Aubrey Klinger Fearns began her dance training under the tutelage of her grandmother Nan Klinger, and performed with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet for ten seasons. Aubrey then spent three years at Point Park University graduating magna cum laude, earning her B.A. in dance performance. There she performed Myrta in Giselle, Rodeo and original works choreographed by Francis Patrelle, Jay Kirk, Nicholas Petrov, Ron Tassone, Melissa Barak, Erin Halloran, Peter Merz, and Andrew Blight. Currently a free-lance dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Aubrey has worked throughout the country in both concert and commercial dance. Her performance and choreography credits include; Principle Dancer and Rehearsal Director for Davis Contemporary Dance Company, Opera Colorado: Aida, Jacob Mora: Exhibit M, Chicago Improve Group: Octavarious, Thodos Dance Chicago: New Dances, Apex Contemporary Dance Theater, Renegade Performance Group (NYC), Carnival! Choreographer’s Ball, Dance Chance Chicago, The Dayton Arts Project, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Welcome Yule!, and So You Think You Can Dance season 9. Outside of concert dance, Aubrey teaches dance through out the country, barre fitness classes at The Ballet Physique, and has choreographed several musicals for The Wolf Theatre Academy.
Antonio “Tony” DeBerry, native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. For over 10 years Tony has been an educator in the art of hip hop, his training consists of jazz/contemporary, modern, ballet, and hip-hop. Tony currently is a jazz and hiphop instructor for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy, and a former Principal dancer in the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Before relocating to Denver, CO, Tony worked as an instructor and dancer in Cleveland, OH. Dancing for companies such as Dancing Wheels dance company, Green Works Project, Erin Berry Ministries and Duffy Liturgical. As an instructor Tony worked at many different dance academies, studios, and schools such as, Cuyahoga Community College performing arts academy, Cleveland School of the Arts, and assitant rehearsal director to Terence Green of the Green Works Project to name a few. During the summer, Tony collaborated with the city of Cleveland Department of Recreation to produce Showagon, as a choreographer and counselor to the inner-city youth. Tony’s artistry has brought him before many great audiences and even appearing on television and film. Starring in web shows such as Foul Play and Honest Men. Tony has been blessed and honored to perform for people such as the Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, the NAACP, United Black Funds, Canton Symphony, IABD (International Association of Blacks & Dance), Karamu House of Theater in the Black Nativity in the role of Joseph. He has worked alongside great men and women as well; CBS4 News anchor woman Britt Moreno, Fox 8 News Kicking it with Kenny Crumpton, Teyana Taylor, Jill Scott, and Kenny Latimore just to name a few. Now, Tony has the opportunity to be an educator at the Denver School of the Arts and to work with Audience of One, AO1, as the choreographer on James and the Giant Peach musical. Tony is also beyond excited to be working with Dream Big Day Camp as a Group Leader. The experience that Tony DeBerry brings is one like no other; passion, authenticity, and creativity are just a few words to describe his artistry. He is not only an educator through the movement of dance but through inspiration and integrity. The imprint and influence he brings is undeniable and captivating.
Theresa Berger Moore has been teaching, choreographing and performing in the Denver dance community since 2012. Originally from Iowa, she trained and performed with Nancy Moore Overturff, and the Iowa Dance Theatre. Theresa spent many summers training at Giordano Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet before pursuing her BA in Dance at the University of Iowa. While dancing at the U of I, she performed in works by Armando Duarte, Deanna Carter, Alan Sener, and Kristin Marrs to name a few. Upon moving to Colorado, Theresa danced for Kim Robards Dance and Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, and is currently in her third season with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Her performance repertoire includes works by Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Milton Myers, Millicent Johnnie, Garfield Lemonious, Viviana Basanta, Rennie Harris, and David Rousseve among others. Working for an internationally esteemed organization has given Theresa the experience of teaching an array of dance styles to all age ranges, from community outreach to University settings around the country. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for technique, artistry, and community through dance with her students. Previously teaching for the after school program, Theresa is thrilled to be in her second year as a Guest Artist in the DSA Dance Program.
Lisa Engelken (DSA Alumni) is a dancer, choreographer and producer from Denver. She has performed with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, BlackListed Dance Collaborative, Visaversa Dance Buenos Aires, and Rennie Harris Grassroots Project, for which she was a founding member. She has also trained and performed with Alonzo King LINES summer program and the American Dance Festival. She designed her BA from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Social Action Through the Arts. Lisa has been an instructor at Hudson Valley Conservatory, Peridance Center in NYC, The BBoy Factory, Streetside Boulder and Denver School of the Arts. Her work has been shown at San Francisco International Hip Hop Festival, Versa Style Festival LA and Breakin’ Convention Denver. She is faculty to the Ensemble as well as the founder and producer of the Hip Hop theatre show Breaking Barriers.
Maria Mosina was born in Moscow and graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. Upon graduation, Maria joined the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich Company and immediately was chosen for principal roles. She toured the world appearing on all major European, American, African and Asian stages. In 1995, Maria was invited by Colorado Ballet to join as a leading principal dancer. She performed all major parts in classical productions and also had the chance to show her talent in neoclassical, modern and contemporary choreographed master pieces. Maria was a featured dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine and has been featured in other magazine articles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in methodology and pedagogy from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. She is also an active ballet instructor throughout the United States. She participated as a master teacher and judge for the Youth American Grand Prix. Maria performed leading roles in all major productions as a member of the Company, as well as a guest artist with many other festivals, galas, and companies. After 21 seasons as a principal dancer with Colorado Ballet, she retired at the end of the 2016/2017 season. She has now joined the artistic staff of the company.
Cecelia Jones (DSA Alumni) is a native of Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of the Denver School of the Arts ’02. Upon graduation Cecelia attended Fordham/ Ailey at Lincoln Center. Cecelia’s love of dance performance brought her home to dance with Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble under the incredible direction of the late Marceline Freeman, followed by the brilliant Terrell Davis. She then joined her dream company, the esteemed Deeply Rooted Dance Theater of Chicago and had the pleasure of dancing with the Ensemble ’03-’09 while concurrently directing the Second Company from ’05-’07. Cecelia fell in love with the Horton Technique at the age of 12 while learning from Susan Richardson at CPRD and has since had the honor of studying the Horton Technique from all of the greats: Don Martin, Milton Myers (Jimmy Truitte), Ana Marie Forsythe (Joyce Trisler), Sarah Ford, Elana Anderson and Lisa Johnson-Willingham. Cecelia transitioned to managing restaurants in 2012, becoming a sommelier and sake aficionado.
Vivian Kim is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator based in Boulder, CO. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree under the direction of Susan Levine-Orada from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010; and with her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Performance and Choreography for Dance and a secondary emphasis in Somatic Techniques (The Alexander Tecnique) in 2018 from the University of Colorado Boulder. During her time at CU Boulder, Vivian had the opportunity to learn from, and perform for, renown choreographers such as: Helanius J. Wilkins, Rennie Harris, Larry Southall, Erika Randall, Gesel Mason, and many others. She also had the opportunity to guest lecture for the Dance and Pop Culture classes at CU Boulder. Currently, Vivian teaches and choreographs in the Denver/Boulder area for local studios, high school musical theatre departments and swing choir programs, and local dance companies. She is an adjunct instructor at Red Rocks Community College-Lakewood. At RRCC-Lakewood, Vivian also acts as the Artistic Director of the RRCC Pre-Professional Dance Company. While being a teaching artist, Vivian also performs with CindyBrandleDanceCompany (Boulder), Morapovida Contemporary Dance (Denver), and Rennie Harris Grass Roots Project (Denver). This will be Vivian’s first year on staff at Denver School of the Arts. She is incredibly thankful for this opportunity to teaching young dance artists in the Denver area. Vivian looks forward to getting to know all of the students, instructors, and staff members at DSA this year!
Christopher Edmund Page-Sanders is originally from St. Louis, Mr. Page-Sanders received his formal dance training from the Center Of Creative Arts (COCA) and the University of Missouri- Kansas City: Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is the Co-Founding\Artistic Director of NU-World Contemporary Danse Theatre, which he founded with his husband, Bashir Page-Sanders, in 2016. As a performing artist, Christopher is grateful to have danced as a member of many notable companies such as the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Owen\Cox Dance Group, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company, Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company and the Leah Glenn Dance Theatre just to name a few. As a choreographer and teacher, he has created concert dance work for companies such as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Davis Contemporary Dance Company, Deeply Rooted’s ECS, COCADance, as well as teaching for such educational centers as Center Of Creative Arts, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, Southern Colorado Dance Festival, Rocky Mountain Ballet Academy and others. He has been grateful to choreograph for such theatre companies as: COCAPresents, Fly North Theatricals, Town Hall Arts Center, Vintage Theatre Productions and Metro Theatre Company to name a few. In 2013, he was recognized and given the Leni Wylliams Award for choreography and innovation from Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. To his ancestors and mentors on your shoulders I dance! Peace and Blessings; Love, Light and Art!
Jennifer Howard began her training at Boston Ballet, completed her Royal Academy of Dance exams under the direction of Mimi Ferrell and received her BFA from The Juilliard School. Jennifer spent her extensive professional dance career between New York City and Europe, touring and performing as a member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp Dance, Eliot Feld Ballet, Liz Gerring Dance, and Unterwegs TanzTheater, and as a freelance artist with acclaimed choreographers Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn, Lar Lubovitch, and Sarah Michelson. Jennifer has been a guest teacher for NextGeneration Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University and taught for Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute in New York City and Celebrate the Beat in Denver. Jennifer is currently on faculty at Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Prior to her recent move back to Colorado, Jennifer was the Artistic Director of the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company in Concord, NH.
Cornell Callender an artistic director in the broadest and most creative sense of the word, Cornell Callender’s career has encompassed the roles of dancer, artist, photographer, educator, entrepreneur, live performance producer, master teacher, founder / artistic director of National Ballet Academy Denver and the National Ballet Denver Company. Traveling across virtually every medium in dance. Callender’s creative magic has spanned over 2 decades beginning with his training as a classical ballet dancer. Name by UK Times Magazine as a exuberant talent and superstar of the future. Callender was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He began studying at the School of the Hartford Ballet at age ten under the tutelage of legends in the dance field including, Franco De Vita, Alla Osipenko, Maria Youskevitch, Kirk Perterson, Raymond Lukens, Kim Stroud, Rosi Docal Pizzuto, Enid Lynn, Peggy Lyman, Hilda Morales, Alla Nikitina, Ambre Emory-Maier, Wang Shao Pen. and continued his education at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London under the tutelage of, Gailene Stock CBE AM, Jay Jolley, Gary Norman, Christopher Powney, Lesley Collier, Jacqueline Barrett, Katia Zvelebilova, and David Peden. As a student he was featured in a televised gala tribute to Sir Anthony Dowell at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He then went on to represent the Royal Ballet School at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet competition in Switzerland recieving a cash prize and finalist award. Callender graduated Royal Ballet School 1st in his class and at the time of his graduation Callender achieved the highest assessment score in the school’s history. He was then awarded a contact with the English National Ballet, adding the title of professional dancer to his list of accomplishment he was only 17 years old. Callender furthered his dance education working with ballet greats such as, David Wall, Matz Skoog, Irek Mukhamedov, Christopher Hampson, Derek Deane, Ronald Hyde, and Fiona Tonkin. Meanwhile recieving rave reviews from critics and audiences for his performances with the company. Callender remained with the English National Ballet until joining the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle Washington under the direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. Callender remained in Seattle until joining the Colorado Ballet as principal dancer towards the end of his association with the company Cornell turned his attention to another sector of the dance field. In 2005 Callender founded the National Ballet Academy Denver for which Cornell serves as CEO and artistic director. In 2006 he formed the National Ballet Denver a non for profit dance company. He has directed and produced live performances which has included artist from world renowned dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, K-ballet, and Boston Ballet. As artistic director Callender remains highly active in the dance field throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia as a guiding force behind his own the National Ballet Academy Denver which has generated over $100,000 in scholarship funds for young dancers world wide and who’s graduates are performing with leading companies throughout the world including, Joffrey Ballet, Leipziger Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and counting. Callender served as jury member and master teacher for the Prêmio Internacional de Dança de São Paulo alongside, Cecilia Kerche, André Malosa, Edna Azevedo, Gregory Seyffert, Inês Bogéa, Kazebek Akhmedyarov, Vladimir Klos, Ivy Amista, Jose Perez, and Caio Ekman. In addition to numerous other festivals and competitions throughout North and South America. Furthermore in 2017 Callender joined forces with Legacy Options High School and the Denver public school district to launch the Dance Program for Colorado Youth an initiative established to advance the health and well being of local youth through dance. As demonstrated by his work and achievements Callender’s contributions to the dance community have touched nearly every sector it is without a doubt he continues to make a positive impact on the dance world.
Dance Elective Guest Artist
Christina Caplan is thrilled to be teaching the dance elective classes for the amazing students of DSA! Christina has been teaching and choreographing for the dance and vocal departments for the past seven years. She recently taught Broadway Jazz for Denver University’s theatre department as well. She is currently choreographing Cabaret for Ovation West Performing Arts Theater and so grateful to have also choreographed A Chorus Line, The Spelling Bee and Sleeping Beauty at the Elaine Wolf Theatre. She taught for Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids for five years and choreographed The Wiz for them as well. Prior to moving to Denver, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Penn State University. She has also choreographed and performed for a decade with regional theaters all over the country, and with several national touring companies. In addition to performing and choreographing, Christina also had the pleasure of running a performing arts school in Oahu, Hawaii. Some of her favorite performing roles include Val in A Chorus Line, The “Shimmy Girl” in the national tour of Smokey Joes Cafe, starring Gladys Knight, as well as performing as a Swing dancer and Andrew Sister in the international tour of In the Mood.