MEET YOUR RDA DANCE TEACHERS!
Kallyn Rand (New Owner) began dancing at the age of four at Colorado Center of Dance and graduated with a B.A. in Dance and Business from Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver in May of 2018. Prior to MSU, Kallyn studied illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design for two years where she studied illustration. But that was not her passion, her passion is dance. She is trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, and tap through instruction at Colorado Center of Dance, MSU, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Through the Metropolitan (MSU) Dance Program, Kallyn grew as a dancer working with choreographers outside of her studio, including Jacob Mora, Leslie Merrill, Nicole Predki, Cleo Parker Robinson dance classes and intensive workshops, Boulder Jazz Workshops and classes at Hannah Kahn’s in Denver. Kallyn was selected at MSU to perform a new work by Mr. Darrell Grand Moultrie in the Gala Concert at the 2017 ACDA Central Conference. In addition to her dance education and teaching, her choreography has been part of MSU productions, ACDA conferences, annual Children’s Hospital Charity events, and dance competitions in Denver over the last 8 years. Kallyn became a member of the CCOD Company, En L’Air Performing Group when she was 10 and at the age of 16, she became an instructor and choreographer at CCOD where she then became the Assistant Director. Kallyn endeavors to enrich the lives of young people to experience the movement and exhilaration of dance. She is thrilled to continue the legacy of Colorado Center of Dance into Rand Dance Academy for many years to come.
Colleen Clegg. M.A. Dance (Previous Owner) Colleen owned the Colorado Center of Dance for 21 years! (From Oct. 1997-July 2018) She is extremely proud of all the dancers and dance families that have come through this studio and danced with her. The studio was sold to Ms. Kallyn Rand in July of 2018. Kallyn danced with Ms. Colleen since the young age of 4 and it is the perfect timing for her to take over since she just graduated with a dance/business degree from Metro State University. It is an honor to continue to work at the studio, support Kallyn, and to see it grow in so many new ways with Kallyn as the owner. It will be thrilling to continue to teach, choreograph, and work with so many teachers that I taught in the past! Colleen has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Houston, TX, and P.E. Bachelor of Science Degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She has worked with various dance studios and performing groups from Alaska, to Texas, to Georgia, and back home to her native Colorado for over 35 years! She worked for Metropolitan State College in Denver for 12 years and enjoyed all the wonderful classes and students she taught there. Colleen is currently part-time dance staff at Red Rocks Community College.
Sarah is our wonderful ballet teacher for Ballet III, Ballet III/IV, and Ballet V and Pointe/Pre-Pointe. Sarah is joining us for her seventh year at the studio. We are delighted to have her knowledge, expertise, and kind and loving instruction for our students. Sarah began her ballet training at The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities under the instruction of Christina Noel-Adcock when she was 11 years old. She continued to study dance at Colorado State University (CSU) learning from several talented artists including Chung-Fu Chang and Melissa Corr. She was selected to represent CSU and perform at the American College Dance Festival in Long Beach, CA. Sarah had the privilege to attend the world-renowned Toronto Dance Theatre Intensive Program in Toronto, ON. Canada, where she studied classical Graham technique. After graduating, Sarah trained with a variety of Denver-based choreographers/artists including Hannah Kahn, Debra Mercer, Chris Harris and Jessica Riggs while dancing as a member of Life/Art Dance Ensemble. Sarah currently teaches ballet at Rand Dance Academy (formerly Colorado Center of Dance) and is enjoying watching her daughters’ love for dance flourish.
Jenny Landreth is a Colorado native who after several temper tantrums convinced her mom she had to dance, and subsequently grew up dancing at Miller's Dance Studio where she was trained in all styles, though she was most dedicated to ballet. In 7th grade she was accepted to attend Denver School of the Arts where she majored in dance and received training from local and national artists including Suzanne Farrell, Alonzo King, Cleo Parker Robinson, Hannah Kahn, Jacob Mora, and Robert Sher-Machherndl. While at DSA she was one of nine dancers selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to represent the school and The Denver Board of Education as they were honored with a Kennedy Center NSBA Award. Her training was supplemented with multiple intensives at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in D.C. Jenny’s love of rain and rocky shores took her to Oregon where she attended Western Oregon University as a dance major. While in the Pacific Northwest she danced professionally with Rainbow Dance Theater, Ballet Fantastique, and Washington Dance Creative performing across the country as well as internationally. She has taught ballet for several years and enjoys sharing the tradition, discipline, and expression of the art with her students. Jenny has 1 indulgent husband, 1 lazy bulldog, and 1 cuddly cat. She is excited to be joining the Rand Dance Academy team as a ballet teacher.
Jessie has been a part of the dance family at Colorado Center of Dance for seven years. However, she started dancing when she was three years old and for the past sixteen years dance has been her passion! During Jessie's years of dancing at Colorado Center of Dance she danced in the En L'Air Company at the studio for four years and states that it was the best four years of her life! Now, Jessie is a junior at Metro State University and has been teaching at the studio for three years. She currently teaches the Combo class on Tuesdays. Jessie has been teaching Creative Movement and Combo classes for the past three years and loves to work with the new little dancers. She's excited for another year of teaching our dancers how dance can become such a big part of your life.
Jada Minkin started dancing at the age of 3 in Greeley, Colorado. She loved performing and started dancing the Nutcracker with the Colorado Dance Theatre at the year of it’s conception and following many years after. She also performed in West Side Story and Will Rogers Follies with Oklahoma City’s professional Theater company receiving her first opportunity as a paid performer.
Knowing that dance was her number one passion she continued her education at the University of Central Oklahoma as a Dance Major. Going to school there provided many amazing opportunities including working with many well known choreographers and artists in the industry including Adam Parson, Malaya, Cindra Che, Loretta Livingston, Bill Evans and Jeff Amsden. Jada performed a tap and modern fusion piece with her fellow dance majors at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She also danced with the UCO Poms Squad and were Division II NDA national champions her freshman year. The last year of school she auditioned and became a dancer for the Oklahoma Arena football team. This being the only sports related dance team in Oklahoma at the time.
After graduation, Jada missed those beautiful Colorado mountains and moved to Denver in the hopes to keep dancing and performing. She danced with some amazing and talented companies in the Denver and Boulder areas including 7 Dancers, Dream Project and Rogue Co. Also during this time, she started teaching and educating other young dancers. Jada was the Dance Activity Director at Dream BIG Day Camp for 8 summers and now trains the new dance teachers. Also, Jada has been instructing in dance studios since 2006. She has enjoyed many great years teaching young dancers and appreciates the sense of community and support dance studios have provided through all the years of life changes such as marriage and becoming a proud mother to her son Leo.
Jada will be teaching Tap 5 and Tap 4!
Erika (aka) Rikki was born on December 18, 1986 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. Erika began gymnastics at age four and decided to move on to dancing at age ten because she wanted to stay athletic and always enjoyed her floor routines because that’s when she felt most free to express herself. She loved the feeling of free expression and decided to start taking dance lessons on a regular basis and it became her passion for life. She has toured and performed with Nick and Aaron Carter promoting the Hasbro toy twister moves at age fifteen and since that opportunity, has continued to pursue a dance career. Through her high school years she spent most of her time after school taking ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop and learned a variety of dance styles for many years and was apart of a traveling dance company called Fusion, which gave her the opportunity to dance at the NCAA’s. She performed in many dance festivals and was also a singer and dancer in many musicals during her high school years, which has taught her to have excellent stage presence. When moving away from home at age eighteen to attend college at Montclair State University, she majored in dance. Which helped her to improve her technique and choreography and on her spare time outside of college she met break dancers and has toured with a break dance company known as The Souljerz Crew and The Street Beats Crew. Her latest appearance was on the streets of NYC in Washington Square Park, Lincoln Center, and Union Square Park. During her last couple years of college, she started teaching dance at various dance studios.
She was the head coach of the copper team for the USAIGC program at the Cherry Hill Gymnastics Academy for two years, and absolutely loved to incorporate her dance background into lesson plans as well as dance techniques to improve her students floor and beam skills. Her specialty is Acrobatics and tumbling. She created an Acrobatic dance Program at the Dance Xperience dance studio in Mount Laurel, NJ.
Rikki is going to be our new acro/gymnastics teacher!
Avery McGraw has been dancing ever since she was three years old and came to the dance studio when she was 8. She is a part of the En L’air Performing Group where she performs for charity events, competitions and the studio’s annual Recitals. Avery is heading into her sophomore year at Green Mountain High School and is very excited to be teaching Tap I/II and assisting Ballet III as well as Contemporary I. When Avery is not dancing she is most likely studying, playing the flute, reading or hiking around the Colorado area. She is very excited to teach and assist and is looking forward to watching the kids grow.
Anika began her dance career in this very studio at the age of four. She is in the En L’iar Performing Group and performs at events such as the Children’s Hospital Lobby, Hearts for Heart’s Sake Benefit, Competitions and at the annual dance Recitals. When she isn’t in the studio taking classes, learning choreography, or teaching kiddos she’s a devout student and adventure junkie, who can usually be found at coffee shops or on the hiking trails. Going into her junior year at Ralston Valley High School Anika is thrilled to be teaching beginning jazz for the first time, and assisting jazz three for a third year. She is especially excited to help kids grow, and grow with them, this coming dance season, and cannot wait to see what this year holds!