originally from Conifer, Colorado, began her dance training at Peak Academy of Dance. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Physiology. While there she was privileged to study under a variety of established professors including Sam Watson, Michael Williams, Susan Quinn, Amy Ernst, Douglas Nielsen, James Clouser, Elizbeth George and Melissa Lowe. Along with faculty and student works, Hayley also had the unique opportunity to dance in Martha Graham’s Panorama and perform the piece in one of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s concerts. Hayley also choreographed her own works, two of them chosen for the Student Concerts at UofA. After graduation, she danced with Inaside Chicago Dance, as a Performing Apprentice for 3 years and choreographed the piece, “9 to 5” which was performed in the Spring and Fall concerts of 2016. In September 2016, she moved to Israel to dance in the Dance Journey Program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company for 10 months. While there she performed repertoire from the company, choreographed by Rami Baer and participated in workshops with various Israeli companies and choreographers including Batsheva Dance Company, Vertigo Dance, Idan Sharabi & Dancers, Ido Batash, Noa Zuk, and Eyal Dadon. She also had the chance to perform in the premier of Silence 2.0 by Adri Mascort at Malda en Danse in Barcelona, Spain. Her teaching career started at Peak Academy in 2006 and since then, she has been able to teach at various studios and academies in Colorado, Arizona and Chicago, IL. She teaches a variety of styles: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip hop and thrives in sharing the artistry, passion and love of dance inside and outside the studio.
Aerial, Exploratory, Poms
Calgary Anselment is an experienced performer, who has explored different styles of dance for over 20 years. Growing up in Colorado she shares roots with our mountain community. Having varied experiences from performing with Dance Anova and Eminence Dance Project, to sharing the stage with stars at sea on Royal Caribbean Ships, to competing on nationally ranked dance teams, she now enjoys teaching the joy of dancing in the air, with Aerial silks. Calgary hopes to inspire and encourage her students to try new things and meet there fullest potential. Calgary has been on our Peak Academy staff for ten years and says "she loves every minute of it" .
Hannah attended Denver school of the Arts in its inaugural year and was in the first graduating class to go all the way from sixth through twelfth grade. Hannah has extensive ballet and modern dance training studying with Larry Boyette, Kathy Thibodeaux, Paul Fiorino, and Kim Robards. She danced professionally performing and teaching with Kim Robards Dance and went on to gain her BFA in Modern Dance from The University of Utah. While in Utah working with renowned artists as Stephen Koester, Abby Fiat, Donna White and reproductions of the works of Hanya Holm. As well as performing with Repertory Dance Theatre for the arts performances during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Hannah went on to teach with Dance Tech Studios in Park City Utah, and with the Tanner Dance program through the University of Utah with extensive teaching in the public schools with curriculum supported movement and in the formal studio class setting. Hannah has also been a frequent movement coach and choreographer for Northglenn Youth Theatre.
After 15+ years of teaching Hannah’s classroom approach is a solid mix of nurture, humor, history, discover of self, and inner motivation. She strives to create a space where students can be themselves and make mistakes believing that dance is an excellent outlet for expression, problem solving, collaboration, self-awareness and self-discipline. She believes, there is no greater pleasure then helping someone discover what has been within themselves the whole time, and how to harness that power for good.
In the words of one of her students, “Hannah what you have taught me, about keeping my head held high, loving all, laughing more, truly appreciating myself, and dancing with my spirit… I will carry in my heart always. You have truly changed my life….Whenever I am on stage you will be in my every move and with every beat of my heart. Thank you for all you have given me.”
In addition to dance Hannah is a skilled barista with extensive management experience and a professional long-arm quilter owning her own business using fabric and thread to bring joy to the world. She loves being a member of this mountain community and looks forward sharing the arts within this beautiful setting.
Owner/Artistic Director, Talent, Tap, Ballet
Danielle received her BA from Colorado State University and her Master of Education from Capella University. Coming from a diverse dance background, Danielle teaches everything from Tap to Classical Ballet, from Choreography to Salsa. In 2014 she served as committee chair for the Colorado Dance Endorsement Committee, whose work allowed the state to pass legislation enabling dance educators to become endorsed to teach in the K-12 public school sector. Currently she is the principal of Immersion Schools, is the artistic directs of Peak Academy of Dance, sits on the board of CoDEO and is the Co-Artistic Director for The Rhythm Tree Tap Company. She loves children, education and new adventures. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, garden, ski, travel and come up with new and innovative ideas.
Sarah has been dancing since the age of two. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern, Poms, Performance, Aerial and Choreography extensively. Her passion lies in choreography and the art of dance. She is most interested in helping students to grow as artists.
"I love to kindle the joy of dance in young children."
Miss Michele has experience as a professional dancer, as a teacher for 20 years, and haswritten a complete training syllabus for ballet. After performing professionally, Miss Michele moved to Eugene, Oregon where she founded Ballet North West Academy. There she trained dancers for 15 years, in addition to serving as Artistic Director for non-profit dance advocacy organization, Pacific Classical Ballet. Her education includes teaching certification in the Vaganova syllabus in both upper and lower grades from Vaganova authority John White and graduating cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University.
Miss Michele’s performing experience includes classical ballets Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Pas deDeux from Flower Festival in Genzano, and Grand pas Classique. She has also performed neoclassical works including George Balanchine’s Serenade, and she has originated lead roles in Robert Scevers’ Septet, and Jaun Valqui’s Dances and Airs of Ireland. Her experience also includes diverse repertory, including modern dance, musical theatre, and contemporary ballet.
She has performed for San Diego Ballet, Ballet du Soliel, Texas Musical Drama, Western Chamber Ballet, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, City Ballet, and Pacific Repertory Ballet and productions of the Southern Methodist University Dance Department. She has also appeared with Pittsburgh Ballet. Her early training includes the School of Ballet West, and the American Academy of Ballet which included an exchange program with the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in Riga, Latvia.
Over the years, Miss Michele’s students have gone on to success as professional performers and many have secured scholarships to pre-professional training programs and university dance programs. Miss Michele encourages each student in individual dance goals and actively encourages every student to achieve his or her best.
Contemporary Ballet, Jazz
Nicole O’Farrell has been dancing since 1988. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, pointe, and musical theater at Kit Andree Dance and Performing Arts Centre, Motion Underground, and with The Schiff Dance Collective. She has had the opportunity to receive training from Kit Andree, Phan Peterson, Thommie Walsh, Bill Hastings, Chet Walker, Jenny Schiff, and Jacob Mora (just to name a few). Ms. O’Farrell has performed in many events such as competitions, parades, festivals, showcases, and most of The Schiff Dance Collective’s evening length works. She has been with The Schiff Dance Collective since it’s inception. Ms. O’Farrell currently teaches At Danza Dance Academy, Peak Academy of Dance, and The Schiff Dance Collective. She has taught all over Colorado for the last 15 years, was a guest teacher at 2 Studios in Oregon for a summer, and attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York in 2009. Nicole strives to help dancers of all ages reach their goals.
Kathryn Van Riper graduated from CSU with a BA focusing on dance. She fell in love with ballet and has been passionate about it ever since. Kathryn moved to New York City after college and had a private massage practice there for ten years. She brings to her classes an extensive knowledge of how the body works, best practices for injury recovery and prevention and a great love of movement. She is looking forward to teaching the Adult Ballet program and sharing her love of ballet with the community.