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 is a weekly substitute dance teacher, cheer/pom workshop instructor, and also teaches private lessons. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old where she took ballet, hip hop, lyrical and jazz classes. Meagan was on a dance company for 5 years at her dance studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meagan also was a varsity team member of her high school's dance and cheer teams. Currently, Meagan is a 4th year senior of the Colorado State University Golden Poms. She has taught various dance classes throughout her high school/college career and is now an instructor at Destination Dance. She loves choreographing and teaching for our minis, juniors, teens, and adult company members and hosting cheer/pom workshop classes! Meagan provides the opportunity to many individuals in the Denver area to get active and to get dancing. Through the many community events she has attended, she hopes to keep spreading the love for dance wherever she goes!
Lisa has worked the front desk during the summer sessions since 2017. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Performance and Sport and a Physical Education License. During the school year she teaches Physical Education at Westridge Elementary.
Although she loves teaching and learning new things, she also enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family (including her 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!
I was born and raised in the state of Colorado! I started dancing at the age of 3 years old and have been dancing ever since! For 15 years, I competed at all different
competitions and conventions across the United States. Back in 2011, my dance
team and I also received 2nd place on America’s Got Talent. Our team is called The Silhouettes, and we have traveled and done professional work all over the world!
Including, shows all over the United States, 19 shows in Ireland, performances in
Poland and Canada, and lots of other places around the world. After I graduated high
school in 2015, I started teaching and choreographing at different studios in
Colorado. In 2016, my dance team and I went back and did a Christmas Special and a
guest appearance on Americas Got Talent. I have recently just graduated from Regis
University in May of 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education and Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse Special Ed Generalist. Also, I continue my training and still
dance with the professional company The Silhouettes.
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.
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!
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"!
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.
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 was born in China and started to dance Chinese dance when I was 5
years old at school. Dance has been always a huge part of my life. I
auditioned for and was selected for my elementary school, middle school
and high school wide Chinese dance teams. I received daily training for our various types of Chinese dance performances and competitions. At my University in China, as a freshman, I auditioned for and was selected for the Modern Chinese Dance Competition. Our Group won first place in
the State (Province in China), and Second place at Nationwide
Competition. In 2018, I won first place (Chinese solo dance) in China Central Television
(CCTV) Starlight Talent Competition in Beijing which was broadcast
nationwide in China.
My love of dance lead me first to being an Instructor teaching Chinese dance to various ages for 2 years at the Greatwall Chinese Academy in metro Denver after relocating here. I have performed with other Chinese Dance Group dancers for the NBA Denver Nuggets halftime show, which was reported on locally by 9 news, and internationally on CCTV, since this was the first NBA game Chinese
Dancers performed. To keep improving my dancing skills, I'm taking dance classes from Jasmine Flower Chinese Dance, Colorado Ballet, Denver Ballet Theater and Destination Dance. Another love I have is playing the ancient Guzheng Chinese Instrument, where I achieved a level nine out of ten Certification through my
performance before the judges.
Danielle Lombardi has been dancing since she
was 3 years old and absolutely loves it! She
loves that dance gives people who are on the
shy side, like herself, the opportunity to express
themselves through motion instead of
communicating simply through words. Working
with kids and dancing are her two passions in
life, so she loves getting to see kids get excited
about dance just like she does! Although she
mostly specializes in Poms, Tap is her favorite
style of dance because she loves the rhythmic
sounds and the fun history behind tap dancing! Ms. Danielle recently graduated from Regis
University with her Bachelor of Arts in
Elementary Education and will be teaching
Second Grade starting this year!
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.
Leanne started dancing at the age of 4 at a small studio in Texas where she danced both ballet and tap. She danced for five years until her family moved and she took a hiatus from dance but continued with her music interests. Leanne plays piano and violin and continued in her music practice throughout her primary school years into college. Leanne graduated from the University of Colorado Health Science Center School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2007 and decided it was time to get back to dance. She started back up with tap and jazz classes at the Arvada Center for a couple of years before taking yet another break to start a family. When her daughter started dancing at Destination Dance, it was only a matter of time before she started into the adult classes herself: musical theater, jazz, tap, clog, ballet and she can’t get enough. Now she dances with the company, and assists and substitutes in the junior classes, helping students improve technique and foster a true love of dance and self-expression.