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!
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!
Brittany has trained in several different styles of dance, including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary, modern, ballroom and ballet. She grew up as a competition dancer and won several scholarships and awards, including runner up for outstanding dancer at a National Competition in New York. She has trained with some of the top choreographers that you all know from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars." Her training led her to pursue her career in performing professionally with companies including Disneyland, All Wheel Sports at Knott’s Berry Farm, Princess Cruise Lines, Radio Disney, and several other groups and events including the Michael Jackson Experience in Texas. Brittany has also toured as an instructor and judge for Sheer Talent Dance convention. She has been teaching dance for several years and loves sharing her experience and knowledge of her passion to students of all ages. We are so excited to have her on staff!!
Miss Erika hails from the Front Range where she started dance at a young age. She graduated with a minor in theater from Fort Lewis College. After graduating Erika served as choreographer/artist in residence at Fort Lewis College and San Juan College and choreographer/performer for multiple Animas Music Festival events and the San Juan Symphony.
Erika led ballet programs at multiple dance studios in the Durango and Four Corners of Colorado and is a founding member of Durango’s first amateur-professional Dance company, 3rd Avenue. She trained intensively in NYC at the Joffrey School of Ballet and STEPS on Broadway while performing off Broadway as a soloist at La MaMa Theatre. Teaching children and adults of all walks to enjoy dance not just as a tool of beauty and creation but as a discipline and sacred space is Erika’s most fulfilling gift and honor. We are so excited to have her as our Ballet Mistress!
Miss Michaela has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She is trained in all styles of dance. As the Pom coach at Arvada West High School for 12 years she is highly qualified and experienced in this area. She has a full-time job in the Special Education Para Department for a middle school in DPS. Miss Michaela is very excited to be back into the dance world and to be working at Bella Danze Artz!!!
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!
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!
Miss Shannon’s been dancing since she was 4 and grew up studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. After high school Miss Shannon auditioned at a performing arts college. She was accepted and started training in 2018 at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in Los Angeles, California. There she trains in Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Heels, Musical Theatre, and Tap. We are happy to have her back as a part of BDA again!
Rylee has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Throughout her dance career she has competed at multiple national dance competitions and received 7 national titles. Rylee has also trained with some of the most well known names in dance such as Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, Will Loftis, Sonya Tayeh, Nick Lazzarini, Stacy Tookey, and Billy Bell. She is professionally trained in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Ballroom, Contemporary, Modern, and Lyrical. Rylee loves to teach and choreograph and is excited to be a part of BDA and share her passion with students.
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