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Michelle Dolighan-Rodenbeck



Owner/Director, Ballet/Pointe Instructor

Michelle Dolighan-Rodenbeck was trained as a full scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Academy of Colorado Ballet. Ms. Dolighan-Rodenbeck was the 1st place winner at the Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Scholarship Competition and received the highly coveted Florence Ruston Award of Excellence. As a principal dancer for Colorado Ballet for 12 years, her many leading roles included the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Odette/Odeile in Swan Lake, Lilac Fairy and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Myrtha in Giselle, Lucy in Dracula, Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, principal roles in Alvin Ailey's The River and principal roles in George Balanchine's Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Rubies, Western Symphony and Who Cares?. She has appeared as a guest artist throughout the U.S. as well as toured as a guest artist with the International Stars Gala in the United States and Mexico.

With an impressive teaching resume throughout Colorado and the United States, she has utilized her vast knowledge of ballet to create the highest quality ballet programs at dance schools throughout Colorado, whether recreational or professional. In 2004 she was invited as a guest instructor for the Hula I Kala Dance Intensive on the island of Waikiki. In 2005, she returned to Colorado Ballet as a teacher in the Children's Program and served as Director of the Academy of Colorado Ballet from 2006-2009. During that time she also staged and rehearsed all children chosen to perform in Colorado Ballet's professional productions including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Coppelia. Ms. Dolighan-Rodenbeck also co-founded the Academy of Colorado Ballet's highly successful competing and performing company formerly known as Aspirations. She continued instructing young dancers of the Academy of Colorado Ballet as a ballet and pointe instructor until June 2010.

Ms. Dolighan-Rodenbeck long had a vision of her own school where students could thrive with the highest quality training in all genres of dance in a warm, nurturing, positive environment. Her vision came to light with the opening of her own school Classic Dance Academy in July 2010.


Heather Marsh-Schieck



"Classic Dancers" Company Director, Tap, Jazz & Lyrical Instructor

Ms. Marsh-Schieck began her dance education at age 5 and has studied with a wide range of dance professionals from around the nation.  Her extensive training background includes classical ballet and pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.  She is a graduate of Casper College and the University of Wyoming where she earned her BFA in Theatre and Dance.  Her collegiate dance production credits include Dancing Near the Edge of Chaos, The Secret Garden, Pulcinella and Brahm’s Waltzes.  Regional theatre credits include Grease, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, Romeo and Juliet and Carousel.  Ms. Marsh-Schieck is currently an Artistic Consultant to Rocky Mountain School of Dance in Casper, Wyoming where she served as the Artistic Director for 12 years.  While with RMSD, the studio’s competition group won a number of overall titles and regional championships and her outstanding choreography has been recognized at several regional competitions.  She has also staged over 17 musical theatre productions working with both amateur and professional groups. 

Many of her former students can now be found dancing and teaching professionally in Denver, New York City, Virginia, Las Vegas, Utah and California, or pursuing dance and theatre educations in prestigious conservatory and university programs around the world. 

Since moving to Denver in 2007, she has taught extensively with a number of Denver-area studios and worked with several competition groups.  She has been with Classic Dance Academy since 2011 and was named as the company director of CDA's competing and performing company "Classic Dancers" for the 2011 & 2012 seasons.

When not dancing, Ms. Marsh-Schieck enjoys spending time with her daughter Savannah, son Ethan and husband Todd.  Passionate about dance, she feels blessed to have the opportunity to share the gift of dance with others. 


Catherine Board


Ballet/Pointe Instructor

Catherine Board is originally from Potomac, Maryland where she began her dance training with the Maryland Youth Ballet under Tensia Fonseca, Michelle Lees and Eric Hampton. At Maryland Youth Ballet, she was honored to be the first student invited to teach and choreograph for the M.Y.B. summer intensive. She joined her first company, Classical Ballet Theater, in Washington DC, at the age of 14. She then went to train and eventually graduate from the high school program of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied under Melissa Hayden, Gyula Pandi, and Franchon Cordell. After her years at NCSA, she was offered a full scholarship from Boston Conservatory for her choreography, which she turned down to continue pursuing her career as a dancer.

Catherine danced professionally for the Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado in a wide range of classical and contemporary works by choreographers including George Balanchine, Choo San Goh, Peter Anastos, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Violet Verdy, Janek Schergan, Paul Vasterling, and Robert Mills among others.

Catherine has continued her career by becoming the Company Teacher and Ballet Mistress of Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She guided the 19 member company in a variety of classes, rehearsals and performances throughout the season. She was also one of the main members to create the 21st Century Choreography Competition written about in Dance Magazine and used by the current artistic team of Ballet Nouveau. Catherine has most recently been the Ballet Coordinator for a young arts competition named TASHCO, which encourages the arts to young people and offers talented students scholarships. Catherine has been inspiring young dancers at Classic Dance Academy since it opened in 2010 and is excited to continue pursuing her passion in teaching.


Allyson Bryant

Allyson Bryant

Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz Instructor

Allyson is from Colorado and has been dancing for over fifteen years, competitively since the age of nine years old. She grew up at Encore dance studio in Aurora Colorado and has trained with well-respected instructors including Corinne Kuhl-Reed, Christina Aguilar, Heather Marsh-Schieck and Brooke Kassera. She has also studied yearly in California, from the prestigious The Edge Performing Arts Center, Millenium Dance Complex, and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. In her years of training in Colorado she received high recognition and multiple scholarships at training conventions including JUMP and Monsters of Hip Hop.  


Ms. Bryant is trained in each style of dance; her strong suits are Hip Hop, Tap and Lyrical/Contemporary.  Performance credits include giving back to the community in holiday shows each year, performances at Southlands & Westminster malls and Cherry Creek Retirement Village. She has traveled with the Encore dance company to Vail and has performed at Disneyland twice.


Ms. Bryant has been instructing students in Colorado for six years and enjoys getting to know children and their dance styles to work with and improve their technical dance skills. She loves showing students new things and teaching what children want to learn in a way to connect with each student. She is so excited to be a part of Classic Dance Academy and can't wait to help guide and support each student through their dance career.  


Janelle Cooke-Hinkley

Janelle Cooke-Hinkley

Ballet Instructor

Janelle began studying ballet at the age of four in Derry, New Hampshire.  Her primary training was in Royal Academy of Dancing.  She also received her training from the Academy of Colorado Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Interlochen Arts Academy.  In 1995, she received the Young Artist Award for excellence in dance.  After graduating from high school, Janelle became an apprentice with Colorado Ballet, and one year later was invited to join the company as a member of the corps de ballet.  She was promoted to soloist in 2003.  Her roles with Colorado Ballet include Sugarplum Fairy and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Myrtha in Giselle, Helena in Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Phrygia in Spartacus.  She has performed leading roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies, Who Cares, and Stars and Stripes; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; Paul Taylor’s Company B; Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring; Frederick Ashton’s Façade; and Alvin Ailey’s The River.  She has also danced featured roles with many contemporary choreographers including Michael Pink, Lila York, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jessica Lang, and Toru Shimazaki.  Janelle appeared as a guest artist in the Arabesque Festival with First State Ballet Theatre in Delaware in 2004 and 2005, and performed in Okamoto Ballet's Don Quixote in Fukuoka, Japan in 2008.

Ms. Cooke-Hinkley has been teaching and coaching classical ballet for over fifteen years and is a favorite among many schools throughout Colorado.  She is very excited to return to the Classic Dance Academy faculty, inspiring excellence and being inspired by the beautiful, young dancers of CDA!


Chantel Fountaine Manuele

Chantel Fountaine Manuele

Hip-Hop Instructor

With 30 years combined performance, choreography, teaching, and coaching experience, Chantel can speak personally of the joy of dance!

Beginning training at only two and a half years old, in Salt Lake City, Utah, her passion for dance led her to performances in the Ballet West Nutcracker, scholarships with Dupree and Tremaine, and the title Jr. Miss Dance/Drill Utah Overall Queen. While attending Cottonwood High School she was a dance company officer, and member of their nationally ranked poms squad. She strengthened her skills during a coveted scholarship with Odyssey II, awarded by director Derryl Yeager of Odyssey Dance Theatre, and with Rick Robinson’s award winning Funk Company (Urban Jamm Nationals 2000 Overall Group Street Jam, Overall Lyrical Duo/Trio, and Best of Show). 

Chantel has dotted the United States as a teacher and choreographer to studio, high school, college, and professional teams.  As Cottonwood High School alumni she coached their poms team to their first national title, and totaled five additional years as coach with national rankings. She was a dance/poms instructor, and part of the creative development team, for the United Spirit Association.  She has appeared in print, television, and the 2002 film Out of Step. Professional work also includes Stage 7, Creative Focus Productions, Scene Makers, and back up dancer to musician Alex Boye. Chantel was honored to be chosen, and directed, by renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega for the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, performing alongside legendary rock band KISS.

While the thrill of the stage is exhilarating, she has found that watching a student reach, overcome, and achieve is hard to beat! Perhaps a feeling only out measured when that child is your own. Chantel is grateful for influential teachers and mentors like Valerie Cazier, Jennifer Burns-Lewis, Scott Watts, Andy Vaca, and Trey Barber who helped develop her talent and love for dance. She treasures each opportunity to do the same for others.

Now in her greatest role, she enjoys family room jam sessions with three beautiful daughters, and her handsome, B-boy husband. Chantel is excited to join the talented staff at Classic Dance Academy.


Staci Kinkead Fox

Staci Kinkead Fox


           Staci Kinkead-Fox is originally from Martinsburg, WV and received her formal training from Inwood Performing Arts Company in Inwood, WV. While there she was trained in the Royal Academy style of ballet, as well as, jazz, modern and Broadway tap. At the age of 14, Ms. Fox was accepted as a full scholarship student to the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. There she was trained in the Vaganova method under the instruction of Ludmilla Morkovina.

            Upon graduation, Ms. Fox joined Colorado Ballet as an apprentice and was then invited to join as a corps de ballet member one year later. In 2003 she was promoted to a soloist. Ms. Fox’s roles with Colorado Ballet include “Myrtha” in Giselle, “Fleur de Farine” and “Diamond Fairy” in Sleeping Beauty, “Mercedes” and “Anita” in Don Quixote, “Fortune” in Carmina Burana and “The Cowgirl” in Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo”. Ms. Fox has also danced featured roles with many contemporary choreographers including Michael Pink, Peter Pucci, Donald McKayle, Toru Shimazaki, Septime Webber and Doug Varone.

            Ms. Fox retired from Colorado Ballet after the 2004 season to pursue career opportunities in veterinary medicine all the while staying true to her roots in the dance world by teaching at many dance facilities in Colorado, West Virginia and Maryland.


Maria Mosina


Ballet Instructor

Ms.Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Ms. Mosina joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and was immediately chosen for principal roles. She toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. She performed leading roles in all major productions as a member of the Company, as well as a guest artist with many other festivals, galas, and companies. Among the most memorable are the International Arts Festival in Spoletto, Italy, Gala Performance in Memory of Nureyev in Ufa, and Fernando Bujones Gala in Miami, FL.  She also proudly holds a commemorative diploma for appearing in the Royal Variety Performance before Her Majesty the Queen of England.

Ms Mosina was invited to join Colorado Ballet as a lead principal dancer in 1995. In her 20 years with the company she has performed all major roles in classical productions such as Clara and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Sylphide in La Sylphide, Odette-Odille in Swan Lake, Aurora and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, The Dying Swan, Le Spectre de La Rose and pas de deuxs from Le Corsaire, Talisman, Paquita, and Les Sylphides.   Ms. Mosina has shown her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreography in master pieces such as Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, and Who Cares? as well as Christopher Weeldon’s  A Midsummer Night Dream, Peter Pucci’s Size Nine Spirit (as seen on PBS), Alvin Ailey’s The River, Martha Graham’s monumental Appalachian Spring, Agnes de Mille's  Rodeo, Paul Taylor's Company B, Sir Frederick.Ashton's Facade, Anthony Tudor's The Leaves are Fading and Echoing of Trumpets, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and In the Upper Room, Michael Pink's Dracula and  The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stanton Welch's Of Blessed Memory, Martin Fredmann's  Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, A Little Love, Mon Dieu, Sachertorte, Silent Woods, Dreamspace ( as seen on PBS), Donald McKayle's JamNation, Septime Webre's Where the Wild Things Are, C.Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto No.1, L.Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Cottschalk and more.  Ms. Mosina is constantly praised for her incredible talent and artistry as well as her sincere passion for dance

Ms. Mosina has appeared as a guest artist at various prestigious dance festivals and galas across the United States. Additionally, she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and in an article in Dancer Magazine.

To add to her credits she also holds a master’s degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. She is an active ballet instructor across the United States and has participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix.  She is now in her 20th season as a principal ballerina with Colorado Ballet and is excited to be sharing her knowledge of dance by teaching throughout the United States.


Jacob Mora

Jacob Mora

Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Boys Foundation Instructor

Choreographer, actor, dancer and musician Jacob Mora hails from Denver, Colorado where he works in dance, music and film. As Artistic Director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, Jacob fuses both cultural and contemporary movements and music styles, ever expanding his continued exploration of relationships and the human experience. Jacob has garnered international success as a performer, teacher and artist.   He has been seen dancing with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, Hannah Kahn Dance, and Santee Smith Group. He has had the pleasure of working with Choreographers such as Donald Mckayle, Betty Jones, Milton Meyers, David Rousseve, Eleo Pomare, David Dorfman and Lisa Race, among many.

   Existing as a fiercely passionate educator and promoter of dance culture, Jacob unites different genres of movement, both traditional and progressive to bring together peoples of different cultural and socioeconomic groups to embrace the art and joy of dance. As an emcee and musician Jacob’s reach is similarly diverse. He produces, creates and performs with multiple bands across the genres of Hip Hop, Electronic and avant-garde styles of music.  Jacob teaches nationally and internationally conducting workshops and residencies on Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop and Conditioning the Spirit.  He has been on faculty with the University of Wyoming, UNLV  the New York Institute of Dance, as well as guest artist and teacher for many other schools, festivals and institutions.


Gwen Tripp

Gwen Tripp

"Classic Dancers" Company repetiteur, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pre-Ballet/Tap combo

Gwen is a Kansas City native who began dancing competitively when she was 14 years old. She has been blessed to perform and train with many amazing companies over her career, including the Kansas City Ballet, the San Diego City Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Gwen has been invited to perform in many projects over her career. She performed in Suzanne Ryan Strati’s “The Strength to be Willing,” performed at the Folley Theater in Kansas City, as well as being featured in Strati’s “Ordo Virtum,” performed at the Lied Center in Lawrence, KS. She was also a corps de ballet dancer in the performance of Balanchine’s “Serenade,” performed at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City, as well as being invited to dance in Daniela Musalardi’s “When the Lights Go Out,” at the Alvin Ailey 2012 Summer Sizzler. While attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s conservatory of dance, Gwen was invited to perform in many extracurricular performances, including Sabrina Madison-Cannon’s “Revisit,” performed at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Paula Weber’s “Carmina Burana,” performed at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. Gwen finished her dance education by receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Dance in May of 2013 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joined the Kim Robards Dance company in Aurora, CO after graduation and has been dancing and performing with Kim since then. She is currently in her second season with Kim Robards Dance. Gwen has been teaching a variety of dance classes to children and adults since she was 18 years old. Teaching is her true passion, and she is very excited to have joined the Classic Dance Academy as a teacher and a Company coach. She is excited to share her experience and knowledge with her new students.

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