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Kelly Arnold art

Bio coming soon.

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.]”

Nicole Guild theater

Bio coming soon.

 

Harmony Larke art preschool

staff-harmony-larkeHarmony’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.

Harmony’s 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 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.

Jenna Lewis art

JennaJenna 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.

Kristin McLean preschool

Kristin McLeanKristin McLean is the creator of FamilySong Music Class, a multicultural music and movement class for families with kids. She also teaches FamilyDance Planet, a dance experience for families. Her lifetime love of music led her to start teaching music in 1996 in elementary schools, preschools and other early childhood music programs. She holds a B.A. from Naropa University and is a registered Music Together teacher. Her passion is to bring back family music making through teaching music of the world. When she isn’t teaching, you can find Kristin singing with kirtan band Bhakti Explosion and enjoying the mountains with her daughter and husband.

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.

 

Emily Pietruszka dance

Thesis_HeadshotEmily recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She began her studies at Arizona State University, then transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder her sophomore year. While at Boulder, she had the privilege of working with renowned choreographers Millicent Johnnie, Donna Mejia, Erika Randall, and Lauren Beale. Since graduation, she has relocated to Denver and has had the honor of working with the ladies of Cindy Brandle Dance Company. She is currently working and touring with hip hop styles company, Rennie Harris’ Grass Roots Project. She has taught at various local dance studios such as Centennial State Ballet and currently, Kinesis Dance. She considers it a privilege to be working and teaching at The Art Underground!

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.

Joy Wattsdance

headshotJoy Watts graduated from Naropa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art Therapy. Joy is a 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher and is inspired by the creative expression through movement. She has been experimenting with hoop dancing since 2007 and has choreographed many hoop performances with her group the Hoopligans. Joy is inspired by the graceful flow hoop dancing creates and the individual expression that each person can share in the circle. Joy is local to Lafayette and also has a passion for ceramics and hand build clay, healthy eating, music, nature and community engagement.