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As teachers, it's our responsibility to see the amazing in each Dancer 
and help them reach their full potential.


 

Miss Tami– Studio Director/Teacher
During the summer between 5th and 6th grade, I took my first ballet class. We performed "The Three Little Pigs" at a local park. I was a dancing, acting, singing "Flower". It was a wonderful experience! From that day forward, I knew I had to dance and sing. I studied Jazz/Modern Dance, 3 years under the direction of Ms. Dunlap, one of Ballet West’s premier dancers. In college I enjoyed Modern Dance, Tap and Drama as I worked toward a Musical Theater degree. Before I could finish that degree, a touring Drama company came to town. I joined and toured the United States for one year. That’s where I met my husband. We have three wonderful adult children who share our love of ministry, music, dance and drama. Over the years I've enjoyed Performing at The Town Hall Arts Center, Working 2 years as the Music/Drama Teacher for The Academy of Christian Learning, Teaching dance for Ages 3 to Adult for seven years at Club USA Dance, Creating choreography and teaching dance classes for Christian Youth Theater and Directing Night Light productions for Audience of One. I am now privileged to share my love for Jesus, dance and drama as the Owner/Director of Joyful Soles

Meet our weekly Dance Instructors

Mister Adam- Hip Hop, Guys Leaps & Turns 
In eighth grade Adam was asked to try a ballet class because, “We need boys!”  He realized it would help him with choreography in theater productions and overall conditioning, so he gave it a go…..and got hooked!   The next year his soccer coach noticed Adam’s increased strength, agility, and speed, and commented, “Whatever you’re doing, keep it up!”  Adam studied for two years at Denver Academy of Ballet under Rob Kuykendall and Colorado Ballet principal Dimitri Trubchanov.   The past two years he’s been blessed to learn from amazing teachers at Joyful Soles, and he loves the community he’s found here!   A bonus has been getting to sword fight on stage in Joyful Sole productions!  Adam looks forward to helping young men build confidence, character and realize their God-given potential through the discipline of dance

Miss Addisson- Ballet  Basics, Ballet Technique, Beginning Modern
Addie is a native of Colorado who began her dance training with Celebration Ministry of Arts in 2004.  From 2007-2014 Addisson trained at Denver Academy of Ballet under the direction and teaching of Rob Kuykendall and received additional instruction with some of Colorado Ballet's fine soloists and principals such as; Chandra Kuykendall, Dmitri Trubchanov, Dana Benton and Kevin Gael Thomas.   In 2014, Addisson began dancing at Joyful Soles Dance and looks forward to her continued training under Joyful Sole’s gifted instructors. She is also a student of Dance at Arts Immersion High School. Addisson loves dancing and having the opportunity to use the talent God has given her to glorify Him. She especially enjoys sharing the gift of dancing with her young students.

Miss Alyssa- Company Choreographer, Jazz, Ballet, Ballet Conditioning, Lyrical, Ballet Technique
Alyssa began dancing with CMA in the fall of 1999 and has been teaching for CMA since 2006. In the fall of 2010, she began teaching worship dance and ballet in all four of CMA's locations. She works on staff in CMA's office, where she is an incredible blessing. Alyssa dances with CMA's advanced class, traveling and ministering throughout Colorado. She received her technical ballet training at Canyon Concert Ballet and was in numerous performances dancing in the advanced level of their pre-professional program. She was also blessed to receive training from Ballet Magnificat! in 2005 for a four week summer intensive. Alyssa has a strong heart to serve others and had the opportunity to do so in the fall of 2009 as she ministered in Kenya for 3 months with Adventures In Missions. In addition to dance, Alyssa enjoys horseback riding, cooking, snowboarding, basketball, archery and hiking. After graduating in 2007, Alyssa became an Emergency Medical Technician and worked at the Medical Center of the Rockies in the Operating Room. In 2012 to 2013, she went on a year-long missions trip called "World Race". She was a leader; planning coordinating and mentoring as they travelled to 11 countries in 11 months. Alyssa is passionate about spreading the gospel and is willing to follow wherever the Lord leads. She loves dancing and choreographing and wants to continue using both for God's glory as long as He desires.

"My heart’s desire is to follow wherever God may lead me. I want my heart to long after and follow him and go where he wants me to go no matter what the cost. I pray that my heart would always be pleasing in the sight of my Lord."  ~ Alyssa

Miss Connie - Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Barre Fitness, Mustard Seeds 2 
Connie has been dancing most of her life.  Her dancing began with a love for tap at the age of 6 that grew and spread to a passion that includes Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Breakdance.  She began assisting classes at age 14 and teaching at age 16.  She's been teaching ever since!  She loves teaching dance, but one of the greatest gifts in her life has been to worship the Lord with her students as they dance together.  She has built life-long and eternal relationships with her students and has had the joy of  going to some of their baptisms, college graduations, weddings and even held some of their babies.  She values the depth of the relationships that have developed through the years. Through her teaching career, Connie has enjoyed teaching children Ages 3 - Adult in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Breakdance.  Connie's choreography includes performances in Denver's Parade of Lights, in original productions of  “Complete Devotion” (2011), “Our Love Letter” (2010), “Dry Bones” (2009) “Powerless” (2008), “O Holy Night” (2007), the Africa Outreach “Least of These” (2007), Front Range Christian School’s "Shrek" (2015), "Guys and Dolls" (2014) "Fiddler on the Roof" (2013) "Beauty and the Beast" (2012) “Oklahoma” (2011), “Sound of Music” (2010), “Wizard Of Oz” (2009), “Oliver” (2008), and, “The Music Man” (2007) in addition to many years of recitals and community outreaches!  Previous to her work through Revive, a couple of Connie's memorable performances include her work at Walt Disney World's Epcot as an Epbot, at Walibi Schroumpf in Metz, France, as a Starobot and in "Taps Are Talking, Women In Tap".

Miss Erica - Ballet 2 & 3, Ballet Pointe Conditioning
Began teaching and choreographing dance in 1997 for Celebration Ministry of Arts (CMA) and is currently on staff with both CMA (teaching at schools in Littleton and Ft. Collins) and Joyful Soles Dance Studio. Ballet has always been a part of her life. Starting at the age of four and beginning intense training at the age of twelve, it’s clear that dance is her passion. However, her first love is Jesus and everything she does is to make Jesus’ love known to the lost in living a lifestyle of worship to our King. Other than Classical Ballet training in the Cecchetti, Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova methods, she has training in Modern Dance, Jazz, Lyrical, Pas de Duex, Tap and Hip- Hop. Erica graduated with a degree in Communications from Colorado Christian University. Upon graduation, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi to be a part of Ballet Magnificat’s trainee program. She returned to Colorado in 2004 and married Justin. They’re blessed with a young son. Besides dancing, Erica has worked in Marketing and Advertising and is currently a Dental Assistant. Traveling and sharing the gospel through dance to the unreached is Erica’s dream. She has danced in Mexico, Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, Holland, China and Japan. Erica desires to mentor and train other young women to use their talent in dance to magnify His name.

Miss Emily - Dance Assistant Teacher
Emily has been dancing at Joyful Soles since she was eight. She enjoys many different styles but lyrical and ballet are her favorites. Her passion for dance comes from a desire to express to an audience the love Jesus has for them, and she loves telling a story through acting and movement. Emily had the wonderful opportunity of playing Lucy Pevensie in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2016) and a Stepsister in Cinderella (2017). She is also a part of Joyful Soles’ outreach group Proclamation, and has been a member of a Christian drama team, SHINE, for six years. Some of Emily’s favorite things to do are read, watch Netflix, and spend time with her older brother. Emily is excited to be assisting dance classes, and is looking forward to teaching young dancers in the future.

Miss Jan - Irish Dance
Jan began dancing at the age of four starting with ballet and tap. Since then she has branched out and participated in several forms of dance. She has competed in Ballroom and has done dance demonstrations up and down the Front Range for several years. She was introduced to Irish Step Dancing and fell in love with is. Initially it was not her intention to compete but stepped out on her teacher's urgings. All her dances are now in the highest category and adult dance can achieve. At the 2005 National Western Oireachtas her team took 3rd place in the Ladies 8 Hand. She continues to perform doing shows and demonstrations at nursing homes, schools and hospitals especially around Saint Patrick's Day.

Miss Laura - Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Miss Laura has always loved dance. Since age seven, she has trained and performed with Celebration Ministry of the Arts, Belliston Academy of Ballet, Revive Christian Dance, Joyful Soles Dance and Littleton Ballet Academy. In 2014 - 2016, Laura danced with two companies, Soul 2 Sole and Littleton Youth Ballet while still dancing at Joyful Soles. Additionally, Laura has performed in a number of musical theater productions. Laura's passion for dance stems from her love of worship, music, and movement that allow her to express her joy, creativity and love for Jesus. Laura is an honors student at SkyView Academy and tutors for a variety of academic disciplines. Laura is excited to be on staff with Joyful Soles and to share her love of dance and Jesus with your children.

Miss Melissa- Modern, Ballet
Melissa discovered dance at a young age and it has become her passion. She danced with various studios through high school and has studied a great variety of genres including Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. She earned her B.A. in Dance from Mercyhurst University and performed with the elite company, Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre. One of the best gifts God has given Melissa is the joy of teaching. She delights in sharing her passion with students. She has had the privilege to teach many different levels and genres. Melissa is excited to be a part of Joyful Soles. The Lord is indeed good and Melissa is thrilled to share HIS love and the joy of dance with her students.

Miss Rachel - Hip Hop 
Rachel began her dancing career at the age of 4. She received training in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Worship, Hip-Hop, Israeli and Break-dance. Hip-Hop/Break is her favorite style and she’s enjoyed performing as part of several troupes at Streetside South. Rachel also studied under one of America's best dance crew Jabbawockeez member, Chris Brown's choreographer (Poppin' Pete), and So You Think You Can Dance's very own Napoleon and Tabitha. Rachel has also performed in all sorts of settings; including the Parade of Lights and Monsters of Hip-Hop Dance Convention. For the last three years, she has been a Hip Hop instructor at Joyful Soles. Rachel values and enjoys the opportunity God has given her to instruct student in Hip-Hop and looks forward to seeing you in class! 

Miss Taryn- Tap, Theatre Dance, Mustard Seeds 3
Taryn earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance Performance, History minor Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK Cumulative GPA: 3.98  Summa Cum Laude, Top 2% ; Courses: Ballet (Level 8 of 8), Tap (Level 8 of 8), Jazz (Level 8 of 8), Theatre Dance, Rhythm Tap, Partnering, Pedagogy (Ballet, Tap, and Jazz), Anatomy and Physiology for Dancers, Choreography (Theory and Performance) Other Training; Summers on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ongoing training in New York City (Randy Skinner, Josh Bergasse, Ray Hesselink)  She is a member of The Actor's Equity Association. Her performance experiance includes; White Christmas (Broadway and tour), New York, NY and St. Paul, MN Ensemble, Choreographed by Randy Skinner, Directed by Walter Bobbie; Yankee Doodle Dandy, TUTS, Houston, TX, Ensemble; Featured Dancer 42nd Street (Asia Tour) Troika and Broadway Asia, Toured 9 cities in China and South Korea;
The Music Man, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Dance Captain, Ensemble; Cabaret, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Frenchie; Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Akron, OH, Rita, Ensemble, Pearl Lady u/s; West Side Story, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Akron, OH, Swing; American Spirit Dance Company, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OKCompany Deputy, Line Captain, Soloist; The Merry Widow, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK, Frou-Frou, Folk Dancer.
Taryn's teaching experiance includes: Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts Studio, The Woodlands, TX, Theatre Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Drill Team Prep and Lyrical instructor and choreographer at one of the country’s largest studios. All levels and ages. Astoria School of Fine Arts, NY, NY, Tap instructor for ages 5-12 Oklahoma City University, Taught and choreographed ballet, tap, and jazz for peers in pedagogy classes, Warmed up company before performances Arizona Broadway Theatre, Dance teacher for The Academy of Young Performers Cecchetti Council of America Worksop, Austin, TX.

Miss Patti  (Taking summer off - Returning to teach fall 2018)
Ms Patti began dancing at an early age and has loved it ever since.  She began her training in Rockford, Illinois at a local studio where she received intensive training from many great instructors.  Patti attended a local performing arts school and participated in many productions.  She attended Iowa State University and received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Special Education.  During her college years she taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe classes at Beth Clarke Studio of Dance in Ames, IA.  She also participated in the dance program at ISU participating in many of the performances and dance intensives. She taught Ballet, Tap and Jazz classes at the Roxborough karate studio from 2010-2011.

Patti is blessed with a loving husband, Ryan, and three beautiful children, Zach (12), Abby (10) and Noah (6).  She has been active in the youth program at Southern Gables Church teaching many Sunday School classes and as Early Childhood director for VBS.  She is currently the owner and director of Kidstown in Highlands Ranch, a drop in child care center.  Through all the busyness of her daily life she has been feeling the call to exercise her love of dance and of teaching young children to love dance as well.  She is excited to join the Joyful Soles team of teachers and to help children get to know themselves and how they can glorify God and praise Him through dance.

Miss Rebecca (Taking the summer off - Returning to teach fall 2018)
There was never any doubt in Rebecca’s mind that she would always be dancing and at 8 years old her career and lifelong love affair with dance would formally begin at the Mountain Dance Theater under her mentor Fran Hogan.  She went on to complete the Royal Academy program, the Cecchetti Council of American program at Belliston ballet, and the Colorado School of Ballet and Performing Arts.  Rebecca graduated in the Vaganova Method at the Colorado Ballet and went on to perform with the Western Chamber Ballet, Ballet Arts, Colorado Ballet II, and the David Taylor Dance Theater and has traveled the country dancing.  She gained 16 years of teaching experience at Mountain Dance Theater, International Ballet School, Murphy’s Repertoire Company, Blue Heron Elementary, and Allegro Dance Academy which she owned and operated for 10 years.  Rebecca believes that all who are passionate about dancing can experience the joy of performing and moving regardless of experience, age, or physical make up and has always welcomed all with music in their heart to come dance with her.

Currently, she can be found teaching at the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, as well as, Colorado dance center.  Rebecca is thrilled to join the talented team at Joyful Soles and looks forward to this coming season

Meet our Summer Theatre Teaching Staff

Miss Amanda – Home School Theatre Director, Theatre Camp Director
Amanda has been working with community and professional theatre companies in the Denver area for the past 15 years. She's been onstage, backstage, lights, props, directing, stage managing, ticketing, you name it, she's filled those shoes. Her favorite memories are of working with the multi-aged cast of Oliver and Hansel and Gretel. In both shows, she spent a great deal of time working withth kids. Working on these shows, she wondered if her passions for kids, theatre and Jesus, could all come together in the same place. Joyful Soles provides the perfect atmosphere and opportunity for a Christian Children's Theatre, and Amanda is so excited, along with her own two children, to be a part of this new adventure.

Miss Michelle- Assistant Theatre Director
Michelle is a former news anchor and reporter with a degree in Broadcast Communications, Speech and Public Relations graduating magna cum laude from Jacksonville University. She is a communications coach and motivational speaker who is passionate about speaking to young people about dating, body image, confidence, bullying and hope. She has been an interview coach and consultant. Michelle is a singer/ songwriter and partnered with The Children's Miracle Network Telethon Telecast in North Florida to write their theme song for several years. She wrote the score for a nationally run commercial for an investment firm and the end credits song for an award winning short film. She enjoys acting and has been in various musicals, plays and skits and is an acting coach. She has been a worship leader and praise team leader. She is a former model and held multiple titles in the Miss America system including Miss Jacksonville and Miss Tampa and placed in Miss Florida. She is most passionate about raising and homeschooling her three amazing children who also study at Joyful Soles. Of all the things she has accomplished her children are most proud that she once auditioned and was a finalist to be Belle for a Disney Theme Park stage show. Along with her husband Adam she enjoys co-leading their family foundation that supports missions and philanthropic work all around the world. She loves reading and loves her doggies as her furry children too!

 

Miss Susie - Voice/Music- Theatre Classes & Camps
Miss Susie lives in Littleton with her husband and her two wondeful children. She has her degree from University of Colorado Business School in Marketing and has been involved in voice ever since she can remember. She toured with Colorado Children’s Chorale to Carnegie Hall and several regional venues as well. Over the years she has played Mabel in Pirates of Penzance at Red Rocks Elementary, Chorus member in Anything Goes, South Pacific and Laurie the lead in Oklahoma at Bear Creek High School. She enjoyed singing in the All State Choir and Sounds of Bear Creek show choir for 2 years as well. At the University of Colorado, she continued to pursue music in the All Women’s Choir, Silver and Gold Jazz Ensemble and lastly the University Choir. Since graduation she continues to sing in her church choir, on the worship team and as a soloist for weddings and funerals. In the last five years, she has enjoyed teaching children the art of ensemble singing with emphasis on creating harmony, pitch, breath control and stage presence.

Meet our Summer Guest Instructors 

Miss Kimberly-"The Upward Call" Dance Intensive- "Peter & The Wolf"   West African Dance
Hello, my name is Kimberly Savage-Dawkins I am excited to be teaching at the summer Intensive at Joyful Souls Dance Studio! I am a dancer, actor and performer with 25 years of experience. This is my 13th year dancing West African dance at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio in Denver Colorado. I've taught West African at Polaris at Ebert elementary school from 2008-20014 as an elective class! I also taught an assembly there for my final performance. I had the honor to teach at Children's Hospital, Potters House church, and Washington Child Care center. I am a student and a teacher that loves to dance with my heart and soul! I believe that dance heals, and transforms us to be healthy, happy & whole!

 

Kimberly Savage-Dawkins

Miss Sarah - "The Upward Call" Dance Intensive- "Peter & The Wolf"   Hip Hop & Jazz
A Colorado native, Sarah Lanzarotta began her dance training in the small mountain town of Fairplay under the direction of Wendy Bradshaw. Her love of dance soon grew into a passion that led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in dance from Colorado Mesa University. While in college, Sarah was lucky enough to train under Melonie Murray, Matthew Lindstrom, Thersea Kahl, Dave Massey, David Wallace, Justin Keats, Stephanie Powell, Caitlyn Gray, and many other sought-after teachers and choreographers. It was during this time in college that she discovered a love and talent for choreographing and teaching. Her original pieces were adjudicated and selected to be performed in multiple faculty dance concerts throughout her college career. She was voted “Student Choreographer of the Year” by her peers and teachers in 2011 and 2012, and “Best Performer” in 2012. She was lucky enough to attend the American College Dance Festival all four years of college and performed in the prestigious gala concert in 2010. After graduating in 2013, Sarah moved to Denver and began training under Katrina Lairsmith, Elizabeth Macy, Chaz Buzan, and Talia Favia. She performed with the Damsels Dance Company, Radio Disney, and MPACT Dance Company. She has taught hip-hop, jazz, and creative movement classes at studios and locations all over the state of Colorado. Sarah is passionate about sharing dance with communities that may not have access to classes and recently started volunteering as a dance program developer and facilitator with local non-profit Art from Ashes. Sarah will be finishing her master’s degree in education and human development in December of 2018. She hopes to create opportunities for people of all abilities and backgrounds to have the chance to dance.

Past Instructors dearly loved by Joyfulful Soles Families 

Miss Scarlett (Our past Instructor and Amazing Friend/Visiting Instructor now living in St. Lewis)
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Scarlett was born in Cologne, Germany into a family of professional dancers. In 1994, she moved to the United States and under the direction of her parents she began her ballet training. In 1999, Scarlett started training under Marion Tonner, RAD, former ballet mistress at the Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet. In 2001, she entered the trainee program with At Marah Dance Theatre, in Philadelphia, PA. At 14 years old, Scarlett was accepted into the dance apprentice program at Belhaven University. Scarlett attended summer dance intensives at Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Magnificat!, Ad Deum Dance Company, and American Dance Festival. In 2007, Scarlett launched her college career, as well as a company member with TALK Dance Co. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Bezalel Award, Belhaven University’s honor for outstanding artistic achievement. In April 2011, Scarlett graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. After graduation, Scarlett was offered a contract with The Georgia Ballet. During the summer of 2012, Scarlett was hired as ballet instructor and rehearsal assistant for Sangre de Cristo Ballet in Pueblo, Colorado. Since then, Scarlett has been dancing professionally in Houston, TX. She has worked with Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Uptown Dance Company, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Sandra Organ Dance Company.

 

 Mr Erik - (Our past Instructor and brilliant Friend/Visiting Instructor now living in St. Lewis)
Erik Sampson received his formal education at Belhaven University, in Jackson, MS where he was the recipient of the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Art in Dance. Erik’s education also includes training programs at the American Ballet Theater and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2012, Erik took part in a collaboration between Belhaven University and the Dong Ah Institute for Media Arts, in Seoul Korea, focusing on the genre of dance for film. After his time in Korea, Erik moved to Houston, TX for a two year contract with Uptown Dance Company. While living in Houston Erik also served as an instructor, choreographer and artistic consultant for several schools and companies. Currently, Erik is a resident of Denver, CO and is both assistant to the creative arts director of Summit Education Group and faculty member with the Immersion Schools for Sciences, Technology and the Arts.