Our Team


Colette Wagner

Owner, Instructor

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.

Michelle Farrell

Instructor

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 Flanagan

Fitness Instructor

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"!

Gia Ferrero

Instructor

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

Instructor

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.

Brittany Gregory

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.

Cheryl Gregory

Studio Manager

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.

Danielle Lombardi

Instructor

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!

Leanne Mori

Instructor

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.

Susannah Burley

Instructor

I began my dance training at age 5 at The Ana Roje School of Russian Ballet in Boston. The specific technique was developed by Nicholas Legat alongside Agrippa Vagonava. I studied with:

Anna Meyer: Former Principal with The Copley Square Ballet and current Artistic Director of Anna Meyer and Dancers.

Zabelle Margosian: Former soloist with The Zagreb Ballet Yugoslavia, Former Principal with Copley Square Ballet and current teacher for Deborah Mason School Of Dance, The Ballet program director for Brandeis University, and The Boston Skating Club.

David Drummond: Former Soloist with Boston Ballet, Principal and Artistic Director Copley Square Ballet.

I spent two summers in my teens dancing with Bermuda Civic Ballet under the tutelage of Dame Patricia Gray. I performed in La Sylphide and La Pari as a member of the corps de ballet.

Beginning my junior year of high school I was given the opportunity to study pedagogy with David Drummond and given my first class of dancers to teach under his guidance. I taught ballet consistently from then on through my twenties for the Ana Roje School, The Dance Complex and the Deborah Mason School Of Dance both in in Cambridge MA. I also taught ballet at Riverside Theater Works in Hyde Park MA, and performed in and choreographed for various musical productions. During my twenties I was a member of a modern jazz company called Impulse Dance directed by Adrienne Hawkins, Boston MA. I believe Dance, and ballet in particular to be about learning how ones body moves and works. Every dancer is different, each has strengths and weakness, and figuring out what you are capable of is the most important goal. Dance lets us celebrate who we are, it takes us on an exciting, frustrating and joyful journey that never ends. I am so excited to share my love and passion for ballet once more.

Stephanie Rothmeyer

Instructor

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!

Lisa Wagner

Front Desk

Lisa works the front desk during the summers at Destination Dance. She attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Human Performance and Sport and a Physical Education License. During the school year, she works in Jefferson County as an elementary Physical Education teacher.

Ling Yang

Instructor

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.