Owners

Miss Jenni Leinweber

Miss Jenni (Artistic Director) is co-owner, Instructor and Artistic Director for the Loveland Dance Academy (Loveland) and the Conservatory Dance Studio (Greeley). In the winter of 2011, Miss Jenni produced, directed and staged the studio's first full length ballet production of "The Nutcracker" (Loveland). In 2018, Jenni became an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT®Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT®National Training Curriculum. Additionally, she has attended ballet curriculum and teacher workshops with instructors from the Kirov Ballet and Boston Ballet. Outside of teaching at her two studios, Miss Jenni created a program called "Music and Movement" which she taught at Garfield Elementary, Arts Magnet Program for four seasons and she currently travels to Children's Workshop (Loveland and Greeley) to teach daycare dance programs.

Jenni has been dancing since age 3 and at 11 she began studying Ballet with Christina Noel at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (Arvada). Jenni is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and holds an Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Degree with minors in Music and Business Administration. Miss Jenni serves as the Costume Director for the studios where she designs, fits and details costumes for all dancers.

Miss Katie McSwain

Miss Katie McSwain (Studio Director) is co-owner, Instructor and Studio Director for The Conservatory Dance Studio (Greeley) and Loveland Dance Academy (Loveland). In 1998 she created an elite youth competitive group which has received superior recognition for awards in both technique and choreography.

Miss Katie began dancing at age 3, and her chief dance training includes Shelly True Dance Academy (Greeley/Denver), The Conservatory Dance Studio (Greeley), Starstruck Academy of Dance (Denver), and the EDGE Performing Arts Center (Los Angeles). After returning to Colorado from Los Angeles in 2002, Miss Katie became a dance studio owner and full time Instructor. Her students have been accepted into the prestigious scholarship program at The EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA, while other students have gone on to dance for Disney, Nike, iPod, cruise lines, Las Vegas shows, college dance programs and professional dance companies. In 2006, she founded the professional dance company, 8th Street Contemporary, which performed for four seasons throughout Northern Colorado. In 2007, she began guest choreographing for the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) with the concert series "Miranda's Nightmare" as well as their Spring Showcase and later working as an adjunct professor within the Dance department. Additionally, Miss Katie worked with Greeley Central High School's Arts Magnet Program teaching dance from 2009-2017.

Nurturing students of all ages and abilities through a healthy dance process is her driving force as a teacher.

Miss Linda McSwain

Miss Linda McSwain (Founding Owner) was the founding co-owner and Administrative Director of The Conservatory Dance Studio (Greeley) in 1993. In 1998 she co-founded Loveland Dance Academy (Loveland) and Tutu Cute Dance Boutique. Linda was the founding President of Colorado Dance Theatre (Greeley) and an active member of the Downtown Development Authority (Greeley). She has been an involved community leader who is enthusiastic and optimistic regarding the revitalization of Downtown Greeley as well as the quality of life in Greeley. Linda attended the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Nursing. She has since found herself involved in many small businesses including real estate investments, wellness health products with Nikken, Inc. and she is a certified instructor of YogAlign. In addition, Linda was a Board Member and Director of Development for the non-profit arts organization, 8th Street Company Inc. 2007-2009.

In 2012, Linda helped merge The Conservatory Dance Studio (Greeley), Loveland Dance Academy (Loveland) and the retail store, Tutu Cute Dance Boutique, into a new successful parent company called Dance Dream 3 Studios, LLC. Her business and real-estate expertise has encouraged the remodel of the Greeley studio's main level and the purchase of a new building for the Loveland studio. Linda is not a dancer, but she loves watching and supporting her two business partners, Katie and Jenni as they pass along their passion for teaching and dancing.

Administration

Lynda Davis (Financial Operations)

Miss Lynda Davis (Loveland Office Manager & Financial Operations) began working for Loveland Dance Academy in 2009. She retired from Hewlett Packard after 28 years of various management positions in Finance, Planning, and Project Management. After a year of retirement and golfing with Miss Connie, Lynda was persuaded to assist the needs of Dance Dream 3 Studios where she then abruptly switched into the dance arts industry. Her strong financial background makes her a perfect match to assist with the long term financial planning of the studios. Lynda is the "face" of the Loveland location. She is available at the front counter to help you with any questions.


Cherise DeKraai (Greeley Administrator)

Miss Cherise DeKraai (Greeley Office Manager) began her employment with The Conservatory Dance Studio after retiring from the University of Northern Colorado in June 2015 where she worked for 31 years. At UNC Cherise worked as an Accounting Technician and assisted in funding distribution and purchasing for the Student Senate, University Program Council and around 100 student clubs and organizations; her favorite part of that job was that she worked with students and was surrounded by great enthusiasm and energy! Cherise has enjoyed the transition and return to the dance world as both of her daughters previously danced at The Conservatory several years ago. She is available to assist our clientele with all their dance needs and questions and again is happy to be in a place filled with great energy.


Jen Tow (Costume Mistress)

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Instructors

Miss Kirsten Arispe

Miss Kirsten (Loveland & Greeley Instructor and PDT Choreographer) started dancing at the age of 5 here at Loveland Dance Academy and The Conservatory Dance Studio. Kirsten learned all styles of dance and was a student here for 13 years. She was a member of the Performance Dance Team and a member of her high school cheer team. She graduated high school in 2012 and moved to Grand Junction to attend Colorado Mesa University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts' Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Criminal Justice. Kirsten continued to take ballet and hip-hop classes and choreographed state cheer routines, while obtaining her degrees. She is currently involved with social work and this will be her third year of teaching dance with our studios. She has fallen in love with being a teacher and you will see her teaching a variety of classes. She is a very positive and dedicated teacher who creates an environment that focuses on technique, strength, and self-expression. She is always learning and growing as an artist and wants the same for her dancers. Kirsten has always had a passion for dance and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all ages.


Miss Heidi Becklenberg

Miss Heidi comes to the Loveland & Conservatory Dance family with many years of teaching experience. After earning degrees in Ballet Performance and Psychology from Indiana University, she danced professionally with Ballet Oklahoma and Kansas City Ballet. She has taken the lessons learned through these experiences to develop a teaching style that focuses on positivity, clean technique, and an appreciation for the art and history of ballet. Many of her students have gone on to college as dance majors, to dance professionally, or to become teachers themselves. She believes dance should be a safe place for self-expression and creativity. She focuses on each student as an individual, encouraging their growth and confidence as artists.


Miss Baylee Butcher

Miss Baylee Butcher (Loveland & Greeley Instructor and PDT Mini Star Choreographer) began dancing at the age of 3 with Loveland Dance Academy. She also spent time training at The Conservatory Dance Studio. During her time at Loveland Dance and the Conservatory, she was also a member of the Performance Dance Team. Baylee then went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming. While studying at the University of Wyoming, Baylee had the opportunity to work with many prestigious choreographers and artists such as Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, Virginia Johnson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jarek Cemerek, Jesse Obremski, and Daniel Charon. In addition to her many performance opportunities, Baylee also studied Dance Kinesiology, pedagogy, dance history, and composition. Baylee has also attended several American College Dance association festivals including the National College Dance Association Festival in Washington D.C where she was privileged to perform at the world-renowned Kennedy Center. Baylee also studied the Gaga movement language in New York City where she was able to learn from the creator of Gaga himself, Ohad Naharin.

Baylee is very excited to be reunited with Loveland Dance Academy and The Conservatory Dance Studio. She is passionate about both dance itself and the value it can bring to movers of all ages. Baylee believes tha​t it is a teacher's responsibility to not only train great dance artists, but to also train great people. She believes in respecting and honoring individuality, challenging mind and body, and creating a collaborative environment.


Miss Connie Comer

Miss Connie (Loveland Instructor) began dancing at the age of two with her mother, a former professional dancer and musician, as her instructor. While growing up she traveled extensively to all the major US cities to enhance her dance education, training with renowned instructors and choreographers. She attended Colorado University and studied Kinesiology and Early Childhood Development, while studying ballet with Larry Boyette, CU's dance master and director of the Denver Civic Ballet and Colorado Ballet Company. After becoming a professional she was a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists (NADAA) and served on the board for Dance Masters of America. Her repertoire includes tap, ballet and jazz techniques, gymnastic coaching and choreographing for numerous dance concerts and ballets. Having owned three dance schools for 27 years, she trained many dancers to become instructors and performers, including her daughter who danced professionally with a New York City based company touring the US and Europe for 15 years. While living in Arizona, 1987-2003, Ms. Connie was owner and director of a pre-school, and taught master classes for various schools in Phoenix. Miss Connie has been teaching for Loveland Dance Academy since 2005 where she teaches tap, preschool classes, adult classes and tumbling.


Miss Bianca Garcia

Miss Bianca began dancing at the age of three and in 2010 she continued her training at Loveland Dance Academy. There she studied all styles of dance and competed as a member of the Performance Dance Team until graduating high school in 2019. Instead of leaving, she decided to take on a different role when she was given the opportunity to teach combo class and become a part of the administration team. Bianca is currently a student at Colorado State University studying Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Professions; she hopes to be admitted into the Early Childhood Education program at the end of her sophomore year. She is so thankful to get to share her passion for dance and teaching while also giving back to the place that has given so much to her.


Miss Emily Griffith-Schluter

Miss Emily (Greeley Instructor) has been connected with The Conservatory since its construction in 1993. Since that time, she not only continued taking instruction from The Conservatory's teachers, but studied with the Northern Colorado Academy of Dance Arts, Colorado Dance Collective, Colorado Dance Theatre and Movin' for the Lord Dance Company. She obtained a Dance Minor while attending The University of Northern Colorado and professionally performed with 8th Street Contemporary Dance Company (housed at The Conservatory). Growing up, dedicating her summers to intensive programs such as Ballet Magnificat and the University of Wyoming, was her desire. Throughout this time, she has learned a variety of techniques and styles of dance, however, her passion remains in the world of Ballet. She has experience with the Italian and French schools but instructs within the Russian curriculum. She currently instructs Ballet 3, Ballet 4, and all Pointe classes at "The C" as well as choreographing for the Performance Dance Team. She adores the opportunity to give back to the studio that helped raised her into the person she is today by instructing the next great generation of dancers passing through its doors.


Miss Jenna Haller

Miss Jenna (Greeley Instructor) has been dancing since the age of 5. She was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern as well as in gymnastics which she trained in for 11 years and competed in for 7 years. In 2009 she came to study at the University of Northern Colorado and received her B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science and minor in Dance. While at UNC, she was the recipient of the Dance Talent Scholarship for two years, performed in many showcases, and was an officer with the dance club where she was responsible for organizing dance shows and classes. She attended the American Collegiate Dance Association Conference twice and was asked to perform in the adjudication concert in 2011. In addition, she has trained with teachers from Colorado Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Magnificat, the University of Wyoming, the University of Utah, Kim Robards Dance, and many others. She has taught dance and gymnastics classes to all ages for over ten years and loves sharing her passion and passing on her immense appreciation of this art to her students.

Miss Nessa Kerr

Miss Nessa Kerr (Loveland Instructor) began studying ballet at the age of two and continued her dance training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical at Loveland Dance Academy from the time it opened until she graduated high school in 2006. Nessa began teaching Ballet at LDA in 2003. She performed in many ballets including The Nutcracker, Paquita and Sleeping Beauty with Colorado Dance Theater, and The Nutcracker with Longmont Dance Theatre. During college, Nessa studied various styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, African and Contemporary with faculty from the dance department at the University of South Carolina while completing her B.A. in Art History and German. After graduating she taught English in Dessau, Germany for a year and was able to teach jazz and choreograph a new piece for six to eleventh grade students which was performed at the school dance group's ten year anniversary show. In 2011, Nessa returned to teaching at LDA while working towards an M.A. in Art History. She currently works as the Collections Manager at the University of Denver in addition to teaching Ballet, Pointe, and Conditioning at Loveland Dance Academy. Nessa is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT®Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT®National Training Curriculum. She is also the Assistant Director for Loveland Dance Academy's yearly production of The Nutcracker. Nessa is passionate about sharing the art of ballet with the next generation of dancers, while working with them to achieve correct technique and strength to support their artistry throughout their dance career.


Miss Maddie Martinek

Miss Maddie began studying dance with Loveland Dance Academy at the age of 5 in 2002 through 2015. Throughout her time at Loveland Dance Academy, she was a member of the Performance Dance Team for eight years. Madison has trained with the Colorado Ballet and American Ballet Theatre as well as many of the current instructors at Loveland Dance Academy and the Conservatory. Maddie graduated from Colorado State Univeristy with her Bachleor of Arts in Dance December 2018. Currently, she is a professional member of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, a modern-based performing dance company in Denver, Colorado. She is the manager for the Performance Dance Team as well as a choreographer. You can find Maddie either teaching in the studio or working the front desk at the Loveland location.


Miss Caela Sachtjen

Miss Caela (Greeley Instructor) started dancing at the age of 3 and enrolled at the Conservatory Dance Studio from age 7-16. She was a valued member of the Conservatory's Ballet Company where she studied and performed classical and contemporary works under the direction of resident teacher, Miss Margaret Wagner. Additionally, Miss Caela trained in Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop but remained focused with Ballet and Pointe. Nowadays, Miss Caela's daughter attends classes at the Conservatory, following in her footsteps. Dancing and music has always been a consistent element for Miss Caela.


Miss Jessica Singh

Miss Jessica (Loveland Instructor) started dancing at the age of 11 and competed locally and nationally up to the age of 18. In her late teen years, she had the opportunity to dance for Disney and on the cruise ship "The Big Red Boat". Since the early age of 12, she began as a teacher assistant in tap, jazz, and ballet and continued teaching into her 20's when she started her beautiful family. Miss Jessica's desire for dance led her to start taking classes locally again and then began teaching in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical again. Miss Jessica is beyond grateful to be able to create, by using the body to express emotions and pass on her skills and knowledge she has acquired through her training. "Dance has always been a passion and a part of me and I now get to see the joy dance brings to my own daughter. Why walk when you can dance!"


Miss Megan Turner

Miss Megan (Loveland & Greeley Instructor and PDT Choreographer) was born and raised in northern Colorado began dancing at age 9 and danced with Loveland Dance Academy and the Performance Dance Team for 8 years. Miss Megan briefly studied dance in New York with the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After her time in New York she came home and took a dive into the world of teaching. When not at the studio, you can find Miss Megan dancing with Colorado Dance Collective or making lattes at her coffee shop job. She loves creating art through movement and encouraging positivity and creativity with her students.


Miss Linda Wray

Miss Linda (Loveland Dance Academy Instructor) has taught dance for over 15 years, focusing on tap over the last several of those years. She has experience teaching all ages, from the very young to the very mature. Linda enjoys incorporating a variety of tap styles in her instruction and choreography, including broadway, classical, hoofing and even a little stomp.

Linda grew up taking piano lessons and acting in school plays. Her fondest memories include a 4thgrade school performance playing "Alley Cat" on the piano while some of her classmates danced to her choreography around brand spanking new trash cans!

Linda loves sharing her passion and excitement for dance with her students. She brings a level of high energy to the classroom; and always has an encouraging word and congratulatory remarks for her students as they start with beginning tap steps and grow into intermediate and more advanced technique.


Miss Shelly Wright

Miss Shelly Wright (Loveland Instructor) has twenty years teaching experience as she has moved around the country over her adult life. She has lived and taught in California, Missouri, Utah, Colorado; including directing her own studio for 7 years in Utah. She moved to Northern Colorado in 2006 and began teaching at Loveland Dance Academy and The Conservatory Dance Studio. Her technical training comes from Utah Regional Ballet where she was a company member during their grass roots years. She has also trained in Jazz, Tap and Modern dance. Shelly studied at Brigham Young University (Utah), receiving her degree in Philosophy. She also attended and danced at Cal State - Northridge and the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additional training and performances included Center Stage Performing Arts (Utah) and Termaine competitions/workshops. Teaching is the perfect way for her to share her love for dance and art, especially with young children.

Loveland Dance Academy

440 N Lincoln Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537

(970) 667-2091 | info@dancedreamstudios.com

Mon-Thurs: 3:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri-Sun: Closed

Conservatory Dance Studio

813 8th Street
Greeley, CO 80631

(970) 356-7104 | info@dancedreamstudios.com

Mon-Thurs: 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Fri-Sun: Closed