Meet the Staff

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Diane Caputo: Owner/Director

missdi@belladanzeartz.com

Miss Diane is a native of Denver. During a career of more than thirty years, Miss Diane has brought dance education to thousands of students throughout the metro area. She attended the United States International University in San Diego, CA on a dance scholarship, and graduated with a Musical Theater Dance Arts degree. She auditioned and was accepted at the MGM hotel in Reno, Nevada to perform in “Hello Hollywood Hello!” Miss Diane has performed in numerous musicals; West Side Story, Oklahoma, Oliver, and Guys and Dolls. She was a member of the original Bronco Cheerleaders and performed with a local jazz company, Jazz West.
Her professional training has spanned from the East to West coast spending time studying privately with such greats as; Henry LaTang, Savion Glover, Michael Minery, Rhonda Miller, Al Gilbert, Charlie McGowen, Laurie Johnson, Joe Tramaine and the great Gus Giordano, just to mention a few!
Miss Diane’s involvement in the community has been immense. She owned and operated her own dance school for 31 years. During this time she was the director/choreographer for the Miss Colorado Pageant, regional director for Dance Educators of America and a member for 25 years. She was also the choreographer for numerous high school musicals, judged several national talent competitions and was on the faculty for PDTA, traveling state wide teaching at conventions. She received an award for 30 years of Excellence in Business from the City of Westminster.
In 2008 she joined the Academy of Colorado Ballet faculty as the administrator, serving as the interim Academy Director. She was the tap instructor as well as guest choreographer for the performing and competing company until June 2010. She has worked with the ice skaters at the Promenade Ice Arena and started the Tap Program at Ballet Nouveau in Broomfield.
Miss Diane’s passion and love for dance is grounded in the belief that owning a dance school and sharing a love for the art, goes hand in hand!

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Miss Crystal: All Around Instructor/Studio Administrator

Crystal began dancing with Miss Diane at the age of 3. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Pom and Hip Hop. When she was a junior in high school she began assistant teaching. After graduating from high school Crystal became a teacher as well as office manager for Miss Diane. 
Crystal has trained with great names in dance including Joe Tremaine, Laurie Johnson, Wade Robson, Doug Caldwell, Meghan Sanett, Tiffany Maher, Derrick Schrader, Marty Dew, & Keri LaGrand! She continues studying in order to bring in new and fresh materials to her classes.
Dance has been a big part of Crystal’s life and she is thrilled to share what she has learned along her journey with the BDA dance family!

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Miss Janelle: Hip Hop

Janelle has been dancing for 30 Years. She grew up dancing with Miss Diane at Centre Of Dance! She has studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop.  Janelle’s specialties are Hip Hop and Jazz.  She has studied with top notch dance educators, including Joe Tremaine, Denise Wall, Travis Wall, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Jabbawockez and Popin Pete from Electric Boogaloos.  Janelle’s outstanding choreography has won many awards and she has trained dancers that are successful in the industry today. This past year Janelle traveled with Rainbow Dance Competition judging for their regional competitions.   
  She is passionate about dance and loves to share it with her students. We excited to have her as a part of Bella Danze Artz!

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Miss Jill: Ballet/Dance Conditioning

Jill studied ballet throughout the United States, beginning when she was six years old.  Her training included all of the major ballet techniques.  She studied with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, Janne Jackson Dean, Raya Lee and at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre School, among others.  She studied Vaganova technique with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky, Lucimary Montiero-Bly and under Erki Tann.  
Jill performed with Danse Allegresse (Annandale, NJ) as a company member.  For five years she was a member of Today's Generation Dance Company (San Ramon, CA), performing as a soloist for two years.  Jill was also employed as rehearsal director and repetiteur for Today's Generation's junior company.  Jill danced professionally with Ballet Unlimited (Orange, CA) for three years, performing as an apprentice, soloist and guest artist. Her roles included Chinese, Reeds, Spanish, Mouse and Sugarplum from the Nutcracker, and she performed variations from Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire in company repertory.  With Ballet Unlimited Jill performed soloist roles in Hansel and Gretel, La Boutique Fantasque, The Seasons, Bird Dances, Confrontations, Souvenirs, and Stars and Stripes.  Most recently, Jill appeared in Colorado Ballet's 2004 - 2008 productions of the Nutcracker and in Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble's Dance and Dessert 2004 and 2005. 
Jill's teaching experience spans more than 30 years and includes students of all ages and levels.  She studied the pre-barre program developed by the Vagonova Academy with Lucimary Montiero-Bly for 3 years and has taught the program at West Coast Conservatory of Ballet's Summer Intensive and privately.  Jill also teaches Pilates and Pilates-based dance conditioning. She was Artistic Director and CEO of Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble and taught Levels 2-3 and Dance Conditioning at the Academy of Colorado Ballet.  Jill staged and rehearsed academy students for battle scene for Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker for three seasons. 
Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College.  We are happy to add her to our staff of professional teachers!

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Miss Kayleigh:Pom & Hip Hop

Kayleigh has been dancing for 20 years and grew up dancing at Centre of Dance under the direction of Miss Diane. She was on her high school Varsity Poms Team for 3 years and competed in multiple state competitions. As a professional dancer for the Colorado Mammoth Wild Bunch for 3 years Kayleigh knows what it takes to have a love and dedication for dance! She is so excited to start teaching at Bella Danze Artz where she can share her love of dance with our enthusiastic students!

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Miss Nicole: Adult Ballet & Tap/Assistant

Nicole began dancing at the age of 5 with Miss Diane!  This will be her 24th year dancing proudly alongside of her with the Alumni.  Nicole graduated from The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree as a Dance Major in 2001.  She is happily married with three children, two girls who are following in her dance steps with their love for the art.  They both are in classes with Miss Diane.  “This has been a dream come true for me to watch my girls grow up dancing with the same mentor that I grew up with”.  Nicole has taught 5 years for Miss Diane and also assisted her in the ballet department as a young adult. She loves all genres of dance but strongly believes that BALLET is the basis on which all styles of dance can grow from. We are very excited for Nicole to be a part of BDA’S staff and welcome her with open arms!

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Miss Sarah: Assistant & Instructor

Miss Sarah began dancing at the age of 3 with Miss Diane.  She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical.  Her sophomore year she was selected to be a member of the Broomfield High School Poms Team and continued through her senior year.  After graduation Sarah came back to dance with Miss Diane and later became an assistant.  She is very excited to be a part of BDA and can't wait to share her love of dance with others!  We are so happy that Miss Sarah has joined our staff at BDA!

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Miss Teresa/Office Manager

Teresa grew up in Arvada, Colorado and started dancing at the age of 13 with Miss Diane at Centre of Dance.  After high school, she took the position of studio secretary at COD and remained in that position until 1994.  Teresa continued to study tap and jazz with Miss Diane.  
In 1994 she got married and moved to Cheyenne with her husband who was in the Air Force and later moved to Boise in 1997.  Teresa attended Boise State University earning a degree as an x-ray technologist, working 15 years at a large hospital there.  Two years ago, changed careers and is now a licensed massage therapist.  After 20 years in Idaho she decided to move back to Colorado to be near her family.  Even though the area has changed tremendously, it still feels like home to her.  
Those years she spent at Centre of Dance were memorable.  The friendships she made over the years continue today! She is excited to be back and to see so many familiar faces.  The little girls she knew way back then are now adults with children of their own.  What a thrill it is for her to see the old and new faces at Bella Danze Artz!  She is looking forward to meeting everyone is excited to be back in the world of dance! 

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