she formed the "Art of Dance Performance Company." Denise is thrilled to join the talented staff at ADA!
Kayla Rose Eikenberry
Instructor: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Modern.
Kayla started dancing at age 3 in Charlotte, NC with Charlotte School of Ballet. As dance got more serious for Kayla she would attend Ballet Met summer intensives studying under Susan Dromisky and Amber Emory-Maier. Kayla was also apart of her middle school and high school dance team. In her senior year of high school she was chosen to be Dance Captain of the team while also being elected most talented by the entire school. Since Kayla was a little girl she knew dance was going to be her life. After gradating high school she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue her career in dance. While living in LA she studied at American Musical Dramatic Academy under some of the top choreographers and dancers in LA. Donyelle Jones from SYTYCD, Marina Benedict from TV series Flesh and Bone, and Genevieve Carson the Artistic Director of LA Contemporary Dance Company were just 3 of her mentors. In 2014 Kayla graduated from AMDA with her BFA in Dance Theater while also signing with Bloc Talent Agency in Los Angeles. She has performed in many gigs and music videos all over LA. Kayla then booked a job dancing professionally for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. After traveling to many different countries Kayla is now craving her own home. She is overwhelmed with excitement to share her love and passion for dance with all of you in this beautiful mountain town.
Sindell was born in Glendale, California and moved to Colorado when she was 5 years old. She has been dancing ever since! Sindell has been a member of the Alpine Vibes competative dance team for 4 years, and studies all disciplines of dance. Sindell is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and Enligsh and would like to pursue a career in Criminology. Sindell is excited to join the ADA staff this year and is looking forward to helping both parents and students as the Desk Manager.
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. ans is excited to join the ADA staff 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.
Megan Kidd, a Senior at Summit High School, has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She loves assisting the young dancers at ADA,a nd would like to be an Elementary School Teacher someday. A colorado native, born in Vail and raised in Summit, Megan does not like to ski!
Emily Wallace was born and raised in Summit County, CO and is now a Senior at Summit High School. Emily has been dancing since age 2 and has pursued many sports throughout her life, including Rugby! She is very excited to be an assistant at ADA this year!
Meaghan Flannagan is a Junior at Summit High School and has been dancing since she was 5 years old. Dance runs in Meaghan's family, her mom was a dancer and Meaghan feels she has been raised with dance in her blood. She was born in Colorado Springs and moved to Summit when she was 6 years old.
Cameron Dahman, a Senior at Summit High School, is thrilled to be an assistant this year! Cameron was born in Denver, CO and has lived in many different places in Summit County throughout her childhood. Cameron began dancing at age 13 and has excelled to be a Level 5 dancer at Alpine Dance Academy in that short time.
Laila Golgoon is a Senior in High School and has been homeschooled for a few years now. She wants to be a novelist, and has already written her first novel, which she is currently trying to get published. Laila has been dancing since she was 5 years old and has been as assistant for 6 years with the Spirit of Dance in Fairplay.
Jarelle Bjork was born in Haiti and raised in Colorado. Working to be a professional artist, she would like to own an art gallery one day. She is currently studying art with a renowned painter weekly in Colorado Springs. As a Senior in High School, she currently is attending Colorado Mountain College. Enjoying dance since age 2, she has loved her years at Alpine Dance Academy. She has performed in various plays throughout the years, both in California and Colorado. Jarelle has also gleaned from music and acting camps in California and has had vocal coaching. Jarelle's triple threat talents, along with her mixed media ability, give her a plethora of options for the future.
Klara Smith, a Senior at Summit High School, has been living in Summit since she was 4, before that she lived in Florissant, CO. She started dancing when she was in awe of her fellow dancers at Summit Middle School in 6th grade. She has been dancing ever since. She has also been a part of many different shows in Summit County, such as Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical, and The Jungle Book. Interested in many different areas of study, she hopes to minor in Dance in whatever university she decides to attend.