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.
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!
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 freshman at the Colorado School of Mines studying mechanical engineering.
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 is currently working on her doctorate to become an occupation therapist.
"I hope dance will always be a part of life , it makes me who I am."
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!