Dance Instructors

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Cole, Matt (MC) Costello, Julia (JC) Echols, Ashlee (AE) Gallagher, Jamie (JG)
Graves, Bree (BG) Helma, Donovan (DH) Kreiensieck, Katie (KK) Landreth, Jenny (JWL)
Miller, Tina (TM) Miller, Kelsee (KM) Miller-Helma, Sabrina (SM) Pogozelski, Sarah (SP)
Robertson, Shelly (SR) Scheuermann, Stefan (SS) Sharp, Jules (JS) Stecklein, Lori (LS)

Matt Cole (MC)

Matt Cole

Matthew Cole began dancing at the age of 3 in his family’s dance studio. Throughout the years, he has enjoyed dancing the roles as the prince and king in “The Nutcracker” the king in “Alice in Wonderland” . He also was a member of Miller’s competition team, “Miller’s Dance Force” for 10 years. While on the competition team, he studied under professionals with Jen Hamilton, Leo Morimine, Matthew Peacock, Marguerite Derricks, Justin Jiles, Mike Minery, Donovan Helma, Tyne Stecklein, Cory Anderson and Meisha Gabriel. He has enjoyed assisting and now teaching his own classes in Hip Hop and Contemporary. We are proud to have another family member to continue Ernie Miller’s Legacy.

Julia Costello (JC)

Julia Costello

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.

After 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.

Ashlee Echols (AE)

Ashlee Fritz

Ashlee Echols has been dancing with Miller’s since the age of 5. During her time as a student, Ashlee enjoyed learning many forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and baton! She has held many featured roles in the annual Spring Recitals as well as Clara in The Nutcracker. She is an original member of Miller’s competition group, Tour De Force and enjoyed winning many awards and titles alongside her fellow teammates. Ashlee began assistant teaching for Miller’s while in high school and later taught her own classes throughout college. She attended the University of Northern Colorado where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and currently holds a Colorado Teacher’s Licensure for grades K-5. While attending UNC, Ashlee auditioned for The Walt Disney World College Program and was selected to be dancer and character performer in the daily parades and shows at Disney’s The Magic Kingdom in Orlando.

Ashlee has always grown up with a love and passion for working with young children. She holds over 15 years of experience as lead teacher to children 0-12 and has taught at some of the metro area’s best preschools. Her most important role and passion in life is being a mom to her son Leo, born in February, 2013!

Ashlee is so excited to be back with her Miller’s family and looks forward to sharing her gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers!

Jamie Gallagher (JG)

Jamie Gallagher

Since the age of four, Jamie has trained in styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater; however, her primary focus of training has been in tap. Jamie grew up dancing in Southern California. She competed in tap groups for seven years and received overall and platinum awards at various competitions. Jamie started teaching tap at her home studio in 2014. Since then, she has taught recreational and competitive tap across several different studios in Southern California. Aside from teaching, she began performing in and choreographing for local musical theater companies. Some shows she is known for choreographing include Thoroughly Modern Millie and West Side Story. She is excited to begin teaching again in her new state of Colorado. Jamie believes that with passion and a full heart any one can accomplish any dream that he or she has.

Bree Graves (BG)

Bree Graves

Bree has been dancing for thirty-two years and has been teaching for seventeen. She graduated from Chapman University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Leadership and Organizational Skills. She is also a mother of three.

As a dancer, Bree has had the privilege of assisting many big names in the industry including Joe Loera, Dee Caspary, Brian Friedman, Justin Giles, Gil Mata and the entire LA Dance Magic staff. She was also a dancer with the professional company SoulEscape under the direction of Justin Giles. Bree has done several live performances including dancing in fashion shows, two off Broadway productions, several performances with the professional companies Soul Work and MPACT, and Carnival Choreographers Ball in Chicago.

As a teacher/choreographer, she has had the opportunity to work with students in Colorado, California, London, and South Africa.

Donovan Helma (DH)

Donovan Helma

Since the age of three, Donovan Helma has been dancing under the direction of his family operated dance studio in Aurora, CO. He currently continues his education through multiple dance conventions and tap festivals throughout the year. Donovan teaches and choreographs for multiple competitive studios in the Denver metro area and across the United States. He has performed on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival in a production by Tap’d Out. Donovan has taken the stage with modern tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in a Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory. He is honored to have toured the United States, Europe and South Africa for 7 years as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. He looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

Katie Kreiensieck (KK)

Katie Kreiensieck

Katie has been in the dance world her whole life. Growing up a competitive dancer in Colorado since the age of 5, earning numerous scholarships and best dancer titles from many different competitions and conventions. While she has worked as a professional dancer, her love for teaching took over and that has been her main focus for the last 16 years. She has been recognized for her choreography both regionally and nationally, and has taught many dancers who are now in the industry, dancing in commercials, movies and touring with many different well known artists. While not teaching, Katie is also a licensed cosmetologist and a mother of 2.

Jenny Landreth (JWL)

Jenny Landreth

Jenny Landreth is a Colorado native who after several temper tantrums convinced her mom she had to dance, and subsequently grew up dancing at Miller’s Dance Studio where she was trained in all styles, though she was most dedicated to ballet. In 7th grade she was accepted to attend Denver School of the Arts where she majored in dance and received training from local and national artists including Cleo Parker Robinson, Hannah Kahn, Jacob Mora, and Robert Sher-Machherndl. While at DSA she had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to represent the school as they were honored with a Kennedy Center NSBA Award. Her training was supplemented by multiple intensives with The Kirov Academy of Ballet in D.C. and the Kansas City Ballet. Jenny’s love of rain and rocky shores took her to Oregon where she attended Western Oregon University as a dance major. While in the Pacific Northwest she danced professionally with Rainbow Dance Theater, Ballet Fantastique, and Washington Dance Creative. She has taught dance for over a decade and enjoys sharing the tradition, discipline, and expression of the art with her students. When she’s not teaching you can find her binge-watching true crime documentaries or reading regency romance novels.

Tina Miller (TM)

Tina Miller

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 17 years ago and is enjoying teaching again.

Kelsee Miller (KM)

Kelsee Miller

Kelsee danced from the age of three through college at Miller’s Dance Studio taking classes from the great such a savion glover and Henry LeTang. While dancing and teaching at Miller’s in her teens, Kelsee discovered her passion for teaching. She is currently the assistant principal at a preschool in Parker.

Sabrina Miller-Helma (SM)

Sabrina Miller-Helma

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.

Sarah Pogozelski (SP)

Sarah Turner-Pogozelski

Sarah Pogozelski began dancing at Miller’s at age 6. She trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern. She held several featured roles in both the fall and spring ballets including the Queen of Hearts and Esmeralda. Sarah also participated with Miller’s original competitive team, Tour de Force.

Sarah trained in Swing and was a member of a small Swing Troupe prior to moving to South Dakota to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in English from Black Hills State University. Sarah is enthusiastic to return to Miller’s and share her love of dance with the next generation dancers.

Shelly Robertson (SR)

Shelly Robertson

Shelly Robertson is originally from San Diego, CA and has been dancing since she was two years old in many different styles including tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, modern, musical theatre, and swing. She first trained in tap, jazz, and ballet and studied ballet at a Royal Ballet Academy called Jean Hart’s Academy of Dance for seven years. She received her main training from San Diego Dance Centre, with whom she competed and won at regional, state, and national competitions all throughout middle school and high school. She was chosen to be in Dennis Caspary’s opening number at the Las Vegas Nationals her Junior year of high school. She was on her high school dance team all four years, where she received Rookie of the Year her freshman year and eventually became Co-Captain her Senior year. She was also involved in the high school musicals for three years in a row as a featured dancer. She choreographed dances for both the musicals and the dance team during her four years of high school. She was a member of the Kansas State University Classy Cats dance team all four years of college, where she danced at football games, basketball games, bowl games, NCAA tournaments, parades, pep rallies, and attended the NDA Nationals Competition where they placed fifth. She also choreographed some of their routines during her four years on the team. Shelly received her Bachelor of Science in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Kansas State University. Through the dance program at K-State, Shelly received many opportunities to perform, choreograph, and work with guest choreographers. Shelly also received her Masters of Science in School Counseling from Kansas State University. While receiving her Masters degree, she continued to participate in various dance performances and has been asked to judge for many high school dance teams and guest choreograph.

Stefan Scheuermann (SS)

Stefan Scheuermann

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.

Jules Sharp (JS)

Jules Sharp

Jules started dance in a Mommy and Me class at Miller’s and has been dancing on and off ever since. She was a member of MDF for 5 years and enjoyed competing with her team. Her favorite style of dance is ballet. She has been assisting and teaching at Millers this past year. Jules is attending Metro State University in the fall majoring in Dance.

Lori Stecklein (LS)

Lori Stecklein

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.

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