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Liz’s passion for dance started at a young age. Growing up in the north shore of Chicago allowed her to be surrounded by the arts, which inspired her to grow in her dance ability. She studied jazz, ballet, tap, and lyrical at her local studio, where she was a part of the top performing company, while taking master classes at Giordano’s Dance. In high school she was the captain of her nationally ranked dance team as well as JV coach, leading her to receive the award of Distinguished Senior Dancer. After graduating, Liz studied ballet and modern intensively for a year under the instructors at Hope College. Inspiring a love for dance has always been a deep passion of hers. Her top priority as a teacher is to bring out confidence in her students, giving them the ability to perfect their technique. As a new Colorado resident, Liz is extremely excited to teach at Millers Dance Studio.
Jada Blankenship has graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance. During that time she worked with artists, Adam Parson, Malaya, Cindra Che and Lorieta Livingston from LA and Jeff Amsden from New York. She also has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and here in Colorado with 7 Dancers Performing Company. Before moving to Colorado Jada performed West Side Story and Will Rogers Follies with Lyric Theater during their professional summer series. She also was a Yard Dawg dancer for the Oklahoma City Arena Football Team.
Renee graduated with a BA in Theatre with a dance emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado where she was the President of the Dance Alliance. She has performed in the Universities Main Stage and side Dance Productions, as well as local theaters throughout northern Colorado in such productions as Oklahoma and A Christmas Carol. She has been a principle dancer for the Longmont Theatre Company in Jesus Christ Superstar and Guys and Dolls and Choreographed for Suspenders; an original musical, and Fiddler on the Roof – for which she won Best Choreography at TARA Awards. Renee has also choreographed for Frederick High School musical performances and was head coach for Niwot High School’s Dance team while running the theatre program at Fusion Dance and Theatre and choreographing for Fusion in Motion. She has had to privilege to perform for Superbowl XXXIII in 1999. Aside from classical dance, Renee has an affinity for cultural, ballroom and world dance which she incorporates into her curriculum. When Renee’s time is not occupied with the arts, she is spending time with her daughters. Renee is very excited to share her knowledge and love for the arts with the students at Miller’s Dance.
Julia’s love for dance started at Miller’s Dance Studio at the age of 5. She continued studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Lyrical until she graduated in 1995. After graduating Julia went to University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a dance scholarship. Julia trained with Ballet Masters such as Alfredo Corvino, and Ernesta Corvino, of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Julliard, as well as Margot Mink Colbert of Julliard. She studied Modern with Louis Kavouras from Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and participated in workshops, Master Classes and all performance opportunities at the University. After intense studies at UNLV, Julia was accepted into an exchange program to study in New York City. After moving, she attended Hunter College to continue dance studies. While studying in NYC, Julia continued training with the Corvino family, attending classes and workshops. Julia loved dropping in on classes of all genres from renown studios such as STEPS and Broadway dance.
Moving back to Colorado in 2010, Julia is excited to be back with the Miller’s family that instilled her love and passion for dance, as she hopes to do for her own students.
Stacey Dion loves working for Miller’s Dance Studio in Aurora, Colorado, where she grew up dancing. She choreographs for their Tour de Force Competition Company and has received awards both regionally and nationally for her choreography. Ms. Dion is a competition judge for several national competition companies as well as a master class teacher for Spotlight Dance Cup and Focus Dance Conventions. She enjoys traveling all over the U.S in the spring to judge and teach.
Stacey received her training from the University of Northern Colorado, where she majored in Musical Theater and Dance. Since 1998, Stacey has performed with TIBS Production Company, Little Theater of the Rockies, Colorado Dance Theater, Greeley Conservatory of Dance, and UNC Theater and Dance Company. She is a founding member of the Tone Def Tap Troupe at UNC. She was resident director and choreographer for 8 seasons at St. Michael’s Players Theater Company. She choreographs for many musicals in Denver area schools, and has taught Master Classes at the Denver School of the Arts.
She loves to teach and share her enthusiasm and love for the art of dance with all of her students. Her latest role is that of Mommy to recently adopted Madelyn, who loves to dance!
Heather began studying dance at the age of three at Miller’s Dance Studio in Aurora, CO. Throughout the years, her studies have ranged in every technical style of dance, with an emphasis in ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap. Heather has been performing with dance companies and teams across the nation since 1995, including Tour De Force, Pyramix, DU Dance Team, Dance Movement, and Trinity Dance, Co. Heather began her teaching career at Miller’s Dance Studio where she taught from 2000 to 2005. In 2001, Heather studied at the University of Denver where she founded the DU Dance Team, and enjoyed her role as a member, choreographer, and President of the team. In 2006, Heather worked as Director of Dance for Starlight, a Pennsylvania Dance Camp with over 250 young dancers. Since then, she has returned back to Colorado and remains heavily involved in the local dance community. Heather is very excited to return back to her roots at Miller’s Dance to help lead and inspire the next generation of dancers, and enjoys her new role as a Director of Tour de Force. She’s also a proud mother and wife to her son Noah, and husband Jason.
Barbara Eversoll began dance training at the age of 5, and started teaching in her early teens. She is the recipient of DMA Scholarships, dancer and choreographer for Miss Nebraska State Miss America Pageant. She was a performer and choreographer for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Flag Corp, and a dancer with Nebraska-Lincoln Dance Company. She regularly participates in Tremaine, NYC Dance Alliance, LA Underground, West Coast Dance Explosion and LA Dance Force dance conventions. She was a teacher in Kansas Theater Clinic classes for statewide third graders. She loves teaching all ages and abilities.
Rooted in Popping and Boogaloo, John began dancing when he was only 8 years old. He never had the opportunities to learn from classes, so he learned from music videos, movies, and from his neighborhood dance parties. He grew up dancing with world renowned dancer, tWitch, in Montgomery Alabama. The two decided to create a dance crew back then, until finding different paths. They would later come back full circle to dancing with each other professionally.
After moving to Denver Colorado and becoming Ken Jimenez’s right hand man at Motion Underground for 5 years, John finally found his true passion as a teacher. He wanted to teach the REAL essence of what made him fall in love with it all in the first place…. Popping. So he talks/trains with Popping Pete ( Electric Boogaloo member, and brother of Boogaloo Sam- creator of popping ). To date, John has danced and trained with the top in the industry. Tabitha and Napoleon, Dave Scott, Wade Robson, tWitch, Jillian Meyers, Mia Michaels, and Marty Kudelka just to name a few. Now he uses the tools he received with Jimenez and the passion and simplicity of the art he loves to create within a world of dance that crosses all genres. Truly understanding what it takes to build a dancer and prepare them for a life of dance, and dance industry.
Lanette Gonzalez is a Colorado native. Lanette works part time for a Computer Consulting Firm, raises a family full time and is on the Board of a Youth Sports Organization. Lanette’s first love was helping people, which lead to her first career in the medical field. It was there that she learned about “alignment” of the body from a Doctor of Osteopathy and a Chiropractor. She got addicted to feeling well after an adjustment but found that it didn’t last. Meanwhile, Lanette attended many aerobics classes for exercise and later taught as a way to off set the money she paid for attending classes. Though aerobics was fun and an effective way to stay in shape she felt a disconnect within her own body. Though she has always been active, this disconnect lead to a void of a serious exercise program in her life.
She happened upon Pilates through a neighbor and it has literally changed her life. Lanette trained to be a Pilates instructor in a program which occupied approximately 35 hours a week for a year and a half. Not only was she learning to teach, she learned what the rehabilitation benefits of Pilates are and how Pilates relates to Dance, Sports and everyday life. She learned the history of Pilates, the theory behind how the body works, proper body mechanics and how breathing facilitates healthy muscles and a healthy mind. She sincerely enjoys attending Pilates classes to help with her personal and professional Pilates growth. By teaching Pilates, Lanette has kept in line with her first love of helping people, utilizes her medical background and has the privilege of imparting knowledge of an exercise which promotes proper body alignment and movement which is attainable by learning ones own body.
Since the age of three, Donovan Helma has been dancing under the direction of his mother’s dance studio in Denver, CO. He currently continues his education in New York City. When he is not taking class or performing, Donovan teaches for numerous studios and national conventions across the United States. Some recent performances include General Motors, Charles Schwab, Holland’s International Shipping Yard grand opening and a performance on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. He has recently performed for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival in a production by Tap’d Out. In 2004, 2006, and 2009 Donovan toured the United States, Europe and South Africa as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. Currently, Donovan is touring with the new Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory. Donovan looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.
Kailyn Helma began dancing at Millers at the age of three. Despite some injuries encountered throughout, she has loved every minute of her constantly evolving dance career. She has been granted the opportunity to study with many great artists as well as being able to travel the country. Her career at Millers began as an assistant at the age of twelve. After nearly a decade at the studio, her desire to share her enthusiasm in dance with others came naturally and she developed a unique way of reaching out to her students. She feels deeply about sharing her years of knowledge back with her students and is now choreographing for Tour de Force and working closely with her mother to further her dance education. Kailyn recently began working for two different competitions, both as a judge and as part of the backstage staff. She is very excited for this opportunity to grow and become a stronger choreographer.
Admittedly, her proudest accomplishment is being able to see her students take pride in their achievements as they grow as individuals and enjoy her classes. Kailyn is an undoubtedly energetic, bubbly teacher and is immensely proud to be teaching for a studio that cares so much about the students and hopes she will be able to continue to bring the joy of dance to the students.
Lesley Henry is happy to be teaching at Miller’s Dance Studio, the studio where she trained herself for 13 years. She has danced professionally with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Boulder Ballet and Ballet Quad Cities before becoming a mom to her daughters Jordan and Carsyn. Lesley attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts on a talent scholarship and earned her BFA in dance. She loves to teach and choreograph and is thrilled to be sharing this love with the students at Miller’s.
Tina Miller began dancing with her father at the age of 3. Early on she developed a love for tap, her father’s favorite. She started teaching for her father in 10th grade while continuing her own dance education with Kit Andree and Phan Peterson. While dancing with Kit and Phan she performed at the Paramount Theatre doing 4 separate shows celebrating the 100th anniversary of the historic Moffat Tunnel with the remodel and reopening of the Paramount Theatre. She also performed in Hello Dolly with Theatre Together, Gotta Dance - Stars Fight Leukemia with Joan Van Ark, Robert Shields, and Donald O’Connor. She lived in New York for almost 5 years while continuing her dance training with Thommie Walsh, Chet Walker, Bill Hastings, David Howard, Finis Jung, Henry LeTang, After returning to Colorado, she joined her sister in running Miller’s Dance Studio. She started teaching the adult tap 6 years ago and is enjoying teaching again.
Sabrina Miller-Helma began her life-long love for dance at age three when she began her dance training at her parent’s dance studio. Her technical dance training includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and ballroom dancing. Her extensive training includes instruction from dance greats such as Tommie Walsh, Gus Giordano, Danny Hoctor, Roni Mahler, and Al Gilbert. While training, she discovered her enthusiasm for teaching at the age of 14. She continued her dance training at Colorado Ballet and Ballet Now throughout college and began perfecting her teaching skills. She has hosted master classes and received master instruction from Lane Alexander, Henry LeTang, Cory Finn, Gregg Russell, Mike Minery, Germaine Salsberg, Jason Samuel Smith, The Tap Dogs and Savion Glover.
In 1976 she opened her own studio at Chambers and Hampden. A second location, Smoky Hill, was opened in 1992 and a third location, Parker, in 1994. She then opened up another studio in Saddle Rock at Gun Club RD. & E470 in 2007. Despite her busy administrative schedule overseeing the three studios and a faculty of 45, Sabrina still finds time to teach. Sabrina is currently a national competition judge for Spotlight Dance Cup, Kids Artistic Revue, and Dance Champs. She enjoys her family, and watching young children succeed in life with the gift of dance.
Carrie Parker is a Denver native and a product of Aurora Public Schools. Carrie knew at a very young age what was born to do: teach. As a child, she had many Barbie’s left in packages as she chose making up new dance routines as more exciting than playing with dolls. She started dancing at the age of three under the direction of Kathy Drnec. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyric until she was 17. From there Carrie taught for many dance studios and small theatre companies such as: Show Stoppers, Dance Movement and Millers Dance studio. She graduated from Metropolitan State College in 1997 with a degree in Sociology and Psychology a minor in Spanish and a certification to teach K-6. Currently Carrie teaches for Douglas County School District where for the last 10 years she has taught Kindergarten and First grade. Carrie is proud to tell people that she is returning to teach for Miller’s Dance Studio. “It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of something that you know is making a difference for so many.”
Jodi Sagastume has been dancing since the age of three. Ms. Sagastume has taught and choreographed for 13 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in Dance Performance with an emphasis in Choreography. She has performed numerous leading roles in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Paquita, Stars and Stripes, and Miranda’s Nightmare. Jodi has performed with the UNC Tour Troupe, Colorado Ballet Theatre, Burklyn Ballet, and Seven Dancers. She has Choreographed Guys n’ Dolls for Regis University. My fair Lady for Sundance Entertainment, Scrooge for Woodmen Valley Chapel and was a resident choreographer for Seven Dancers. She judges for Spotlight, Dance Champs and Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company. Ms. Sagastume is currently teaching conventions for Spotlight, teaching Pilates, and teaching and choreographing around Denver.
Stefan Scheuermann began his ballet training at the Ft. Collins School of Dance in Ft. Collins Colorado where he performed numerous original roles created for him by F.C.S.D. While in Ft. Collins he trained and performed with Canyon Concert Ballet, dancing in their productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and various original C.C.B. productions over the course of 5 years. Stefan moved to Mississippi, where he danced with Ballet Theatre South, performing roles such as Sigfried in Swan Lake, Florimond in Sleeping Beauty, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Prince in Cinderella, the Snow King in The Nutcracker and numerous original roles classical and contemporary. While in Mississippi, he commuted to New Orleans to train and rehearse with Ballet Hysell and other local studios. Stefan moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he performed in the inaugural season of The Old Santa Fe Music Hall before returning to MS and continuing with B.T.S. as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and assistant artistic director. Stefan returned to CO and joined Encore ballet where he wrote, choreographed and directed original ballets. He is delighted to take his 20 years of ballet teaching experience to Miller’s and work with their talented staff and fantastic young dancers.
Rebecca L. Schreurs (Roberts) has been dancing with MDS since the age of 5 years old. She has spent 10 years in Tour De Force, winning many group and individual awards, including the national title of Ms. Spotlight 2002. She has traveled to several different states to take class from numerous internationally known choreographers. Becca has been teaching at MDS since she was a junior in high school, always sharing her passion for dance and the art of teaching young children to cultivate their own love for music and dance. She hopes to travel as much as she can to further educate herself as a student, and to better herself as a teacher.
Reagan Shenk grew up in San Diego California. She began dance at the age of 5 and started competing at the age of 7. She trained in Ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, lyrical and hip hop. For 5 years in a row while Reagan competed with her dance team, her studio was titled “best in the west” from Showstoppers national Dance competition. At age 14 she stared teaching her own dance classes at another local studio that was just starting off. While still teaching, Reagan began high school and decided to take a break from dance to pursue competitive cheer leading. She joined her High School varsity team and the Mavericks all star CO-ED cheer team. Both teams traveled across the US winning national titles and taking both the UCA and NCA top awards. In 2001 Reagan was named top UCA cheerleader and tumbler/jumper in California. She was invited to become a part of the UCA staff but decided to continue college in San Diego instead. While in college she auditioned for a dance troupe named Fusion Force choreographed by Tessandra Chavez and other top choreographers. Fusion Force is a dance troupe in Southern California that performs for charitable events specializing in Hip Hop and contemporary dance. They also performed nightly at Sea world for their special events. While on the team Reagan was asked to choreograph a contemporary piece to perform at a televised awards show.
Reagan was still teaching and performing in SD when she met her husband who is in the navy. After being together for a year, they got married and the navy moved them to Florida. Reagan began teaching at a local studio working with their competition teams. Her choreography won top titles and her production of the Mask won a national title. In 2008 Reagan and her family were stationed in Memphis TN where she began teaching at two studios. She taught jazz, contemporary, acro, hip hop, ballet and tap. Both studios brought home Platinum awards and special titles from multiple competitions.
She recently moved to Colorado with her husband and two daughters Kenna and Kallie. Kenna just joined the MDF petite team and wants to become a dancer just like her mother. She will continue to share her love of all types of dance with the student of MDF.
Andra Stecklein has a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of Colorado. In her earlier years she was a member of the Colorado Concert Ballet Company (now known as the Colorado Ballet.) She owned and directed the Colorado Academy of Dance for 2 1/2 years prior to working for Miller’s. A move to Aurora and the start of a family resulted in joining the staff at Miller’s where she has been a permanent fixture for the last 25 years. Although she has cut back tremendously on her hours, she still enjoys sharing her knowledge of dance with students of all ages. She continues to teach our most advanced level jazz dancers and thrives on the challenge. Andra has choreographed many award winning dances for Tour de Force, Miller’s competitive dance company. In addition, she has enjoyed choreographing numerous musicals for neighboring Aurora high schools. Her expertise probably lies in her ability to fine tune a dancer’s technique and help them achieve their fullest potential.
Tyne Stecklein trained at Miller’s starting at the age of 3. There she had numerous performance, competition, and workshop opportunities which paved the way for her professional dance career.
At age 17 she served as an assistant teacher for L.A. Dance Magic Conventions for their national touring season. She was chosen as an apprentice member of Evolution Dance Company directed by Mark Meisner, and was a featured dancer in Soul Escape Dance Company directed by Justin Giles. She has continued to perform with Soul Escape for the last two seasons as well.
After graduating from High School, Tyne relocated to L.A. to pursue a professional career in dance. In her first year there, she was selected as a dancer for the national “High School Musical Concert Tour” as well as for the South American tour. She was a dancer in the movies, High School Musical II, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Stepbrothers, 17 Again, and the remake of Fame.
Her television credits include Dance Revolution, Grammy Awards, Rose Bowl Parade Opening number, Dancing with the Stars, Academy Awards,an episode of Glee, a music video for Gym Class Heroes, and a commercial for Cafe Latte. She has also done numerous modeling jobs includling Adidas, Ryland Homes, and Varsity Spirit.
At 19 Tyne was chosen as one of Cher’s dancers for her Las Vegas show at Caesar’s Palace. After doing that show for a year, she auditioned for Michael Jackson and became one of only two girls selected to dance for his 2009 London Show! Although this dream job never came to be she was honored to be a part of his memorial.
Whenever she gets the chance, Tyne comes home to Miller’s to offer workshop classes and to choreograph competition pieces for TDF. She is always grateful for their training, loyalty and support.
Lori Stecklein received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University in Ballet. While training there, she immersed herself in the study of techniques of Modern Dance such as Graham, Humphrey-Limon, Horton, Taylor and an intensive study of Pilates. At TCU she had the opportunity to work with Fernando Bujones numerous times before graduating and moving to NYC. Once in New York, Lori danced professionally for a number of independent choreographers including the Broadway choreographer, Vince Pesce. She also produced, directed, choreographed, and danced in a show of her own. The last four years, Lori ran the dance program at Bishop Ford C. C. High School, while choreographing two full length productions there each year. Although Lori loves teaching, her main passion is choreography, for which she has won numerous awards. After having their son, Lukin, she and her husband decided to move to Colorado. Lori is very excited to be sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with the students at Miller’s Dance Studio.
Kristin White starting dancing when she was 4 years old and has grown up at Miller’s. She was a regular participant in recitals and some of her favorite roles were Daisy Duck, Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid”, the Enchantress in “Beauty and the Beast”, the Genie in “Aladdin” and Peggy from “42nd Street”. She also performed in many fall ballets and enjoyed her roles as “The Scottish Doll”, “Sapphire Fairy”, “Columbine Doll”, “Mirliton” and a sylph. She began assisting classes when she was 12 years old and from that moment on decided that she wanted to teach dance classes at Miller’s because she fell in love with teaching. She began teaching her own classes in high school and was a member of Tour de Force competition company for 8 years where she performed as a soloist and in group dances touring on cruise ships and to Disney World. She was a member of the Eaglecrest Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer and captain her senior year and is now a guest choreographer for Eaglecrest High School and a choreographer for Tour de Force. She has taken many master classes and studied with excellent teachers which has added to her diversity. She graduated from EHS in 2004 with honors. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Metropolitan State College in May 2009, and has a Colorado Teaching License and currently substitute teaches in Aurora Public Schools. In addition, she is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, and the National Education Association. She is also a competitive Irish dancer receiving many top awards in local competitions and has reached the top level of competition in Irish dance, Open Championships, and has competed at the state, regional, and national level. She is a very diverse teacher at Miller’s and loves working with students of all ages and abilities.
Holly started dancing at Miller’s at the age of 4. During her 14 years at dancing Miller’s, some of her favorite roles were, Clara from "The Nutcracker" and Ursala from "The Little Mermaid". Holly was a member of Miller’s Tour de Force competition group for 9 years winning several titles and scholarships. She also studied dance for two years at Denver School of the Arts and for two years was a member of Lemon Sponge Cake Junior Company. Holly was an apprentice in Louder Than Words modern company. She also performed with the Denver Nuggets Dancers.