Instructors Salida Dance Studio's Leading Dancers


  • Jaime Keating

  • Instructor

Jaime Keating has twenty years experience dancing, performing and teaching with a special focus on Modern and Ballet. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Jaime has trained with Robin Fisher, Gladys Bailin (Nikolais & Murry Louis Dance Co.), David Parsons & Chris Aiken. She enjoys choreographing, performing and being part of the inspiration for children to dance. Dance has been a large part of Jaime’s life and she is thrilled at the opportunity to dedicate herself to the Salida Dance Studio.

In addition to Jaime’s background in Dance she was also a Certified Personal Trainer for 6 years as well as a Physical Therapy Aide for 3 years and a EMT on the Arkansas Valley Volunteer Ambulance for one year. She has always enjoyed her own pursuit of health and fitness and is excited to be sharing her knowledge of both dance & fitness in her new Barre classes.

  • JoDee Kane

  • Instructor

JoDee Kane is co-founder and teacher at Salida Dance Studio. JoDee discovered dance at a time in her life when everything felt out of control. She began dancing at age 13 when a friend asked her to accompany her to a class. She immediately discovered it was her passion and being a naturally reserved person, appreciated that dancing was a means to express her emotions in a safe and healthy environment. Dance class became a safe haven and it remains that way. Along the way, she also discovered her passion for teaching and she is so thankful that she can now help kids discover that same feeling. She has been dancing for 16 years and teaching/choreographing for 13. She has had some fantastic opportunities to study with various teachers and choreographers in the industry including Jessica Starr, founder of Muse Dance Company. However, her sister, Kellyn Frost, herself an accomplished dancer, remains her biggest inspiration and motivation. JoDee is committed to providing children and youth an artistic outlet for their emotions while nurturing self-esteem, team building, and interpersonal skills. Her ultimate goal is to awaken a positive passion for something her students can carry with them throughout their lives.

  • Kyanne Danowsky

  • Instructor

Kyanne Danowsky is an instructor at the Salida Dance Studio and teaches, Teen Ballet & Jazz and will be teaching the Toddler Summer Program Growing up, Kyanne studied ballet at Ann Dirkson’s School of Dance in Ames, Iowa, and then majored in Phys Ed with a dance emphasis at Iowa State University.  She has been teaching ballet, jazz and tap dance for over 30 years at Donna’s Dance Place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a seven year interim at the St. Cloud School of Dance in St. Cloud, MN.  Her continuing education includes yearly summer workshops with jazz, tap and ballet professionals in New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Kyanne is also a certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body University. She is excited to be here in Salida to work with dance enthusiast of all ages.

  • Jan Justis

  • Instructor

Jan Justis has performed, directed and produced dance and theater for the past 40 years in Chicago, New York, Denver and now Salida.  She toured internationally with the Nikolais Dance Theatre and danced with the Cincinnati Ballet. She co-founded and directed the Jan Justis Dance Company in Denver, receiving numerous grants and critical acclaim for her choreography.  A nominee for the American Choreographer Awards, her works have been commissioned by companies in Chicago, San Diego and Denver, including the Colorado Ballet.  She holds a BA in Dance and Theatre from Barat College and a Masters in Humanities from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Jan has taught modern dance technique, improvisation, choreography and movement for actors in colleges, dance festivals and high schools across the U.S. She has also choreographed numerous musicals, winning awards for her stagings of Les Miserables, Chess and The Secret Garden.  She received the Richard K. Knaub Theatre Educator of the Year Award for 2010 from the Alliance for Colorado Theatre.  After 26 years teaching dance and theater in the Cherry Creek Schools in Aurora, she “retired” and relocated to Salida, Colorado, where she is serving as Artistic director of Stage Left Theatre Company and teaching workshops in Dance and Theatre.

  • Kellyn Frost

  • Instructor

Kellyn Frost started dancing at the age of 9 only because her mother made her try it. From her first dance class she fell in love and made it her life. She has been dancing for 17 years and teaching for 10. Starting out with many competitions, Kellyn has competed at, and won, at regional and national levels, including Star Power, StarLite, Celebrity, Kids Artistic Revue and Talent on Parade.  She has worked with many professionals throughout the years including Jessica Starr, Kenny Wormald, and Benjamin Allen. She worked for Studio B for 10 years and ran the studio for 3 years. With attention to technique and detail, she continues to teach with the attitude of, with hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.   

  • Jane Templeton

  • Instructor

Jane Templeton I have had a couple of careers in my lifetime (high school foreign language and English teacher, lawyer for various public-school institutions), but I have always been a dancer. My dance career has been varied too—pom-pon squad in high school and college; coach of high school pom-pon squads and choreographer of high school musicals during my teaching years; ballet, tap, and modern classes during law school; and choreographing and dancing in community theater musicals.

But it was when I tried Irish stepdancing, inspired by “Riverdance”, that I found my dance home. I love the precision and athleticism of stepdancing, and of course, the music itself. I started stepdancing when I was 50 years old, and entered dance competitions against dancers who were often 30 years younger than me, but I finished my competitive career at age 55 with 60 medals and trophies (my goal was at least as many medals as the number of years in my age). I hope to pass my love of this dance form on to my students.

  • Amanda Wright

  • Instructor

Amanda Wright Live your passion and share your gifts with the world, for there is no one else just like you! Amanda Wright began her passionate journey in 2010 when she decided to become a licensed Zumba instructor. Since then she has certified as a Phase 1 willPower & grace instructor as well as a personal trainer. Group fitness classes allow her to share her passion of dance, fitness and teaching with the Salida community. She brings charisma and fun to every class which allows everyone to feel comfortable and ready to move . Personal training allows her to really dive in to each client’s personal health needs and provide one-on-one attention. To contact Amanda, please call or text 719-221-0794

  • Nicole Balaun

  • Instructor

Nicole Balaun Nicole Balaun has had the dancing spirit from a very young age. After being a long time student at the Carver County School of dance she started teaching the younger dancers and sharing her passion. She went on to the Bloomington Ballet Company before she got caught up in life. But the love of dance has always followed her around. Now, she sharing dance in the way of the Latin Inspired Dance Fitness instruction of Zumba®, and totally loving it!

  • Cynthia Pursell

  • Instructor

Cynthia Pursell will be teaching Zumba Gold and be available as a substitute instructor for Zumba classes. She received her Zumba Basic license in Feb 2014 and Zumba Gold license in Aug 2014. Cynthia has been participating in Zumba classes since 2010. She enjoys it so much she wanted to become an instructor and spread her affection for Zumba. “Like many people, I was looking for a workout that I could enjoy and stick with. I also was trying to find a way to lose the’ baby weight’ after having my third child. I tried Zumba, and I was hooked. The hour went so quickly. I never got bored and wanted to do more. It made me feel happy!”

Cynthia has lived in Salida since 2000 with her husband, Paul, and 3 kids. She was born and raised in Virginia. She moved to Colorado after receiving her bachelor’s and doctor of pharmacy degrees and completing a pharmacy residency. She also works occasionally at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in the pharmacy department.

  • Brook Moniger

  • Instructor

Brook Moniger has a love for all things active which began at an early age. Growing up in the country, family time was spent fishing, camping, swimming, gardening, biking, and climbing trees. She began practicing gymnastics at the age of 6 and soon joined a private competitive team.  During her high school years she taught classes to the younger students at her club and this passion for teaching others followed her through college, coaching at a club in Pueblo and later for the Silverthore Recreation Center.  When she was introduced to yoga in her early 20’s it was like a match made in heaven. The flexibility she gained from years of gymnastics helped her feel at home on a yoga mat. But it was the profound mental and spiritual aspects of yoga that truly captivated and fascinated her. A deep rooted love, connection, and respect for this ancient tradition lead her to become a teacher, to share with others the bounty and beauty of yoga.


  • Allison Stewart

  • Instructor

Allison Stewart started dancing Cuban-style salsa in 2006, and immediate was hooked. “I loved the musicality, the structure than still allowed for improvisation, and the empowerment I felt with dance. There are so many layers to dance – you can’t get bored with it.” She started dancing with SalsAmigos in Boulder and performed locally. In South America, Allison danced and performed with professional Cuban instructors for a year, and later traveled to Cuba in 2010 to study the origins of salsa. The last two years, Allison has been an active part of the salsa community in Denver and Washington DC, where she’s taught beginner salsa and rueda de casino lessons and performed with Samba Colorado and the Lucas Prat Dance Academy. Allison also enjoys west-coast swing and blues dancing, but is most often found dancing salsa on the 1, salsa on the 2, rueda de casino, bachata, merengue, cha-cha, samba, and kizomba. She is excited about discover the diversity of dance opportunities in Salida and hopes to be part of building a more active latin dance community here.

  • Katie DeSantis

  • Instructor

Katie DeSantis
Born in Salida, Katie was raised in the mountains of Summit County and introduced to dance at the age of 3.  To make a long story short, after her first performance as a hula dancer in a bathtub, Katie knew dance would be her life from then on. She has taught for The Summit School of Dance in Frisco for the past 10 years, and is coming up on her 4th year as director of Jr. CoMotion, the studio’s youngest competitive dance company.  She has choreographed many musicals for The Summit Highschool, and Breckenridge’s local theater, The Backstage Theater, of which she has most recently choreographed Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” in 2013.  She has also choreographed countless flashmobs, and a tv commercial for the local yogurt shop, Cameez.  Katie is so excited to join the crew at Salida dance studio, and cannot wait to share her love of dance.

  • Darcie Schultz

  • Instructor

Darcie Schultz is an instructor at the Salida Dance Studio and will be teaching Ballet, Modern & Jazz in the Summer Intensive Program. Darcie is a graduate of the Hartford Conservatory in Dance Performance and Pedagogy, holds a BA is Arts Administration and Performance Studies from UMass Amherst, and is the Founder/Artistic Director of SOMA Dance Company. Mrs. Shultz has taught and performed professionally in Connecticut, New York, Oklahoma, and now in Colorado!

  • Marcos Solomon

  • Instructor

Marcos Solomon is an instructor at Salida Dance Studio and teaches breakdancing & street hop. Marcos was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Salida in 1985. He attended CMC College, in Steamboat Springs, and also lived in Bend, Oregon for a couple of years. Marcos loves Salida and feels lucky to be raising his son Isaiah here. He enjoys teaching all the kids to break dance and hopes it brings them as much joy as it brings himself.

  • Irene Davey

  • Summer Intern

Irene Honora was born in Littleton, Colorado. Having studied her BFA at Ohio University, Irene’s most recent choreographic work, To Each His All was performed at the Ohio University Senior Spring Dance Concert 2014. She has had the pleasure of collaborating and performing with The Movement Project in Cleveland, and also performed in Gladys Bailin’s Newspapers, Feeling Sound by Alicia Hahn, as well as others. Irene also performed in the School of Theater’s production of Lysistrata, and is proud to have been a part of one of the first crossovers between the departments of Theater and Dance at OU. Irene is also interested in dance medicine and will be presenting research on snapping hip syndrome at the annual International Dance Medicine Association’s meeting held in Basel, Switzerland this fall.