KIM KINNEAR, Owner/Artistic Director.
Kim has studied Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz since the age of five. While a dance major at Loretto Heights Fine Arts College, she studied intensively with Jeri McAndrews (Paul Taylor Company), Milenko Banovich. In Los Angeles, she studied Jazz at Moro-Landis (currently “Millennium”) under Joe Tremain and Jaimie Rogers. She also worked professionally in L.A. and Japan. She holds a BA in education and taught school in the Parker area for 6 years. She opened Parker Dance in 1993, is a member of Dance Educators of America, won the DEA Outstanding Choreography Award several times, has collaborated with dance professionals such as David Taylor and International Ballet School, and has trained students who grew up at Parker Dance Academy and continued to dance with scholarships to Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco, Alvin Ailey in New York, University of Utah, University of Hawaii, among others. She has 38+ years of teaching experience and a lifelong passion for dance and education.
JULIE CURLEY, Assistant Director.
Julie has trained in Ballet for 19 years and tap & jazz for 12 years. She has trained under ballet masters from Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet (Michelle Burns), and Ballet Arts (Larry Boyette). She performed with USO as a jazz dancer and also danced in classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. She has had teacher training in the Vaganova Syllabus and the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. She has been teaching dance for 30+ years, 7 of those as the director of a studio branch. She has been at PDA for over 20 years.
LEXIE STEINHAUSER, Studio Director.
Lexie is an alumni of PDA where she studied hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. She has a BS in Expressive Therapies and Drama from Lesley University and a dance teacher certification from Dance Teacher University and the University of Las Vegas. She wrote and directed the last 5 years of spring recitals starting with “Cinderella” in 2017, and is excited for what is to come next! Lexie has trained directly under Kim Kinnear for several years to learn and understand the business side of PDA, and she continues to learn as she has moved into her new roles at the studio. Along with her work at PDA she has worked at several high schools in the area as a teacher and a choreographer for musicals such as Sweet Charity, As You Like It, Little Shop of Horrors, and Wizard of Oz. Lexie’s main focus while teaching is not only to see the kids as technical dancers but as artists and growing adults. She continues to learn and grow in her skills as a dancer and teacher by taking classes and learning from her students. This will be her 7th year at PDA.
KAT REESE, Company Coordinator, Contemporary, Leaps and Turns.
Beginning at the age of 3, Kat has trained at Parker Dance Academy until she became old enough to teach! Growing up, Kat was involved in the competition teams at a young age receiving two national titles and scholarships throughout the years. Competition dance has captured a special place in her heart and has inspired her to explore what she can bring to the dance world. Kat has had the opportunity to join Inferno Dance Competition as a Judge back in 2016 and learn the “behind the scenes” of the competition world. She has choreographed Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, and Open style pieces that have competed at a regional and national level, winning choreography awards and technique awards over the past five years. Kat has worked primarily with the company teams and high school aged students, which inspired her to pursue a Bachelors degree in Dance and Adolescent Psychology at MSU Denver. She has attended summer intensives and ballet seminars over the years taking classes from well known choreographers and teachers, and has trained under Nicole Predki and Jacob Mora in the dance program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Kat recently relocated back to Denver after spending the last year teaching dance in Southern California and expanding her knowledge of different dance styles! She’s deeply passionate about pushing the boundaries of the competition dance world by bringing in concert dance inspired ideas to her choreography. Kat hopes that through her teaching she can push young students to bridge the gap between dancer and artist and help guide them to explore their creative and vibrant minds. This will be her 6th year with PDA.
LISA REBIK, Jazz, Adult Jazz, Ballet/Tap.
Lisa began her professional dance career in Los Angeles and has credits in television, movies, and theater. She relocated to Colorado 15 years ago to work for the international organization, Up With People, where she held the position of Choreographer/Associate Director. Lisa has taught jazz for the past 25 years. This is her 16th year at PDA.
LISA O’BLENESS LONG, Ballet, Tap.
Lisa began dancing at the age of 9. She earned her BFA in Ballet from Friends University, Wichita, KS in 1995. While a member of the Friends University/Wichita Ballet Theatre company, some of Lisa’s roles included: dance hall girl in Billy the Kid, snowflake and Waltz in The Nutcracker, cat in Peter and the Wolf, and princess in The Firebird. Lisa was an Arts in Early Education grant recipient while on staff at the Creative Child Center Preschool at Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS. Lisa has many years of teaching experience, including 12 years at Kansas Dance Academy in Wichita, KS and 3 years as the ballet specialist at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. Although ballet is her strength, Lisa has also taught beginning jazz and beginning – intermediate level tap to all ages. This is her 10th year at PDA.
SHELLY CATES WILLIAMS, Ballet.
Shelly earned her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at the United States International University School of Performing Arts in San Diego CA. She continued professionally, performing lead rolls in over 500 major ballet stage and television productions and teaching all levels of ballet and Master Classes for Ballet West, Milwaukee Ballet, Academy of Ballet Florida and San Diego Ballet. Shelly has had the privilege of working under the direction of Agnes DeMille, Sallie Wilson and Tony Landers of the American Ballet Theatre; John Hart, Basil Thompson, Erling Sunde and Brian Shaw of Royal Ballet in England. Bobby Rodham, Vicky Simon and Violette Verde of the New York City Ballet and T.C. Wilson. This will be her 8th year with PDA.
TROY BURRELL, Hip Hop.
A native to Colorado, Troy was born and raised in the heart of Denver. With a dance degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Troy’s path in dance has never strayed far from the support and love of home. Now the founder and artistic director of Justbeingmetv, Troy’s vision in dance has spanned from inner city youth outreach to multi-media full-length productions. As a teacher of the elements of Hip Hop (popping, locking, freestyle, r&b, breaking and house), Troy also offers an extensive background in modern, jazz, partner dance, stepping and ballet. This is Troy’s 5th year with PDA.
BRANDON MILLER, Tap.
Brandon Miller has been dancing since he was 5 years old, starting in Arizona taking classes at Dance Connection 2, training in tap, jazz, and acro. After moving to Colorado, Brandon continued his training in tap, jazz, acro, and added hip hop and contemporary to his repertoire. When he was 12 he performed in New York City with the cast of Tap Kids! and was able to perform in their 6th annual showcase.
In 2012, he began teaching and choreographing and has received multiple choreography awards with his tap, contemporary, and hip hop pieces. With thanks to previous instructors such as Laurie Davis, Cory Finn, Donovan Helma, Anthony Morigerato, Jason Janas, Leo Morimune, and TOKYO, Brandon has been influenced by them all to create a unique style and understanding of music to form a sort of “visual music” that entices and challenges dancers all over the country.
Recently, Brandon was the champion of Operation Tap’s Technique Tuesday Challenge VI and was a finalist in challenges III and IV as well. Brandon is a member of Jason Janas’ professional tap company Co.MMIT, and has had the opportunity to assist Jason’s classes at multiple Radix Dance Conventions. Brandon is ready to share his passion and knowledge of dance to students that are hungry to improve for years to come. This is Brandon’s 1st year with PDA.
JENNA CARARA, Ballet, Pilates.
Jenna was born and raised in Colorado. She has spent much of her life in the performing arts world as a dancer. Throughout her dance career, Jenna has trained in many styles of dance. Including; ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, contemporary pointe, partnering, musical theater, and hip-hop. Jenna has received professional ballet training from Ballet West, Ballet Austin, Utah Ballet, Colorado Ballet, University of Utah, and more. Professionally, Jenna has been part of companies such as Ballet Ariel, Utah Ballet, and Ballet5280. Currently, Jenna spends time as a guest artist performing in many different shows around the Denver area and is a current member of the dance company Quixotic. In addition to dance, Jenna is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates instructor who is passionate about dance medicine and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music. Jenna has years of experience teaching dance, and with her focus on proper alignment from Pilates, she has so much passion for leading young dancers into professional and exciting futures! This is Jenna’s 2nd year with PDA.
JOANNA SIENGSUKON, Ballet, Tap.
Joanna began her dance training in Davao City, Philippines, where she studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus under Ms. Gina Bringas-Suelto. She continued her dance education in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Jordan College Academy of Dance at Butler University. In 2009, Joanna graduated from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. After college, she taught ballet, tap, and jazz at Performer’s Edge Dance Theatre in Carmel, Indiana. From 2011 to 2013, Joanna danced with Storling Dance Theater in Olathe, KS. In addition to her dance teaching experience, Joanna has spent years working with preschoolers and kindergartners as a Sunday School leader and Childcare Coordinator, which has given her valuable training in early childhood development. Joanna is passionate about getting young dancers to engage their imaginations and develop self-confidence as they explore dance. This is Joanna’s 2nd year with PDA.
JESSICA STRONG, Ballet, Tap.
Jessica has been a member of the Colorado Dance Community for over 20 years. Having started her training at Gayton Dance World and Youth Ballet Colorado, she was bit by the ballet bug at an early age. She devoted her younger years to intensive ballet training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet where she had the honor to perform in several Company and Studio Company performances. As a professional ballerina she spent seven seasons with Ballet Ariel, Denver’s Ballet Company. Now as a retired ballerina she still performs in musical theatre productions with Vintage Theatre and Performance Now Theatre Company, as well as others. She has dedicated her career to building her in-school performing arts Company – Exploration Kids! Enrichment which brings dance, cheerleading, yoga and other mediums to local schools. She also owns and operates Dance to Learn, LLC where she has created her own preschool dance curriculum dedicated to teaching the whole child through dance and movement. Additionally, she operates Dancing Princess Parties, a magical dance based birthday party company. She is excited to join the staff for her 1st year at Parker Dance Academy.
AUDRA MONK, Ballet, Tap, PDA Intern.
Audra is an alumnus of Parker Dance Academy. She transferred to Parker Dance in 2018. This last year she trained under Kim Kinnear as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher at the studio and is excited to be transitioning to a full teacher for this year! While at PDA she enjoyed getting to play roles such as Belle, in the 2019 production of Beauty and the Beast, and the Angel soloist in PDA’s 2019 Nutcracker. She has also understudied numerus roles such as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian soloist, and Maids from the Nutcracker party scene. She won a scholarship at the 2020 (DEA) Dance Educator’s of America competition for their summer intensive program. Audra attended Ballet Magnificat’s month long summer intensive program in Jackson, Mississippi where she trained under Kathy Thibodeaux. Audra’s main passion for dance is to be equally balanced in technique and artistry. She is very excited to teach the skills, joy, and hard work it takes to be a dancer. This is Audra’s 1st year with PDA.
KAEYLN CLOUSE, Ballet, Tap.
Kaelyn Clouse is 18 years old and has been dancing for 16 years now! Dance is one of her biggest passions. She started dancing at 2 years old, and started competing at 7 years old. She has been technically trained in almost all types of dance which has gotten her this far in her life and loves being able to do all the forms that she has wanted. She has been teaching dance for about five years now and adore teaching all ages and all forms of dance. She graduated high school in 2020. Kaelyn is now a freshman at Colorado State University-Global Campus studying business management and with a specialization in criminal justice. Along with her dance training, Kaelyn is a first degree black belt in taekwondo, and did cheer/poms in high school and became captain of the poms team. “God has given me many blessings but dance is one that shares a large place in my heart right next to Jesus”. This is Kaelyn’s 1st year with PDA.
MAGNOLIA MACHADO, Choreographer.
Maggie began dancing at Parker Dance in kindergarten and recently graduated in 2017. During her time here, she studied dance under Brian Bender (ballet), Dan Mont- Eaton, Corina Kinnear, and Eliza Ohman. While a student, she attended multiple dance competitions and was awarded two full scholarships to the summer ballet intensive through Dance Educators of America, which she attended three times, as well as Sheer Talent’s summer program. Later she accepted the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for our Nutcracker during her sophomore and senior year of high school. Over the past year she was hired to improvise for Meow Wolf and performed for Industrial Dance Alliance in a piece by Chelsea Davis. She has also toured with Fluid Dance as one of their assistant dancers in the “Fluid Force” and performed under Mary Lynn Lewark for Presenting Denver’s 2018 Dance Festival. This is Maggie’s 6th year with PDA.