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Meet our Artistic Director - Rachael Harding

An accomplished dancer, choreographer and instructor, Rachael Harding has been teaching dance and master classes to students at schools around the world. She uses her knowledge, unending passion, and extensive experience to inspire young people to follow their dreams and provides each dancer with the tools to achieve those dreams.  

As a young girl in northern California, Rachael began dancing at the age of three and competing at age 10. Her passion for the art led her to an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a BFA in dance and BS in Business Management from the University of Arizona. Rachael has since spent the last 10 years teaching and choreographing countless numbers of students at our studio, and working as the Artistic Director since August 2012.  In addition to teaching, choreographing and performing, Rachael also teaches a dance history course at Red Rocks Community College.  

Her dance credits include some of the most prestigious companies, productions, and choreographers working in the dance field, coming together to form an expansive, impressive resume. Her past master classes have graced the stages of schools around the world, including Denver School of the Arts, Loughborough University (UK), University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Arizona, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School. She has also choreographed productions for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Aspen Dance Connection, and a production of Rusalka with Opera Colorado. 

Major Credits

Rachael was a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and served as Assistant Rehearsal Director in her final season with the company. She toured the United States as a solo dancer with Imani Winds in Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hotand performed in Nixon in China, The Pearl Fishers, and Rusalka with Opera Colorado. 

Past Dance Work
Davis Contemporary Dance | Moraporvida | Interweave Dance Theatre | Kim Robards | Nancy Cranbourne | New Breed Dance Company

Notable Choreographers
Donald McKayle | Eleo Pomare | David Rousseve | Sean Curran | John Malashock | Richard Havey | Christopher Huggins

Jenessa Hunter

Jenessa has a BA in Dance and a BS in Business Administration/Human Resource Management and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and was a part of the competition team at Denver Dance Starz from the age of 6 through high school. Jenessa was a member of the Horizon High School Pom team and captain her senior year. She trained and performed with Schiff Dance Collective in Boulder and is the former Junior Varsity Pom coach for Horizon High School. Jenessa loves to share her passion of dance with students of her home studio, Denver Dance Starz.

Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barat College and the Barat Conservatory of Dance in Lake Forrest, IL. She has danced and taught throughout the Denver Metro area and has contributed to the Denver Arts community for over 12 years. Jennifer is a former Denver Broncos Cheerleader and her passion for the promotion of dance is demonstrated by her commitment to share her talent with youth.

Kaitlyn Lawrence

Kaitlyn Lawrence was born in Chicago, Illinois but considers Denver her home. She began dancing at age 3 and has since studied many dance forms such as tap, modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and West African dance. Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in choreography and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder. At CU Boulder, she had the privilege of training with nationally recognized artists such as Michelle Ellsworth, Erika Randall, Helanius J. Wilkins, Jacob Mora, and Gesel Mason. Kaitlyn attended the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Northwest Regional Conference three times throughout her college career and had the opportunity to present her choreography in the Informal Showing at the 2017 conference in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to performing, Kaitlyn worked on the Dance Production Staff for four years at CU as a stage manager and lighting designer. She has stage managed for several different events around the country, including for Rennie Harris’ production of "Beautiful Human Lies" and as the resident stage manager for the 2018 Northwest Regional Conference of ACDA in Boulder, Colorado. Most recently, Kaitlyn traveled to New York City to stage manage the premier work from Olivia Dwyer Dance Projects entitled "On Saying Goodbye: The Leaving". In her BFA thesis, Kaitlyn explored memory, empathy, and human connection via mirror neurons through embodied research and presented the 12 minute piece, "When I was Zero", in the spring of 2018. Kaitlyn's passion for teaching stems from her background in choreography and physiology, promoting embodied cognition and a healthy knowledge of both dance technique and history.

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Rhi Moore-Turmell

Rhi is a high energy Instructor who has a passion for dance and music. She began dancing at the early age of 3, at The Dance Network and began teaching at the age of 13. Her specialties include hip hop, jazz and pom, but she can also teach tap, ballet and lyrical. Rhi has choreographed many award winning routines and has choreographed for several local High School Pom and Cheer teams. In 2005 Rhi won the title of Mrs. 6, a dance contest at 6 Flags Elitch Gardens, where she won a trip to American Idol Live! Rhi strives to inspire her students to reach for their goals and never give up on their dreams.

Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

Jessica Pittman

Jessica Pittman was born in October of 1991 in Grand Rapids, MI. Dance training began at the age of six, and the first eleven years were spent training at a competitive dance studio, Dance Dimensions, with a focus of versatility in many styles of dance. Receiving a Bachelors Degree in Dance and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from Grand Valley State University as she has expanded her knowledge of both technical and performance training. Through the Grand Valley Dance Company she has studied with renowned guest choreographers such as Lauren Edson, Autumn Eckman, and performed with the Thodos Dance Company of Chicago. Jessica has choreographed for various shows throughout her years spent at Grand Valley and was selected to represent the university at the 2013 ACDFA with her senior group piece, Let "Only You" Go. She currently Dances with Louder Than Words of Denver, Davis Contemporary of Denver, and Third Law Dance Theater of Boulder, CO.

Summer Templin Culp

Summer Templin Culp

Summer Templin Culp grew up in Telluride, Colorado, where she began dancing at the age of fourteen under the direction of Shirley Fortenberry and Valerie Madonia. Her family moved to Boulder, Colorado shortly afterwards where she continued to train with and be inspired by a wide-variety of teachers including Peter and Ana Claire Davison, Katie Elliot, Jillana, Michelle Ellsworth, Vernon Windsor, Gabe Masson, and Erika Randall. Summer received her BFA in Dance, with an emphasis in choreography from the University of Colorado. Summer has performed independently in works choreographed by Lindsay Pierce, Viki Psihoyos, David Lorence-Schefflers and Angie Yeowell. Summer has appeared in solo and group pieces in the American College Dance Festival and as a company member with Boulder Ballet, the Cabiri and Redd Legg Dance. Most recently she has joined Life/Art Dance Ensemble for their 2013 season. As a teacher, Summer is passionate about bridging the gap between dance forms and helping the next generation of dancers cultivate their artistry through well-rounded, healthful and holistic training.