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 professionally with the Boulder Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Interweave Dance Theatre, 7Dancers and New Breed Dance Company. She has also recently joined The Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement family. She has had the honor of performing annually with the fundraising event Dancing with the Broomfield Stars as well as teaching dance classes at Bal Swan Children’s Center. Stephanie is proud to be teaching at Dance Arts Studio, the studio she grew up at. It is her home away from home! She is an accomplished teacher of ballet, pointe, creative movement, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz and currently runs the performing group companies. She is also a certified Pilates instructor at Pilates Movement for Life, in Arvada. Stephanie is a proud mother of two amazing young boys and loves the support they and her husband always give!
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.
Emily Magnuson is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Emily moved to Boulder in the summer of 2017. She received many awards while studying in Mankato, including the Florence Sponberg Theatre Scholarship, the Richard and Mary Davenport Theatre Scholarship and several Outstanding Performance awards. She has performed works by Shapiro and Smith Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, Allison Doughty Marquesen, Daniel Stark, Julie Kerr-berry, Lisa Conlin, Penelope Freeh, Jeffery Peterson, Eric Campros, and Tracy Stanfeld. In addition to her training at Minnesota State University Mankato, she has studied intensively at Balleraena Dance Studio in Sioux Falls, SD, studying many forms of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Pointe. She has attended multiple summer intensives including Shapiro and Smith Dance Intensive (Minneapolis, MN), TU Dance (St. Paul, MN), and Synthesis Dance Project (New York City, NY). Emily has taught dance at many studios as well as set choreography for the Balleraena Dance Company and her peers at Minnesota State University Mankato. She recently performed professionally with LiRa Dance Theater Company (SD) and has enjoyed performing with Eclectic Edge Ensemble in Minneapolis, MN. She is so excited to be a part of Dance Arts Studio!
Andrea Muhlbauer is a dance teacher, choreographer, and filmmaker who moved to Denver from St. Louis this summer to pursue her dream of creating dance films in Colorful Colorado. She is the founder of Andrea Muhlbauer Choreography, a dance film and media company where she creates and produces a variety of dance film projects. Andrea’s work in dance film has been awarded Dance Magazine’s ‘Dance Video of the Month’ and commissioned as a music video for St. Louis band ‘Middle Class Fashion.’ At AM Choreography, Andrea also encourages young dancers to create their own works through her podcast and video series ‘Dance Like Everyone’s Watching,’ her blog, and her choreography and dance film workshops. Andrea previously taught at St. Louis Academy of Dance and the Decatur Parks District in Decatur, IL, and has worked as the administrative assistant to Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, UT and Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis. To see more of Andrea’s work, visit http://amchoreography.
Jessie fell in love with dancing the moment she put on her first pair of ballet shoes at age 3. An alumni of Dance Arts Studio and Children’s Dance Theatre, Jessie went on to pursue dance and graduated with a BA in dance, choreography, and in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder. While there, she had the privilege of training with Rennie Harris, Donna Mejia, Erika Randall, Gesel Mason, Michelle Ellsworth, and Teena Marie Custer, and learned many different styles of dance including house, aerial, West African, and tribal fusion. She is currently teaching at Dance Arts Studio and Elite Dance Academy in Broomfield and Boulder. In addition to dancing professionally with Etheruem Dance Co., Jessie also stars in and creates dance films. Jessie deeply believes dance has a special way of healing people, emotionally, mentally, and physically, and decided she would make it her life’s work to use dance as a platform to help people through whatever things they may struggle with. She plans on getting her Masters in Clinical and Mental Health in Psychology and is particularly interested in using dance to promote body positivity and empowerment to children, teens, and young adults struggling with eating disorders, addictions, mental health, familial relationships, and physical disabilities.