BETSY HOFFMAN, OWNER/STUDIO DIRECTOR:
Betsy has been the proud owner of Kinetic Arts since 2007. She has achieved her second level of certification in dance instruction from the Dance Educators Association, and has attended numerous dance teacher workshops throughout the country. She began dancing at age two and has extensive training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and contemporary. Betsy competed dance at the regional and national level throughout her childhood and into her college years. Betsy was a captain of the nationally-ranked CU Express Varsity Dance Team at the University of Colorado, as well as the 1996 State Champion Evergreen High School Poms. She has been teaching and choreographing for studios and high schools throughout Colorado since 1997.
ABBY STEWART, INSTRUCTOR & KINETIC COMPANY CO-DIRECTOR:
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.
CYNTHIA GIANNINI GOTTLOB:
Cynthia Giannini Gottlob danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years. She was featured in many of the ballets she danced in and worked with world renowned choreographers. She was classically trained in the Vagonova and RAD ballet syllabuses. She danced classical, semi classical and contemporary works with the company. In 94. during a six month hiatus from the Joffrey, she performed leading roles with the Galaxy of Stars, directed by Cynthia Gregory, one of America's most famous ballerinas. She retired in 1999 and taught ballet for a number of schools in the Chicago area before having children and moving to Colorado in 2001. Cynthia loves working with those who are interested in pursuing their highest potential. She has recently returned to dancing and has been learning and competing in Latin and Standard styles of Ballroom. She loves the creative process and along with her ballroom partners, has been choreographing dances infused with ballet and ballroom aspects. She has created pieces for her students as well, to perform at social and theater productions. She would love at this time in her life to share everything that she has learned with willing students. Dance was her life for most of her life and she is so happy to return to it recently.
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.
Maggie Lefford began dancing in the third grade, training in classical ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. When she was 15, she discovered modern dance in Utah at a summer workshop with Repertory Dance Theatre and later proceeded to earn her BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah. While there, she studied the techniques of Bill Evans, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Alwin Nikolais from guest artists from those dance companies. Maggie danced with the Chicago Moving Company, the San Francisco Moving Company and June Watanabe and Dancers, among others. She moved to Los Angeles to study jazz dance with Ben Lokey and Hama and to teach fitness for the Jane Fonda Workout. She danced in music videos and in a Jane Fonda fitness video. Maggie also performed in Japan with various dance groups for over a year and founded Goldpoint Productions to take shows to Japan. In New York, she completed the Fred Astaire ballroom dance training and taught ballroom dance. After a long retirement from dance to raise her twin daughters, Maggie is thrilled to share her vision, joy and love of dance with Kinetic Arts students!
Tristan Grant began his dance training at the age of 3 years old at his mom’s studio in Colorado Springs, CO. Eventually venturing to Fort Collins where he trained at Studio West Dance Center. At the age of 14 he built his technical and creative skills training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy winning numerous awards and scholarships. Tristan graduated and continued his pursuit of inspiration on scholarship, at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. He has worked closely with an trained under choreographers such as Meghan Lawitz, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Sabrina Phillips, Talia Favia, Wade & Chantal Robson, Dave Scott, Brian Friedman, Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, and many more. He has performed as a featured dancer in Rogue Dance Company, was chosen as featured dancer in The Difference Between Company and has been featured in Kent Boyd and Matthew Kazierczak’s short film, “Collide in 1986.” He is quickly becoming a favorite master teacher and choreographer both across the U.S. and abroad. His passion for dance and the creative process that he shares with other artists and dancers is obvious throughout his work and he is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after choreographers and master teachers.
Originally from Boulder, Colorado, USA, Teresa has crafted a dense and eclectic resume on both coasts and internationally as a Dancer, Choreographer , Instructor (classical & contemporary works, Argentine Tango, musical theatre), and as a film/stage Actress. She has trained and performed with The Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Boulder Ballet Ensemble and Colorado Ballet, with personal mentoring from Violette Verdy and Peter Nelson. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (Dance) and University of Utah (BFA- Theatre).Her choreography/directing credits include such notables as Broadway Dance Center, NYC; TTO Entertainment Productions, NYC; The Guignol Theatre Co, Los Angeles; Kinetic Arts, Evergreen; Rocky Mountain Theater Co, Denver; Queen City Ballet, Helena; The Grand Theatre, Salt Lake City; Volgenau Dance Ensemble, NYC; plus numerous new works with playwrights, independent film directors, and music composers. Teresa was honored with a 2013 HOLA Award for her choreography within New York City’s “Tango Fever.” She was dance consultant to the 2011 winners of the Polish edition of "Dancing With The Stars,” and is a frequent guest judge to national dance competitions.Beyond her endeavors with classical and contemporary ballet, Teresa performs Argentine Tango. She toured with the internationally award winning “Machina Del Tango,” and “Ariel Ramirez Sextet”. As a dance instructor, Teresa’s forte is ballet technique, and extends into various contemporary and theatrical realms, the ‘craft of choreography’, and her uniquely designed “Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique and Argentine Tango” program. She has taught for The Joffrey Ballet- NYC, Broadway Dance Center - NYC, and Colorado Ballet.
Teresa is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Director and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF). www.TeresaAnneVolgenau.com