Kara has been in the Dance Profession for over 25 years. Receiving most of her training in Denver, CO, she studied dance at Denver Contemporary Dance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School, and the Denver Dance Center. She was an ensemble member of The Denver Contemporary Dance Theatre under the direction of the late Thomas Dixon. She has appeared in many dance and theater productions throughout the state. She has worked as a class demonstrator for one of her mentors, Ms. Franca Telesio Smith in the Graham Technique at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School. She has been blessed to study with many world renowned choreographers and teachers; Gary Abbot, Milton Myers, Franca Telesio, Debra Mercer, Susan Richardson, Ms. Betty Seibert (Cecchetti USA Director of Examinations), the late Roger Turner, the late Leni Wylliams.
Throughout her career, Kara has worked with dance studios, high school & collegiate dance teams, and junior/senior high school theater productions. She was a judge and class instructor for Spotlight Dance Cup for 3 seasons. In addition, Kara also holds a B.S. in Visual Communications and worked for many years as a Graphic Artist prior to opening Dance Arts Gillette in 2015.
Kara is a Cecchetti USA Certified Ballet Instructor and is a 3rd year member of the CUSA National Committee. She is also certified in the Progressing Ballet Technique and is currently training in the mUvmethod (flexibility for dancers) program. Her future goals are to further her Cecchetti Pedagogy Education and obtain certifications in mUvmethod and Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique.
"My goal for Dance Arts is to offer Gillette's youth a welcoming space for Artistic and Personal Growth. I believe the skills learned in dance are well beyond physical. The process of mastering dance fosters creativity, self-worth and camaraderie."
"I cannot put into words how amazing Dance Arts Gillette is! The professionalism, knowledge, and talent of the staff surpasses all expectations. The teachers work hard to challenge their dancers while making them feel confident & proud of their current skills. Dance Arts Gillette is a perfect fit if you want your child to advance as a dancer and a person of confidence and integrity."
- Lacey & Doug Baker