BOARD of DIRECTORS
We are pleased to announce our new board members!
Leslie K. Williams
Leslie K. Williams is the director of dance at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs. Leslie's involvement in dance education includes: public school instructor; private studio teacher; musical theater, show choir and color guard choreographer; stage manager and technical director. In 2010 she was awarded the Distinguished Service within the Profession award from the Alliance for Colorado Theatre for her work in public education musical theatre; in 2017 she was part of the Thomas S. Crawford Team of the Year for Academy District 20. Leslie is a three time presenter at the NDEO National Conference, and a member of the most recent Standards Review Committee for Dance in Colorado. She has a BA in Theater and Dance Performance from Lindenwood University and an MA in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Secretary & Higher Education Representative
Sandra was Dance Coordinator/Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, 1972-1998. Currently she teaches dance in a public school and presents workshops for teachers. Her Human Kinetics books include Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation, Dance Mind & Body & Preventing Dance Injuries (co-editor). Using Movement to Teach Academics: The Mind & Body As One Entity was published by Rowman & Littlefield Education in 2008. Minton's dance education research is published in juried dance journals. She is a National Dance Association Artist/Scholar, and a Fulbright Scholar to Finland. Minton's M.A. and Ph.D.degrees are in dance from UCLA and Texas Woman's University. She has studied with a number of dance and dance education professionals.
Megan Clark, a Kansas City, Missouri native, graduated from Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment with a Bachelor of Science Degree in American Dance Pedagogy and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. Megan went on to serve as an Assistant Professor of Dance, Assistant Director to the Community Dance Center, and Assistant to Jo Rowan, Dance Department Chair, at OCU. In 2015, Megan and her husband decided to relocate to Denver. Megan is currently in her fourth season as a dance instructor for Leap Dance Studio. She has taught at Denver School of the Arts as a Guest Artist and Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids/The Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts. Megan serves as Secretary on Presenting Denver’s Dance Events Committee. Megan has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater Dance. Megan has had the privilege of teaching, choreographing, directing, performing, and behind-the-scenes work throughout her career. Megan is a Leap ’N Learn® certified teacher and plans to complete the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance teacher training this summer. Megan is passionate about sharing dance with her community and bringing dance educators and enthusiasts together.
Emily Hoch, M.A., a Colorado native, began her dance training at age three and now holds her Masters in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been fortunate to have had diverse dance training working with artists from professional and collegiate levels in jazz, modern, tap, ballet, hip-hop, musical theater, West African dance, as well as Capoeira. Ms. Hoch is dance artist, educator, advocate, and adjudicator for dance schools throughout Colorado. As a full time dance educator she designs arts integrated lessons, and curriculum for grades K-9 at a local public charter school in the Jefferson County School District, Doral Academy of Colorado. Ms. Hoch enjoys creating classes to inspire career readiness in the field of dance and production with courses such as dance for film, choreography, theatre production and stage management. Ensuring that students have a rich exposure in arts and production. She also serves as an Ambassador for Presenting Denver, and helps fulfill their mission to support the art of dance through increased public exposure and appreciation of movement as an innovative art form. She has been teaching jazz and modern classes for dancers at the Arvada Center for close to 10 years now, and serves as a resident choreographer for the Arvada Center Dance Theatre Company. She is a proud mother of a teenager, whose passions run deep in football, track, and outdoor activities.
Ann Hunt holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and has been teaching dance for 20 years. While at The University of Utah Ann was the recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth R. Hayes Award, President of the Student Representative Association, performed with the U of U's Performing Dance Company and was a guest dancer for Rirey and Woodbury Dance Company in the 2002 Olympics. Ann also taught creative movement for the Salt Lake City, Utah School District, as well as ballet and jazz at Elite Dance Studio. Along with her involvement in dance she served as a pointe shoe fitter for Dancewear Unlimited. After finishing her degree, Ann became the Artistic Director of the Juan Diego Catholic High School Dance Department in Draper, Utah, where she taught contemporary, jazz, ballet, ballroom, and choreography. She was a member of the Utah Dance Education Organization and the National Dance Education Organization. Ann moved to Colorado in 2005 and has four children. She has been on Faculty at Leap Dance Studio since 2014, was a Guest Artist at Denver School of the Arts, serves on the Dance Archive Board at Denver University and the Colorado Dance Education board. Ann most recently produced her own show Pairings and looks forward to creating more shows in the future.
Lindsey Kellen is a dance instructor and choreographer throughout Colorado Springs. Lindsey graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Lindenwood University, located St. Charles, MO. She has had the opportunity to perform with Ormao Dance Company, and performed at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) festival. Lindsey’s choreography and teaching credits include Liberty High School, Colorado Springs Conservatory, Doherty High School, and The Dance Center of Colorado Springs. She has had the opportunity to choreograph many different styles of dance including show choir, musicals, and competition dance to name a few. Lindsey’s objective is to help all students discover the love of dance and help them grow as artists and positive members of society.
Melissa Kubik has been teaching dance for over 30 years throughout the Chicago, IL and Denver, CO metropolitan areas. Her training and performing credits include: Christine DuBoulay, Richard Ellis, Al Gilbert, Birute Barodicate, Claire Bataille (Hubbard Street Dance/Lou Conte Studio); Maria Tallchief, Homer Bryant, Paul Mejia (Chicago City Ballet), Robert Joffrey, Charthel Arthur, Robert Estner, Jim Snyder (Joffrey Concert Dancers), Sally Seven, Patricia McBride, Conrad Ludlow, Cherie Noble (Grand Rapids Civic Ballet), Gayla Zukevich, Loyce Houlton (Ballet Michigan), Bruce Marks, Melissa Hayden, Helgi Tomasson (Boston Ballet). She served on the board of TJ & Dance Company in Illinois. Her choreography has been showcased by Florida State University, Heritage Grove Players, Naperville Players, Circle Theatre, and many dance troupes for competitions. Her teaching philosophy is to train the WHOLE dancer. Technique is important as well as physical and mental health.
Kathi Crum is currently Junior Division Coordinator and ballet teacher for Colorado Ballet Academy. Kathi has previously been on the faculty of Houston Ballet Academy and taught in collaboration with Nikoloz Makhateli. Other schools that she has taught extensively at are Peak Academy of Dance in Conifer, CO; Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, and West University Dance Center in Houston, TX. Kathi’s primary focus is providing sound and quality ballet training and teaching training has included workshops at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Vail International Teacher’s Conference with Gilbert Mayer of the Ballet School of Paris Opera, Anne Green-Gilbert, trained pointe shoe fitter by Gamba, Ltd., and is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Levels 6/7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Ballet training included many years at Dance Theatre of Harlem and as an advanced trainee at Joffrey, NY. Kathi was a corps member of Connecticut Ballet under Brett Raphael.
Past Vice President
Cathrine is a Colorado native that began studying ballet over two decades ago. She began studying dance with Richard Denny at his then school The Ballet School. Cathrine began her teaching career with The Ballet School as a teen and now has countless years of experience teaching children through adults. During her dancing years she went to many prestigious competitions, learned and performed classical and contemporary roles, and danced as a guest artist for dance schools all across Colorado. After taking a short break she resumed teaching for Richard in his new Brighton location is 2003. She has been Owner and Artistic Director since 2008. Cathrine is an active member of the Colorado Dance community.
Judi Hofmeister was hired at Douglas County High School in 1993 after leaving a ten-year professional performing arts career, which included performances at Denver area theaters, such as the Country Dinner Playhouse, the Arvada Center of Arts and Humanities, and Littleton Town Hall Arts Center. For the last twenty years she taught theater, dance, and vocal music and sat as Chair of the Performing Arts Department at DCHS. In 2000 Judi was selected for the first phase of developing and piloting the International Baccalaureate (IB) dance program. Her work on the IB Dance curriculum required multiple trips to Cardiff, Wales as one of the authors of the Dance Syllabus Guide and a member of the Dance Subject Committee. Today the IB Dance program at DCHS continues to be the only one of its kind in the state of Colorado. Also, Judi has had the opportunity to be an author for the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) in dance, and was awarded Dance Educator for 2009 by the Colorado Dance Alliance (CDA). Judi continues her work of developing performing arts curriculum for Lone Tree Arts Center, as facilitator for the CDE Dance Curriculum Project, and as a reviewer for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards in Dance (NCCAS). She is also a member of the Colorado Dance Endorsement Committee.
Past Vice President
Danielle has served as an owner and the artistic director of Peak Academy of Dance in Conifer, Colorado since 1998. She graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University in 1993 with a degree in Dance, German, English and a Colorado teaching certificate. She has continued her education through seminars, residencies and master classes. She has studied with such greats as Chris Baker, Cassandra Baker, Ira Bernstein, Brenda Buffalino, Bril Barrett, Buster Brown, Idella Reed, Ellie Sciarra, and Chester Whitmore. Danielle teaches Tap, Jazz, Poms, Ballet and Performance to all ages. She started teaching in high school and has been teaching ever since. She enjoys guest teaching around the U.S. for various Intensives and Seminars. Outside of the studio Danielle choreographs for local schools, choirs and community productions. Some of the productions include: West Side Story, Camelot, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, and A Tribute to George C. Cohen. She is the dance captain for “The Tap Company” out of Boulder Colorado under the direction of Ellie Sciarra. The company performs for various functions around Denver and is internationally known for the production “Taps are Talking: Women in Tap”.