To create a place where students become technically strong in the art of dance, while they learn and grow in life.
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.
JAZZ, Co-director Competitive team
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.
BALLET, JAZZ, LITTLES
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 senior at the Colorado School of Mines studying mechanical engineering.
TURNS AND LEAPS
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 has been dancing with Ms. Megan from the beginning and is a staple around the studio.
Ms. Shannon's main job is teaching middle school students English!
Faith Riggs -
Faith began her dance journey here in Colorado when she was 6 years old, training in all styles of hip hop, as well as jazz/contemporary. She has competed and placed in various hip hop competitions in Colorado like Verve and World of Dance while dancing on boulder hip hop team, AMP. She has danced on stage with rapper DaBaby in 2019 and began teaching dance full time that same year. Faith had been assisting hip hop teachers in the community 3 years prior to teaching on her own full time. She has developed a strong love for teaching and watching kids learn, grow and express themselves through the language of dance.
Jazz & Ballet Combo
Kaela has been dancing since she was 3 and is currently a senior at Golden High School . She is apart of the Poms team at GHS as well as apart of the competitive team at Dream Dance Studios! Kaela has been dancing at Dream for the past three years and has danced at various studios in Colorado prior to that. She has been competing since she was little and truly loves it. Kaela will be continuing her dance career next year when she goes off to college!
My name is Jaylene (Jay) Ulery, I started dancing when I was nine years old. I danced at Colorado Dance Center in Littleton, there I took classes in Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Ballet, I graduated from that studio in 2019. In the 2019-2020 school year, I attended Western Colorado University in Gunnison. I was a member of the dance team there and had the opportunity to choreograph, teach, and perform five dances throughout the school year. Also while I was living up there I taught three classes at the Gunnison Arts Center. Dance has been my passion since I started when I was young and I can't wait to continue sharing my passion with other dancers.
Breegan Kearney -
Ballet & Adult Classes
Breegan comes from Kalamazoo, MI, where she began her dance training in the Royal Academy of Dance ballet syllabus with tutelage from Arlene Larson. She went on to receive a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for high school, where she majored in dance. Later, she attended the State University of New York at Purchase College, where she had the privilege of training under Megan Williams, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Kevin Wynn, Stephanie Tooman, Neil Greenberg, Sue Bernhard, Richard Cook, and Bettijane Sills, among others. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and moved to New York City. While living there, Breegan was lucky to dance with several choreographers, including Pam Tanowitz, Nelly van Bommel, Nicole Wolcott, Annie Rigney, Kat Rhodes, and Caitlin Dutton. Breegan relocated to Denver in 2015 and began teaching dance at a public charter elementary school, where she taught for 5 years. She earned her M.A. in Dance Education as well as her Colorado K-12 Dance teaching license from University of Northern Colorado in 2020. Ms. Kearney recently joined the Hannah Kahn Dance Company in Denver and enjoys teaching dance to students of all ages.