ART & MORE
HUB Employees have an exceptional amount of training and experience and are key to our core arts education programs. Quality Independent Instructors are also important in the HUB experience, in order to allow opportunities for patrons to be exposed to a variety of teaching methods and to keep the HUB experiences/influences fresh and dynamic.
Kelly has a BFA in Metal and Jewelry Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Kelly has worked with all aspects of jewelry making as a jewelry designer. She has worked in Douglass Elementary School as a para-professional and has taught the Art Sampler class and summer camps at the Arts HUB since 2010. Kelly is a kind, caring instructor who creatively inspires her art students by connecting with their personal learning style and interests.
Anna is a dance instructor and choreographer, owner and artistic director of Bogdanova Dance, LLC. She received her Ballet Master MFA degree from Altai State University of Arts and Culture (Barnaul, Russia). Her MFA thesis was published as a textbook for students of dance and choreography. The broad range of Anna’s expertise includes classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, Russian folk dance, historical and ballroomdance. From 1994 to 1997, Anna performed with the Yunost Dance Ensemble, taking part in national and international festivals and European tours. In 1997-98 she taught dance to children at the Caprice Children’s Theater (Barnaul, Russia) and took them on a tour to Germany. Since Anna’s arrival in the United States in 1998, she has been teaching dance in the Boulder/Longmont area. In the fall of 1998, Anna choreographed the musical Hocus Pocus at the University of Colorado Lyric Theatre. At Airborne Gymnastics and Dance (1999-2006), Anna trained numerous young dancers of all age groups and choreographed shortened versions of the ballets Cinderella, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, and a complete version of Sleeping Beauty. In 2007, Anna choreographed Engagement for the Boulder Ballet company. Bogdanova Dance, in collaboration with Bright Horizons children’s centers, staged many classical and contemporary ballets, including Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty,Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Snow Queen, Coppelia, Arabian Nights, and Les Sylphides. Anna is happy to bring her passion for dance and teaching to The Arts HUB where she now works as Dance Theater Artistic Director and dance instructor.
Heather’s professional background includes extensive experience as a teacher, artist and small business entrepreneur. She holds BA’s in both psychology and elementary education, as well as a minor in philosophy. Heather established two successful boutiques prior to moving to Colorado with her husband and two daughters. She has worked in daycare, has been a kindergarten teacher, a teen mentor and tutor for at risk teens and has taught art to children ages 18 months to 16 years, as well as adults, for the past 6 years. Heather has her certifications in early childhood, reading recovery and second step conflict mediation. Heather has been working with TAU/HUB since 2013 teaching art classes and camps to children and instructing adult paint nights. We welcome Heather in her new role as the NEW HUB Lounge manager.
Heather loves spending time with her family and two English Bulldogs. She enjoys drawing, painting and being creative with her daughters, as well as mountain biking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and cooking. She also likes to set physical goals for herself that have included a few half triathlons, 10k’s and a Tough Mudder.
Peter is a mingler of movement arts, weaving influences from circus, dance, and physical theatre to create poetry of motion. In 1982, Peter won first place at the International Jugglers Association Championships, and then toured for ten years with the innovative juggling and movement troupe Airjazz, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Yes, Johnny was also a cool guy off screen. Since the 1990’s, Peter and his company of animate objects have performed at festivals and theaters internationally and on the CBS, BBC, and Fox TV networks.
Also an accomplished dancer and choreographer, Peter was Co-Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet for eleven years, and he is a recipient of the national Ballet Builders Award for New Choreography. Peter Davison currently teaches Boyz Dance and Ballet classes at the HUB, serves as choreographer for youth theater productions and is a frequent featured artist in the HUB’s dance theater productions.
Gene originally trained to be a hoofer. Gene switched his ambitions to Broadway, where he sang, danced and acted for over 20 years. Appearing in the original casts of such shows as “Camelot,” “Hello’ Dolly.” “No Strings,” and “Sugar,” he worked with the biggest names among the choreographers and directors of that period. Gene operated a theatre school in Oregon for a while before moving on to the University of Iowa where he taught at both the theater and dance departments for 5 years. Soon after Gene began teaching tap along the front range Rediscovering the joys of tap, he dedicated himself to his first dance love with a renewed passion. He teaches with the idea that we are, after all, not just dancers, but musicians. “The same expectations we put on fine musicians, we should put on ourselves [tap dancers.]”
Susie earned her BFA in Acting & Directing from Rockford University. While in Rockford, she worked as a dance teacher, as well as acting in and directing shows both in Rockford and in Chicago. Originally from Thornton, Susie moved back to Colorado in the fall of 2018. She’s so excited that she found the Arts HUB, where she can pursue her dreams of directing, teaching, choreographing, and working with children.
Grace is an incoming freshman musical theatre BFA student at Molloy College, and has been studying dance at WABI Theatre and Dance, The Arvada Center, and Rise Dance Company for 6 years. Some of her favorite roles are Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet with Peak to Peak Players, Maria in West Side Story at Lakewood High School, and Brigitta in the Sound of Music with Central City Opera.
Originally from México, Tel received her first formal Dance training at the age of 14 from the State Council for Arts and Culture of the (Hidalgo, Mexico). She performed with a few Dance Companies including: Ave Danza, Cuerpos Hibridos and the Contemporary Company of the Hidalgo University.
In 2010 Tel received a scholarship to attend a semester of the Contemporary Dance Bachelors Degree program at the University of Chile. She then, graduated in 2011 from the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo with a Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Dance.
Upon graduation Tel joined multiple Dance Companies of resorts around the Mayan Riviera performing for three years in theatrical productions with multiple style of dance. This period was an important influence during her career since it was when she became interested in Aerial Dance and started training and performing in multiple apparatus, in 2015 she joined Frequent Flyers Professional Training program in Boulder CO. She concluded her training in May 2016. Then, she completed her Teacher training in 2018. Since then she is training, performing, teaching, enjoying life and following dreams.
Shawna Mendez has been working as a performing arts teacher in Jefferson County for eighteen years teaching choir, band, orchestra and musical theater. She is currently in her fifteenth year at The Manning School of Academics and Arts in Golden, Colorado where she directs choir and musical theater. She directs two musicals each year and hosts summer theatre for kids across the district. Shawna has been a mentor teacher and has had numerous student teacher placements throughout the years. Shawna received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with choral emphasis from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. As a quarter-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award in 2014 and 2020, Shawna has been recognized for her work with students. Shawna is a child advocate and former foster parent to eleven children. She is happily married to another music educator in Jefferson County, John Mendez, and has two handsome sons, Alec and Bret as well as two beautiful daughters, Eliana and Julia.
Audrey Wilson is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a master’s degree in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. Her teaching philosophy centers around helping students find ease and control of their voice with an emphasis on healthy singing techniques. In addition to vocal training, lessons include aspects of ear training and music theory. She has worked with all voice types, styles, and ages from 7 to 86 years of age. Each student will enjoy a personalized, goal-oriented curriculum designed specifically for them! Audrey is incredibly passionate about teaching and she loves sharing in each of her student’s artistic journey through music.