- Judy Bejarano
- Teal Bosworth
- Teri English
- Theresa Cordova
- Melissa Corr
- Nicole Darnel
- Ryne Haldeman
- Abby Holbrook
- Amy Hughes
- Kim Lang
- Bella Lee
- Rachel Marlan
- Erica Mugoye
- Natalie Weaver
- Margaret Willingham
- Sarah Wilhelm
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 began to open 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 was like no other performance she had participated in before.
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.
Teri English has her degree in dance from Colorado State University and is the School Director and Ensemble Director for Canyon Concert Dance Center. Currently, she performs and choreographs for High Performance Dance Theatre, teaches Lyrical, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and Ballet at Canyon Concert Dance Center. She is the Ensemble director and competition troupe director for CCDC as well as a style coach for competitive figure skaters and Artistic Director for the Ice Theatre of Fort Collins. Teri has recently been seen in A Chorus Line, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, La Cage, Swing!, Leadville or BUST!, CATS, The Producers and The King and I. She has performed with many companies including 1883 Entertainment, Openstage Theatre, Opera Fort Collins, Honolulu Dance Theatre, the Vau de vire society, Louder Than Words Dancetheatre, 8th Street Contemporary Dance Company, Impact Dance, Glenwood Springs Danceworks and Canyon Concert Ballet . Her Choreography has won first place titles at various dance conventions, been selected for New Visions Dance Festivals, First Night, and Creative and Performing Arts Symposiums. She has recently choreographed The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Jungle Book and Annie.
Theresa Cordova is a Ft. Collins native who grew up dancing at CCB. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with a double BA in modern dance and French. Her dance experience encompasses many disciplines including ballet, modern, jazz, African, folk dancing, liturgical, and musical theater.
Throughout her career Mrs. Cordova has performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Fire Bird, Giselle, Candide, Brigadoon, A Walk with Gershwin, and more. She has been a guest dancer with Dance Express, Opera Fort Collins, Fort Collins Children’s Theater, Front Range Musical Theater, and Dance Theater of Loveland. Along with teaching and performing, Mrs. Cordova is an active choreographer and director. Her work has been accepted into the New Visions Dance Festival and she set original works at the Rialto Theater in Loveland and the Loveland Museum in correlation with exhibits. Currently she enjoys dancing with the CCB Company, yoga, downhill skiing, swimming, and traveling.
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.
Ryne Haldeman is a native of Fort Collins, Colorado. Ryne started his training in dance and musical theater at the age of nine with Colorado Academy of the Arts Inc.. Ryne has technical dance training in ballet, ballroom, Broadway dance, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap.
Ryne has experience teaching all levels of tap. The style of tap that Ryne specializes in is Broadway tap. There are two major variations on tap dance that exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance, and is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. Ryne starting teaching tap at Colorado Academy of the Arts in 2003 to 2010. He also has taught tap at GK Gymnastics and Up In Lights Productions Inc.. Ryne is so happy to have been given the opportunity to join the amazing and talented staff at Canyon Concert Ballet/Canyon Concert Dance Center, and bringing his love of the arts to the students that he will be teaching over the next year!
When Ryne is not teaching he enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, playing board games and singing at karaoke joints. Ryne also spends most of his time performing in musicals with theater companies across Northern Colorado. Ryne’s favorite past credits include Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Horton in Seussical The Musical, Ryan Evans in High School Musical, and Chantal in La Cage Aux Folles.
Abby is a Fort Collins native who started her dance training at Canyon Concert Ballet when she was three years old. She has participated in many productions put on by CCB, including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, and many more. Ms. Holbrook spent time studying dance at both University of Colorado and Colorado State University, where she was able to expand her dance horizon to include modern, jazz, African, flamenco and hip hop.
Abby is excited to be teaching alongside so many teachers that taught her the love of dance, and is looking forward to sharing that love with students in her first year of teaching at Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center.
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.
Kim Lang is the Executive Director and an instructor for Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center. She graduated from CSU with her degree is dance. Kim has taught, choreographed and performed in Colorado since 1993. She started dancing at age 8, and continues to study ballet, modern, hip-hop, cultural dance and jazz. While attending Colorado State University, she received several Creative Performing Arts Scholarship Awards.
After graduating from CSU with honors in December of 1993 with a Performance Art degree, Ms. Lang began working with the Canyon Concert Ballet as a teacher, company stage manager, administrative associate and choreographer. In February of 1996, she started her own company, High Performance Dance Theatre, a non-profit educational organization. She is the Artistic Director of High Performance Dance Theatre. Currently Ms. Lang teaches jazz, modern and hip-hop, as well as setting choreography for competition and performing groups in Northern Colorado.
Bella is a senior at Poudre High School, and has lived in Fort Collins most her life. She began dancing at the age of 3 at a small studio in Eagle, Colorado. For the majority of her dancing training she has been privileged to dance at Canyon Concert Dance Center under many great teachers, as well as at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and Orlando Ballet School.
She has been involved in several productions at CCB, including dancing in numerous Nutcrackers as Chinese, Flowers, Snow, and young Clara, in Peter Pan, and excerpts from Giselle. She is honored to have been part of CCDC’s Ensemble, where she played her favorite role as Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and returning for a second year with the award winning Canyon Concert’s Competition Troupe, Hype Motion!. Her greatest joy, along with dancing, is teaching. Whether it be creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, and now hip hop as well, her passion is working with the amazing kids at Canyon Concert Dance Center.
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 has danced at CCB for 21 years, and has performed in more than 50 CCB productions. She is in her eleventh year of teaching at CCDC. Ms. Mugoye trained under well known dance instructors Gabriella Komleva, of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Galina Yordanova, resident guest teacher and choreographer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada. 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.
Natalie Weaver was born in Castle Rock, CO and started dancing at Danza Dance Academy at the age of 6. She started with Jazz and eventually started taking Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Tap. She attended numerous competitions and continued dancing at Danza until age 11. She then Moved to Fort Collins and attended Inertia Performing Arts and continued to started dancing at Canyon Concert Ballet and Dance Center. She has performed in The Nutcracker and Peter Pan while attending competitions with our competition troupe, Hype Motion. Natalie mainly focuses on jazz, lyrical, and ballet, but is open to any style. Natalie started assistant teaching Fairy Princess Camp and is now very excited to be teaching Hip Hop at CCDC.
Margaret Willingham, formerly Wagner, was Ballet Director of The Conservatory(CO) and Artistic Director of The Conservatory Ballet Company since 2004. Willingham was an adjunct Modern faculty for UNC in 2007. She has been training dancers for 38 years in Colorado, New Hampshire and New York, and her students have been accepted in NYU, Boston Conservatory, Marymount Manhattan, CSU and performed with Hannah Kahn Modern Dance company and touring in Europe.
She has been the Artistic Director of several studios over the decades, teaching ballet, modern, jazz and pointe. She has established pedagogy and mentored teachers at each studio she’s been involved with, having received Vaganova pedagogical training at Nutmeg Ballet(CT) and from Miss Phyllis Marmein(NY). Willingham performed with Ballet Workshop, Jose Limon Modern Dance Company, Margaret Wagner & Dancers, Ltd. And 8th St. Contemporary.
Willingham has trained with Andre Eglevsky, Sydelle Gomberg, Sam Kurtchian, Melissa Hayden, Michael Steele, Ann Parsons, Royes Fernandez, Rosanna Seravalli and Phyllis Marmein in classical ballet. In Modern, she has trained with Lucas Hoving, Paul Sanasardo, Clyde Morgan, Jim May, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Carol Fried, Jean Cebron, Hannah Kahn and Bill Bales in Limon, Cunningham, Graham and Jooss-Leeder modern techniques. She has studied Improvisation, Effort/shape and composition as a student at SUNY Purchase and with Tarin Chaplin.
Sarah has spent that last six years performing professionally all over Colorado in more than 40 productions along with singing a Carnegie Hall Premiere in New York. She holds an AA Vocal Performance and a BA in Music Theatre. Sarah started studying dance in college focusing on Modern and Improvisational Dance. Although Sarah’s biggest strength is singing, she has studied a semester of Improvisational dance with Kim Neal Nofsinger and was part of Grand Junction’s ‘Kagerou’ and Mesa Repertory Dance. She has been teaching beginning modern dance for over a year and is excited to continue to share her passion of dance with others.
Photos courtesy of Bill Sallaz