Meet Our Instructors
Owner, Chief Creative Officer, Director of Summit Stars
Kelly grew up studying dance in Lakewood Colorado. She has extensive training in both Cecchetti and Vaganova styles of ballet, as well as modern. She received a minor in dance from CU Boulder where she studied modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, west african, dance history, musicality, kinesiology, and choreography. She started teaching at Summit Dance in 2011 and took over the school in 2017. Kelly is the Director for the Summit Stars Performance Team. She is amazed at the talent of our kids and excited to continue to give her knowledge of dance to the students of Summit County.
& Office Manager
Erin started dancing at the age of 3 and continued through college. She was a member of her high school varsity Pom and was nominated as captain her senior year. After high school, Erin taught preschool dance classes as well as jazz and hip hop to middle school age kids. She holds certifications in Acrobatic Arts, and RhythmWorks for students with special needs.
She also helps the studio as our office manager. She is excited to be on the staff at Summit Dance for yet another wonderful year.
& House Manager
Kristy’s love of gymnastics and dance started the moment she learned she could walk on her tippy toes. She began competing in artistic, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics at the age of 5 and continued to compete for the next 15 years. She was a member of her high school’s Jazz Pom Pom squad and spent time studying ballet and musical theatre. Kristy spent 6 years coaching acro, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics to students ranging from age 2 to adult, before coming to Summit Dance in 2018. She is a certified Acrobatics instructor
with Acrobatic Arts and is excited to share her passion for dance and acrobatics with the dancers at Summit Dance.
Her academic background (a math major) is a far cry from dance, but dance has been in her soul all her life. Starting out as a figure skater and later an ice dancer, Haruko has had extensive ballet training in SF Bay Area (Ballet Califia), Paris (l'Academie de Danse Montparnasse), and New York City (Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Alvin Ailey). She moved to Summit County in 2012, and is also an adjunct instructor of ballet at Colorado Mountain College.
Miss Alicia has been dancing since the age of 3. She has trained in the areas of jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, tap, and pom. Miss Alicia began teaching dance in 2010 and has coached competitive teams. She loves all genres of dance, but tap is her most favorite. She has attended regional and national competitions in various states competing in hip hop, jazz, lyrical and tap. She has received top awards as a tap soloist. She has studied tap with Mark Goodman, who was a mentor for a competitor on “So You Think You Can Dance.” She has also studied with Laurie Johnson, Ayodele Casel, Lynn Schwab, Ryan Casey, Olivia Rosenkrantz and many more! Miss Alicia has been awarded the Al Gilbert Award and Tap Excellence Award. She has choreographed numerous routines of all genres, placing in the top 3 at various competitions. She continues her dance education by attending conventions and workshops. From 2011 to 2015 she attended the Point Tap Festival in Stevens Point, WI working with renowned choreographers. In 2012 she attended the Totally Tap workshop in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2018 Miss Alicia attended the Big Apple Tap Festival in New York City, New York. There she continued her education and love for tap working with various choreographers including the owners Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, along with Anthony LoCascio; a former Tap Dog. She feels extremely blessed to be able to share her passion with dancers of all ages across all genres of dance. In her free time she likes to spend it hiking and traveling. She has one dog and three cats that keep her busy! She is a big Green Bay Packers fan! Miss Alicia is excited to be a part of the Summit Dance family!
Sara is a Colorado native and loved growing up in this beautiful state. She started taking dance and gymnastics at the age of five at her neighborhood dance studio. Her first job was as a gymnastics/acrobatics coach at that same studio. This is where her love for coaching and for kids began. She was a competitive gymnast throughout high school and coaching has been a part of her life for 20 years. She has coached in quaint dance studios, recreation centers and larger private gyms. She has attended multiple training courses throughout the years to enhance her knowledge of the sport and coaching techniques, and is a recent recipient of a certification in Acrobatic Arts.
Amy grew up dancing at Miller's Dance Studio in Aurora, Colorado, and continued dancing through college at CU Boulder. She coached the varsity Cheer team at Summit High School for eight years before she came to Summit Dance in 2015. Amy is passionate and excited about sharing her love of dance with her daughter and the students at Summit Dance.
Michelle has been dancing her whole life and began teaching over 20 years ago. She studied ballet at the Belhaven University in Mississippi and has worked in the fields of music and dance ever since. When she is not at the dance studio, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, and playing the piano. Her daughters are two of her students at Summit Dance!