Guest Instructors

  • Guest Artist

Cynthia Giannini Gottlob was hand picked by the  late Robert Joffrey to dance for his Company in NYC. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years. She was featured in many of the ballets she danced in and worked with world renowned choreographers. She was classically trained in the Vaganova and RAD ballet syllabuses.  She danced classical, semi classical and contemporary works with the company. In 1994 during a six month hiatus from the Joffrey, she performed leading roles with the Galaxy of Stars, directed by Cynthia Gregory. She taught ballet for a number of schools in the Chicago area before having children and moving to Colorado. She teaches ballet at Kinetic Arts dance studio in Evergreen ,CO. Cynthia loves working with those who are interested in pursuing their highest potential.

  • Shannon Fine

  • Guest Artist

Shannon Fine is one of the top dance choreographers for Universal Dance Association. Traveling frequently and choreographing pieces for professional dance teams, Shannon specializes in instructing Master Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Pilates Classes all over the US. For many years she taught at the Millennium Dance Complex in Studio City, California and performed in many industrials for Sketchers, Nike, Puma, and Adidas. Currently Shannon resides in Colorado, teaching Pilates at her own studio, “A Fine Balance” and raising her first baby, Danika Marie.

  • Jennifer Begley

  • Guest Artist

Jennifer Begley was born in Manila, Philippines. Her early training began with Metropolitan Academy of Dance and International Ballet School (Denver), and later with American Ballet Theatre (NYC), and The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Upon graduating from high school in 2007, she joined Ballet Ariel in Denver, where she danced for four seasons. There, her principal roles included the lead in La Vivandiere, the waltz variation in Les Sylphides, Sapphire Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Carlotta Grisi in Pas De Quatre, Kitri in Don Quioxte, Figs of My.. And Storm choreographed by Gregory Gonzales, Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the original role of Molly Brown in the ballet “Avoca” , which was created for her by Ilena Norton and assisted by Patricia Renzetti. In 2009 she joined Zikr Sacred Dance Ensemble, and in 2010 the role of “Apsara” was created for her by Zikr Artistic Director David Taylor. Jennifer has also recently completed her first season with Dawson-Wallace Dance Project.

  • Hannah Kahn

  • Guest Artist

Hannah Kahn, founder and artistic director of the Denver-based Hannah Kahn Dance Company, is a master teacher with forty years of experience creating well over one hundred dances. In 2009 Kahn was honored as a “Living Legend of Dance” by the Carson Brierly Dance Library, an award that honors those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to dance in Colorado. In 2012 she was honored by the Colorado Ballet in their Tribute to Women in Dance in Colorado. Her work is known for its musicality, complexity and physicality.

After graduating from the Juilliard School, Kahn founded a dance company in New York, and directed it there for twelve years before moving to Colorado in 1988. Kahn has received two NEA choreography fellowships, a New York State Council on the Arts individual choreographers fellowship and a Co Visions Recognition Award in dance choreography from the Colorado Council on the Arts. Her New York based company was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts.

Kahn’s current company receives funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, The Denver Foundation, and the Denver Ballet Guild. The company has an extensive outreach program which reaches thousands of public school children each year with performances and workshops.

In addition to her own company, her works have also been in the repertories of many other companies, including Contemporary Dance System (Daniel Lewis, artistic director), Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, Maryland Dance Theatre, Concert Dance Company of Boston, Zenon Dance Company of Minneapolis, DanceWave of Miami, and In The Company of Dancers of Baton Rouge. In Colorado, her work has been performed by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dance Connection (Fort Collins), David Taylor Dance Theatre, Haan Dances (Boulder), the Jan Justis Dance Company, and Kim Robards/Dance.

  • Angela Delsanter

  • Guest Artist

Angela Delsanter is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio University School Of Dance. After receiving her BFA, she moved west and landed in Boulder, Colorado. After dancing with several local choreographers, she found her love in aerial dance. Angela has been a company member of Frequent Flyers Productions for 15 years and counting. She has enjoyed memorable years of teaching, performing, and presenting choreography. One aspect of teaching that has been particularly gratifying has been teaching youth at risk through the Frequent Flyers, Kids Who Fly program.

Angela is also the founder of The Nederland Mountain Movers Community Dance program. She teaches young kids, tap, ballet, jazz, and creative dance.  She also works as a massage therapist and lives in Nederland Colorado with her husband and son.

  • Wendy Trafford-McKenna RN

  • Guest Presenter

Wendy Trafford-McKenn – As a Registered Nurse for over fifteen years, Wendy decided to follow her passion and create a no-gimmicks nutritional counseling practice to help local residents and her online clientele achieve optimal health with delicious whole food. Personally studying nutrition for over 30 years, Wendy is well prepared to take the mystery out of what-to-eat by combining the pearls of popular diets alongside sound nutritional guidance. Using individualized programs, she helps clients of all ages prevent and reverse disease, stabilize their weight, and learn the basic tools needed to eat for optimal health. Wendy has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the Colin Campbell Foundation. When she is not teaching a cooking class or advising a client with a pantry makeover, you might find her practicing Japanese Tea Ceremony or parenting her two daughters at home with her husband in Salida, Colorado.