COMPANY MEMBERS

Alyssa Gibson

Alyssa Gibson

Companies: Ballet and Swing

Hometown: McMinnville, OR


Education: Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance (Opera) from University of Puget Sound, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA).


Dance Background: I began dancing ballet when I was 3.5 and have loved it ever since! After high school and college, I found myself in NYC where I pursued a musical theater career dancing tap, jazz, swing, musical theater and ballet. I took about 10 years off from dancing when I had my kids, teaching musical theater every summer at Young Musicians and Artists camp. And then I found Colorado Dance Collective and am so excited to be back at it!


I've danced with many studios, but began at Stites Dance Studio in Portland and continued to AMDA and Broadway Dance Center in NYC before finding the CDC.

Brandon Haas

Brandon Haas

Companies: Hip Hop

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: Associates degree in Graphic Design from Aims Community College.


Dance Background: My first introduction to the world of dance performance was in musical theatre throughout high school. I always knew that I enjoyed dancing, but performing with Colorado Dance Collective has been my first true dance-focused performing experience.

Cole Cobb

Cole Cobb

Companies: Hip Hop, Swing, and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Wray, CO


Education: Graduated with Bachelors in Business Economics and Dance Minor from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I have been dancing for 18 years. My styles include Jazz, modern, hip hop, lindy hop, and dabbles in ballet and tap. I have taught and choreographed some of my own pieces as well. I was self-taught until I went to the UNC and then trained there as well as Colorado Dance Collective for 5-6 years.

Emily Carter

Emily Carter

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Longmont, CO


Education: Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts with an Emphasis in Secondary Education and a Minor in Dance from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I've been classically trained in ballet since the age of 3. I added jazz and modern during high school and picked up tap in college. My go-styles are ballet, contemporary, and jazz or a mix of all three when I'm choreographing. I have directed and choreographed musical theatre shows for high schools for the past 2 years. I trained at Longmont Dance Theatre Academy for the majority of my training and then Airborne during my senior year of high school.


Aside from being a dancer, I am also a photographer. I shoot primarily portraits, couples, and events and actually started doing weddings in the past 2 years. Other hobbies include baking, painting, and the occasional cross-country road trip.

Kalen Powers

Kalen Powers

Companies: Jazz

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO


Education: I am currently studying Theatre Studies with a dance  and film minor at the University of Northern Colorado. In high school, I went to a school that was half high school classes and half college classes. I graduated high school with 52 credits.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was about 3 years old. I was trained in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, pointe, hip hop, and lyrical. Throughout my training, I would help assist teachers when possible and was given the opportunity to create and teach my lyrical class a dance for our recital. I choreographed “Lost It To Trying” and taught here and there when teachers were absent. Then I moved to UNC where I have been helping teach and perform for our Dance Alliance group. Last semester I created a dance called “Lovely Day” and performed in 3 other dances. I also taught a class this semester and hope to join with the Dance Alliance officers next year! I fell in love with teaching and choreographing and am currently working with friends to produce a dance video online!


I went to a studio called Sundance at about 3 and then moved to  Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance when I was 6. I remained at Barbara Ellis until I graduated high school at 18. At Barbara Ellis we were constantly meeting new guests and choreographers like Michelle Elkin, Suave, and Myles Lavallee. We would take class and compete at conventions like Manhattan Dance Project, NYCDA, Fluid, Monsters, and a lot more!

Laura Ward

Laura Ward

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: AA in Liberal Arts, BA in Music, partial MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was 8 years old. My primary education is in ballet and pointe, but I've also trained in tap, hip-hop, modern, and lyrical. I currently teach the beginning adult ballet class that Colorado Dance Collective offers, and I do some choreography for the ballet company. I started dancing with Movin' for the Lord Dance Company (with Cindy Lundy). From there, I spent time training with The Greeley Conservatory of Dance, Northern Colorado Academy of Dance Arts, Ballet Magnificat!, Colorado Dance Theatre, Elluminate Dance Company, and now Colorado Dance Collective.

Madison Baczuk

Madison Baczuk

Companies: Jazz, Tap, Swing, and Ballet Training

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: Majoring in criminology and criminal justice, communication, and philosophy.


Dance Background: I have been dancing for six years. I started with tap, and the next year I picked up hip hop. I started swing dancing a year after that, and added a jazz class later on. My newest style is ballet. My favorite style is swing. I used to teach beginner partner social swing dancing at CU, where I was the president of their swing dancing club. I have trained with a variety of studies and organizations including NCADA, Dance Factory, Lighthouse, and briefly MacKinnon.


In addition to dance, I participate in artistic gymnastics. I choreographed my floor routine and incorporated styles of swing, ballet, and hip hop. It's a blast to perform.

Noelle Lowry

Noelle Lowry

Companies: Jazz, Tap, and Ballet

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY


Education: I graduated from Cheyenne East in 2019 and am currently studying for my Bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I’ve been dancing for 14 years. I started in jazz and then moved into ballet and tap I’ve been doing those for 13-14 years. In high school I did all styles and competed for 7 years. I started teaching my junior year of high school mostly littles but have done all ages. I started training at Power & Grace (Louisiana), trained a few years in Germany at Grace Studios and then at Act Two Studios (Cheyenne).


Raven Vilate

Raven Vilate

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Chandler, AZ


Education: Currently studing Performing Arts and Acting with a minor in Journalism at the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I have been training for 12 years, specially in ballet and jazz. I also have training in hip-hop, modern and contemporary dance. I am currently learning how to choreograph my own pieces outside of Colorado Dance Collective at The University of Northern Colorado. My first ever ballet studio was Marilyn Bostics’ Ballet School and I trained there for 4 years. After, I continued my dance journey at Dance Connection 2 in Arizona and stayed with that studio for 5 years. I took a short hiatus, then did dance my senior year of high school. Now, I am taking additional dance classes at The University of Northern Colorado. 


Dancing has been my saving grace and I could not be happier to have found such a wonderful dance community I can grow with!

Sofia Mejia

Sofia Mejia

Companies: Hip Hop and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Born in El Salvador, but have lived most of my life in Greeley, CO.


Education: Animation Certificate at Aims Community College


Dance Background: I’ve been dancing for about 9 years now. I specialize in popping, freestyle, hip hop and animation. I have trained with Dance Fusion, the Greeley West dance team, and Colorado Dance Collective.


My main inspiration to become a dancer was a dancer I saw on YouTube named Fik-Shun. His style was so unique and awe-inspiring that it made me want to learn from him and dance like him. From there I found more dancers to learn from and more styles to incorporate in my dancing.

Victoria Ochoa

Victoria Ochoa

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I started doing ballet 17 years ago, and I have also done hip hop and jazz competitively in high school. I have danced at Evans Rec Center with Deneice Dyer and then with Ixchell Levendosky in Loveland. Then I danced on the poms team at Greeley West.

Aubrie Keever

Aubrie Keever

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Severance, CO


Education: I graduated high school from Windsor Charter Academy with my Associates degree from Aims. I am currently enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I danced at the Dance Factory, here in Greeley since I was three until I graduated. I have received training in all styles. I now teach a couple classes there throughout the week.

Cami Heaston

Cami Heaston

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: Currently a Junior at Greeley Central High School


Dance Background: I have danced since I was 6. I used to dance ballet, jazz, and hip hop, but for 6 years I have just done ballet! Prior to Colorado Dance Collecrtive, I danced at A Dance Place. I love dancing as both a way to get exercise and to express myself. When I dance, I feel free, and I love to come to CDC because it is my happy place!

Devi Rosson

Devi Rosson

Companies: Jazz and Tap

Hometown: Parker, CO


Education: BS in Physical Education k-12 with a minor in School Health Education from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was 2 1/2 (so 28 years!) I have trained in almost every style although tap and jazz are my favorites. I was an Eagles Chick for the Colorado Eagles for 3 seasons and can also be seen coaching the Severanc High School poms team. I am a CDC original and this is my 8th year dancing in the company. I spent time training at The Dance Company in Castle Rock, Miller's in Parker, and with Ponderosa Poms.

Isabelle Cunningham

Isabelle Cunningham

Companies: Ballet

Hometown: Kansas City


Education: Recent graduate of University of Northern Colorado, BA in Environmental Sustainability Studies and a minor in dance, class of 2022.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was 3 in tap, jazz, and ballet, and continued on to learn and compete in contemporary, modern, hip hop, and any other style I could get my hands on. I also have assisted choreographed and dance captained a few musicals, as well as general contemporary choreography. My childhood studios include Dancerz Unlimited in Prairie Village, KS, as well as training with Alexis Close and Holly Hagman.

Kat Long

Kat Long

Companies: Jazz and Ballet

Hometown: Parker, CO


Education: BFA in Dance Science with a Minor in Disability Studies from the University of Wyoming; NASM Nutrition Coach Certificate, Sugarfoot Therapy Teacher Certificate.


Dance Background: Kat has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary throughout her 21 years of training.  She has also been teaching at Immersion Dance Center since 2017. She teaches ballet, jazz/contemporary, conditioning and technique, dancer wellness, and choreographs for the competition teams!


Kat started dancing in a ballet for figure skaters class. She fell in love with ballet and started training at Colorado School of Dance, where she mainly studied ballet, but tried modern, jazz,  competition team, and hiphop. She then continued her training at the University of Wyoming where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern. After moving back to Colorado in 2017, a friend introduced her to CDC and she has been here ever since!


As a teacher, Kat has continued her education by receiving her nutrition coach certificate through NASM, as well as her certificate in Sugarfoot Therapy in order to better care for her dancers.

M'lyn Miller

M'lyn Miller

Companies: Hip Hop and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Greeley,  CO


Education: Bachelors in Communication Studies, Masters in Communicatio, both from the University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was 10 off and on! I have also trained in Baton Twirling! Before Colorado Dance Collective, I was in another non-profit dance group and I would assist with choreography for multiple dances and teach it to the group! I have dabbled in most styles but am mainly trained in Hip Hop primarily through CDC! I trained at Dance Factory when I was younger, in baton twirling with the group Twilight Twirlers, and with non-profit group Elluminate, Colorado Dance Fusion, Colorado Dance Collective.


My biggest dream ever would be to dance in a Disney show or parade! When I was younger I would dance all the time and choreographed dances for my family to watch! My favorite thing is to perform and dance with my friends in my groups! My life would be dull without the dance family I have around me!


Nathan Petit

Nathan Petit

Companies: Tap, Swing, and Ballet

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA


Education: A recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance and Recreation/Tourism/hospitality in addition to a certificate of completion from the University Honors Program.


Dance Background: I started dancing in highschool and haven’t stopped since! I focus on ballet, tap, and musical theatre styles. I also have a love of choreographing! Check out my latest choreography project “Achilles Come Down” at nathanpetit.com! I was a part of the tap and swing companies here at the Colorado Dance Collective last season, and this year I am a part of the ballet company! 


I love dancing with CDC! I am excited to continue performing this summer at the North Coast Theatre Festival this summer!! I am so thankful for the time I had here at CDC; we truly are a family and we have grown so much together as dancers and as humans. I am forever thankful for the friends and family I found here in Colorado.

Rachel Walton

Rachel Walton

Companies: Jazz and Ballet

Hometown: Metuchen, NJ


Education: BS in Sports Management with Minor in Dance from Rutgers University; MBA in Management from Wagner College.


Dance Background: I've been dancing since I was 2 years old, training in ballet, jazz and modern dance for 25 years with most of that training at Metuchen Dance Centre. In addition to being a dance minor at Rutgers, I was also a company member and choreographer for Rutgers Performing Dance Company.

Samantha Finken

Samantha Finken

Companies: Tap and Swing

Hometown: La Mirada, CA


Education:  Currently studying Theatre Studies with a Writing Minor at University of Northern Colorado.


Dance Background: I have been dancing for 4 years in ballet, tap, jazz, swing, and ballroom. I've danced at Miss Corrie's Performing Arts and The Dance Spot back in California. I also did dance in high school and I dance ballroom at Follow my Lead Dance Studio.

Sydney Martin

Sydney Martin

Companies: Hip Hop and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: Bachelor’s in progress with a major psychology and minors in human services and criminal justice.


Dance Background: I have bad 9 years of training in hip hop, poms, and jazz mostly with Univeristy High School Varsity Poms.

Ayn Blanton

Ayn Blanton

Companies: Ballet

Ayn Blanton is the swing company director. Having started swing at age 12 at their local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ayn quickly took to the dance and started dancing every week, taking master classes and going to workshops taught by world renown instructors Evita Arce, Michael Jagger, Shauna Marble, and Joe DeMers. Ayn competed at workshops like Lindy On The Rocks and Lindy Diversion, started teaching swing dance classes at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for their swing dance club. Ayn moved to Greeley in 2015, where they taught swing classes at University of Northern Colorado's swing dance club. In 2016, Ayn found Colorado Dance Collective where they joined the ballet and tap companies. In late 2016 Ayn began teaching swing classes at Colorado Dance Collective and in 2017 the swing company was founded. Ayn has been teaching and choreographing for the swing company as well as performing with the ballet company ever since.

Caroline Jackson

Caroline Jackson

Companies: Ballet Training

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ


Education: Currelty working toward a Bachelors degree with a major in American Sign Language Interpreting and a minor in Elementary Education.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was 4, all styles but mainly hip, contemporary, jazz, and musical theatre. I trained at Studio 3 in Gilbert, Arizona and was on the dance team at Mesquite High School.

Emi Lau

Emi Lau

Companies: Jazz, Tap, Swing, and Collaborative Company

Jordan Jenkins

Jordan Jenkins

Companies: Tap, Ballet, and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Aurora, CO


Education: I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2021 with a psychology B.A. and dance and sociology minors!


Dance Background: I grew up dancing at Encore Dance in Aurora Colorado! There I danced for 14 years, danced with the competitive company for 10 years, and taught a few classes. I continued my training at UNC where I performed, dance captained, and choreographed for various shows!

Kelsey Nigro

Kelsey Nigro

Companies: Jazz and Hip Hop

Hometown: Brighton, CO


Education: University of Northern Colorado graduate with a Bachelor's in criminology and criminal Justice with a dance minor.


Dance Background: I have been dancing for 17 years and teaching/choreographing for 4 years. My training took place at Premier School of Dance. Dance is my life. I minored in it because I just can’t give it up! It holds a special place of catharsis for me.

Madeline Schmidt

Madeline Schmidt

Companies: Jazz

Hometown: Henderson, CO


Education: Completed high school at Prairie View Highschool, currently attending the University of Northern Colorado as a Psychology major and a dance minor.


Dance Background: I have been dancing since I was 7 at a studio and on a competition team. I was also the dance captain for a musical in high school and currently assist beginning ballet at the Colorado Dance Collective! I completed all of my studio training at Premier School of Dance.

Nathan Tran

Nathan Tran

Companies: Hip Hop

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: AS TV Studio/Video Production and Bachelor's in Communications from Colorado State University.


Dance Background: I've spent 10 years training in Hip Hop and 7 years training in Popping. Places I've trained include: Dance Factory, Top Notch, Snowglobe Perspective, Block 1750, Machinez Remainz.

Rachyl Kirk

Rachyl Kirk

Companies: Jazz and Ballet

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO


Education: Spanish Bachelor's Degree with Dance and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minors from the University of Northern Colorado. Spanish Associate's Degree from Pikes Peak Community College.


Dance Background: I've been dancing for almost 20 years, training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and tap. I also currently teach and choreograph. I have attended a handful of studios, but the most recent and prominent were Springs City Dance Force in Colorado Springs and The Colorado Dance Collective.

Shanise Garcia

Shanise Garcia

Companies: Hip Hip and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Greeley, CO


Education: Graduated from Greeley Central High School in 2018 and Lettered In Academics.


Dance Background: I taught myself how to dance and 2 years ago I started taking dance classes to improve my strength, and technique. I began training with Inspire Dance Academy and have trained with Colorado Dance Dollective for 2 years now.

Todd Teter

Todd Teter

Companies: Swing and Collaborative Company

Hometown: Commerce City, CO


Education: Currently studying theater education with minor in dance at the Univerity of Northern Colorado.


Dance Backround: I started dancing with a small community theater when I was young and found my home there. I have been a Lindy hopper for 7 years and I have choreographed for my highschool and community productions with Prairie Playhouse. I also spent time training with Shauna Marble.