Faculty

Macy Gayler- Owner/Company Director

Macy Gayler grew up in a diverse musical and creative home that naturally led to a dance career. She has been dancing and training since she was 4 years old, here in Colorado, as well as intensive workshops and private instruction in New York and Los Angeles.  Elizabeth has a broad and extensive knowledge of different dance styles, advanced technique, and performance experience, including television and music videos. At a very young age, Elizabeth was sought out and asked to assist many well known choreographers in the business including Brian Friedman, Travis Wall, Dee Caspary, Kim Mcswain, Laurie Kanyok, Nick Lazerinni, and many others. At age 17, Elizabeth was picked by Gil Stroming, owner and creator of JUMP and many other dance conventions, to tour and assist the choreographers across the U.S. Elizabeth later won JUMP’s National Senior Outstanding Dancer, and continued touring with them. Elizabeth soon started teaching young dancers at The Pointe Dance Academy before moving to Los Angeles where she signed with The Bloc Agency, dancing with hot new up and coming choreographers. Little did she know that teaching and choreographing was a passion that would become her life’s calling. With a unique vision for choreography, and a deep love for dance, she enjoys sharing and teaching young dancers who like herself, just want to dance.

Emily Speed- Ballet & Pointe Instructor

Emily-Speed_BW Emily Speed is originally from Argyle, TX and began her professional training under Marina Almayeva. In 2006, she was a Finalist at World Ballet Competition, in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Speed won first place in the classical division at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regionals.  Emily was one out of a hundred participants worldwide who qualified and competed in the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and this past summer went to the USA IBC in Jackson, MS.  During her career, she has danced professionally with Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet.  Ms. Speed has performed multiple principle and soloist roles including, Flower Girl and Mercedes in Don Quixote, roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade and The Nutcracker, Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden and Continuo, Daniel Precup’sBolero, Third Act Raymonda, The Wedding Pas de Duex from Don QuixoteThe Fairy Doll Pas de Trios staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and most recently Clara in The Nutcracker.  She has been invited to guest with various schools and companies around the U.S. as well as international festivals and gala performances.  Emily is very excited about joining Colorado Ballet for the 2014-2015 season.

Donovan Helma- Tap Instructor

donovan_bwSince the age of three, Donovan Helma has been dancing under the direction of his mother’s dance studio in Denver, CO. He currently continues his education in New York City. When he is not taking class or performing, Donovan teaches for numerous studios and national conventions across the United States. Some recent performances include General Motors, Charles Schwab, Holland’s International Shipping Yard grand opening and a performance on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. He has recently performed for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival in a production by Tap’d Out. In 2004, 2006, and 2009 Donovan toured the United States, Europe and South Africa as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. Currently, Donovan is touring with the new Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory. Donovan looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

 

Ryann Fuchs- Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Ryann Fuchs is a dancer and choreographer from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is currently working as an intern with the dance convention Manhattan Dance Project. With MDP, Ryann has been able to tour the globe assisting for teachers such as Melanie Moore, Ade Obayomi, and Amy Yakima in all styles of dance. Ryann was previously a member of the Millennium Dance Complex Professional Company where she performed at Dance Week LA, showcasing work from choreographers such as JoJo Gomez and Celeste Cancel. Other credits include performing with the contemporary dance company MPACT under the direction of Macy Gayler, as well as dancing in Kent Boyd’s short film “Collide in 1986”. 

 

Ken Bell- Jazz & Technique Instructor 

Ken Bell is an innovative choreographer and energetic educator specializing in Jazz, Technique, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, and Contemporary. After graduation from Southern Methodist University, Kenspent time in New York City assisting Broadway choreographers before moving to Florida where he created magic at Walt Disney World performing in Move it! Shake it! Street Party, Pixar Pals Parade, Fantasmic, Beauty and the Beast, and several other entertainment offerings. For 10 years, Ken has taught at dance studios across the nation and his choreography continues to receive top awards at various competitions. His students have received numerous convention and college scholarships and have gone on to professional dance careers including Broadway, concert dance, and national sports team dance squads. His passionate and personalized approach to teaching, also known as “kenergy,” inspires young artists to push themselves and their technique in all genres of dance. For more on Ken’s choreography, follow him on Instagram @kenbellchoreography

Callie Peterson- Ballet & Modern Instructor

Callie Peterson is from St. Paul, MN and began her training at age six with St. Croix Ballet. She continued her professional training throughout high school with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division on scholarship and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She has spent summers training with the Kansas City Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The School at Jacob’s Pillow Ballet Program, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In 2015, she graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance and Arts Administration. Since graduating, Callie has danced professionally for Eisenhower Dance in Detroit, MI, The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, MO, and is currently withBallet Ariel in Denver. Callie is thrilled to be teaching Modern and Ballet at Mpact!

Melissa Heslep- Ballet Instructor

Melissa Heslep began teaching Vaganova Syllabus 13 yrs. ago under the direction of Beatrix Aldana, in Orlando, Fl. She currently is performing in Colorado, for the Boulder Ballet and has performed with in recent years with Central Florida Ballet under the direction of Vasile Petrutiu, and also performed for Walt Disney World. Her training includes working with Luba Gulyaeva of The New jersey Ballet and the late Mdme. Janina Cunova of the Australian Ballet. Melissa Heslep is an ABT certified teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT teacher training intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

 

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