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Jordan Lefton, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, graduated from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and The Juilliard School. Jordan joined James Sewell Ballet in Minneapolis soon after graduation from college and spent three seasons with the company. Over the years, Jordan has trained in ballet, among many other techniques including Limón, Horton, Gaga, Graham, contemporary partnering, contact improvisation, and tap. He has worked with many talented teachers and choreographers including Lawrence Rhodes, Risa Steinberg, Lar Lubovitch, Troy Powell, Andra Corvino, Francisco Martinez, Alphonse Poulin, Loni Landon, and Larry Keigwin. Jordan enjoys teaching and has done so for the past 9 years. He plans to keep spreading the art of dance to as many people as possible.
Cricket Keller started dancing in her mom’s studio in New Mexico under the instruction of her mother at the age of three. After Cricket graduated high school she moved straight to Los Angeles, CA where she auditioned for and received a scholarship to study commercial dance at the EDGE Performing Arts Center. Cricket enjoyed a dance career for years following her time as an EDGE scholar; she eventually attended college at UCLA. In 2010 Cricket and her husband moved to Colorado after their daughter was born to be closer to family. Some of Cricket’s dancing credits include re-occurring performances as a featured American Bandstand dancer on NBC’s “American Dreams”, playing a cheerleader in the Hillary Duff movie “A Cinderella Story”, and performing live at the American Music Awards for pop artist Pink and choreographer Marty Kudelka. She was an original cast member as an aerialist / underwater soloist for the stunt show “Mystic Rhythms” at Tokyo Disney Sea, a beloved show which only recently closed after running for fourteen years. Cricket is an experienced adjudicator for dance festivals and competitions, has taught master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has over fifteen years experience teaching dance and working as a choreographer. Cricket received her Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA in 2008.
Susan Beens is Summit Dance Academy's Tumbling, Strength, Fitness Director and teaches tumbling at Parker Performing Arts school. Ms. Fitness USA 2009. She is a Colorado native, but spent time in Nashville getting her undergraduate degree in business. While in Nashville, she opened a gymnastics facility. She trained a level 10 gymnast to the national championships, level 8s and 9s to state and regional championships, and had several TOPS national qualifiers. Susan also worked with a handful of junior fitness competitors and took them to local and national level shows. She has been teaching tumbling and acro for dance, along with strength and flexibility for many years. She was a competitive gymnast, stopping at level 9. Susan also trained in ballet, jazz, and lyrical at The Durango Ballet Academy. Ms Beens is one of the most sought after tumbling coaches in the Parker area.
Lynsey McMullen grew up in Colorado and began dancing in her mother, Marilyn Long’s, dance studio at the age of three. She was the youngest dancer accepted into the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet intensive in Vail where she performed for former President Gerald Ford. She studied at The Academy of Colorado Ballet under Elizabeth Shipiatsky and Zhanna Dubrovskaya, receiving several scholarships from the Denver Ballet Guild. In high school, Ms. McMullen was selected by renowned Hollywood choreographer/director/actor, Debbie Allen as dance captain for the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration’s production of Pepito’s Story. She received her BA in dance with an emphasis in performance and choreography from University of Northern Colorado studying under Molly Faulkner and Monte Black, and performed with the UNC dance team, the Sugar Bears. After college, Ms. McMullen relocated to Chicago where she was a member of Chicago Dance Crash performing in works choreographed by Mouse McCray and Kyle Vincent Terry. Favorite roles have included Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Pas de Trois in Paquita, and the Abuelos Pas de Deux in Miranda’s Nightmare. Ms. McMullen has also coached poms/jazz teams at the varsity level. She currently resides in Parker, CO with her husband and two children. In 2015, she achieved her lifelong goal of competing on Jeopardy.
Kayla Scott was born and raised in Aurora, CO. She began dancing at the age of fourteen on her high school hip hop team. From there she began to teach at the age of seventeen and has not stopped since. She now runs her own competitive dance crew COhe One Motive with her Co-direct Jonah Buckley. They are the largest competitive adult dance crew in Colorado. All members are held to the highest of training standards and are teaching through out the Colorado Dance community. This is Kayla's second year teaching at Summit and her classes are full of exciting and positive energy.
Heather Webb Jasso is Summit Dance Academy's Artistic Director. Mrs. Jasso is also a third-generation dance teacher and studio owner. Mrs. Jasso has instructed in Denver for over 15 years and been teaching for over 20. She was dancing before she could walk; and, aside from training with her mother, aunts, and grandparents (New York City Ballet), she has had the opportunity to travel and study under the dance “greats," Joe Tremaine, Brian Freidman, Tabitha, Mia Michaels, Terry Beaman, Dee Caspary, Wes Veldink, and David Scott. She has also performed key roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Snow White, Cinderella, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Mrs. Jasso is a title-winning dancer and choreographer at the regional and national level, winning numerous awards such as multiple FDC Judges’ Choice Awards, the Prime Time Scholarship Award, and World Dance Championship Invites in 2009 and 2011. Furthermore, she was awarded the Pulse Tour’s Teacher Scholarship in 2009 and was invited to compete in America’s Got Talent auditions in 2010. Heather was awarded Teacher of the Year in Panama City, Florida in 2011. Mrs. Jasso has also traveled the country and been an adjudicator for national dance competitions for 2013-2019. In 2016 fall Ms. Webb Jasso was invited to adjudicate for Australia's Get The Beat International Competition. Mrs. Jasso has had students accepted to SUNY Purchase, AMDA, UNLV Rebel Girls, Oklahoma University, Rockettes, Cruise Lines to name a few. Mrs. Jasso main goal is to prepare dancers to be ready for the adult world, no matter what their dreams are. Mrs. Jasso is so excited to invite you and your dancer to come share her passion for dance!
Joy Prendergast started her dance training in Colorado. She attended the University of Utah as a Ballet Major, and in 2007 relocated to San Francisco to continue her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Joy has performed works by notable choreographers Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Malinda LaVelle, Alex Ketley, Robert Moses, and Christian Burns. In 2009 Joy joined Alex Ketley's, The Foundry. She has worked and performed for local Bay Area companies and choreographers such as Allyce Finnwall Dance Theater, Katie Faulkner, Amelia Rudolph, Robert Moses, Eric Kupers and Dandelion Dance Theater, and Woodminster Theater. In 2010 Joy became a founding member of Malinda LaVelle's Project Thrust. Then, in 2011 she began creating her own Choreography through the Garage Residency Program (RAW) and The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Joy's choreography has been performed at Z Space Theater, The Garage, SFCD, presented in the Annual San Francisco Summer Dance Series, San Francisco Dance Tiny Film Festival, Performa (Tel Aviv), Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Machol Shalem, and HaMiffal Artist House (Jerusalem). She also served as a faculty member of San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy and taught as a guest teacher at SFCD, City Ballet School and other local San Francisco schools and academies. In 2014, Joy relocated to Israel and served as faculty at Bikuray Hi’aitim, Guest Teacher at The Maslool (professional training program), Shira Ganor Dance School, and The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance . In 2018, Joy completed her Bachelor Degree in Dance, with and emphasis in choreography, from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Joy has recently relocated to her home State of Colorado, to embark on new ventures in teaching, dancing, and choreography. Joy is currently teaching at Denver Ballet Theater, Summit Dance Academy, and Impulse Dance.
Kelly Amadeo is Summit Dance Academy’s Children’s Program Director. Kelly has an extensive background in child and adolescent development, education, and dance instruction. Kelly is a licensed teacher in the state of Colorado, has a bachelor’s degree in childhood education, and a master’s degree in elementary education. She danced and performed at the advanced level at Colorado State University while obtaining her degrees. Kelly was trained in the Russian Ballet Technique and is knowledgeable about a variety of styles and schools of dance. Her areas of specialty included pas de deux, pointe, ballet, and children’s dance. Kelly studied dance at Ballet Northwest, Perry- Mansfield, Colorado State University, and Colorado Ballet. She was also a company member of a traveling dance company that taught elementary students around the western states about the history of dance. Kelly has performed lead roles in The Firebird, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, and many others in her 30 years of dance. She has choreographed and directed dance productions including the Nutcracker. Her pedagogy of dance education is that all children can master skills in dance to build a solid foundation for a lifetime of dance through fun, safe, consistent, and structured education. She encourages students and parents to build respectful relationships with each other and their instructors to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all.
Rachel Zaner, born in Maryland, spent the majority of her childhood in Phoenix, Arizona. Dancing since the age of 6, she studied diligently at her home studio, Dynamic Motion Dance Academy, as well as Ballet Arizona and Master Ballet Academy. She began competing at age 13, and found her love for performing on the competition stage. Rachel is an award-winning soloist and began performing professionally at age 15. Early on, Rachel knew she had a passion for teaching dance. She has been teaching since she was 16 and her greatest joy comes from watching her students grow into their full potential as dancers and artists. Rachel attended the University of Arizona Dance program and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in 2018. During her time at the university, she trained extensively under world renowned dancers— Melissa Lowe, Amy Ernst, Samuel Watson, Tamera Dyke-Compton, Michael Williams, Douglas Neilson, Jory Hancock, and Elizabeth George.After graduating, Rachel continued teaching dance in Phoenix, Arizona. She specializes in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical for all ages and also loves to teach Tap and Modern.
In 2019, Rachel moved to Denver, Colorado. She is excited to join the Denver dance scene and hopes to inspire as many dancers as possible while providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful dancers.