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
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.
Juliet started performing at age 5, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother to become a dancer. As a dancer, she training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She discovered her love for the circus arts first at Peak and then as an Arts Immersion Circus Major. Her primary apparatus is the silks, but she also performs with dual-trapeze, ground-acro, mini german wheel, as well as other invented apparatus. She is a member of the Peak Performance Team, Moth Youth Professional Circus, and Illuminar Too Circus.
Wendy Westwood has danced her way from Colorado to California to New Zealand and back again. She has loved to choreograph and teach dance for as long as she can remember. She grew up in Conifer, doing after-school theater classes and productions in the early days of Stagedoor Theatre and dance training at Barbie Graham-Meier School of Dance and Peak Academy of Dance. In 2004 she earned her degree in Theater and Dance from Chapman University in California.
After meeting her Kiwi husband, she spent 6 years in Wellington, New Zealand where she worked as a freelance performer (Rugby 7's Cheerleader), choreographer (FERN Dance Theater) and dance teacher (New Zealand College of Performing Arts & Wellington Performing Arts Center). She also directed her own tap company (the Tap Arts Project), taught middle school (Tawa Intermediate School) - directing their dance academy and supervising their bi-annual production, and started a family. Wendy earned her Graduate Diploma in Teaching Elementary School in 2008 from Victoria University in Wellington. In 2010, the Westwoods returned to Conifer.
Since their return, Wendy has worked up and down the Aspen Park corridor as instructor and choreographer with Peak Academy of Dance, choreographer for Stagedoor Theatre, teacher at Creative Minds Early Learning Center, teacher at West Jeff Elementary, as well as a performer and choreographer for Rhythm Tree Tap Company.
Although she enjoys all styles of dance, tap has always held a special place in Wendy’s heart. She believes that everyone has the capacity to feel rhythm and use their feet to make music. Wendy loves working with people of all ages and is very excited to continue her involvement with Peak.
Kelsey is a Peak Academy of Dance alumni and has been dancing for 21 years. She has been teaching Dance for 10 of those 21 years. Her experience includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Poms, and Pilates. Kelsey has danced with David Taylor Dance Theater (Nutcracker), Dawson Wallace Dance Company (Nutcracker), Rhythm Tree Tap Company, and she taught with Peak Academy of Dance, Studio One Dance, Evergreen Dance Academy, and Colorado Ballet Academy. Her Education includes master teachers, Nikoloz Makheteli, Melony Buchanon, Tracy Bonner, and James Wallace. Kelsey enjoys teaching dancers of all ages to have a love and passion for what they do.
Abbey started her dance experience by joining a theater group in elementary school, by the age of 15 she started choreographing and dance captioning for her theater group. She has also danced with Colorado Christian University and has received scholarships to other colleges for dance. Her dance styles mainly consist of ballet, tap, and musical theater, and has competed in a few international ballet competitions. She has been a nanny and enjoys teaching younger children.
Tess has been dancing for 10 years focusing on Aerial silks for the past 6. Her dance studies have also included Poms, Choreography, Lyra hoop, Jazz and Ballet. Tess’ passion for dance is driven by her enjoyment of the physical challenge while gaining confidence and creativity. She looks forward to sharing her dance experience with her students while helping them find their voice and love for dance.