Mission Statement:

To create a place where students become technically strong in the art of dance, while they learn and grow in life.

Megan Evans



Megan’s love of dance started early in her life. She began dancing at the age of five, was a part of a competition group in high school, started assisting dance classes at fifteen, and at eighteen began teaching her own classes. Megan has a bachelors degree in Accounting and Financial Management, as well as an Associates Degree in Art with emphasis in Dance. She has taken class from multiple instructors including Stacey Tookey, Allison Holker, and John Crutchman, as well as local classes from various teachers in the Denver Metro Area. She has attended the Boulder Dance Workshop for teachers and continues to take class and further her dance education. She knew from the first time she was an assistant in a dance class that she truly enjoyed teaching. There is no greater joy than seeing that you can affect a young person's life. That is Megan's mission, to not only have a technically solid dance studio but a place that kids feel comfortable and can learn and grow in life, not just in dance.  

Megan is a member of NDEO (National Dance Education Organization) and working towards her certification in dance education through NDEO. 

Bethany Walker

Jazz, Ballet, Turns & Leaps

Bethany Walker started dancing at the age of 3 in Madison, Wisconsin where she trained at the Madison Professional Dance Center and Madison Ballet. She trained in a variety of dance styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop, contemporary, and poms. Bethany has also had the opportunity to train with top instructors at the Broadway Dance Center, Hubbard Street Dance, Giordano Dance, River North Dance, and Jazz Dance World Congress.

Bethany was a member of Madison Ballet’s Studio Company and performed in several classical works including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Midsummer Nights Dream. Bethany was also a member of Madison Professional Dance Center’s Senior Dance Company for several years and competed in numerous competitions in the region. She served as the Captain her senior year and was a member of several duet and trio groups that went on to win first place divisional awards as well as overall high scores. In addition, Bethany was also a member of her high school dance team, where she won several solo awards from the Universal Dance Association as well as Badgerette Pom Pon.
Bethany continued to study dance at Allegheny College and received her minor in Dance and Movement Studies under the direction of Eleanor Weisman and James Reedy.  She was also the President of Orchesis Dance Company and choreographed pieces for 3 years, while continuing to compete regionally with the Allegheny College Dance Team. Bethany has been teaching all styles and levels of dance since 2009 at various studios. She enjoys teaching dancers technical skills while instilling a love for performing that will last them a lifetime.

Marcus Lira

Hip Hop

Marcus has been taking tap dance classes since he was three years old and hip-hop since he was twelve. He has been teaching hip hop for three years at Sarah Shaw Dance Studio where he won first place awards as a choreographer and recognition at national competitions, such as Tremaine, Thunderstruck, and Bravo. He now teaches in Denver at various studios such as Dance Scene Studios, Denver Dance, and Cherry Creek Dance. He is a member of COhe (One Motive) and performs at many community events as well as competing with them at World Of Dance Las Vegas in 2017. Marcus aims to inspire kids to love hip hop and see the beauty in dance that he does.

Hayley Mapes


Hayley started dancing when she was 4 years old and continued to dance in a performing arts group throughout all of middle and high school. Hayley was the lead  her senior year of High School as the role of Wendy in the ballet Peter Pan. Hayley continued to dance in college at CSU where she majored in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in health promotion. Hayley has a passion in working with kids and her goal is to become an occupation therapist. She currently works at Craig Hospital.


"I hope dance will always be a part of  life , it makes me who I am."

Sydney Purdom

Ballet, Jazz, Creative Movement, Combo

Sydney began dancing at the age of two at Dance Expressions in Friendswood, Texas. Here, Sydney trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. At the age of nine, Sydney began participating in dance competitions and conventions. During her time competing, Sydney won two titles and many scholarships. At the age of fourteen, Sydney became a company member at Vitacca Dance Project, a pre-professional dance company in Houston, Texas where she trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance. She attended the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer intensive in 2013, and for her freshman and senior year of high school, Sydney attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) as a dance major, training mainly in modern dance and ballet. Sydney homeschooled for her sophomore year of high school and trained for eight hours each day at Vitacca Dance Project as an accelerated company member. At the age of sixteen, Sydney attended the Alberta Ballet School summer intensive and was awarded a scholarship to attend the school year-round. After one year in Alberta, Sydney returned home to focus on academic studies at HSPVA. Sydney graduated as a dance major with the class of 2018 from HSPVA. Sydney is now a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines studying mechanical engineering.

Shannon Smaldone

 Jazz, Turns & Leaps, Dance Team

Hi there! My name is Shannon Smaldone and I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing family at Dream Dance Studios. I began dancing at the age of six and have trained in various genres including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern. Through my love for dance I was also fortunate to discover my other passion: teaching. After assisting and teaching dance classes in high school, I pursued a degree in Education at the University of Colorado Boulder (Go Buffs!!). I feel so blessed to be a part of the magic at Dream Dance and can’t wait to share my love of dance with you all!

Ms. Shannon is currently teaching High School English in Arizona but is back helping at the studio as much as possible! 

Emma Michaux


Emma  is a classically trained ballet dancer from Colorado Springs Colorado. She completed three years of teacher training at Colorado Ballet Society. In addition to teaching dance she is also employed as a professional ballet dancer. She will be joining Boulder ballet company for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Emma has had the privilege to dance many amazing roles in various ballets during her student career. Some of her favorites including Snow Queen and Dewdrop fairy in the Nutcracker, as well as performing the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake. Emma has also performed professional level roles with both Idaho ballet and Oklahoma City. 

Mariah Priest

Acro & Little's Tumbling

Mariah started taking tumbling lessons in Michigan when she was 5 years old, at Soni’s School of Dance. Soon after, Mariah transitioned her training  to acro and gymnastics. She still practices today, at age 24, in adult gymnastics every week. She’s been teaching some form of acro/tumbling/gymnastics for about 10 years and is a certified coach through USAG. She coaches gymnastics in Wheat Ridge, Colorado part time, and works as a full time Marketing and Sales coordinator  for a home exteriors company owned by Mrs. Megan’s husband. Mariah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She enjoys working for Zach and Megan and is excited to add teaching for the studio into her schedule. 

Stella Schneider

Hip Hop

Hi! My name is Stella. I can’t wait to be part of the Dreams Dance Studio staff. I am currently 17 years old and have been dancing for most of my life. My favorite style of dance is hiphop and this has been true since I was younger. I started out on a Hip Hop company at Powerhouse Dance in Dallas Texas. While living in Dallas I was also a competitive and school cheerleader. After moving to Golden I joined the Golden High School dance team and danced at different studios. Junior year I became captain of the team and I am again for my senior year. I have plans of graduating and hopefully going to the west coast for college and becoming part of a dance team there.

12860 W. Cedar Drive Unit #110

Lakewood, CO 80228

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