BETSY HOFFMAN, OWNER/STUDIO DIRECTOR:
Betsy is a lifelong dancer, beginning classes at age 2 and never stopping! She grew up training and competing at large dance studios in Minnesota and Michigan. After moving to Colorado in high school Betsy dove into the competitive dance team world, serving as captain of the 1996 State Champion Evergreen High School Poms, followed by captain of the nationally-ranked University of Colorado Varsity Dance Team and earning the rank of All-Star at the high school and collegiate levels. Post-college, Betsy had the opportunity to begin her teaching career at a small studio in Eagle, Colorado, while also choreographing and working with various high school dance teams throughout the state. In 2007, Betsy found her passion and permanent studio home when she took over as Owner and Artistic Director of Kinetic Arts Dance Studio in Evergreen, Colorado. She has completed the dance teacher training program from Dance Educators of America, and focuses primarily on tap, jazz, and early childhood dance, along with choreographing and directing the competitive teams at her studio. She lives in Conifer, Colorado with her husband and two boys, Carter and Sam.
ABBY STEWART, INSTRUCTOR:
Abby has been dancing since she was a young child. She focused originally on classical ballet under the tutelage of the well-renowned Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin, founders of the Tulsa Ballet. She was an original scholarship recipient of the Los Angeles-based EGDGE Performing Arts Center, which is owned and operated by the original creators of LA Dance Force. She also received a scholarship from the Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago company, as well as Steps on Broadway in New York City. Her professional dancing has taken her across the country from Los Angeles, to New York City and Atlantic City, NJ. She has trained extensively in all forms of dance and specializes in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre.
Casey grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, training at the School of the Washington Ballet under Mary Day, and later at the Kirov Academy of Ballet. As a student, she attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theater, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and Boston Ballet. In 2004 she joined Colorado Ballet, and spent 11 years dancing corps de ballet, demi-soloist and soloist roles in all of the classical and neoclassical repertoire, as well as originating roles in many contemporary works by choreographers such as Dwight Rhoden, Jodie Gates, Val Caniparoli, and more. For the past several years, she has been teaching and coaching students throughout the Denver area, working in a class setting as well as offering private instruction. In addition to teaching, she spends her time working as the owner and creator of her own brand, DECO dancewear.
GIA FERRERO, INSTRUCTOR AND COMPANY DIRECTOR:
I was born and raised in the state of Colorado! I started dancing at the age of 3 years old and have been dancing ever since! For 15 years I competed at all different competitions and conventions across the United States! Back in 2011, my dance team and I also received 2nd place on America’s Got Talent. Our team is called The Silhouettes and we have traveled and done professional work all over the world!. Including, shows all over the United States, 19 shows in Ireland, performances in Poland and Canada, and lots of other places around the world. After I graduated high school in 2015, I started teaching and choreographing at different studios in Colorado. In 2016, my dance team and I went back and did a Christmas Special and a guest appearance on Americas Got Talent. In the beginning of 2020 my dance team and I, The Silhouettes, were asked to come and compete on AGT the Champions with favorite acts from previous seasons and placed in the top 10. I have recently graduated from Regis University in May of 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Special Ed Generalist. I will begin teaching first grade in the fall of 2020. Also, I continue my training and still dance with the professional company The Silhouettes.
LA (Leslie Ann) Dysart has studied dance since the age of two and a half. She is a third generation dance instructor originally from Ithaca, NY. Ms. LA has over two and a half decades of experience as an assistant and associate teacher. She has trained in Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater, Pointe, and Tap. LA began training at her family studio then continued at national dance conventions, and at Broadway Dance Center, NY, NY. She also earned her Master Dance Teacher Certification from Oklahoma City University, has completed the Module One Acrobatic Arts Certification, and was a member of Rocky Mountain Rhythm Tap Dance Company from 2019-2021. Currently LA is the director and choreographer of The Infamous Backroom Cabaret, which performs annually at the Madam Lou Bunch Day Festival in Central City. Ms. LA hopes to inspire students with her knowledge and love of dance while teaching a wide range of technique and style. In her classes she creates a positive atmosphere to help dancers
develop self-esteem, confidence, and poise by focusing on the true value of character and
Calgary is an experienced performer, who has explored different styles of dance for over 30 years. Growing up in Colorado she shares roots with our mountain community. Having varied experiences from performing with Dance Companies in the Colorado and Northern California communities. Growing up she had great opportunities competing on nationally ranked dance teams, sharing the stage on cruise ship with Royal Caribbean Stars at Sea and performing Dance and Aerial for musicians at venues and various festivals throughout the country. She enjoys teaching the joy of dancing in the air, with Aerial silks and exploring movements with dance on the floor. Calgary hopes to inspire and encourage her students to try new things and meet their fullest potential. Calgary has been on Kinetic Arts Dance Staff for 3 years and apart of the Peak Academy Family for over 20 and says "she loves every minute of it"
Lynda's passion for dance began at the age of 3, and she grew up performing for 12 years with the Marion Performing Ballet in central Florida where she danced the role of Clara and a variety of other roles in The Nutcracker as well as Swan Lake, The Stone Flower, and many other classical ballets. In college, Lynda was a member of the University of South Florida's SunDolls Dance Team, performing jazz and hip-hop routines at games and competing at UDA Nationals. After college, Lynda taught full-time as the Director of Dance at Westport High School's Marion County Center for the Arts while continuing her ballet training and performing as a guest with Gainesville Florida's Dance Alive National Ballet in productions of The Nutcracker, Robin Hood, and Carmina Burana. She went on to work in marketing for several theaters and dance companies while living in Chicago, and took adult classes at Gus Giordano, the Joffrey Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance. Lynda continued adult classes back in Florida with The Orlando Ballet until moving to Evergreen, CO in 2022. Outside of dance, Lynda loves traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband Nick and their two daughters Fiona and Frankie.
Regan is overjoyed to rejoin the incredible team of teachers at Kinetic Arts! With her first introduction to dance at age 5, Regan was always encouraged to foster her love of music, movement, rhythm, and performing. Additional dance styles followed, but she fell hardest for hip hop and jazz, and can never un-hear those amazing first sounds of her tap shoes. As a founding member of the DU Dance Collective, she discovered a new passion in choreographing and event production. Throughout every phase of her life, dance followed – in every shape imaginable. When not in the dance studio, you can find her in the
audience cheering on the Kinetic Arts Company, or leading a class at Inspired Fitness where her passion for dance happily meets group fitness. Sharing the joy, the love, the energy, and the connection that is found through dance is what shapes her classes.
HANNAH PIERROU (COMING SOON)