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Heather’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.
Gina Braswell recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Masters degree in Theatre and Performance. She has worked as a teacher, teaching artist and director for the past five years in Chicago, Texas and Colorado. She is currently working as a specials teacher at Jefferson Academy and as a teaching artist with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She loves nothing more than sharing her love for telling stories through performance with her students and is so excited to join the Art Hub team!
Peter 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.
Gene 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.]”
Harmony’s A.C.T. was first started in 1994. In the last 18 years Harmony has provided art programs to thousands of children in the Boulder County area. Harmony’s classes not only emphasize basic art techniques but also focus on creating an educational and fun environment with music, stories, and multicultural art study. Harmony’s classes are designed to open up the world of art for your child and let their creative talents shine.
Harmony has an associates art degree and an early childhood development background. She is 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, Harmony’s son helping as an assistant over the summer.
Harmony has taught art for many years in the local Montessori schools, at the Louisville Art Center, the Lafayette Rec. Center, Erie Rec. Center and the Art Underground. Her goal is to provide fun and educational art programs to children and parents. She prides herself on the fact that the materials she uses are non-toxic and earth friendly.
Betsy 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.
Ballet Academy Instructor & Senior Performance Company Classical Training Director: Savannah received her professional training with Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. At the tender age of fourteen and fifteen, she had the honor of performing with the company the role of the ‘Shepherdess’s Lamb’ (Reed Flutes), and the corps de ballet roles of Snow and Waltz of the Flowers in Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Fox Theater. She danced various ballets with them while working with choreographers such as John McFall, Micheal Pink, and Bruce Wells. She was one of twelve Americans the summer she attended the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, London. She additionally studied summers with Atlanta Ballet, the Kirov Academy of Ballet D.C., CPYB, American Ballet Theater in NY, and English National Ballet. She has performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Western Symphony, Raymonda Variations, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Savannah has performed several classical, principal roles and has been a guest artist as the Sugar Plum Fairy in various states. She has danced professionally in Nashville Ballet’s second company, Gainesville Ballet, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, Brooklyn Ballet, Portland Ballet and is currently dancing with Boulder Ballet. In addition she freelanced in New York City for four years working with various companies and performing at venues such as King’s Theater, the Whitney Museum and Webster Hall.
Jenna recently graduated from Colorado State University with a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art Education. During her time at CSU, she studied art history in northern Italy and art education in South Africa. Through the art education program, she learned a variety of mediums including printmaking, fibers, ceramics, and drawing. Jenna is currently in her first year of teaching at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado. She is very excited to begin her teaching career and continue to learn new materials and techniques.
Alex Marcus is a Boulder based dance artist, choreographer, and teacher, whose repertoire includes Hip Hop, House, West African, and Modern. Some of her teachers include Larry Southall, Rennie Harris, Nii Armah Sowah, Scotty Hseish, Helanius Wilkins, and Gesel Mason.
She is currently studying Dance at Colorado University of Boulder, where she received the ’17-’18 Katherine J. Lamont scholarship for dance and community engagement. Her teaching style is focused on cultivating passion, joy, and confidence within her students, and she pulls from a wide range of techniques for a unique classroom experience.
Senior Performance Company Director & Program Manager: Stephanie has extensive experience as an instructor, performer, choreographer, program manager, community performance manager, and in creating dance theater productions. Stephanie was a member of the Momentum and Full Force Dance Companies in California. She was on three competitive dance teams, including the jazz, contemporary and hip hop divisions, competing in the adult level Hip Hop Internationals. Stephanie’s kind and caring instructional approach, her solid grounding in classical instruction, her extensive experience in offering technique training and in program management will help maintain the high quality instruction for our Senior Performance Company members, will help launch the dance theater production part of our program, and she will help initiate a few more community performance opportunities for the group this year.
Jeff is a percussionist who has been studying, performing, and teaching music from Cuba, West Africa, the Congo and Brazil for the past 17 years. His goal is to bring the spirit of music to as many people as possible, because it is really fun! Jeff teaches using non-traditional instruments, like wooden boxes and paint buckets, as well as body percussion and singing. He also uses traditional instruments like Congas, Bata, Pandeiro, Shekere, and Cajon. He has performed and recorded with Paul Simon’s band from Graceland, Emmylou Harris, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Laura Goldhamer, and many others.