Michelle Latimer opened Michelle Latimer Dance Academy in 1992, after having been a highly sought after dance teacher and choreographer in the Denver Metro area for over a decade. Michelle has successfully nurtured and developed thousands of dancers over the past 20 years, many who have gone on to prosperous careers in the areas of dance, music, acting, teaching and choreography. Michelle's studio is one of Dance Spirit Magazines " Top 20 Studios", and has garnered many national awards and achievements for excellence since the studio's inception.
Michelle received her Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University in 1986, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science.Michelle developed her love of dance and choreography from her mother, Janet, who was also an accomplished dancer and teacher. In high school, Michelle was featured in Megaphone magazine as one of the top 25 dance spirit dancers in the country. Michelle has performed in "West Side Story" in the role of Graciela, and in"42nd Street'. She has danced in industrials for Lincoln Mercury, Big Sur, Xenon and more. She has choreographed for The Denver Bronco Cheerleaders as the Dance Captain in 1992. She was a former Denver Nugget Dancer in the 1980's, as well as choreographing for the dancers in later years. Michelle was a member of the CSU Modern Touring Dance company. Other choreography credits include; "John Tesh "Live at Red Rocks" (Olympic Special), Star Search "Valor', 9News "Ramblerettes'. Most recently, Michelle had the honor of helping the director of the movie "The Adjustment Bureau" starring Matt Damon, on the initial development/research of the dancers/characters, and was able to visit the NYC set during filming. Michelle's greatest love is teaching and choreography and she continues to "live the dream", with the support and love of her amazing husband,Fred and her two beautiful daughters, Chelsea and Savannah.
Julie discovered her love for dance at the age of 3 and hasn't stopped since. She has been teaching in competitive dance studios for 20 years. Julie has the privilege to have been with MLDA for 15+ years and is an instructor, choreographer and the studio manager. While she likes several aspects of studio life she in particularly enjoys watching her students progress year to year, seeing them achieve goals and helping create and kindle a passion for dance in them. Julie admires several different genres of dance which makes it hard to pick a favorite, you will find her teaching a variety of classes year to year but most commonly in Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary and of course Musical Theatre! Julie loves to create and choreograph; she really enjoys the creative process from start to finish. Her choreography has been recognized at both the Regional and National levels. She has been in Dance Spirit Magazine for her work with soloist, maximizing a dancer's potential through choreography and for costuming. When not at the studio Julie treasures time with her Husband and Daughter and is grateful for their constant support.
Ryland Early is a professional ballet dancer who is joining Boulder Ballet this season. After receiving his training at San Francisco Ballet School and Academy of Ballet in San Francisco, Ryland has danced with Houston Ballet 2, Ballet West, Ballet Arizona and Phoenix Ballet as well as guest appearances around the country.
Ryland is moving from Arizona where he most recently worked for Master Ballet Academy. While there he developed the Ballet Elasticity app for Android and iPhone, featuring exercises created and used by their world-class staff.
Ryland is excited to be joining the staff of Michelle Latimer Dance Academy, and is looking forward this coming season.
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Mary grew up in Sunnyvale, CA. She began her dance training at the Santa Clara Ballet School with her three sisters at the age of 9. While her sisters quickly moved on to other interests, Mary knew she had found her lifelong passion in ballet. At 12 she was accepted to the San Francisco Ballet School as a scholarship student. During her time at SFB, she had the amazing opportunity to train and perform alongside professional dancers she admired. While Mary was in high school, she was lucky enough to be cast in ballets with the San Francisco Ballet, San Jose Youth Ballet and Santa Clara Ballet. Mary attended Fresno State University as a dance major and returned to SF to dance with the Berkley Concert Ballet and then San Francisco Dance Theater. While at SFDT she was cast as a soloist in Robert Sund’s ballet “Women Song”. It was filmed and nationally broadcast on PBS. This led her to a modeling opportunity with the California Milk Advisory Board. She was seen on billboards and bus stops throughout the state. Mary took a couple of years off classical ballet to learn other dance styles. She danced commercially for both Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise lines and spent a year in NYC studying at Steps. While in NY ,she modeled for Parsons School of Design and became fascinated with the process of making clothing and costumes. She returned to SF, got married, completed the Fashion Design program at FIDM, danced two summer seasons with the Reno Ballet, and started teaching. Now, 20 plus years later, Mary is still teaching! She has taught for studios in California, Oregon, Arizona and now Colorado. While in Oregon, she owned her own studio, the West Linn Dance Center for 5 years. It was there she began directing full length ballets. She has set youth productions of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Mary is passionate aboutclassical ballet and teaching her students proper technique. She is a certified instructor with the ABT National Teacher Training program levels pre-primary-level 3. In addition to teaching, Mary designs/constructs costumes and dancewear. She loves helping dancers feel beautiful in something that fits and functions well. Mary lives in Castle Rock with her husband and two amazing children.
Nicole has been teaching at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy since 1998. After graduating high school, Nicole moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional dance career. She was featured in a "Mellow Yellow" commercial along with training and performing with the industries top choreographers. Nicole was seen on billboards and in People Magazine for a dance campaign in 1999. After moving back to Colorado, she was the director and choreographer for the Denver Nuggets Dance Team. Nicole has received numerous awards for outstanding choreography and loves working with kids of all ages and levels.
In 2000 Nicole joined forces with Brian Friedman, Creative Director of The X Factor UK and The X Factor USA, to help form Be Free Productions dance conventions. Nicole has also worked with many high school and college dance teams locally and nationally. She has been the technique coach of an 9 time 5A State Champion Pom Program since 2006.
Nicole is grateful to her husband and two boys for their constant love and support.
Donovan was first introduced into dance at the age of 3 at his family owned dance studio in Aurora, co. He has been fortunate enough to have studied along side the industry's most influential tap dancers. He has toured the world with the off-Broadway show "Tap Dogs" and looks forward to continuing his performing career. Special thanks to Michelle Latimer for allowing an opportunity to pass on knowledge to her amazing students! Shuffle on!
Kristin has been passionate about dance since the day she could walk and started taking lessons at the age of two. She has received extensive training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, and POMS, as well as danced competitively with great success for over 10 years. Kristin was a member of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders for 5 years. During this time, she loved performing for over 75,000 fans, but she considers her most important contribution the ability to be part of the Broncos performance team that traveled overseas to entertain our US troops. Since the age of eleven, Kristin has taught many students, ages 3 through 40, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, and horseback riding. She has also won numerous awards for her outstanding choreography and creativity. Kristin received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Denver, majored in Communications, minored in Sociology and received a certificate in public relations
Thea began the start of her love for dance at the age of 7 just outside of Atlanta with Roswell City Dance under the direction of Beth Mason and Nancy Whitehead. Upon relocating to North Carolina, she continued her dancing with multiple educators throughout the Raleigh/Durham Triangle including Kirstie Spadie of North Carolina Dance Institute, Missy Blackburn of Carolina Dance Center, Gene Medler of North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, and Christy Curtis of CC & Co Dance Complex. During these formative years, she was awarded full scholarship to Ohio’s BalletMet, Los Angeles EDGE Performing Arts Center, and she performed a featured character role in Cheryl Lee’s original production of “Recipe for Love” at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. She also of had the opportunity to train under and present the choreography of Lauren Adams, Sonya Tayeh, Peter Chu, Nick Lazzarini, Eileen Juric, Mandy Moore, Martha Nichols, and Melissa Jackson during her senior year of high school.
Upon graduating, she moved to NYC where she began working at Broadway Dance Center and training under choreographers such as Finis Jhung, David Howard, Matthew Powell, Brice Mousset, Sidra Bell, Loni Landon, Joshua Bergasse, Sheryl Murakami, Michelle Dorrance, Mishay Petronelli, and Shelly Hutchinson. She began mentoring under Calen Kurka and Chris Hale where she focused heavily on kinesthetic movement – anatomy, biomechanics, injury prevention, yoga, improvisation, Pilates, Gyrokinesis, and nutrition classes were the fundamentals of their company Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, where she trained and performed their collaborative work “Beyond the Waves” at Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and Frederick Loewe Theatre.
Upon returning to North Carolina, Thea continued her education in going on to become a certified group cardio fitness instructor via Margot Martin of BalletBurn, and completing her aerial pole teacher certification via Dakota Fox of Aradia Fitness. She performed under the direction of Leah Wilks and Jon Haas’ Durham based multimedia modern company VECTOR, where she presented the original living installation of “(in)Habitus” at Manbites Dog Theatre, and the premier evening length work of “Habitus” at Cordoba Arts Center. She was on faculty with American Dance Festival, St Mary’s High School, Arts Together, Raleigh School of Ballet, Barriskill Dance Theatre, and is a guest instructor for 9th St Dance, and North Carolina State University. She is currently residing in Denver, Colorado and is on staff with Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Millenium Dance Complex Denver, Parker Dance Academy, Colorado Ballet; she teaches master classes for numerous studios throughout the Denver area, and is performing as a guest aerialist under Marquette Lia Carrington's Hard Candy Dancers company. In addition, she is also teaching dance and creative movement residencies within the Denver Public School systems, is a guest instructor and choreographer with Denver School of the Arts, and is on her 3rd tour season as a adjudicator and master teacher for StarQuest International’s US regional and national performing arts competition tour.
Thea’s classes focus heavily on sound anatomical structure, kinesthetic intention, strength training, injury prevention, emotional projection and storytelling, artistic freedom with self-expression, and musical specificity. Her passion lies within helping dancers and movers of any medium come to deeper understanding within the mechanics of their own unique bodies, and facilitate growth beyond physical and mental boundaries.
Megan is a proud alumnus of Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. Starting at the age of nine, she trained in jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, and hip-hop. Megan danced on company with MLDA for eight years and has traveled to Los Angeles to study at the EDGE Preforming Arts Center. Upon graduating high school she attended Colorado State University as a dance major, she recently graduated in the spring of 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts. Here she studied with an extensive faculty and worked with artists from around the world including Joan Lazarus - Perry Mansfield, Shih Kun-Chen - freelance dancer of Austria, and Yunyu Wong - Taipei National University of the arts. Throughout her time as a dance major she has gained knowledge and training in many variations of the modern dance technique, Vaganova ballet technique, character, improvisation, choreography, and pedagogy. She is currently performing with a modern dance company based in Fort Collins, IMPACT dance, and teaches contemporary, modern, ballet, and jazz. She also trains various high school and college dance teams, including CU Boulder, for jazz and hip hop. Megan is overjoyed to finally be back at MLDA working with some of her favorite humans!
Hannah Larson, originally from Houston, Texas, began her training at Rowland School of Ballet under the direction of Sheryl Rowland. From a young age, she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. She trained with the pre-professional companies, Kingwood Dance Theatre and Kingwood Jazz & Co. Here she worked with choreographers such as Jessica Hendricks, Peter Chu, Virginia Hendricksen, John Adamson, and Rob Davidson. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance, and a BA in Information Science and Arts. During her time at UA she worked with choreographers such as Sherry Zuncker of River North, Tammy Dyke-Compton, Sam Watson, Michael Williams, Douglas Nielsen, and Elizabeth George. She was also able to show her many of her own works at various shows featuring student choreography. During her time as an undergraduate, she joined Art.If.Act Dance Project in “The Great American Dance Tour of China”, where they traveled across China for five weeks, performing over twenty shows. She also performed in the winning dance of Jazz Dance World Congress 2012 in Pittsburgh. Hannah now teaches at various studios all around Colorado including, Synergy Dance Academy, Grace Studios School of Dance, Block 1750, The Schiff Dance Collective, and Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. She strives to pass her passion for dance along to every student she teaches. She also is a member of the Boulder based companies Rogue Co. and The Schiff Dance Collective.
Cheri began dancing at age three and teaching dance at age eighteen. She is experienced in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and lyrical. She graduated with honors from Arizona State University with both performance and education degrees in dance, receiving the B.A.E. Outstanding Graduate Award and the Honorary University Dance Theatre's Award of Excellence. Cheri has studied with Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Alwin Nikolais and Bill Evans to name a few.
Cheri owned and directed her own dance studio for eleven years, and then founded and directed a student dance company for 16 years. Many of her former students are now teaching and/or dancing professionally. She has organized dance performance tours to California, Florida, the Bahamas and on cruise ships. She has judged dance, talent, and scholarship competitions on both the regional and national levels throughout the United States and Canada.
Cheri has now hung up her dancing shoes, but is happy to still be a part of the dance world by working in the office at MLDA, a studio known for its dedication to excellence, artistry, and positive environment.
Dorothy has been doing accounting for over 30 years. She has been the bookkeeper for Michelle Latimer Dance Academy since January of 1996. She was born and grew up in Denver, then moved to the mountains of Cotopaxi, Colorado in August of 2000. Unwillingly to leave the studio, she works from her home office with the staff and all the dance parents closely. She prides herself on keeping everyone informed and tries her best to work with each family on a personal level with their dance finances.