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. I performed in "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 Dance Instructors
Miss Connie- Ballet Barre Fitness - Tap - Jazz - Hip Hop - Mustard Seeds
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 Killian - Ballet, Tap, Jazz all levels-PILATES
Originally from Denver, Killian Ramey began her training in Golden, Colorado and moved to Laramie to study on scholarship at the University of Wyoming. She graduated in December 2018 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Business Management with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship. While at UW, she performed works by Jennifer Deckert, Marsha Knight, Maurice Watson, Margaret Wilson, Aaron Wood, as well as works brought to the American College Dance Association. She received additional training from numerous companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Limon Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In 2016, she furthered her studies abroad in London with talented choreographers from renowned institutions including The Place, Pineapple, DanceWorks, and Studio 68. In addition, Killian has worked with choreographers Darrell Grand Moultire, Tai Jimenez, Charmaine Hunter, Jarek Cemerek, Robert Sher-Machherndl, General McArthur Hambrick, Jacob Mora, Pablo Ruvalcaba, Thayne Jasperson, and countless others.
In the fall of 2016, Killian had the honor of touring Wyoming and South Dakota with Jennifer Deckert’s Dracula—The Legend in Motion performing the principal role of Countess Dracula. In the summer of 2017, Killian became a Certified Pilates Instructor and served as a Unit Counselor at Michigan’s Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in order to further her dance training, teaching abilities, and business administration expertise. In 2018, she had the opportunity to tour to nine cities in Wyoming performing Marsha Knight’s Six Songs from Ellis. Killian hopes to continually use dance to improve the lives of those around her. She strives to challenge and inspire her audiences, instill confidence and dedication in her students, provide opportunities for expression, and keep dance relevant and accessible to all who wish to benefit from the life it offers.
MISS REBECCA - BALLET 4 , PAS DE DEUX AND VARIATIONS. 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.
Ballet 1-2 Technique Lyrical Beg. 9-12yrs, Ballet Beg. 9-12yrs, Ballet Int 9-12yrs, Brittany is a student at Colorado Christian University. Her many passions include Jesus, Dance, Children, Reading, Writing, Singing and Netflix watching. For fifteen years, Brittany has studied multiple dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastic and Character Dancing. She ahs focused mostly on Ballet. Brittany's very excited to be joining the Joyful Soles family, and to be dancing with so many talented people who just want to glorify God.
Miss Emily - Jazz Int. 9-12yrs
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), a Stepsister in Cinderella (2017), and played Cinderella in Joyful Soles 2019 production of The Glass Slipper. Miss Emily 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 loved teaching young dancers at Joyful Soles!
Miss Heidi – Mustard Seeds
Heidi has always been in motion and loves the creative arts. She began dancing at age four with Celebration Ministry of Arts and started learning Tap at Belliston Academy around the age of seven. In 2010, she began studying Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical and Hip Hop and continues to progress in these disciplines at Joyful Soles. Heidi has played the part of Mr. Tumnus and Maugrim in The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe and Cinderella’s first mother in The Glass Slipper. She has also enjoyed being a part of a number of summer musical theater performances with Miss Tami. In addition to dance, Heidi took gymnastics for five years at The Little Gym and participated in a summer of rhythmic gymnastics. Heidi thoroughly enjoys teaching and encouraging young children; she loves to baby sit and began to assist with children's programs at church as soon as she was old enough to do so. Heidi has enjoyed assistant teaching and is excited to join Joyful Soles as a teacher. She brings a nurturing, organized and fun-loving approach to the classroom and anticipates learning skills that will help in her future goals as an educator. Heidi is excited for the opportunity to teach and encourage the young children at Joyful Soles as they mature in their faith and dance skills.
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 Bella - Beginning Ballet
Miss Bella has been dancing at Joyful soles since the age of 10. Joyful Soles has grown her passion for dancing and spreading the gospel through movement. Bella started Ballet under the instruction of Julia Walsh in a Royal Academy of Ballet dance program. Summer 2019, she participated in a Dance Intensive for the Colorado Ballet Academy, and continues her training at Joyful Soles dance academy. She has danced in many of Joyful Soles productions and appreciates the opportunity to learn new choreography that allows her to glorify God on the stage. Bella looks forward to teaching new dancers the joy of Ballet.
Meet our Theatre & Vocal 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 with 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 Susie - Voice/Music- Theatre Classes & Camps
Miss Susie lives in Littleton with her husband and her two wonderful 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.
Miss Shelbie - Theatre and Choreography
Miss Shelbie is currently an undergrad student at CU Boulder pursuing a major in theatre with a minor in dance. Shelbie loves to dance, sing, cook, bike, hike and going paddle boarding with her family. She has been in both Musical and dance performances. Some musicals include Monkey See Monkey Do, Pirates of Penzance and Pirates Do the Darndest Things. In dance Shelbie performed in Open Space in March 2019 and Non-Dance Major Showcases in fall of 2017 & spring 2018 at CU Boulder. After Shelbie graduates from CU she hopes to work with children with disabilities either physical, mental or emotion in both theatre and dance. Dance to Shelbie is a way to express one's self when words cannot.
Teacher's away at school or on an extended break... but returning to us in the future!
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 experience 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 experience 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 LAURA - BALLET, JAZZ, TAP(OFF TO COLLEGE THIS SEASON - WE'LL SEE HER SUMMER 2020) 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 ADDISSON- THIS AMAZING DANCER, TAUGHT A VARIETY OF CLASSES AS SHE FILLED IN FOR ALL OF OUR OTHER TEACHER'S SUMMER VACATIONS! THANK YOU MISS ADDIE!SHE'S HEADED BACK TO CSU FOR FOR SCHOOL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HER RETURN NEXT SUMMER. 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 PATTI - Tap, Ballet & Jazz for ages 7-8yrs(Our Wonderful Miss Patti is currently on our "Injured" list) 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 Alyssa-Company Choreographer
(Miss Alyssa's Airforce Husband was transfered to VA this spring. They hope to move back to Colorado and be part of our studio once again. In the meantime. Miss Alyssa will be assisting with productions from her home in Virgina) 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 Melissa- Modern, Ballet, Theatre Dance
(Great news! Melissa was accepted to Grad School in Oklahoma! This means saying good-by for a season. She will join us for future intensives.)
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.
Meet our Guest Instructors
These Teachers are amazing! We look forward to seeing them again Summer 2020! Thank you all for making our Summer an awesome experience!
Miss Scarlett - Master's Class - May 18th, 2019, "The Upward Call" Dance Intensive- "Peter & The Wolf" Ballet & Modern
YouTube Link 1 - YouTube Link 2 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 - Master's Class - May 18th 2019, "The Upward Call" Dance Intensive- "Peter & The Wolf" Ballet-Modern & More
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.