Learn from the Best!
- Alison Ahlm
- Judy Bejarano
- Teal Bosworth
- Laurel Brubacher
- Teri English
- Nicole Darnel
- Ryne Haldeman
- Vanessa Hearn
- Amy Hughes
- Tim Lutter
- Rachel Marlan
- Erica Mugoye
- Daniel R. Simmons
- Margaret Willingham
- Sarah Wilhelm
Allison Ahlm is a Fort Collins native, has been dancing for over 25 years. She received her dance training from Canyon Concert Ballet, Mountain Center, Colorado State University, DanceAspen and Milwaukee Summer Intensives. In 2003 she earned her BA in Art History from CSU, and has since performed locally in productions for Canyon Concert Ballet, Dance Connection, Dance Theater of Loveland, Front Range Musical Theater, and The Cupcake Cabaret. In addition to dance, Allison enjoys singing and spending time with her family.
Judy Bejarano teaches Modern Dance Technique for Canyon Concert Dance Center. She has also staged contemporary works on Canyon Concert Ballet’s Company. Bejarano received her Master of Fine Arts from C.U. Boulder in dance with an emphasis in choreography. She also teaches Improvisation, Choreography and Modern Technique at Colorado State University. Bejarano is the artistic director of IMPACT Dance Company, a dance/theatre company whose performances speak to issues in our everyday lives. She collaborates and creates custom events with area art groups as well as for private events. Bejarano is increasingly interested in redefining the relationship between performer and audience, therefore; IMPACT’s work can be found in nontraditional spaces, from art galleries, to storefronts, to airplane hangars. Bejarano is also interested in exploring the use of dance as a collaborative outreach tool and has a long term relationship with the arts programs at Pathways Hospice. The company also has a well established integrated arts outreach program called Every Voice Matters. Bejarano’s work has been selected for many regional and national festivals including National American College Dance Festival, Colorado Choreographers Showcase, and Gala Concert for the National Dance Association Festival. Her “topic driven work” often uses original text, dance and projection, and continues to be commissioned at the university level and by independent dance, theatre and music groups. Bejarano, an enthusiastic and demanding instructor, teaches workshops and residencies throughout the region.
Teal grew up in Jackson Hole Wyoming. She began dancing at the age of six at The Dancers Workshop, she was introduced to modern but then opened up to Ballet and Jazz. While training at Dancers Workshop she participated in The Nutcracker and The Art’s on the Hill Festival.
She moved with her family to Fort Collins Colorado in 2000 and continued her training at Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center. She took part in many of CCB/DC’s performances including: The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, and numerous other colorful performances. By far, her favorite performance to partake in was Across the Tracks; it allowed her to explore different preforming styles.
Teal began assistant teaching and also was an administrative assistant in 2005. She is proud to say she is now the program leader of the preschool program, Queen of the Fairy Princess Kingdom, and Office manager at Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center. She is thrilled to be working side by side with those who mentored and pushed her to become the person she is today.
Currently Teal is finishing her Associates of Arts Degree with a concentration is Elementary Education at Front Range Community College. She will then continue her education at the University of Northern Colorado.
Laurel Brubacher has been a student at CCB since 1991 and joined the company in 1999. In 2000 she attended the World Masters at Vail Summer Intensive where she had the privilege to study with Marina Leonova of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Francesca Zumbo and Jacques Namont of The Paris Opera Ballet. She has also studied ballet with Lorita Travaglia, Galina Yordanova, Gabriella Komleva, Stanislav Issaev,Sergey Kozadayev, David Taylor, Melissa Corr, and many more. Some of her favorite roles with CCB include: Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Nikiya in excerpts from La Bayadere, Giselle in excerpts from Giselle, an Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, and The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. This is her third year teaching ballet at CCB. In 2008, Laurel graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Arts and Humanities. This May she will finish her Second Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at CSU.
Melissa Corr, a native New Yorker, has been a leading figure in the training of classical dancers in our tri-state region for over 35 years. Her rigorous Russian based training system provides her students with the discipline, technique and motivation to pursue professional careers in dance. Her students are in companies throughout the United States and Abroad. Ms. Corr is currently the advanced and company teacher for Canyon Concert Ballet. She recently retired from the Dance Department at Colorado State University, where she instructed ballet technique and staged classic works, along with her own contemporary choreography. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband Jim. She is an avid hiker and loves to garden.
Nicole began her ballet training at the age of four at CCB and has not stopped since. Throughout the years she moved her way up through the levels of ballet; participating in the Aspirant Program and ending up as a company dancer. Nicole also participated in numerous productions at CCB. At the age of nine she widened her range of dance by training in modern, hip-hop, and jazz. Nicole has choreographed three musicals at Windsor High School : Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, and Little Shop of Horrors. She also choreographed a ballet piece for a University of Northern Colorado dance production.
Nicole received her minor in Dance at the University of Northern Colorado, and is going on her fifth year teaching dance at CCB. She has been leader and co-leader of the pre-school program at CCB for two years and she plans to continue teaching and participating in ballet for the rest of her life.
Vanessa Hearn began her dance training at the age of 3 in Fort Collins, Colorado at Canyon Concert Ballet. She became a member of the CCB company at age 15 and has taught ballet focusing in the Vaganova and RAD techniques for 6 years. In addition to teaching, Vanessa has also choreographed numerous dances and set pieces for the CCB company. Vanessa is trained in several dance disciplines such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Swing, and Salsa, and enjoys teaching anyone from children to adults. Some of the well known artists she has trained under are Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance, Misha Tchoupakov of Salt Lake City Ballet and Regional Dance America, and Lorita Travaglia of Colorado Ballet. Vanessa graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a bachelor's in Public Relations and Communications. She has performed in over 50 dance productions, including performing at the Miss Wyoming Pageant, and currently performs with the CCB company.
Amy joined Canyon Concert Ballet as a company dancer in 1993. She began teaching for the school in 1995, and loves working with students and helping them to be the best dancers they can be. Many current company dancers started in her Ballet 1, 2, and 3 classes. She received her dance training from Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet West, and has received instructor training in both the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova styles. Amy also choreographs ballets, solos, and contemporary ballet pieces for Canyon Concert Dance Center’s Youth Ensemble. As well as teaching dance, Amy teaches sixth grade English at Lincoln Middle IB School.
Tim has had a love for music his entire life but it wasn't until 2005 while attending UNC that he discovered his passion for dance. In 2006 he became the co-president of UNC's swing dance society where he began to teach lessons and create competitive choreography. While at UNC he also took classes in ballroom and upon leaving UNC continued to teach throughout Denver and Northern Colorado. In 2012 he joined the Jumpin' JiveCats; a swing performance group in Fort Collins.
Tim continues to develop his technique by traveling to swing events throughout the U.S. taught by international instructors. Some instructors he has learned from include; Kevin St. Laurent, Jo Hoffberg, Joe Demers, Mickey Fortanasce, Nick Williams, Sylvia Sykes, Max Pitruzzella and many others.
Tim currently holds his bachelors of science in business management from CSU and is an accountant by profession.
A native of Fort Collins, Colorado, Rachel is a former student of Canyon Concert Ballet. She attended the Vail International Summer Dance Festival where she studied with teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. She also attended the University of South Carolina Summer Conservatory, Snowy Range Dance Festival, and was an R.A. for the Kansas City Ballet Summer School.
Rachel continued her training with a dance scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a B.A. in Dance with an emphasis in dance science and dance education. While she was there, she was awarded Departmental Scholar for three years and made the National Dean’s List.
Upon graduation, she accepted a position with the Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia where she performed for three years. Rachel also taught at various studios in the D.C. area. She continued her studies in the Vaganova syllabus by participating in CSU’s Dance Teacher’s Institute.
Erica Mugoye started dancing at CCB in 1990, and has performed in more than 50 CCB productions. She has been teaching at CCDC since 2000, and is the Assistant Director for the Company. Ms. Mugoye trained under well known dance instructors Gabriella Komleva, of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, Galina Yordanova, resident guest teacher and choreographer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada, Carole Roderick, Director of the CSU Dance Teachers’ Institute, and Lorita Travaglia, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet. In addition to ballet, Ms. Mugoye has studied many forms of dance including Jazz, Modern, Contact Improvisation, Spanish, Swing, Salsa, Character, Tap, and Hip-Hop.
While a music scholarship student training to become a conductor, Daniel R. Simmons began studying ballet with Doria Avila (New York City Ballet) at the Texas Academy of Ballet. Grethe von Bullow's (Royal Danish Ballet, Ballerina) private instruction and encouragement was a major force in his pursuit of a career in classical ballet.
Mr. Simmons, a San Francisco Ballet School, Ford Foundation scholarship recipient, joined the San Francisco Ballet in 1968. He performed soloist and principal roles with the San Francisco Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Del Nuevo Mundo- Caracas, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. He worked with world-renowned choreographers and classical ballet directors. His performance career included Broadway productions as well.
Mr. Simmons graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Dancing, Professional Dancers Teachers' Course, London, England and received ballet and teacher training to include a teacher's certificate from the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in Russia and Tbilisi Opera Theatre, Tbilisi, Geogia.
A member of the San Francisco Ballet faculty for eight years, Mr. Simmons taught for both the company and the school and has been an international guest instructor for the The Royal Academy of Dancing, London, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet School (NYC). He was Artistic Director, San Jose Dance Theatre, San Jose, California. Director of Mountain View Academy of Ballet, Mountain View, CA., director/chair of the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati, OH and Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre Midwest, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Margaret Brewster Willingham has been training dancers and choreographing dances for 39 years. In addition to Guest Directing Canyon Concert Ballet’s production of “Cinderella(2013)”, she teaches many levels of Ballet at Canyon Concert Dance Center, and is a Guest Artist at the Denver School of the Arts for Ballet and Choreography. She is also the founder and creative force of Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs.. For the past decade she was on staff at Frontier Academy’s access program, Greeley, the Ballet Director of the Greeley Conservatory of Dance(GCD) and the Artistic Director of the GCD Ballet Company. Her work, which critics have said, “has depth and subtlety”, has been selected by adjudication for performance in Collective Arts(CO), New Visions Dance Festival(CO), Looking At the Dance(NY), and she was guest choreographer in contemporary Ballet for the University of Northern Colorado. “It is the directness of feeling and exaltation of the joy of movement that is most impressive about Wagner’s (Willingham’s) work”. She was a performer with and resident choreographer for 8th St. Contemporary Dance Company(CO), founder of Margaret Wagner & Dancers, Ltd.(NY), a regional touring company and school that was funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, assistant professor of dance at Russell Sage College(NY) and a performing apprentice with Jose Limon Modern Dance Company(NY). Margaret has lead dance ministries since 1996, including Judah Company(CO) and Rejoicing!(NH), and planned and implemented a Christian Arts conference and craft fair(NH) and served on the board of Trinity Episcopal Academy of Music and the Arts(CO) .
Sarah holds an AA in Vocal Performance and a BA in Music Theatre from Colorado mesa University. Although Sarah’s biggest strength is singing, she has found that her love for dance continues to grow. She started studying dance in college, studying a semester of Modern and Improvisational dance with Kim Neal Nofsinger. She was also a part of Grand Junction’s ‘Kagerou’ and Mesa Repertory Dance. Sarah has spent that last eight years performing professionally in more than 50 productions. Some include A Chorus Line, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The King and I, and Catch Me If You Can. She recently choreographed Seussical and Annie. She is a current member of High Performance Dance Theatre and continues to perform over the Northern Colorado region while bringing her love of the arts to the community.
Photos courtesy of Bill Sallaz