Destination Dance LLC
Studio & Academy
Colette Wagner has been dancing ever since she was three years old. She has danced, performed and competed with studios such as Lakewood School of Dance, Picus Dance Academy, Colorado Ballet and West Side Dance. She is a certified dance instructor and member of the Dance Educators of America and has been teaching in the metro for over 30 years. Took master classes from choreographers such as Henry LeTang, and has competed at both the Regional and National level, winning awards for dancing and choreography. Is the owner/director of Destination Dance, LLC.
Substitute Instructor/ Cheer-Pom Clinic Instructor
Meagan started dancing at the age of 3 taking hip hop, ballet, and jazz classes. At age 11, she was accepted onto a junior company in Las Vegas, Nevada where she was able to travel to compete and take convention classes. She was a part of both her dance team and cheer team during middle school. During her freshman year of high school, Meagan was accepted onto senior company at her studio. She spent one year on her high school cheer team and two years on her high school dance team. During this time, her dance team placed top 5 in the nation. After graduating from high school, she tried out and made the Colorado State University Golden Poms. Currently Meagan is a junior at Colorado State and is going into her third year on the Golden Poms dance team. She has attended Proaction Dance where she had the
opportunity to dance among professional dancers in an array of sports teams and different colleges.
With the experience Meagan has with being on a poms team, she is knowledgeable in this area and can assist in helping kids get prepared for future middle and high school dance team tryouts.
Lisa will be returning for my second summer working the front desk at Destination Dance in June 2018! She is a Colorado native and am a product of Jeffco K-12 education where she graduated from Wheat Ridge High School...Go Farmers! She continued her education at Metropolitan State University of Denver and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Performance and Sport and a Physical Education License.
Immediately upon graduating, she began substitute teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools. During that time, she completed long-term substitute P.E. teaching experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. After substitute teaching for a year and a half, she earned a position at Wayne Carle Middle School in Westminster and taught 7th grade P.E. for one year. She was surprised by how much she enjoyed teaching at the middle school level, but she had a desire to be at an elementary school and graciously accepted a P.E. position at Westridge Elementary in Littleton two years ago.
Although she loves teaching and learning new things, she also enjoy running, playing soccer, reading, and spending time with friends and family (including her soon to be Mother-in-Law, Destination Dance Owner, Colette)!
Michelle discovered her love of tap at 7 years old from her teacher, Cathy Nelson, a former Rockette. This is still Michelle's dream job but, at 5'3", it was never meant to be. She has a degree in Music Performance (Voice) from Metro State and has taught percussive dance (Irish and Tap) to children and adults for over 14 years. She currently teaches at 3 studios in the Denver area and is an original member of Rocky Mountain Rhythm, Colorado's only tap dance performing company. She would like to thank her mentor, the amazing Gene GeBauer, for all of his help and support over the years and she is proud to be a part of the wonderful staff at Destination Dance!
Sandee has been dancing since middle school with jazz style and cheerleading/pom poms in her background. She has been tapping and clogging with Colette and Cheryl for nearly 20 years. She brings her over 25 year physical therapy expertise to the studio as a fitness at the barre instructor. She has studied Pilates techniques, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and has extensive experience in cardiac and sports rehabilitation. Her education brings degrees in psychology and exercise science from CU Denver and MSUD and is passionate about photography. Sandee is happily married to her best friend, Brian, and has a wonderful daughter, Lauren !! She believes that everyone has an inner dancer in them just waiting to emerge. She loves mentoring young and old dancers alike to find confidence and joy in movement. "Dancing is like dreaming with your feet"!
Madalyn Foley graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Studies with a personalized minor in General Business. Trained in advanced/professional level modern, ballet, tap, and jazz, she enjoys teaching children ages 3 and up in a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. She also enjoys developing routines to be performed at community events.
Substitute Instructor/Intensive Instructor
Brittany Gregory has had a passion for dance ever since her first dance lesson at the age of
3 years old. She has trained in several different styles of dance, including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, tap, contemporary, modern, ballroom and ballet. She was a competition dancer and won several scholarships and awards, including runner up for outstanding dancer at a National Competition in New York. She has trained with some of the top choreographers, including Sonya Tayeh, Joey Dowling, Tabitha & Napolian, Travis Wall, Robert Contreras, Chonique Sneed, Jason Parsons, Brian Freidmann and Tony Testa. She has worked as a dancer with Princess Cruise Lines, Disneyland, Drag Nation, Radio Disney, and several other groups and events including the Michael Jackson Experience in Texas. She was a teacher and judge for Sheer Talent Dance convention. She has been teaching dance for several years and loves teaching kids of all ages new and challenging routines.
I have always had a love for dance. In junior high, I entered a local twisting contest against kids much older than me and won. I was a baton twirler in junior high and a member of the modern dance team and captain of the dance/drill team in high school. Later, I got involved with California Aerobic Dance as the director of the program, in my home town, in charge of auditioning, hiring, and training instructors, as well as teaching several aerobic dance classes. When I moved to Colorado, I wanted to continue my involvement in dance, so I joined West Side Dance taking adult jazz, clogging, hip hop, tap, and irish. I still continue to take tap, clog and jazz classes at Destination Dance with the same group of ladies that I have been dancing with for almost 20 years. We have danced in several local and national competitions, but the friendship and fun we have dancing is the best part of my dancing experience. I also help at the studio in the office, teach the father/daughter recital dance and help with the dance competition team. I am so honored to be a part of the Destination Dance Studio and to continue my love for dance.
Assistant Studio Manager/Instructor
Heather began dancing at 4 years old, starting off with ballet, jazz and tumbling. She continued dancing with On Broadway Dancers in Coal City, IL with both the Junior and Senior Companies. Throughout her dance career, she has traveled and performed all over including college sports game halftimes, professional sports halftime games (including the Chicago Bulls), on "The Bozo Show", on several television showcases, and at Walt Disney World. In addition, she was blessed to perform for several seasons alongside the world-famous Jesse White Tumbling Team! She has taken workshops with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet, to name a few. She has taught almost all styles of dance as well as yoga and gymnastics. She now teaches several classes at Destination Dance and loves it!
Stephanie began dancing almost as soon as she could walk. She danced for over 10 years in Southern California and built her skills in ballet, tap, and jazz at the Agoura Hills Dance & Performing Arts Center. Stephanie took a hiatus from dance to pursue competitive equestrian sports, where she successfully competed at the collegiate level across the US. During this time, she gained experience in training horses and teaching both children and adults, as well as managing a competitive team of riders. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, she discovered Destination Dance in Wheat Ridge and began to dance and compete with the adult competition team. She has now transitioned into a teaching role, and is loving every minute of it!
Martial Arts & Ballroom Dance Instructor
Ryan Shanahan is a movement specialist with a degree in Dance education and 12 years of professional teaching experience. His collegiate education in Kinesiology, choreography, and Ballroom dance allows him to offer a unique experience for students wanting to learn more about themselves and develop skill in dance and various other art forms.
Ryan is also a published author in the dance community. His first book title, “Lead and Follow, Life Lessons through Dancing,” is available online or on request. Ryan has served on the Board of directors of Colorado’s USA Dance, and also offers classes through the local community college.
Beyond teaching dance, Ryan is currently working as the owner and head coach of Mountain West Swords Academy, an Olympic style Fencing club that emphasizes instruction in the 3 Olympic blades, Foil, Epee, and Saber. Additionally the club also teaches stage combat, and various stiles of martial arts, and kinesthetic development, such as Tai Chi, tumbling, Jiu-Jitsu, and self defense.
For those taking dance lessons, Ryan has years of experience teaching all 19 competitive styles of ballroom dance within the four categories listed by the DVIDA dance syllabus: Standard, American Smooth, Latin, and American Rhythm. These styles include: Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Two Step, and many more.