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Studio Director

LISA TUSKA

"Miss Lisa" is an award-winning choreographer and amazing with children.   As a local small business owner, her philosophy is every child should be able to build their dance dream, no matter age or level.  She  has her BA from Wright State University, and Dance Teacher Certification from Ohio University, and built and then sold her first dance studio by the age of 26, only to move to Colorado! With more than 25 years of teaching and business experience, she has not only made CSD a second home for more than 4500+ students, but her own 3 children grew up at CSD, and moved on with dance scholarships & directorships in college.   "My family, my staff and I are extremely grateful to serve your family."

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Ballet Director

REBECCA DEAN

Rebecca has proven herself as a top director for ballet and the annual Nutcracker of Parker.  She earned her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Utah, and continues to dance as a professional today.  She has directed, choreographed and staged several full-length ballets, including: the annual Nutcracker of Parker, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen, and Wizard of Oz.  Her daughter is an accomplished dancer at CSD today, and CSD has been Rebecca's second home since 2005.

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Artistic Team Director

ANGELA MATSON

Angela grew up dancing at The Dance Club and professionally with Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, UT.   She has won choreography awards from JUMP, NUVO, NYCDA, Pulse, Velocity, and more!  “Teaching has brought me great happiness and has allowed me to share my first love!"  Angela began teaching with CSD in 2018, one year after her daughter began dance at the place she calls "the best dance program in Colorado." She has become a strong leader with the company and looks forward to watching all of the students, and her own daughter, grow up with the gift of dance.

"Miss Amy" is a brilliant leader and help found CSD in 2002. She is also well known by the community as one of the greatest children's programming dance teachers!  She graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Psychology.  After 20 years of teaching dance, her main objective is to make sure all of her students enjoy dance and have fun. Amy lives in the Parker area with her husband and their 4 children.  Two of her children have grown up as accomplished dancers, on the Senior APT Teams, and her daughter now dances on her college team.  Amy looks forward to making your family feel at home here at CSD!

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AMY COLWELL

Assistant Studio Director

Amanda grew up in Colorado and received her formal dance training as an apprentice company member with David Taylor Dance Theatre.  She augmented her training with the Milwaukee-Pennsylvania Ballet and the Boston Ballet. Amanda received a B.F.A. in Dance from University of New Mexico.  Today Amanda teaches and choreographs for both our ballet company and team programs, while continuing to train our beginner students so they get the very best foundation!  She is also a gifted jazz and turns teacher for many of our local high school poms dancers.

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AMANDA WILLIAMS

Teacher/Choreographer since 2013

Rachel studied on full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet School.  She is a former professional dancer with the Colorado Ballet and performed such ballets as Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and many more.   She has studied with San Franscisco's Ballet and performed many roles including Snow Queen, Dew Drop and Clara for the Springfield Ballet's Nutcracker.  Besides her love for classical ballet, she also teaches ballroom dance.  She is also the 2011 Maryland Dancesport Pro/Am Chamion and a DVIDA certified instructor. Rachel recently was titled the 2015 Colorado Star Ball Champion. Rachel is thrilled to be teaching at Colorado School of Dance and meeting so many wonderful students.  

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RACHEL CARTER

Ballet Teacher since 2015

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"Miss Lisa" is an award-winning choreographer and amazing with children.   As a local small business owner, her philosophy is every child should be able to build their dance dream, no matter age or level.  She  has her BA from Wright State University, and Dance Teacher Certification from Ohio University, and built and then sold her first dance studio by the age of 26, only to move to Colorado! With more than 25 years of teaching and business experience, she has not only made CSD a second home for more than 4500+ students, but her own 3 children grew up at CSD, and moved on with dance scholarships & directorships in college.   "My family, my staff and I are extremely grateful to serve your family."

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COURTNEY GRAEBER

Teacher since 2015

Courtney Graeber is a Colorado native whose dance and gymnastics background started at the age of 4. She attended dance studios much like CSD where she was formally trained in the Cecchetti method for ballet, and she was also a competitive gymnast for a private gym. Her love of dance and gymnastics continued throughout High School where she was on the gymnastics, diving and cheerleading teams. She then went on to Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science. Her love and passion for the health and fitness world lead her to become a certified group instructor in CIZE as well as being a health coach. She currently lives in Aurora with her husband and 2 girls, one of which is going on her 6th year dancing there at CSD.

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DESHAWN ROYALE

Teacher/Choreography

(Photo coming soon!)  Welcome to my hip hop classes! I'm so excited to be working with this amazing studio this year and can’t wait to see all that we accomplish together. In my hip hop classes, we will focus on hip hop foundational styles, different choreography styles, as well as professionalism in the workplace. To become a professional dancer it takes not only amazing skill and talent, but also an enduring work ethic, a positive attitude, and the mindset of a businessperson. In my hip hop courses, my goal is to take your dancer to the next level in their training. In class we will warm up, freestyle, work on hip hop foundational styles, as well as, learning combos encompassing the skills we regularly work on.

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KAREN LEVINE

Dietician/Co-Founder since 2002

Karen is CSD’s Facility Manager and Nutrition Teacher, and has been with the school since it’s opening in 2002. As a registered Dietician, Miss Karen teaches weekly classes in tumbling and nutrition, and annual nutrition seminars to our competitive dancers each summer. As the Rock-a-Doodles Instructor, she formats each tumbling/nutrition class with large motor skills for preschoolers providing a skillset for conditioning, strength and flexibility. She has more than 5 years experience teaching, and more than a decade of service as a dietician.

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Assistant Director since 2002

AMY COLWELL

Amy, from Kansas, has been with the school since it’s conception in 2002. She received her training from the Hilltop Dance Studio in Kansas City, KS. She graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Psychology.  After 16 years of teaching dance, her main objective is to make sure all of her students enjoy dance and have fun. Amy lives in the Parker area with her husband and their 4 children.

Calli from Parker, CO, graduated with honors from Oklahoma City University with a BS in Dance Management. Professional highlights include: Sandy in Grease, High School Musical 2, Urban Cowboy, Guys and Dolls,  and Oklahoma!  Growing up in studios taught her how to put others first and commit to excellence. 

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Guest Teacher/Choreographer

CRICKET KELLER

Cricket relocated from Los Angeles, CA to Parker, CO in summer of 2010 after working professionally as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer in L.A. for twelve years. Cricket graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with her Bachelors of Arts. Cricket was a scholar at The EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA; was represented by both Bloc and Bobby Ball professional dance agencies; and was a member of both unions Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and AGVA. She was regularly featured as an American Bandstand dancer on NBC’s “American Dreams”, and has appeared in the Hillary Duff movie “A Cinderella Story”. She performed live at the American Music Awards and danced with Tokyo Disney.