Arts Education

The Art Underground (TAU)/The Arts Hub (HUB) strives to become a cutting edge arts education organization, promoting creative exploration, healthy artistic pursuits and the development of artistic endeavors with real world applications. TAU/HUB Staff encourage and inspire students to fully apply their talents to artistic pursuits while maintaining healthy instructional approaches at the core of what they do. They support high quality presentation of student’s work through resources devoted to quality “framing” of student work, i.e. matting student artwork when possible, providing opportunities for quality exhibition of art work, using professional theatrical elements for theater productions, and providing opportunities for students to have “real” audiences whenever possible.

TAU’s original site and its new Arts Hub facility support its educational arts program activities in both form and function. The original site and new facility provide activity rooms with supportive features. The grounds of the HUB property contain a sculpture garden, playground, murals, patio and a future HUB Outdoor Performance Space, all of which provide opportunities to enhance the arts curriculum and provide the general public with personal artistic development opportunities.

New/Exploratory Activities

TAU/HUB offers quality arts activities that have been developed from many years of experience, as well as by adopting proven methods revealed through independent arts education research.  TAU/HUB also periodically explores new, innovative methods and programs to adapt to the changing needs of participants.

TAU/HUB Employees have an exceptional amount of training and experience and are key to our core arts education programs.  Quality Independent Instructors are also important in the TAU/HUB experience, in order to allow opportunities for patrons to be exposed to a variety of teaching methods and to keep the TAU/HUB experiences/influences fresh and dynamic.

Planned outreach for 2016/2017;

  • TAU/HUB will be offering quality art and dance programs to local schools and at local events at no cost
  • TAU/HUB will be offered complimentary tickets to local seniors to attend facility events
  • TAU/HUB will sponsor an annual arts festival, open to the general public


Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa or Mastercard).


Classes without sufficient enrollment prior to the first class date will be cancelled. If a class or workshop is cancelled by TAU, students are entitled to a full refund, a tuition credit, or may transfer to another class, space permitting.


Refunds will be issued within 2-3 weeks after cancellation.

Withdrawal from a Class

Students may obtain a refund less a $15 handling fee if withdrawal notification is received (5) working days prior to the first day of the class. A credit may be obtained after this point, less a $15 handling fee and cost of any class attended. If you are ineligible for a refund, please call TAU for information about using your unused tuition as a tax-deductible donation. Classes are transferable if request is made five (5) working days prior to the first class. A parent may submit a written request for a partial tuition refund in the event that unforeseeable circumstances arise such as extreme illness or family death, but the determination of whether a refund is issued or not is at the discretion of the administrator.


Students may join in after the class has begun for a pro-rated tuition, provided there is space available and instructor permission is given. Instructors will not allow students to join in dance classes after about mid-session due to lack of enough time to properly prepare the student for that session’s dance concert. Inquire in the office for the exact date that no new dance class registrations will be taken

Missed Classes

Classes missed by students will not be rescheduled or refunded. Classes missed by the instructor will be made up or credited to the student’s account.


With space available and instructor permission, students may drop in on a class after registering and paying a drop in rate.


  • TAU staff will only administer prescription medications if written approval and instructions are left by the parent. Any prescription medication must be in its original container and labeled with the child’s name, physician’s name, distributing pharmacy, medication name and dosage.
  • Any nonprescription medication to be administered at the center such as Tylenol or cough syrup must be provided by a parent and be accompanied by written approval and instructions for use.
  • All medications will be held in the office.

Release of Children

There must be written authorization by the child’s parent or guardian for any other adult to pick up their child.


Smoking is not permitted in the building. Cleanup is everyone’s responsibility. Please throw all trash in receptacles provided. Students are required to remove any personnel property from TAU at the end of each class. TAU is not responsible for lost/stolen items. Students must respect TAU property, including art, furnishings, equipment, and supplies. Students and visitors must walk while in the building.

Student Behavior in the Classroom

TAU reserves the right to ask a disruptive student to leave. Tuition will not be refunded for disruptive behavior. Only currently registered students may use the TAU studios and equipment, and only during the period (duration of class) for which the student is registered. Students are not allowed in the studios between classes without permission.

Inclement Weather

We rely on the Boulder Valley School District’s website to decide on class cancellations during inclement weather. Go to BVSD.org to see if schools are closed. If schools are closed, our classes are cancelled. There are no makeup classes.

Permission to Photograph

Photographers may take pictures during classes and special events to capture images for TAU archives and use in publicity materials. If you do not wish you (or your child if that is who is participating in the TAU activity) to be photographed, please indicate so in writing.

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Kelly Arnold art

Bio coming soon.

Danielle Belin art preschool

staff-danielle-belinDanielle received her BA in Art from Wittenberg University, in Ohio. She then went on to obtained her education certifications in K-12 Art and Elementary classroom from Madonna University in Michigan, where she was born and raised. She has taught Art over the past 15 years in various locations and to many different age groups, from young children to seniors. She is an avid adventurer – you may see her running the trails of Colorado, playing at the park with her kids, or camping with her family. Danielle is a Louisville resident with her husband, and their 5 year old son and 4 year old daughter.

Amanda Benzin dance preschool

staff-a-benzinAmanda is a rhythmically and emotionally driven teacher, performer and choreographer originally from Buffalo, NY. She graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance and minor in Business Administration. She was a member of the renowned Chicago-based rhythm jazz dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project for 6 years. As a senior company member, she toured nationally and internationally performing and teaching the Jump Rhythm® Technique, leading master classes and choreographic residencies in universities, primary and secondary schools, and dance studios. She received an Emmy Award for her work in the multiple-Emmy-Award-winning documentary Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There, produced by HMS Media and aired on PBS. Amanda has taught dance to children and adults of all ages in dance studios and public schools in Buffalo, New York City, Chicago, Northern California, and Colorado for the past 17 years. She believes dance education should not only instill the knowledge, passion, love and appreciation for dance, but also inspire students’ creativity and encourage self-confidence, exploration, and skills they can use in dance and in life. She is committed to empowering individuals through the community of dance. Driven by rhythm, emotion, reflection, and connection, she seeks to foster and express vulnerability, strength, and growth potential within the human experience. She is currently an MFA candidate in Dance at CU Boulder where her focus and research includes somatics (Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering), women and gender studies, and pedagogy.

Heather Boudreau art preschool

staff-heather-boudreauHeather’s professional background includes extensive experience as a teacher, artist and small business entrepreneur. She holds BA’s in both psychology and elementary education, as well as a minor in philosophy. Heather established two successful boutiques prior to moving to Colorado with her husband and two daughters. She has worked in daycare, has been a kindergarten teacher, a teen mentor and tutor for at risk teens and has taught art to children ages 18 months to 16 years, as well as adults, for the past 6 years. Heather has her certifications in early childhood, reading recovery and second step conflict mediation. Heather has been working with TAU since 2013 teaching art classes and camps to children and instructing adult paint nights.

Heather loves spending time with her family and two English Bulldogs. She enjoys drawing, painting and being creative with her daughters, as well as mountain biking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and cooking. She also likes to set physical goals for herself that have included a few half triathlons, 10k’s and a Tough Mudder.

Peter Davison dance

staff-peter-davisonPeter began his career as a teenage juggler, street performing in his home town of Los Angeles. In 1979, at the age of 18, he was cast as a white-faced juggler in the movie “Xanadu” with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. In 1982 Peter became a founding member of the juggling/dance/theater trio Airjazz, which toured internationally through the 1980’s. Peter has performed solo shows at the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Utah State Arts Tour, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theatre in Finland, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, and at schools and theaters throughout Colorado. Peter has been a dancer with Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater, Kim Robards Dance, and 3rd Law Dance/Theater. Also a choreographer, Peter won the 2009 Ballet Builders Award from New Choreographers on Pointe in New York, and his works have been performed by Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Saint Paul Ballet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and others. Peter was Co-Artistic Director and a faculty member at Boulder Ballet from 2004 to 2015.

Rachel Dodson dance preschool

staff-rachel-dodsonRachel’s dance training began in 1985, and has since spanned over 30 years including techniques such as Classical and Contemporary Ballet, Gaga, Cunningham and Limón techniques, Broadway Jazz, Flamenco, Bharata Natyam, Hi-Hop, House, and Improvisation.

In 2007, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, with an emphasis in Choreography, from the University of California, Irvine. After which, she resided in Israel for three years, teaching dance at several private studios while studying Gaga with Ohad Naharin and Batsheva dancers.
Rachel has performed as a soloist, duet artist, and corps dancer with numerous companies as both a permanent member and guest artist. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 15 years, and her choreography has been commissioned and featured nationally and internationally since 2000. Her work has been featured in Kyriat Ono and Herzliya Pituach, Israel, Boulder and Longmont, Colorado, and Templeton, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Irvine, and Santa Cruz, California.

She is currently engaged in pursuit of her Master of Fine Arts in Dance, with a focus in Somatic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her classes embrace instruction through an anatomical lens, and health and safety are at the forefront. Her movement style emphasizes exploration in ways that are authentic, organic, and applicable to every participant, embracing the individuality of each student.

Gene GeBauer dance

staff-gene-gebauerGene originally trained to be a hoofer. Gene switched his ambitions to Broadway, where he sang, danced and acted for over 20 years. Appearing in the original casts of such shows as “Camelot,” “Hello’ Dolly.” “No Strings,” and “Sugar,” he worked with the biggest names among the choreographers and directors of that period. Gene operated a theatre school in Oregon for a while before moving on to the University of Iowa where he taught at both the theater and dance departments for 5 years. Soon after Gene began teaching tap along the front range Rediscovering the joys of tap, he dedicated himself to his first dance love with a renewed passion. He teaches with the idea that we are, after all, not just dancers, but musicians. “The same expectations we put on fine musicians, we should put on ourselves [tap dancers.]”

Chris Harris theater

Chris costumed her first show at TAU in 2010. She has been a beloved costumer for many of TAU’s shows since. Chris’s costuming talent is exceptional, and her personal care for every student who wears her costumes comes through in the detail, in physical fit of the garments, as well as fit for the character and also the personality of the actor. She is a truly amazing costumer and person.

Millie Heckler dance preschool

staff-millie-hecklerMillie recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received an undergraduate B.F.A. degree in Dance. While growing up in Vermont, Millie attended the Stowe Dance Academy for twelve years, focusing primarily on ballet and jazz technique. During secondary school, she spent three years in Norway, where she continued her training with Bajazz Danseskole and Risoya Folkeskole. She has studied with a variety of artists, including Rennie Harris, Gesel Mason, Erika Randall, Donna Meija and Michelle Ellsworth, at the University of Colorado, where the curriculum prides itself on multi-cultural dance education and where she was first introduced to authentic Hip-Hop culture. She received the Betty Jean Bruno Dance Scholarship in 2011 for her passion in dance, the Jamie Kellam Redmond Scholarship in 2014 for talent and enthusiasm, and the De Castro Award for professionalism and dedication to the dance field in 2015. Recently, Millie was invited to become an original member of a new street-dance theater company called Grass Roots Project, started by the world-renowned Hip-Hop genius, Rennie Harris. She has been touring with Harris nation-wide during the 2015 summer season, during which she has worked with dance companies including Alvin Ailey and Rennie Harris PureMovement. With a burning hunger for physical, intellectual and spiritual knowledge, Millie is eager to continue venturing on her unfolding artistic path.

Harmony Larke art preschool

staff-harmony-larkeHarmony’s A.C.T. was first started in 1994. In the last 18 years I have had the opportunity to provide art programs to thousands of children in the Boulder County area. My classes not only emphasize basic art techniques but also focus on creating an educational and fun environment with music, stories, and multicultural art study. My classes are designed to open up the world of art for your child and let their creative talents shine.

I have an associates art degree and an early childhood development background. I am also the mother of a twelve year old boy and eight year old girl who both love to experiment with art. You will also find Kurt, my son helping as an assistant over the summer.

This will be my 17th year teaching art in the local Montessori schools and 12th year teaching art classes at the Louisville Art Center. I also teach classes in Lafayette Rec. Center, Erie Rec. Center and I’m happy to announce that I’m the Art director here at The Art Underground.

I just finished a record breaking 21 summer camps in 2012 and I had 356 students this summer!

My goal is to provide fun and educational art programs to children and parents. I pride myself on the fact that the materials I use are non-toxic and earth friendly.

Betsy Keating theater

staff-betsy-keatingBetsy has been dedicated to the performing arts since her first stint as script writer/actor /director when she initiated and followed through with her third grade class’ performance of Star Light, Star Bright. After high school, she went on to major in theater at the University of Colorado. She has been a certified and trained Music Together teacher for over 14 years and she has directed theater productions for 7 years. A singer, actor, and dancer herself, “Miss Betsy” as she is known to her students, demonstrates an uncanny ability to bring out the best acting, singing, dancing and comedic timing in her students. Betsy says that she loves to work with young students because the creative energy and excitement that they bring to every rehearsal and show is catching! In her spare time, she facilitates the schedules of her four children, exercises, acts in local theater productions, and sings with the The Alpha Bets, who perform locally.

Katherine Myers theater

katherine-myersKatherine has an extensive theatrical background, having performed in, directed and produced many musical theater, operetta and opera productions. After getting her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, she served as the Director of Education for Opera Colorado, where she commissioned and directed a world premiere opera and directed a touring program that brought musical theater productions to schools across the state. Katherine also served as the Producing Artistic Director for Colorado Light Opera and taught and directed opera and musical theater at the University of Colorado College of Music. Some of her favorite stage direction credits include Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and The Music Man. Her performing credits include roles in opera, musical theater and plays. Favorites include Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Nanette (No, No, Nanette), Laura (The Glass Menagerie), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) and Marian Paroo (The Music Man). Her very favorite role, however, is that of “Mom” to her three sons. Katherine loves working with kids and is thrilled to be able to help them share with you the infectious energy and natural talent that they bring to the stage.

Kim Perez dance preschool

Kim Perez studied and performed in the Washington DC area for many years before moving to Colorado. She studied dance at the University of Maryland in College Park. In Colorado, she has taught at several studios in the area and loves to share her joy of dance with her students. Kim is a beloved tap teacher for many TAU students.

Lisa Phillips theater

staff-lisa-phillipsLisa has directed K-4 youth theater shows at The Art Underground for the last few years. This group brings the fun and skill of theater to children, under Lisa’s caring direction. Lisa was born in Boulder and studied voice at CU under Julie Simson. She completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance from Wichita State University in 2000. SLisa1-editedhe has performed as both the soprano and mezzo-soprano soloist with the Boulder Messiah Sing-Along with Robert Arentz and has acted as the vocal coach for the choir of the same production for 12 years. In addition to her work with the Rocky Mountain Chorale, Lisa is the Assistant Director of the Boulder Chorale, and has been conducting with local choirs for the past 13 years.

Local stage credits include Dido in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, directed by Raouff Zaidan at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts (RMCMA) and Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore with the CU Lyric Theater. She has also performed as the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Clarina in La cambiale di matrimonio by Rossini, and perhaps most enjoyably, Donna Ribalda in PDQ Bach’s The Stoned Guest.

Christine Marie Rohde dance preschool

staff-christine-rohdeChristine Marie Rohde is the Director of the Dance program at TAU. She is originally from Madison, Wisconsin and graduated with a BA in Dance from the UW Stevens Point. In 2012, Ms. Rohde graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from CU Boulder with a Secondary Emphasis in the Alexander Technique. Christine has danced professionally for companies all over the nation including Jazzworks Dance Company, Rincones & Company Dance Theater, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Interweave Dance Theatre and currently is a dancer with 3rd Law Dance Theater. As a choreographer she has performed and toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist, with other recognized dance companies, and as a guest artist at several universities. Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, featured in the repertory of professional dance companies, and in 2010 she was a headlining artist for the Promising Artists of the 21st Century in Costa Rica. Her teaching experience ranges from work in non-profits, in association with professional dance companies, at dance studios, in community colleges, in master classes and in universities. In 2014, she served as Assistant Professor of Dance at the State University of New York at Potsdam for Dance Majors, Minors, and non-majors. Christine is passionate about education and has teaching experience in a wide range of forms in dance to a variety of ages and expertise.