Teacher Bios

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Dana Richardson

Dana loves being a dance teacher- it is a wonderful job! Dana has danced her whole life and loves the opportunity to share the skills and the passion of dance with her community. She has seen dance develop life traits like hard work, discipline, the ability to appreciate the human body and what it demonstrates. She desires to teach these skills in a safe and loving environment. Dana wants her dancers to find out who they are and discover the beauty and value they possess. She has danced locally and internationally with various companies. She enjoys our beautiful Colorado with biking and running.

Gina Pieffer

Being a mother of three, Gina understands that life can be crazy busy. That being said she understands that we want the best for our children and it's okay to even want the best for ourselves. Gina believes that its okay to strive for excellence and that is something she encourages in her students and clients. She believes that it is okay to follow our dreams and encourages her students to do the same. Gina's high school dream was to play college soccer and once that dream was met, she dreamed of dancing in a professional dance company and sharing her joy for dance and fitness to those around her. Gina is living her dream and she encourages you to allow yourself and your children to live their dreams. Thank you for taking a moment to read Gina's bio!
      

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April Estep

April is an inspiring tap dancer and choreographer who leaped into her passion for dance more than 30 years ago.

She grew as a dancer competing as a soloist and in groups for regional, state, and national championships and was named Senior Miss Dance of Oklahoma in 1999.

April has studied many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, lyrical, Irish step, Swing, and Latin.

April’s feet never stop moving and she is thrilled to instill the love of dance that she so enjoys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Gibson

Summer began her competition tumbling career at age 3 in Plainview, Texas. She traveled and competed in United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) events at the advanced level since the age of 9 through the age of 18, garnering many awards along the way.  She qualified and competed in the United States National Competition 6 years in a row, receiving 5 first place accolades in trampoline, 4 in tumbling, 3 in synchronized trampoline, and 5 in double-mini trampoline. She competed at the World Gymnastics Meet in 1994 and 1997, winning first place honors in tumbling, synchronized trampoline, double-mini, and twice in trampoline.  After retiring from USAG, she shared her love of gymnastics through her gym, Champions Academy, for 5 years.  She now lives in Woodland Park, Colorado with her husband of 12 years and their two children.  Summer is USAG Certified in Skills/Coaching and is looking forward to coaching Acro-Dance at Dana’s Dance!

 

 
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Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith began her dance training with Terry O'Brien in Long Island, New York, continuing with the Eglevsky Ballet where she began her professional career as an apprentice with the company. From there, she went on to study at the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School, simultaneously performing with the Puerto Rican Dance Theatre in NYC.  After a year with Baltimore Ballet, she performed both classical and contemporary repertoire with Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas and Ballet Internacional de Caracas in Venezuela.  This is also where Stacy discovered her love for teaching.  With Ballet Florida, she performed principal and soloist roles by a variety of choreographers including Vicente Nebrada, Lambros Lambrou, and William Soleau.  She continued teaching all levels at the School of Ballet Florida and directed the extensive community outreach program, winning the Young Audience Artist of the Year award two years in a row.  The David Taylor Dance Theatre brought her to Colorado, dancing principal roles for over four years before "retiring" to the Cripple Creek/Victor area.  Her love for dance and teaching inspired the creation of Cresson Dance, a nonprofit educational and performing dance organization dedicated to serving the Pike's Peak region.  As director of Cresson Dance, Stacy taught all levels of ballet, pointe, pas de deux, and beginning levels of jazz, contemporary, ballroom, and hip hop and learned a variety of skills associated with running a nonprofit.  During this time, she was also a choreographer for the Thin Air Theatre Company. Since 2011, Stacy has been teaching classes, creating, setting and rehearsing choreography for Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, also teaching classes at Dana’s Dance in Woodland Park and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. As a certified yoga instructor,  Stacy teaches yoga classes and private instruction throughout the Pikes Peak region.  On a more personal note, her passions include her family, 2 cats, yoga practice, her garden and mountain home.

 

 

 

 

Candice Owen

 

Candice Owen originates in Southern California and has been dancing since the age of 8.  She has worked and trained with many top instructors and choreographers in the dance industry.  She is an alumnus of the Edge Performing Arts Center Scholarship Program in Hollywood, California.  A student of all forms of dance, Candice has worked for several companies such as Odyssey Dance Theatre, Vent Hip Hop Crew, United Spirit Association, Aerial Experience Productions, Antelope Valley Ballet, La Danserie Contemporary Ballet Company, and Media City Ballet.  She is an encourager at heart and loves to push her students to be the best they can be. She loves teaching and is so glad to be spending time with students at Dana’s Dance.  

 

Houston Gordon

Houston has been working with kids for over 7 years through teaching piano lessons, various church programs, and teaching dance. He has a huge heart to inspire those around him to be themselves, and to passionately pursue the things they love. He has gone through the AMTC program, which cross-trained him in dancing, singing, modeling, and acting. Afterwards he went to Ocean’s Edge School, which taught him skills from songwriting, leadership skills, stage presence, and music business. Now into his second year of teaching at Dana’s Dance, he loves the opportunity to be with the kids and share his love of dance with them. He has seen how valuable it can be and what we can learn from the difficulty and reward of being able to dance.