OUR FACULTY

Jordan DeBolt - Owner/Executive Director

Jordan DeBolt was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. She grew up dancing competitively throughout the entire state of Texas, also attending national competitions in Florida and New Mexico. She was cast as a dancer in productions of Hello Dolly, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Beauty and the Beast.

Throughout High School, she was a four year member of the Monterey High School Pom Squad, maintaining Captain status her last 2 years. Jordan also continued to dance competitively and teach. She graduated from Monterey High School in 2013, 12th in her class with High Honors. After graduating, she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, training in styles of dance such as modern, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and improvisation. During her time in Boulder, she had the opportunity to train and perform with artists such as Gesel Mason, Erika Randall, Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris, and Michelle Ellsworth. Jordan graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

Jordan has been teaching dance since her junior year of high school.  Her passion for teaching and choreographing has led her to Durango, where she joined the Dance in the Rockies team in the summer of 2015. Since then, she has been a part of growing the studio into a thriving program. In 2016, she along with Anne Starns started the Dance in the Rockies Cortez location, offering both competitive and non competitive programs. Since becoming the owner in 2017, Dance in the Rockies has grown into two thriving locations and 14 competitive teams. Her passion for teaching, choreographing, and business have lead her to where she is now, and she is excited to continue to lead and grow Dance in the Rockies in the years to come. 

Jordan and her Husband, Lukas, live in Durango along with their dogs, Riggins and Rhea. 

Anne Starns ~ Competitve Director

Anne Starns was born in Denver, Colorado and was raised in Durango. Her training began at The Durango Ballet Academy. She continued her training with Dance in the Rockies, North Carolina Dance Theatre, David Taylor Dance Theatre, and the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet. She has performed with both the Colorado Ballet and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Anne also participated in both high school and collegiate level dance teams.

She taught for several years at Dance in the Rockies. As a teacher and choreographer, many of Anne’s pieces have placed in the top 5 at regional competitions.  Anne graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2009 Magna cum Laude with a BA in Psychology.

Her time watching students grow and achieve their dreams helped Anne realize a new path for her life. She served as Executive Director at Dance in the Rockies from 2011-2018.  Under her guidance, DITR has grown to 10 teams in Durango and 3 in Cortez competing at primary, intermediate, and elite levels- including nationally ranked pieces. Her students continue to inspire and enrich her life everyday. She is proud to have moved DITR to new Elite levels of competition and continues to strive to enrich her students lives through artistry, dedication, and motivation.

Anne continues to love living in Durango with her husband JR, their baby girls Declan and Collins, and her chihuaua Jalapeno. 

Melissa Boudreux ~ Ballet Director

Melissa Largent grew up in Bayfield, Colorado, and started her dance training at Dance in the Rockies when she was three years old.  She had the opportunity to dance on the first competition teams formed at Dance in the Rockies and earned many National and Regional rankings and awards in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, clogging, lyrical, and character throughout her 8 years of competition.  Various dance awards include: National 4th Place Ranking for pointe solo, Regional 1st Place Grand Champion Award, several Regional 2nd Place Grand Champion Awards, and many more.   During her time on the competition team she was fortunate enough to take classes from many renowned choreographers and instructors including Jerry Rose, Barry Youngblood, Chris Judd, Brad Parquette, Danny Hoctor, Andrea Hammond, Laurie Rousseau, Scott Benson, and Al Bee.  Melissa also studied with the Butler Ballet in Indianapolis, and had the opportunity to attend class with the Joffrey Ballet in New York as well as dance in performances with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. 

 

After graduating from Bayfield High School in 2003, with a cumulative GPA of 4.0, she attended the University of Oregon and then the University of Colorado, where she continued to study ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and improvisation.  Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biology in 2007 from Fort Lewis college. She recently completed her course work for a Master’s Degree in Education also with Summa Cum Laude status. Melissa returned to Dance in the Rockies as a student, and was then offered a ballet instructor position, and is currently the Ballet Director for the studio.  She has earned Choreography Awards and several Top 10 Rankings for dances she has choreographed.

Haeli Henderson ~ Senior Instructor

Haeli Henderson began dancing at a young age in Austin, Texas. There she trained as a competitive dancer until moving to Durango, Colorado  at age 11. It was then that Haeli began to expand her training in ballet and jazz working with professional choreographers and becoming the youngest member of 3rd Ave. Dance Company. Upon graduation Miss Haeli moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she joined High Altitude Dance Ensemble and began her journey as a dance teacher. She became the company director for Kemper Dance Academy, working with choreographers such as Kevin Maher, Alexa Anderson, Randi Kemper, and Kyle Robinson. It was here where Haeli truly found her passion for teaching dance. Focusing on developing dancers into professional, hard working students, she has seen them now go off to work with the industries best. With hopes to continue in this direction, creating a love and passion for hard work in both dance and life, Miss Haeli looks forward continuing that journey at Dance in The Rockies.

Natalie Thomas ~ Instructor

Natalie Thomas was born in Denver, Colorado. She began to dance at age 3 at Grace Studios School of Dance. She also danced at Heritage Irish Stepdancers for 2 years. Her training continued at Pointe Dance Academy and Dance Unlimited specializing in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary until she graduated high school in 2015. Natalie danced competitively on the Cherokee Trail High School Poms team and on the Liberty High School Elite Dance team. Her two years at Liberty High School included being a dancer and chorus member in the productions of Scarborough Fair and Shrek the Musical.

After graduating high school, Natalie moved to Durango, Colorado to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at Fort Lewis College. While going to school she danced for two years as captain/co-coach on the Fort Lewis College Dance Team. Currently she works as an Assistant Preschool Teacher at the First United Methodist Preschool. Natalie is excited to see her students grow their passions for dance at Dance in the Rockies.

Cheyenne Bellarosa ~ Instructor

Cheyenne grew up in Colchester, Connecticut where her love for dance began at a young age. Taking jazz / ballet early in life, she decided to gain an athletic edge and join sports for many years instead. Partaking in anything ranging from soccer, tennis, and swimming. It wasn’t until the seventh grade that Cheyenne wanted to dedicate studio time to her specific passion for hip hop. This led to her auditioning for her high school dance team which she competitively danced on for four years; captain of the team for three. Here, she found her love for creating fast-paced, intricate, and expressive choreography. While on this team, she gained leadership and technical skills that heightened her abilities both in pom dance, jazz, and hip hop. She learned how to build strong relationships as a team member and problem solve as a captain. After graduating, Cheyenne moved to Colorado to attend Fort Lewis College where she took part in building the Fort Lewis College Dance Team from the ground up for three years. Through this building process, she not only learned how to be an advocate for an athletic program, but also how to push individuals to see their potentials as dancers and young adults. Through the years, she choreographed countless routines for FLCDT, both in pom and hip hop.

Cheyenne looks forward to working and growing as a teacher at DITR. She’s excited to help relay her passion for dance as expression and strength to young dancers. Miss Cheyenne will be graduating with her BA in Psychology in the December of 2018, as well as beginning her graduate journey here in Durango for the Four Corners Masters in Social Work program for the University of Denver. She plans on moving to Denver after graduating with her MSW in the Spring of 2020 to work with low-income urban populations; hopefully incorporating dance programs molded by social work to reach youth through artistic healing.

Katy Hernandez ~ Instructor

Katy was born in our wonderful town of Durango, Colorado where her classical dance training began at a very early age at the historic Smiley Building dancing under the directions of Lisa Bodwalk, Shannon Mitchell, and Suzy DiSanto. She eventually made the leap to Dance in the Rockies in 2006 continuing her classical ballet training as well as enjoying their various styles of dance and instructors they had to offer. During her studies at Dance in the Rockies she served as an assistance and substitute teacher. Throughout her dance career she has had many wonderful opportunities to dance and work with various touring companies such as Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company, Santa Barbara State Street Ballet Company, as well as working with wonderful local instructors like Judy Austin to name a few. After graduating high school she was offered the chance to continue her studies with the Santa Barbara State Street Ballet Company, but stayed local in order to share her love of ballet with others teaching at Bayfield Gymnastics and Dance for a year before leaving for college in Texas. While attending Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX, she continued dancing in various school activities, and classes learning to waltz, fox trot, tango, and other styles of ballroom dances, as well as being on the schools color guard team. While attending she met her amazing husband, and then moved back to the Durango area to continue her college education. She graduated from Colorado Technical University Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Management in 2017, as well as being a mother to her three young children, two girls and a boy. She has now returned to Dance in the Rockies to share her passion for dance and movement again.

Logan Freedle ~ Instructor

Logan Freedle grew up in Flower Mound, Texas. She is a senior at Fort Lewis College, majoring in Studio Art and Business. She started dance at age 4 and was invited to join the competitive dance team before completing year of classes. She participated as the mini leader in the production of the Nutcracker at Texas Woman’s University. Logan danced for several competitive studios, competed in nationals, and has over 14 years of experience. She was fortunate enough to be chosen by internationally known, Tara Foy, for private lessons for two summers in Las Vegas. Logan was chosen for the Lewisville ISD, Marcus High School award winning drill team, the Marcus Marquette’s, during her first audition. Logan is looking forward to changing rolls from a student to an instructor, something she has wanted to do her entire life.

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