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 Co-Manager, Company Coordinator, Recital Director, Summer Program Director, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop,Contemporary.
Lexie is an alumni of PDA where she studied hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. She has a BS in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and a dance teacher certification from Dance Teacher University and the University of Las Vegas. 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. She wrote and directed our 2017 spring recital “Cinderella” and our 2018 spring recital “Mary Poppins” and is excited for what is to come next! 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 5th year at PDA.
SYDNEY BAKER, Personal Assistant to the Owner, Birthday Party Coordinator, Ballet, Tap.
Sydney has been a student at Parker Dance Academy since the age of four. While a student, she attended in studio master classes with Brian Bender (ballet), Barbara Duffy (tap), Eliza Ohman, Dan Mont-Eaton, and Corina Kinnear. She also attended multitudes of dance competitions and conventions such as Fluid, Nuvo (earning a tap scholarship), Jump, NYCDA (showcase performer), Cathy Roe, DEA, Sheer Talent, and Showstoppers, among many others. Continuing her education, Sydney annually travels to New York City to attend tap festivals such as Tap City and The Big Apple Tap Festival, as well as Arizona to perform with Tap 24.7. She recently had her first professional performance with Industrial Dance Alliance, where she performed choreography by Chelsea Davis. An assistant teacher since the seventh grade, Sydney has had her own class since the eleventh grade. In 2016, she became a full time staff member at PDA, while she continues to study Business at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She hopes to instill a love of dance in her students while teaching them the technique and discipline of the art of dance. This is her 5th year teaching at PDA.
LISA REBIK, Intermediate/Advanced 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 14th 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 8th 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 6th year with PDA.
JOANNA CURLEY-RABON, Ballet.
Joanna started her training at Parker Dance Academy and then went on to train with International Ballet School and Colorado Ballet Academy. She won first place twice at Denver Ballet Guild (2003 Category III and 2005 Category IV). After high school, she became a scholarship student in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s pre-professional program. She danced many apprentice roles with PNB (Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Rubies) and then continued her career as a company member with North Carolina Dance Theater (Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Romeo & Juliet) and Nevada Ballet Theater (Giselle, Serenade, Who Cares, Concerto Barocco). Discovering a love for travel, Joanna left the pointe shoes at home to spend two years working for Royal Caribbean International as a dancer and aerialist, performing all over the Mediterranean and Caribbean waters. She also expanded to perform collaboratively with Cirque du Soleil in benefit shows and new choreographic works. Currently, Joanna’s focus is training aerially, building the strength and skills to take dance into the air. As a frequent guest teacher and staff teacher at PDA, Joanna is excited to be back for a 4th year!
CLAIRE SHEEK, Tap, Ballet, Dancewear Manager.
Claire has over 20 years of experience in various styles of dance, specializing in tap. She began teaching at age 16 and has continued her journey as a dance educator and choreographer ever since. Along the way she has been mentored by both Barbara Duffy and Thelma Goldberg and has earned two Tap Teacher Training Certificates from the American Tap Dance Foundation. Her choreography has been recognized and awarded at a regional and national level. In 2014 Claire founded Rocky Mountain Rhythm, Colorado’s go-to tap resource, and since then has spent her “free time” curating local tap events and performing with the company. Growing up Claire performed as a member of the late Prof. Robert L. Reed’s St. Louis Hoofers Club and she has continued on to dance for 7Dancers, as a guest performer with Anthony LoCasio’s #TapLife Company as well as for Rocky Mountain Rhythm. Claire strives to pass on her love of the art form by teaching quality technique and musicality, educating her students in the various styles of tap dance and passing down it’s history though the stories that have been passed down to her. This is her 4th year at PDA.
THEA JAWORSKI, Contemporary.
Thea began the start of her love for dance at the age of 7 just outside of Atlanta with Roswell City Dance under the direction of Beth Mason and Nancy Whitehead. Upon relocating to North Carolina, she continued her dancing with multiple educators throughout the Raleigh/Durham Triangle including Kirstie Spadie of North Carolina Dance Institute, Missy Blackburn of Carolina Dance Center, Gene Medler of North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, and Christy Curtis of CC & Co Dance Complex. During these formative years, she was awarded full scholarship to Ohio’s BalletMet and Los Angeles EDGE Performing Arts Center. Upon graduating, she moved to NYC where she began working at Broadway Dance Center and training under choreographers such as Finis Jhung, David Howard, Matthew Powell, Brice Mousset, Sidra Bell, Loni Landon, Joshua Bergasse, Sheryl Murakami, Michelle Dorrance, Mishay Petronelli, and Shelly Hutchinson. She began mentoring under Calen Kurka and Chris Hale where she focused heavily on kinesthetic movement – anatomy, biomechanics, injury prevention, yoga, improvisation, Pilates, Gyrokinesis, and nutrition classes. She was on faculty with American Dance Festival, St Mary’s High School, Arts Together, Raleigh School of Ballet, Barriskill Dance Theatre, and is a guest instructor for 9th St Dance, and North Carolina State University. She is currently residing in Denver, Colorado and is on staff with Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Tease Studio, Millenium Dance Complex Denver, and Colorado Ballet. In addition, she is also teaching dance and creative movement residencies within the Denver Public School systems, and is a guest instructor and choreographer with Denver School of the Arts. She is on tour as an adjudicator and master teacher for StarQuest International’s US regional and national performing arts competition tour, and NYLA Dance Convention & Competition. This is her 3rd year at PDA.
BECKY PERRY, Ballet.
Becky started her dance training in a small neighborhood ballet studio in Glendale, AZ at the age of ten. After quickly realizing that ballet dancing was a passion rather than just a hobby, she started training at the Phoenix School of Ballet. She trained for eight years there receiving additional classical training at intense summer training programs with the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and Ballet West. Over the course of her training she also auditioned and was accepted, and awarded scholarships to several other training programs with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Diego Ballet, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Becky danced briefly in college at Arizona State University. But after sustaining a severe knee injury while living abroad in Paris, France, she was unable to continue or advance to a professional performing level. Becky has taught various levels of ballet from toddler/beginner to advanced ballet over the past several years in Parker, CO, and absolutely loves teaching and working with enthusiastic young dancers. This is her 3rd 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 3rd year with PDA.
TIFFANY MATHEWS, Ballet.
Tiffany started dancing at the age of 2 in a small town in the state of Washington. She moved to Colorado at the age of 10, at which time her love and commitment to dance intensified along with her training. Her primary dance training was in ballet and she also trained in tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical. Tiffany trained and tested in the Royal Academy of Dance(RAD) through most of the primary grades and also Pre Elementary and Elementary exams. She also trained in the Cecchetti Council of America(CCA) and tested through Grade 4. Tiffany performed in many productions including The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, as well as competed in many dance competitions including The Denver Ballet Guild and Show Biz. Tiffany started teaching dance at the age of 13 and quickly realized that teaching was her passion. With over 12 years of teaching experience, ballet has always been her main focus and strength. Tiffany has taught preschoolers to adults, beginning through advanced classes, with her primary focus on technique. She has also enjoyed teaching beginning tap classes. This is Tiffany’s 2nd year with PDA and she is excited to be a part of this group of dancers.
MAGNOLIA MACHADO, Ballet, Tap, Jazz.
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. Maggie has been assisting classes with Kim Kinnear for three years and has been teaching for two.
KAT REESE, Jazz, Ballet.
Kat grew up as a student here at Parker Dance Academy. During her 10 years at the studio she studied jazz, ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. Kat has held many roles in the Nutcracker, such as Clara, Dew Drop, Snow Queen, Spanish soloist and Arabian soloist and absolutely loves performing on stage. She was also heavily involved with the company during her time as a student here at PDA, winning the national title “Miss Teen Dance Educators of America” two years in a row. Contemporary is her favorite style of dance, and she is thrilled to be back at Parker Dance teaching for her second year.