Miss Lynne has been a dance teacher and choreographer from the time she was 16 years old to the present and was a vocal music education major. She has trained with Stan Picus, a former Joffrey Ballet dancer, Gloria Diemen, a former American Ballet Theater dancer and Gus Giordano, renowned Jazz choreographer. Her training has taken her to Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Europe. With 10 years of vocal training in Classical, Pop and Jazz improvisation, she has established herself as a leading vocalist performing the lead roles of Mary Magdelene in “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, Tzietel in “Fiddler on the Roof, Evita in “Tribute to Weber and Rice” and Mary in “The Pajama Game” at the Arvada Center. Her favorite performances were on a European tour in 1987, performing in London , Paris, Prague, Denmark, Innsbruck, and West Berlin. She has choreographed high school, college, community theater and professional musicals including “Camelot”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Pippin”, “Hello Dolly”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and was the guest choreographer for the Miss Colorado Pageant from 1994-1996.
She has judged local and national competitions for dance and talent, and directed the children’s Summer Performing Arts Camp for Kirkwood College and the Cedar Rapids Community Theatre. She has performed vocal tracks for radio and TV commercials as well as industrial training videos. Miss Lynne has also been recorded locally and has several original compositions on CD that have been used in her dance productions.
Her pride and joy is the annual “A Christmas Story” that she created in 1986 and has produced for local audiences since December of 1992. This spiritual (but non-denominational) interpretation of the Christmas story expressed through dance has become the holiday highlight for many families.
Miss Lynne has received national accolades for her unique choreography and is now in demand as a guest choreographer and master class teacher nationwide. Many of her dancers have taken top honors at regional and national competitions and conventions, and have gone on to careers in the Arts. Miss Lynne moved to Denver in the spring of 1987 and started her dance studio in August 1992. She is the President and Artistic Director of A Rocky Mountain School of Dance & Performing Arts, Inc. She is married to her husband Jack (who built the facility for RMSDPA) and lives in Erie with their cat and collie. Miss Lynne continues to pursue her dream of creating the highest quality dance school in the country.
Katrina has never let anything stop her from dancing, and this has resulted in a life of professional accomplishment. Katrina started dancing as a teenager watching dancers at a local studio and practicing what she saw at home in her basement. In high school, she was selected to dance in the first magnet dance program in Denver, Colorado, which later became the Denver School of the Arts. She then earned a scholarship to study at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio. Katrina was a member of the first Denver Nuggets Dance Team. Los Angeles called to her, and she won a scholarship to the renowned dance studio, The Edge. It was at The Edge that Katrina met and studied with Mia Michaels, Tyce Diero, Brian Friedman, Terry Beeman, Eddie Garcia, Jackie Sleight, and Wes Veldink, as she developed her unique style of modern contemporary dance. Katrina has taught and choreographed at all the major dance studios in the Metro Denver area, winning accolades for her award-winning choreography. She founded The Damsels, an all-female dance company dedicated to providing assistance to women in crisis. Katrina is also a regular guest teacher for the Denver School of the Arts. She has influenced dancers, such as Misha Gabriel who was recently featured in This Is It, the memorial movie for Michael Jackson. Misha has danced for Michael and Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Omarion, Justin Timberlake and starred as Eddie in the movie Step up Revolution. Katrina recently sent her student, Keean Johnson, to New York City where played the role of Michael on Broadway in “Billy Elliot” and has now played Michael in the national tour of the show.
Miss Sarah is well known for her energetic, enthusiastic approach to teaching dance. Her genuine love for her students and the art of dance shine through and enhance her amazing talents. Miss Sarah attended University of Northern Colorado majoring in Dance, Performance and Choreography. Miss Sarah is also a Yoga and Pilates certified instructor. She has received her third year certificate in Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance from the Bardar Danseinstitutt in Oslo , Norway and has been a company member of Kim Robards Dance in Denver (2001 – present), Burklyn Ballet Theater in Johnson , Vermont (2002 – present) and was the Assistant to the Director at Colorado Dance Theater in Greeley , Colorado from 1995-1999. Her training has taken across the nation and to Europe and encompasses kinesiology, African dance, art in education, music history, theater training, commercials for camera, technical theater, movement exploration for children, dance and philosophy, and gymnastics. Miss Sarah was given the honor of UNC Dancer of the Year in 1997 and 1998 and “Dancer of the Year from the National Dance Association in 1998. Rocky Mountain School of Dance is home for Miss Sarah who will be focusing her teaching expertise on the amazing students within the RMSDPA program.
Emily Gibbs started dancing with Miss Lynne at the age of 3 and graduated from Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts in 2008 when she was 18! While dancing at RMSDPA she was honored enough to be a part of High School Musical II and the Disney Runway show in Las Vegas. After high school, Emily pursued her dream and moved to be a professional dancer in LA where she was represented by DDO Artists Agency. Her resume includes everything from work out videos, local dance shows, to New Years Eve shows in Las Vegas. Getting a taste of the dance world, Emily decided to move back to Colorado where she is currently getting her degree in sociology at the University of Colorado. She danced three years on the CU Express dance team and in her last year on the dance team she was named team captain. Emily has also danced for the Denver Outlaws (major league lacrosse team) at Invesco Field at Mile High. Emily’s true passion in life is to dance and she hopes to continue to expand her dance experiences throughout her life.
Miss Kada began looking into dance classes after her youth soccer team disbanded at age ten. Her family found Lynne’s School of Dance in the phone book, and her life has never been the same since. Kada danced for RMSDPA’s Artistic Performance Teams for eight years, making the transition from student to teacher at the age of 16, and began teaching full time after graduating high school. Performing as well as teaching, Kada has worked as an extra in several Colorado-made films, a dancer for Starkey Entertainment, and also made an appearance in Disney’s High School Musical 2. Kada briefly choreographed for Arvada High School’s show choir Ovations and the poms team, but spent most of her time outside of the classroom on RMSDPA’s adult company, Next Season Dancers, where she danced, choreographed, and co-directed for five stellar seasons. On top of teaching, Kada also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Regis University with a degree in English Literature.
Amy Fogarty began her dance training at age 9, studying and competing all disciplines of dance in her hometown of Eden Prairie, MN. At age 13, she joined a contemporary youth ballet company, La Danse Fatale, under the direction of Julia Levina. Amy has attended numerous summer intensives including; American Ballet Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Kirov Academy of Ballet, and New York City Ballet, all on scholarship. Amy left Minnesota at age 16 and completed her junior and senior years of high school at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov and Marat Daukayev. She also attended the Kennedy Center Master Class Series, studying with many different companies her favorites being, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the New National Theatre Ballet of Tokyo. Upon graduating from Kirov, Amy moved to Denver, performing for Colorado Ballet, under the direction of Gil Boggs. She has also been performing for Dawson Wallace Dance Project, under the direction of James Wallace and Gregory Dawson, where she has been given numerous opportunities to dance lead roles, her favorite being the lead in Gregory Dawson’s Abstract Permutations. Amy has just completed her first season with Brian Carrey Chungs Collective Body Dance Lab touring with the company to Chicago and New York City. Amy is very enthusiastic about spreading her love and passion of dance through teaching, always looking for new ways to push and inspire her students.
RMSDPA’s vocal coach has degrees in music from the University of Northern Colorado in Music Performance: Drums/Percussion and Music Education: K – 12. He has been a working, professional musician for over 35 years and has toured throughout the world, also participating in five USO tours. Rick has has worked as a Music Director/Drummer/Vocal Coach for Miss Kit Andree where he produced 15 albums & videos and many shows & workshops. He has also performed with various artist such as; Kit Andree, Dolly Parton, Lee Greenwood, Bonnie Raitt, Flip Wilson, Don Costa, La Toya Jackson, and Sammy Davis, Jr. He has also been a music director and/or drummer at major Las Vegas hotels, as well as created choreography for shows/projects for; Kit Andree, Phan Peterson, Thommie Walsh (4 time Tony winner), Bill Hastings, Chet Walker( 2 time Tony winner), Jaymi Marshall, Baayork Lee, Ron Lewis, Cary La Spina, Toni Lee, Bobby Boling, and Claudette Walker. Rick has over 25 years experience coaching/teaching vocalists and through his proven, no nonsense technique methods, he has prepared his students for recording projects, live performance, Karaoke, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Musical Theater (middle school thru professional), and college scholarship auditions.
Vicki has been with Rocky Mountain School of Dance, Inc for 10 years and has an integral role in the management of RMSD. She helps keep the office running smoothly, manages client accounts and payables. She is plays an important role in the professional company THE SILHOUETTES™ on an international level. She enjoys working with the wonderful parents and students at Rocky and the incredible SILHOUETTE clients worldwide.
Sara has been around the dance industry for many years. Growing up as a dancer, gymnast and cheerleader she continued to share her talents as a CHSAA Cheer/Pom coach for over 16 years. In those years Sara has aquired a State Runner up title along with a State Championship with her daughter LeeAnn. Currently she manages a top Hair Salon (MasterCuts) in Colorado for Regis Corperation where she enjoys making people feel great about themselves. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son Joseph play sports and Joshua coach. Sara loves doing things for her 3 children. This past year working for RMSD has been so uplifting to see all these amazing dancers share the talents and love for dance. Sara loves the parents and working side by side with Miss Lynne and her daughter Miss LeeAnn.
Micaela started dancing at the age of three but her love for hip-hop didn’t begin until a summer camp chanced to bring her to a breaking class when she was 11 years old. Since then she has studied popping, locking, house, breaking, and funk with the likes of Buddha Stretch, Gary Kendall, and Ken Jimenez. She had the privilege to be a part of the Monsters of Hip-Hop cast in 2006 and currently assists with their conventions. She continues to train with The Janes, an all female hip-hop crew based out of Boulder and is immensely excited about sharing this training and passion with her students at Rocky Mountain School of Dance!
Wendy began taking gymnastics and dance lessons at the age of 4. By age 11 she was competing in all events of gymnastics on a multi-state Regional Gymnastics Team located in New England. IN High School, Wendy competed in gymnastics and cheerleading. Winning many individual “optional” events all 4 years. Now, past 40 years old, Wendy still tumbles and works on bars and balance beam with her students. This enables her to not only teach by instruction, but to teach by example as well. Wendy teaches through positive reinforcement to foster the child’s need for praise and reinforcement. Wendy takes her job as a coach very seriously and understands the importance of sports with a supportive Coach in the life of a child. Her work experience includes, owner of the Lil’Gymnast Mobile Gymnastics LLC, cheerleading coach for the Mustangs Football Cheerleading Squad in Superior, Colorado, private lesson coach for all gymnastics apparatus and events, strength and conditioning training, choreography, and nutritional counseling and motivation.