Creative Avenues
Dance ~ Theatre ~ Art
An arts and education enrichment center

Faculty

Staff Biographies:                                                                                                      


PRESCHOOL and LEARNING CENTER FACULTY

  Taryn H.  (Curriculum Director and Teacher)
Taryn is a recent transplant from California and excited to be the director of the programs as well as teaching in the Preschool program. She has extensive background in all aspects of Theatre and Musical Theatre along with professional experience. Her Early Childhood Core Certificate Degree enabled her to gain 10 years of experience in the education of children from birth through 4th grade and has kept her young at heart working with kids.


  Sabrina C. (Teacher and Business Director)
Sabrina has over 25 years experience working with children and specializes in making environments kid-friendly and helping students achieve independence and self-esteem. She has completed work for her CDA and is excited to apply her experience and background in developing an amazing school at Creative Avenues.

 

  Joy P. (Owner, Teacher and Dance/Theatre Specialist)
Joy has a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Accounting along with a minor in dance and an emphasis in Teacher Education, holds a teaching license with the Colorado Department of Education in Mathematics, Dance, and Early Childhood Education and has also completed coursework for a National CDA Certification. She has 22 years of experience teaching Mathematics at Grand Junction High School and Colorado Mesa University as well as over 25 years of experience in dance and theater, including teaching, choreographing, and performing. She has been involved with various organizations including Mesa State Continuing Education, Performing Arts Conservatory, and is the director/owner of Revolution Dance and The Theatre Project. She continues to dance and perform with 360 Dance Theatre Company, Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective, and is a past member of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture.



  Janet N. (Teacher and Book Specialist)
Janet brings over 30 years experience in literature as a former library circulation specialist and director as well as special work with students requiring individualize education plans.  She has worked with CMU, Mesa County libraries, Hospice and School District 51.  She loves kids and is thrilled to be able to help students learn to love reading and learning!

  Brielle F. (Teacher and Music Specialist)

Brielle is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages at Creative Avenues as well as specializing in troubled youth through her jobs at several group homes. She has spent years teaching and performing in music as well as theatre.


  Jessica L. (Teacher and Visual Arts Specialist)

Jessica  graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor's Degree in both Art History and Studio Arts with a focus in sculpture. She brings a wealth of artistic background as well as an amazing passion for art and teaching others about it.  She has several years of experience working with kids and she loves getting to know each one of them and guiding them to develop their own passion for the arts.



  Jesse B. (Teacher and Dance Specialist)

Jesse is a student at CMU working toward a degree in Acting/Directing as well as Dance. He has several years of experience teaching dance including Riverside Educational Center, Gladiator Cheer Squad, and most recently with Revolution Dance specializing in Hip Hop.

  Amy M.  (Guest Music Specialist)

Amy is a Grand Junction, Colorado native and began piano study at an early age and continued through college receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Colorado Mesa University.  Amy has been a soloist with the Mesa State College Symphony Orchestra, was a multiple winner of the Julie Amos Piano Scholarship Award, and spent time in Urbino, Italy to further her piano studies. She has been an accompanist for the Mesa State Chamber Choir, the Grand Valley Children's Choir, the Western Colorado Chorale, as well as for local schools, churches, and individuals. Mrs. Long-Markakis was invited to perform a two-piano concert with her brother in Colorado Springs and most recently has enjoyed performing with "Cool Jazz", an ensemble under the symphony umbrella. She has been certified at the Suzuki Institute of the Americas in Snowmass, CO and teaches private lessons although her most important focus currently is with her amazing husband and five wonderful children.

                   

DANCE FACULTY (current/complete biographies can also be found www.RevolutionDanceGJ.com)

 Dana S.

Dana has a BA degree in Music Theater and has been teaching, directing, and performing  for over 20 years.  She has worked with almost every theather in Grand Junction and loves bringing the stage to life for kids and letting them find their own avenue for expression.  She is also currently a director/choreographer of the 360 Dance Theater Company as well as teaches hip hop, tap, and latin jazz!


  Joy P.
Joy has a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Accounting along with a minor in dance and an emphasis in Teacher Education. She has over 20 years of experience in dance and theater, including teaching, choreographing, and performing. In previous years, she was very involved with various organizations including Mesa State Continuing Education and Performing Arts Conservatory. She continues to dance and perform with 360 Dance Theatre Company, Beyond Boundaries (a local organization of dancers) and was a member of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. She loves working with children and has been teaching at Grand Junction High School for 19 years.


  Natasha K.
Natasha graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mesa State College in 2008 with her BA in Theater Arts: Dance and a minor in Anthropology.  She has extensive training in many dance forms across world cultures and is recognized in the Grand Valley and beyond as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.  Natasha continues to travel the country to perform and carry on her never-ending dance education.


 Leslie T.
Biography Coming Soon!


Melissa B.
Biography Coming Soon!


 Mary K.
Mary has been involved with Middle Eastern Dance for more than 30 years in our Grand Junction Community. Over the years she has shared the joy of Middle Eastern Dance with many students and audiences. Mary teaches classis “American Style” Middle Eastern Dance “ Belly Dance” with occasional touches of Fusion, Tribal and Cabaret styling. Mary has studied with Nationally and Internationally renowned dancers, including, Paola Blanton of Macedonia & Brazil, Morocco of New York, Suhaila Salimpour of San Francisco, Amaya of Texas, Delilah of Seattle, Suzanna Del Vecchio and Joynan of Denver, Jamila and Calypso of Salt Lake City, as well as the extraordinary Aziz. Mary also has a background in Ballet, Jazz and Tap as well as Polynesian Dance and Anusara Yoga. Mary and her Daughter Natasha are Co-Directors of Khubsurat Ruh Middle Eastern Dance Troupe.


Brielle B.
Brielle pursued a medical career with an A.A.S. in Radiologic Technology and has been dancing for 22 years. She has an extensive background in competitive dancing, choir and theater as well as teaching/choreographing multiple styles of dance. She absolutely loves to sweat her face off on the dance floor and lose herself in the moment. Her trademark is: Dance Until Death.





 Allison D.
Allison is graduate from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Dance. She has been dancing all her life and has enjoyed another passion of teaching dance for the past three years. Allison has performed in many dance concerts at CMU as well as concerts for the Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective. She loves working with kids more than anything and is excited for another great year at Creative Avenues!


   Katie P.
Katie is currently a dance major at Colorado Mesa University. She is also a new member of the Mavettes- the dance team at Mesa. Katie started dancing when she was three years old at her local dance studio. Her skills set includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and pointe. She taught many dance classes for two years, before coming to college. She taught a variety of dance classes, including ballet, tap, and jazz to school-age children. Katie is so excited to start teaching dance classes at Revolution Dance!





THEATRE FACULTY

Dana S.
Dana has a BA degree in Music Theater and has been teaching, directing, and performing for over 18 years. She has worked with almost every theather in Grand Junction and loves bringing the stage to life for kids and letting them find their own avenue for expression. She is also currently a director/choreographer of the 360 Dance Theater Company as well as teaches hip hop, tap, and latin jazz!

Michaela M.
Michaela graduated in 2005 from Mesa State College with a degree in Theatre Arts: Dance and has over 15 years of teaching and performing experience.  She has a vast background in performance and specializes in music direction for children's theatre.

Shawn C.
Shawn is a native to Grand Junction and is currently the theater director and English teacher at Grand Junction HIgh School. He graduated from Mesa State College with a double major receiving a Bachelor's in Acting/Directing and English. Shawn has been writing and performing in plays and theater ventures throughout the Grand Valley for the past 20 years.

Joy P.
Joy has a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Accounting along with a minor in dance and an emphasis in Teacher Education. She has over 20 years of experience in dance and theater, including teaching, choreographing, and performing. In previous years, she was very involved with various organizations including Mesa State Continuing Education and Performing Arts Conservatory. She continues to dance and perform with 360 Dance Theatre Company, Beyond Boundaries (a local organization of dancers) and was a member of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture. She loves working with children and has been teaching at Grand Junction High School for 19 years.


VISUAL ARTS and ENRICHMENT FACULTY


Amy Y.
Amy was born and raised in Grand Junction, CO and has attended the local schools of: Chatfield Elementary, Orchard Mesa Middle School, and Central High School where she graduated from in 2003. As of the beginning of 2008, Amy is in studying to receive her BA in Art Education with a minor in creative writing. She has ten years of art experience in a multitude of medians (especially drawing and painting) and around eight years experience with creative writing. She adores children and loves getting them to use their imagination as much as she can. She hopes that she can take her experiences here at Creative Avenues and apply them to her future as an educator. 


Mary Ann R. 
Mary Ann has a B.S. in Sociology with 30 years experience as an elementary educator. She has taught in New York City, Denver, and most recently in Cedaredge, Colorado. She has been retired for several years and is looking forward to teaching and working with young children again.

 

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