Committed to excellence
Adge Marz Lindsey
Adge Lindsey has an ever-growing love for dance that she likes to think is contagious! She has gained extensive training in styles such as jazz, lyrical, tap, African, contemporary, hip-hop and physically-integrated dance through her studies with Philadelphia Ballet, Barbara Ann’s School of Dance, The Edge Performing Arts, Camp Mabina and the AXIS Dance Company. Recently she has taken the position of Executive Director for the wonderful CB School of Dance while also continuing to instruct a variety of dance styles to several age groups and levels as she has for over 7 years now. Adge is always endeavoring to heighten her horizons in the world of movement. She co-founded a local adult dance company and has supported and developed programming for improvisation and aerial silks classes. Using these skills to develop curriculum for students with disabilities, Adge greatly enjoys teaching dance through the Adaptive Sports Center, a calling she takes most seriously. A fiery passion for dance emanates from her very soul, down her arms and legs and shines from her whole body…she loves to MOVE and always invites everyone to join her!
Bobbie Reinhardt served as the Executive Director of and has taught for the Crested Butte School of Dance for over 30 years. She co-founded the school with Heidi Frazier in 1982. Bobbie graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in History and Music. Bobbie also taught Music and Dance at the Crested Butte Community School grades K – 5, for 20 years when she retired to devote her time to the School of Dance. She teaches and ballet, tap and creative movement to students ages 3 ½ – 2nd grade 2 and continues to participate in the school’s jazz and tap classes as a dancer. Bobbie also initiated a creative dance and music program at the local nursery schools and continues to pursue that passion. Bobbie raised two sons in Crested Butte and now has two young grandchildren who keep her going.
Jesse Lynn Buchanan has been dancing for over 15 years and still loves every class! Her training began in Clinton, Iowa at the Carousel School of Dance. While in school she was a part of Design Tap Company and also rose up to the rank of Principal dancer in the Gateway Contemporary Ballet Company.
After college Jesse danced with the Charleston Ballet in Charleston, South Carolina. From there she switched to Theatre and worked at Trumpet In The Land Theatre in New Philadelphia, Ohio. After performing Jesse decided that her heart was in teaching. She has taught ballet, pointe, variations, tap, musical theatre and advanced Horton in Illinois, North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio and Florida. Jesse is still a continuing student of dance herself and will take class forever.
With a lifetime of training in dance disciplines – Modern, Jazz, Ballet, West African, Hip hop and Improvisational Dance, in combination with child development studies, Sasha brings a strong background of experience to the Crested Butte School of Dance! Sasha is influenced by BrainDance- a philosophy in dance education that develops dance skills, brain/body connection, social/ emotional growth and creative expression. Her recent inspiration has been teaching physically integrated dance to children with and with out special needs. Her dance involvement includes teaching in the Berkeley Public School district, Luna Kids Dance, Hipline Dance Studio, AXIS Dance Company, Celebrate the Beat, Adaptive Sports and studying and performing butoh improvisational dance. Sasha is an M.A. candidate in Somatic Counseling Psychology/Dance Movement Therapy at Naropa University. She gives thanks to her butoh teachers for re-framing what dance is: Diego Pinon and Shinichi Iova-Koga. A transplant from from the bay area to the Gunnison Valley, she now enjoys teaching with the amazing dance community of CB School of Dance and the CB Dance Collective!
Sophia aims to create an investigatory learning environment to nurture curiosity and sensitivity to the mind-body connection. Her teaching is influenced by The Axis Syllabus, a repository of bio-mechanical and kinetic information. She has studied many different forms of dance and music from around the world, which continue to inform her knowledge of human movement and pedagogy. She teaches Pilates, Dance and Functional Movement to all ages.
Stephanie began dancing at the age of two at a small studio in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Through the earliest years of her dance education, Stephanie studied ballet, tap, and jazz. At the age of 13, she enrolled at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania ballet. It was there that she refined her ballet technique while also furthering her understanding of classic jazz and a form of tap called “hoofing”. Between training with the Pennsylvania ballet, Stephanie took summer intensives to expand her dance repertoire. While in nursing school at Drexel University, Stephanie took a course called “Choreography Composition” where she learned the art of choreography and dance improvisation. She has performed and choreographed for Move the Butte and performed in several fall productions with the CB Dance Collective, has taught and subbed classes as well as performed for the CB School of Dance, and has taken as many classes as possible with both entities, including lyrical, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary ballet, and African. Stephanie believes in the power of movement and creative self-expression as a form of healing and is thrilled for the opportunity to share her passion for dance with her beautiful community!
Allie McFarland is a Crested Butte, Colorado native who began dancing in her living room by age three. Her formal training began at the Crested Butte School of Dance where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Tap for over ten years. After graduating, she continued her classical studies at Western Washington University. Simultaneously, she joined The Dirty Bird Cabaret, a raucous Jazz Cabaret troupe that incorporates Belly Dancing, 1920’s Jazz, and classic Go-Go style dancing into its choreography. Now back in Crested Butte, Allie is overjoyed to be a part of the Crested Butte School of Dance again-both as a teacher and as a student!
Photo Credit: Lydia Stern
Tarah Niccoli is a homegrown Crested Butte dancer who began her extensive dance training in 1986 from the Crested Butte School of Dance. With a passion for dance she continued her education at CU Boulder then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Dance with an emphasis in Modern, Ballet, Kinesiology and Choreography. From there, she moved to Phoenix Arizona where she danced professionally from 2006 – 2009 with contemporary company Desert Dance Theater and theater-jazz company Scandalesque, and continued her technical dance training with Scorpius Dance Theater. In 2010, she moved back home and began teaching ballet and contemporary at the Crested Butte School of Dance. Tarah’s classes are based on a solid technical foundation revolving around the importance of kinesthetic awareness in movement and injury prevention. By instilling these advanced concepts early on, students with a desire to continue dancing, will be prepared for collegiate level dance programs, and ensuring the longevity of their dance careers.
Amber St. Vincent
Amber began dancing at the age of three and ever since then her love and passion for dance has only grown. She started with tap, jazz and ballet and her studies have since broadened to include pointe, contemporary, lyrical and aerial. In high school she also began teaching tap, ballet and jazz. Since moving to Crested Butte she has been dancing with the Crested Butte School of Dance and the Crested Butte Dance Collective. Last year she also co-choreographed a tap dance for Move the Butte. She is excited to start teaching at the SOD and looks forward to not only what she can teach but also what she can continue to learn.
Sarah Marvel Wattles started dancing at the age of five under the instruction of Florence Gardner in Maryland. After moving to Colorado she continued her training with Tina McGuinness and Leslie Channel during the school year, and spent her summers In the Dansummer program in Crested Butte, CO. From 1999 to 2005 she taught numerous classes at the Gunnison Arts Center School of Dance, including jazz, hip hop, tap and contemporary, and was a founding member of the Gunnison High School Dance Team.
In 2005, Sarah moved to Chicago to obtain her BA in Dance and Choreography from Columbia College Chicago. While at Columbia she began studying and incorporating performance art into her pieces, collaborating with artists in other mediums. She was fortunate to work with Peter Carpenter, Darrell Jones, Lisa Gonzales, Pam McNeil, Anna Saphoznikov and Bobbie Brooks. During that time she was employed by ARCC (Arts Reaching the Children of Chicago) and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. After graduating she went on to perform and choreograph with Jimmy Payne Jr. and Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago Fringe Artists Network at Red Tape Theater, and was co-creator and owner of the dance and fitness company Unlimited Movement.
Sarah believes dance is a means of communication, expression and therapy. Therefore she strives to create an environment that encourages and inspires creativity and artistic discovery through movement. She is truly excited to be back in Colorado and honored to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful program this year.
‘If it doesn’t nourish your soul, get rid of it.’
Angela has studied African dance intensively for fifteen years. She has gone to numerous renown conferences around the nation to learn traditions from Master instructors originating from Guinea, Mali, Zimbabwe, Congo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Haiti and Ghana. She studied extensively in Guinea, West Africa with the incredible Youssouf Koumbassa, as well as the griot Ngom family in Senegal. She was also a premier performer and member of the Kissidugu West African Percussion and Dance Ensemble based out of Boulder, CO for eight years. She studied and worked with Master Fara Tolno during this time as well as Djeneba Sako and Onye Ozuzu. Training under the tutelage of Fara, she learned in depth the dance, culture and rhythms of Guinea; learning choreography from the famous Les Merveilles ballet of Guinea. Angela has taken a wide variety of classes and her personal love of dance and combines this with her extensive African Dance training to bring a fun fusion of movement that is accessible and engaging for all levels of dancers. She is a long time teacher and educator, and has worked with and taught children and adults of all ages in a variety of programs over the last twenty years. She is excited to share a blend of African dance and rhythm with the Crested Butte community!