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MR. DONOVAN

XDF Dance Teacher/Choreographer

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.

MS. BRI

XDF Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Bri has been in Colorado for the past 20 years, growing up in Parker and always staying close to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. After graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her BA in English and a concentration of Secondary Education she pursued her teaching license.

Bri has been passionately dancing since she was five years old and thrives for every piece of the dance world. She was involved in Miller's Dance Studios company, Tour De Force, for seven years earning many platinum and top place awards, both with her teammates and as a soloist. She has had the opportunity to take classes and learn choreography from famous choreographers such as Kim Wolfe, Travis Wall, Wade Robson, and many more. Other experiences she has been fortunate to partake in are; competing dances choreographed by John Crutchman and Alan Sherfield, the founders and directors of the traveling convention West Coast Dance Explosion, traveling for performances, and a number of scholarship, audition, and charitable performances.

After the experience of teaching all different ages to follow their desire to dance Bri has found that there is a perfect balance between fun and structure of growing into a dancer. Everybody has the potential to dance and the thing that Bri loves nothing more to do is help others find their abilities and what they are able to achieve.

MS JESSICA

XDF Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Jessica Mariner is originally from Chicago, IL. She began dancing at an early age and trained at Dmitri Roudnev School of Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet and at the Studio Company of Ballet Chicago under the direction of Daniel Duell. While at Ballet Chicago she performed some notable ballets including George Balachine's Serenade, and Who Cares. She also spent summers training at Miami City Ballet, and Orlando ballet. She then continued her education at the University of Utah, obtaining a B.F.A in Ballet Performance.  While at the university, she danced with the performing company Utah Ballet performing such as Gisselle, La Bayadere.

After graduation, she began her professional career dancing as an apprentice with Ballet Nebraska and then joined Missouri Ballet Theatre as a full company member performing soloist roles in Cinderella, Nutcracker and contemporary works by Robert Philander.  Jessica is currently dancing with Ballet Ariel and Ballet 5280, performing soloist and corp de ballet roles in classical and contemporary ballets. Over the past year she has had the privilege of performing the classical ballets of Les Sylphides, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and La Fille Mal Gardee.

Jessica has had the opportunity to teach in Omaha, St. Louis and Denver and loves the art and discipline of ballet! She is very excited to be teaching at X-treme Dance Force and sharing the joy of ballet.

MS REBEKAH

XDF Dance Teacher and Choreographer

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 graduted from the University of Arizona with a BFA from the School of Dance. She has performed with numerous dance companies, such as the AZ Dance 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. Bekk 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!

 

MS. KATHI

XDF Dance Teacher and Choreographer

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.

 

Photo credit: Francisco Estevez

MS. KATIE

XDF Dance Teacher and Choreographer

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 theater. 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.

MS. VALERIE

XDF Front Desk Administrator

Chances are, if you have a question Ms. Valerie is the person for you. She can be found at the front desk, most days of the week. She handles the phone, payments, paperwork, merchandise and the occasional policing of students to ensure that they make it to class on time. She offers a kind and warm welcome to all who enters the studio. She is Mom to Ms. Rachelle and Grandma to Makenna and Caden.

MS. JANEI

"Janei has been dancing since the age of five, training both formally & informally in street styles and professional performance styles. She has worked as a director and choreographer for several youth & adult dance teams across multiple genres, including Catch A Fyah Caribbean Dance team and Set It Off Step Squad.

As a freelance creative director, Janei has choreographed and danced in opening performances for many artists including Ty Dolla $ign, Sevyn Streeter, Adrian Marcel, 2Chainz, Dreezy, and Husalah, and she also co-directed BLACKStage Presents The Wiz in 2018 at Stanford University. As a part of the Arts and Education Project team of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford, she coordinated the 5th Element Global Hip Hop Pedagogy Symposium & Think Tank, bringing together hip hop educators, community arts advocates, teaching artists, and those of all backgrounds who are interested in the liberating possibilities of hip hop teaching methods.

In 2011, Janei was also a founding member of Next Generation Phenomenon dance crew, which in 2012 evolved into One Motive before merging with COhe in 2013. It is now known as COhe One Motive, and today she performs and competes with this dance crew both on a local and on national level. Janei also currently teaches dance as a movement module in Girls Athletic Leadership Schools’ embodied education model in Denver.

Through her art, Janei strives to uplift and empower girls & women and, through her visibility, inspire young girls of color to embrace themselves entirely and unapologetically."

MS. RYLEE

XDF Dance Teacher and Choreographer

Rylee Scroggs graduated from Springs Studios for Academic Excellence this past May. I have been dancing for fifteen years, twelve of which were competitive. This past summer I graduated from Dance Unlimited in Colorado Springs, with training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary, and lyrical. During my high school career, I got the opportunity to train at Arts Immersion for two years, focusing on ballet, modern, and technical training throughout the day, and the other two at Springs Studios high-performance program where I got to focus on my dance training and incorporate it into my schoolwork. For the past four years, I have had the opportunity to be a teacher’s assistant, teach dance at birthday parties, and in classes of all different levels and genres. I have also been able to choreograph different groups and solos for choreography showcases and recital at Dance Unlimited, as well as teaching summer camps at Synergy Dance Academy. This next fall I will be majoring in dance at Pikes Peak Community College and earning an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to New York in two years to study dance theater. I have always had a passion for performing, but over the years I have really developed a passion for teaching and choreographing, and hope to help find other dancers find their passions as well.

MS. COCO

XDF Dance Teacher/Choreographer

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.

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"While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance"

-Hans Bos

 

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