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Since the age of three, Donovan Helma has been dancing under the direction of his family operated dance studio in Aurora, CO. He currently continues his education through multiple dance conventions and tap festivals throughout the year.  Donovan teaches and choreographs for multiple competitive studios in the Denver metro area and across the United States.  He has performed on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival in a production by Tap’d Out.  Donovan has taken the stage with modern tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in a Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory.  He is honored to have toured the United States, Europe and South Africa for 7 years as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. He looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

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Mackynzie has danced for over 20 years. She started her training at Peak Academy of Dance in Conifer, CO. After several years, she then transitioned to being a competitive dancer with Shelly True Dance Academy. During this time, she also performed as a soloist with David Taylor Dance Theater for their annual Nutcracker performance for 3 years. She has since danced as a Wild Bunch Dancer for the Colorado Mammoth and is now on her second year as a Denver Nuggets Dancer. In addition, she mentors young students through the Junior Denver Nuggets Dancers program as well as being an active volunteer in the community as an ambassador for the Denver Nuggets franchise. Such events include supporting the Special Olympics Organization, Children’s Hospital, Food Bank of the Rocckies, and many other charitable organizations. Academically, she is pursuing a bachelor’s in Biochemistry with further aspirations of becoming a physician with a specialty in Anesthesiology.

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"Jennifer Alafat grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and began taking dance classes at the age of five. In high school, she had the privilege of studying under German and Valentina Zamuel, who graduated from the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy and taught at The Royal Ballet School. Jennifer represented their studio in competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix and performed as a soloist in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Giselle. Jennifer recently graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). 

 

After graduation, Jennifer trained and performed with Ad Deum Dance Company in Dance Project and Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet. She is excited to be Houston, TX and taught at a number of studios in the area. She has also performed as a guest artist for Hub Dance Collective, and worked with several other companies including Zion back in Colorado and sharing her passion for dance at XDF!”

Rebekah moved to Denver when she was 5 years old. She trained with Colorado School of Ballet, International Ballet School and Shelly True Dance Academy. In December of 2007, Rebekah gradutaed from the University of Arizona with a BFA from the School of Dance. She has performed with numerous dance companies, such as the AZDance Group, Davis Contemporary Dance Company and Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the River North Dance Company. After graduating, she was the principle ballerina with Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet where she has performed many leading roles under the direction of Robert Sher-Macherndl. Rebekah is currently the Artistic Director, choreographer, and principle dancer for Soul2Sole Contemporary Dance Company in Denver. Beka has taught for over 8 years at several different studios.  She teaches all ages from 18months- 18 years of age.  She also has lots of experience choreography for dance companies.  She is very excited to share her love of dance with the   X-treme Dance Force team!

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Kathi Crum is delighted to bring her enthusiasm for teaching ballet to all students at X-treme Dance Force. Kathi’s goal is to guide each student to reach their personal potential and become a better ballet dancer than they already are. Kathi is known for fostering a positive atmosphere while guiding each student to develop a clean foundation of technique with strength, energy, and artistry. As a previous ballet teacher at Colorado Ballet Academy, Houston Ballet Academy, and several smaller reputable dance schools in Colorado and Texas, Kathi has had extensive experience teaching and coaching students from beginner through to high-intermediate levels, including pointe, in preparation for professional employment, collegiate level programs, premiere dance schools, and Youth America Grand Prix.

 

Kathi’s inspiration for quality teaching for all developed from her professional training at Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theatre of Harlem, performing with Connecticut Ballet under Artistic Director Brett Raphael, and teacher training including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Vail International Teachers Conference with Gilbert Mayer of the Ballet School of Paris Opera, Anne Green-Gilbert, trained pointe shoe fitter by Gamba, Ltd., and as an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Levels 6/7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Kathi continues to be active on the board of Colorado Dance Education Organization as former President from 2016-2019.

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Katie started her dance career at the age of four in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She trained at Dance Unlimited for fourteen years, studying styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre. She competed for ten of those years and attended conventions with instructors and choreographers from around the dance world.

 

Katie is currently a dance major at Pikes Peak Community College where she is working on many projects involving creative dance as well as film and photography. She has been a member of the student company, High Altitude Dance Ensemble, at PPCC for two years. While attending college she has choreographed her own group piece that was presented in a showcase with the theme of technology and produced a dance for camera piece, called “Tranquil”, that was shown during the spring 2016 dance showcase. Her time at PPCC has been very dance oriented and she continues to grow as she dives deeper into the world of dance.

 

Her teaching career began at Cutting Edge Dance and Acro, teaching styles from ballet to hip hop. She has worked with all ages, including adults, teaching many different techniques. Katie's goal for teaching is to show that anyone can dance; it’s just a matter of working together to maintain a common goal.

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Constandina “Coco” Apergis was born and raised in Colorado and began dancing at the age of three. She was classically trained at Belliston Academy of Ballet for over ten years, where she then danced competitively at Shelly True Dance throughout highschool. Coco received her Bachelors of Science in Geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. For five years Coco taught at Dance in the Rockies, the local competitive dance studio. She taught very many different styles of classes and choreographed solos, trios, small groups, large groups, production numbers, and recitals. She was able to travel for competitions and conventions and place in many top categories. Additionally, Coco’s time in Durango consisted of being an active member in Dance CoMotion, a school run dance group. Dance CoMotion is an all- inclusive program that is choreographed, performed, directed, and sponsored by the group members. Here, Coco was able to express herself through dance with her peers; she choreographed and performed in ten shows widely ranging in dance styles including musical theatre, pointe, and even aerial silks. 

 

Since her time in Durango, Coco taught at Shelly True Dance for one year before deciding to return to school. She has recently received her Masters of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from DU and is a large advocate for women in STEM. Outside of Dance, she is an environmental scientist at a consulting firm. During graduate school, Coco was able to continue dancing as a Gogo Dancer for large music festivals. She dances locally with Team EZ Crew and has performed in Las Vegas for over 300,000 people. Coco’s goal for teaching is to be able to help her students become the very best dancers they can be while having fun and knowing that the sky's the limit! She is very excited to return to teaching at XDF and demonstrate that you can be anything you set your mind too; even if that’s a dancing geologist.