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.
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.
Jessie has been apart 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 dance 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 new little dancers how dance can become such a big part of your life.
Claire began dancing at age 3, right here with Colleen. She grew up between Golden and Lakewood, attended Bear Creek High School, spent time at Colorado State University, and is now finishing her degree in Therapeutic Recreation at MSU Denver. Claire started her life as a dancer in ballet and then grew from there, adding jazz, hip-hop, lyrical/contemporary, modern, tap, and musical theater to her training. When she was 12 years old, she joined the En L’Air Performing Group at Colorado Centre of Dance and maintained that commitment through her graduation from high school. Aside from studio dancing, she has experience in musical theater choreography and dramatic performance, guided meditation, yoga, creative writing, and loves being outdoors. Claire believes that dance is a language that is innate and unique to all of us. She is thrilled to share her love of dance, choreography, artistic expression, and building authentic connections and self-love here at Colorado Center of Dance.