Canyon Concert Ballet is very proud of our talented and specialized staff. We currently employ 22 permanent faculty members who teach approximately 100 classes each month. In addition to our resident instructors we often welcome guest faculty such as Professor Carol Roderick, Katherine Lawrence, and David Taylor, to teach Master Classes or assist with specific choreography needs. Many of our dedicated instructors have attained graduate degrees in dance education and some have won teaching awards. All are committed to our philosophy of excellence in dance education, quality performance, and helping students reach their full potential.
Current Canyon Concert Ballet Faculty
Advanced Modern Instructor, Choreographer
Judy Bejarano teaches Modern Dance Technique for Canyon Concert Dance Center. She has also staged contemporary works on Canyon Concert Ballet’s Company. Bejarano received her Master of Fine Arts from C.U. Boulder in dance with an emphasis in choreography. She also teaches Improvisation, Choreography and Modern Technique at Colorado State University. Bejarano is the artistic director of IMPACT Dance Company, a dance/theatre company whose performances speak to issues in our everyday lives. She collaborates and creates custom events with area art groups as well as for private events. Bejarano is increasingly interested in redefining the relationship between performer and audience, therefore; IMPACT’s work can be found in nontraditional spaces, from art galleries, to storefronts, to airplane hangars. Bejarano is also interested in exploring the use of dance as a collaborative outreach tool and has a long term relationship with the arts programs at Pathways Hospice. The company also has a well established integrated arts outreach program called Every Voice Matters. Bejarano’s work has been selected for many regional and national festivals including National American College Dance Festival, Colorado Choreographers Showcase, and Gala Concert for the National Dance Association Festival. Her “topic driven work” often uses original text, dance and projection, and continues to be commissioned at the university level and by independent dance, theatre and music groups. Bejarano, an enthusiastic and demanding instructor, teaches workshops and residencies throughout the region.
Ballet Academy Program Coordinator, Advanced Ballet Instructor
Laurel Brubacher has been a student at CCB since 1991 and joined the company in 1999. In 2000 she attended the World Masters at Vail Summer Intensive where she had the privilege to study with Marina Leonova of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Francesca Zumbo and Jacques Namont of The Paris Opera Ballet. She has also studied ballet with Lorita Travaglia, Galina Yordanova, Gabriella Komleva, Stanislav Issaev,Sergey Kozadayev, David Taylor, Melissa Corr, and many other distinguished teachers. Some of her favorite roles with CCB include: Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Nikiya in excerpts from La Bayadere, Giselle in excerpts from Giselle, an Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, and The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Laurel holds a BA in Arts and Humanities from CSU and will complete a second Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition in May 2015. She enjoys teaching Advanced Ballet at CCB and currently serves CCB as the Dance Theatre Division Coordinator, as well.
Ballet Mistress & Advanced Ballet Instructor, Artistic Advisor
Melissa Corr, a native New Yorker, has been a leading figure in the training of classical dancers in our tri-state region for over 35 years. Her rigorous Russian based training system provides her students with the discipline, technique and motivation to pursue professional careers in dance. Her students are involved in companies throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Corr is currently the Ballet Mistress and an Advanced and Company ballet instructor. She recently retired from the Dance Department at Colorado State University, where she instructed ballet technique and staged classic works, along with her own contemporary choreography. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband Jim. She is an avid hiker and loves to garden.
Vanessa Hearn began her dance training at CCB at the age of 3. A dedicated student, she became a member of the CCB company at age 15 and has taught ballet focusing in the Vaganova and RAD techniques for 6 years at CCB. In addition to teaching, Vanessa has also choreographed numerous dances and set pieces for the CCB company. Vanessa is trained in several dance disciplines including: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Swing, and Salsa, and has performed in over 50 productions. She enjoys teaching children and adults alike. She trained under Mia Michaels of So You Think You Can Dance, Misha Tchoupakov of Salt Lake City Ballet and Regional Dance America, and Lorita Travaglia of Colorado Ballet. Vanessa graduated with honors from CSU and served as CCB’s Interim Director during the 2014 Fall Semester.
Ballet Instructor, Choreographer
Amy joined Canyon Concert Ballet as a Company dancer in 1993. She began teaching for the school in 1995, and loves working with students and helping them to be the best dancers they can be. In fact, many current Company dancers started in her Ballet 1, 2, and 3 classes. She received her dance training from Colorado Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet West, and has received instructor training in both the Royal Academy of Dance and Vaganova styles. Amy also choreographs ballets, solos, and contemporary ballet pieces for CCB’s Youth Ensemble. As well as teaching dance, Amy teaches sixth grade English at Lincoln Middle IB School.
Young Dancer Program Coordinator
Teal grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where began dancing at the age of six at The Dancers Workshop. She was first introduced to Modern but then opened up to Ballet and Jazz. While training at Dancers Workshop she participated in productions of The Nutcracker and The Art’s on the Hill Festival. In 2000, she moved to Fort Collins with her family and continued her training at Canyon Concert Ballet. Teal has performed in many CCB productions, including: The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and The Wizard of Oz. By far, her favorite roles were in Across the Tracks which allowed her to explore different dance genres in one production. Teal began teaching at CCB in 2005 and grew her position to become the Young Dancer Program Coordinator and Queen of the Fairy Princess Kingdom each Summer. She is also the Harmony Studio Manager. Currently Teal is finishing working on a degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado.
Ballet Company Manager, Instructor, Choreographer
Erica Mugoye started dancing at Canyon Concert Ballet in 1990, and has performed in more than 50 CCB productions. She has been teaching at CCB since 2000, and is currently the Assistant to the Artistic Director as well as the Company Manager and Ballet Instructor. Ms. Mugoye trained under well known dance instructors Gabriella Komleva, of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, Galina Yordanova, resident guest teacher and choreographer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada, Carole Roderick, Director of the CSU Dance Teachers’ Institute, and Lorita Travaglia, Ballet Mistress for Colorado Ballet. In addition to ballet, Ms. Mugoye has studied many forms of dance including Jazz, Modern, Contact Improvisation, Spanish, Swing, Salsa, Character, Tap, and Hip-Hop.