Allana Risenhoover has been dancing for more than 20 years and opened her first dance studio in her parents' basement at the age of 16. Years later, her namesake academy started holding classes in January of 2009. With a choreographing background that includes high-school pom squads, minor-league dancers, and cheerleaders, Miss Allana is a true maestro of synchronized movement. She and her skilled staff of expert instructors offer lessons for any skill level or age in a variety of disciplines including hip hop, pop and lock, and breakdance. Adult classes also include ballet, ballet technique, contemporary, jazz and funk, lyrical, tap, and salsa (with or without a partner). The class schedule is always being updated with new additions. View a current listing here and descriptions of those classes here.
True to their name, the instructors at Inspirations Dance Academy aim to share their passion for dance with everyone who enters their studio. They welcome in dancers of all levels, hosting classes ranging from tumbling for tots to advanced ballet for teens and adults. Group classes teach techniques associated with jazz, ballet, and hip-hop, along with special styles such as poms. Summer intensives entertain youngsters with dance- and craft-filled days, while older students concentrate on honing their skills before flapping their pointe shoes and flying south for the winter.
Whether you're a beginner or a multi-trophy-winning competitor, the instructors at Colorado Dancesport want to help you achieve your dancing goals. They take the time to learn why each student is treading their wood floors; some students want to dance in a social, couples-oriented environment, and others are preparing for a special occasion, such as a wedding or an intraoffice dance-off to control copy-machine access. The talented staffers include a former member of the U.S. international ice-dancing team, professionals who danced at the 2008 CMA Awards, and experts in sports conditioning and physical fitness.
In addition to private lessons and group classes, the crew schedules weekly dance parties to help students practice new moves. The team also offers special events, such as traveling to competitions and an annual, professional-style showcase.
Every performer has a different goal. Recognizing this, the teaching staff at Academy of the Arts-Denver (each a professional in his or her respective field) designs all of their lesson plans around their students' individual goals. These highly personalized plans shape the approach to the school's age-specific, professional and recreational group acting and vocal classes. The teaching staff also uses their 75 years of accumulated experience to focus on talent development, whether students want to break into the business, or perform for the joy of it. Private lessons help build proficiency in guitar, bass, drums, and music production. Though lessons focus on specific technical training, the teachers encourage creative experimentation no matter the genre. Former students have established careers in TV, Broadway, Film, and Music. As they learn, Academy of the Arts-Denver's students are also encouraged to take part in rehearsals and performances.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is situated in the center of downtown’s thriving theater district. As the second largest performing arts center in the world, the Performing Arts Complex is a drama queen’s (or king’s) nirvana. There are many dazzling spaces within the dramatically designed, glass-roofed complex, including Boettcher Concert Hall, home to the Colorado Symphony; the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, which showcases many Broadway touring companies; and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In addition, you’ll find a Tony Award-winning theater company, the Seawell Grand Ballroom and many more performance stages. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts also holds events in the Complex’s outdoor Sculpture Park, and hosts community acting classes and educational events at next door’s Newman Center for Theatre Education. The Complex boasts more than 10,000 seats, with exceptional acoustics in every theater, and is a first-class theatrical emporium for cultured audiences.