Polly Creer Sutton: Founding Director
Polly brings years of professional dance and teaching experience to Fort Collins. Prior to moving to Colorado, Polly was a favorite ballet teacher at several Utah and California studios. She has also taught on the university level, teaching undergraduate classes at the University of Utah, as well as, being the Assistant Director of the Youth Artist’s ballet company at Brigham Young University.
Polly graduated magna cum laude with her BFA and Masters of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. She was awarded the Willam F. Christiansen Scholarship for four years, and danced as a soloist in the Utah Ballet and Character Dance Ensemble. While with Utah Ballet Polly performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She was awarded the Dance Magazine Outstanding Dancer Scholarship to Craft and Choreography Summer Program, and scholarships to Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as San Francisco Ballet schools. Polly acted as the Ballet Mistress for Utah Ballet during her final year of graduate school.
Polly has danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theatre, Anaheim Ballet Theatre, Bay Area Dancers, and American Folk Ballet. While with AFB Polly was a featured soloist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Polly has also been a guest artist for several regional companies across the United States and Asia. She has performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, Le Corsair, Don Quixote, La Bayaderre, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella. Polly has also been featured in many contemporary works by Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Tom Ruud, Paul Taylor, and Bruce Caldwell to name a few.
Polly made her musical theater debut in Oklahoma! at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in St George, Utah. She served as Dance Captain there for two seasons and was a featured dancer in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (where she learned to ride a camel), Annie Get Your Gun, Utah!, and The Sound of Music. Polly has also choreographed for the stage production Bye-Bye Birdie as well as several cabarets.
In 2004 Polly moved with her husband Ty to Orange County, California. While in the OC she worked as a Dancer for Disneyland Entertainment. Polly danced 36 different roles in stage, street, and film productions for Disneyland Entertainment. She also taught weekly dance and conditioning classes for Cinderella and her many friends.
Polly is thankful to be able to have her passion as a career, and looks forward to imparting her love of dance on her students.
Brielle Oakes: Studio Director
Brielle grew up in Parker, Colorado and started dancing at the age of 5 at a studio called Parker Dance. By the time she was 9 years old, she was accepted in to the pre professional ballet program at International Ballet School in Littleton. Here she fell in love with Ballet and trained 6 days a week, over 4 hours a night. Although her social life had to be put on
hold due to the constant training, she didn’t mind because all she wanted to do was dance. During her time at International Ballet School she competed in competitions such as the Denver Ballet Guild, and Youth
American Grand Prix placing every year and even went to nationals in New
York to compete among the elite from all over the world. She was given
lead roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker at age 12 and worked her way up
to the Sugar Plum Fairy by the age of 16.
Brielle trained with the American Ballet Theatre in New York for 3 consecutive summers. She was chosen as a soloist of her level in two of the final performances and had the opportunity to meet and take class from some of the most well known dancers and teachers in the country. At the age of 17, she decided to switch gears and joined the company of Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. Here she realized that the dance world wasn’t just all Ballet and formed a passion for other types of dance such as contemporary and lyrical. Many of her colleagues and fellow dancers from this studio have been seen on shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Fame, High School Musical etc. Brielle competed with them for one season until it was time to head off to CSU for college.
Brielle is a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University and was on scholarship as a Dance Major with a Business Administration Minor and has been blessed with the opportunity to not only study ballet and modern, but also things such as pedagogy, choreography, costume construction, improv and more. Brielle also had the opportunity to be a back up dancer for Weird Al Yankovic in April 2013. Although she has been teaching classes
here and there all throughout her dancing career, here at CSU is where she truly found a passion for it. She not only finds joy from being on stage, but also by inspiring those around her just like she was and sharing her love and knowledge of dance. She has been teaching at Contemporary Dance Academy since 2012 and has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to become the new studio director. With a Dance Major and a Business Minor,
Brielle dreamed of opening her own studio one day but never thought in a million years she would get an opportunity such as this coming right out of college. She is inspired each and every day by her students and is so excited for what the future holds.
Parker Dance (Parker, CO)
International Ballet School (Littleton, CO)
American Ballet Theatre (New York City)
Michelle Latimer Dance Academy (Greenwood Village, CO)
Colorado State University Division of Dance (Fort Collins, CO)
Michelle Stovall: Assistant Director
Michelle became interested in dance while experimenting with gymnastics and tumbling at the age of 8. She started training in Broomfield, CO at Taps N’ Toes Dance Academy where she fell in love with competitions. Wanting to train more seriously she joined Elite Dance Academy’s competitive company when she was in 6th grade and began competing locally in Colorado as well as nation wide. As a freshman in high school Michelle joined the Broomfield Poms Squad. This experience encouraged her to train more seriously in the studio-dance world where her passion began. Her last three years in high school she took Dance Conventions and competed on a monthly basis. She has had the privilege to take class from amazing choreographers such as Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, Nick Lazarini, Doug Caldwell and many more. Although Michelle was spending a lot of time at the dance studio, her desire to work with kids became known as she began instruction in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Ballet at Elite Dance Academy. When Michelle was 17 she also joined a pre-professional dance team called “Dream Project.” This team raised money for Colorado based charities as well as gave Michelle and the team a chance to perform for the community.
Michelle currently is beginning her second year in Fort Collins at Colorado State University where she plans to major in Business Administration. She is excited to begin her journey teaching Ballet and Lyrical for Contemporary Dance Academy in Fort Collins. Michelle looks forward to share her knowledge, skill and love for dance with all of her students!