M2D's team of industry professionals provides top-notch dance instruction in a warm and supportive environment. Our faculty ignites every dancer’s potential - whether they are dancing for fun and exercise, or are considering a career in the dance industry.
Each instructor brings with them a passion to teach, the ability to help every student progress in their technique, and loads of positive energy!
Samantha's passion for community, fitness and maintaining joy while dancing is what makes her a top notch studio owner. She loves living in Eagle and feels that the best way to give back to the community is to have a studio where everyone loves to be, with a passionate, knowledgeable teaching staff.
Samantha has over 20 years of corporate experience in sales and marketing, so her professionalism and organization, are loved by all the dance parents who work with her. Samantha has been involved in the dance community as a dance mom for several years. Her approach to owning a studio is refreshing because she keeps family, school and dance life balance at the forefront of her decision making.
Samantha is passionate about fitness, being a mother of 3, cooking, live music and of course MORE2Dance!
DANCE STUDIO MANAGER
Dana Hedrick brings joy, kindness, professionalism to MORE2Dance. Her attention to detail, welcoming attitude brings so much warmth to our dancers and our dance families. She is a fantastic communicator and a team player.
Dana was born and raised in the Vail Valley. Dana has a wonderful can do attitude and 15 years of experience in the service industry which is a wonderful asset to MORE2Dance.
DIRECTOR OF DANCE
A native of Elkhorn, WI, Colleen was a competitive gymnast for 4 years before beginning her dance training at the age 13 at the Dance Factory with Tina Lendman, where she performed in the yearly Nutcracker and other various shows. She trained in ballet and modern dance at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Dancespace NY on scholarship. Colleen has danced professionally for over 14 years with a variety of companies in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Austin and was a founding member of Nomi Dance Company directed by Laura Kariotis. She continues to work as a guest artist, most recently, performing as the Arabian Queen in The Nutcracker. For over 13 years, Colleen has enjoyed teaching, choreographing, and working as an assistant artistic director at dance studios throughout southeast Wisconsin, Chicago, Austin, and Michigan and is very proud to have had her work presented at the Austin Dance Fest Youth Edition and Chicago Dance Fest. Drawing from her love of medicine and dance she has developed strength and conditioning for injury prevention classes at dance studios throughout the Midwest and Texas.
Colleen is also a doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist, and an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She earned her Doctoral degree, with a focus in Integrative Medicine, and master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has 10 years of experience working in hospitals and clinics, including the University of Chicago Medicine, as a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and stress testing specialist.
It has been a lifelong dream of Colleen’s to live in Colorado and she is thrilled to be a part of the MORE2Dance family and is ready to finally call Colorado home as she teaches the next generation of dancers in Eagle!
DANCE INSTRUCTOR / RECITAL COORDINATOR
Nikaela is a college student who loves to perform and create. She enjoys connecting with others by sharing her passion for dance and choreography. She started dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since. She is always dancing and finding new ways to tell stories in her choreography. Her deam is to create a name for herself in the dance world as someone who challenges the lines of what each style of dance can do. She believes that dance is more than movement, but expression and a way to talk without speaking and she can't wait to share her stories with all of you.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR/DIRECTOR OF M2D COMPETITION TEAM
Originally from Clinton, NC Shannon is no stranger to the dance world or competition scene. At the young age of 2, she joined her first dance class and hasn’t look back! She is trained in numerous styles such as Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, but Hip Hop and Jazz are her favorite. During her dance career, she won multiple overall group and solo awards and has a few national championships under her belt. After high school, Shannon continued her education at Meredith College where she was a part of the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company. She obtained her degree in Dance Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been teaching dance ever since! Shannon has been teaching dance for more than 5 years at studios in Fuquay-Variana, Benson, Clayton, and Knightdale. She is super excited to bring her talent all the way to Colorado and share her passion with the student at M2D!
Aubrey grew up in New Hampshire, where she attended a local ballet studio from the age of 3. While ballet was her primary focus, she also enjoyed tap and jazz classes through high school. After High school, she attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT where she continued nurturing her love of dance by performing with Theatre Ballet, BYU's touring ballet company, for 4 years. During her years with Theatre Ballet, she toured the Western United States performing ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Wanting to also explore ballroom dance, she took classes while at BYU. Aubrey performed with the BYU ballroom company and competed individually before graduating with a BA in Dance.
While in college, Aubrey started teaching dance at local dance studios. After graduation, she was hired as BYU Adjunct Faculty teaching beginning ballet classes. She loved the experience and learned to love teaching a variety of ages. Aubrey is married to her wonderful husband, Michael, and they have two young childern. Their family moved to Colorado in October 2021 and love living in such a beautiful area where they enjoy lots of hiking and outdoor activities. Aubrey loves teaching and sharing her passion and the joy of dance with others!
SUMMER DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Grace grew up in Eagle, Colorado and has danced at various dance studios throughout the Vail Valley, including MORE2Dance when she was in middle school. Grace continued her dance training by attending Denver School of the Arts, her freshman and sophomore year of high school. At Denver School of the Arts, Grace specialized in ballet technique, jazz, and modern styles. During these years, she was cast into world-premiere pieces and worked with choreographers and companies such as Miguel Perez, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Juilliard School, The Perry Mansfield School of Dance, Breaking Barriers: Hip Hop Company, Davis Contemporary Dance Company, and Davis Dance: Next Generation. During her time in Denver, she was also a student at the Colorado Ballet Academy where she trained alongside Colorado Ballet Company members. Grace traveled to New York City for two summers where she attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater summer intensive. She was able to work alongside Broadway directors of Wicked, Cats, world-class instructors, and The Rockettes. For the remainder of Grace’s high school years, she attended Eagle Valley High School and participated on the poms dance team where she was a captain. She is now attending Colorado Mountain College for degrees in Culinary Management and Business Administration.
Grace is passionate about teaching dance to students in the Vail Valley, and is so excited to be part of the M2D team!
SUMMER DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Colby begin dancing when she was three years old and grew up attending various studios throughout the Vail Valley. Colby's passion for dance continued into college where, at Elon University, she took ballet classes and joined the excustive board of a club called DanceWorks. Colby began teaching balley as a substitute teacher her sophomore year of high school, had her own classes by senior year, and continued to teach weekly conditioning, ballet, and contemporary classes with DanceWorsk in college. She graduated from Elon in May 2020 and is excited to be back home sharing her passion for dance and to begin teaching at MORE2Dance.
SUMMER DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Sydney’s dance career started at age two in the Vail Valley. She has danced at many of the local studios, including MORE2Dance her senior year of high school! Along with her own dancing, she has taught ballet and contemporary since her freshman year of high school and has since developed a passion for dance education. Sydney graduated from Battle Mountain in 2018 and will be a junior in the fall at Skidmore College where she is double majoring in Dance and Anthropology. In college, Sydney has been lucky to perform works by the dance department faculty, Colby Damon, and Sidra Bell. Additionally, she works with Skidmore’s Dance to Success program which brings dance and movement to elementary schools in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Tracy has been working in the accounting field for over 20 years. She is an integral part of making sure that MORE2Dance tuition systems are working flawlessly. Tracy loves spending time outdoors taking in our beautiful 6local scenery we call home!