Our Life Force

Instructors & Staff

Meet our Talented Team

Eve Smith

Program Director & Instructor

Eve Smith is a lifetime artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art, University of Arkansas. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy falling in love with figurative work. After graduation, she was accepted as an artist in residence through the Arkansas Arts Council and taught multidisciplined art in seven elementary schools in NWA. She became the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in 2010 where she curated multiple exhibitions working with major art museums such as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Exhibits USA. She championed all mediums of art with site-specific programs in the area and administered one of the largest mid-central professional development programs in the south, Artist INC. Her programming career focused on social practice and inclusion in the city of Springdale, AR working with national award-winning organizations like Latin Arts Organization of Arkansas in their practice of Folkloric Ballet and the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese that is now working with major Art Museums. Eve is a master teacher with over 15 years of experience as a multi-disciplined educator in organizations and the public & private education sector. She taught high school art in Richmond, VA from 2019 to 2021 with studies in visual arts, film and media, and even yoga and mindfulness practices. She is a practicing artist, whose mediums include oil, watercolor, and mixed media with an emphasis on the figure as a narrative form, having exhibited in mid-central and east coast regions. She now lives, works, and plays in Gunnison, Crested Butte area and continues to be an arts leader, artist, cultural producer, and activist.

Shelly Clements dance instructor

Shelly Clements

Director of Productions & Instructor

Shelly Chapple Clements is a professional dancer and master instructor who settled into her forever home in Gunnison in December 2018.  Shelly grew up in Amish country in rural Pennsylvania.  She was accepted into the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School at age 9, attended the National Academy of Arts in Champaign-Urbana, IL under direction of Petrus Bosman at age 14, and graduated from the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts. As Shelly Chapple, she enjoyed a 12 year career as a professional dancer and instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area where she trained at Lines Contemporary Ballet under Alonzo King, and ODC SF, the first modern dance company in America to build its own facility, under Brenda Way.  Shelly performed with choreographers including Joan Lazarus, Liss Fain, Patricia Jiron, Reggie Savage, Joe Landini, Margret Jenkins, and more, as well as co-directing and dancing principal roles with John Butterfield’s New Urban Dance Company. In 1995 Shelly returned to Pittsburgh to work with The Dance Alloy (now Attack Theatre), Kevin Maloney, Tome Cousin, Doug Bentz, and more. Famous? No. Dancing like crazy and loving life? Yes!

In 2003 Shelly relocated to Colorado, in Colorado Springs, and met her husband the first day she arrived; in 2007 she became Shelly Clements.  Ms. Clements graduated from Colorado Mesa University with degrees in Spanish Translation and Interpretation, Hispanic Literature and Dance.  She spent 2011 and 2012 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico where she taught English and Ballet.  Upon returning to Colorado, in the Denver Metro area, Shelly worked with various competitive dance studios and loved her time on the competitive dance circuit.  She attended CU Denver and the School of Education and Human Development masters program with a focus on cultural diversity in classrooms.  Before relocating to Gunnison, Ms. Clements worked for Arts Immersion/Summit Education Group (now AIM Global) as an online teacher and curriculum developer, she is currently a high school Spanish teacher in the Gunnison Watershed School District.

Alexandria Rodriguez

Programs Coordinator & Instructor

Originally from Texas, Alexandria has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She knew that being on stage was where she belonged and quickly fell in love with the competition background. Alex spent all 4 of her High School years as apart of the Central High School Drill Team in Keller Texas. While on the team she served as Vice President her sophomore year and Senior Lieutenant her senior year. She has received numerous awards for solo’s and choreography. After High School, Alexandria attended Tarrant County College where she was apart of the Movers Unlimited Dance Company for 2 years. After receiving her Associates she attended the University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with an emphasis in choreography. Alex has taught and performed all around the DFW area along with other places in the U.S. Once she graduated, Alex found her love for aerial arts. Adding aerial to her resume opened up more artistic opportunities for her locally and nationally. She has taken part in Millennium Dance Complex Summer Intensives in California, trained with Rain Anya of Paper Doll Militia Aerial Company, performed for big events such as Bud Light Whatever USA, Lights All Night New Year’s Eve Festival, and the Dallas Mavericks Charity Ball. Along with dance and aerial, Alex is also a certified Barre teacher, Spin Instructor, and is Coach of the Western Colorado University Dance Team. When Alex isn’t dancing, she enjoys spending time with her “Wolfpack” and finding her place in this special Valley.

Hailey Bryant

Programs Coordinator & Instructor

Hailey has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Studies with an emphasis in performance and choreography from Humboldt State University in Northern California. Over the last 12 years, Hailey has been teaching dance. Her focus is to help each student become a stronger dancer and a thriving individual, which is built upon developing artistry and a strong technical foundation. Hailey’s expertise is in ballet and modern dance. Since she is also a personal trainer, she teaches conditioning and pilates based body work classes. After living in California, New Mexico, and Wyoming, Hailey and her husband are excited to call Gunnison Valley home.

Amber St. Vincent

Instructor

Amber grew up in a small town in Upper Michigan and began dancing at the age of 3. She has studied a variety of styles over the years, including tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical and aerial. She is continuously amazed by the dance community here in the Gunnison Valley and has loved having the opportunity to work with both the Crested Butte School of Dance and the Crested Butte Dance Collective. She is thrilled to be teaching and dancing here in our little mountain town and hopes to see you in class!

Moriah Ernst Dance Instructor

Moriah Ernst

Instructor

Moriah grew up in Bethlehem Pennsylvania and started dancing at the age of 3. She grew up dancing at Miss Jeanne’s School of Dance and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Moriah grew up training in ballet, jazz, musical theater, lyrical and modern. Moriah began competition dance at the age of 10 and competed through high school. Moriah was involved in several competition teams. In 2006 Moriah had the unique opportunity to train at North Carolina School of the Arts during Summer Intensive with a concentration in modern. Once Moriah graduated high school, she decided to pursue her dream of collegiate skiing which brought her to Western State, but she continued to dance recreationally. In 2015 she graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in sports psychology. Stemming from Moriah’s background in dance she concentrated her studies on eating disorders and injury in athletes. Moriah loves sharing her passion and knowledge of dance to the community of Crested Butte.

Stephanie Marziano dance instructor

Stephanie Marziano

Instructor

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!

Corinne McKeever

Instructor

Corinne attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia for two years majoring in Dance and then ultimately completed her BFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. She trained at the Laban Center in London for a summer semester and also completed her Pilates Mat Certification from The Kane School in New York. Upon graduating, Corinne moved back to New York, where she is originally from, and performed locally with Diane McCarthy, Carol Nolte Dance Collective and Dance Visions. She taught children’s creative dance, modern, ballet and tap at notable studios in NYC including Peridance Center and Mulberry Street Theater as well as the Berest Dance Center on Long Island. Corinne and her family moved from Brooklyn to Crested Butte about six years ago. She has four young children and loves being a part of this beautiful artistic community nestled in the Rockies. Her contemporary classes here focus on clean technique and fostering an environment for dancers to find their own unique artistic expression.

Alice Jennison

Instructor

Alice grew up in Denver where she studied ballet, modern and jazz with the Colorado Ballet from age 6 to 18. During high school, she was an apprentice with the company and performed many roles in professional productions of the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Les Patineurs. She also attended summer workshops with Ballet West, Boston Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet. She then went on to dance, choreograph and perform with student-run groups during four years of college, exploring many different dance styles and helping to organize shows. After college, she took a long break from dance while working, attending graduate school and raising her family. Upon moving to Crested Butte in 2013, she discovered a vibrant dance community and began to take dance classes again and perform in Move the Butte. She is thrilled to be an instructor with the School of Dance and share her love of ballet with dancers of all ages. Alice lives in Crested Butte with her husband, daughter, son, and dog.

Jodi Payne

Instructor

Jodi began dancing musical theatre at the age of 6 in her hometown’s humble dance studio. She grew up in the small town of North Branch, Michigan where throughout her childhood Jodi studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. She went on to attend Northern Michigan University, minored in Dance Studies, and danced professionally with Tamama Dance Company. Additionally, Jodi loves folk and African dance and is excited to bring that passion to the School of Dance. Jodi values community, relationships, and respect and is delighted to find a home in the Crested Butte/Gunnison dance community!

Janae Pritchett Dance Instructor

Janae Pritchett

Instructor

At the encouragement of a friend, Janae participated in her first aerial class in 2015. It didn’t take long for her interest to turn into a great passion. Since then, she has loved getting to explore a whole new world of diverse movement. Janae has participated in silk, lyra, sling, trapeze, and rope trainings. She has performed aerial dance in multiple performances and recently choreographed her first aerial piece for Move the Butte. Aerial dance has brought her newfound gratitude for movement and a renewed sense of strength and coordination. A certified fitness instructor and coach, she loves sharing her passion for aerial dance with others.

While we live in a beautiful town and have wonderful facilities, its the people on our team that make us special.

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Martha Graham.

“The Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word”

Mata Hari.

“Why walk when you can dance?”

Ellen Van Dam.

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