Our Staff

Rhapsody Performing Arts Center StaffMembers of our in-house faculty have trained at the nationally acclaimed Broadway Dance Center, Edge Performing Arts Center and have performed with the Colorado Ballet, Russian Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. They have won numerous awards for their choreography on the regional and national levels and have extensive backgrounds in child education and the performing arts. Former students include employees and members of the Rockettes, Disney, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the School of American Ballet. 

The expert faculty and staff at Rhapsody Performing Arts Center are committed to promoting your child’s success. By providing your child with a strong technical foundation, performance opportunities, and a variety of creative experiences, our goal is to provide your child with an exceptional dance education.

Kelley Wick

Kelley Wick, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterStudio Owner and Director

Kelley Wick started dancing competitively at a very young age and continued on throughout high school. While pursuing her undergraduate education at the University of Utah, she was a member of the Crimson Line; before going on to study dance at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to roles as a schoolteacher, businesswoman, and dancer; Kelley has also instructed Color Guard programs that have gone on to win state titles in both Utah and Colorado. Kelley’s eye for technique, athleticism, and performance quality resulted in a natural progression to the role of adjudicator throughout the Intermountain West; judging team tryouts and dance competitions in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Her energy and enthusiasm can be felt from miles away putting young dancers at ease, so it’s no surprise that her most recent credits include mentoring soloists and team dancers to achieve high point and overall titles in this region. Kelley’s passion for the art of dance is evident when you meet her as she demonstrates her genuine love for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Heather Webb

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Choreographer, Make-Up Designer, Costume Designer

Heather Webb is a third-generation dance teacher. She was dancing before she could walk; and, aside from training with her mother, aunts, and grandparents (New York City Ballet), she has had the opportunity to travel and study under the dance “greats” Joe Tremaine, Brian Freidman, Tabitha, Mia Michaels, Terry Beaman, Dee Caspary, Wes Veldink, and David Scott. She has also performed key roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Snow White, Cinderella, and the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Heather is a title-winning dancer and choreographer at the regional and national level, winning numerous awards such as multiple FDC Judges’ Choice Awards, the Prime Time Scholarship Award, and World Dance Championship Invites in 2009 and 2011. Furthermore, she was awarded the Pulse Tour’s Teacher Scholarship in 2009 and was invited to compete in America’s Got Talent auditions in 2010. Heather was awarded Teacher of the Year in Panama City, Florida in 2011.

Ashley Nemeth

Ashley Nemeth, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterAshley M. Nemeth trained at The Academy of Colorado Ballet, The Academy of Russian Ballet, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. She has performed numerous roles including; Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, Soloist in Paquita, Spanish in The Nutcracker, and many original works by Elizabeth Shipiatsky, Robert Royce, and Angela Whitehill. For the 2008-2009 season she was the Ballet Mistress with Western Arkansas Ballet of Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is currently the Ballet Mistress and Core Ballet Instructor with Burklyn Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Joanne Whitehill. This is her second season with Rhapsody Performing Arts Center, and she is thrilled to be working along side such talented and dance minded individuals.

Kelsey Tanner

Kelsey Tanner, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterKelsey Tanner grew up dancing in Idaho where she was a member of the company at Studio C Academy of Dance as well as captain of the Sweet Liberty Dance Team at Centennial High School. She was crowned Miss Idaho State Invitational and led her team to multiple national championships. She has performed with companies Odyssey II and Expansion based in Salt Lake City, with Young!Tanzommer in Austria, and was a featured dancer in Disney's High School Musical 3. She has choreographed award-winning routines in Utah, Idaho, Texas, and Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts in Dance from Texas Woman's University where researched the use of competition and creativity in private dance studios. She will be traveling to Taiwan this summer to present her research at an international conference. She lives with her husband Grant and their son, Will.

Heather Palumbo

Heather Palumbo, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterHeather Palumbo has choreographed and taught dance for 15 years both in Arizona and Colorado. She has studied under and worked with teachers from West Coast Dance Explosion, Automatic Response Dance Company, the Jabbowakeez, and Brian Freedman.  Along with teaching dance, Heather works in the Cherry Creek School District and is a wife and mother of 2 young boys.

Laurie Davis

Laurie Davis, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterRhapsody Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce and welcome Laurie Davis to our teaching staff. Laurie is from Denver, Colorado and is well known for her unique and creative teaching and choreography in the dance competition circuit throughout the country, where she has also become a continuous recipient of choreography and specialty high point awards both regionally and at the national level. Additionally, she is continually sought out to give her expertise in advanced technical abilities in diverse styles of dance including Tap, Acrobatics/Tumbling, Character, Lyrical, Musical Theater, and Jazz. Laurie has been employed with WMI Productions for over two decades as an adjudicator for Showbiz/PrimeTime Dance Competitions.

Laurie's first instructor was her professional dancer/teacher mother, and she later trained under many top national dance teachers with the most success in the dance convention circuits. Laurie's endless versatile training in addition to dance brought her to being ranked 10th in the nation as a Junior Olympic Gymnast, a professional juggler at age 14, and extensive training on the drums and marimba. Laurie has been booked for hundreds of performances, most notably at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.

Having previously owned her own dance studio, Laurie has continued her passion for teaching and choreographing dance for over three decades where her vast experiences have also included numerous studios, private gyms, high schools, and on the collegiate level throughout the Inter-Mountain west. She abides by the teaching philosophy of never stop learning, and currently continues to just want to work with children of all ages and abilities to love and learn all dance genres, all while most importantly, having fun. With any spare time in Laurie's day, she spends with her family and grandchildren.

If Laurie can impact anything as a mentor to a child of any age it would be "always believe in yourself."

Chantel Fountaine Manuele

Chantel Fountaine Manuele, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterChantel Fountaine Manuele is a versatile and accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer. Beginning training at only two and a half years old, in Salt Lake City, Utah, her passion for dance led her to performances in the Ballet West Nutcracker, scholarships with Dupree and Tremaine, and the title Jr. Miss Dance/Drill Utah Overall Queen. While attending Cottonwood High School she was a dance company officer, and member of their nationally ranked poms squad. The following year she coached Cottonwood to their first national title, and totaled five additional years as coach with national rankings. She strengthened her skills during a coveted scholarship with Odyssey II, awarded by director Derryl Yeager of Odyssey Dance Theatre, and with Rick Robinson's award winning Funk Company, taking nationals at Urban Jamm 2000 with Overall Group Street Jam, Overall Lyrical Duo/Trio, and Best of Show. Chantel has travelled the United States as a teacher and choreographer to studio, high school, college, and professional teams. She was a dance/poms instructor, and part of the creative development team, for the United Spirit Association. Professional work also includes Stage 7, Creative Focus Productions, Scene Makers, and back up dancer to musician Alex Boye. She has appeared in print, television, the 2002 film Out of Step, and as a KISN '97 dancer- directed by mentor Trey Barber. Chantel was honored to be chosen, and directed, by renowned choreographer Kenny Ortega for the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, performing alongside legendary rock band KISS. Now in her greatest role, Chantel hopes to leave a legacy of dance to her three beautiful daughters.

Misty Little

Misty Little, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterMisty Little has embraced the world of dance since the tender age of three years old. A Colorado native, she received the majority of her training at Southwest Dance Arts specializing in tap, jazz, and ballet; as well as pointe work for five years. Her talent and enthusiasm earned her a spot on the competition team, where she competed regionally and nationally, winning many awards over several years. In high school, Misty was selected as a student teacher and expanded her interests to include hip hop skills and cheer. She was elected team captain for the varsity cheer squad at Bear Creek High School and during her tenure, built an award-winning competitive team. Misty was offered a position on the squad at UCA and later transferred to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where she obtained a BFA in Interior Design. Misty now owns her own design firm, but has never departed from her love of dance. She has been sharing her passion for dance with eager young dancers for the past four years.  She also attends dance conventions to augment her teaching techniques and remain acquainted with the latest styles. We are so pleased that her journey has led her across our path. Misty’s love for children, positive attitude, and encouraging nature engenders her as an excellent addition to the Rhapsody staff.

Kelly Amadeo

Kelly Amadeo, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterKelly Amadeo has been dancing since the age of four. She danced with Ballet Northwest where she was the lead role in The Firebird. She has performed many pas de deux and was a soloist and had leading roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, and many other classical ballets. Kelly spent her summers learning from some of the top dance and drama instructors in the country at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp. In addition, she was a company member of Perry-Mansfield's Traveling Dance Company and traveled around Colorado and Wyoming performing and teaching students about the history of dance. Kelly has choreography and directing experience at the high school level. She attended college at Colorado State University where she received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development while dancing and performing at the advanced level throughout her four years there. Kelly received her master's degree in Elementary Education and has taught in Denver Public Schools and Douglas County School District. She is an instructor in the College of Education at a local university. Kelly is currently dancing at Colorado Ballet, which helps her stay current on the best practices in dance education. She loves to ski and spend time with her husband, son, and daughter. Kelly is excited to work at Rhapsody Performing Arts Center with such talented staff and dancers!

Calli Freyschlag Lamb

Calli Freyschlag Lamb, Rhapsody Performing Arts CeneterCalli Freyschlag Lamb has a degree in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University, and has performed Off Broadway, on Holland America Cruise Lines, on tour with "OZ the Musical," and at Legends in Concert in Branson, Missouri. Her favorite musical theater credits include: Sandy in Grease at Town Hall Arts Center, High School Musical 2, Guys and Dolls, Urban Cowboy, and Oklahoma! Calli has taught, judged, and choreographed for Universal Dance Association, the state champion Ponderosa Poms/Dance Team, and for local studios here in Colorado.

Susan Benz

Susan Benz, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterSusan Benz teaches our Acro and Strength classes. A native of Durango, Colorado, she trained for fourteen years at Gold Rush Gymnastics as a competitive gymnast achieving Level 9. In addition to her busy schedule with gymnastics, she also trained for seven years in ballet, jazz, and lyrical at The Durango Ballet Academy. After high school, Susan moved to Nashville to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business. While in Nashville, she opened and ran her own gymnastics facility. She began competing at Fitness Competitions in Colorado and across the Southwest, winning many local and regional titles. In 2009, Susan was honored with the national title of Ms. Fitness USA Champion 2009. The same year, she was runner up to Ms. Fitness Worlds. Since that time, she has hosted many fitness camps for junior competitors who have competed and placed at local and national shows. Susan now makes her home in Aurora with her husband, Jordan, and their daughter, Shylee. We are pleased to have an acro instructor on staff with these amazing qualifications.

Teagan Welch

I am 22 years old, currently living in Castle Rock Colorado where I was born and raised. I have a 2 year old son Landon. Started dancing at age 4, and grew up dancing locally at Centerstage Starz on their competition team. Danced on the varsity dance team at Castle View High School for 2 years, graduated in 2010 and studied dance (ballet in particular) at Colorado State University. Member of the Colorado State University Golden Poms dance team 2011- 2012 participated in Universal Dance Association college nationals in Orlando Florida. Have taught ballet and technique at various studios throughout the Fort Collins, Loveland, and Castle Rock area. Junior varsity dance coach for Caslte View High School poms team 2012- 2013, Castle View varsity choreographer 2013 - 2014. Currently in school through CSU online to obtain my bachelors degree in accounting set to be completed spring of 2015. 

Vanesa Post

Vanesa Post, Rhapsody Performing Arts CenterVanesa Post was raised in Colorado where she began dancing. She has now been dancing for over 30 years and has been training in, and teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Pointe. She, herself, received training from many dance greats to include Bill Hotaling, Finis Jhung, Leah Hotaling, Kim Lyons, Michael Vernon, Linda Heine, Gustavo Vargas, Jane Slusarski-Harris, and Carol Roderick. Vanesa is also a graduate of Colorado State University, where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree with an emphasis in Dance. Vanesa has been a teacher for several dance companies in the Fort Collins and Denver/metro area for the past 12 years. In addition to teaching, Vanesa has had the pleasure of performing with High Performance Dance Theatre in Fort Collins, CO. Vanesa’s greatest joy is her family, her husband Adam, and daughters Nicoleah and Alegra. Vanesa is excited to be a part of the Rhapsody team, where she will continue to express and share her passion for dance.

Mindie Sivey

Mindy has been working with preschool to teenage children for the past 10 years. Although she studied Geology/Environmental studies in college, she always had a passion for dance. Living in a home with her mother and grandmother who were professional dancers, it was hard for her to want to be anything else. She took Irish step, tap/ballet/ jazz then studied creative movement and various dance classes in college. She has been a Children's Program Teacher for dance and tumbling at the Highlands Ranch Community Center for 10 years. She also operates her own DJ Company that just celebrated its 6th year. Mindie has been married 15 years and has 3 beautiful children (two who dance). In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, running, reading and going to live theatre.

 

Mindie is excited to bring some of her flair for fun with a positive experience to the children's dance programs. In her spare time you will see her cheering on her three beautiful children, or perhaps outside in her beautiful garden and always giving of herself to others. We are very excited to welcome Mindie to Rhapsody!