Each instructor at Dance Arts Studio holds a Bachelor degree in one of the following areas:
Dance Education, Choreography, or Performing Arts.
Heidi Thomas – Artistic Director
Heidi holds a B.A. in Dance Education from Colorado State University. She began teaching at the Morrow School of Dance in 1979 and subsequently purchased the studio in 1983, now known as Dance Arts Studio. Heidi has volunteered her expertise as a choreographer and teacher at Broomfield Heights Middle School, Westlake Village Middle School, Nativity of Our Lord, Broomfield High and Bal Swan Children’s Center. Heidi now serves as Artistic Director of Dance Arts Studio.
Stephanie McGill is a native of Colorado and received her training from the Academy of Colorado Ballet and Dance Arts Studio. She attended Denver School of the Arts with a major in Dance and went on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance, graduating with honors from the University of Arizona. Stephanie has also studied at Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet West Conservatory, The Joffrey Ballet and Columbia City Ballet. Stephanie has danced with the Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Interweave Dance Theatre, and is currently a member of 7Dancers. She is very honored and excited to be joining New Breed Dance this season. Stephanie is also an accomplished teacher of ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, and jazz at Dance Arts Studio, and is a certified Pilates instructor at Pilates Movement for Life, in Arvada.
Jillian Cooper Olsen
Jillian Cooper Olson grew up dancing at Dance Arts Studio (formerly Danstek) and continued on to study dance at the University of Colorado where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Art History in 2003. She danced on competitive dance teams from 1997 through 2003. Jillian has substituted for instructors at Dance Arts Studio since 2000 and began teaching regularly in 2011. Jillian has also worked at Boulder Body Wear as a sales representative since 1999 and sales manager from 2004 – 2007, where she worked closely with dancers fitting pointe shoes.
Jami Menke is a native of Chicago, who recently moved to Colorado. She is excited to start a new adventure, which brings her two passions together: the mountains and dance. Jami has been dancing all her life; she danced on scholarship at the Joffery Ballet School, trained at The Edge in California, won numerous state and national dance and pom competitions, attended California Institute of the Arts, and improved her craft at many prestigious dance schools in Chicago. Jami furthered her dance education at Columbia College Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a teaching concentration as a dance major. She performed, choreographed, and taught throughout the Chicago land community. Jami’s most recent choreography achievement was an award winning piece for The Academy of Dance Arts in Illinois. Jami is an accomplished teacher, who has been teaching dance for over 10 years. Her dance techniques include Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Pom, and Tap. She credits the following amazing instructors for sharing their knowledge and creativity with her; Bonnie Brooks, Margi Cole, Paige Cunningham, Jan Erkert, Colleen Halloran, Dardi McGinley-Gallivan, Pamela McNeil, Jason Mhyre, Kelli Mhyre, Shirley Mordine, Sherry Moray, Emily Stein, Kyle Sequin, and Eduardo Vilaro. Jami currently teaches throughout the Denver area, and is looking forward to embracing all Colorado has to offer. Jami is thrilled to pass on her talent, and love for a wonderful art form, which she hopes will inspire a new generation of dancers.
Sarah has been dancing for over 20 years in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, ballroom, break dance, and hip hop. She is certified through Dance Masters of America and her most recent large-scale accomplishments include competing in the World Wide Talent Search (first place performing a blended contemporary/hip hop piece) and on So You Think You Can Dance (tap). Sarah has performed and competed nationally to include New York City, Detroit, and Los Angeles, and has been passionately teaching for over 10 years. She is a world traveler and has an album full of dance jumps representing her travels!