Jennifer Micek is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and trained there under Norma Beutell and Sylvia Grannemann. At the age of 16, Ms. Micek trained on scholarship in New York at both the Joffrey Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Some of Jennifer’s favorite dance roles include Clara, Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. At 18, she was crowned â€œMiss Dance of Americaâ€ through the Dance Masters of America Association. Professionally, Jennifer was a member of the Colorado Ballet, Kim Robards Dance, and the Sarasota Ballet of Florida.
Jennifer founded the Dance Conservatory of Denver in 2002, after serving as the Director of the Colorado Ballet South Academy. DcD offers pre-professional level training in classical ballet, jazz, modern and tap, while encouraging students to continue their academic studies through college. Dance Conservatory of Denver students have the opportunity to participate in two major productions per year; the “Children’s Nutcracker” and the June “Triple Bill”. In Denver, Jennifer has taught at Good Shepherd School, Denver International School, Colorado Ballet, and the Classical Ballet School. The Dance Conservatory of Denver is known for itâ€™s professional classes in a fun, nurturing, and caring environment.
Cori Winchester is a native of Colorado and she trained under Carol Roderick at Ballet Academy and the Academy of Colorado Ballet. Ms. Winchester was a full scholarship student with the Boston Ballet School and the Academy of Colorado Ballet. At age fifteen she began her professional career when she was asked to join Boston Ballet ll. She later continued her professional career with Colorado Ballet where she danced corp de ballet and soloist roles. Ms. Winchester has taught at Colorado Ballet South, The Arvada Center, Adrenaline Gymnastics as well as other ballet schools through out the Denver metro area. She is also a yoga teacher and has taught at Udaya Yoga, Mountainside Fitness, The DAC and The Rocky Mountain News. Her greatest experience with teaching yoga was teaching private lessons to a dear friend who was fighting Pancreatic cancer. Ms. Winchester is a mother of three children; Jacob, Graysen and Gavyn and she considers this her most important role of all. Her passion for ballet is now paired with the knowledge that it is a privilege to work with children.
Sydney Schaus began dancing when she was two years old and has had the great fortune of dancing under the instruction of Miss Jennifer at both Colorado Ballet and the Dance Conservatory of Denver. Her favorite roles while dancing include Sugar Plum Fairy and one of Cinderella’s stepsisters. Currently, Sydney is a senior at the University of Denver getting her degree in Biology. While she has chosen a science degree, dance has always held a very special place in her heart and above all she loves working with children.