“belonging to or occurring in the present”
CDA employs young and energetic staff that are CURRENTLY in the dance world. Teachers bring their current connections from all over the country in order to expand our dancers knowledge and exposure.
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!
Jenna Spengler is originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota. She started training in dance at the age of four, and studied ballet, jazz, and tap until she moved to Colorado in 2005. She then began training more seriously in ballet, and joined the Colorado Youth Ballet. Here she studied with people such as Patricia Hoffman, Holly Marble, and Jacob Mora. As a dance major at CSU, Jenna studied with Carol Roderick, Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, Judy Bejarano, and Melissa Corr. She has also had the opportunity to participate in master classes taught by Viktor Kabaniaev, Katie Elliot, Nathan Montgomery, Julie Rothschild, Pilobolus, Gabe Masson,and Tommy Parlon. She has performed excerpts from La Bayadère, Paquita, The Nutcracker, and Don Quixote, as well as original works by Chung-Fu Chang, Grady Soapes, Gabe Masson, Katie Elliot, Viktor Kabaniaev and Judy Bejarano. She was also a guest performer as a part of the Aspen Dance Connection in Grand Junction, Colorado. She spent two years in Colorado State University’s Tour Dance Company where she performed and participated in lecture demonstrations in schools across Colorado. Upon graduation, she was nominated by faculty for the “Outstanding Senior” award. For the past two years, she has been both a company member, and publicity director for IMPACT Dance Company in Fort Collins Colorado.
Jenna has taught ballet, contemporary, modern, tap, lyrical and jazz at Turning Pointe School of Dance as a regular, and guest teacher since 2009.
She was the coach for the Fort Collins High School dance team, and has co-directed two performances at CSU.
Stephanie started dancing when she was 12 years old with an organization called Just For Kix, a competitive kick line team that she not only danced for but taught for for about 2 years. She moved onto a new challenge at Midwest Dance Center, where she was on the competitive teams for Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and Lyrical as well as their Co-ed cheerleading team which she thoroughly enjoyed.
After a few studio and national competitions, she traveled to Minneapolis, where she took a weekend work shop with the PULSE dancing in classes with some of the biggest names and various styles. The classes she most excelled at were Hip Hop with Mike Peele and Modern with Mia Michaels.
Once Stephanie turned 21, she enrolled at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood. There she took Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Dance History, Dance Instruction and more. Here she developed a love for teaching. She was also featured in music videos and attended all dance conventions. While not at school or teaching she would take as many Hip Hop classes as she could at Millennium Dance Complex.
Stephanie is passionate about working with children and believes that dance is a way to express without even saying a word.